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10 Legal documents you need for a business in Ireland

10 Legal Documents Needed for Irish Businesses:

Starting a business in Ireland is an exciting venture, but it also comes with its fair share of legal responsibilities. If you’re a business owner in Galway, or Ireland, understanding the vital legal documents required for your venture is crucial. In this guide, we’ll explore the top 10 legal documents necessary for businesses in Ireland. From contracts to regulatory compliance, we’ve got your business covered. Stay tuned as we walk you through the essential legal paperwork you need for peace of mind and success.

  1.  Shareholders’ agreements

Legally binding contract between the people who own a company (shareholders) and the company itself. It outlines shareholders’ rights and obligations and how the company will deal with certain events. This is not a legal requirement, but helps avoid future problems.

2. Non-disclosure Agreement

Also known as confidentiality agreement, essential for negotiating or collaborating with another party and disclosing confidential information.

3. Employment contract

Details salary, working hours, roles and responsibilities, any other terms and conditions of employment. A clear contract benefits both the employer and employee.

4. Contractor agreements

Essential to safeguard your company in terms of employing freelancers or independent contractors. Can include conditions of payment, ownership of any created works. Helps build a productive partnership.

5. IP Assignment

Any IP developed by employees or contractors while working for your firm is automatically assigned to you under the terms of an IP assignment agreement. It will help you maintain control over your intellectual property, such as trademarks.

6. Online terms of use

Today is an ever-increasing interconnected world, and it is rare that a company does not have an online presence. Terms of use for your website includes for example: how can users interact? What is allowed to be posted? Etc. This policy helps protect your company against legal action.

7. Online privacy policy/ cookies policy

Lays out how you handle, store and potentially share your users data. Users are entitled to know how their data is being stored and used. Legal requirement. Failure to have a privacy policy could result in breach of GDPR. If you run a website and collect cookies, you legally have to let your website visitors know this. Certain EU requirements for your cookie policy.

8. Terms and conditions

T and C’s outline the financial aspects of doing business with you, such as price, condition of payments, shipping, guarantee, returns etc.

9. Company’s constitution

A Constitution is a formal document that sets out the rules governing a company. It also defines the relationship between the company, shareholders, director and other officers of the company.

10. Minutes of meetings

Minutes are an official record of what happens at meetings and throughout the operation of the organisation. This is an accurate way to keep personnel informed about the decisions made and who is responsible. If any questions arise after a meeting or in the future, the minutes can be used to refer back to and understand exactly what happened during a meeting.

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