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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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ASDA store workers can compare to depot staff in equal pay claim

An employment tribunal has confirmed that female store workers can use male distribution depot workers as comparators in their equal pay claims.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 25 October 2016 | Practice Area: Employment

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The need for asset-based lenders to carry out due diligence before purchasing debt

In Bibby Factors Northwest Limited v HFD Ltd, the Court of Appeal highlighted that asset based lenders should ensure that they carry out due diligence on customer contracts before purchasing debt.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 21 October 2016 | Practice Area: Capital Markets and Debt Securities

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'Modified universalism' considered for the first time in Scottish corporate insolvency case

An opinion issued this week is the first examination by a Scottish court of the principle of 'modified universalism' and the requirements for an enforceable floating charge where all the company's property is situated in a non-UK jurisdiction.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 19 October 2016 | Practice Area: Cross-border: Commercial and International Trade

Fracking up the pressure

On 6 October 2016, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (SoS), issued decisions in relation to four separate appeals made by the natural resources exploration and production company, Cuadrilla.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 17 October 2016 | Practice Area: Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Breastfeeding: employees win Easyjet tribunal

An employment tribunal has ruled that two flight attendants were discriminated against in relation to breastfeeding requests.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 13 October 2016 | Practice Area: Transport

Real estate and unreal estate

Shoosmiths looks at why intellectual property is key to construction and property development.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 11 October 2016 | Practice Area: Construction

Rating: 4 people found this useful

Apprenticeship levy details start to unfold

HMRC has published draft regulations to implement the new apprenticeship levy coming into force in April 2017.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 07 October 2016 | Practice Area: Employment

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Should've, would've, could've: the Specsavers trade mark decision and the challenges of demonstrating distinctiveness

Last month, Specsavers secured acceptance for the sign SHOULD'VE as a registered trade mark in the UK following an unexpected decision by the UK Intellectual Property Office.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 05 October 2016 | Practice Area: Intellectual Property

Short-term letting caused breach of tenancy agreement

A recent case highlights the risks for owners of flats in letting out their premises on a short-term basis.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 30 September 2016 | Practice Area: Litigation and Dispute Resolution

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Alton Towers fined £5m for 'needless and avoidable' accident

Merlin Attractions Operations Limited has been fined £5 million as the result of what the judge described as a 'needless and avoidable accident' on its Smiler roller coaster at Alton Towers in June 2015.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 29 September 2016 | Practice Area: Betting Gaming and Leisure

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