Starting up

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Starting a business FAQs

Frequently asked questions on starting a business for sole traders, limited companies and partnerships.

Sector specific law

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Sign writer legal issues

The following is an outline of some of the legislation which may be relevant for a sign writer.

Business ownership and management

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Company administration FAQs

As well as general company admin, directors are ultimately responsible for ensuring the company complies with the law, including the Companies Acts.

Finance and business strategy

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Joint ventures FAQs

Different ways two or more businesses can work together, and the most important legal and other issues that need to be addressed.

Employment law

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Dismissing employees FAQs

FAQs people ask about dismissing employees, including disciplinary procedures and what to do about claims of constructive or wrongful dismissal.

Marketing and selling

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Consumer credit FAQs

How to get a licence to offer credit to consumers and businesses, drawing up a credit agreement and the costs and implications involved.

Contracts, disputes

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Commercial disputes FAQs

Involved in a commercial dispute? Unsure how to resolve it or what happens next if you someone threatens to sue you? Read our practical FAQs.

Commercial premises law

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Rent reviews FAQs

Rent reviews are a mechanism for adjusting a tenant’s rent to the current market level. You negotiate a rent review with your landlord.

Health and safety

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Register as a waste carrier

If you regularly transport waste generated by your business, you need to register as a waste carrier. Use this tool to register as a waste carrier.

Data protection and IT

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Keep your web cookies legal

To comply with web cookie laws, businesses are required to install a method of requesting user consent, or remove web cookies completely

Intellectual property

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Patenting your invention FAQs

What you need to know if you are considering patenting your invention, including why you should do it, using an agent and the costs involved

Exit strategies

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What is my business worth?

Establishing the value of your business is tricky. This guide looks at how to get an idea of what your business is worth and achieve the best sale price.