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HISTORY was made today (Monday, April 2) with the signing and exchange of a landmark agreement for a nationally-important project to deliver the UK's first genuine spa hotel in more than a century.

The signing of a development agreement by landowners High Peak Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council with the Buxton Crescent Hotel and Thermal Spa Company is a major step forward towards the transformation of the iconic Grade 1 listed Crescent and adjoining Grade 2 listed Natural Baths and Pump Room in the famous Peak District town.

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

Within the measures announced today by George Osborne in his Budget are:

• The improvement and reform of the Enterprise Management Incentives share option scheme (EMI)

• Entrepreneurs' Relief will be extended to capital gains on shares acquired through EMI.

Barbican Group Holdings Limited (“Barbican”), the Guernsey-headquartered insurance group, today announces the acquisition of Manchester-based Professional Indemnity Protect Ltd (“PI Protect”), a managing general agency (MGA). The PI Protect brand will be retained and the underwriting team will remain in Manchester and will become the focal point for the development of Barbican's UK regional professional indemnity underwriting business.

Lawyers from leading North West law firm Brabners Chaffe Street and corporate finance advisors from partner firm Brabners Stuart have volunteered to mentor local school children as they prepare to take part in the final of the Great Enterprise Challenge.

Trainees at leading North West law firm Brabners Chaffe Street have raised in excess of £4000 for local Charities, The Prince's Trust Fairbridge programme. The firm took part in one of the biggest corporate Charities campaigns in the Merseyside area which saw it compete with businesses such as Bibby Line Group, Hill Dickinson, Weightmans, Barclays Bank and Cammell Laird to raise as much money as possible for the Charities from an initial £500.

Leading North West law firm, Brabners Chaffe Street has advised the inventor of ecopod on an exclusive and significant agreement with Carillion Energy Services, which will see the roof based system rise to the forefront of the renewable energy sector.

Leading North West law firm Brabners Chaffe Street has advised Drydens Lawyers on its merger with Fairfax Solicitors, which has resulted in the creation of the UK's largest debt recovery and debt litigation legal practice. With a combined workforce of almost 300 and turnover of approximately £15m the firm will be known as drydensfairfax solicitors.

Leading North West law firm Brabners Chaffe Street has advised the shareholders of CAM 2000 Limited on its cross border sale to Austrian company, Mountain Experience Beteiligungs-Holding GmbH, for an undisclosed sum.

Based in Tideswell, Derbyshire and Llanberis, North Wales, the independently owned CAM 2000 group designs, manufactures and supplies technical equipment for rock climbing and mountaineering.

Leading North West law firm Brabners Chaffe Street has advised Restore plc on its eighth and largest acquisition of the last two years, the latest deal, announced today and conditional on shareholder approval, being the acquisition of Harrow Green Group Limited for up to £7.25 million.

Harrow Green is the UK's market leader in office relocations and a provider of records management services to blue-chip customers nationwide, with a depot near Middleton in Manchester.

Predicting economic trends is not without perils at the best of times and there are simply far too many uncertain factors to give any realistic predictions for 2012. Those who optimistically predicted a recovery in 2011 last January were not rewarded, but it was certainly not a bad year for many businesses; it was simply much harder to achieve.