Legal

‘Resilient’ GL Law lauded by Law Society for quality standards rarely achieved by other firms

December 9, 2020
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‘Resilient’ GL Law lauded by Law Society for quality standards rarely achieved by other firms

The Law Society has praised Bristol legal firm GL Law for its exceptionally high levels of client care and practice management. The firm, which recently rebranded from Gregg Latchams, was commended by the Law Society for its perfect scorecard and earning results ‘rarely achieved’ during its assessment as part of...

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Bevan Brittan’s £10,000 donation ‘vital’ for its charity of the year St Peter’s Hospice

December 9, 2020
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Bevan Brittan’s £10,000 donation ‘vital’ for its charity of the year St Peter’s Hospice

The Bristol office of national law firm Bevan Brittan has donated £10,000 to city-based St Peter’s Hospice following a challenging year for the charity. St Peter’s, which cares for adults with life-limiting illnesses, will use the funds to provide essential services, such as its 24-hour hospice advice line.  A sum...

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Burges Salmon opens Dublin office to offer EU trade mark advice post-Brexit

December 9, 2020
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Bristol-headquartered national law firm Burges Salmon has opened an office in Dublin to ensure its intellectual property (IP) practice can continue to its work on EU trade marks once the Brexit transition period ends. Burges Salmon is the latest UK law firm to open new, or strengthen existing, offices...

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Brexit confusion continues for third of firms as UK-EU talks go down to the wire

December 8, 2020
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Brexit confusion continues for third of firms as UK-EU talks go down to the wire

A third of South West firms still do not know if they will be impacted by Brexit with less than four weeks to go to the end of the UK-EU transition period, according to a new survey. At the same time 46% are worried that Brexit could have a...

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Womble Bond Dickinson recognises talent with four promotions in its Bristol office

December 8, 2020
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Two new partners, a legal director and an associate have taken up their new roles at Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) Bristol office as part of a series of promotions across the transatlantic law firm’s UK arm.  The new Bristol partners are Jo Martin and Tom Caplen while Janice Cowley has been...

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Burges Salmon says stronger-than-expected first half means it can repay furlough money

December 4, 2020
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Bristol-headquartered national law firm Burges Salmon is to repay the furlough grants it received from the government at height of the coronavirus pandemic. The firm, which employs more than 800 people in its Bristol HQ and London and Edinburgh offices, said it had decided to take the action following...

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Firms invited to have their say on region’s 20-year planning blueprint

December 4, 2020
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Firms invited to have their say on region’s 20-year planning blueprint

Bristol businesses have less than two weeks to give their views on the type of employment spaces, vital transport links and homes the region needs over the next 20 years. The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) has already received almost 1,000 responses to the survey it is running...

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National Friendly urges Bristol’s digital innovators to come to aid of city’s literacy charity Ablaze

December 1, 2020
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National Friendly urges Bristol’s digital innovators to come to aid of city’s literacy charity Ablaze

National Friendly, the Bristol-based insurer, has stepped in to support city literacy and schools charity Ablaze with a new fundraising campaign. Under the initiative, the mutual insurer – a long-term partner of Ablaze – will use its influence to urge Bristol firms to contribute to the charity as well...

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Business groups and Mayor warn of bleak winter as Bristol prepares to enter Tier 3 when lockdown ends

November 27, 2020
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Business groups and Mayor warn of bleak winter as Bristol prepares to enter Tier 3 when lockdown ends

Bristol’s Tier 3 restrictions when it comes out of the national lockdown next week will have a “chilling impact” on its economy, with much of its hospitality sector remaining “frozen” in the vital run-up to Christmas, business groups and the city’s mayor have warned. Mayor Marvin Rees, pictured, said...

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Reboot for Business West’s online Brexit advice hub as clock ticks down to end of transition period

November 26, 2020
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Reboot for Business West’s online Brexit advice hub as clock ticks down to end of transition period

The award-winning Trading Through Brexit service run by Business West has been relaunched to help companies make crucial last-minute adjustments to the way they operate ahead of the end of the UK-EU transition period. Regardless of whether or not a deal is reached between UK and EU negotiators ahead...

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Chancellor’s Spending Review: Bristol business reaction

November 25, 2020
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Chancellor’s Spending Review: Bristol business reaction

Business West, the region’s biggest business organisation, was disappointed with the lack of capital investment promised by the government for the West of England. Policy manager Claire Ralph said: “Some minor funding has been allocated to the West of England Combined Authority for local transport improvements through the Transforming...

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Chancellor’s Spending Review: National business reaction

November 25, 2020
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Chancellor’s Spending Review: National business reaction

Business groups have welcomed the investment in infrastructure and jobs in Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Spending Review but said many firms still needed more help from the government. The CBI praised the Chancellor for making “some bold autumn decisions” to power a spring recovery even as the stark forecasts pointed...

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Chancellor’s Spending Review: Main points

November 25, 2020
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Chancellor’s Spending Review: Main points

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has delivered his much-anticipated Spending Review, outlining how the government will tackle the huge economic challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Among main points were:  The government is spending £280bn on tackling Covid-19 But the Chancellor says: “The economic damage is likely to be lasting.” Forecast...

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