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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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Social media sackings: what employers can learn from recent case law

Employers can find it difficult to deal with employees' use of social media, and such challenges are only likely to get harder to tackle. In this briefing, Shoosmith looks at the lessons to be learned from recent cases in which employees have been dismissed for social media-related conduct.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 27 March 2015 | Practice Area: Contract of Employment and Statutory rights

E-cigarettes in the workplace: tribunal decision shows employers must take action

A recent employment tribunal decision has highlighted how important it is for employers to include the use of e-cigarettes in their smoking policy. In this briefing, Shoosmiths sets out some recommended actions for employers to deal with the use of e-cigarettes in the workplace.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 26 March 2015 | Practice Area: Contract of Employment and Statutory rights

Non-payment of bonus due to ill-health absence was disability discrimination

Many employers use 'trigger points' in their absence management policies whereby a certain level of absence results in a warning or some other sanction - but a recent decision demonstrates that linking bonuses to attendance may fall foul of disability discrimination law, as Shoosmiths explains.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 11 March 2015 | Practice Area: Equal Treatment

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UK company law - an update on implementation of key changes

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills has released a provisional timetable for implementing key corporate changes to be introduced by the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill. In this briefing, Shoosmiths sets out the key dates to look forward to.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 09 March 2015 | Practice Area: Company Administration

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Cost of justice: court fee increases come into effect

As of Monday 9 March, new court fees will be payable for claims to recover a sum of money. The changes are significant - in this briefing, Shoosmiths sets out the details of the new fees and discusses the likely next steps.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 06 March 2015 | Practice Area: Practice and Procedure

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The long-awaited judgment on remedies in IBM v Dalgleish: lessons to be learned

The long-awaited judgment on remedies in the case of IBM United Kingdom Holdings Ltd and another v Dalgleish and others has now been handed down. In this briefing, Shoosmiths looks at the important lessons that employers wishing to make changes to their pension schemes can take from this case.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 04 March 2015 | Practice Area: Collective Consultation

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Guarantees - are the courts relaxing their approach?

Over the years a trend has been seen for the courts in England to protect the guarantor. In this article, Shoosmiths takes a look at two recent cases in which the courts appear to have shifted to a more creditor-friendly approach, one of which involves celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 02 March 2015 | Practice Area: Litigation

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Will 'online dispute resolution' have its day in court?

The Civil Justice Council's Online Dispute Resolution Advisory Group has produced a report which supports a movement towards online dispute resolution. But can such a system actually be delivered? This Shoosmiths briefing looks at the recommendations and assesses their prospects of success.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 23 February 2015 | Practice Area: Litigation

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Collective consultation: is Woolworths once more set to change the regime?

On 5 February, the Advocate General delivered his opinion in what has become known as the 'Woolworths' collective consultation case. While the judgment of the ECJ is still needed, this Shoosmiths briefing looks at what might be in store for employers as a result of the AG's opinion.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 18 February 2015 | Practice Area: Collective Consultation

Fifty shades of grey: how to avoid getting tied up in an age discrimination dispute

With an ageing population, the future is grey, and organisations need to adapt to a changing economic and social landscape. In this briefing, Shoosmiths considers the legal framework for employers to help them avoid the pitfalls and reap the benefits of an older workforce.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 13 February 2015 | Practice Area: Equal Treatment

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