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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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Signing your life away? The legal pros and cons of electronic signatures

As it becomes increasingly common for contractual documentation to be concluded electronically, this Shoosmiths briefing examines the pros and cons of e-signatures when compared to traditional wet ink signatures.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 08 October 2015 | Practice Area: Boilerplate

The Costco case and the Modern Slavery Act - a sign of things to come for non-compliance?

Costco Wholesale Corp is being sued in California over allegations that Costco knowingly sold prawns from a supplier using slave labour. This Shoosmiths briefing looks at what this case could potentially mean for UK businesses.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 02 October 2015 | Practice Area: Litigation and Dispute Resolution

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Employment Tribunal reforms: A north-south divide?

There is already a significant difference in Employment Tribunal procedure in England and Scotland and there is more to come!

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 25 September 2015 | Practice Area: Central Government

Renewing a sublease without superior landlord's consent - a dangerous game

When a contracted-out sublease expires, it is usually necessary to obtain a fresh superior landlord's consent to a new sublease. But what if expiry is imminent and the superior landlord has not responded?

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 23 September 2015 | Practice Area: Real Estate

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PRS v SoundCloud: are the tides turning on the safe harbour provisions?

PRS For Music, the collecting society for songwriters and music publishers, has issued proceedings against music streaming service SoundCloud for infringement of its members' copyrights. If this claim reaches court, it would test the safe harbour legislation, as this Shoosmiths briefing explains.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 14 September 2015 | Practice Area: Copyright

Timeline: revised implementation dates for company law changes

Companies House has published a revised timetable for implementation of the company law provisions of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015. In this briefing, Shoosmiths sets out how the timetable for implementation now stands.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 11 September 2015 | Practice Area: Company Administration

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Has the law concerning rescission for misrepresentation been made clearer?

When a contract has been entered into as a result of a misrepresentation, the predominant question nearly always asked is whether the contract can be rescinded, or is the party limited to claiming damages? This Shoosmiths briefing looks at a key recent Court of Appeal decision on this subject.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 27 August 2015 | Practice Area: Boilerplate

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Legal due diligence: top tips for a seller

Due diligence can be a daunting and burdensome process for a seller, particularly where tight timeframes are involved. This briefing sets out some top tips for a seller responding to legal due diligence enquiries, to make the process as focused, cost-effective and efficient as possible.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 26 August 2015 | Practice Area: Mergers & Acquisitions

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Google's Alphabet move: the ABC of corporate reorganisations

Google has announced a significant reorganisation and the creation of a new holding company named Alphabet Inc. In this update, Shoosmiths considers the reasons why companies may choose to make such a move.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 19 August 2015 | Practice Area: Corporate reorganisation

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Key High Court ruling on 'serious harm' in the context of a defamation dispute

In a recent case involving the Evening Standard and AOL, the High Court considered the construction of 'serious harm' under section 1 of the Defamation Act 2013. This is the first key decision to analyse exactly what section 1 means, as this Shoosmiths briefing explains.

Law Firm: Shoosmiths | Published: 12 August 2015 | Practice Area: Defamation

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