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Burges Salmon helps National Express get on board with new banking product trial

July 5, 2019
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Burges Salmon helps National Express get on board with new banking product trial

The banking team from Bristol-headquartered national law firm Burges Salmon has advised long-standing transport client National Express on a ground-breaking finance deal – the first of its kind for the UK banking sector. National Express’s SONIA (Sterling Overnight Index Average) loan from NatWest is the first in the pilot...

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Gold standard recognition for Womble Bond Dickinson’s approach to gender equality

July 5, 2019
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Gold standard recognition for Womble Bond Dickinson’s approach to gender equality

Womble Bond Dickinson, the transatlantic law firm with a major office in Bristol, is among the first UK law firms to be recognised in a new certification scheme for its approach to gender equality and diversity. Launched by the Women in Law Empowerment Forum (WILEF), the gold standard champions...

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Bristol property dispute lawyer opens city office for High Court enforcement firm

July 4, 2019
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Bristol property dispute lawyer opens city office for High Court enforcement firm

High Court enforcement office Andrew Wilson & Co has continued its nationwide expansion by opening a base in Bristol headed by property dispute solicitor Ellie Kouzaris. The Manchester-headquartered firm, which also has offices in Leeds, Birmingham and London, works with law firms, businesses, lenders, local authorities, landlords, property agents,...

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Smiles all round as Meade King helps Bristol dental group hit acquisition trail again

July 3, 2019
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Smiles all round as Meade King helps Bristol dental group hit acquisition trail again

Bristol-based dental group Dentina has acquired its sixth practice – with expert advice from city-based commercial law firm Meade King – and also launched a new specialist referral centre. Dentina’s takeover of the Clifton Dental Surgery in Clifton Village – which specialises in general, cosmetic and implant surgery –...

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BrandSoup: Three stripes and you’re out

July 3, 2019
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BrandSoup: Three stripes and you’re out

Adidas likes to think of itself as synonymous with its famous logo – so much so that its founder, Adolph ‘Adi’ Dassler, referred to it as the “three-stripe company”. From early days, Adi was concerned to give his products a distinctive look. Very much ahead of his time, he...

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The LAST WORD: Bill Willcocks, managing partner, Barcan+Kirby

June 28, 2019
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The LAST WORD: Bill Willcocks, managing partner, Barcan+Kirby

Each week Bristol Business News gives a prominent member of the city’s business community the last word on its weekly e-bulletin. This week Bill Willcocks, managing partner of Bristol-based law firm Barcan+Kirby, answers our 10 questions. What was the last:  Film you watched? Bohemian Rhapsody was the last one I saw at...

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Staff at two more high-growth Bristol firms take ownership as employee acquisitions gather pace

June 28, 2019
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Staff at two more high-growth Bristol firms take ownership as employee acquisitions gather pace

The founders of two fast-growing Bristol firms have this week sold them to their staff as the trend for ‘employee ownership’ continues. Digital agency Torchbox, which works with some of the world’s biggest organisations including Google and NASA, is handing 100% of its shares to its 65 employees. They...

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Burges Salmon acts for IT group SCISYS as it recommends £79m approach from Canadian bidder

June 25, 2019
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Burges Salmon acts for IT group SCISYS as it recommends £79m approach from Canadian bidder

The corporate team from Bristol-headquartered national law firm Burges Salmon is advising specialist software developer and IT services provider SCISYS – a long-standing client – on its £78.9m takeover by Canadian IT giant CGI. The all-cash offer, which has been unanimously recommended by SCISYS’ directors, remains subject to anti-trust...

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Triodos sets up new UK subsidiary to prepare for Brexit-linked regulation changes

June 21, 2019
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Dutch-owned ethical banking group Triodos, which has its UK head office in Bristol, has created a new wholly owned UK subsidiary to avoid any fallout from Brexit. The bank called in legal experts from Bristol-headquartered national law firm TLT to handle the highly complex and costly procedure, which involved...

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Ashfords’ Bristol team act for guitar maker in majority stake sale to Muse frontman

June 21, 2019
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Ashfords’ Bristol team act for guitar maker in majority stake sale to Muse frontman

Lawyers in the Bristol office of national firm Ashfords have helped one of the UK’s top guitar manufacturers sell shares to the frontman of rock band Muse. Matt Bellamy bought the stake from Hugh Manson and Adrian Ashton of Devon-based Manson Guitar Works, giving the singer, guitarist and songwriter...

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Pioneering Bristol youth programme gains continued backing of Womble Bond Dickinson

June 20, 2019
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Pioneering Bristol youth programme gains continued backing of Womble Bond Dickinson

Transatlantic law firm Womble Bond Dickinson’s (WBD) Bristol office is to continue to support a community apprentice programme that helps develop young people’s employability by empowering them to tackle real-life social problems. Run by national organisation Envision, the programme is an inter-school competition aimed at 14 and 15 year...

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Businesses targeted to raise £100k and prevent ‘holiday hunger’ for thousands of Bristol kids

June 7, 2019
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Businesses targeted to raise £100k and prevent ‘holiday hunger’ for thousands of Bristol kids

Bristol businesses are being urged to support a campaign aimed at saving thousands of children in the city from poor physical and mental health caused by ‘holiday hunger’ this summer. The charity Feeding Bristol, which provides outreach and support across the city through a network of community groups and...

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Event: Bristol Food Connections Business Bootcamp

June 7, 2019
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Event: Bristol Food Connections Business Bootcamp

Bristol Food Connections, in conjunction with city-based law firm Gregg Latchams, is hosting a day-long Business Bootcamp next week to help people grow their own business, with advice from key experts. From the do’s and don’ts of marketing and PR to what is needed to know to gain investment...

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