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Hiscox Insurance has won approval from City of York Council to build a new £19m headquarters in Hungate by 2015, with the creation of up to 500 jobs.
Simply Biz has acquired an 80% stake in Staffcare, the Leatherhead-based provider of support services to employee benefit consultants, for undisclosed terms.
BTG Pactual of Brazil is planning to create 100 new jobs at its investment banking operation in London over the next year.
Student Loans Company is to create 100 new jobs in Llandudno Junction early next year.
Invest NI is in discussions with US-based SmithDehn about plans to open a new law office in Londonderry, with the creation of up to 75 jobs over the next five years.
Islamic Bank of Britain is to be acquired by Al Rayan (UK) for £24m.
Lowell Group is to set up an 82,000 sq ft financial services office for about 700 staff at Leeds Valley Park in spring 2014.
MoneyPlus Group has acquired Debt Movers, the Wirral-based debt management firm.
North of England P&I is planning to merge with Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance to create a combined marine insurance group with 400 staff.
Creditfix has acquired Simple Debt Solutions, the Manchester-based debt management firm with 35 staff.
Premex has acquired AGS Risk Solutions, the Leeds-based financial investigator with 30 staff, for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its Insight division.
CMS Cameron McKenna is to acquire Dundas & Wilson, the commercial law firm with offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and London.
Ashcourt Rowan is to acquire UKWM, the wealth management firm with five offices in Leeds, Macclesfield, Pontefract, Rugby and York, for £14m.
Braveheart Investment Group has sold its Envestors corporate finance advisory subsidiary in London and Manchester to a management buy-out.
Allianz Insurance is to relocate its Birmingham office to a 15,000 sq ft unit at Colmore Plaza early next year.
Crystal Legal Services is to create 60 new sales, customer service and administrative jobs at its financial claims management business in Crewe.
Tesco Bank is to create about 300 customer service, marketing and legal jobs in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
AFH Financial has acquired the assets of Michael Mac, the Stratford-upon-Avon-based wealth management firm, for up to £0.25m.
TSB is to create 104 new jobs at its banking centre at Barnwood in Gloucestershire over the next few months.
CBI is to relocate its London headquarters to a 25,000 sq ft office at Cannon Place next spring.
Cooper Parry has confirmed plans to relocate up to 200 accountancy staff from Derby, Nottingham and Leicester to a new office in Castle Donington by next March.
Beaumont Legal is looking to expand its Wakefield-based conveyancing practice with more office space and 50 new jobs over the next six months.
Bellpenny has acquired MGW, the Glasgow-based independent financial adviser, for undisclosed terms.
MoneyPlus Group has expanded its Manchester-based debt management business into the legal services market with the acquisition of Sale-based Richardson Mail Solicitors.
Vivus is to relocate its payday loans business and up to 30 jobs from Stockton to London.
Mazars is looking to double the size of its accountancy operations in Scotland, starting with the recruitment of 16 additional staff early next year.
Arthur J Gallagher has acquired a 24,000 sq ft office at 100 Holdenhurst Road in Bournemouth.
Virgin Money is to relocate its London-based financial services office to a 14,000 sq ft unit at 1 Eagle Place.
QualitySolicitors Talbots has acquired the Lumsdons law office in Stourport, with the transfer of ten staff.
LeaseDirect, the Flintshire-based asset finance firm, has been sold by Investec Asset Finance to Cabot Square Capital for undisclosed terms.
Slater & Gordon is to acquire the consumer law business of Manchester-based Pannone for up to £33m, with the transfer of 400 staff.
British Business Bank is planning to set up a new permanent headquarters in Sheffield, with the creation of 100 jobs, having secured an additional £250m of government funding.
St Johns Buildings Chambers of Liverpool is to relocate to a new base for 54 barristers at 38 Vernon Street.
TLT is expanding its new Manchester-based law office with the addition of 24 solicitors and five partners from Irwin Mitchell.
Lupton Fawcett Lee & Priestley is to merge with Denison Till to create a combined law firm with 280 staff in Sheffield, Leeds and York.
Asons is planning to relocate its Bolton-based law firm to a new £7m headquarters on Clarence Street by 2015, with the creation of up to 300 jobs.
Charles Russell is setting up a 21,000 sq ft law office at One London Square in Guildford.
Hawsons has merged with Holmes Widlake to create a combined accountancy group with offices in Sheffield, Doncaster and Northampton.
AFH Financial Group has acquired the business and assets of Robert Magee & Associates, the Herefordshire-based financial adviser, for up to £0.5m.
Simply Business is looking to create 100 new jobs at its commercial insurance operation in Northampton over the next two years.
AFH Financial Group has acquired AG Financial Planning of Bridgend for up to £0.4m.
Edward Hands & Lewis is to create 29 new jobs at its four law offices in Leicester, Loughborough, Market Harborough and Melbourne over the next few months.
Collingwood Insurance Services is recruiting up to 100 additional staff at its call centre in North Shields.
EY, the accountancy group, is planning to set up a new 200,000 sq ft office at 25 Churchill Place in London's Canary Wharf.
Nair & Co is planning to double the 80-strong workforce at its tax and legal advice office in Bristol over the next three years.
The Johnson Partnership has bought GV Hale out of administration, saving 17 jobs at the Doncaster-based law firm.
Aberdeen Asset Management is to acquire Scottish Widows Investment Partnership in a £660m deal with Lloyds Banking Group.
Thomas Cook Group has sold its CFX corporate foreign exchange business to Moneycorp for £4.5m.
Lawrence Graham is in merger talks with Wragge & Co to create a combined law firm with 189 partners.
Last Cawthra Feather is to relocate its Bradford-based law firm to an 11,000 sq ft office at One St James Business Park by the end of the year.
Charles Stanley has acquired London-based Evercore Pan Asset Capital Management for undisclosed terms.
Irwin Mitchell has acquired MPH Solicitors, the personal injury law firm with 24 staff in Manchester and Newmarket, for undisclosed terms.
Royal London Group has agreed to sell its RL360 offshore investment business to a management team backed by Vitruvian Partners for undisclosed terms.
Slater & Gordon, the law firm, is reported to be seeking a suitable 100,000 sq ft headquarters in Manchester.
Myton Law is to relocate its Hull-based shipping law firm to a 4,800 sq ft office at Riverside House on Nelson Street.
Wilkins Kennedy has merged with CW Fellowes, the chartered accountancy with 70 staff at offices in Southampton and Portsmouth.
Hastings Direct is looking to recruit a further 150 staff at its Bexhill-based insurance call centre.
Bestinvest, the investment adviser, has been acquired by private equity firm Permira for undisclosed terms.
NCI is looking to expand the 90-strong workforce at its Harrogate-based insurance and vehicle recovery business with 50 new jobs by 2015.
Barclays is to open an initial four bank branches in Asda stores early next year.
HCB Solicitors has acquired Widdows Mason, the Lancashire-based law firm with six offices and 65 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Riverview Law is to open a legal services office in Saltaire next year, with the creation of 20 jobs.
Glaisyers Solicitors is to relocate the 26 staff of Manchester-based Fruhman Davies Livingstones to its main office at One St James' Square next year.
Blackadders is to merge with Aberdeen-based Adam Cochran to create a combined law firm with 21 partners and 170 staff.
AFH Financial Group has acquired Origin Financial, the West Midlands-based financial adviser, for up to £1.1m.
Schroders is planning to relocate five London offices to a 12-storey development at One London Wall Place in 2017.
Blackstone is to expand the London headquarters of its private equity business by taking an additional 15,000 sq ft at 40 Berkeley Square.
Browell Smith & Co is looking to expand its Tyneside-based chain of five law offices with several new locations over the next few years.
Baird is to set up a 15,000 sq ft financial services office at Finsbury Circus House in London next spring.
Leathes Prior Solicitors is to acquire Cole & Co, the Norwich-based law firm with 15 staff.
Booz & Company, the global management consulting firm with an office in London, is to be acquired by PwC for undisclosed terms.
SimplyBiz Group has acquired 360 Legal Group, the Bristol-based legal consultancy and business support firm.
Baird Capital has bought a majority stake in Alpha Financial Markets Consulting, the management consultancy with about 100 consultants, in a £28m deal.
KPMG is to set up a 28,000 sq ft national innovation centre at the Broad Gate building in Leeds in January, with the creation of 200 jobs.
Slater & Gordon is to acquire John Pickering & Partners, the law firm with 27 staff in Sheffield, Halifax, Liverpool and Manchester.
Bank of America Merrill Lynch is creating 60 new jobs at its site in Chester, having set up a European Global Command Centre.
Metro Bank is considering plans to raise £100m in a flotation to fund the expansion of its network of 20 branches, with four new sites due to open by the end of the year.
Boodle Hatfield, the law firm, is to set up a 24,000 sq ft office at 240 Blackfriars Road in London.
Sills & Betteridge is to merge with MacLaren Britton, the Nottingham-based law firm with 23 staff.
Annuity Direct, the Isle of Wight-based financial services firm with 30 staff, is to be acquired by Fidelity Worldwide Investment for undisclosed terms.
Deloitte is to set up a centre of excellence for its tax compliance service in Cardiff, with the creation of 100 jobs over the next three years.
Integro has acquired Doodson Broking, the Stockport-based insurance broker, for undisclosed terms.
RSA is creating 350 jobs at insurance call centres in Sunderland, Liverpool and Halifax, with the transfer of work from India.
Insure Your Health is looking to expand the 90-strong workforce at its Sheffield-based medical insurance business.
Wonga has acquired BillPay, the German payments processing firm with 90 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Exchange Chambers is to relocate its Manchester-based barristers chambers from Ralli Court to a 10,000 sq ft office at 201 Deansgate in January.
Dudley Building Society is relocating its headquarters and up to 55 staff to a new 6,000 sq ft office at The Waterfront in Brierley Hill this month.
Neil Hudgell Solicitors is seeking a suitable location to open its first law office in London.
Equity Insurance Group has sold its brokering operation to NMG Holdings of Singapore, saving 200 jobs at its call centre in Colchester.
Sewell Mullings Logie Solicitors is to merge with Sanders Brickwood to create a combined Cirencester-based law firm with more than 40 staff.
SPB is to relocate its affinity insurance business from the Isle of Wight to Enterprise House in Portsmouth by November.
Brodies is to relocate its Glasgow-based law firm to a 25,000 sq ft office at 110 Queen Street in 2015.
Barclays is planning to relocate its office in Newcastle upon Tyne from Grey Street to a 35,000 sq ft unit at East Quay Five.
Deutsche Bank is planning to set up a new office at Five Brindleyplace in Birmingham next summer, as part of an expansion programme that could create up to 1,000 jobs.
Wilkinson Woodward has acquired Bearders Solicitors, the law firm with offices in Halifax and Brighouse, taking its workforce to 86.
Vale of White Horse Council is to relocate about 80 staff from Abingdon to Crowmarsh.
Jelf Group has acquired Laterlife, the retirement planning consultancy, for undisclosed terms.
Harris Cartier, the law firm with offices in London and the Thames Valley, has been sold out of administration to Gordon Dadds and Neil Hudgell.
Abbey Protection, the London-based insurance services firm with 250 staff, is to be acquired by Markel Capital for £116m.
Mitchell Charlesworth has acquired Jennor & Co, the Widnes-based accountancy.
Randall & Payne is to centralise its Gloucestershire-based accountancy operations at a new head office at Chargrove House Business Centre by the end of the year.
Kindertons, the Crewe-based insurance claims firm with 450 staff, has been acquired by Sovereign Capital for undisclosed terms.
Chesnara is to acquire Direct Line Life Insurance Company from Direct Line Insurance Group for £39m.
Armstrong Watson has merged with Hanby & Co, the Northallerton-based accountancy, taking its office network to 15.
BW Legal is planning to double the 50-strong workforce at its Leeds-based debt recovery business.
Christie & Co is opening a new business brokerage and advisory office at Brunel House in Cardiff.
HCB Solicitors has acquired Billson & Sharp, the Leicester-based law firm, for undisclosed terms.
Chase Templeton is to relocate its Blackburn-based health insurance business to a 5,250 sq ft office at Arkwright Court in November.
PwC is to relocate its Newcastle-based accountancy operation to a 24,000 sq ft office at Central Square South next March.
Enoch Evans is to merge with Addison O'Hare to create a combined Walsall-based law firm with more than 40 lawyers and 70 staff.
Hart Shaw has merged with Atkin Macredie & Co, the Sheffield-based chartered accountancy.
YFM Equity Partners of Leeds has undergone a management buy-out from GLE Group for undisclosed terms.
Begbies Traynor has bought the trade and assets of Cooper Williamson, the Manchester-based corporate insolvency firm, for an initial £0.9m.
Call Connection is to create up to 100 jobs at a new £1m insurance call centre in Newcastle upon Tyne over the next year.
WSP Solicitors has acquired Gloucester-based Whitemans Solicitors, taking its office network to four.
AFH Financial has acquired the business and assets of CH Financial, the Hemel Hempstead-based financial adviser, for an initial £0.4m.
Royal Bank of Scotland is to sell 314 bank branches to a private equity group led by US-based Corsair Capital, in a £600m deal that will see the sites rebranded as Williams & Glyn's from 2015.
Penningtons and Manches are in merger discussions to create a combined London-based law firm with about 250 lawyers.
Linder Myers Solicitors has acquired Dickson Haslam, the law firm with 20 staff in Preston and Lytham, for undisclosed terms.
HSBC is to expand its global workforce with the recruitment of 3,000 compliance officers.
Greenland Houchen Pomeroy is to merge with Hood Vores & Allwood and Overbury Steward & Eaton to create a combined Norfolk-based law firm called Spire Solicitors.
Stanley Gibbons is to acquire Noble Investments, the London-based trader of coins, medals and jewellery, for £45m.
HM Revenue & Customs is looking to recruit at least 120 graduates to its Tax Professional Development Programme.
The Contact Hub is to create 25 new jobs at its Dearne-based debt management and loans business.
Aegon UK is to create more than 100 new jobs at its Edinburgh-based insurance business over the next few months.
EY is looking to expand its 11,000-strong workforce with up to 3,700 additional staff in the UK by June 2014, due to rising demand for its business advice services.
Domestic & General is looking to recruit a further 190 staff at its warranties call centre in Nottingham.
Borland Group has acquired the Kirkcaldy office of Carlyle Insurance Group, with the transfer of nine staff.
Disclosure & Barring Service is planning to relocate its corporate services division and up to 25 jobs from Darlington to Liverpool.
Cooper Gay Swett & Crawford has acquired Newman Martin & Buchan, the London-based insurance broker, for undisclosed terms.
Homeserve is to create 30 new jobs at its insurance customer service call centre in Walsall.
Jardine Lloyd Thompson is to acquire Towers Watson's reinsurance brokerage business for £156m, creating a combined group with 700 staff in 17 countries.
Quindell Portfolio is to create up to 100 new jobs at its Fareham-based claims management business over the next year.
Earthport is to acquire Baydonhill, the London-based currency broker, for £6.4m.
Crowe Clark Whitehill is to relocate its London-based accountancy to 52 Jermyn Street this month.
Ascot Lloyd has acquired Ensors Financial Planning, the Suffolk-based financial services consultancy.
Capita is to acquire Optima Legal Services and its Cost Advocates subsidiary for undisclosed terms, including offices in Bradford, Newcastle and London.
Seneca Banking Consultants is creating 50 jobs at its Bolton-based mis-selling claims business, in order to create a national network.
Veale Wasbrough Vizards is to relocate its Bristol-based law firm and 250 staff to a 40,000 sq ft office at Narrow Quay House in 2015.
Willis is looking to create 100 new jobs a year at its insurance operation in Ipswich, and £10m is being invested in the refurbishment of its offices.
Standard Life is to create 46 new customer service jobs at its Edinburgh-based pensions business by early next year.
Sabre Insurance, the Surrey-based motor insurance firm, is expected to be acquired by private equity firm BC Partners.
AI Claims Solutions is to create 100 new jobs at its motor insurance claims call centre in Blackpool over the next six months.
Automatic Data Processing is to relocate its Stockport-based tax and payroll outsourcing business to a 21,500 sq ft office at Southgate Business Park in Cheadle this month.
Shakespeares has merged with Newsome Vaughan, the Coventry-based law firm with 65 staff.
Phones 4u is to sell Lifestyle Services Group, its Crewe-based insurance division with about 1,000 staff, to Assurant for £107m.
Towry has acquired Bluefin Personal Consulting, the financial planning firm with 89 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Arthur J Gallagher of the US is to acquire Giles Group, the London-based insurance firm with 1,100 staff in 43 offices, for £233m.
Pyrford International is setting up a 13,000 sq ft fund management office at 95 Wigmore Street in London.
Winn Group is looking to expand its Newcastle-based accident management service across the country, having secured an undisclosed investment from Souter Investments and JZ International.
Temasek, the Singapore-based investment company, is to set up an 8,400 sq ft office at 23 King Street in London's West End.
Barclays is reported to be in negotiations to acquire an 80,000 sq ft office at 4 Piccadilly Place in Manchester, with the relocation of staff from an existing call centre and corporate office.
AdviserPlus is planning to expand the 86-strong workforce at its Bradford-based administrative outsourcing business to 150 over the next year.
Hampson Hughes is to relocate its Liverpool-based law firm and 270 staff to a 34,500 sq ft office at Albert Dock.
FNZ is to expand the 300-strong workforce at its Edinburgh-based wealth management IT business with 30 new jobs.
Kennedys is to merge with Simpson & Marwick, the Edinburgh-based law firm with about 300 staff.
Randall & Quilter has acquired Woodcroft Insurance Company, the Guernsey-based insurer.
Riverview Law is to create up to 100 new jobs at its Wirral-based legal services business over the next year.
Baker Tilly has bought accountancy firm RSM Tenon in a pre-pack administration deal, securing the future of 2,500 jobs.
Bellpenny has acquired KM Financial Advisers of East Dunbartonshire.
SGI Legal of Liverpool has acquired the personal injury work of Challinors out of administration for undisclosed terms.
Slater & Gordon has acquired Fentons Solicitors, the personal injury law firm with 280 staff in Manchester and London.
Sainsbury's Bank is to set up a new 80,000 sq ft office at 3 Lochside Avenue in West Edinburgh, with the relocation of 350 staff from existing sites in late 2014.
Skrill, the online payments firm previously known as Moneybookers, has been acquired by CVC Capital Partners for about £510m.
Santander is planning to open a further 40 bank branches by 2015, and will also refurbish 150 of its existing 1,200 sites.
Which? Mortgage Advisers is looking to expand its Bristol-based team of 35 mortgage advisers to 80 over the next year.
Domestic & General, the provider of extended warranties on electrical appliances with 2,500 staff in Wimbledon, Nottingham, Brighton and Bedworth, has been acquired by private equity firm CVC for £750m.
SJ Berwin has merged with Hong Kong-based King & Wood Mallesons to create a combined global law firm with about 2,700 lawyers.
Markel International, the insurance company, is to take a further 24,000 sq ft of office space at the Walkie Talkie development in the City of London by the end of 2014.
Manchester Metropolitan University is linking up with law firms across Manchester to operate a new apprenticeship scheme that will create 100 jobs for school leavers.
Howden Insurance Brokers has acquired Workplace Pension Solutions for undisclosed terms, in order to expand into the employee benefits market.
JLT Employee Benefits is to relocate its Edinburgh office and up to 200 staff to Lochside Avenue in October.
Beaumont Legal is looking to expand the 100-strong workforce at its Wakefield-based legal conveyancing firm with 35 new jobs over the next few months.
M&G Investments is said to have shortlisted three potential locations in London for a new 300,000 sq ft headquarters.
Schulte Roth & Zabel, the US law firm, is considering plans to set up an office of about 11,000 sq ft at 1 Eagle Place in the West End of London.
CBI is seeking a suitable 25,000 sq ft office for the relocation of its London headquarters.
Lewis Group, the Leeds-based debt collection firm, has been acquired by Hoist Kredit of Sweden for undisclosed terms.
Domestic & General is to create 70 new jobs at its warranty services call centre in Nottingham by next month, and hundreds more could be created by the end of the year.
Cardpoint, the Northwich-based ATM provider trading as Cashzone, has been acquired by US-based Cardtronics for £100m.
KPMG is to relocate 1,100 London-based staff to a new 200,000 sq ft office at 30 North Colonnade in Canary Wharf in 2015.
Lancashire Holdings is to acquire Cathedral Capital, the London-based Lloyd's insurer, from Alchemy Partners for £266m.
Weightmans is to create 12 marketing jobs at its law offices in Liverpool and London.
HMT Insurance Brokers of Surrey has been acquired by Lark (Group) for undisclosed terms.
Towergate is to relocate 55 staff from insurance offices in Hinckley and Nottingham to a new office in Leicester this summer.
Yorkshire Building Society is planning to create 100 new jobs in Bradford and Leeds by the end of the year.
Freeth Cartwright is seeking a suitable location to open a new law office in Leeds this year.
TLT is looking to create at least 20 jobs at its new law office in Spinningfields, Manchester, over the next 18 months.
CMS Cameron McKenna is to relocate its London-based law firm to a 140,000 sq ft office in Cannon Place in 2015.
SSP is planning to expand the 186-strong workforce at the new Halifax-based headquarters of its insurance technology business with 19 new jobs.
Neil Hudgell Solicitors is to relocate its Hull-based law firm and 55 staff to a new office on Beverley Road.
Treasury Solicitors Department is looking to recruit 40 additional lawyers at its Whitehall legal services operation in London.
Bellpenny has acquired Entire Wealth Management, the Surrey-based independent financial adviser with funds under management of £100m.
Renovo is to acquire Ultimate Finance Group, the Bristol-based financial services firm, for £19m.
Quilter Cheviot is to set up a 27,000 sq ft investment management office at One Kingsway in London's Covent Garden.
Charles Derby Group is looking to expand its team of 400 financial advisers to 1,000 by 2015, having appointed Peterborough-based The One Group to help with the recruitment process.
Simply Business, the online insurance broker, has undergone a management buy-out backed by private equity firm AnaCap Financial Partners.
Davenport Lyons is to relocate its London-based law firm to a 31,000 sq ft office at 6 Agar Street in September.
Direct Line is to set up a new law firm called DLG Legal Services, using legal advice and claims management services from 100 lawyers at Parabis Law.
Citizens Advice is to relocate its London office to a 22,000 sq ft unit at 200 Aldersgate next February.
The County Group has acquired JSW Insurance Services of Newcastle-under-Lyme for undisclosed terms, taking its total headcount to 150.
Geldards has acquired the business and assets of TPP Law, the London-based public services law firm.
Practice Plan, the dental insurance firm, is to set up a 19,000 sq ft office at McLaren House in Oswestry.
Harvey Ingram Shakespeares is to relocate its Leicester-based law firm and almost 150 jobs to a 12,500 sq ft office in Colton Square in September.
Scottish Widows Investment Partnership has let a further 22,000 sq ft of office space at the One Reading Central building in Reading to PwC and BPP Professional Education.
Department of Finance & Personnel in Northern Ireland is to take 90,000 sq ft of office space for the Land & Property Services agency at Lanyon Plaza in Belfast.
Grant Thornton has acquired the financial services advisory division of Navigant for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 45 staff.
Agrical, the Tadcaster-based provider of loss adjusting and claims management services with 50 staff, has been acquired by McLarens.
Deloitte is creating 60 "entry level" jobs at its accountancy offices in Manchester and Liverpool.
Stafford House Investments has acquired AC Mole & Sons, the Taunton-based financial advisory firm.
Beacon Capital Partners has let 32,000 sq ft of office space at London's City Point to US law firms Willkie Farr & Gallagher and Winston & Strawn.
The College of Law is to relocate up to 46 staff from York to a new £1.2m site in Leeds in 2014.
London School of Business & Finance is to take 60,000 sq ft of space at 22 Billiter Street in London.
Bullion by Post is to relocate its Birmingham-based gold and silver dealing business to a larger site in Hill Street, with the creation of up to ten jobs.
HowardKennedyFSI is seeking a suitable 50,000 sq ft location for the relocation of its three London-based law offices.
Jelf has acquired The Insurance Partnership for £12m, including offices in Hull, Leeds, Wolverhampton and York.
Gilbert Stephens has merged with Symes Robinson & Lee to create a combined Exeter-based law firm with six offices.
Lupton Fawcett Lee & Priestley is in merger talks with York-based law firm Denison Till.
MHA MacIntyre Hudson has merged with the Canterbury and Maidstone offices of Larkings, creating a combined accountancy group with 40 staff and 13 offices.
Direct Group is to expand its Doncaster-based insurance operation with the creation of 200 jobs over the next 18 months.
Towergate Partnership is to acquire Ellis Bates Insurance Brokers of Harrogate for undisclosed terms.
Ware & Kay has merged with Sykes Lee & Brydson to create a combined York-based law firm with 66 staff.
Dechert is reported to be seeking a suitable location of up to 80,000 sq ft for the relocation of its London-based law firm.
Barclays is planning to relocate its Bristol offices into a new 18,750 sq ft unit at Bridgewater House.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office is looking to consolidate two London offices onto one site at King Charles Street, at a cost of up to £60m.
Vanguard is considering plans to relocate the London headquarters of its fund management business to a 50,000 sq ft office at the Walbrook building.
Trayport is to set up a 25,000 sq ft energy trading systems office at Broadgate West in the City of London.
Giles Insurance is to invest £6m in the expansion of its Llantrisant-based insurance broking operation, with the creation of 117 jobs over the next three years.
Pure Search has acquired Correlate Search UK, the London-based financial markets executive search firm.
Legal & General is to acquire Lucida, the London-based manager of pension annuity funds, for £151m.
Capgemini is to relocate 160 staff to a new 25,000 sq ft financial services office at Broad Gate in Leeds.
Nationwide is considering plans to relocate its Northampton head office and up to 2,100 staff from Moulton Park to the town's Enterprise Zone.
AFH Financial has acquired Shape Financial, the Somerset-based IFA with 16 advisers, for an initial £0.1m.
Liverpool Victoria is creating 30 new jobs at its LV insurance call centre in Huddersfield.
Seacurus, the specialist marine insurance broker, has been acquired by Barbican Group for undisclosed terms.
Cooper Parry is considering plans to consolidate its accountancy offices in Derby, Leicester and Nottingham onto one new site near Castle Donington.
Key Retirement Solutions has sold a majority stake in its Preston-based equity release loans business to Phoenix Equity Partners in a £35m deal.
Sintons has acquired Lowthian Gray, the Newcastle-based law firm, for undisclosed terms.
Bennett Verby is to expand the 90-strong workforce at its Stockport-based accountancy with nine new jobs.
WBW Solicitors is to relocate its Exeter-based law firm and 22 staff to a new office in Southernhay in July.
Empire HR has acquired Precise Payroll, the Aberdeen-based human resources firm.
WorldPay is to relocate its London-based financial technology operations to a new 98,000 sq ft headquarters at the Walbrook Building in the City by 2014.
Ashurst is to open a new law office in Glasgow later this year, including space for 120 business support staff and creating 30 new jobs for legal analysts.
MFG Solicitors is to acquire Scotts Holt & Sellars, the Bromsgrove-based law firm with ten staff.
DWF, the law firm, is reported to be planning to set up a 25,000 sq ft office at One Snowhill in Birmingham.
Aegon UK has sold its Positive Solutions financial adviser network to Intrinsic Financial Services for undisclosed terms.
DLA Piper, the law firm, is seeking a suitable location in the City of London for a new office of up to 200,000 sq ft.
Broadhead Peel Rhodes has merged with Heaton Lumb Lisle to create a combined West Yorkshire-based accountancy firm called BPR Heaton with 40 staff.
Optionis has acquired Michael Brookes & Co, the Middleton-based accountancy, for undisclosed terms.
Field Fisher Waterhouse is reported to be planning to relocate its London-based law firm to an 80,000 sq ft office at Riverbank House in the City.
CPC Group has acquired Logical Finance, the provider of point-of-sale credit facilities to retailers, in order to expand its Omni Capital brand.
Harold Stock & Co has acquired Jones Gough, the Stockport-based personal injury law firm, for undisclosed terms.
Marrons, the Leicester-based law firm with 32 staff, is planning to merge with Shakespeares in September.
Gates & Partners, the aviation law firm, has merged with Kennedys, creating a new division called Kennedys Aviation with 60 staff.
BGL Group is to acquire Minster Law, the personal injury law firm with 800 staff in York and Wakefield.
GT Law is looking to expand its nationwide network of 77 law offices to 150.
West Bromwich Building Society is planning to expand its 764-strong workforce to 800 over the next year, in order to increase mortgage sales.
Yorkshire Building Society is to relocate 800 staff to a new 76,000 sq ft office at Broad Gate in Leeds by the end of the year, and £11m will be invested at its head office site in Bradford.
Danbro, the Blackpool-based accountancy firm with 130 staff, is planning to develop a new 60,000 sq ft headquarters at the former Land Registry site on East Beach.
Emery Johnson is to merge with Astills to create a combined Leicester-based law firm with more than 40 staff.
GHP Solicitors is to merge with HVA and Overburys to create a combined Norfolk-based law firm called Spire Solicitors with 140 staff.
Paragon is planning to expand its Solihull-based home credit business by setting up its own banking operation in 2014.
Keoghs, the law firm, is looking to build a new 110,000 sq ft office for up to 1,200 staff in Bolton.
Barclays Bank is planning to sell Barclays Infrastructure Funds Management to 3i Group, including a London-based investment team and assets under management of £780m.
Optionis is looking to expand the 150-strong workforce at its Warrington-based professional services business with 20 apprentices.
Bird & Bird is to relocate its London-based law firm to a 142,000 sq ft office development at 12 New Fetter Lane in late 2015.
Positive Cashflow Finance, the finance company with 27 staff in Manchester, Birmingham and Basingstoke, has undergone a management buy-out.
Crowdcube has raised £1.5m from investors to expand its Exeter-based crowdfunding business, with the creation of eight new jobs.
Palatine Private Equity is to relocate its Manchester office to a 2,500 sq ft unit at The Zenith building in Spring Gardens in June.
Lowell Group has acquired Interlaken Group, the Surrey-based debt collection firm with 300 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Peninsula Business Services is looking to recruit 30 employment law specialists in Manchester over the next few months.
Hastings Direct has announced plans to create a further 85 jobs at its insurance office in Bexhill.
Lloyds Banking Group is to create up to 160 new jobs at its fraud operations in Belfast over the next year.
The Wilkes Partnership is to merge with Williamson & Soden to create a combined Birmingham-based law firm with 145 staff.
Donnelly Finance & Leasing is to create 15 new jobs at seven offices in Northern Ireland, in order to supply more fleet cars.
Jelf Group is to acquire The Insurance Partnership, the general insurance broker with 150 staff in Hull, York, Leeds and Wolverhampton, for an initial £12m.
Admiral is looking to recruit 108 additional staff at its insurance call centre in Swansea, as well as 88 in Cardiff and 40 in Newport.
Antony Hodari has bought Tandem Law out of administration for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 45 staff in Preston and Manchester.
Winterhill Largo has acquired Chase Solutions, the Chorley-based utility services company with 20 staff and 600 agents.
King & Spalding is looking to double the 35-strong fee-earning team at its law office in London by the end of next year.
Aaron & Partners has acquired Bennett's Legal, the Shrewsbury-based law firm, for undisclosed terms.
Walker Smith Way has merged with MWR Solicitors, the Preston-based law firm with 29 staff.
Key Retirement Solutions is looking to create 20 new jobs at its office in Preston.
BNY Mellon is looking to create up to 70 new jobs a year at its two financial services offices in Manchester.
Iconica Business Services is to expand the 75-strong workforce at its Bradford-based insurance services office with ten new jobs.
Slater Heelis has acquired Tarran & Co, the Manchester-based personal injury law firm, for undisclosed terms.
Deloitte is to expand its technology studio in Belfast, with the creation of 177 jobs, having secured a £1.2m grant from Invest NI.
Slater & Gordon of Australia is expanding into the UK with the acquisition of Leeds-based law firm Simpson Millar, Liverpool-based Goodmans Law and the personal injury division of Cambridge-based Taylor Vinters.
Charles Stanley & Co is to open an investment management office in Leicester this summer, employing up to 19 former staff of Brewin Dolphin.
Duff & Phelps is reported to be planning to relocate its London-based investment banking operations to a 20,000 sq ft office at the Shard.
Merchant Warehouse of the US is to set up a payment technologies customer support centre in Belfast, with the creation of 70 jobs.
Hugh J Boswell, the Norwich-based insurance broker with 49 staff, has undergone a management buy-out.
Mills & Reeve is to merge with George Davies to create a combined Manchester law office with 16 partners and 57 staff.
UK Independent Medical is looking to expand the workforce at its Houghton-le-Spring-based personal injury claims business with up to 90 new jobs this year.
Clear Insurance has acquired Steveni Kessler, the London-based insurance broker.
Mattioli Woods has acquired the pensions administration business of Ashcourt Rowan for up to £1.3m.
Aberdein Considine is to open two law offices in Edinburgh over the next few months, with the creation of 15 jobs.
Bridgepoint, the private equity firm, is to set up a 30,000 sq ft office at a new development at 95 Wigmore Street in London.
KPMG has acquired Makinson Cowell, the London-based capital markets advisory firm with 70 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Thompson & Bryan, the loss assessor, has been bought out of administration by the owner of Commercial Claims Solutions.
Autonet is planning to set up an insurance training centre in Stoke-on-Trent, as part of an expansion programme that will create 130 jobs.
Newtons Solicitors has acquired Hodgsons & Mortimer, the law firm with 15 staff at offices in Darlington and Richmond.
KPMG is to open a new tax processing centre on St Vincent Street in Glasgow this summer, with the creation of 150 jobs.
Maven Capital Partners has acquired Glasgow-based Fundamental Tracker Investment Management from City of London Group for a nominal sum.
Euromoney Institutional Investor is to acquire Quantitative Techniques, the benchmark agency that maintains equity and bond indices, from HSBC.
Monahans has expanded its Wiltshire-based chain of four accountancy offices with the acquisition of Glastonbury-based Holland & Co.
Silverfleet Capital has acquired IPES, the supplier of private equity fund services with 130 staff in Guernsey, Jersey, London and Luxembourg, from RJD Partners for £50m.
Pershing has announced the creation of a new 28,000 sq ft investment management office at the Royal Liver Building in Liverpool.
Cooper Wilkin Chapman is to merge with Hull-based Carrick Read Solicitors to create a combined law firm with 41 partners and 305 staff.
Redmayne-Bentley is to buy Fyshe Horton Finney, the stockbroking firm with a number of regional offices, out of administration.
Quindell Portfolio has acquired Compass Costs Consultants, the Merseyside-based legal costs consultancy, for £14m.
City Financial has acquired OPM Fund Management, the London-based investment management firm, for undisclosed terms.
Haymarket Financial is to relocate its London-based financial services business to an 11,000 sq ft office currently being developed at 1 Eagle Place in the West End.
PricewaterhouseCoopers is to set up 32,000 sq ft office at the Atria One building in Edinburgh.
Antony Hodari has acquired Ashton Fox, the Preston-based law firm with 24 staff, out of administration.
Lloyd's Register Group is to relocate its HR, accounts and IT departments from London to Arlington Square in Bracknell.
Identity & Passport Service is to create 48 new jobs at its Victoria Street office in Belfast next year.
Zurich Insurance is setting up an 8,000 sq ft office at Six Park Street in Cardiff.
Shulmans is to relocate its Leeds-based commercial law firm and up to 120 staff to the 10 Wellington Place office development by summer 2014.
Vivus, the payday loans firm owned by 4finance of Latvia, is planning to expand its 30-strong workforce in Stockton to 100 by next year.
Schroders is to acquire Cazenove Capital, the London-based fund management company, for £424m.
Validus-IVC, the Norwich-based motor insurance firm with 143 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Lloyds Development Capital.
Legal & General is to acquire the remaining 75% stake in Cofunds Holdings, the financial services investment platform, for £131m.
Volkswagen Financial Services is planning to build a new £25m 100,000 sq ft headquarters in Milton Keynes by 2014.
Mazars has acquired Sarah Buttler Associates, the Hertfordshire-based immigration services firm.
Sigma Financial Group has acquired CCS, the Bromsgrove-based debt recovery firm with 81 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Merchant House Financial Services has been sold out of administration to Aspire Financial Management, saving 13 jobs at its Northampton-based financial advice business.
Marsh is to relocate its Birmingham-based insurance broking office to an 11,500 sq ft unit at Colmore Plaza.
Co-operative Group is to sell its life insurance and asset management business to Royal London for £219m, with the transfer of 170 staff.
Royal Bank of Scotland is planning a £700m restructuring of its retail banking business by 2016, including the refurbishment of its 2,066 branches.
Asons Solicitors is looking to recruit up to 150 new staff in Bolton, in order to expand its new areas such as employment law, commercial property and company law.
Peninsula Business Services is looking to create 40 new jobs at its Manchester-based employment law consultancy this year.
Harrington Brooks has expanded its debt management business with the acquisition of customer books from Carrington Dean of Glasgow and Nostrum Group of Harrogate.
Barclays is planning to expand its apprentice recruitment programme from 1,000 to 2,000 by 2015.
Pegasus Motor Insurance is creating 17 jobs at its new office in Bradford, have secured funding to develop a telematic system to monitor driver behaviour.
Weightmans has expanded its law offices in Manchester and Glasgow with the transfer of 14 staff from the administrators of Semple Fraser.
Santander is to recruit 40 apprentices at its banking call centre in Bradford this year, and 275 apprentices will be recruited nationwide.
CMS Cameron McKenna is considering plans to set up a 150,000 sq ft law office at the Cannon Place scheme in the City of London.
Optionis Group, the Warrington-based provider of business services, is planning to recruit 15 apprentices this year.
Harper Macleod is looking to recruit up to 20 new lawyers in Glasgow, Inverness and Edinburgh over the next few months.
HCE Group has acquired CN Gaunt & Son, the Bradford-based provider of business recovery services with 14 staff, for undisclosed terms.
TDR Capital is to acquire MGM Advantage, the mutual society, with the transfer of £800m of annuity business to a new life company.
Hage Aaronson is to set up a 7,200 sq ft law office at 280 High Holborn in London by June.
Royal Bank of Scotland is planning to revive the Williams & Glyn's banking brand by renaming up to 316 branches and floating them on the stock market as a separate company.
Harrison Goddard Foote has acquired Grant Spencer, the London-based trademark and design protection firm.
Capita has acquired iQor Holdings, the Preston-based provider of outsourced debt collection services with 450 staff, for £42m.
Watermans Solicitors is looking to double the office space at its personal injury legal business in Scotland and expand the 25 staff.
Standard Life Wealth is to acquire the private client division of Newton Management for up to £83m, with the transfer of 79 staff in London, Leeds and Edinburgh.
Abbey Protection has acquired a controlling stake in Lewis Hymanson Small, the Manchester-based law firm with six partners and 29 staff.
Marsden Rawsthorn, the Preston-based law firm with 80 staff, has been sold out of administration to a management team.
Provident Financial has unveiled plans to expand its Bradford headquarters onto an adjacent site, in order to accommodate the growing workforce at its Vanquis Bank operation.
Liberty Mutual, the US insurance group, is to take 117,000 sq ft of office space at the Walkie Talkie building in the City of London.
Skipton Building Society has sold its Sterling International Brokers business to BGC Brokers for undisclosed terms.
Yorkshire Building Society is to invest £160m in new products and customer services over the next five years, including back-office systems and training.
Abstract Securities is to set up a 40,000 sq ft office at the Renaissance scheme in Croydon later this year.
Baldwins has acquired Gravestock & Owen, the Willenhall-based accountancy firm, for undisclosed terms.
Barber Harrison & Platt has merged with Barron & Barron to create a combined business advisory group with 216 staff in Chesterfield, Harrogate, Leeds, Sheffield and York.
Barclays is to recruit 50 apprentices at its technology centre near Knutsford this year.
WH Ireland has bought the former Seymour Pierce private wealth management business from the administrators of Tenebris Realisations.
Aberdeen Asset Management has acquired an initial 50.1% stake in SVG Advisers for £17m, and the remaining stake will cost at least £20m.
Congregational & General is planning to expand the 75-strong workforce at its Bradford-based insurance business with ten new jobs this year.
HL Legal Solicitors has bought the business and assets of Incasso from the administrators of Cobbetts, saving 52 jobs at its Leeds-based debt recovery business.
Prudential is considering plans to relocate up to 1,000 Reading-based staff to new offices by 2015, having appointed Hicks Baker to find a site of about 80,000 sq ft.
Bollington Group, the Macclesfield-based broker, has undergone a management buy-out through Talbot Deane Investments.
Francis Clark is looking to expand the 70-strong workforce at its Plymouth-based chartered accountancy with up to 20 new jobs.
Deloitte is looking to expand its corporate finance advisory office in Aberdeen, with the creation of up to 90 jobs.
DWF is to acquire Cobbetts out of administration, saving 419 jobs at law offices in Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and London.
Walker Morris has acquired a 27-strong banking litigation team in Leeds from Cobbetts.
Wosskow Brown Solicitors is to open two new personal injury claims offices in Sheffield and Harrow by March.
ACH Shoosmiths is to relocate its Edinburgh law office and 57 staff to 11,000 sq ft of space at Saltire Court in April.
Edison Investment Research is setting up a 9,400 sq ft office at 280 High Holborn in London.
Seymour Pierce, the London-based stockbroker, has been acquired by Cantor Fitzgerald of the US for undisclosed terms.
Complaint Handling Services is creating 40 jobs at its PPI claims call centre near Lincoln.
Duff & Phelps is to sell the former Davenham loan book out of administration to a management team backed by Warrington-based Dow Schofield Watts for undisclosed terms.
Jelf Group has acquired Howell Shone, the Staffordshire-based insurance broker, for undisclosed terms.
Green Investment Bank is expected to choose the Atria One building in Edinburgh for its new 12,000 sq ft headquarters.
Nottingham Building Society has acquired Harrison Murray, in order to create a combined estate agency group with 32 branches across the East Midlands.
CPA Global is to relocate its London-based legal process outsourcing office to a 12,600 sq ft unit at 123 Victoria Street.
Mattioli Woods is to create 100 new jobs at its Leicester-based pensions and wealth management business over the next 18 months.
Steve Walker Associates is creating 30 sales and administration apprenticeships at its Leicester-based management consultancy and training business.
Principality Building Society is looking to expand in North Wales and create up to 70 jobs this year.
Grant Thornton is seeking a suitable location for a new 70,000 sq ft office for its accountancy business in central London.
Band Hatton is to merge with Button Legal and Varley Hibbs to create a combined Coventry-based law firm with 70 staff.
Global Expense, the London-based expense management firm, has been sold by Hamilton Portfolio to US-based Concur for £14m.
AdviserPlus is planning to create 50 new jobs at its administrative outsourcing business in Shipley and Wirral this year.
Hill Dickinson has acquired the defendant insurance business of DLA Piper, with the transfer of 30 staff in Manchester and Sheffield.
Kergan Stewart is looking to recruit up to 15 lawyers in Glasgow over the next two years.
Allen & Overy is to expand its legal services centre in Belfast, with the creation of 67 jobs.
Arthur J Gallagher, the insurance broker, is to take 60,000 sq ft of office space at the Walbrook Building in the City of London.
FNZ is expanding its financial services technology office at Tanfield in Edinburgh by 8,500 sq ft, taking the total to 25,800 sq ft.
Land Securities has announced that insurance group RSA is to take four floors of the Walkie-Talkie skyscraper on Fenchurch Street in London.
Lawrence Scoffield has demerged its general insurance business, which will now trade as Lawrence Fraser Brokers from offices in Leeds and London.
Greater Manchester Business Growth Hub is looking to recruit 20 additional staff to provide business support services across the region.
Axiom is to expand its law office in Belfast this year, with the creation of up to 40 jobs.
Liverpool Victoria is to expand its LV insurance call centre in Huddersfield with 120 new jobs over the next 15 months.
Virgin Money is to create at least 150 jobs at a new credit card operation at the former Northern Rock headquarters on Tyneside next year.
DWF is to merge with Fishburns, the law firm with 210 staff in London, Bristol and Dublin.
HM Revenue & Customs is to expand its Affluent Compliance Team with 100 additional tax inspectors.
Randall & Quilter Investment has acquired Hickson Insurance, the Isle of Man-based captive underwriter, for £0.5m.
Secure Trust Bank has acquired Debt Managers, the Rotherham-based debt collection firm with 76 staff, for an initial £0.4m.
WorldPay is to set up a 22,000 sq ft office for its payments processing business at Spinningfields in Manchester, with the creation of 200 jobs.
Hastings Direct is to create 200 new jobs at its insurance business in East Sussex.
Financial Ombudsman Service is to create a further 1,000 jobs in London this year, in order to handle complaints about payment protection insurance.
Goldman Sachs has unveiled plans to build a 1.2m sq ft nine-storey office at Holborn Viaduct in London.
The Consulting Consortium is looking to create up to 30 jobs at its new financial services consultancy office in Leeds this year.
Harrison Clark is to merge with Rickerbys to create a combined law firm with 350 staff at offices across the West Midlands.
Partnership Assurance is said to be in negotiations to take 38,000 sq ft of office space at Heron Tower in the City of London.
G4S Integrated Services is to relocate its staff administration division and up to 120 jobs from Broadway to a new office at Banbury Business Park.
Cofunds is to set up a new 70,000 sq ft office for its investment platform business and 600 staff at Mayland House in Braintree.
Oliver James Associates is to relocate its Manchester-based financial recruitment business to an 8,000 sq ft office at Vantage Point in February.
Seneca Partners is looking to open a new corporate finance and debt advisory office in Manchester city centre.
Barclays Bank is said to be looking into the possibility of consolidating its Manchester-based operations into a new 250,000 sq ft headquarters.
Robertshaw Myers has merged with Carlisle-based Armstrong Watson to create a combined accountancy group with 400 staff in 14 offices.
Wrigleys Solicitors is expanding its Leeds office into an additional 9,800 sq ft at Cookridge Chambers.