Legal

Countrywide Farmers disposals handled by Bond Dickinson in Bristol

December 19, 2014
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Countrywide Farmers disposals handled by Bond Dickinson in Bristol

Law firm Bond Dickinson’s Bristol-based corporate finance team has advised Countrywide Farmers on the sale of businesses worth £18.4m to a number of buyers. The disposals will allow Countrywide, the UK’s leading supplier of products, services and advice to the rural community, to focus on its retail network of...

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Bristol law firms’ confidence soars despite tougher competition and economic uncertainty

December 18, 2014
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Bristol law firms’ confidence soars despite tougher competition and economic uncertainty

Confidence among law firms in Bristol and the South West is at its highest since 2006, according to new research, with a third planning to open new offices next year. However, most also say that competition has got tougher with cashflow management a particular challenge. The snapshot of a...

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Search starts to find Bristol’s happiest workplace – the humdrum and boring need not apply

December 17, 2014
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Search starts to find Bristol’s happiest workplace – the humdrum and boring need not apply

A competition has been launched to find Bristol’s happiest workplace – and staff working for the city’s forward-looking employers are being urged to enter. The contest is being staged by Bristol-based workplace and interior design consultancy Wylde IA , which wants to know exactly what sets some of the...

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HMRC targets solicitors to get their tax payments in order

December 10, 2014
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HMRC targets solicitors to get their tax payments in order

Solicitors in Bristol are being urged by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to bring their tax affairs up to date or face tougher penalties. A new UK-wide tax scheme, the Solicitors’ Tax Campaign, is the latest voluntary disclosure opportunity from HMRC that gives specific groups of taxpayers the chance...

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Four new recruits strengthen Burges Salmon’s pensions team

December 5, 2014
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Four new recruits strengthen Burges Salmon’s pensions team

Bristol law firm Burges Salmon has continued to expand its pensions team with four new appointments. Crispin Freeman, Charlotte Osmond, Amy Davies and Stacey Yon have joined following sustained growth across the firm’s pension client base. Crispin joins as a senior associate from Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co while...

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NewLaw Solicitors find new home at Tower Wharf

December 5, 2014
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NewLaw Solicitors find new home at Tower Wharf

Personal injury and private client law firm NewLaw Solicitors has acquired the entire second floor of Bristol’s Tower Wharf office building. The firm has taken a five-year lease on 13,545 sq ft of open-plan, high-quality space, which will act as the Cardiff-headquartered firm’s Bristol office. NewLaw Solicitors was established...

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Coveted West of England Business of the Year Awards launched to find region’s top company

December 5, 2014
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Coveted West of England Business of the Year Awards launched to find region’s top company

The annual search for the region’s best companies has started with the launch of accountants PwC’s widely-respected West of England Business of the Year Awards 2015. Now in their 27th year, the eagerly-contested awards are the most prestigious in the region by far – previous winners read like a...

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Autumn Statement: Bristol Business reaction

December 3, 2014
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The Chancellor produced a balanced Autumn Statement that addressed business concerns around rates reform and finance, according to Bristol business leaders. James Durie, executive director of Bristol Chamber of Commerce at Business West, described it as a “crowd-pleasing” set of proposals for business, particularly its pledge for a major...

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Driverless cars to be trialled in Bristol after city group receives funding

December 3, 2014
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Driverless cars to be trialled in Bristol after city group receives funding

Bristol is to be a test-bed for driverless cars after funding was secured by a consortium made up of the city council, universities and businesses. The Bristol trial, which will start next January, will look at how the public reacts to so-called autonomous vehicles along with the legal and...

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Ashfords boosts real estate team in Bristol with key lateral hire

December 2, 2014
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Ashfords boosts real estate team in Bristol with key lateral hire

Real estate lawyer Nicholas Lykke Dahn has joined West of England law firm Ashfords’ Bristol office as a property partner, bringing with him a clutch of blue-chip corporate clients. Nicholas, pictured, joins after 11 years with Oxfordshire based commercial law firm BrookStreet des Roches where he specialised in commercial...

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Burges Salmon team helps fire up £110m Merseyside waste wood plant

November 28, 2014
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Burges Salmon team helps fire up £110m Merseyside waste wood plant

Energy sector experts from Bristol-based law firm Burges Salmon have advised project company Mersey Bioenergy on a new £110m project to construct a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant on Merseyside. The project in Widnes will be the largest waste wood renewable energy plant in the North West and...

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Stands go on sale for The Business Showcase South West 2015

November 28, 2014
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Stands go on sale for The Business Showcase South West 2015

Stands for The Business Showcase South West – the major business event which celebrates the best of the region’s innovation, creativity and enterprise – are now on sale and pre-registration for delegates has also gone live. Following the huge success of the inaugural event in April this year, The...

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Temple Bright closes investment deal for Tech City big data firm

November 21, 2014
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Temple Bright closes investment deal for Tech City big data firm

Law firm Temple Bright has advised data-mining business eRevalue on a round of Series B equity fundraising, which will enable eRevalue to implement an ambitious growth strategy out of its London and New York offices. It is the latest in a series of high-profile tech-related deals handed by Temple...

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