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We have grown quickly in recent years, enhancing our reputation and increasing turnover, which now stands at almost £100m. Now an established Top 30 national law firm, we have eight offices, the latest of which opened in Manchester, in January 2009. Our growth has been driven by a commercially driven strategy of seizing opportunities in a changing market, while at the same time staying close to our clients and providing them with the best possible legal advice. At the same time, we have developed an excellent work/life balance alongside an enterprising culture, one that has acted as a magnet for some of the brightest and best legal talent. It is this that has enabled us to expand organically. Culture and brand help us stand out, and our strong values programme is reinforced at every job interview, promotion opportunity, and performance and development review. We believe that a service-oriented, client-centred law firm stands the best chance of thriving as the much anticipated Legal Services Act approaches, and the significant changes it will bring. And in February 2010 we announced Access Legal from Shoosmiths, a new brand bringing together more than 100 consumer services in seven areas: conveyancing; employment law advice; legal disputes; medical negligence solicitors; motoring law; personal injury solicitors; and Wills, family and wealth. Its aim is to make legal services easily accessible to consumers, while at the same time complementing Shoosmiths' corporate client offering.

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New employment tribunal compensation limits from April 2017

From 6 April 2017 limits on compensation which can be awarded by an employment tribunal will increase, meaning a finding of unfair dismissal could cost employers more.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 23 March 2017 | Practice Area: Employment

Are trademarks fair game for use as Google AdWords?

This article looks at the rise of online advertising amongst brand owners and the impact on Google AdWords.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 21 March 2017 | Practice Area: Trademarks

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The impact of a possible increase in Probate Fees

The government proposes to dramatically increase the fees payable to the Probate Registry on an application for a Grant of Probate and a Grant of Letters of Administration.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 17 March 2017 | Practice Area: Central Government

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Guidance on Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard published

The government has published the long-awaited guidance on the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard for non-domestic properties.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 15 March 2017 | Practice Area: Central Government

Watch what you tweet! 'Serious harm' test clarified

Katie Hopkins has been ordered to pay £24,000 in damages together with costs following tweets about food blogger and writer Jack Munroe.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 13 March 2017 | Practice Area: Litigation

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Side letters centre stage

This article looks at the recent case of Vivienne Westwood Limited v Conduit Street Developments Limited [2017] EWCH 350.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 09 March 2017 | Practice Area: Litigation

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Sustainability in the Housing White Paper - an afterthought?

The Housing White Paper contains little mention of the environmental and wider sustainability impacts of the scale of development it envisages, until the very end.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 07 March 2017 | Practice Area: Central Government

Electronic signing of Land Registry deeds - just a click away?

A consultation from the Land Registry proposes changes to the land registration legislation to allow the introduction of electronic signatures.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 03 March 2017 | Practice Area: Administrative and Public Law

Sponsoring migrant workers: costs to rise from April 2017

The cost of sponsoring Tier 2 migrant workers is set to rise significantly from 6 April 2017 with the start of the Immigration Skills Charge.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 01 March 2017 | Practice Area: Business of law

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Enhanced Compensation - Is there light at the end of the HS2 tunnel?

The Supreme Court handed down its judgement in the case of Bloor Homes (Wilmslow) Limited v Homes and Communities Agency on 22 February.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 27 February 2017 | Practice Area: Administrative and Public Law

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