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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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Shutting the window: tenant could not release right to light

A recent case has decided that a right to light was part of the premises demised by a lease and a release of that right by the tenant could amount to an encroachment on the premises.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 22 November 2017 | Practice Area: Litigation

Clean, green growth for the UK

The government has published two important papers on delivering clean economic growth and infrastructure. This article examines their contents.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 20 November 2017 | Practice Area: Energy

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Goods Mortgages Bill offers new options for security

The revised bill, published by the Law Commission, would allow individuals, sole traders and partnerships to have more flexibility in the way in which they secure their debts.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 17 November 2017 | Practice Area: Capital Markets and Debt Securities

Indirect discrimination and objective justification

Reliance on objective justification to defend allegations of indirect discrimination will always be a balance between risk and reward. Two recent examples show how it can go wrong.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 15 November 2017 | Practice Area: Equal Treatment

A new protocol for resolving boundary disputes

A Protocol for Disputes between Neighbours about the Location of their Boundary has been written and issued by senior members of the legal and surveying professions. This briefing examines its provisions.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 14 November 2017 | Practice Area: Alternative Dispute Resolution

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A significant move for transparent property ownership

HM Land Registry has released data on property in England and Wales owned by UK and overseas companies. This is the latest move in plans to facilitate housing development.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 13 November 2017 | Practice Area: Commercial Property

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Where have all the judges gone?

Following the abolition of Employment Tribunal fees an increase in claims brought within the Employment Tribunal is expected, but do we have enough employment judges to deal with them?

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 10 November 2017 | Practice Area: Tribunals

Negotiating damages for breach of overage

This article examines the court's decision in Burrows Investments Ltd v Ward Homes Ltd.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 08 November 2017 | Practice Area: Real Estate

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NEC4 - Problems for employers?

Shoosmiths construction partner Ian Yule looks at the New Engineering Contract 4 and how it will manage the allocation of risk for employers and project managers.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 07 November 2017 | Practice Area: Contract of Employment and Statutory rights

Duty to provide reasons on planning decisions?

Three recent cases have seen the Courts effectively introducing a common law duty for the planning authority to provide reasons in certain circumstances. This briefing examines the cases in question.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 06 November 2017 | Practice Area: Litigation

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