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16 October 2017
Levrett plc acquires Nuformix
In an innovative deal, intended to further an important field of drug discovery and development, Levrett plc has acquired the entire share capital of Nuformix.
16 October 2017
Calculator and the word tax
On 30 September 2017, two new offences, under the Criminal Finances Act 2017, came into force.
12 October 2017
After another year of solid performance, Shakespeare Martineau has once again demonstrated its strength in the Legal 500 directory.
04 October 2017
Winners with the trophy
The Debt and Recovery team at Shakespeare Martineau were the winners of the Legal & Enforcement category at the Credit Excellence Awards 2017.
03 October 2017
European freight forwarding firm, Espace Europe Ltd, has moved to an employee ownership model in order to secure the long-term future of the business.
02 October 2017
Read more about the findings of our report on the implications of Brexit for family businesses.
28 September 2017
Vaping in the workplace
How should businesses deal with vaping in the workplace?
18 September 2017
Gender pay gap
Google hit the headlines again last week for all the wrong reasons with a lawsuit filed on behalf of all women employed by the company in California over the last four years.
15 September 2017
Corporate Team advise on Armitage Pet Care disposal
Shakespeare Martineau has advised on the successful disposal of Armitage Pet Care to Rutland Partners.
01 September 2017
Shakespeare Martineau advise Avingtrans on deal
Keith Spedding and his team at Shakespeare Martineau have supported long-standing client Avingtrans plc on its latest deal with Hayward Tyler Group plc for an enterprise value of £50m.
22 August 2017
Whenever an employee is suspected of having committed a disciplinary breach, there needs to be an initial investigatory process before any formal disciplinary proceedings are commenced.
17 August 2017
Christopher Wiggin
Following a 30-year stint at BLM, Christopher Wiggin has joined Shakespeare Martineau’s Birmingham-based defendant insurance team.
08 August 2017
A strong six months of deals
Shakespeare Martineau is delighted to be listed as a Top 20 legal firm in the Experian 2017 UK & Ireland M&A league tables for the first half of 2017.
07 August 2017
Louise Drew shortlisting
Up against stiff competition, Louise Drew, one of the firm’s partners and head of the social housing team, has been nominated for a ‘Woman Lawyer of the Year’ award at the 2017 Law Society Excellence Awards.
03 August 2017
Shakespeare Martineau Associate Promotions
The latest in a series of promotions at the firm sees 12 solicitors advance to associate level across Shakespeare Martineau’s offices.
28 July 2017
In May we reported on the Employment Appeal Tribunal decision that where a care worker was doing time/salaried work, even if they are asleep, they are working.
26 July 2017
In a landmark ruling over employee’s access to justice, the Supreme Court has ruled that tribunal fees are unlawful.
21 July 2017
We look at the Good Work Review and examine the proposals relating specifically to worker status.
18 July 2017
What you should do if you are being bullied at work
Anyone who thinks they are being bullied or harassed at work should look to take steps to resolve matters informally, if they feel that they can.
18 July 2017
Talent boost for East Midlands planning firm
A Leicester-based planning firm has grown its ranks with the appointment of a new senior planner. Marrons Planning has brought in Lizzie Beresford to help meet growing demand for strategic planning advice in the region.
10 July 2017
Carry over of untaken holiday
Can workers carry over holiday entitlement to the following holiday year if they are prevented from taking it because the employer will not pay them for any holiday they take?
07 July 2017
Phil Pepper comments on Deliveroo’s call for a reclassification of workers
Phil Pepper comments on Deliveroo’s call for a reclassification of workers, which would allow them to offer flexible working combined with the benefits afforded to full time staff.
05 July 2017
Promotions and appointments July 17
The Birmingham and Solihull offices of law firm Shakespeare Martineau continue to be a hive of top talent following the promotion of five associates to legal director.
04 July 2017
Promotions and appointments July 2017
The Nottingham office of law firm Shakespeare Martineau continues to be a hive of top talent following the appointment of three new team members and two promotions to legal director.
03 July 2017
The many faces of the university essay collection
This essay collection, produced by Shakespeare Martineau and Wonkhe, untangles strands from this web of connections to help understand better how these roles manifest.
29 June 2017
Privacy Reigns – The New Data Protection Regime
The most significant development in data protection law for many years, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), came into force in May 2016 and must be implemented by organisations by 25 May 2018.
22 June 2017
Planning law conference
Aptly timed on National Clean Air Day, the planning team held their first ever Birmingham-based planning conference to discuss the Government’s Air Quality Plan and what the implications are for developers and local planning authorities.
21 June 2017
Shakespeare Martineau takes a hike
Beth Tweddle joins Shakespeare Martineau and the local banking community on a charity walk to raise money for The Trussell Trust.
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.
15 May 2017
Brexit negotiation guidelines released – but what do they mean for businesses?
The key documents for the EU Brexit negotiations have now been published, but what they actually mean still remains a mystery for some businesses.
10 May 2017
Welcome to our latest Employment Brief!
08 May 2017
Commercial property partner joins Shakespeare Martineau
Law firm Shakespeare Martineau grows real estate team in the Stratford-upon-Avon office with the appointment of a specialist commercial property partner.
08 May 2017
Finding out their preferred choice of successor would prefer to step back from the family business when owners are planning for retirement is a tough decision to accept. It can cause a significant headache for succession planning for the next generation.
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.
27 April 2017
Night time economy
Urgent action needs to be taken to help balance a thriving night-time economy with city centre residential development. It’s an issue facing many local authorities in the UK.
25 April 2017
FCA’s business plan flags some key areas of focus for 2017/18
The Financial Conduct Authority’s annual business plan, which was published on 17th April 2017, highlights a number of regime changes, which are due to take effect in the coming year.
25 April 2017
Brexit: Are quick trade deals firmly off the agenda?
Just when Brexit negotiations were all set to start, the surprise announcement of a snap election has thrown yet more political uncertainty into the mix. Does this mean quick trade deals are firmly off the agenda?
24 April 2017
HE must not become the victim of uncertainty
Following Theresa May’s announcement to hold a snap general election on June 8, a number of issues have come to the fore for the HE sector.
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.

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Andrew Argyle LLB, Practice Director, Potter Clarkson LLP