Small Business Legal Issues

Advice and guides to help you overcome common legal problems faced by many small business owners and directors.

Business Ideas & Planning

Should I go sole trader, partnership or limited company?

We explore different types of company formation – sole trader, partnership, limited liability partnership and limited company

Legal advice

Are purchase orders legally binding?

Are purchase orders legally binding? What are the benefits of a purchase order and how does the process work? Paul Barnes explains more

Employing & managing staff

Do I need to pay employee for travelling time?

One of my employees, who travels 50 miles each way to work, is arguing that he should get paid for travelling time. How should I proceed?


Getting ready for Brexit – 6 steps you need to take to prepare

What should your small business be doing now to get ready for Brexit? Sarah Gunton offers advice on how firms can best prepare between now and January 1

Getting Online

Pivoting to an online business – 8 legal mistakes to avoid

Many small businesses are launching websites to keep sales going during the coronavirus pandemic. Lawyer Marion Kennedy highlights 8 legal mistakes to avoid when pivoting to an online business


Does my small business require a licence?

Licences are one of the first things you should research when you're starting your small business. Here's what you need to know

Legal advice

T&Cs for your small business – how to make sure they’re done properly

Making T&Cs prominently available and easily understood is important if you want to avoid costly legal action, says Amanda Hamilton

Business Technology

Drone laws UK: how do they affect small businesses?

A raft of drone laws were introduced earlier in the year restricting where and how high drones can fly. We explore what these new regulations mean for small businesses.

Business management

Hazardous waste management for small businesses

Richard Walker, marketing manager of Reconomy, offers up some guidance on hazardous waste management for your small business.

Legal advice

How can a restrictive covenant be enforced?

Is a restrictive covenant worth the paper it is written on and how can it be enforced?

Accounts & Tax

Inter-company loans: are there tax implications to consider?

Readers ask if there are interest charges and tax implications to think about when it comes to inter-company loans.

Legal advice

Small business legal mistakes – and how to avoid them

Karen Holden of A City Law Firm has represented hundreds of tech businesses and sees the same issues time and time again. Here's what to look out for and how to navigate the legal minefield.

Partner content

Funding options for the water supply, sewerage and waste management sector

The guys over at Funding Options explain what finance is available to firms in the water supply, sewerage and waste management sector

Partner content

Can businesses save money on CBILS repayment costs by refinancing for a RLS loan?

Your business could save money on CBILS repayments by refinancing for an RLS loan – Funding Options tells us how

Partner content

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

Partner content

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?