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After announcing the expansion of its Scottish presence with a new Edinburgh office, law firm Bond Dickinson has revealed a number of senior hires to join its growing team. Philip Knight and Laura Bloxham join the firm as managing associates alongside Emma Shearer, associate. Knight joins from DWF and brings experience in commercial and real estate litigation. Bloxham was previously at Shoosmiths and has a broad range of real estate experience, including development, investment and leasing work. She has particular expertise in residential development for house builders, investors and housing associations. Shearer also joins from DWF, having previously worked with Knight for large occupiers and landlords on portfolio management, acquisition and refinancing projects. The new team will work alongside real estate partner Michael Spence to service the firm’s clients throughout Scotland and will be supported by a nationwide team. John Ralph, head of real estate at the firm, said: “The new office bolsters our Scottish presence and our real estate and energy sector teams.” Bond Dickinson has also announced that it will be combining with US firm Womble Carlyle to create a transatlantic law firm, Womble Bond Dickinson, effective from 1 November. Womble Bond Dickinson will have more than 420 partners, 1,000 lawyers and 2,395 people across eight offices in the UK and 16 offices in the US.

Clark Thomson won the award last year for bucking the trend towards centralisation and achieving outstanding growth

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IMF raises growth forecast for all advanced economies except UK

The pound has made gains despite a flurry of gloomy economic reports, while advances among bank stocks helped the wider market push higher.

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The Government is being urged to help save jobs at defence giant BAE Systems, which is set to announce cuts at sites making the Eurofighter Typhoon jet. Picture: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Jobs help urged as BAE systems set to announce cuts

The Government is being urged to help save jobs at defence giant BAE Systems, which is set to announce cuts at sites making the Eurofighter Typhoon jet.

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Scotland’s private sector economy continues to grow

Private sector growth in Scotland is “stable”, according to a new Bank of Scotland survey.

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Mr Trump's company has faced several setbacks since it ventured into Scotland a dozen years ago and its troubles recently have mounted. Picture: PA

Losses at Trump’s Scottish golf resorts have doubled

DONALD Trump boasts of making great deals, but a financial records filed in the UK show he has lost millions of dollars for three years running on a couple of his more recent big investments, his Scottish golf resorts.

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Royal Mail employees are to stage a 48-hour walkout over jobs and pay. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Royal Mail workers to stage 48-hour strike over pay and jobs

Royal Mail workers are to stage a 48-hour strike in a “watershed” dispute over pensions, pay and jobs, prompting the threat of legal action by the postal group.

The online retail giant Amazon is facing a bill of at least 250 million euros (�221.5 million) in back taxes after the European Commission. Picture: PA

EU orders Amazon to pay £221m in taxes over ‘sweetheart deal’

Amazon has been ordered to pay around 250 million euros (£221 million) in back taxes after the European Commission ruled it received “illegal tax benefits” under a sweetheart deal with Luxembourg.

Tesco hailed its efforts to keep prices low amid Brexit-fuelled inflation. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Tesco sees surge in half-year profits and rising sales

Supermarket giant Tesco has reported a surge in half-year profits and rising sales as it hailed efforts to keep prices low amid Brexit-fuelled inflation.

Wilko will be opening a new store in Edinburgh. Picture; Michael Gillen

Wilko to open new store in Edinburgh

Home and garden retailer Wilko, is to open a store in the Capital.

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A Ryanair flight set for Edinburgh had to return to Tenerife after a passenger suffered a suspected heart attack. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Ryanair refunds 98% of customers impacted by cancellations

Crisis-hit Ryanair has said 98 per cent of customers impacted by its flight cancellation fiasco in September and October have been refunded or transferred on to other flights or transport.

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Monarch goes into administration leaving 110k people stranded

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The view of St Andrew Square from the Harvey Nichols roof terrace.

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In the 1780s St Andrew Square was probably the most fashionable address in Edinburgh’s New Town.

Cyber attacks a threat to Scottish businesses

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More than 200,000 organisations in 150 countries were affected by the WannaCry global cyber attack in May. In the UK, the ransomware infected computer systems across 47 NHS trusts, leading to cancelled operations and patients being turned away from A&E.

Professor Harald Haas, director of LiFi Research and Development Centre at Edinburgh University.

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The Autumn 2017 edition of Vision Scotland.

Vision Scotland: celebrating innovation

Vision Scotland is a publication which celebrates the successes of Scotland’s business community – with a specific focus on innovation and collaboration, as well as business growth, investment, talent, skills and leadership.

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Innovation is not a word easily associated with the mortgage world, but over the last few years we have seen a lot of creative ideas which look to offer a better way of doing things.

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Paul Bancks: taking the edge off coastal living

Community involvement is key, says Paul Bancks.

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