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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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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

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

The gig economy: employment or self-employment

The employment status of those in the courier industry is coming under increasing scrutiny. Shoosmiths considers the differences between self-employed and employed status.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 27 September 2016 | Practice Area: Employment

Refusing subject access request led to unfair dismissal

Employees often use their right to make a subject access request in the context of a dispute with their employer. However frustrating this may be, failure to respond could lead to an unfair dismissal.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 23 September 2016 | Practice Area: Employment

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Protecting confidential information: tips for employers

Technological advances make it increasingly easy for employees to appropriate and misuse their employer's confidential information. What steps can employers take to protect their assets?

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 21 September 2016 | Practice Area: Company Administration

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Benefits in kind: could salary sacrifice be limited?

Benefits in kind are regarded by employers as a useful tool for rewarding staff. However, the government has recently launched a consultation on restricting their use through salary sacrifice.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 19 September 2016 | Practice Area: Central Government

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Zero hours contracts: Sports Direct to use them less

Sports Direct has announced it will offer directly employed casual staff a guaranteed 12 hours of work per week, instead of zero hours contracts, in response to the intense scrutiny of its employment practices by the press and shareholders.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 14 September 2016 | Practice Area: Employment

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Rises in the National Minimum Wage: employers beware

With new National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates coming into force on 1 October 2016 - here's a reminder of the penalties employers could face if they fail to pay correctly.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 13 September 2016 | Practice Area: Administrative and Public Law

Fines for data breaches: security is key

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has again issued a significant fine for breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) following the loss of a portable device.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 07 September 2016 | Practice Area: Health Care

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Compensation for discrimination goes up

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) recently confirmed that the Simmons v Castle 10% uplift to injury to feelings awards should be applied in discrimination cases in employment tribunals, potentially increasing the compensation that can be awarded.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 05 September 2016 | Practice Area: Litigation and Dispute Resolution

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