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The Hatten-Wyatt team

Historic solicitors firm joins the Hatten Wyatt stable

A leading law firm has completed its second takeover in less than a year for an undisclosed sum

Kent firms at 'significant risk' from hackers

Three quarters of businesses in Kent say they have been subject to a cyber attack

Three quarters of businesses in Kent have been subject to an attempted email fraud or cyber-attack in the past six months, according to a snap poll.

New cash for small firms

Businesses in Kent can apply for a loan from a £200 million fund set up for the county by HSBC

HSBC has launched a £200 million fund to lend to small and medium-sized businesses in Kent.

Five new partners at law firm

Sarah Easton has been made an equity partner at Thomson Snell & Passmore

Thomson Snell & Passmore has made a series of new appointments among 20 promotions this month.


No disputing new partner

Deborah Cain has joined as a partner in the contentious trusts and estates team at Brachers

A law firm has hired an expert in disagreements about wills, trusts and the estates of dead people.

New tech boosts turnover close to £11m

asb law's offices in Eclipse Park, Maidstone

A law firm has increased revenues by 15% after investing in technology and efficiencies.

Firm's move to create 20 job

Corinthian has moved to Tunbridge Wells from Croydon and is poised to create 20 jobs

A pensions and investments company has relocated to the county and is set to employ more staff.

Award for law boss

From left, McBrides Chartered Accountants managing partner Nick Paterno presents Blair Gulland with the outstanding achievement award

A solicitor has been given the outstanding achievement award at the Kent Law Society Awards.

Law firm grows income

Cripps managing partner Gavin Tyler

A legal business has hailed a record set of financial results after growing income for the fourth straight year.

Insurer raising £890m

Towergate has been merged into insurance conglomerate KIRS Group

A new insurance super group is raising cash to fund two takeovers and restructure its finances – weeks after announcing redundancies at its Kent HQ.

Insurer to merge into £500m group

Towergate Group is based in Maidstone

Insurance giant Towergate is to be merged into a super group of companies generating £2.8 billion of gross written premiums.

Bank shut for 7-week long refurbishment

Barclays in Ashford High Street is under refurbishment

A bank branch in a town centre will be closed for seven week as it undergoes a major refurbishment.

Loan and mortgage growth at lender

Kent Reliance Building Society transferred its business to new bank OneSavings Bank, which trades as Kent Reliance, in 2011

The owner of Kent Reliance increased its loan book by 5% in the first three months of the year and enjoyed strong numbers of mortgage applications.

Counting cost as banks swap bricks for clicks

The Lloyds Bank branch in New Ash Green is to close

Small firms are suffering as big banks continue to close branches outside towns and cities.

Insurance broker returns to profit

Aston Scott's headquarters in West Malling

An insurer has returned to the black as it continues to hunt for takeovers.

Bank's £7.5m losses before sale

Duncan Lawrie's offices in Wrotham Place

Private bank Duncan Lawrie has left a huge dent in the finances of its former owner after its decision to split and sell off the institution.

Insurer reveals profits days after job cuts

Towergate's head office at Eclipse Park in Maidstone

Insurance business Towergate has revealed it boosted profitability and income last year – days after announcing 133 job losses.

Swinton to cut 900 jobs

Swinton Insurance has a branch in Maidstone

Insurance group Swinton has earmarked 84 branches for closure as its customers move online.


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