Starting up

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Forming a business

When you set up your business, it pays to get the legal structure right from the start. Read our guide to your options and what you need to consider.

Sector specific law

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eBay trader legal issues

There are several pieces of legislation that apply to eBay traders. They cover areas such as retailing, and insurance.

Business ownership and management

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Search the register of disqualified company directors

Search for disqualified company directors. Anyone who has a bankruptcy, a debt relief order or bankruptcy restrictions is banned from being the director of a company. You can search the bankruptcy and insolvency register to find out who has been banned.

Finance and business strategy

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Companies House WebCHeck Service

Use the WebCHeck service to search for information about existing or dissolved companies, including insolvency details and previous names.

Employment law

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FAQs

Gross misconduct FAQs

Sacking an employee for gross misconduct can be tricky, and getting it wrong could lead to legal proceedings. Our FAQs explain your responsibilities.

Marketing and selling

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Understand legal issues for importers

Buying from a supplier abroad can bring unique issues, including legal and cultural differences and transport problems. Our guide to the main issues.

Contracts, disputes

Commercial premises law

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Planning fees calculator

Visit the Government’s Planning Portal website to calculate the fees for any planning application you’re considering in England.

Health and safety

Data protection and IT

Intellectual property

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How does copyright work?

Copyright protects the creators of original text, artwork and films, and gives you control over the rights to copy, perform or broadcast your material

Exit strategies

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Planning your exit from your business

Exiting your business may be sad, but it doesn't need to be stressful. Our guide to planning in advance how you want to exit and who will succeed you.