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19 June 2017
Tom Long comments on dress code during a heatwave
Tom Long, legal director and employment lawyer at Shakespeare Martineau LLP comments office dress code during a heat wave.
15 June 2017
Father and baby
The Employment Tribunal has held that a male employee was entitled to the same amount of pay as a woman on maternity leave when exercising his right to shared parental leave.
07 June 2017
Law firm scoops Sports Business Award
Shakespeare Martineau has won Gold in the ‘Best Professional Services Firm in Sport’ category at the 2017 Sports Business Awards.
02 June 2017
Shakespeare Martineau LLP advises Renewable Energy Systems Limited
Shakespeare Martineau LLP has recently advised Renewable Energy Systems Limited (RES)
01 June 2017
Shakespeare Martineau supports local netball talent
Shakespeare Martineau, official legal partner for Commonwealth Games England, is supporting Solihull-based future netball star, Annabel Roddy.
26 May 2017
Solicitor winning award
Shakespeare Martineau’s Holly Mayne was named Junior Solicitor of the Year at Leicestershire Law Society Awards, which celebrates the legal talent in the region.
25 May 2017
Shakespeare Martineau invests in East Midlands talent
We're delighted to announce the appointment of a new private client partner and the promotion of two people to senior positions within our Leicester offices.
23 May 2017
Shakespeare Martineau Profile Consultancy
Shakespeare Martineau acted for the shareholders of UK’s leading service charge consultancy Profile Consultancy Ltd on its disposal to Bellrock, leading estate management provider, for an undisclosed sum.
15 May 2017
This means that the wife shouldn’t just get what she needs or wants, she should get half of all the combined wealth.
10 May 2017
Welcome to our latest Employment Brief!
02 May 2017
Do sleep-in shifts count as “time work”
The EAT has considered whether night shift workers who sleep in, in order to carry out duties if required, engage in “time work” for the duration of the shifts.
21 April 2017
Workplace dresscode
Commenting on the Government’s rejection to ban women from wearing high heels, Phil Pepper, employment lawyer
20 April 2017
Employment blog
There has not yet been any commitment from the government to secure the rights of the UK’s European workforce. We also do not know what impact, if any, Brexit will have on attracting non European nationals.
10 April 2017
Shakespeare Martineau’s Vangeya Murphy was named Young Professional at the FirstPro Awards 2017.
10 April 2017
In the latest of a series of senior hires, Shakespeare Martineau has appointed two new partners to join the real estate team in the firm’s London office.
10 April 2017
STEP is an internationally-recognised professional organisation involved in raising awareness of the issues families face in relation to inheritance and succession planning.
07 April 2017
Discrimination definition in the dictionary
Our head of employment Mike Hibbs gives his view on today’s Supreme Court ruling on the Essop V Home Office case.
05 April 2017
Shakespeare Martineau acted for Western Riverside Waste Authority (WRWA) on the £520m refinancing of Cory Riverside’s Energy from Waste (EfW) facility in Belvedere, East London, the largest operating EfW facility in the UK.
05 April 2017
Shakespeare Martineau advises Allied Irish Bank
Shakespeare Martineau acted for Allied Irish Bank (AIB) who provided term loan and asset finance facilities to support a £100m management buyout of DMS Demolition.
04 April 2017
go green
We are pleased to invite you to the Albanian Green Energy Forum which is taking place on 27 April 2017 at the Grange City Hotel in London.
31 March 2017
Workplace dresscode
Workplace dress codes are in the public eye following a series of recent highly publicised cases.
31 March 2017
In February 2017 we carried out research with more than 400 UK mid-market businesses and a further 54 from across European Union member states to learn more about business leaders’ sentiment around Brexit.
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.
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.
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.
12 December 2016
Shakespeare Martineau advises Nenplas on sale
Shakespeare Martineau had advised the owners of Nenplas on its sale to Dollken-Weimar (part of Surteco) in a £23.3m deal. Management have, additionally, retained a 15% stake in Nenplas.
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.

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