Our guide to business law

Our guide to business law

First published date April 02 2014 Amended date April 28 2014

Business law can be a fairly complex topic to get a grasp of. Copious amounts of legislations are always chopping and changing in English law as well as overseas, particularly in the EU, and if you’re a business owner or just involved in business then it’s in your best interests to keep up to date with it all. Taking a business law course can help ensure you know exactly where you stand should you find yourself in any kind of legal bother, whether it’s a contract dispute or confusion over employment laws. So have a look at the business law courses on offer and see if one can help you further your knowledge of law in your career.


Why do I need to understand business law?

Business law is vitally important, as any kind of misunderstanding or slip up within the business operations could prove potentially disastrous for any company. You don’t need to be a lawyer to take an interest in business law; it’s just a great asset to have some knowledge of it  to make sure you go about your business in the right manner and stay out of legal trouble.


What will I learn if I enrol?

Business law courses are mainly there to advise people, as opposed to educating aspiring lawyers. Most of the business law courses are for learners who are preparing for a career, or are already in the business world and will show you some legal issues you may come across when out in the field. The aim of courses is to raise your awareness of the laws that will affect the everyday running of your business so you can identify any legal issues with a degree of knowledge and competence.

Some of the areas courses will cover include showing you and teaching you on a number of different laws and legislation ranging from competition law to EU laws, to contract and employment law too. There is such a broad range of things to cover and on a course you’ll go over all the fundamentals as well as potential legal loop holes and other complexities too.

Courses can range in duration from as a little as a day of tuition for a quick blast of legal knowledge to full on six month or even one year courses depending on how many hours you’re prepared to dedicate a week. The important thing is that courses are flexible to your needs, so if you’re running your own business you can book courses according to when you’re most available.


Can I gain any qualifications when completing a course?

Some courses do come with qualifications and others don’t, so it really depends on what you’re hoping to gain from a course in business law. For the courses that don’t offer any qualifications upon completion, you are still going to gain a very valuable insight into the legal issues that surround the business world which you can take with you for your own line of work.

Other courses do offer qualifications however, and the most common one amongst those is the Level 4 Business Law NVQ Award. This is a very useful qualification to have if you are working, or looking to work in a legal or business environment and aren’t necessarily interested in becoming a full on lawyer of any kind. This could be for roles including legal secretaries and other supporting staff as well. A qualification will look very good on your CV to potential employers when you are looking for work in that area.


Some crazy legal claims!

Hopefully, with some business law knowledge up your sleeve you will avoid any of these crazy occurrences.

-          In 2006, Allen Heckard of Portland, Oregon attempted to sue basketball legend Michael Jordan for an astonishing $416m. Heckard claimed his stark resemblance to Jordan meant he couldn’t go about his life without people regularly mistaking him for the NBA icon. Needless to say he dropped the suit.


-          Washington DC judge, Roy L Pearson Jr, tried to sue his local dry cleaners for a whopping $67m just for losing his trousers in 2007. The dry cleaners won the case but had to close two of their three stores to pay for legal fees and the judge lost his job for four months because a review thought he lacked ‘appropriate judgment and judicial temperament.’