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Recognition for the city’s top lawyers and their firms at last night’s Bristol Law Society Awards

November 3, 2023
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Recognition for the city’s top lawyers and their firms at last night’s Bristol Law Society Awards

National law firm Freeths, city-based Barcan+Kirby and Bristol heavyweights Burges Salmon and Osborne Clarke were among the winners at last night’s 2023 Bristol Law Society Awards. Freeths landed the title of Law Firm of the Year (over 20 partners), beating Ashfords, which was highly commended, Foot Anstey and Osborne...

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Osborne Clarke makes changes to its UK Business Transactions Practice Group leadership team

November 2, 2023
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New leadership appointments have been made in the UK Business Transactions Practice Group (BTG) based in international law firm Osborne Clarke’s Bristol office. With 60 partners and more than 140 fee-earners, the group also works from the firm’s London and Reading offices and accounts for around a third of its...

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Trio of banks power up major battery storage energy scheme in deal put together by Burges Salmon

November 2, 2023
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Trio of banks power up major battery storage energy scheme in deal put together by Burges Salmon

The banking team at Bristol-headquartered national law firm Burges Salmon has advised on an innovative finance deal worth up to £70m from a group of three funders which will be used to build a major battery energy storage system. The funding was secured by global clean energy group TagEnergy to...

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TLT team helps German solar energy firm with £70m funding for major UK expansion

October 27, 2023
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TLT team helps German solar energy firm with £70m funding for major UK expansion

National law firm TLT, which has its HQ in Bristol, has advised leading pan-European solar energy company ILOS on funding for the construction and operation of four ground mounted solar PV projects in the UK. The £70m debt facility from Bayerische Landesbank includes an accordion facility option for the...

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Profits under pressure at Bristol’s largest law firms as growth slows and costs rise

October 27, 2023
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Profits under pressure at Bristol’s largest law firms as growth slows and costs rise

Bristol-headquartered Burges Salmon has become the latest major law firm in the city to report a fall in annual profits as margins came under pressure from spiralling costs. While revenue rose at the firm by 8% to £128.2m in the financial year ending 30 April, net profit was down...

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Michelmores works with pioneering sustainability group on its transformative takeover deal

October 27, 2023
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Michelmores works with pioneering sustainability group on its transformative takeover deal

A cross-sector team from Michelmores has advised leading sustainability certification and net zero consultancy Planet Mark on its acquisition by workplace safety group Alcumus. London-based Planet Mark has been working with organisations, including Michelmores, to enable meaningful change and create a more sustainable and equitable world. The firm’s sustainability expertise...

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Osborne Clarke to train staff, clients and suppliers on how they can help tackle the climate crisis

October 26, 2023
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Osborne Clarke to train staff, clients and suppliers on how they can help tackle the climate crisis

International law firm Osborne Clarke, which has a major office in Bristol, has strengthened its commitment to reach net zero by rolling out a tailored carbon literacy course in the UK. The training programme has started with the firm’s UK executive board and will be followed by a broader...

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Foot Anstey’s new vacation scheme opens the door to the law for under-represented individuals

October 25, 2023
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Foot Anstey’s new vacation scheme opens the door to the law for under-represented individuals

Aspiring lawyers from underrepresented Black and minority ethnic backgrounds are to be given the opportunity to gain experience in the legal field under a new ‘vacation’ scheme launched by law firm Foot Anstey. Successful applicants will spend a week experiencing what it is like to be a trainee solicitor....

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Former EY strategic talent director joins Burges Salmon as its new chief people officer

October 23, 2023
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Former EY strategic talent director joins Burges Salmon as its new chief people officer

Bristol-headquartered national law firm Burges Salmon has appointed Alice Bretherton as its new chief people officer. Alice, pictured, joins from ‘big four’ accountancy group EY, where she held the role of strategic talent director in the UK and Ireland. During her time at EY Alice had responsibility for HR...

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Lifetime allowance for fertility treatment to be available to all Foot Anstey staff

October 20, 2023
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Lifetime allowance for fertility treatment to be available to all Foot Anstey staff

Law firm Foot Anstey has partnered with Europe’s most comprehensive reproductive health benefits provider to introduce an enhanced fertility and family-forming and gender-based health benefit for its staff. Starting this month, all employees will have access to unlimited one-to-one wellbeing support and advice from Fertifa. Under the partnership the...

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Temple Bright guides digital art certification innovator Artclear through rapid expansion

October 19, 2023
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Temple Bright guides digital art certification innovator Artclear through rapid expansion

Bristol and London law firm Temple Bright is working with innovative certification technology business Artclear as it grows into a major force in the art world. Coming from the world of payments and settlements of high-value financial transactions, Artclear’s founders Angus Scott and Charlotte Black identified why the art...

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Thrings handles sale of acoustic materials pioneer to international manufacturing group

October 19, 2023
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Thrings handles sale of acoustic materials pioneer to international manufacturing group

The corporate team from South West law firm Thrings has advised on the sale of a business designing and manufacturing products at the cutting edge of acoustic material technology. Acoustic Polymers, which has been acquired by cork and rubber materials manufacturer Tiflex, specialises in high-performance polymeric-based materials used in...

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Four new trainee solicitors take the next steps in their legal careers at Barcan+Kirby

October 18, 2023
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Four new trainee solicitors take the next steps in their legal careers at Barcan+Kirby

Bristol-based law firm Barcan+Kirby has appointed four new trainee solicitors as it continues to strengthen its offering to businesses, families and individuals. Clare Boulton, Jamie Lodge, Harvey Rainey and Aishah Din, pictured, started their contracts with the firm, which has five offices across Bristol and South Gloucestershire, last month....

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