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Whether it be our take on a recent update in the law, our opinion on the latest cases or we have some exciting news to share here is where you will find it.

20 March 2017
Our divorce lawyer Zahra Pabani discusses the potential pitfalls that co-habiting couples face and what they need to be aware of if tying the knot is not on the radar.
16 March 2017
Broken chain
The Act introduces modernising reforms with the aim of bringing an end to “disruptive and undemocratic strike action”.
15 March 2017
charity dispute
Supreme Court judges overturned a Court of Appeal decision today in relation to Heather Ilott who was disinherited by her estranged mother.
14 March 2017
Our head of employment, Michael Hibbs, gives his views on Asda’s new flexible contract and tells us what it could mean for businesses and the retail industry.
14 March 2017
Phil Pepper, employment partner, comments on the decision by the European Court of Justice that bosses can ban workers from wearing headscarves – the first decision on the issue of women wearing Islamic headscarves at work.
03 March 2017
Marrons Planning won not one but two trophies at the recent Royal Town Planning Institute East Midlands Planning Awards.
27 February 2017
Shakespeare Martineau is the official sponsor of the Shakespeare Marathon & Half Marathon and has appointed elite athlete and long-distance runner, Amy Whitehead, as an ambassador.
23 February 2017
Same sex amrriage
Zahra Pabani comments on the decision by the Court of Appeal to rule against allowing heterosexual couples to enter civil partnerships instead of marriage.
16 February 2017
Shakespeare Martineau is delighted to back Coventry’s bid to be UK City of Culture in 2021.
15 February 2017
Gender pay gap
With less than two months to go until April 5 2017 when the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulation 2016 come into force, a recent Xpert HR survey found that “employers have a limited idea of what they will do ...”
13 February 2017
Employment discrimination
Employment Partner Phil Pepper comments on the decision by the Court of Appeal to dismiss the appeal made by Pimlico Plumbing.
10 February 2017
Debt recovery
Shakespeare Martineau’s debt recovery team has been recognised as legal team of the year at the Chartered Institute of Credit Management, British Credit Awards.
09 February 2017
Law firm Shakespeare Martineau has appointed a director of strategy and policy advice for education to bolster support for the sector.
08 February 2017
Employee ownership
ADP, a national architectural practice with a base in the Jewellery Quarter, has moved to an employee ownership structure with the help of Shakespeare Martineau’s specialist corporate finance team.
08 February 2017
Shakespeare Martineau has hired energy and infrastructure finance partner, Winston Bell-Gam at its London office.
31 January 2017
Ansell Limited, a global leader in protection solutions, has acquired Nitritex Limited, a fast-growing UK manufacturer of premium cleanroom and healthcare life sciences consumables, with support from Shakespeare Martineau.
31 January 2017
Shakespeare Martineau’s Vangeya Murphy was announced as one of the winners at the inaugural YoungPro Awards in Coventry.
30 January 2017
Shakespeare Martineau, has expanded its real estate team in Birmingham with the appointment of a specialist partner.
26 January 2017
The Employment Tribunal has again decided that a so called ‘gig economy’ cycle courier was a “worker” and as such can claim certain employment protections.
18 January 2017
Following Shakespeare Martineau’s 12 days of Christmas social campaign and Christmas card design competition, the firm has raised £1,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.
05 January 2017
Gen Y
It is about more than just salary, as eight out of 10 graduates in the West Midlands state that the prospect of employee ownership schemes is a key driver to deciding on where to work.
01 January 2017
We’re delighted that Shakespeare Martineau has won the Energy & Natural Resources - UK Law Firm of the Year award at this year’s The Lawyer Monthly Legal Awards.
22 December 2016
Shakespeare Martineau advised Carver Group with Canadian acquisition.
16 December 2016
Welcome to our latest Employment Brief!
12 December 2016
The ongoing issue of gender inequality in pay is one that has been highly publicised over recent years.
09 December 2016
Mark Oldershaw joins Shakespeare Martineau’s 96-strong office located at Colton Square and will be responsible for continuing the growth of the existing team, while expanding the firm’s property and logistics practices further.
05 December 2016
What to do
Commenting on what to do in the event of a loved one dying with no will in place following the news that Caroline Aherne didn’t leave a will.
30 November 2016
Santa Claus is getting ready for Christmas and has enlisted the help of his friends at Law Firm Shakespeare Martineau.
25 November 2016
New immigration rules recently published by the Home Office will be effective from 24th November 2016.
25 November 2016
Shakespeare Martineau has bolstered its Nottingham office with the appointment of a family law partner. Caroline Elliott has joined the firm to strengthen the local team and enhance services for clients in the East Midlands.
24 November 2016
City Scape
Shakespeare Martineau has strengthened its London office with the appointment of two high-profile specialist partners. Kim Walker and David Vaughan will join the firm as part of its ongoing growth and commitment to investing in the capital.
28 October 2016
Aye Limbin Glassey, employment partner at Shakespeare Martineau comments on the recent Uber ruling.
26 October 2016
Aye Limbin-Glassey comments on a proposed amendment to the Employment Rights Act to extend maternity leave and pay for mums who have premature babies.
20 October 2016
As an executive member of the Legal Sustainability Alliance (LSA), Shakespeare Martineau is delighted to be associated with a brand new debating competition for law students and undergraduates.
07 October 2016
Lock v British Gas
In the case of Lock v British Gas the Court of Appeal has upheld that commission payments should be taken into account when calculating holiday pay.
04 October 2016
Shakespeare Martineau has promoted three people to senior positions within the firm.
30 September 2016
Shakespeare Martineau has won the Client Advisor of the Year at the 2016 East Midlands Insider Property Awards.
29 September 2016
Shakespeare Martineau’s HR Director has been recognised for her contribution to the success of the firm at a coveted industry awards ceremony.
28 September 2016
A breach of ‘the timeshare regulations’ takes place if a trader has taken any money before the end of the 14 day withdrawal period.
16 September 2016
Official Legal Partner for Commonwealth Games England, Shakespeare Martineau, has unveiled hockey gold medal-winning star, Alex Danson, as a firm ambassador.
15 September 2016
Following a year of consolidation Shakespeare Martineau has had another strong year in the Legal 500 directories.
12 September 2016
All employers need to check that they are keeping robust records for all individuals who are providing services for them that accurately reflect the nature of the work they are doing and are fully up to date.
06 September 2016
Employee cheque
Employers have a legal obligation to make reasonable adjustments in order to keep disabled employees at work.
31 August 2016
Law firm Shakespeare Martineau promotes four people to legal director and one to associate across its Leicester offices, supporting their drive to nurture the hottest talent on the market.
25 August 2016
It is of little surprise that the government have been looking at how employee termination payments should be treated for tax and national insurance contribution (NIC) purposes.
22 August 2016
Adam McGiveron, partner at Shakespeare Martineau and who advised Knights North West Limited on all legal aspects of the sale, said: “This deal reflects confidence in the market place and demonstrates the continued demands for premium European brands, such as BMW. This demonstrates that transactions are still being done in the region and assets are available for the right deals.
15 August 2016
Jon Heuvel, employment law partner and Global Chair of the Employment Practice Group for Multilaw, joins Shakespeare Martineau.
10 August 2016
Due to the damaging nature of Japanese Knotweed, house owners and landlords may find that thousands of pounds are knocked off the value of their land and properties as a result of its presence.
10 August 2016
Aye Limbin Glassey comments on the TUC sexual harassment survey.
08 August 2016
The five-day strike planned by Southern Rail workers could lead to significant workplace disruption for some employers.

"We're excited about working with Shakespeare Martineau to show
how integral teamwork is in both sporting and business
environments. We also share similar beliefs when it comes to
fostering upcoming talent."

Paul Blanchard, Chief Executive, Commonwealth Games England