Business law

Businesses are required to comply with a wide range of business laws. We introduce the main rules and regulations you must comply with.

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Business law - overview

Businesses are required to comply with a wide range of business laws. We introduce the main rules and regulations you must comply with.

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Licences and registration - overview

Some businesses need to register or hold a licence to operate. This summary will help you establish whether you need to register or obtain a licence.

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Insurance for business - overview

Business insurance can protect you when things go wrong. We introduce the main insurances you may need and those which are compulsory.

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How to avoid under-insurance

Finding out that your insurance doesn’t cover you after an incident can be devastating. Make sure you have the right amount of cover.

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Q&A: Trade marks

Many businesses are unaware of how much intellectual property they own or how to go about protecting it. We outline the steps you could take.

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Find specialist flood insurance

If you're finding it hard to get insurance because of flood risk, this tool can help you track down a specialist insurer.

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Licence finder

Before you can start operating certain types of businesses, you must obtain a licence. Use this Licence finder tool on the GOV.UK website.

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Q&A: Business insurance

It's important for all businesses to assess risk and to seek sufficient cover; it grants peace of mind. It also, of course, protects your business.

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Q&A: Non-disclosure agreements

Alex Craig, Head of Commercial at Muckle LLP explains what non-disclosure agreements are and how they can protect small businesses.

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Q&A: Patents

Once a patent has been obtained, the inventor has a monopoly on exploiting the invention for up to 20 years. We find out how to go about it.

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Q&A: Supplier contracts

Supplier contracts don't really need to be complex, but it's worth involving a solicitor to ensure all contractual obligations are met.

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Q&A: Supply contract disputes

Supply contracts set out key terms and conditions, but what should you do when a supplier's performance falls short of the mark? Here are some tips.

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Six ways to spot and prevent fraud

Fraud is not just a problem for individuals – businesses of all sizes have to be on guard against scams. Here are six ways to spot it.