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Legal market changes put 50 jobs at risk at Bristol lawyers Lyons Davidson

November 21, 2013
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Legal market changes put 50 jobs at risk at Bristol lawyers Lyons Davidson

Up to 50 jobs could be axed at Bristol law firm Lyons Davidson as major changes to the civil litigation system take effect. Managing partner Mark Savill said in a statement: “The cost pressures that come from the fee and rule changes require us to operate our core personal...

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Law firm DAC Beachcroft secures £40m finance package to fund more expansion

November 18, 2013
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Law firm DAC Beachcroft secures £40m finance package to fund more expansion

Further growth at law firm DAC Beachcroft is on the cards following the agreement of a four-year £40m finance package with the Bristol-based teams at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking and HSBC Commercial Bank. DAC Beachcroft last week snapped up the entire volume claims and catastrophic insurance teams of smaller...

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Shock as law firm DAC Beachcroft’s Bristol office snaps up rival Morgan Cole’s claims group

November 15, 2013
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Shock as law firm DAC Beachcroft’s Bristol office snaps up rival Morgan Cole’s claims group

In one of the biggest legal sector moves of its kind for years in Bristol, Morgan Cole is transferring its entire volume claims and catastrophic insurance teams to larger rival DAC Beachcroft’s Bristol office. DAC Beachcroft said the team would transfer by Tupe, although it did not specify which...

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Guildhall Chambers raises the bar to get strong set of results in ‘best barristers’ guide

November 15, 2013
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Guildhall Chambers raises the bar to get strong set of results in ‘best barristers’ guide

Bristol’s Guildhall Chambers has received record results in the latest edition of Chambers UK Bar Guide – the Bar’s ‘bible’ and a much-used reference tool – with 84 rankings in 10 different practice areas. As one of the highest-performing UK sets, Guildhall achieved 20th position in the top 50...

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Experienced serious injury lawyer joins Irwin Mitchell’s Bristol office

November 14, 2013
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Experienced serious injury lawyer joins Irwin Mitchell’s Bristol office

National law firm Irwin Mitchell has appointed an experienced partner to its Bristol office’s serious injury team as part of its expansion strategy. James Davies, pictured, joins from Thompsons where he was national coordinator for serious injuries. He acts for children and adults with serious injuries, specialising in claims...

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Seminar will alert West firms to dangers of bribery and corruption when trading overseas

November 8, 2013
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Seminar will alert West firms to dangers of bribery and corruption when trading overseas

Businesses operating overseas, and particularly new entrants to international markets, need to protect themselves against bribery and corruption, a top West forensic accountant will warn at an exporting event next week. David Alexander, partner at Bristol-based business advisers Smith & Williamson, will say that even if a firm is...

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Legal regulator shuts down law firm Follett Stock after it collapses into liquidation

November 7, 2013
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Legal regulator shuts down law firm Follett Stock after it collapses into liquidation

West law firm Follett Stock, which until recently had an office in Bristol, has been closed down by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) following the appointment of liquidators earlier this week. The SRA said it made the move “in order to protect the interests of clients (or former or...

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Duo appointed to law firm Foot Anstey’s expanding Bristol office

November 5, 2013
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Regional law firm Foot Anstey has continued to invest in its rapidly-growing Bristol office by recruiting two top legal specialists. Deborah Carrivick joins from Bristol rival Burges Salmon where she has spent the last 15 years specialising in high-value tax and trust work while construction law expert Fran Button returns...

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Legal ‘bible’ Chambers 2014 champions Bristol’s top lawyers

November 1, 2013
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Legal ‘bible’ Chambers 2014 champions Bristol’s top lawyers

Bristol’s top lawyers have been recognised in the annual Chambers guide – often viewed as the sector’s ‘bible’ and a reference tool for businesses buying in legal services. The best firms and individual lawyers across more than 70 different practice areas are highlighted in the publication which is based...

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Osborne Clarke plans to take bite of Big Apple legal market with New York office

November 1, 2013
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Osborne Clarke plans to take bite of Big Apple legal market with New York office

Bristol law firm Osborne Clarke has opened an office in New York as it seeks to grow its overseas business and strengthen its offering in the digital technologies. The office is in Soho, regarded as the heart of the city’s creative and digital district. Osborne Clarke is known for...

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Top private client team in surprise move from Osborne Clarke to Bond Dickinson

October 25, 2013
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Top private client team in surprise move from Osborne Clarke to Bond Dickinson

Two of Bristol’s most respected private client lawyers have quit city legal heavyweight Osborne Clarke to join smaller rival Bond Dickinson, taking their teams with them. The surprise departure of high-profile private client and charity law partner Mark Woodward and property partner Robert Drewett – plus their associated teams...

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Innovation will be key to unlocking Bristol’s bright future, conference hears

October 16, 2013
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Innovation will be key to unlocking Bristol’s bright future, conference hears

Bristol will have a bright economic future if it harnesses the innovation of its key sectors and the talents of its skilled workforce and also markets itself effectively, a major conference heard this week. But it needs to overcome some serious issues, particularly around transport, and it needs to...

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Cream of Bristol’s lawyers recognised at city’s Law Society awards

October 11, 2013
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Cream of Bristol’s lawyers recognised at city’s Law Society awards

Osborne Clarke and Gregg Latchams scooped the law firms of the year titles at this year’s Bristol Law Society annual awards dinner staged last night. Osborne Clark – one Bristol’s ‘big two’ firms – won the award for Law Firm of the Year  with more than 15 partners sponsored...

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