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06 December 2018
Welcome to our latest employment brief.
26 November 2018
Sarah Walker-Smith
Shakespeare Martineau has appointed Sarah Walker-Smith, currently COO at Browne Jacobson, as Chief Executive Officer.
07 November 2018
It’s a time for celebration at the firm after a fantastic set of Legal 500 results, recognising the hard work and dedication of a large number of teams and individuals across the firm.
25 October 2018
We’ve been working closely with national charity SportsAid to celebrate the achievements of three Midlands-based rising stars in the world of sport.
13 August 2018
Family Business Awards 2018
Our family business team are proud to be sponsoring the Service Excellence Award at the Midlands Family Business Awards for a second year.
27 July 2018
Shakespeare Martineau advises Capreon
Shakespeare Martineau LLP acted for existing client, Capreon, on the acquisition of two retail parks, Imperial Retail Park, Bristol and Fife Central Retail Park, Kirkcaldy, for a total consideration of £164 million.
23 July 2018
Employment update
In a significant judgment in Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson, the Court of Appeal considered whether carers who sleep at a client's home, technically being on-call, are entitled to the minimum wage while they are asleep.
20 July 2018
Whistleblowing in HE
The new Office for Students (OfS), legally came into force in January 2018. Under this new regulator whistleblowing in UK higher education is set to change, and quite rightly offers employees who are thinking of speaking out an extra source of support.
11 July 2018
Proposed change to Capacity Market rules
Our energy projects team have recently guided Newark-based SHARC Energy Systems in the completion of a deal for an undisclosed sum to supply heat to a huge redevelopment project at Clyde Gateway, just outside Glasgow.
03 July 2018
Shakespeare Martineau has won the prestigious Best Workplace Initiative award at The Lawyer Awards 2018 beating off competition from other national law firms.
28 June 2018
Shakespeare Martineau advises on sale
Shakespeare Martineau has advised Asset Solutions Group on its management buyout to LDC.
21 June 2018
World cup 2018
With the World Cup in full swing, it’s likely that most avid football supporters will have already booked time off work to spectate. However, the fact that many matches begin during working hours may only just be dawning on less-passionate supporters.
15 June 2018
Law firm Shakespeare Martineau is helping create a brighter future for Birmingham communities by partnering with LoveBrum.
14 June 2018
Employment update
The Supreme Court has issued its eagerly anticipated judgment in Pimlico Plumbers Ltd and anor v Smith.
06 June 2018
Real Estate Finance
Our partner and Islamic Finance specialist, Mohammed Saqub, will be participating in this year’s Baku Summit, organised by ACRE, a pan-European organisation.
24 May 2018
Welcome to our latest employment brief.
23 May 2018
Our partner and Islamic Finance specialist, Mohammed Saqub, has been awarded the ‘Islamic Banking and Finance Award’ at the Al Khair Foundation Muslim Power 100 Awards 2018.
30 April 2018
Person writing letter
Where a contract is silent on when notice is deemed to be given when does an employer’s notice to terminate an employee’s contract become effective?
23 April 2018
Shakespeare Martineau wins People Excellence Award 2018
The Learning and Development team at Shakespeare Martineau were the winners of the People Excellence Award at Coventry and Warwickshire First’s 2018 FirstPro Awards.
19 April 2018
people standing in different outfits
The Government has recently named and shamed a significant number of employers for underpaying workers a total of £1.1 million. One of the issues concerned employers deducting money from pay for uniforms.
12 April 2018
Clutch of senior promotions at Shakespeare Martineau
Shakespeare Martineau has made a number of senior promotions. Across the firm’s offices, five new legal directors have been welcomed among the ranks.
05 April 2018
Kate Wootton
Shakespeare Martineau, official legal partner for Commonwealth Games England, is supporting future cycling star, Kate Wootton.
04 April 2018
Michael Mulligan comments on Conviviality administration
Michael Mulligan, partner and insolvency specialist at law firm, Shakespeare Martineau, comments on Conviviality administration.
03 April 2018
In memory of Bill Barker
It is with regret we announce that Bill Barker passed away this morning, following a long illness.
27 March 2018
As a nation we are more inactive and less healthy than ever and walking is recognised as not only a great way to get people active but it’s also helps people tackle mental health issues.
26 March 2018
Employment update
In Really Easy Car Credit Ltd v Thompson, an employee was dismissed during her probationary period because her employer was unhappy with her performance and conduct. The decision to dismiss her was reached before it knew she was pregnant. However, the employee claimed that she was dismissed because she was pregnant, and that her employer had lied about when it had made its decision to give the impression it had nothing to do with her pregnancy.
20 March 2018
Our latest research delves into the views and sentiments from business leaders across the country on Brexit with just one year to go until the UK's official departure from the EU, and recommends actions businesses can take to prepare.
15 March 2018
Gender pay gap
Events over the past year, such as the BBC’s publication of salaries paid to their top stars and the more recent sexual harassment scandals, have highlighted the inequality which female workers suffer in comparison to their male counterparts.
14 March 2018
Leicester engineering firm snapped up in major deal
Leicester-based engineering company, Beaumanor Fluid Power Products Ltd, has been acquired by AIM-listed Flowtech Fluidpower plc in a deal worth £10.3 million.
01 March 2018
Toys R Us insolvency
“Toys R Us ultimately failed to adapt to the change in British shopping habits and did not properly invest in its business in order to compete with Amazon and the major supermarkets."
01 March 2018
UK students and BREXIT
A recent survey conducted by law firm, Shakespeare Martineau has shown that prospective graduates are worried about Brexit.
27 February 2018
New Equine Law Clinic in Nottingham
Shakespeare Martineau is helping people in Nottinghamshire experiencing horse-related legal issues with free legal advice thanks to a new Equine Law Clinic.
21 February 2018
Energy team expansion
We have recently expanded our team of specialist energy solicitors by welcoming into our Nottingham office Rachel Kent and Isaac Murdy.
07 February 2018
Contract and pen
The Government has issued its response to the Matthew Taylor review of modern working practices and it fails to provide clarity on the big issue of worker status and the difficulties arising out of changes in working practices.
07 February 2018
Commenting on the Government’s latest response to the Taylor Review, Michael Hibbs, head of employment law
31 January 2018
M&S store closures
“This news is not surprising as M&S has experienced well publicised difficulties with its clothing and home space offering in what is a challenging time for the retail marketplace."
29 January 2018
Dictionary entry for discrimination
An employee returned to work after almost a year off, but refused to do any actual work after his employer proposed he would not return to his full role immediately, raising a grievance claiming discrimination.
29 January 2018
Long-standing sponsors of the Stratford Rotary’s Shakespeare Marathon & Half Marathon Shakespeare Martineau is delighted to support the event, which takes place on 13 May 2018.
26 January 2018
M&A opportunities
Recent data from Mergermarket shows an increase in M&A activity from US companies buying UK companies.
22 January 2018
Employment Brief - January 2018
Welcome to our latest employment brief!
10 January 2018
-	Sargeant v Sargeant
In a landmark ruling by the High Court earlier today, a widow’s request for further provision from her late husband’s estate has been rejected.
08 January 2018
Succession planning family business
Many family businesses see January as the perfect time to get their business affairs in order, particular is retirement is on the horizon.
02 January 2018
Leading planning solicitor and partner at Shakespeare Martineau, Bernadette Hillman has been appointed Hon. Secretary and Solicitor to the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)
20 December 2017
Uranium Resources plc
International mineral exploration and development group, Uranium Resources plc, has announced its intention to dispose of its existing operations, restructure its share capital and raise further investment to allow it to pursue further acquisition opportunities.
18 December 2017
Shakespeare Martineau is delighted to be appointed to the Legal Panel Framework for the sport and recreation sector.
13 December 2017
Midlands Ability
The new Minister for Work and Health Sarah Newton visited the region to launch a network aimed at encouraging Midlands employers to improve workplace opportunities for people with disabilities or mental health issues.
11 December 2017
Catherine Moss
In the latest in a series of partner appointments and promotions at the firm, Catherine Moss joins Shakespeare Martineau’s London office.
30 November 2017
Fuel poverty
Law firm Shakespeare Martineau has assisted energy company npower with its aim to alleviate the ‘heat or eat’ dilemma, which is faced by many people across the UK each winter.
30 November 2017
Neil Gosling & Kate Onions
Law firm Shakespeare Martineau has hired two new partners to their real estate team, the latest in a series of recent appointments and promotions into Birmingham and Solihull.
23 November 2017
EU flag
The UK's exit from the EU is the defining issue of our time for UK businesses. But the impact goes beyond the UK. Potentially, every business sector across Europe could be affected, and the energy sector is no exception.
23 November 2017
Recently promoted associate partners
Law firm Shakespeare Martineau has recently promoted five members of its team to associate partner.
22 November 2017
Our social housing experts comment on the Chancellor's 2017 Autumn Statement and the impact on the social housing sector.
22 November 2017
Multilaw Brexposure tool
Leading global law firm network Multilaw, of which Shakespeare Martineau is a member, has launched the “Brexposure” online self-assessment tool for international businesses to be able to instantly evaluate their level of risk associated with Brexit.
21 November 2017
Lisa Botterill
Shakespeare Martineau has hired corporate lawyer Lisa Botterill, who will join the firm’s Leicester office as a partner.
17 November 2017
Michael Mulligan
Law firm Shakespeare Martineau hires insolvency and commercial litigation partner, Michael Mulligan, who will join the growing London practice.
15 November 2017
Following the Supreme Court’s decision earlier this year to revoke employment tribunal fees, business owners in the West Midlands expect to see an increase in claims, according to new research from law firm Shakespeare Martineau.
14 November 2017
Europe energy map
Andrew Whitehead looks at how leaving the EU will affect the functioning of the UK energy market, especially the building and funding of electricity interconnectors.
10 November 2017
Line of cars
The Employment Appeal Tribunal has agreed with the Employment Tribunal’s ruling that Uber drivers are workers, and so benefit from all associated rights.
23 October 2017
Employment update
Do employers have a claim to property in emails or the contents of emails sent by employees from the employer’s email accounts?
20 October 2017
Narrinder Taggar
Shakespeare Martineau’s London office has boosted its credentials in the capital with the hire of a specialist defendant and personal injury insurance litigation partner.
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.
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.
30 August 2017
How women above retirement age can ensure they get a fair divorce
A combination of factors means that 50-plus women often get a worse deal than men in a divorce.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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