Small Business Legal Issues

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


Tribunal compensation applicable for criminal offences

Employment Law firm Deminos has issued a warning to employers that they could face paying out compensation to sacked members of staff, even if the sacked person has been found guilty of a criminal offence.


Small businesses need a greater role in devolution of England: EEF

Small businesses have the most to gain from England's devolution plans but need a bigger voice, says manufacturing body EEF.


SME employees failing to get to grips with their contracts

Only one worker in 166 has ever fully read their contract and understands its contents, research finds.

Legal advice

Why the right business structure is so important

Many start-ups choose to become sole traders or partnerships simply because they are afraid of the paperwork. Here, Henry Catchpole explains why creating the correct business structure offers important legal and tax advantages.

Employing & managing staff

Important employment rights checklist for employers 

As an employer, it’s important that you keep track of your employees’ employment rights, so you don’t find yourself on the wrong side of the law.


The consequences of a Brexit for small companies

Michael Hatchwell discusses what a Brexit' would actually mean for businesses from a legal perspective.

Legal advice

Shareholders’ agreements: What they are and why they are necessary

Aaron Fermahan discusses the importance of the shareholders' agreement and what it means legally for your company.

Legal advice

Non-solicitation clauses and small businesses 

Here, Leigh Ellis looks at how the validity of clauses that seek to prohibit employees from poaching customers has been challenged in modern times.


The pros and cons of trading with a binary options platform

Here, we look at binary options trading, which offers a wide variety of commodities, forex pairs, stocks and financial indices... but with a new twist.

Legal advice

Consumer law issues you need to know as a small business owner

Consumers have significant rights, and companies need to be aware of them. Here, Guy Wilmot explores the most important issues to be clued up on.


Concern for SMEs over Labour proposal to scrap tribunal fees

Worries have arisen that small businesses may have to face more claims should Labour's plan to abolish employment tribunal fees come to fruition.


Older white men more likely to instigate tribunals

White, heterosexual males over the age of 45 are the most likely to lodge a tribunal claim against their employer. 

Partner content

16 ways to improve your business cash flow

Read here for 16 tried and tested tips and tricks to improve potential cash flow problems

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Agility – the new rocket fuel for today’s SMBs

How Microsoft Teams is helping small businesses stay nimble

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Six ways to boost your small company’s culture with technology

Getting the most from Microsoft Teams to help build a common purpose and connection within your business

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Five ways to boost SMB cyber defence so you can focus on growth

Want to boost your cybersecurity? Check out these five ways to strengthen your defences against attacks