Small Business Legal Issues

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


SMEs not ready for Corporate Manslaughter Act

Only half of businesses in the UK are prepared for the introduction of the Corporate Manslaughter Act, despite the introduction of the legislation on April 6th say experts.


SMEs ‘nip workplace disputes in the bud’

The close nature of small businesses' working environments often allows them to resolve workplace disputes without the need for an employment tribunal, a business association claims.


SMEs unprepared for new phone law

Nearly one in three small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) do not have a policy for in-car mobile phone use, meaning they could be liable to prosecution if their employees make business calls from their mobile while driving, says new research by YouGov for communications specialist Jabra.

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Stay ahead of changes in legislation

All businesses need to stay on top of legislative changes. It has never been easier to do so thanks to the introduction of Common Commencement Dates. This means that most new laws affecting businesses now come into play on one of two dates each year, either April or October, making it easier for business to remember compliance timings.


Law reform boost for small business

Trade and Industry Secretary Alistair Darling has announced that simplification of business legislation through the Company Law Reform Bill will benefit small firms to the tune of £100 million, with total savings of £250 million for UK enterprises of all sizes.


Divorce misery for firms

Business lobby group the Forum of Private Business has warned SME owners that marital ruptures can have a negative effect on their businesses, following the high-profile divorce case of insurance multi-millionaire John Charman.


Mis-selling: a growing problem

According to new research from BT, more than three-quarters (78 per cent) of SMEs have been mis-sold business services, and almost two-thirds of these (59 per cent) have been misled into signing up for unwanted telephone services.


Company law boost for SMEs

Potential good news for small businesses has been announced with the publication of the Company Law Reform Bill, which aims to save SMEs £100 million through deregulation and a substantial revamp of company law.


Comply with waste disposal laws

On 16 July, revised legislation on disposing of hazardous waste came into effect.


Money laundering laws come into force

New regulations on money laundering come into force on 1 March and those affected need to be aware of them or risk criminal prosecution, including up to two years in prison.

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A guide to writing your terms of business

Terms of business (also known as terms and conditions) are vital, as they establish levels of responsibility for companies and their customers.

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How to develop your terms and conditions

Terms and conditions (also known as terms of trade), whether they apply to sales or services, are essential to your business as they set out the level of responsibilities that apply to you and your customers.

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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