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Clarke Willmott advises on investment and acquisition in snacks sector

Our Bristol team have advised Yeo Valley Associates on its recent investment in the challenger brand The Curators. The deal, the value of which has not been disclosed, will see The Curators grow its portfolio of high-protein meat and vegetarian snacks, including Yeo Valley Associates backed start-up Cheesies, a baked...

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Clarke Willmott bolsters Manchester Corporate Team

Clarke Willmott has expanded its corporate and commercial team in the North West with the appointment of a new partner. Stephen Jarman joins our Manchester office from Bermans, bringing extensive experience to the role, having qualified in 1991. He previously worked at a number of well-known regional law firms following...

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New partner in our Corporate and Commercial team

Clarke Willmott has appointed Sarah Coe as partner in its specialist corporate and commercial team. Sarah, who joins the firm’s Bristol and London offices, specialises in commercial, intellectual property (IP), and technology law. She offers transactional support to our corporate team nationally in those areas. Her work covers the full...

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Housing Law Update – The Court of Appeal provide guidance on the penalties for breaching an Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction

In July 2020, the Civil Justice Council produced a report which highlighted several inconsistencies in the way the County Courts dealt with sentencing for breach of injunctions made under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014. Until now, the courts have adopted the sentencing guidelines intended for breaches of...

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Happy Chinese New Year

2023 Year of the Rabbit   Contact our Chinese legal specialists Clarke Willmott’s Chinese legal services specialists can help with the complete range of legal issues, including, corporate and commercial, litigation, insolvency and real estate. Our advice and support can be provided in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. Call for a...

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‘We feel proud to work here’

The results are in from our new starter survey 2022 Our biggest asset is our people. So when it comes to creating a great, supportive environment to work in, their ideas, opinions and concerns matter to us, which is why we ask for regular feedback. The results of our most...

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Finance company settles High Court claims for “financially ruinous” transactions with 17 farmers

Members of our Commercial litigation team and The National Farmers’ Union (NFU), supported by Ted Loveday of Maitland Chambers, have helped members of the NFU to obtain hundreds of thousands of pounds in pay-outs following a group legal claim against firms accused of mis-selling them finance deals and seizing their...

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Supreme Court decision: Hillside Parks Ltd v Snowdonia National Park Authority

In this article, we look in detail at the main principles established in the recent Supreme Court case and consider the practical implications for developers. Introduction and case summary In Hillside Parks Ltd v Snowdonia National Park Authority [2022] UKSC 30, the Supreme Court clarified how to approach successive grants of...

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We wish you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year

Season’s Greetings From everyone at Clarke Willmott solicitors, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2023. We are proud to support:

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Tis the season of goodwill…

Many of you will have now finished your Christmas shopping and will be looking forward to the Christmas break. Tax planning, and making gifts on behalf of family members for whom you hold a power of attorney, will understandably not be at the forefront of most people’s minds at this...

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Field Talk

Welcome to Field Talk, our agricultural law newsletter As we approach the end of the year and despite some signs of contraction in the residential property market, our teams remain as busy as ever with pipelines of work and agricultural land transactions remaining very buoyant despite the wider economic uncertainty....

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Kirill Bingham appointed head of Taunton office

Kirill grew up in Exeter and joined Clarke Willmott in January 2016, becoming a partner later that year. As head of the firm’s corporate team in Taunton, he acts for clients throughout the UK and overseas, advising on company incorporations and reorganisations, shareholders’ agreements, acquisitions and disposals, MBO’s, EOT’s and...

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Modernising Lasting Powers of Attorney

Earlier this year the responses to the Government’s consultation on modernising Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA) were published. The project was launched in response to public feedback that the LPA creation process is “cumbersome, bureaucratic and complex” and its purpose was to gather evidence on how best to modernise LPAs....

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Wealth, Health and Inheritance Briefing

Winter 2022/3 edition It’s been an unsettled time in many ways in recent months and the tax burden due from clients has vacillated from the mini-Budget to the Autumn Statement. Inheritance tax thresholds have been frozen yet again and we take a brief look at the consequences of this. Also...

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Top tips for green energy diversification

Priscilla Hall, Head of our Green Energy Sector, considers how farmers and landowners are continuing to embrace green energy diversification and outlines some key tips to consider when diversifying in green energy for the first time or upgrading existing technology. Farmers and landowners have always been adaptable in the way...

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Private clients: The mini-Budget and Autumn Statement

Over the last few months it has been difficult to know what the taxation position in 2023/24 will be for many private clients as we have ricocheted from abolition of the additional rate of income tax to its retention with a lowered threshold, and from a cut in basic rate...

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Reviewing your client’s Will

When a wealth planner or financial adviser takes on a new client it is usual to ask to see the client’s Will if they have one in place. Although we recommend that Wills should be reviewed every five years, or on a major change of circumstances, clients may have Wills...

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The danger area of multiple Wills

It was common practice, particularly before the introduction of the EU Succession regulation, for a client to make multiple Wills if they owned assets in more than one jurisdiction. In these circumstances it is always important to ensure that the provisions of the Wills do not contradict one another, and...

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Employment Matters

November 2022 Following National Fertility Awareness Week which took place at the end of October/beginning of November, in this issue we consider the ways that employers can help employees who are facing fertility challenges. We also set out what employers need to know in relation to new regulations which will...

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The Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill: why it matters to your business

The recently introduced Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill 2022-23 (the Bill), as currently drafted, will remove all EU-derived laws from domestic legislation by December 2023 unless steps are taken to preserve it. If enacted the Bill will: result in EU law falling away by 31 December 2022 unless...

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