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Legal Review: Bristol goes from strength to strength as City firms head West

September 20, 2012
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Legal Review: Bristol goes from strength to strength as City firms head West

Bristol continues to strengthen as a centre for legal services and is increasingly acting as a magnet for City of London firms seeking lower-cost operations. At the same time its larger law firms are continuing to establish themselves as major national, rather than just regional, players through a combination...

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Bristol law firm TLT ‘one of best to work for’, according to Legal Week survey

September 18, 2012
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Bristol law firm TLT ‘one of best to work for’, according to Legal Week survey

Bristol-based law firm TLT has once again been named as one of the UK’s best legal employers by industry publication Legal Week. TLT is ranked second overall for meeting its employees’ needs in Legal Week’s annual Employee Satisfaction Report. The report is compiled from an independent survey of more...

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Bristol’s Osborne Clarke in merger talks with major London law firm

September 18, 2012
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Bristol’s Osborne Clarke in merger talks with major London law firm

Bristol law firm Osborne Clarke is in merger talks with London-based Field Fisher Waterhouse which potentially could create a top 20 firm with revenues of nearly £200m. Sources close to the talks described them as being at an “early stage”. Field Fisher Waterhouse was recently linked with rival City...

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Associate appointment boosts Bond Pearce’s energy and environment team

September 13, 2012
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Associate appointment boosts Bond Pearce’s energy and environment team

Bristol-based law firm Bond Pearce has recruited Esther Kiddle as an associate in its energy and environment experience practice.  Esther joins from Burges Salmon where she previously worked with Bond Pearce’s new head of the environment practice, Georgie Messent. Esther, pictured, specialises in regulatory and contractual advice to waste,...

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Property specialist joins expanding Bristol law firm Temple Bright

September 12, 2012
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Property specialist joins expanding Bristol law firm Temple Bright

Fast-growing Bristol law firm Temple Bright has added property specialist Richard Spencer to its practice – the 15th partner to join the firm since its 2010 launch. Richard, who specialises in commercial and residential property investment and development work, was previously a partner and head of department at Cheltenham...

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Merger talks confirmed by Bristol law firm Bond Pearce

September 12, 2012
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Merger talks confirmed by Bristol law firm Bond Pearce

Bristol law firm Bond Pearce has confirmed it is in merger talks with Dickinson Dees, based in Newcastle. A tie-up between the two would create a UK top 30 law firm with combined revenue of around £94m. Bond Pearce has grown its Bristol office over the past decade to...

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Multi-million pound land deal fulfils Pieminister’s appetite for further growth

September 7, 2012
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Multi-million pound land deal fulfils Pieminister’s appetite for further growth

Pieminister, the fast-growing Bristol-based pie producer, has secured a substantial four-acre site in Westbury on Trym from the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust. The north Bristol site is already home to Pieminister's kitchens, where it has been producing its widely-popular products since 2007. The deal paves the way...

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Triodos £8m renewables fund secured with help from Bristol lawyers TLT

August 29, 2012
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Bristol-headquartered law firm TLT has advised Triodos Renewables, also based in the city and the UK’s most widely-owned renewable energy company, on its £8m share offer to finance its next stage of growth. Triodos Renewables already operates seven on-shore wind farms and a hydro electric scheme. The additional capital...

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Ski slope deal underpins law firm Temple Bright’s ascent as major corporate player

August 17, 2012
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Ski slope deal underpins law firm Temple Bright’s ascent as major corporate player

Bristol law firm Temple Bright recently advised OpalTec International on its purchase of Gloucester Ski & Snowboard Centre for an undisclosed sum. OpalTec, also based in Bristol, is the firm behind Weston-super-Mare’s ambitious £50m Leisuredome project. Over the coming months it will unveil its plans for the Gloucester dry...

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Bristol personal injury lawyer recognised in new accreditation scheme

August 10, 2012
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Bristol personal injury lawyer recognised in new accreditation scheme

Bristol lawyer Jo Darlington is among the first in the country to receive official approval by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) in recognition for her dedication to helping those who have suffered life-changing brain injuries. Jo, pictured, associate and head of serious injury in law firm Irwin...

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People: Law firm VWV recruits ninth partner to corporate finance team

August 10, 2012
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Bristol law firm VWV has further expanded its corporate team with the appointment of Martin Reid as its ninth corporate partner. The firm, formerly Veale Wasbrough Vizards, already has one of the largest and most-experienced corporate law teams in the region and is now expanding into London, where Martin...

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Quarter of West law firms face closure as ‘Tesco Law’ and recession hit home

July 30, 2012
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More than a quarter of South West law firms are at risk of going out of business over the next year as they face the combined challenges of the impact of the recession and the introduction of far-reaching reforms. The warning comes from R3, the trade body for insolvency...

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Growth at the double for law firm Foot Anstey’s Bristol office

July 20, 2012
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Growth at the double for law firm Foot Anstey’s Bristol office

West law firm Foot Anstey has doubled the size of its office in Bristol in just 10 months. The firm opened the office in Victoria Street to meet the demand of its growing national client base last year. It now has 35 staff including nine newly-recruited partners from national...

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