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Legal advice

The small business legal advice section provides in-depth guides and features on tax, company and employment law for UK SMEs and sole traders.

What to do when faced with a law suit for patent infringement

In this article, we look at what action you need to take when faced with the threat of legal action in a patent infringement claim.

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What you need to know when recruiting for the first time

Here, Ruth Hayward looks at the business and legal considerations small businesses should make when recruiting their first member of staff.

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How to deal with threatening job applications

In these days of increased litigation, how can employers protect themselves while ensuring they offer equal opportunities to all job applicants?

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The implications of drink driving and needing a licence for work 

Here, we give advice on the course of action to take if you get caught drink driving.

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Do not get caught out by changes to European trademark protection

Brand owners have been advised that recent changes to EU trademark legislation could leave some trademarks with a reduced scope of protection.

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The top global destinations for protecting your IP

Justin Simpson discusses the world's most popular international filing destinations and how best UK small businesses can maximise IP protection in these countries from the outset.

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How small businesses should navigate the new PSC legislation 

New government legislation on PSC registers could leave business owners facing criminal charges if they don't comply, warns Henry Catchpole.

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How can employers encourage fathers to take shared parental leave?

What is stopping men from using their extra entitlement to time off when a child is born or adopted? Alan Price investigates the issue.

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The Trunki patent case and small business IP

Rob Law's Trunki suitcase was a hit – but then another product came along that he felt looked awfully similar. Here, we look at why the rival was deemed not to have copied Law's design and what company owners should do to protect their ideas.

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Workplace Investigations – who should conduct them and what is the correct process?

Here, Alan Price discusses what to do to make an informed and impartial decision in the face of disciplinary matters.

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Registering as a company limited by guarantee 

A company limited by guarantee does not have a share capital or shareholders, but instead has members who act as guarantors. Here, Henry Catchpole explains the concept.

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Employment law: A quick guide for small business owners

Here, we look at the key employment law considerations for those taking on staff for the first time.

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How to contend with intellectual property infringements as a small company

Here, in an article in association with the Federation of Small Businesses, we speak to law professionals about what to do in the event of IP infringements.

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Employment rights for same-sex couples in a civil partnership

Alan Price examines the legal considerations employers need to be aware of in regard to the rights of same-sex couples.

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What is professional indemnity insurance?

Professional indemnity insurance provides cover if somebody sues your business and they allege that your advice caused financial loss or damaged their brand. It’s not just for accountants and lawyers but for anyone offering a personal service, even web designers

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What is public liability insurance, and does it cover Covid-19 claims?

Public liability insurance can cover your small business if a third party has an accident or injury. But does public liability insurance cover claims made against your business arising from Covid-19?

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Business insurance everything you need to know

Every small business may need to be insured at some level. But which policies are must-haves, and which are optional? Edward Murray guides you through the maze

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London & Partners Q&A — driving growth in the London startup ecosystem

In this Q&A, we explore how London & Partners' Business Growth Programme is driving economic growth and inclusion in the London startup scene