Legal

New associate strengthens Thrings’ commercial property team

December 18, 2015
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New associate strengthens Thrings’ commercial property team

Regional law firm Thrings, which has an office in Bristol, has bolstered its commercial property offering with the appointment of Richard Pike as associate solicitor. A highly-experienced commercial property specialist, Richard, pictured, joins from Swindon law firm Clark Holt, where he worked for just over two years. He previously...

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‘Best adviser’ listing for Bond Dickinson in Legal Week survey

December 17, 2015
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‘Best adviser’ listing for Bond Dickinson in Legal Week survey

National law firm Bond Dickinson, which has an office in Bristol, has been named as a Best Legal Adviser in Legal Week magazine’s Best Legal Adviser Report 2015. The report sought the opinions of in-house counsel on the top UK and global firms based on satisfaction, importance and innovation...

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Bristol Business News photo gallery: Boxworks opening and Engine Shed 2nd birthday party

December 11, 2015
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Bristol Business News photo gallery: Boxworks opening and Engine Shed 2nd birthday party

Bristol’s Engine Shed innovation hub celebrates its two-year anniversary by inviting guests to the launch of Boxworks, a custom-designed workspace in 20 re-imagined shipping containers for the creative, digital and hi-tech industries. Boxworks expands the Engine Shed by 30% – enough space for around 120 entrepreneurs – and will provide much-needed...

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Nuclear industry group role for Burges Salmon senior associate

December 11, 2015
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Nuclear industry group role for Burges Salmon senior associate

Nuclear sector expert Michael Bray, a senior associate with Bristol-based national law firm Burges Salmon, has been appointed as vice chair of The Young Generation Network (YGN). Michael, pictured, will take up the two-year role on January 1. The YGN is one of the UK’s leading nuclear organisations and...

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‘Seeing is Believing’ visit sheds light on Bristol business’s role in supporting the unemployed

December 11, 2015
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‘Seeing is Believing’ visit sheds light on Bristol business’s role in supporting the unemployed

Some of Bristol’s top employers have taken part in a day-long  ‘Seeing is Believing’ visit designed to show them first-hand the key role businesses in the city can play to support people who face barriers into employment. Creating meaningful employment is one of the most significant ways that businesses contribute...

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Canadian firm’s £53m investment in UK solar parks handled by TLT

December 11, 2015
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Canadian firm’s £53m investment in UK solar parks handled by TLT

Bristol-headquartered law firm TLT has advised Canadian investment management company Fengate Capital on the acquisition of two UK solar parks. The sites – a 7.1MW park at Roanhead, Cumbria, and a 38MW park at Raventhorpe, Scunthorpe – are the first UK projects in Fengate Capital’s renewable energy portfolio. Together...

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More growth on way, says Clarke Willmott as it unveils 10% turnover increase

December 11, 2015
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More growth on way, says Clarke Willmott as it unveils 10% turnover increase

National law firm Clarke Willmott, which has its main office in Bristol, is predicting further growth next year after achieving a 10% increase in turnover in 2015. Turnover at the firm, which took on an additional 50 staff this year and opened an office in Cardiff, came in at...

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£10m Bristol tech investment fund launched as Engine Shed unveils its Boxworks expansion

December 4, 2015
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£10m Bristol tech investment fund launched as Engine Shed unveils its Boxworks expansion

Bristol tech businesses are to have access to a £10m specialist investment fund launched in the city this week. Great Western Ventures will back small, fast-growth tech firms with seed funding – so plugging a widely acknowledged gap in the city’s otherwise high-quality business support ‘eco-system’. The fund, backed...

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Osborne Clarke advises engineering firm on its role in pioneering waste-to-energy power plant

December 4, 2015
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Osborne Clarke advises engineering firm on its role in pioneering waste-to-energy power plant

The Bristol office of international law firm Osborne Clarke has advised hi-tech engineering firm M+W Group on its development of the UK’s largest waste-to-energy plant of its kind. When completed, the £200m Energy Works scheme in Kingston upon Hull will be able to generate up to 28MW of electricity...

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TLT handles sale of innovative mobile tech firm to US group

December 4, 2015
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TLT handles sale of innovative mobile tech firm to US group

Bristol-headquartered law firm TLT has advised the management team of a high-growth Wiltshire mobile software firm on its sale to a major US company. The acquisition of M-Netics by the UK arm of Peak-Ryzex creates one of the UK’s largest firms in a fast-growing sector. M-Netics develops software that...

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Sky-high confidence signals more growth for region’s professional services firms

December 4, 2015
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Sky-high confidence signals more growth for region’s professional services firms

Confidence among professional services firms is at its highest for more than two decades with most planning to increase spending on recruitment, marketing and IT next year, according to a new survey. Some 99% of respondents to accountancy firm Smith & Williamson’s annual professional practices survey said they were...

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Wessex Grain takeover handled by Thrings’ Bristol office

December 3, 2015
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Wessex Grain takeover handled by Thrings’ Bristol office

Commercial law firm Thrings’ Bristol office has led on the sale of Somerset-based grain trader and farmer-owned business Wessex Grain to a UK subsidiary of German agri-group BayWa. The Thrings team was headed by Bristol-based corporate partner Mike Tomlin, pictured, with John Richardson and Jonathan Morris, corporate partners in...

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Strong recovery for South West mergers and acquisitions market

December 1, 2015
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Strong recovery for South West mergers and acquisitions market

The corporate deals market has bounced back in the South West and is on course for its strongest year since 2010, according to an analysis of recent mergers and acquisitions published by accountancy firm Grant Thornton. Some 142 deals – ranging from acquisitions to management buyouts and flotations –...

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