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Business law and regulation

Find out more about the law and regulations your business must comply with, using our selection of legal alerts and briefings on the latest developments and best practice to apply to your business.

What's on this page?

  • Legal Alert
  • Briefings
  • Online articles
  • Useful links
  • Articles and books in the Library collection

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Legal Alert

Legal Alert is a monthly checklist from Atom Content Marketing highlighting new and pending laws, regulations, codes of practice and rulings that could have an impact on your business.

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Briefings are four-page guides from Atom Content Marketing written for the busy practitioner, director and entrepreneur providing concise, practical advice on core business issues.

Access knowledge and networks


Whether you need help developing your technology, want to improve your skills or are looking for new distribution channels, networking and forging the right alliances can give you the knowhow you need.

An internet policy for your employees


The internet is essential for doing business. However, it can also be a great way for employees to waste time, cause security issues, or give you legal headaches.

Being sued


Accidents, mistakes and misunderstandings can happen in any business. Sometimes these grow into full-blown disputes, and before you know it, you are facing a legal claim.

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Online articles

The library provides access to a range of articles in full text from leading business, finance and management journals. Access to articles is provided to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Useful links


Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015
Full text of the Act available in the original version as enacted and the latest available revised version.

Financial Services Act 2012
Full text of the Act available in the original version as enacted and the latest available revised version.

Financial Services (Banking Reform) Act 2013
Full text of the Act available in the original version as enacted and the latest available revised version.

Competing fairly in business: advice for small businesses 
Collection of resources from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to help small business understand their obligations under UK competition law. Includes, a checklist, a case study and an explanatory video. Published November 2015.

Competition law: information for chartered accountants
One-page summary for chartered accountants to help their clients comply with competition law. Published by the CMA in September 2015.

This is not an exhaustive list of legislation on business regulation. The ICAEW Library holds numerous print publications on business law and also subscribes to electronic databases with the complete text of UK legislation. For information on accessing these resources, please contact the Library.

Regulatory bodies

Financial Conduct Authority
Regulates financial service activities in the UK. An independent body funded by regulated firms and accountable to the Treasury.

Prudential Regulation Authority
Responsible for the regulation and supervision of banks, building societies, credit unions, insurers and major investment firms. Part of the Bank of England.

Other resources

Licence finder
Find out whether you need a licence to operate your business, and how to apply for one.

Start Up Donut: Business law
Aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Offers advice and resources for complying with UK business law. Written by Atom Content Marketing.

Business companion
Free advice for UK businesses supplying goods or services to consumers. Includes links to trading standards and detailed compliance guides for specific types of business.

Articles and books in the Library collection

Selected books

Click on the links below to see our catalogue record and holdings for each book.

Business law and practice
(College of Law Publishing, 2013)
The book explains common forms of business organisation, possible tax liabilities and aspects of trading.

Business services, partnering and outsourcing contracts- a practical guide
(Sweet and Maxwell, 2012)
A guide to the process, management, and regulation of the many types of business services, partnering and outsourcing contracts.

To find out how you can borrow books from the Library please see our guide to book loans.

You can obtain copies of articles or extracts of books and reports by post, fax or email through our document supply service.

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