Business Guides - Legal

Registering Designs

Lawdit looks at the relatively low-cost extra protection of your new designs.

IR35 & personal service companies

Overview of IR35, what it means to you and how it's calculated.

Employing your spouse

Points to bear in mind if your partner works in the business.

The law and directors' responsibilities

Article on the 'common law' and statutory duties of a company director; how to appoint, resign and change details at Companies House and other points limited company directors will need to bear in mind.

Do I need to comply with the Data Protection Act?

If you obtain, store or use personal details from customers, suppliers or other contacts, it is a legal requirement that you comply with the eight main principles of the Data Protection Act to protect people's privacy.

10 things to consider when signing a consultancy contract

There are two broad areas that freelancers should be concerned with - exposure to commercial risk and exposure to IR35 liabilities.

Your contract: key commercial factors

As a freelancer operating on a self-employed basis one of the first things you will want to do after a successful tender is get on with the job. But stop! What about the contract?

What is copyright?

Copyright gives creators the legal right to control the use of their material, in restricting unauthorized copying and reproduction by others.