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Legal advice for businesses
There are a range of key areas where you may find it useful to take professional legal advice:
- Company structure - whether to trade as self-employed, a partnership or a limited company, and to make sure the proper legal agreements are drawn up - see legal structures: the basics.
- Business premises - negotiating and making sure you understand the terms of your lease - see buying business premises and renting business premises.
- Contract terms and service levels - you should be sure of your legal responsibilities to customers and suppliers. See negotiate the right deal with suppliers and ensure customers pay you on time.
- Protecting your business ideas and confirming ownership - making sure any intellectual property rights to your product or service are protected and that you're not infringing the rights of other businesses - see protecting intellectual property.
- Finance - the legal implications of raising finance - for example on your home - and agreeing terms with the lender. See business financing options: an overview.
- Debt control - protecting you against bad debts and advice on debt collecting - see recover debt through court.
- Franchising - anyone going into franchising needs to check all the small print with a specialist lawyer - see buy a franchise.
- Employment law - ensure you are following all employment law matters in your business. See taking on staff.