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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 best practice.

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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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Disclaimer: These publications from Atom Content Marketing are for general guidance only, for businesses in the United Kingdom governed by the laws of England. Atom Content Marketing, expert contributors and ICAEW (as distributor) disclaim all liability for any errors or omissions.

Online articles

The Library provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use. 

Useful links


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.

Atom Content Marketing guides

Articles and books in the Library collection

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