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Coronavirus update: Furlough scheme extension welcomed by business groups

May 12, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Furlough scheme extension welcomed by business groups

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s decision to extend the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to October will be a “huge relief” to firms in the West of England, according to the region’s largest business group. Business West, which runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce, said its research showed the scheme, launched by...

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David Pester takes up new role as head of strategic growth role at TLT

May 12, 2020
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David Pester takes up new role as head of strategic growth role at TLT

Long-serving managing partner of Bristol-headquartered TLT David Pester has started a new role at the national law firm as head of strategic growth. After 19 years as managing partner, David Pester, pictured, will now work with TLT’s leadership team on a strategic growth programme to support existing clients and...

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New head of projects, real estate and finance for Osborne Clarke

May 11, 2020
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New head of projects, real estate and finance for Osborne Clarke

Michelle McGurl, a partner in the Bristol office of international law firm Osborne Clarke, has been appointed as the new head of its projects, real estate and finance (PREF) practice group. Michelle, pictured, has worked at Osborne Clarke for 13 years, having joined in 2007. She was promoted to...

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Firm-wide partner and senior associate promotions strengthen Michelmores

May 11, 2020
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Regional law firm Michelmores has two new partners and nine senior associates following its latest round of promotions. The two new partners at the firm, which has offices in Bristol, Exeter and London, are Edwin Richards and James Frampton.  Edwin, pictured right, who is also a chartered accountant, has...

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Pair of senior appointments boost Thrings’ private client offering

May 5, 2020
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Regional law firm Thrings, which has an office in Bristol, has strengthened its private wealth team by appointing Kathryn Bew and Jermaine Smith as senior associate and associate respectively.  A specialist in family law, Kathryn, pictured right, has more than 26 years’ experience of advising UK-based and international clients...

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Coronavirus update: Two more surveys reveal looming job cuts and massive falls in confidence

May 1, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Two more surveys reveal looming job cuts and massive falls in confidence

The devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic on businesses in the West of England has been highlighted again in the results of two more surveys this week – with one showing two-thirds of firms suffered a fall in orders while the second reveals productivity is down at 80% of...

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Osborne Clarke’s Bristol office boosted with two new partners and a new legal director

April 30, 2020
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International law firm Osborne Clarke has made three promotions in its Bristol office made up of the appointments of two new partners and one legal director. The promotions are among six appointments at the firm which, when taken as a whole, strengthen its corporate team – with a focus...

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Six new partners for Burges Salmon as it looks for growth in key sectors

April 30, 2020
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Six new partners for Burges Salmon as it looks for growth in key sectors

Bristol-headquartered national law firm Burges Salmon has appointed six new partners in teams across the firm including private client, healthcare, real estate, dispute resolution and employment. The firm said the move, which takes its total number of partners to 96, reflected its continued growth and commitment to operating effectively...

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South West food service deal underlines strength of sector despite Covid-19 crisis

April 30, 2020
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South West food service deal underlines strength of sector despite Covid-19 crisis

Bristol-based professional advisors have overcome the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the South West’s food sector by helping a long-established, family-run foodservice firm sell parts of its business. The corporate team at accountants Mazars and a cross-sector legal team from law firm Thrings acted for Somerset-based L&F Jones...

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Coronavirus update: Welcome for government’s ‘bounce back’ loans for small firms

April 28, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Welcome for government’s ‘bounce back’ loans for small firms

Business organisations have welcomed new measures by the government to help small firms survive the coronavirus pandemic, reflecting the fact that around half are being rejected for loans under the existing scheme. Business West, the organisation that runs Bristol Chamber of Commerce, said Chancellor Rishi Sunak, pictured, had listened...

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TLT and Osborne Clarke survive BT’s cull of 25 firms from its legal panel

April 24, 2020
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TLT and Osborne Clarke survive BT’s cull of 25 firms from its legal panel

Bristol law firms TLT and Osborne Clarke have kept their places on BT’s slimmed down UK legal panel, with TLT expanding its role. The telecoms giant took the decision to consolidate its panel from 40 firms down to 15 following a review to enable deeper and stronger relationships with...

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Coronavirus update: Survey shows many West firms ‘looking into the abyss’ as pandemic hits sales

April 23, 2020
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Coronavirus update: Survey shows many West firms ‘looking into the abyss’ as pandemic hits sales

Fewer than one in six West of England firms believe they will be able to cope if the coronavirus crisis lasts for more than six months, according to the results of the first major survey highlighting the impact of the pandemic on the region’s businesses. More than 70% of...

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Coronavirus update: New task force will aim to shape West of England’s post-pandemic economy

April 22, 2020
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Coronavirus update: New task force will aim to shape West of England’s post-pandemic economy

A taskforce bringing together businesses, universities and the West of England’s local authorities is being set up to ensure the region’s economy recovers as quickly as possible from the impact of the coronavirus crisis. The new group will also represent the region in discussions with central government to make...

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