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Law for Small Business For Dummies - UK, UK Edition

Law for Small Business For Dummies - UK, UK Edition

Clive Rich

ISBN: 978-1-118-97045-4

Jan 2016

432 pages

$17.99

Description

Your own in-house legal advisor—at a fraction of the cost

Written in plain-English for business people without any legal training, Law For Small Business For Dummies covers everything you need to be aware of regarding the law when you're starting and running your own business. Cutting through the jargon that can make even the pros scratch their heads, this book quickly gets you up-to-speed on the key areas of business law, including contracts, websites, intellectual property, data protection and partnership agreements. Plus, you'll find out how small business law applies to advertising and marketing, confidentiality agreements, the sale and supply of goods (including e-commerce), negligence and product liability.

There were 526,000 new businesses registered in the UK in 2013—and, at some point, all of them will be faced with legal risks that could make the difference between success and failure. One claim could wipe out a fledgling business' profits, and hit even big businesses harder than they could ever imagine. If you're the owner of a new business and need to get a handle on the ins and outs of small business law—and don't have the budget to employ an in-house legal advisor—this trusted, approachable guide is your answer.

  • Covers the laws surrounding the most common risks small businesses face
  • Addresses how to deal with legal issues before a potentially costly dispute arises
  • Provides access to handy sample contract templates on Dummies.com
  • Serves as your own in-house legal advisor—at a fraction of the cost

If you're an existing business owner or an aspiring entrepreneur thinking about starting your own business, Law For Small Business For Dummies gives you answers to questions you didn't even know to ask!

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Legal Requirements 5

Chapter 1: Starting Your Legal Journey: Business Structures and Initial Research 7

Chapter 2: Setting up and Running Your Business Structure: Legal Formalities 23

Chapter 3: Choosing Your Funding Partner 43

Chapter 4: Closing the Funding Agreement 59

Part II: Launching Your Business – Legal Essentials 81

Chapter 5: Contracting Consultants and Employees 83

Chapter 6: Dealing with Your Online Responsibilities 107

Chapter 7: Staying Onside in the Workplace 123

Chapter 8: Protecting What You Own: Intellectual Property 147

Chapter 9: Acquiring and Using Your Own Software 173

Part III: Growing the Business – The Legal Blueprint 191

Chapter 10: Cooking Up a Tasty Contract with Your Suppliers 193

Chapter 11: Contracting with Suppliers for Services 213

Chapter 12: Creating Legal Contracts with Consumers 227

Chapter 13: Saying Bonjour, Ciao, Hola, Ni Hao to Trading Abroad 245

Part IV: Staying in Business – Legal Pitfalls 263

Chapter 14: Managing Your Legal Risks 265

Chapter 15: Winning Disputes (When You Can’t Avoid Them) 279

Chapter 16: Coping with Liquidation and Insolvency 299

Part V: Exiting Successfully – Legal Secrets 323

Chapter 17: Lifting‐Off to Further Business Goals 325

Chapter 18: Cashing In: Selling Your Business 341

Part VI: The Part of Tens 359

Chapter 19: Top Ten Legal Bear Pits to Avoid 361

Chapter 20: Ten Documents You Need to Get Signed 367

Chapter 21: Shush! Ten Secrets of Negotiation 375

Chapter 22: Ten Ways You Can Expect Your Lawyer to Behave 385

Index 395