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.

Regulatory & Tax Considerations for M&As

Regulatory & Tax Considerations for M&As

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Regulatory & Tax Considerations for M&As

We explain the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers and tax issues involved in mergers and acquisitions.

​Investors’ Rights in a Company

​Investors’ Rights in a Company

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​Investors’ Rights in a Company

As an investor in a company you're classed as a shareholder - make sure you know your rights, what you can do and the restrictions.

Limited Company With a Foreign Partner

Limited Company With a Foreign Partner

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Limited Company With a Foreign Partner

What you need to look out for if one of your directors is based abroad.

Finding a Manufacturer

Finding a Manufacturer

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Finding a Manufacturer

Key points to think about when looking for and setting up a new manufacturer relationship.

Providing Finance to Customers

Providing Finance to Customers

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Providing Finance to Customers

How do I offer financing to my customers? If you're considering this question, it’s important to first understand a little about consumer credit practices.

Employment and Supply Contracts

Employment and Supply Contracts

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Employment and Supply Contracts

We’re all guilty of skim-reading a contract, but there are key T&Cs that should be always be noted and read in detail. Failing to do so could spell trouble.

Mergers and Acquisitions FAQs - Part 2

Mergers and Acquisitions FAQs - Part 2

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Mergers and Acquisitions FAQs - Part 2

A merger or acquisition can be a confusing time for any business owner. Here we answer more of your questions on M&A deals and what it means for you.

4 Common Reasons for Dismissal

4 Common Reasons for Dismissal

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4 Common Reasons for Dismissal

Have to sack an employee is a sad reality of running a business, whatever the reason. But what are the most common reasons employees are let go?

Choosing and Protecting Your Business Name

Choosing and Protecting Your Business Name

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Choosing and Protecting Your Business Name

The name of your business is one of the most important factors in establishing a strong brand. Here's how you can choose and protect your business name

Introduction to the CMA

Introduction to the CMA

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Introduction to the CMA

Take a look at what the The Competition and Markets Authority ​(CMA) does and what areas are covered by its regulations.

Key Criteria for Making Redundancies

Key Criteria for Making Redundancies

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Key Criteria for Making Redundancies

Redundancy is never an easy thing to do, so here's guidance on how to handle this difficult task.

Does my Company Need an Employee Handbook?

Does my Company Need an Employee Handbook?

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Does my Company Need an Employee Handbook?

Many big companies produce an employee handbook to guide their staff in practices and procedures. Here's why you should consider one for your business...

How to Transfer Your Business Assets

How to Transfer Your Business Assets

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How to Transfer Your Business Assets

How can you transfer assets from one of your corporations to another? It's possible but can be tricky, so there are a few things you need to be aware of.

What to do Following Threat of Disciplinary Action

What to do Following Threat of Disciplinary Action

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What to do Following Threat of Disciplinary Action

If you've received a warning or threat of disciplinary action from HR, follow these steps

Claiming Startup Expenses

Claiming Startup Expenses

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Claiming Startup Expenses

Got your startup up and running? Did you know that there are ways that you can reclaim the expenses of starting your business? Here's how...

What is a Fixed-Term Employment Contract?

What is a Fixed-Term Employment Contract?

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What is a Fixed-Term Employment Contract?

What is an FTC, and advice renewing and ending fixed-term employment contracts.

Signing a Non-Disclosure Agreement

Signing a Non-Disclosure Agreement

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Signing a Non-Disclosure Agreement

Non-disclosure agreements (NDA) are common across industries. But do you know what you are signing and what happens if you breach the contract?

So Your Job is Ending - What Pay do You Get?

So Your Job is Ending - What Pay do You Get?

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So Your Job is Ending - What Pay do You Get?

Your employer's obligations for payments when employment ends - pay for severance, gardening leave and notice period.

Advice on Reducing Staff Hours and Laying Off

Advice on Reducing Staff Hours and Laying Off

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Advice on Reducing Staff Hours and Laying Off

Your obligations when reducing staff hours, and your options if you need cut costs temporarily.

Taking Disciplinary Action Against an Employee?

Taking Disciplinary Action Against an Employee?

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Taking Disciplinary Action Against an Employee?

What you should do before taking disciplinary action against an employee