Legal

Multi-million pound sale of building supplies firm to regional group handled by GL Law

January 13, 2021
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Multi-million pound sale of building supplies firm to regional group handled by GL Law

Bristol law firm GL Law has advised an independent building supplies firm on the sale of its assets and shares to South of England timber and builders’ merchant group Sydenhams. Single-outlet Staverton Building Supplies, based near Cheltenham, has built a strong reputation over several decades for personal service and...

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Join us in backing city’s vital primary school ‘reading buddies’ scheme, says National Friendly

January 12, 2021
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Join us in backing city’s vital primary school ‘reading buddies’ scheme, says National Friendly

Bristol-based mutual insurer National Friendly has seen a lot of change in its 150 year history. Originally it provided sickness benefits to working men, but also, uniquely among friendly societies at the time, it welcomed working women and children too. This pioneering stance – when poverty, poor education, poor...

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Former general counsel for global payments group joins Burges Salmon as head of fintech

January 11, 2021
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Former general counsel for global payments group joins Burges Salmon as head of fintech

Bristol-headquartered national law firm Burges Salmon has recruited Martin Cook as its new head of fintech, describing him as a sector heavyweight. Joining as a director, Martin, pictured, will sit in the firm’s funds and financial regulation team, working closely with colleagues in its financial services sector and technology...

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Head of corporate at Michelmores takes up additional role as senior partner

January 11, 2021
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Head of corporate at Michelmores takes up additional role as senior partner

Regional law firm Michelmores has appointed head of corporate Richard Cobb as its new senior partner. Richard, pictured, succeeds Andrew Oldland QC, who has served as the firm’s senior partner for four years. At the time of his appointment Andrew was the first barrister to hold the role of senior...

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Thrive Renewables plugs into its first battery storage scheme, with support from TLT

January 7, 2021
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Thrive Renewables plugs into its first battery storage scheme, with support from TLT

Bristol-based specialist energy investment company Thrive Renewables has invested in its first battery storage project in a deal handled by city-headquartered national law firm TLT. Construction of the 5MW scheme at Wicken, just outside Milton Keynes, is due to complete this summer.   Thrive and other firms in the...

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New ‘body blow’ for Bristol businesses as UK enters third national lockdown

January 5, 2021
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New ‘body blow’ for Bristol businesses as UK enters third national lockdown

The latest lockdown will be another “body blow” to Bristol firms, coming after the uncertainty caused by Brexit and lost trade in the run-up to Christmas, the region’s biggest business group has warned. Business West, which runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce, said firms that had survived so far with...

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Clarke Willmott Bristol team delivers on sale of specialist logistics firm to US group

December 30, 2020
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Clarke Willmott Bristol team delivers on sale of specialist logistics firm to US group

The Bristol office of national law firm Clarke Willmott has advised on the sale of home delivery firm Panther Logistics on its sale to a US group. Clarke Willmott’s corporate team worked with the management of the Northampton-based firm, the UK’s largest independent ‘two-man’ home delivery business, to sell...

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Temple Bright advises Nikon on group reorganisation and grows pensions team

December 18, 2020
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Temple Bright advises Nikon on group reorganisation and grows pensions team

Bristol and London law firm Temple Bright has acted for Japanese multinational Nikon on the pensions aspects of its reorganisation in which Nikon UK merged with Nikon Holdings Europe. The cross-border merger, which took place on December 1, was implemented as part of a planned simplification of Nikon’s European legal entity structures. ...

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Bristol golf centre with £3m price tag bought by couple behind city’s Sky View Observation Wheel

December 17, 2020
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Bristol golf centre with £3m price tag bought by couple behind city’s Sky View Observation Wheel

A golf complex on the outskirts of Bristol run for the past 23 years by professional golfer has been sold after being marketed for more than £3m. Bristol Golf Centre, pictured, at Hambrook has been bought by Chipping Sodbury-based Golf & Leisure Group for an undisclosed fee from Nicky...

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Ashfords acts for fast-growing fintech client in ground-breaking deal with Mastercard

December 16, 2020
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Ashfords acts for fast-growing fintech client in ground-breaking deal with Mastercard

The Bristol office of national law firm Ashfords has advised fintech client Form3 on a major investment and partnership with global payment technology leader Mastercard which could transform the industry. Under the agreement, Mastercard will use London-based Form3’s cloud-based systems to help banks and financial institutions around the world...

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Womble Bond Dickinson team unpacks £7m investment into luxury villa holiday firm

December 16, 2020
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Womble Bond Dickinson team unpacks £7m investment into luxury villa holiday firm

The Bristol office of transatlantic law firm Womble Bond Dickinson has advised longstanding client Piper Private Equity on a £7m investment into a specialist villa brand. London-based The Thinking Traveller was launched in 2002 with seven villas in Sicily and today has 220 highly curated properties, including some of the...

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TLT teams up with Manchester Met University to set up UK’s first law firm fintech school

December 15, 2020
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TLT teams up with Manchester Met University to set up UK’s first law firm fintech school

Lawyers at Bristol-headquartered TLT are to benefit from a first-of-its kind fintech school set up by the firm in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University. The course gives the national firm’s lawyers a critical understanding of some of the most transformative technologies in the financial services industry, including blockchain and...

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Government financial support for locked down firms covered just quarter of their costs, survey shows

December 11, 2020
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Government financial support for locked down firms covered just quarter of their costs, survey shows

West of England Firms have slammed government financial support for businesses forced to close during the most recent lockdown as grossly inadequate. Some 54% of businesses that were shuttered during November – including restaurants, cafes and non-essential retailers – said the financial assistance covered less than a quarter of...

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