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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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Companies can recover the costs of their in-house lawyers in legal proceedings

It has long been established that the costs of proceedings can be recovered by the winning side. However, what was uncertain was whether these costs could include the work of in-house lawyers. In this briefing, Shoosmiths looks at a case which has removed this uncertainty.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 24 October 2014 | Practice Area: Litigation

New jail terms for internet trolls: what can your business do about cyber bullies?

Justice secretary Chris Grayling recently outlined proposals to quadruple the current six-month sentence for people found guilty of internet trolling. In this briefing, Shoosmiths offers practical steps businesses can take to protect themselves or their employees from cyber-abuse or internet trolls.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 23 October 2014 | Practice Area: Regulation and enforcement

Providing references and the related pitfalls - what employers need to know

References are often requested during the recruitment process - but are they worth the paper they are written on? In this briefing, Shoosmiths looks at the dangers of providing - or not providing - a reference and what employers can do if they receive an unsatisfactory reference.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 22 October 2014 | Practice Area: Contract of Employment and Statutory rights

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Public procurement: new regulations on the way - key points to note

Public procurement rules are changing across Europe, and the UK government has just published a first draft of the new regulations that it proposes will implement the changes. A consultation process is underway - in this briefing, Shoosmiths lists some key points to note in the proposed regulations.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 21 October 2014 | Practice Area: Public Procurement

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Time off to care for a dependant - how soon should an employer know?

The Employment Appeal Tribunal recently found that an employee was not automatically unfairly dismissed when he took time off to care for his pregnant partner. In this briefing, Shoosmiths looks at the reasons for the decision, and sets out the learning points for employers.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 14 October 2014 | Practice Area: Tribunals

What has been the most important national and European consumer-related legislation in 2014?

The landscape of UK consumer rights law is undergoing its largest reform since 1979, and this month sees the implementation of the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading (Amendment) Regulations. Shoosmiths looks at the aims of the new legislation and sets out the pitfalls for lawyers to watch out.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 07 October 2014 | Practice Area: Consumer Protection

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Increased corporate penalties on the horizon - implications for business

Section 85 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act, which is yet to be enacted, sets out parliament's intention to give magistrates courts unlimited sentencing powers rather than being restricted to the current limit of £5,000. Shoosmiths looks at what this means for businesses...view abstract

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 26 September 2014 | Practice Area: Remedies and Enforcement

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Key changes in employment law taking effect on 1 October

The first day of October 2014 is a day of change for employers because it is one of the government's two annual 'common commencement dates'. In this briefing, Shoosmiths takes a look at the key changes in employment law introduced from this October.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 24 September 2014 | Practice Area: Regulation and Enforcement

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How should you manage a reluctant witness?

An employee or witness who is fearful of giving evidence as part of a disciplinary process can cause difficulties for an employer. In this briefing, Shoosmiths looks at the issues you should consider when dealing with such an individual and offers some practical steps to consider.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 15 September 2014 | Practice Area: Tribunals

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Money for nothing - how employers can cut out false expenses claims

A recent survey by webexpenses has revealed that as many as one in four employees has made a false expenses claim from their employer. In this briefing, Shoosmiths looks at how employers can manage their expenses procedures to limit such abuse from taking place.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 12 September 2014 | Practice Area: Regulation and Enforcement

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