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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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Uncertainty around transferring personal data from the EEA to the US - what are the options?

The uncertainty for companies that transfer personal data from Europe to the US is set to continue, with doubts raised over the Privacy Shield proposals. This briefing looks at Safe Harbor, the Privacy Shield, and the options available to companies transferring personal data from the EEA to the US.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 17 June 2016 | Practice Area: Data Protection and Privacy

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Who can stop the blockchain train? Assessing the technology shaking up the global finance industry

The benefits and risks of the Bitcoin crypto-currency have received much media attention, and it seems that big business has woken up to the potential of blockchain - the technology underpinning Bitcoin - to revolutionise global commerce. This article discusses some of the potential benefits.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 09 June 2016 | Practice Area: E-Commerce

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Changes to partnership legislation for private equity and venture capital funds

The UK Government is pressing ahead with plans to make changes to partnership legislation for private equity and venture capital funds, and has now considered - and responded to - submissions received after a consultation on the proposals. This briefing looks at the changes to the initial plans.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 08 June 2016 | Practice Area: Collective Investment Schemes

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What is a Community Interest Company?

The traditional limited company structure tends to be the favoured choice to run a business, but even then there can be refinements to its structure and mechanics. This article discusses the role of a Community Interest Company (CIC) – what makes a CIC useful, and what you can do with it.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 07 June 2016 | Practice Area: Corporate

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Signs of the times: transgender equality best practice for employers

Transgender discrimination continues to make the news, with a ferry operator recently agreeing to remove the words 'ladies' and 'gentlemen' from its toilet doors and replace them with symbols. This briefing looks at the details of the case and sets out best practice recommendations for employers.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 03 June 2016 | Practice Area: Equal Treatment

What can employers learn from Leicester City's Premier League success?

Leicester City Football Club winning the Premier League is one of the great sporting upsets of all time. It also provides some valuable lessons in effective management for employers, as this briefing explains.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 01 June 2016 | Practice Area: Employment

Heel-gate and the potential pitfalls of a dress code: tips for employers

Recent media reports about a London receptionist sent home after she refused to wear heels at work have highlighted the potential pitfalls of dress codes for employers. So is it unlawful to require female employees to wear high heeled shoes? This briefing sets out dress code tips for employers.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 26 May 2016 | Practice Area: Employment

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All aboard the insolvency express: recent changes for practitioners

As we reach the 30th anniversary of the Insolvency Act, the legislators have decided it is time to dust the profession down and bring out a shiny new model for us to hop aboard and take a journey into the unknown. But what do these changes mean in practice, and is there a theme running through them?

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 12 May 2016 | Practice Area: Insolvency

Tipping point? Opaque service charge practices under scrutiny

Across the hospitality and leisure sectors, there are a variety of conventions with regards to tipping and service charges. Following reports of unfair practices by some employers, the government has launched a 'call for evidence' to investigate these concerns. This briefing looks at some of the issues...view abstract

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 05 May 2016 | Practice Area: Contract of Employment and Statutory rights

My employer is in administration: what does this mean for me?

Retailers BHS and Austin Reed have recently gone into administration, leaving 11,000 and 1,200 jobs respectively at risk. In such uncertain times, what rights do affected employees have? This Shoosmiths briefing looks at some of the key considerations, including TUPE and employment tribunal claims.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 29 April 2016 | Practice Area: Contract of Employment and Statutory rights

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