Legal

Understanding business law is critical to protecting your ideas and knowing your rights.

Our articles on legal issues have been created to help business owners tackle sensitive situations that require essential knowledge. Some of our articles break down tricky issues such as trademarks, patents and IP, while other content is more lighthearted, providing a welcome break from the more serious side to managing a business.

A Guide to Director Redundancy

A Guide to Director Redundancy

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A Guide to Director Redundancy

Closing down a business can be a complicated process, with directors often overlooking the fact that they are eligible for redundancy pay. Gary Addison talks us through the small print

Why SMEs Need a Secure Remote Working Policy

Why SMEs Need a Secure Remote Working Policy

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Why SMEs Need a Secure Remote Working Policy

Having flexibility over where employees work can result in higher risk of a security breach. ShredallSDS Group's Nik Williams talks us through the importance of secure remote working policies

What is a Trade Mark? A Guide for Businesses

What is a Trade Mark? A Guide for Businesses

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What is a Trade Mark? A Guide for Businesses

All businesses have a trade mark - in fact, it's nearly impossible to trade without one. But to truly safeguard your brand reputation, getting your trade mark registered is crucial

Protecting Your Business from a Data Breach

Protecting Your Business from a Data Breach

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Protecting Your Business from a Data Breach

From educating your staff about phishing emails to protecting your local network, here are some important cyber security measures for small businesses

The Late Starters’ Guide to GDPR for SMEs

The Late Starters’ Guide to GDPR for SMEs

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The Late Starters’ Guide to GDPR for SMEs

A little late to the GDPR table? Don't panic - the 25 May deadline is fast approaching, but there's still time to ensure full compliance with the new data regulations using these tips

The Risks and Rewards of Unpaid Internships

The Risks and Rewards of Unpaid Internships

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The Risks and Rewards of Unpaid Internships

The government and HMRC are cracking down on companies for their use of unpaid internships. So, what do employers need to consider when taking on an intern?

The Biggest Cyber Threats Facing SMEs in 2018

The Biggest Cyber Threats Facing SMEs in 2018

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The Biggest Cyber Threats Facing SMEs in 2018

With massive cyber-attacks increasing in regularity, what are the main cyber threats that businesses should be aware of? And how can they tackle them?

Carillion Collapse: What Can Businesses Learn?

Carillion Collapse: What Can Businesses Learn?

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Carillion Collapse: What Can Businesses Learn?

The insolvency of Carillion will have far-reaching implications for its employees and contractors. But what lessons has it taught other businesses?

Card Surcharge Ban: How SMEs Can Offset the Cost

Card Surcharge Ban: How SMEs Can Offset the Cost

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Card Surcharge Ban: How SMEs Can Offset the Cost

It's now illegal for businesses to charge customers for debit and credit card payments. How can companies manage the impact of the card surcharge ban?

Discovering an Employee Has a Criminal Conviction

Discovering an Employee Has a Criminal Conviction

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Discovering an Employee Has a Criminal Conviction

What rights and responsibilities do employers have in respect of employees with undisclosed criminal records? Tackle this tricky issue with our handy guide

Business Structures: a Simple Guide for Startups

Business Structures: a Simple Guide for Startups

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Business Structures: a Simple Guide for Startups

Choosing the wrong business structure can cause serious problems for a startup. Avoid making the same mistake with this short guide to business structures

R&D Tax Credits: a Guide for Small Businesses

R&D Tax Credits: a Guide for Small Businesses

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R&D Tax Credits: a Guide for Small Businesses

What are R&D tax credits, and how can your company claim them? We answer these questions, and more, in this definitive guide to R&D tax relief

Employment Tribunal Fees: The Impact of Abolition

Employment Tribunal Fees: The Impact of Abolition

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Employment Tribunal Fees: The Impact of Abolition

Four years after their introduction, the Supreme Court has abolished employment tribunal fees, ruling them unlawful. But what does it mean for employers?

GDPR: What Does It Mean for Businesses?

GDPR: What Does It Mean for Businesses?

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GDPR: What Does It Mean for Businesses?

From 25 May 2018, UK businesses will be subject to the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, otherwise known as GDPR. Here are all the essential details

What Is a Sole Trader?

What Is a Sole Trader?

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What Is a Sole Trader?

Thinking of setting up as a sole trader? Find out what it means, how to register, and the advantages and disadvantages of this type of business structure

Shared Parental Leave: a Guide for Employers

Shared Parental Leave: a Guide for Employers

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Shared Parental Leave: a Guide for Employers

The UK government introduced shared parental leave in 2015, offering parents a more flexible childcare arrangement. But what does it all mean for employers?

The Impact of the Uber Ruling on the Gig Economy

The Impact of the Uber Ruling on the Gig Economy

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The Impact of the Uber Ruling on the Gig Economy

Uber's defeat in a recent employment tribunal will have a huge impact on the company, but what are the wider implications for the gig economy as a whole?

Probationary Periods: What Employers Need to Know

Probationary Periods: What Employers Need to Know

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Probationary Periods: What Employers Need to Know

Probationary periods can protect employers when a new employee doesn’t make the grade. But how can an employer implement one effectively and responsibly?

Safety Systems for Commercial Vehicles

Safety Systems for Commercial Vehicles

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Safety Systems for Commercial Vehicles

It’s important to keep your staff safe when they get behind the wheel. These safety solutions should do the trick for any business with commercial vehicles

How to Improve Your Productivity

How to Improve Your Productivity

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How to Improve Your Productivity

It seems we’ve hit an all-time low in productivity levels in the UK and, as a result, are more stressed. What’s holding us back and how do we escape it?