Legal

Family law reforms will help avoid ‘harmful and stressful’ court battles, says top Bath lawyer

April 22, 2014
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Family law reforms will help avoid ‘harmful and stressful’ court battles, says top Bath lawyer

Bath law firm Stone King has welcomed the establishment of a new Family Court as part of sweeping reforms to the family justice system announced today, particularly a much bigger emphasis on mediation. John Brownrigg, pictured, who heads the firm’s family law and mediation team – which comprises five mediators – said the changes...

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Trio of new commercial property lawyers boosts team at Thrings

April 22, 2014
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Trio of new commercial property lawyers boosts team at Thrings

Commercial law firm Thrings, which has an office in Bath, has recruited three specialist solicitors to advise its fast-growing portfolio of commercial property clients. Partner Edward Jackman, associate Iain Mason and solicitor Natalia Sokolov join the firm to further strengthen its commercial property and construction offering. Edward arrives from Oxfordshire-based commercial law firm Brookstreet...

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Free will-writing service at Stone King will boost healthcare charity’s coffers

April 10, 2014
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Free will-writing service at Stone King will boost healthcare charity’s coffers

Bath-based law firm Stone King is offering to write wills for free to help raise vital funds for a leading healthcare charity. The firm is supporting Make a Will Week 2014 – which runs from April 28 to May 2 – when its solicitors will be waiving their standard will-writing fees for clients who...

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West law firms lagging behind on profits, report reveals

March 31, 2014
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West law firms lagging behind on profits, report reveals

Law firms in the South West are the least profitable in the UK and have profits per equity partner lower than the national average, research released this week reveals. The region’s firms posted profits as a percentage of fees as 17% against the national average of 23%, according to the latest Financial Benchmarking Report...

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WITHY KING DIRECTORS’ BRIEFING

March 12, 2014
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WITHY KING DIRECTORS’ BRIEFING

Bath-based law firm Withy King has prepared a round-up of the latest legal developments and other issues which may affect directors in business as well as in their personal lives. Appeal case highlights perils of personal guarantees It is now common practice for directors to enter into personal guarantees when securing funding for their...

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Stone King and Money Wise launch legal and financial advisory service for social care users

March 12, 2014
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Stone King and Money Wise launch legal and financial advisory service for social care users

Care Planning Services, a joint venture between Bath law firm Stone King and Money Wise Independent Financial Advisers, which has an office in the city, has been launched. It provides access to a range of legal and financial advisory services designed for individuals and their families who are faced with the consequences of needing...

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Merger will create firm with ambitions for growth, says Mogers chief

March 6, 2014
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Merger will create firm with ambitions for growth, says Mogers chief

The merger between law firms Mogers and Dyne Drewett will create a strong business with growth ambitions in its heartland of Bath, Somerset and Dorset, according to Mogers managing partner Steven Treharne. Speaking following the merger announcement last week, Mr Treharne, pictured, said the combination of the two would make it a force in...

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Govt changes to care funding to be explained at Stone King advice seminar

March 6, 2014
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Govt changes to care funding to be explained at Stone King advice seminar

Bath law firm Stone King is holding a free advice seminar for older residents and their families who are concerned about going into care and protecting their homes. The Funding Care in Later Life seminar, at the Francis Hotel in Queen Square on March 19, will explain the Government’s planned changes to care funding....

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Law firms more confident as economy improves but major challenges lie ahead

March 5, 2014
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Law firms more confident as economy improves but major challenges lie ahead

Optimism among law firms is at its highest level for seven years despite an increasingly competitive business environment and forthcoming major tax changes. Eight in 10 firms are confident about the year ahead, compared to six in 10 last year. Smaller firms – those with 25 partners or less – are the most upbeat,...

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Helphire snaps up accident law firm as it accelerates drive into legal market

February 27, 2014
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Helphire snaps up accident law firm as it accelerates drive into legal market

Helphire, the Bath-based specialist accident-claim handler, is to buy a law firm specialising in road traffic personal injuries as it continues to widen its legal services. The NewLaw group also provides consumer-related services such as wills and probate and provides medical reports, costs drafting and employment law advice. Cardiff-based NewLaw, which also has a...

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