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William Ngan, Chartered Tax Adviser and Corporate Associate at law firm Brabners Chaffe Street comments:

In today’s Autumn Statement, a number of announcements were made by the Chancellor George Osborneas part of the Government’s aim to stimulate growth and equip the UK to succeed in the global race:

North West law firm Brabners Chaffe Street has bolstered its pensions team with the appointment of Elizabeth Graham as a Partner covering the Liverpool and Manchester offices. 

Joining from Squire Sanders where she spent 8 years within the national pensions team based in Leeds, Elizabeth has a wealth of experience advising on pension scheme matters and the complexities of pensions law.

A young Bolton entrepreneur, Harrison Woods secured an offer of a £60,000 investment in last night’s episode of Dragons’ Den from Theo Paphitis and Peter Jones, CBEin exchange for a 40 per cent stake in his new business enterprise, Primal Parking Limited.

Primal Parking is an online marketplace for the finding and letting of private parking spaces across the UK.  It also supplies parking barriers, some of which were featured on the show yesterday.

North West law firm Brabners Chaffe Street has acted on the AIM flotation of a new company which will develop an English sparkling wine business.

Leading North West law firm Brabners Chaffe Street has advised AIM Listed digital marketing agency WEARE 20:20 plc on the acquisition of Iris Associates Limited for up to £2.4 million.

Sheffield-based WEARE 20:20 is an award winning digital marketing and technology company with an international client base. Clients include Vodafone, Nestle and Sky.

Leading North West law firm Brabners Chaffe Street has advised Restore plc on the acquisition of Drawlin Limited, which trades under the name Archive Solutions, for up to £3.35million and a placing by Restore to raise £3million both announced today.

Manchester-based Archive Solutions is a provider of document management services, with storage facilities in Middleton and Bolton. The deal sees Restore extend their share of the archiving market into the North West, an area they had a presence in previously.

Leading North West law firm Brabners Chaffe Street has advised the shareholders of Mobcast, the award-winning digital book platform provider, on its £4.5m sale to Tesco announced today.

 

Mobcast provides a digital book retail platform with a catalogue of more than 130,000 of the UK’s most popular titles which can be bought and read on smartphones, tablets and e-readers.  Mobcast offers a cloud-based service that lets customers build up an eBook library collection without being locked-in to one single device.

 

Leading North West law firm Brabners Chaffe Street has advised personal injury specialist The Paul Rooney Partnership on its sale to Manchester personal injury law firm Antony Hodari for an undisclosed sum.

 

Founded over 30 years ago, Paul Rooney carries out extensive local and national radio advertising, which has made it one of the best-known personal injury brands in the country. It will retain its brand name under the merger and it is expected that all 50 staff will continue in their roles.

 

Leading North West law firm Brabners Chaffe Street has acted for the National Football Museum ahead of its launch tomorrow.

The firm advised the museum on the lease of the Urbis centre, its new home in Manchester, and the negotiation of its grant funding contract with Manchester City Council.

The legal team at Brabners Chaffe Street was made up of Ross Shine, Property Partner, John Boydell, Corporate Partner and Stephen Claus, Charities and Social Enterprise Partner.

North West law firm Brabners Chaffe Street advised the North American shareholder/investor on the disposal of Excelsior Technologies to an MBO team announced today.

Headquartered in Deeside, North Wales, Excelsior employs over 200 staff and operates from four sites, one in Lancashire, two in Deeside and one in North Carolina, USA. They design and manufacture a portfolio of innovative packaging products and supplies to a range of blue chip clients across the food and medical packaging sectors, including Birds Eye, Haribo, Premier Foods and SC Johnson.

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