Starting up

Forming a business - checklist

Article

Forming a business - checklist

When forming a business make sure you get it right from the start. Check the key considerations and legal requirements to prevent expensive mistakes.

Sector specific law

Business ownership and management

Finance and business strategy

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FAQs

Insolvency FAQs

Frequently asked questions about insolvency, including how you can reduce the risks and what to do if you or your business becomes insolvent

Employment law

A manager consults with staff over workplace changes

FAQs

Information and consultation FAQs

FAQs on your responsibilities to inform and consult with employees when you make business changes, if you have more than 50 employees.

Marketing and selling

Contracts, disputes

Invoicing files in a cabinet - getting paid – trading terms.

Article

Getting paid - trading terms

Inadequate trading terms can you don't get paid. Minimise bad debts by setting out clear terms of trade and make customers are aware of them.

Commercial premises law

Road sign saying High Street

Article

RICS Small business property guide

When taking on business premises, key issues you may face are choosing premises, negotiating a lease, challenging dilapidations claims, sub-letting.

Health and safety

Data protection and IT

Piracy is a crime

Article

Using software legally

Illegal software can carry viruses as well as leaving you open to prosecution. Make sure you stay within the law when you buy business software.

Intellectual property

Design right and registration FAQs

FAQs

Design right and registration FAQs

The difference between design right and registered designs, how much registration costs and what to do if someone claims the right to your design

Exit strategies

Creating a valuable business

Article

Creating a valuable business

Creating a valuable business means taking strategic decisions that have a lasting, positive effect. Our guide to creating and protecting value.