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for Business & Commerce

The following sites are a small selection of those FREELY available on the web, dealing with issues relating to business, companies, consumers, trade and the free movement of goods.  

See also: Gateway sites.

UK sites
Office of Fair Trading

Essential information for businesses on how to comply with legislation enforced by the OFT, advice on consumer issues, information on the progress of investigations and leaflets and reports available to download.

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Formerly the Department for Trade and Industry. The section on Better Business contains a ranges of statutes, regulations etc. relating to businesses and companies. It also has an archive of documents relating to company law. Other sections include information on specific sectors, EU and External trade etc. There's also an Employment section dealing with all aspects of employment, redundancy, contracts and trade unions.

Each page also has a useful links section.

HM Treasury

Department responsible for formulating and putting into effect the UK Government's financial and economic policy. See: Consultation and Legislation Index for more information

  Inland Revenue

Featuring news and information on tax and national insurance matters in the United Kingdom. The Legislation section contains the relevant statutes, but other leaflets and documents are available relating to tax rates, allowances etc. for individuals as well as businesses

UK Taxation Directory

An independently compiled catalogue of WWW sites and material of potential interest to tax professionals and others seeking on-line information on UK tax matters

Trading Standards Institute

This site contains  information for consumers and businesses., including legislation, FAQs and guidance leaflets, policy documents and an excellent links page.

Intellectual Property Office 

Website of the UK Patent Office. Official information on Design, Trademarks, Copyright, Intellectual Property and Patents.

  Gray's Inn Chambers

Articles and transcripts of tax cases and good links page, e.g. Chartered Institute of Taxation

European Information
EU Competition

Links to key sites , documentation, summaries of legislation and applicable rules, legal texts and treaties and relevant competition case law from the Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance 

EU External Trade

A series of useful linking pages dealing with EU trade relations with the rest of the world

EU Taxation

EU taxation policy ensures that tax rules are consistent with the goals of job creation, the EU’s competitiveness, the single market and free movement of capital

  EU Consumers

Consumer rights within the EU. The site contains guidance, legislation and cases

EU Internal Trade

Single market, free movement of goods and services, public procurement, free movement of people etc. Legislation, cases and policy documents

  European Patent Office

Information on the EPO, full-text documents, the EPO Journal and legal information.

International sites

World Trade Organisation

The Legal Texts section contains legal documents, agreements and declarations.

World Intellectual Property Organization

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is an international organization dedicated to helping to ensure that the rights of creators and owners of intellectual property are protected worldwide. the Collection of Laws for Electronic Access (CLEA)provides global legislation, legal texts and treaties

US Patent and Trademark Office

Official information on Design, Trademarks, Copyright, Intellectual Property and Patents.

  Global Trade Law

Part of the Heiros Gamos Legal Research Center. Excellent links

E-Commerce information on Lex Mercatoria 

Part of the Cameron & May International Legal Publishers
International Trade Law Monitor  

Part of Lex Mercatoria

Collection of treaties, conventions, model laws & documents.

International Chamber of Commerce

Site contains links a large number of business and trade sources, e.g.  International Court of Arbitration, Trade and Investment etc.


  United Nations Commission on Trade Law

The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) is the core legal body within the United Nations system in the field of international trade law

Revised Guide to International Trade Law on the Internet  

Marci Hoffman's useful links to international sources for law in this area. (US biased)


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