Legal

There are many legal aspects to running a limited company – dealing with your statutory obligations, taking on staff, dealing with contracts, clients and customers, and a maze of legislation which covers every aspect of small business life.

  • Your First Employee – steps you must make when you hire staff.
  • Dismissals – the steps you must take if you want to let an employee go.
  • Interviews – questions you need to ask any prospective members of staff.
  • Bribery Act – ensure you and any employees abide by new legislation.
  • Trademarks – what they are, and how they can protect your IP.
  • GDPR – legislation which protects individuals’ data – important reading.
  • Types of Hire – how you can hire staff, from employment to contracts.
  • Jury Service – what to do if you or an employee are called up.
  • Patents – how a patent can protect your inventions.
GDPR small business
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GDPR and how it affects small companies

As a small business-owner you may have already marked 25th May 2018 in your diary as the day when the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becomes official. But what exactly is this new piece of regulation meant to achieve and what in particular does it mean for small businesses in the UK, even those

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What is ‘flexible working’, and what should company owners do?

Since it became law in June 2014 under the Children and Families Act, employees have had the statutory right to request flexible working once they have completed 26 weeks of continuous employment. Previously, employees could request flexible working to look after dependents, such as children, but this is no longer a requirement and now any

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trademark limited company
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What are trade marks? A guide for company owners

A trade mark is a way of clearly identifying your brand while also legally protecting the trade mark from being used or copied by a rival company to promote their own goods or services. Some trade marks, such as Coca Cola, Apple, Nike etc., are recognised around the globe and have achieved almost iconic status,

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Steps to take if you need to dismiss an employee

One area that can cause employers a great deal of anxiety is knowing what to do when they need to dismiss an employee. Employment Law on dismissing staff applies across the board for all companies in the UK, but whereas large organisations have HR departments who are up to speed on disciplinary procedures, small business

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Companies Act 2006
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What is the Companies Act 2006?

The Companies Act 2006 is a complex piece of legislation that took eight years of lengthy consultation before agreement could be reached on the final provisions. The new Act, which became law in October 2009 and contains more than 1,300 sections, replaces the 1985 Act. It aims to modernise company law, simplify legislation, enhance the

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