Legal

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

December 18, 2014
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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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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 Swindon 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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Coveted West of England Business of the Year Awards launched to find region’s top company

December 5, 2014
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Coveted West of England Business of the Year Awards launched to find region’s top company

The annual search for the region’s best companies has started with the launch of accountants PwC’s widely-respected West of England Business of the Year Awards 2015. Now in their 27th year, the eagerly-contested awards are the most prestigious in the region by far – previous winners read like a who’s who of the West’s...

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Law firm wins £5.5m payout for teenage powerboat accident victim left with severe brain damage

November 14, 2014
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Law firm wins £5.5m payout for teenage powerboat accident victim left with severe brain damage

Specialist law firm Novum, which has an office in Swindon, has won £5.5m in compensation for a man who sustained severe brain damage in a devastating powerboat accident when he was 13. Ben Ridd had been competing in a race organised by the Royal Yachting Association in Portland Harbour, Dorset, when his boat, which...

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Solicitors sign up to Make a Will Month to help raise funds for Swindon’s Prospect Hospice

November 7, 2014
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Solicitors sign up to Make a Will Month to help raise funds for Swindon’s Prospect Hospice

Law firms across Wiltshire are offering will-writing services throughout November in exchange for a donation to Swindon’s Prospect Hospice. The Make a Will Month scheme has raised many thousands of pounds towards the charity’s care for patients and their families over recent years and has been supported by solicitors in a number of firms....

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Judge praises Swindon family lawyer for waiving fee in controversial child care case

November 7, 2014
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Judge praises Swindon family lawyer for waiving fee in controversial child care case

Family solicitor Rebecca Stevens from Withy King’s Swindon office has been praised by a senior judge for providing more than 100 hours of free legal support to a father with learning disabilities battling to prevent Swindon Borough Council from having his young son adopted. Head of Family Justice Sir James Munby said Rebecca, pictured,...

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Specialist law firm’s Swindon office wins £4m compensation for young traffic accident victim

October 31, 2014
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Specialist law firm’s Swindon office wins £4m compensation for young traffic accident victim

The Swindon office of Novum Law, the national firm specialising in serious injury and medical negligence, has won a £4m High Court settlement for a young Wiltshire man after an eight-year legal battle. Paul Vallance suffered a serious brain injury following a head-on car crash on a country road near Swindon when he was...

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Lawyer to take part in New York Marathon and give testicular cancer a run for its money

October 29, 2014
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Lawyer to take part in New York Marathon and give testicular cancer a run for its money

Family lawyer David Harper of regional firm Thrings, which has an office in Swindon, is preparing to run the New York Marathon this weekend – just four months after being treated for testicular cancer. David, pictured, will join an estimated 60,000 runners on the start line on Staten Island on Sunday to take part...

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Withy King earns top billing from its trainees in respected annual legal guide

October 27, 2014
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Withy King earns top billing from its trainees in respected annual legal guide

Positive comments by trainee solicitors at regional law firm Withy King, which has a major office in Swindon, have earned it top billing in eight categories in an online guide used by law students when planning their career. Withy King was named a ‘winner’ for job satisfaction, quality of work, client contact, living up...

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Two solicitors join Thrings’ commercial property team as market recovery spurs growth

October 20, 2014
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Two solicitors join Thrings’ commercial property team as market recovery spurs growth

M4 corridor commercial law firm Thrings, which has its largest office in Swindon, has appointed two solicitors to its fast-growing commercial property team as a result of continued organic growth and a series of new client wins. Associate Steve Schofield and solicitor Beth Nicholls will further strengthen Thrings’ commercial property and construction offering across...

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