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South West law firms’ confidence soars despite tougher competition and economic uncertainty

December 18, 2014
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South West law firms’ confidence soars despite tougher competition and economic uncertainty

Confidence among law firms in the South West is at its highest since 2006, according to new research, with a third planning to open new offices next year. However, most also say that competition has got tougher with cashflow management a particular challenge. The snapshot of a sector undergoing fundamental change emerges from the...

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Withy King advising on prestigious property development that is transforming Torquay’s seafront

December 18, 2014
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Withy King advising on prestigious property development that is transforming Torquay’s seafront

The property team at Bath law firm Withy King is playing a key role in developing a major mixed-use project helping to regenerate the seafront at Torquay. The firm is handling pre-letting of the commercial units on the ground floor of the prestigious, £17m Abbey Sands scheme, pictured, for developer Havard Estates and has...

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Bath advisers put high-quality aggregate firm on road to successful deal with UK quarrying giant

December 12, 2014
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Bath advisers put high-quality aggregate firm on road to successful deal with UK quarrying giant

The corporate team at Bath law firm Withy King has advised the shareholders of Bradford-on-Avon based PSV (UK) on its sale to Breedon Aggregates, the UK’s largest independent aggregates business. Withy King helped to negotiate the deal on behalf of shareholders Glyn Woolley and Ed Reed. PSV (UK) owned the sole and exclusive rights...

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HMRC targets solicitors to get their tax payments in order

December 10, 2014
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HMRC targets solicitors to get their tax payments in order

Solicitors in Bath are being urged by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to bring their tax affairs up to date or face tougher penalties. A new UK-wide tax scheme, the Solicitors’ Tax Campaign, is the latest voluntary disclosure opportunity from HMRC that gives specific groups of taxpayers the chance to get their tax affairs...

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Bath Business Expo to return next March with pledge to be bigger and better

December 4, 2014
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Bath Business Expo to return next March with pledge to be bigger and better

The Bath Business Expo returns next spring – and after the success of this year’s event it promises to be bigger and better represent the city’s dynamic business scene. All 72 stands at this July’s Expo, held at the Guildhall, were sold out and more than 400 visitors attended the all-day event. Next year’s...

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Autumn Statement: Bath Business reaction

December 3, 2014
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The Chancellor produced a balanced Autumn Statement yesterday that addressed business concerns around rates reform and finance, Bath business leaders said. Phil Smith, managing director of Business West, which runs Bath Chamber of Commerce, described it as a “crowd-pleasing” set of proposals for business, particularly its pledge for a major review into the “iniquitous...

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The LAST WORD: Alison Allen, head of trusts and estates, Stone King

November 27, 2014
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The LAST WORD: Alison Allen, head of trusts and estates, Stone King

Each week Bath Business News gives a prominent member of the city’s business community the last word on its weekly e-bulletin. This week Alison Allen, head of Stone King’s trusts and estates team, answers our 10 questions. What was the LAST Film you watched? Into the Storm with my 13-year-old twins. It’s a weather...

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Stands go on sale for The Business Showcase South West 2015

November 27, 2014
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Stands go on sale for The Business Showcase South West 2015

Stands for The Business Showcase South West – the major business event which celebrates the best of the region’s innovation, creativity and enterprise – are now on sale and pre-registration for delegates has also gone live. Following the huge success of the inaugural event in April this year, The Business Showcase South West returns...

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Partner promotion boosts Mogers Drewett’s dispute resolution department

November 26, 2014
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Partner promotion boosts Mogers Drewett’s dispute resolution department

Bath law firm Mogers Drewett has further strengthened its specialist dispute resolution team with the promotion of Maeve England to partner. Maeve, pictured, joined what was then Mogers as a trainee in 2005 and has made a significant contribution to the firm over the past nine years.  As head of the dispute resolution department,...

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International legal role for Bath-based commercial lawyer

November 26, 2014
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International legal role for Bath-based commercial lawyer

Bath-based commercial lawyer Gavin Llewellyn has been appointed president of the International Association of Lawyers’ (UIA) Intellectual Property Commission, which brings together some of the world’s top intellectual property (IP) lawyers. Mr Llewellyn, a senior associate in Bath-based law firm Stone King’s corporate and commercial team, specialises in IP matters. He speaks regularly on...

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