Legal advice and articles
UK business law can be a minefield. From tax rules to the Minimum Wage, and from employment regulations to consumer law, these guides and tips are here to help keep your business on the right side of the law.
Podcast: choosing a legal structure
In this podcast, Josh Hall talkes about 'Choosing a Legal Structure’. Listen to the podcast or read the podcast on this page.
Your choice of legal structure can have a number of important, practical implications for you and your business. This choice can affect the amount of paperwork you have to complete, the legal protection you are afforded, and the ways in which you raise finance.
Avoiding unforeseen legal issues - 5 steps for small businesses
Paul Callaghan | 24 Jul 2014
Paul Callaghan, Partner at Taylor Wessing, provides some legal tips for small business.
The government’s controversial Small Business Bill has begun its passage through Parliament.
New rules mean that 20 million employees now have the right to request flexible working.
Get £2,000 off your National Insurance bill
Josh Hall | 20 Mar 2014
Small businesses will be able to claim up to £2,000 off their employer’s National Insurance bill from next month.
Is the government doing enough on red tape?
Josh Hall | 21 Feb 2014
The government’s efforts to cut red tape have had “little or no impact on British businesses”.
Pension auto-enrolment - How can I make it affordable?
Josh Hall | 23 Sep 2013
New pension rules will cost small businesses £8,900 each.
Why was Tesco fined £300,000?
Josh Hall | 29 Aug 2013
Earlier this month Tesco was fined £300,000 in a case brought by Trading Standards officials.
Long term sick leave: handling the issue and supporting your employees
Beth Brierley | 16 Jul 2013
The Government’s Fit for Work Service is due to publish its recommendations this summer. The aim? To reduce the annual £3 billion cost in sick leave to British Businesses.
Legal considerations for start-up businesses
By Josh Hall | 26 April 2010
What are the main legal considerations that entrepreneurs must contend with when setting up a new business?
Family business succession - tips for making it work
By Josh Hall | 18 November 2011
The process of passing on your business can be a difficult one - and it requires significant forward planning. Here are some simple tips to help you.
Health and safety best practice in the office
By Josh Hall | 4 June 2010
Health and safety is often overlooked by businesses that operate from office premises. However, there is a wide range tasks you should complete.
Dismissing employees - how to do it legally
By Josh Hall | 10 March 2011
There are clear rules regarding dismissal, and it is important that you abide by these at every step. Failure to do so will likely result in a costly tribunal case.
Home working - Advice for Employers
By Jen Smith | 14 October 2011
Employers need to ensure that home workers are properly managed and protected to avoid any employment law issues for their businesses.
SIC codes and your business - what you need to know
By Josh Hall | 4 October 2011
What are Standard Industrial Codes (SIC codes), when will you need one, and where can you find it?