Legal

Changes in legal market put 28% of West law firms on danger list

June 19, 2013
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More than a quarter of West law firms are at risk of failure in the next 12 months, according to an alarming new report. But the research by R3, the insolvency trade body, shows that the West’s expected failure rate of 28% over the next year is lower than the national average of 31%....

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Pioneering Bath commercial law firm Rubric recruits legal high-flyer

June 17, 2013
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Pioneering Bath commercial law firm Rubric recruits legal high-flyer

Bath commercial solicitors’ chambers Rubric has taken on commercial lawyer Candace Kendall. Candace, pictured, brings heavyweight commercial expertise and substantial experience to the fast-growing firm having advised a wide range of commercial clients. She worked at City firms DJ Freeman and DLA before spending 14 years in senior in-house counsel roles at international financial...

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New role at specialist property practice for former Bath law firm partner

June 6, 2013
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New role at specialist property practice for former Bath law firm partner

Former Bath law firm partner Yvette Morcombe has been appointed by specialist property practice Hoffman Male to head its newly-opened Bristol office. Yvette, pictured, a conveyancing solicitor with more than 20 years’ experience, worked at Mowbray Woodwards in Bath between 2006 and 2008. She has also worked as an in-house property lawyer at McLean...

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Bath lawyers Stone King sponsor biggest ever Later Life event

May 28, 2013
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Bath lawyers Stone King sponsor biggest ever Later Life event

A successful annual event sponsored by Bath law firm Stone King offering free advice to older people and their families is being moved to a larger venue. The 4th Bath Later Life Show on June 21 will be the biggest yet and showcase the wide range of specialist services available across Bath and North...

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

May 22, 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 injury (PI) practice into a...

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Lawyers get physical to raise funds for children’s charity

May 16, 2013
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Lawyers get physical to raise funds for children’s charity

Staff at law firm Stone King, which has offices in Bath and Melksham, have been busy raising funds for a charity which cares for children and teenagers with life-limiting conditions. Employees have taken part in a number of physical challenges during the last year to raise more than £6,000 for Shooting Star CHASE which...

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Brand soup: Bonfire of the quango logos

April 24, 2013
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Brand soup: 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 pen pushers in Whitehall –...

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Two new arrivals boost Bath law firm Stone King’s property department

April 9, 2013
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Two new arrivals boost Bath law firm Stone King’s property department

Bath law firm Stone King has appointed experienced lawyers Amanda Watts and Jo Boyle to its growing residential property team. Amanda, pictured, right, with Stone King’s managing partner Steven Greenwood, joins the firm, which also has offices in Melksham, Cambridge and London, from Hertfordshire legal practice Nockolds where she was a partner in its...

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Experienced corporate lawyer joins fast-growing Thrings

March 25, 2013
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Experienced corporate lawyer joins fast-growing Thrings

Thrings, the M4 corridor law firm with a major office in Bath, has recruited Jane Oakland as a partner in its corporate team. Jane joins from the Bristol office of rival Clarke Willmott, where she was a corporate partner. She brings more than 20 years’ corporate experience in acquisition and disposal, strategic planning, reorganisation,...

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Street art as a brand – the writing’s on the wall in the latest helping of Brand Soup

March 20, 2013
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Street art as a brand – the writing’s on the wall in the latest helping of Brand Soup

You can’t get a better illustration (forgive the pun) of the power of a brand than the recent abortive sale in Miami of a Banksy which had last been seen attached to the wall of a north London Poundland. Setting aside the furore over who actually owns the work and who has the right...

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