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Expanding law firm Ashfords takes on 14 trainees

September 27, 2012
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Expanding law firm Ashfords takes on 14 trainees

Law firm Ashfords has recruited 14 trainee solicitors to work across all five of its South West offices, including Bristol. And, for the first time, two will be based in its London office following its merger with Rochman Landau earlier this year. Over the next two years the trainees...

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Special small firms’ legal service launched by Bristol lawyers Gregg Latchams

September 26, 2012
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Special small firms’ legal service launched by Bristol lawyers Gregg Latchams

Bristol law firm Gregg Latchams will later today officially launch its innovative new way of providing legal advice to entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized firms. Its In-house Lawyer (IHL) service has been set up following research among West business owners which showed they want high-quality legal support while knowing...

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TLT team advises French software group Sword on major cross-border disposal

September 25, 2012
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TLT team advises French software group Sword on major cross-border disposal

Lawyers from Bristol’s TLT have advised international services and software company Sword Group on the 20m euro (£16m) disposal of its specialist software developer subsidiary Ciboodle  – a project that involved legal work across 12 jurisdictions. TLT co-ordinated the deal for Sword, including liaising with major American firm Mayer...

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Bristol city centre move for expanding legal recruitment firm

September 25, 2012
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Bristol city centre move for expanding legal recruitment firm

Legal recruitment consultancy Austen Lloyd has relocated its head office from Backwell, North Somerset, to Bristol city centre as part of its on-going expansion from a regional player towards becoming a national firm. The move, to a 1,017sq ft office in Queen Square, places the consultancy at the heart...

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Legal Review: The West’s leading individuals

September 20, 2012
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Legal Review: The West’s leading individuals

Legal 500 names the following as the ‘leading individuals’ in the West’s law firms: Omar Al-Nuaimi Osborne Clarke Banking and finance Neil Baker Clarke Willmott LLP Planning Alan Barr Burges Salmon LLP Corporate and commercial John Birch Ashfords LLP Construction Michael Bothamley DAC Beachcroft LLP Commercial property Andy Braithwaite...

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Legal Review: Overview of the Bristol market

September 20, 2012
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Legal Review: Overview of the Bristol market

Legal 500, the sector’s ‘bible’, says among notable developments over the past year in the region, Pinsent Masons closed its Bristol office, while the leading members of CMS Cameron McKenna’s professional negligence team moved over to RPC, giving the latter a presence in the region. London firm Simmons &...

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Legal Review: Bristol goes from strength to strength as City firms head West

September 20, 2012
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Legal Review: Bristol goes from strength to strength as City firms head West

Bristol continues to strengthen as a centre for legal services and is increasingly acting as a magnet for City of London firms seeking lower-cost operations. At the same time its larger law firms are continuing to establish themselves as major national, rather than just regional, players through a combination...

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Bristol law firm TLT ‘one of best to work for’, according to Legal Week survey

September 18, 2012
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Bristol law firm TLT ‘one of best to work for’, according to Legal Week survey

Bristol-based law firm TLT has once again been named as one of the UK’s best legal employers by industry publication Legal Week. TLT is ranked second overall for meeting its employees’ needs in Legal Week’s annual Employee Satisfaction Report. The report is compiled from an independent survey of more...

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Bristol’s Osborne Clarke in merger talks with major London law firm

September 18, 2012
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Bristol’s Osborne Clarke in merger talks with major London law firm

Bristol law firm Osborne Clarke is in merger talks with London-based Field Fisher Waterhouse which potentially could create a top 20 firm with revenues of nearly £200m. Sources close to the talks described them as being at an “early stage”. Field Fisher Waterhouse was recently linked with rival City...

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Associate appointment boosts Bond Pearce’s energy and environment team

September 13, 2012
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Associate appointment boosts Bond Pearce’s energy and environment team

Bristol-based law firm Bond Pearce has recruited Esther Kiddle as an associate in its energy and environment experience practice.  Esther joins from Burges Salmon where she previously worked with Bond Pearce’s new head of the environment practice, Georgie Messent. Esther, pictured, specialises in regulatory and contractual advice to waste,...

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Property specialist joins expanding Bristol law firm Temple Bright

September 12, 2012
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Property specialist joins expanding Bristol law firm Temple Bright

Fast-growing Bristol law firm Temple Bright has added property specialist Richard Spencer to its practice – the 15th partner to join the firm since its 2010 launch. Richard, who specialises in commercial and residential property investment and development work, was previously a partner and head of department at Cheltenham...

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Merger talks confirmed by Bristol law firm Bond Pearce

September 12, 2012
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Merger talks confirmed by Bristol law firm Bond Pearce

Bristol law firm Bond Pearce has confirmed it is in merger talks with Dickinson Dees, based in Newcastle. A tie-up between the two would create a UK top 30 law firm with combined revenue of around £94m. Bond Pearce has grown its Bristol office over the past decade to...

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Multi-million pound land deal fulfils Pieminister’s appetite for further growth

September 7, 2012
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Multi-million pound land deal fulfils Pieminister’s appetite for further growth

Pieminister, the fast-growing Bristol-based pie producer, has secured a substantial four-acre site in Westbury on Trym from the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust. The north Bristol site is already home to Pieminister's kitchens, where it has been producing its widely-popular products since 2007. The deal paves the way...

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