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Brabners marks 200th year in legal practice with report highlighting key priorities for the Northern Powerhouse.

Liverpool’s new deep-water terminal is a bigger economic opportunity for the North West than High Speed 2 (HS2) according to Peel Ports, speaking in a new report from commercial law firm Brabners.

Corporate team completes 97 deals in 2015, a 23 per cent year-on-year increase.

Commercial law firm Brabners has been named the most active M&A legal adviser in the North West for 2015, having advised on 61 transactions throughout the region.

The rankings, published in an independent report by Experian, also place the firm’s corporate team seventh in the UK for deal volume, with 97 M&A transactions completed, a 23 per cent year-on-year increase in deal activity since 2014. The firm was also ranked joint second for deal volume in Wales.

Commercial law firm Brabners has expanded its housing & regeneration team with the appointment of Peter Barlow as Partner.

A skilled property lawyer, Peter will be spearheading the housing and regeneration team in Manchester. He was previously a senior equity partner at Hill Dickinson for more than 20 years.

Peter specialises in advising clients on multi-million pound sales and acquisitions, development agreements, Golden Brick arrangements, funding agreements, joint venture agreements, management agreements, and commercial leases.

Commercial law firm Brabners has advised an innovative Liverpool business which has developed digital advertising boards for the city’s black taxis on a £80k investment by Merseyside Special Investment Fund (MSIF).

Open Messenger has been developed by local entrepreneur Mike Smith who is based at the Baltic Triangle. 

The digital messenger boards allow advertisers to tailor their promotional messages on Hackney taxis to real-time conditions, such as local weather, location and time. 

Stephen Boyle, Chief Economist for The Royal Bank of Scotland, told Liverpool and Manchester business audiences that the UK should look to close the productivity gap by investing in people, physical assets and knowledge and innovation. He was speaking at a free economic briefing hosted in both cities by commercial law firm Brabners, in conjunction with Natwest.

On 24th November 2015, the European Commission set out the new minimum financial thresholds for contracts caught by the application of EU public procurement law. The new thresholds apply from 1st January 2016 and will remain fixed for the next two years.

Stephen Boyle, Head of Group Economics for The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), is guest speaker at a free economic briefing hosted by commercial law firm Brabners, in conjunction with NatWest.

In what promises to be an interesting talk in light of the current economy and its challenges to businesses, Stephen will review the global and domestic economic landscape in light of growth, employment and inflation and consider the future outlook and implications for the local economy here in the North West. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.

Trainee lawyers at Brabners have made their mark as innovative business whizzes, after raising more than £4,800 for Alder Hey Children’s Charity in just one day.

Brabners Big Idea saw two teams of wannabe entrepreneurs in an ‘Apprentice’ style challenge to make as much profit as possible from a £50 stake in one working day.

Commercial law firm Brabners has advised office services provider Restore plc on the acquisition of the records management business of Wincanton plc for a consideration of approximately £55.7 million.

Restore is an AIM-listed company with North West facilities in Middleton, Manchester, Leigh and Bolton.

Commercial law firm Brabners has advised specialist agricultural and distribution business NWF Group plc on its acquisition of Staffordshire Fuels Limited, a 32 million litre fuel distribution business operating in Staffordshire and the West Midlands. This bolt on acquisition will increase NWF Fuel’s volume by 8% and will be earnings enhancing.

Staffordshire Fuels was established in 1996, operates a modern fleet of 7 tankers and is an approved supplier of Phillips 66 fuel, branded as Jet, based near Stone in Staffordshire.

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