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Corporate Members 2022

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BLS features in Bristol Post oldest thriving companies in Bristol

Excerpt from the article: How Bristol’s oldest companies are still thriving after more than 100 years in business They include the city’s last-surviving chocolate maker a wine merchant and a tannery. Why do some companies struggle to survive beyond a year while others flourish for hundreds? Although more than 90 per cent of small companies in Britain will survive one … more

BLS Annual Awards Dinner 3rd November 2022

Check out our digital Awards Brochure with a welcome from our C0-Presidents, full details of the award categories and links to our wonderful supporters who make this event possible. We look forward to celebrating the best of the local profession with you on 3rd November! BLS Awards 2022 Digital Brochure Nomination Brochure 2022 Nomination Online Submissions Booking Form 2022

Burges Salmon advises Louis Delhaize on the sale of The Garden & Leisure Group to The Garden Centre Group

Burges Salmon, one of the leading law firms in the UK, has acted for the European retail group, Louis Delhaize, on the sale of The Garden & Leisure Group to The Garden Centre Group.


Garden & Leisure, which is headquartered at Cadbury near Bristol, comprises seven major UK garden centres. Burges Salmon has acted for the group since its inception in 1997 and recently advised on the major redevelopment of its Percy Thrower’s store in Shrewsbury.


This transaction represents the latest in a string of deals for Burges Salmon’s Retail and Leisure sector group, including the sale by Country Homes and Gardens plc of its garden centre businesses, also to The Garden Centre Group, in 2011.


The Burges Salmon team drew on a wide range of disciplines and included partners Rupert Weston (Corporate) and Richard Read (Real Estate), senior associates Jonathan Eves (Corporate), Paul Doherty (Real Estate), associate John Manis (Corporate Tax) and solicitors Lizzie King (Corporate), Will Hall (Real Estate), Natalie Jeffries (Employment) and Alex Minhinick (Planning).


Rupert Weston commented: “We are delighted to have been asked to advise Louis Delhaize in relation to this strategic disposal, particularly as it involves a business we know very well and have seen grow from a single site to a chain of seven nationally renowned centres.”

McQueen Corporate Finance Limited also advised Garden & Leisure.