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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

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Business Companion: a reliable voice in the misinformation age

Business Companion is a one-stop-shop for accurate and up-to-date legal guidance, whatever sector you’re in — and it’s all completely free

News

Introducing our Business Essentials service

Our new Business Essentials membership service offers all the tools and support you will need to help run your business

Setting up a company

8 legal considerations when setting up a business

One of your first legal steps will be to register your business and choose your structure

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?

Business management

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

Advice

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.

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5 things every small business owner needs to know before starting

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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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Benefits of switching to the right business bank account

We've teamed up with the Current Account Switch Service to explain the benefits of switching your business bank account.

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Business Companion: a reliable voice in the misinformation age

Business Companion is a one-stop-shop for accurate and up-to-date legal guidance, whatever sector you’re in — and it’s all completely free