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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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Holiday pay - key questions answered

Calculating holiday pay is proving to be a hot topic at the moment, with recent employment tribunal and European Court decisions hitting the headlines. In this briefing, Shoosmiths answers some of the questions employers are grappling with as a result of these decisions.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 25 July 2014 | Practice Area: Contract of Employment and Statutory rights

What an independent Scotland could mean for your business

24 March 2016 is the proposed date for independence from the parliamentary union of 1707 if Scotland votes 'yes' in the referendum in two months' time. In this briefing, Shoosmiths looks at the potential consequences for UK businesses if Scotland decides to become an independent country.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 23 July 2014 | Practice Area: Cross-border: Commercial and International Trade

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'Good faith' revisited

The English courts have been reluctant to recognise a general doctrine of 'good faith' in the performance of contractual obligations, and there is no generally applicable legal definition of the concept. Shoosmiths looks at how the current state of the law relates to construction contracts.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 16 July 2014 | Practice Area: Construction

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The Intellectual Property Act 2014 - guidance for designers and those commissioning designs

The Intellectual Property Act 2014 is set to modernise and simplify aspects of IP law in order to promote innovation. If product design, 3D printing, fashion design, furniture or jewellery design are relevant to your business, then these changes will be relevant to you, as Shoosmiths explains.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 04 July 2014 | Practice Area: Designs

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Can covert recordings be relied on in tribunal proceedings?

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has recently held that secret recordings of private deliberations made in the course of grievance and disciplinary proceedings can be used as evidence in a tribunal. In this briefing, Shoosmiths considers what this means for employers.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 27 June 2014 | Practice Area: Tribunals

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Flight delays compensation: punctuality or payout?

Jet2 is set to appeal a Court of Appeal decision as to whether 'technical problems affecting the operation of an aircraft' is an extraordinary circumstance entitling a carrier to avoid liability to pay flight delay compensation to passengers, as Shoosmiths reports.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 25 June 2014 | Practice Area: Air

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Expert determination - key drafting points

Expert determination is an increasingly popular method of dispute resolution - but what exactly does it involve and what are the potential pitfalls? In this briefing, Shoosmiths sets out some key drafting points.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 23 June 2014 | Practice Area: Alternative Dispute Resolution

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John Lewis fined over spam emails - is your business following marketing rules?

Department store group John Lewis has been ordered to pay damages to an individual who received marketing emails without having consented to receiving them. The case is likely to make many organisations reconsider whether the consents they have obtained are adequate - Shoosmiths looks at the law.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 19 June 2014 | Practice Area: Advertising and Marketing

Home working: top tips for employers

The Trade Unions Congress has reported that since 2007 over half a million more people work from home, bringing the total number to over four million. In this briefing, Shoosmiths looks at some top tips for employers when considering requests from employees to work from home.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 12 June 2014 | Practice Area: Contract of Employment and Statutory rights

Should you pay your workers for sleeping on the job?

Two recent cases have rekindled the debate about when time spent at work - but sleeping - counts as working time for the purposes of the rules on National Minimum Wage. In this briefing, Shoosmiths reviews these decisions and assesses what they mean for employers.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 11 June 2014 | Practice Area: Contract of Employment and Statutory rights

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