Business Law In Brierley Hill

Business Law In Brierley Hill
Business Law In Brierley Hill

Complying with the law must be one of your most important considerations and you may need to consult a solicitor to ensure that any legal decisions are made with full knowledge of the Laws that may affect your business.

This section should give you a good overview some of the most important issues. However, commercial law can be complex and we would strongly advise you to contact a local lawyer before committing yourself to any legally binding contracts.

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Key Legal Considerations

UK laws

You should be aware of the laws that relate to your sector and to running a business generally. The over-riding rule is that prevention is better than cure - make sure that you do not break the law by finding out what you need to know BEFORE you start to trade.

Setting up a business is an exciting time but without the right legal advice it can also be a legal minefield. Prevention is better than cure. A specialised business solicitor can help you identify future legal problems and advise you on what steps to take to prevent problems before they happen, which will protect your business from risk and save you money.

To find your nearest business law expert, visit ‘find a solicitor’ at

Working from home

Check with your local authority to make sure that you do not need planning permission. Also it is advisable to check your tenancy agreement or the deeds of your home to rule out the possibility that here maybe exclusion clauses that prohibit you running a business from the property. Other considerations may be business rates and Capital Gains Tax if any part of the home is exclusively used for business.

Commercial property

Commercial property law is extremely complex and should not be tackled alone. Leases and agreements generally have long term implications and heavy financial penalties. It is a specialised area of law so look for someone with relevant experience.


Taking on a franchise will definitely involve signing a legally binding agreement. A solicitor will be able to guide you through the process and make sure that you are not commiting to something which you might later regret.

Contract law

Contracts occur in every business. It might be as simple as the agreement with the milkman to deliver the milk and your obligation to pay for it, or it might be an order you made with a major supplier. While it is good practice for all business contracts to be in writing it is not essential. The contract may be formed orally, by parties agreeing the terms on the telephone but bear in mind that his could be open to differences in understanding of what has been agreed. Always read the ‘small print’ and take appropriate legal advice before entering into any contractural agreement that could end up with a dispute.


Some types of businesses do need to obtain special licenses before they open for business. The .gov website contains a useful ‘license finder’ tool:

The Citizens Advice site has a description of the the most commonly required licenses (by trade):

Health and safety

Health and safety laws apply to all businesses. As an employer, or a self-employed person, you are responsible for health and safety in your business. Laws are there to protect you, your employees and the public from workplace dangers. The HSE (Health & Safety Executive) site is for employers and those who want some basic information on what they must do to make sure their businesses comply with health and safety law. See:

Trading Regulations

Your local authority will be able to advise you on local trading regulations such as opening hours.


If you employ people you have certain duties such as the provision of a contract of employment, fair disciplinary procedures and Employer’s Liability Insurance. See also: HR & Staff


Our insurance section covers this in more depth but you must consider any action or event which involves your business which could result in it being sued. This could involve Professional Indemnity and public Liability.

Data protection

The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) is an Act of Parliament which defines UK law on the processing of data on identifiable living people. It is the main piece of legislation that governs the protection of personal data in the UK.

Intellectual property

Some common types of intellectual property rights (IPR) are trademarks, copyright, patents, industrial design rights, and in some jurisdictions trade secrets: all these cover music, literature, and other artistic works; discoveries and inventions; and words, phrases, symbols, and designs.

Terms & conditions

Terms and conditions are used for legal purposes by websites and internet service providers that store a user’s personal data, such as e-commerce and social networking services. A legitimate terms-of-service agreement is legally binding and may be subject to change.

Legal structure

The various options are covered in the chapter 5 entitled ‘Business Set Up’. If you need to form a limited company or are creating a partnership, you may well advised to take legal advice to ensure that this is done correctly. Going into business with others, even if they are friends, is notoriously unpredictable. Someone who behaves perfectly rationally normally sometimes can be entirely different when it money and stress become involved. Make sure that you have a written agreement which covers all eventualities.

Legal advice

Taking professional legal advice is not cheap but is essential for many of the subject mentioned here. The true cost of not seeking help may only materialise in years to come but could prove to be considerably more expensive in the long run. Many solicitors offer a free introductory session so, at very least, prepare a summary of your possible legal needs and obtain a quote for any assistance that may be required.

Latest Law Articles

If you run your own business in Brierley Hill and would like to learn more about business law, we have compiled a library of useful resources and frequently asked questions which we hope that you will find both interesting and useful.

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Irwin Mitchell solicitors in Birmingham provide legal help and support to the people of Birmingham and the West Midlands. They deal with claims relating to personal injuries, medical negligence and road traffic accidents to name but a few. They are not afraid to push the law to its limits and do so to achieve what is best for each client as an individual, both in a legal sense and personally too.
Carrington Law is run by Calvin Carrington a Solicitor with over 10 years experience in commercial and corporate law. Legal advice is available on commercial law, commercial disputes, corporate matters, debt recovery (including pre litigation letters, statutory demands etc.), contracts (their drafting, reviews and management, suppliers contracts, sales contracts, terms and conditions etc.), company formation advice, company due diligence investigations, employment law, director and partnership issues and duties, wills, company acquisitions and sales (business valuation etc.), transport law (freight forwarding and shipping) and motoring and motor bike law, company filing with Companies House, tax issues. Calvin knows how important it is to work hard to deliver a good customer service experience for all clients who use Carrington Law. Legal services are provided to its clients by a combination of client meetings at their premises to help save the clients time and money and also by using telephone, email and written communications. Carrington Law works hard to understand each clients business so that a fully integrated service can be provided in a way that is most suitable for the client. Carrington Law can also offer to its commercial clients the opportunity to have an In House Solicitor for a short term project when it is feasible and cost effective for the client. Some companies have many legal issues and debt recovery matters. These issues can mount up and an In House Solicitor can quickly resolve these matters at a fraction of the cost of usual billing rates. Such a service saves the client time and money. Contact us at Carrington Law via the web site for more details if this is a suitable service for your firm. We are always happy to help and work outside business hours for our clients. We are available 9am to 6pm, but registered clients have almost 247 access to advice. Our services are very affordable and we work hard to keep costs down. We do not use receptionists so there is no waiting, you will speak with a Solicitor straight away.
Enoch Evans Solicitors in Walsall provide practical legal solutions to both private and commercial clients. Fully accredited by The Law Society, the firms reputable and successful practice has expanded considerably over the years and is now one of the leading law firms in The West Midlands. Specialist departments include Company and Commercial, Commercial Property, Dispute Resolution, Employment, Wills, Tax and Probate, Matrimonial and Family, Residential Conveyancing, Criminal and Regulatory Offences. Enoch Evans are the only firm in the area with a Notary Public.
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