We fully recognise that our future success and growth depend on supporting our partner-led service with a wealth and diversity of new talent that can deliver the results our clients need for their businesses.

That’s why we were delighted when one of our colleagues, Mark Wilkinson, won the Rising Star Award at the prestigious Yorkshire Legal Awards 2015 last month.

Mark was promoted to partner in April and leads our insolvency and credit management services. You can read more below about his unusual route to partnership in a law firm!

In this edition of our newsletter, we bring you a number of articles that illustrate why Shulmans is the place to be – both as a lawyer and as a client. We also provide you with legal updates relating to employment, data protection, commercial and other matters.

Tim Halstead
Managing Partner, Shulmans LLP
 
Mark Wilkinson crowned ‘Rising Star’ at the Yorkshire Legal Awards 2015
We are very pleased to announce that Mark Wilkinson, Shulmans' Head of Insolvency & Credit Management Services, won the Rising Star Award at the Yorkshire Legal Awards 2015.
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Shulmans singled out as one of the UK's "biggest risers" in the legal world
The Lawyer UK 200 The Independents Report 2015, an annual national survey of the top 200 UK law firms conducted by The Lawyer magazine, has just been published.
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Tim Halstead: on his career, building the firm and being one of the UK’s longest-standing managing partners
Tim Halstead, Shulmans’ managing partner, was recently interviewed in BCL’s The Brief about his career and his role in building the firm.
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What's new at Shulmans?
As a firm which recognises that hiring and retaining the best people is key to delivering results-focused services for our clients, it is not surprising that much of what is new at Shulmans revolves around our people and their successes, both as individuals and as part of our firm.
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Oral contract for acquisition of land not a construction contract
The Shulmans construction team have recently successfully represented a company in a widely-reported case relating to the non-payment of an incentive fee which had been the subject of a verbal agreement. We persuaded the court to hand down a decision that gave our client an award 100 % higher than any offer to settle made before the trial.
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Organisations face uncertainty as to when and whether to comply with subject access requests under data protection law
Organisations face lack of clarity as to when they are legally required to provide individuals with information they hold on them if requested, particularly if the individuals are making requests to gather evidence to use in a dispute. This uncertainty follows a High Court ruling.
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Edward Snowden, the CIA and HR
In the past, the transfer of data to the US was permitted and lawful provided that its recipients in the US established adequate protection of that data – this was referred to as the US recipient creating a 'safe-harbour' for the data.
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Retailers must comply with significant new consumer rights laws that came into force on 1 October
Retailers should review their terms of business, and other customer documents such as notices, policies and licences, to ensure compliance with significant new consumer rights laws. They must also give appropriate training and monitor staff in light of the new laws.
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Court gives guidance on when trade mark can be revoked for lack of 'genuine use'
Trade mark owners should ensure they are making 'genuine use' of their marks, or risk their trade marks being revoked. This requires taking into account the nature of their products and business - particularly if they are only using them in one country and particularly if financial difficulties affect sales.
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Court clarifies correct test when deciding whether employee has been treated unfavourably because of a disability
Employers will welcome clarification of the legal test to apply when deciding whether a dismissal amounts to unfavourable treatment of an employee arising from their disability.
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