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Higher legal fees 'allowing companies to mistreat staff'

Mike Hibbs, from Birmingham Law Society, says a 'great many' genuine claims are not being presented to tribunal as a direct consequence of increased legal fees

Massive fall in employment tribunals in the Midlands over the last year are blamed on hike in cost of tribunals

Assay Office revamp to start this month

CGI of the converted Assay Office in Newhall Street which has been given the green light by city planners
TCN UK vows to begin work immediately on new future for historic building after city planners back project to create office space and apartments

West Midlands councils bid for share of £60bn handout

Welcome to the West Midlands. From top left, clockwise: Coventry Cathedral, Birmingham's Bullring, Solihull Manor House and the Black Country flag
But the seven authorities are urged to go much further as they vie to bring home a slice of the devolution package from central government

New faces and promotions at Liquid

From left: Laura Turner, Jon Perks, Leila Taleb and Ben Tucker from PR and marketing agency Liquid
City centre PR and marketing agency expands team on the back of new client wins

Apprenticeships in law set to improve access to legal profession

Paul Philip, SRA chief executive
Apprenticeship standards in law are part of a package of 59 measures announced by David Cameron

Birmingham Wholesale Markets move given go ahead

City planners have given the green light to a new home for the Wholesale Markets at The Hub in Witton
New future for traders using run-down city centre site after planners back relocation to The Hub in north Birmingham
Mike Hibbs, from Birmingham Law Society, says a 'great many' genuine claims are not being presented to tribunal as a direct consequence of increased legal fees

Higher legal fees 'allowing companies to mistreat staff'

Massive fall in employment tribunals in the Midlands over the last year are blamed on hike in cost of tribunals

Assay Office revamp to start this month

CGI of the converted Assay Office in Newhall Street which has been given the green light by city planners
TCN UK vows to begin work immediately on new future for historic building after city planners back project to create office space and apartments
Welcome to the West Midlands. From top left, clockwise: Coventry Cathedral, Birmingham's Bullring, Solihull Manor House and the Black Country flag

West Midlands councils bid for share of £60bn handout

But the seven authorities are urged to go much further as they vie to bring home a slice of the devolution package from central government

Warwickshire rejects chance to join combined authority

Councillors in Warwickshire voted against joining the new West Midlands Combined Authority
Councillors vote against becoming members of the new 'super council' but LEP pleads for Coventry and Warwickshire to stay together
Scotch whisky will be in abundance at the Midlands Whisky Festival on September 18 and 19, along with whiskies from all over the world

Merchants Nickolls and Perks prepare for Midlands Whisky Festival

The Midlands Whisky Festival, which takes place in Stourbridge Town Hall on September 18 and 19, is organised by Nickolls and Perks

Cressida Cowell to open children's department at Foyles' Grand Central store

CGI of the new Foyles store which will open in Grand Central next month
London-based bookstore chain will open its sixth venture next month and has also released a new CGI of how it will look

Resorts World ready to set sail

The new Resorts World complex
We take a tour of the new casino, hotel and leisure complex next to the NEC ahead of its opening later this year
Lucy Porter, Lotty Harper Events; Satish Jakhu, Rubric Lois King; Mollie Wilson, Lotty Harper Events, at Rubric Lois King's Wimbledon-themed summer party

Rubric Lois King host Wimbledon-themed summer party

Edgbaston-based solicitors Rubric Lois King hosted a Wimbledon-themed summer party for all their clients at their offices

Law firm unearths some treasure for children's charity

Lisa Barge (Head of Litigation), Kirsty White (Fundraiser from NSPCC), David Beswick (Senior Office Partner), Elli Sandbach and Frances O'Neill at Eversheds LLP's Treasure Hunt, held to raise money for the NSPCC.
The Birmingham office of Eversheds LLP hosted a treasure hunt to support and raise money for the NSPCC

Hortons' quiz raises £5,700 for cancer ward at city hospital

Back Row: Paul Guest, Lauren Powell, Neale Powell, Tony Green, Steve Wiliams. Front Row: Rachel Carpenter, Sophie Samuda, Melissa Spence, Debbie Haywood, Megan Green, Jane Phillips.
Hortons' Estate Limited raised £5,700 for Ward 19 at Heartlands Hospital, at its eighth annual quiz for the local commercial property community.
From left: Laura Turner, Jon Perks, Leila Taleb and Ben Tucker from PR and marketing agency Liquid

New faces and promotions at Liquid

City centre PR and marketing agency expands team on the back of new client wins

Morgan Sindall to lead 55 Colmore Row revamp

From left: John Hammond, investment director at IM Properties, Ben Cushway, senior project manager at Morgan Sindall and Daniel Butler, project manager IM Properties outside 55 Colmore Row
Listed construction group named lead contractor by owner IM Properties on £30m project to breather new life into landmark Birmingham business address

Legal & General plans major renovation for old Lewis's building

CGI of Temple Court which is being renovated by Legal & General after it acquired the building last year
Property arm of finance group acquired landmark site in Bull Street last year and will add a seventh floor alongside massive internal refurbishment

Tandem expands again with online retailer buyout

Castle Bromwich-based leisure product designer and developer acquires online retailer ESC Europe which sells goods such as gazebos and party tents

Whirlpool in last minute bid to take over Aga

US domestic applician giant keen on scuppering £129m deal with rival Middleby to buy out renowned UK manufacturer of high-end ovens

West Midlands chief executives earn 50 times more than staff

Severn Trent chief executive Liv Garfield is among the top earners at listed companies in the West Midlands
Research by the Birmingham Post shows the gap between the top and bottom of the corporate tree is very wide but the regional figure here is dwarfed by the national average

Videos & Photos

CGI of the converted Assay Office in Newhall Street which has been given the green light by city planners

Assay Office revamp to start this month

City planners have given the green light to a new home for the Wholesale Markets at The Hub in Witton

Birmingham Wholesale Markets move given go ahead

HSBC unveils new name for Birmingham-based bank

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