Understand the UK’s legal framework

The UK has simple, clear laws helping make it the seventh easiest place to do business in the world, according to the World Bank.

Global leaders in fairness and stability

The UK’s culture of entrepreneurship is supported by this trusted legal framework. UK courts follow legal precedents, but have the flexibility to adapt past rulings to meet modern business needs.

World class legal advisors are located all over the country – so no matter where you establish a business, you can be confident you will receive the best legal advice.

Intellectual property in the UK

The UK has very strict intellectual property laws. These protect the names, ideas, products, designs and written word of businesses.

You have automatic protection for:

  • copyright (writing and literary works, art, photography, films, TV, music, web content, sound recordings)
  • design right (shapes and objects)

Find out more about intellectual property protection in the UK.

Data protection in the UK

The UK’s privacy and data protection laws ensure that customer data is processed, held and disposed of fairly, legally, accurately and securely. Your business must abide by the UK’s Data Protection Act.

Stronger legal protections are in place for sensitive information such as ethnic background, political or religious belief, health records and criminal records.

Read the Data Protection Act for details on how this may be relevant for your business.

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