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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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Dressing down discrimination in the workplace

Dress codes can be a fertile source of discrimination in the workplace but many employers seem to be unaware of how their equality law obligations impact on appearance requirements.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 23 February 2017 | Practice Area: Contract of Employment and Statutory rights

Judicial pensions and discrimination: who judges the judges?

The employment tribunal has recently ruled in favour of judges in a challenge to changes to the judicial pension scheme.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 21 February 2017 | Practice Area: Pensions

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When is 'close of business'?

'Close of business' is a term many people use in their day to day working life without much thought. But what does it actually mean?

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 17 February 2017 | Practice Area: Company Secretariat

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Labour shortages reported as EU workers leave

EU workers are considering their options following the UK's Brexit vote, and employers are unsure about how they will fill the vacancies left by the shortage of EU workers.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 15 February 2017 | Practice Area: Contract of Employment and Statutory rights

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New national minimum wage rates announced

Draft legislation implementing increases to national minimum wage rates from 1 April 2017 has been published.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 10 February 2017 | Practice Area: Central Government

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When does workplace banter become sexual harassment?

Despite being outlawed by the Equality Act 2010, it seems sexual harassment remains prevalent within the workplace.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 08 February 2017 | Practice Area: Employment

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Leases - do they require lender's consent?

It can be imperative for a tenant to ensure that lease formalities are completed as quickly as possible. Is it vital to obtain lender's consent?

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 06 February 2017 | Practice Area: Real Estate

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Corporate governance in private companies

On 17 February 2017, consultation will close on the government's green paper on corporate governance reform.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 02 February 2017 | Practice Area: Corporate

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McCartney battles to reclaim copyright in Beatles' songs

On 18th January 2017, Sir Paul McCartney filed a claim in the US against Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC for a declaratory judgement.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 30 January 2017 | Practice Area: Litigation and Dispute Resolution

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Get serious on governance

'Good governance matters' is the overarching statement coming from The Pensions Regulator.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 26 January 2017 | Practice Area: Pensions

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