The target business has 10 staff, how do I ensure they do not all leave as soon as I take over the business?

A: Employees transfer at completion as a matter of law. However, employees are free to give notice to leave under their contracts of employment. A purchaser should ensure that he remains in close contact with the seller during the negotiation and due diligence stages to ensure they are informed of anyone giving in their notice during the lead up to completion.