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Pitmans LLP is the largest law firm in the Thames Valley, with offices in Reading, Berkshire and in the City of London. But it’s not size that has helped grow our reputation. Rather, it’s our personal approach. This and our dogged determination to get our clients the results they deserve. All the time, our campaigning, entrepreneurial spirit attracts the best and brightest people from the UK’s largest and most respected law firms. With national expertise, regional leadership and the ability to deliver locally, we’ve been established now for over 150 years. But one thing we don’t do is live in the past. Not these days. Times, like the challenges our clients present us with are always changing, so we do. As a member of InterAct Europe, we are now part of a powerful international network, with offices in fifteen European cities. Rated highly in the influential Legal 500 and Chambers UK Directories, we continue to be industry award-winners. But winning the confidence of our clients is reward enough. Our Legal Services include: Banking & Finance Commercial Corporate Crime Debt Recovery Defendant Insurance Employment Environment Information Technology Insolvency & Restructuring Intellectual Property Matrimonial Media & Entertainment Pensions Planning Private Tax & Family Business Real Estate Residential Development Sport To discuss how Pitmans' solicitors can assist you and your business, please visit our website (www.pitmans.com) or contact us on +44 (0) 118 958 0224. We are solution driven and dedicated to offering definitive, pragmatic advice. We consider it essential to provide reasoned, technically correct, practical and clear recommendations to our clients. Our holistic approach to your business means we always look at the bigger picture, not just the issue you come to us with. We identify your options, your opportunities and assist in planning to achieve the best long-term solutions for you and your business. We are leaders in our field and are Tier 1 ranked in a wide number of practice areas by Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners, benchmarking schemes to the legal sector. Our exceptionally talented group of individuals have expertise in all specialist areas, from dispute resolution to cyber risk management. With this unrivalled, in-depth expertise comes the professionalism you would expect in a language you can understand. We pride ourselves on being approachable and personable, offering a partner-led service for all our clients. Whether you’re a private, commercial or professional client, we identify opportunities, as well as advising on avoiding pitfalls. You can be assured that our highly skilled professionals have the experience and knowledge to handle your specific, individual issue.

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Known unknowns and unknowns known

In a phone hacking case 2 Claimants decided to settle their phone hacking claims in terms which were related to the claims in the...

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Berkshire based retailer, Waitrose, bucks the trend

Waitrose, based in Bracknell , Berkshire, announces it is to create 2,000 new jobs and open 14 shops across the UK.

This retailer is...

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Is the coming year all about political risk?

Among many, many articles in the media over recent days on this, the piece below in the Telegraph references how closely tied to...

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E-books market: prize-winning or pulp?

The news that Tesco may close its ebook selling service (see FT article below), coming after the report that Waterstones has...

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Writing advice from an expert

I very much enjoyed reading this letter from Roald Dahl to a young writer (in 1980).

In short, he is right. We can all learn from it.

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Dementia

Dementia affects a substantial proportion of people in the UK and has various legal implications which has to be considered by...

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Dealerships in demand

It is rumoured that George Soros is interested in buying a large dealership which is potentially good news for the owners of large...

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Getting started in the UK

Angela Shields of Pitmans LLP provides comment on why the UK is an ideal place to set up and grow your business

Find out why the UK is an ideal place to set up and grow your business and the process of how to do this with the Thames Valley Chamber...…

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More good news for our Automotive clients

Car plants are producing more vehicles and, more importantly, demand has increased.

This should equate to more demand for our automotive...

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Oxfordshire receives a £108.6m growth deal

Further good news for the Thames Valley and Oxfordshire region.

"Among the projects set to benefit from the deal is a joint...

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Startup trends for 2015

I really enjoyed reading this article about potential trends for 2015.

So come December 2015, I will need to remember to look back...

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Leaky apps

As a regular user of smart-phones (and who isn't these days?) it's easy to become complacent about the various permissions and...

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Holiday pay: 22 million bill in 2015 for John Lewis

An even scarier liability of £22 million for this year emerges for John Lewis and Waitrose's holiday pay and related costs.

Not all...

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Connected cars

Last year as I have remarked in other posts car registrations were up to a 10 year high and there are interesting developments in...

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Holiday pay: 12million bill for John Lewis

Business will still take a big hit on revisions to holiday pay calculations and John Lewis have estimated that cost at £12million.

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April pension pot withdrawals £6 billion

Huge sums could cascade from pension pots from April which is going to give rise to many opportunities and threats including

a need...

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Retail and child care sectors failed to pay minimum wage

From the list of 37 employers who have failed to pay the National Minimum Wage, the retail and child care sector feature along side...

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The wide chasm of debate

It is interesting to read the very wide ranging views on employing ex-offenders.

Compare the decision of a Manchester-based firm of...

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Recruitment and social media

This is an interesting development in using data to analyse personality. The use of the Facebook Like button can apparently determine...

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Health and safety - tragic accident and large fine

Chessington World of Adventures Operations Ltd. was today (12 Jan) fined £150,000 and ordered to pay £21,614 in costs after pleading...

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Manufacturers found guilty of Corporate Manslaughter

Pyranha Mouldings who manufactured kayaks have been found guilty of Corporate Manslaughter after a 5 week trial. A worker became...

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Crowdfunding - not quite yet justifying the hype?

The news that the first exit by a UK equity "crowdfunded" business was achieved by the float of Mill Residential on AIM in late...

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Online shoppers of Luxury Brands beware

Consumers of luxury brands are, more and more, opting to shop around online rather than go to the high street, in order to find the...

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Everyday information security just got wearable

Are you the type of person who does their Christmas shopping all through the year to be able to sail serenely through December's...

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Car registrations rise to 10 year high

In 2014 car registrations increased by 9.3 % on the 2013 figures according to a figure from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and...

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Good news for our automotive clients

It is good to see a strong indicator from the Automotive sector and good news for our Automotive clients.

Plug-in vehicles are in...

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Am I Charlie?

After I wrote my post on the campaign by Hannah Weller for Parliament to restrict the publication of pictures of children I heard...

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Privacy

Last year I did an article in relation to a High Court claim to stop photographs of a child taken abroad and published here which no...

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WilliamsF1: Stopping fast horses bolting

IT, IP and Data Security are critical matters for businesses in the Automotive, engineering and other sectors not least because of the...

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Employment Tribunal Fees

There are more indications of concern that employees are being put off going to an Employment Tribunal in a poll by Citizens Advice....

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Pension flexibility 2015

In April of this year employees who are aged 55 or more can take up to 100%of their pension and do not have to buy an annuity.

Some...

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FCA Regulations

It is encouraging that a recent survey has shown that dealers are not worried about the impact of the FCA Regulations.

I do hope...

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Obesity and disability-some silver linings?

On 18 December 2014 the European Court of Justice decided that obesity is not necessarily a disability but that an obese worker can be...

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