Legal

Inquiries rise for specialist lawyers as interest builds in Govt’s Help-to-Buy scheme

September 30, 2013
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Inquiries rise for specialist lawyers as interest builds in Govt’s Help-to-Buy scheme

Swindon-based specialist property law firm Hoffman Male is experiencing a large increase in the numbers of homebuyers contacting it to take advantage of the Government’s controversial Help-to-Buy schemes, which aim to encourage buyers back into the market. The NewBuy scheme, launched in March last year, offers Government loans of up to 20% of the...

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Swindon law firm Thrings plays key part in saving popular Bath music venue

July 12, 2013
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Swindon law firm Thrings plays key part in saving popular Bath music venue

Expert advice from lawyers at Thrings, the M4 corridor legal firm with its largest office in Swindon, has helped save an iconic Bath pub. The Bell Inn, a popular live music venue on the city’s bohemian Walcot Street, was threatened with permanent closure when its former owners decided to sell.  Regulars, staff and members...

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BrandSoup: Shedding light on the dark side of Prism’s logo

July 8, 2013
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BrandSoup: Shedding light on the dark side of Prism’s logo

We thought BrandSoup was alone in having opinions about the advisability or otherwise of government agencies getting “creative” with logos (see our recent blog – Bonfire of the Quango Logos). But following revelations of the US NSA’s acquisitive attitude to everyone’s emails and Facebook postings, this thorny topic is now global headline news. The...

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Brief tips for businesses included in law firm Thrings’ revised website

July 8, 2013
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Brief tips for businesses included in law firm Thrings’ revised website

Directors and managers can gain tips on some of the most-common challenges of running a business through a new range of electronic booklets available for download on the new-look website of M4 corridor law firm Thrings. The booklets, written by commercial lawyers at the firm, which has an office in Bath, shed light on some...

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Withy King recruits experienced Swindon employment lawyer

July 1, 2013
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Withy King recruits experienced Swindon employment lawyer

Employment law specialist Lauren Harkin has joined law firm Withy King’s Swindon team as an associate from Lemon & Co, also based in the town. Lauren works closely with directors and HR decision-makers as well as employees on a wide range of employment issues. These include defending employment tribunal claims, drafting contracts of employment...

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Mediation cases rise at Stone King after cuts in legal aid for divorcing couples

July 1, 2013
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Mediation cases rise at Stone King after cuts in legal aid for divorcing couples

Cuts in legal aid for divorce cases has resulted in a big increase in demand for specialist family mediation services at Wiltshire law firm Stone King. Its family law and mediation team in Melksham has received a 25 per cent rise in inquiries from separating couples seeking to resolve their differences without going to...

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Lawyers bike and bake their way to a big charity haul

June 24, 2013
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Lawyers bike and bake their way to a big charity haul

The Swindon and Marlborough offices of West law firm Withy King have raised £11,246.19 for Wiltshire Air Ambulance in a wide range of fund-raising activities. These included a cycle ride from Devizes to Oxford, an office bake-off and a sale of Christmas hampers. Withy King partner and chair of the firm’s charities’ committee, Chris...

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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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Conveyancing solicitor joins Swindon property law firm as partner

June 11, 2013
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Yvette Morcombe

Yvette Morcombe, a conveyancing solicitor with more than 20 years’ experience, has become a partner at Swindon-based specialist property law firm Hoffman Male and will run its newly-opened Bristol office. Yvette, pictured, has worked in residential and commercial property since qualifying as a solicitor in 1993. She has worked with Hoffman Male’s principal Mary...

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Changes at the top at Swindon law firm Thrings

May 22, 2013
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Thomas Sheppard, managing partner at M4 corridor law firm Thrings, which has its largest office in Swindon, 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...

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