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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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Disappointment as hotly anticipated property case settles

It has been reported that the parties in the case of EMI Group Ltd v O&H Q1 Ltd have reached a settlement.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 24 April 2017 | Practice Area: Business of law

Gender pay reporting: final version of ACAS guidance

Regulations requiring larger private sector employers to publish their gender pay gap figures came into force on 6 April 2017.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 20 April 2017 | Practice Area: Company Administration

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Proposals for a register of overseas entities owning UK property

The government is planning to create a public register of overseas companies and other legal entities that own property in the UK.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 18 April 2017 | Practice Area: Public Procurement

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Business rates: landmark ruling on rating liability and repair works

The Supreme Court has ruled on the extent of a ratepayer's liability to pay business rates for a property undergoing building works.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 12 April 2017 | Practice Area: Central Government

Apologising: defamation and beyond

Reputation, both personal and business, has always been everything, but no more so than in today's social media savvy world. This briefing looks at two recent cases which illustrate, in a defamation context at least, the impact of an apology and offer of amends, or conversely the lack of one.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 10 April 2017 | Practice Area: Defamation

Get in quick - Reductions in sentencing for early guilty plea

The Sentencing Council has published a Definitive Guideline on Reduction in Sentence for a Guilty Plea, which sets out the approach a court will take in much greater detail.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 06 April 2017 | Practice Area: Business of law

Employment law changes: April 2017

This April looks like being a busy time for the HR team with lots of employment law changes coming into force. This briefing summarises what you need to know.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 04 April 2017 | Practice Area: Central Government

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Brexit: Jurisdiction and Enforcement - all change?

The UK has formally triggered Article 50. It is expected that most EU laws will be transferred into our legislative framework but what does this mean for businesses?

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 31 March 2017 | Practice Area: Central Government

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Annual leave requests: a holiday headache for employers?

The Easter holiday season is almost upon us, and with it comes the usual challenges for employers balancing the needs of the business with the rights of employees to take leave.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 29 March 2017 | Practice Area: Administrative and Public Law

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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

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