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qLegal provides free legal advice, workshops and resources to start-ups and entrepreneurs.

In this section we provide resources covering a variety of topics, including: Intellectual Property rights, privacy and compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), business structures and incorporation, and guidance for kickstarting a business in the UK.

Setting things up

I Am Setting Up My Company, Which Structure Should I Go For [PDF 1,028KB]
This toolkit outlines the various funding structures available to start-ups, and the key considerations start-ups should make in choosing a funding structure that works for their business

Doing Social Good and Choosing Your Charity Structure [PDF 276KB]
This toolkit is designed to assist start-ups who are considering structuring their business as a charity.

Confidentiality Agreements [PDF 887KB]
This toolkit provides start-ups with a general understanding of confidentiality agreements, their purpose and the typical contexts in which they are used. It lists the key provisions to include in such agreements, and limitations to their use.

Kickstarting your business

Understanding Funding Structures for Start-ups Before Meeting with Investors [PDF 969KB]
This toolkit outlines the various funding structures available to start-ups, and the key considerations start-ups should make in choosing a funding structure that works for their business.

What to Consider When You Hire and or Work with Others [PDF 477KB]
This toolkit is designed to assist businesses in understanding the differences in hiring employees, contractors and workers. 

Intellectual Property

Introduction to Intellectual Property Rights [PDF 788KB]
This toolkit is designed to assist start-ups in understanding the basics of intellectual property rights and how they might apply to their business.

Copyright Explained [PDF 941KB]
This toolkit is designed to assist start-ups in understanding the basics of copyright and how it might apply to their business.

Design Rights Explained [PDF 908KB]
This toolkit is designed to assist start-ups in understanding the basics of design rights and how they might apply to their business.

Protect Your Brand! Trade Marks Explained – Part 1 Introducing Trade Marks [PDF 843KB]
This toolkit is Part 1 of a series on trade marks. It is designed to assist start-ups in understanding the basics of trade marks and how they might apply to their business.

Protect Your Brand! Trade Marks Explained – Part 2 Registered Trade Marks [PDF 930KB]
This toolkit is Part 2 of a series on trade marks. It is designed to assist start-ups in understanding the basics of registered trade marks and how they might apply to their business.

Protect Your Brand! Trade Marks Explained – Part 3 Unregistered Trade Marks and Passing Off [PDF 801KB]
This toolkit is Part 3 of a series on trade marks. It is designed to assist start-ups in understanding the basics of unregistered trade marks and how they might apply to their business.

Protect your Invention! Patents and Trade Secrets Explained [PDF 587KB]
This toolkit is designed to assist start-ups in understanding patents and trade secrets, and how they might apply to their business.

Ways to Commercialise Your IP [PDF 172KB]
This toolkit provides start-ups with an overview of the various ways of strategising their Intellectual Property Rights, such as assignment, licensing, franchising, joint ventures and spin-offs.


This toolkit provides start-ups with a general understanding of confidentiality agreements, their purpose and the typical contexts in which they are used. It lists the key provisions to include in such agreements, and limitations to their use.

Data protection and GDPR

The impact of the GDPR for start-ups: A UK perspective [PDF 737KB] 
This toolkit provides information on the impact of the General Data Protection Regulation on start-ups in the UK, detailing how start-ups can ensure compliance with the GDPR, the penalties for non-compliance and the effect of Brexit on data protection in the UK.

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