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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 Electronic Communications Code - Scotland

This article highlights a few points worthy of mention in respect to the new Electronic Communications Code's operation in Scotland.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 18 January 2018 | Practice Area: Infrastructure

The Planning (Scotland) Bill update

The Planning (Scotland) Bill, published at the end of 2017, outlined a number of changes to the current legislation in Scotland. This article explores these changes.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 17 January 2018 | Practice Area: Rights over land

A green future?

The government has launched its long-awaited 25 Year Environment Plan - 'A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment'. This article delivers the verdict on the plan.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 15 January 2018 | Practice Area: Regulation and Enforcement

New Year's resolutions for litigators: will the new Disclosure Pilot succeed in reducing legal costs in 2018?

The Disclosure Working Group has announced a new pilot proposal for disclosure in civil proceedings in England and Wales which is open for consultation until February 2018. This briefing examines why this is happening.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 11 January 2018 | Practice Area: Litigation

A ban on unfair lettings fees: draft Tenant Fees Bill 2017

The government has introduced a draft Tenant Fees Bill, with the aim of making residential letting more fair and affordable for tenants by reducing costs at the outset of a tenancy.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 10 January 2018 | Practice Area: Administrative and Public Law

Mid-market corporate finance - a look ahead at 2018

2017 was a year dominated by geopolitical uncertainty. This article will consider trends and developments expected to impact the mid-market in the coming year.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 09 January 2018 | Practice Area: Corporate

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Occupational Pension Schemes (Master Trusts) Regulations 2018

The DWP has issued a consultation document on Regulations introducing an authorisation and a supervisory regime in relation to Master Trusts. This article takes a closer look.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 08 January 2018 | Practice Area: Central Government

Major changes proposed to how new houses and flats are sold in England

In the week before Christmas, the Government announced a range of proposals that promise to transform the manner in which new houses and flats are sold. This article examines the key proposals.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 05 January 2018 | Practice Area: Real Estate

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Real Estate and the Law Commission's proposals for law reform

After an extensive consultation, the Law Commission has published its proposals for the 13th programme of law reform. This article considers the proposals of interest to real estate clients.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 19 December 2017 | Practice Area: Business of law

The 12 cases of Christmas (2017)

As Christmas approaches and 2017 draws to a close, Shoosmiths picks 12 of the most notable cases this year and examines what lessons employers can take from them.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 18 December 2017 | Practice Area: Contract of Employment and Statutory rights

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