Legal

Partner appointment boosts law firm Thrings’ private client team

November 29, 2013
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Partner appointment boosts law firm Thrings’ private client team

Regional law firm Thrings has strengthened its succession, estates and tax planning offering with the appointment of Victoria Smyth as partner. Victoria, pictured, a specialist private client solicitor, providing a comprehensive wealth management, wills, trusts and tax service for businesses and individual clients, has joined from Bristol-based national firm...

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Bond Dickinson works with Oman on country’s first solar energy scheme

November 26, 2013
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Bond Dickinson works with Oman on country’s first solar energy scheme

Lawyers based in the Bristol office of national firm Bond Dickinson have advised on the Gulf state of Oman’s first renewable energy project. Senior associate Ed Rimmell worked with the Authority for Electricity Regulation in Oman on the procurement of the 303-kilowatt solar PV project, which will provide green...

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Merger and takeover give massive lift to law firm DWF’s revenues

November 22, 2013
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Merger and takeover give massive lift to law firm DWF’s revenues

Law firm DWF, which has an office in Bristol, has posted a 57.5% increase in half-year revenues to £93.6m. Nearly 90% of the increase came from its merger with Fishburns and its acquisition of Cobbetts. The deals, which both took place in February, created a top-25 firm with 984...

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Double-digit revenue increase for Bristol law firm Osborne Clarke

November 22, 2013
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Double-digit revenue increase for Bristol law firm Osborne Clarke

Half-year revenues at Bristol-headquartered international law firm Osborne Clarke have risen by 12% to nearly £60m, it reported today. The firm, which also has UK offices in London and the Thames Valley as well as bases around the world, said it was now on track to financial targets set...

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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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