Legal

Foot Anstey Islamic finance team secure work on second major acquisition for Kuwaiti investors

May 24, 2013
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Islamic finance specialists at West law firm Foot Anstey have acted for Kuwaiti investors on a £26.8m acquisition of the Argos National Distribution Centre in Stafford – the latest deal by the firm in the fast-growing specialist area. Foot Anstey’s team of Islamic finance, banking, real estate and investment...

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Regional Law Firm of the Year accolade for Michelmores

May 24, 2013
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Michelmores, the South West law firm with an office in Bristol, has been named as Regional Law Firm of the Year at the prestigious Citywealth Magic Circle Awards. The accolade follows on from Michelmores’ recognition as STEP UK & Ireland Regional Private Client Team of the Year 2010/11. The...

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Changes at the top at West law firm Thrings as it prepares to spin out personal injury practice

May 24, 2013
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Thomas Sheppard, managing partner at Bath-based law firm Thrings, is to move to the newly-created role of executive chairman. Simon Holdsworth, head of the firm’s company commercial team, is to take over as managing partner. As part of the changes Thomas will lead the transformation of the firm’s personal...

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Osborne Clarke in job loss talks with 13 lawyers

May 16, 2013
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Bristol-headquartered international law firm Osborne Clarke has confirmed it is entering a two-week consultation that may result in some compulsory redundancies. The consultation affects a number of UK lawyers. A spokesperson said: “We have had to make an extremely difficult decision in putting up to 13 of our UK...

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Medical products deal completed by law firm DWF

May 10, 2013
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Business law firm DWF, which has an office in Bristol, has advised international medical products supplier Ambu on its acquisition of Wiltshire-based medical hydrogel producer First Water Heathcote. Danish-headquartered diagnostic and life-supporting device producer Ambu is paying £1.8m for First Water Heathcote, based in Ramsbury, where it has its...

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New partners appointed at law firm Burges Salmon

May 7, 2013
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New partners appointed at law firm Burges Salmon

Burges Salmon, the Bristol-based law firm, has made up three new partners in this year’s promotions round, taking its total number of partners to 79. The promotions reflect continued growth in the firm’s energy and environment-related work, plus an increasing emphasis on work in international markets. The new partners...

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Senior promotions at West law firm Foot Anstey

May 7, 2013
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Senior promotions at West law firm Foot Anstey

West law firm Foot Anstey has made three senior promotions. Commercial disputes and brand protection expert Peter Singfield has been promoted to partner. He joined the firm in 2008 from city firm Lovells and became an associate at Foot Anstey in 2010.  Peter works with brand owners and defendants...

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Bond Dickinson merger creates major new law firm

May 7, 2013
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Law firm Bond Pearce, which has a major office in Bristol, and Newcastle-based Dickinson Dees have completed their merger to create Bond Dickinson. The new firm has 1,200 staff, including 142 partners and more than 700 lawyers, working across real estate, corporate and commercial, dispute resolution and private wealth...

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TLT wins contract with BBC to advise on property issues

April 29, 2013
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TLT wins contract with BBC to advise on property issues

The BBC has appointed Bristol-based national law firm TLT to provide legal advice relating to its property estate in England and Wales. The portfolio includes more than 300 properties across totalling around 575,000 sq m of office accommodation and broadcast studios, ranging from large complex sites such as the...

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Brand soup: Taking a match to the bonfire of the quango logos

April 26, 2013
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Brand soup: Taking a match to the bonfire of the quango logos

Why are public sector logos (and, by extension, their brands), so awful? The latest Brand Soup blog compares the likes of the Government’s Gangmasters Licensing Authority, Vehicle and Operator Services Agency and Health & Safety Executive with private firms’ logos – and finds them sadly lacking. What should the...

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Clarke Willmott go extra mile to tie up motorway services acquisition

April 19, 2013
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Clarke Willmott go extra mile to tie up motorway services acquisition

Bristol-based law firm Clarke Willmott has advised Extra MSA Group on its £250m purchase of nine motorway service areas from Serena Properties – one of the largest acquisitions so far in 2013. Clarke Willmott’s corporate and real estate teams advised Extra MSA. Simon Thomas, partner in Clarke Willmott’s Bristol...

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Raft of promotions at Bristol law firm TLT

April 19, 2013
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Raft of promotions at Bristol law firm TLT

Bristol-based national law firm TLT is promoting four of associates to partner and promoting nine lawyers to associate. New partners are real estate lawyer Ben Tarrant, construction lawyer Tom Wrzesien, mortgage enforcement lawyer Julian Wintle and family lawyer Natalie Drew. The promotions take effect from May 1 and increase...

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Made-in-Bristol bread helps law firm Richard Slade & Co toast its office opening

April 12, 2013
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Made-in-Bristol bread helps law firm Richard Slade & Co toast its office opening

Law firm Richard Slade and Company has officially opened its Bristol office, its first outside London. And to show its commitment to the area it served locally-made bread and cheese to guests at the launch party. The firm has also recruited experienced employment lawyer Tim Gofton to the office...

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