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Nabarro is to relocate its London-based law firm to a 130,000 sq ft office at Alban Gate in 2014.
HM Revenue & Customs is to create 70 temporary jobs at its Lillyhall call centre near Workington.
MoneyPlus has acquired Personal Touch Debt Solutions for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its Debt Free Me brand.
Randall & Payne has acquired Morgan Waugh Haines, the Tewkesbury-based accountancy with 27 staff.
Virgin Money is to sell Church House Trust, the Yeovil-based mortgage and savings bank, to SAV Credit.
Amlin is to relocate its London-based insurance office to a 110,000 sq ft unit at the Leadenhall Building in London in 2015.
Noble Investments has acquired The Fine Art Auction Group, the provider of an antiques, jewellery and collectibles valuation service with sites in Bristol and Godalming, for up to £5.5m.
Warranty Group is to expand the 185-strong workforce at its Gloucestershire-based warranties business with up to 40 new customer service jobs.
Liverpool Victoria is to expand the 225-strong workforce at its LV car insurance office in Huddersfield with 30 new jobs.
Nottingham Building Society is to merge with Shepshed Building Society, the Leicestershire-based chain of three branches with 24 staff.
Betfair is to sell its LMAX financial exchange business to a management team for £2.4m.
Equity Red Star, the motorcycle insurer, has been sold by Insurance Australia Group to Aquiline Capital Partners for £87m.
Deutsche Bank is looking to create 25 new sales trading jobs in Birmingham.
AFH Financial Group has acquired Redditch-based Seager Financial Consultancy and Buckinghamshire-based Racol Financial Services for a total £0.2m.
Jones Sheridan Financial Consulting of Crewe has acquired Mike Taylor Financial Services of Haslington.
NewLaw is planning to expand the 300-strong workforce at its Cardiff-based law firm with 150 new jobs over the next three years.
Alan Boswell Group has acquired Peterborough-based Sutcliffe Insurance Brokers and Bentley Charles Insurance Services, with the transfer of 13 staff.
Dickinson Dees is to merge with Bond Pearce to create a new law firm called Bond Dickinson, with 1,200 staff at eight locations.
Morton Fraser is to merge with Macdonalds Solicitors to create a combined Scottish law firm with more than 250 staff.
Speirs & Jeffrey is to set up a 15,000 sq ft investment management office at George House in Glasgow.
Swinton has acquired Alexander James Commercial, the Stroud-based insurance broker, for undisclosed terms.
Quindell Portfolio has acquired Accident Advice Helpline, the insurance claims firm, for £66m.
Saltus Fund Management has acquired Mercater Capital Management, the Altrincham-based wealth management firm with ten staff, for undisclosed terms.
Hayles & Partners has merged with McGregors Corporate to create a combined accountancy group called MGC Hayles with 50 staff in Leicester, Nottingham and Birmingham.
West Bromwich Building Society has dropped plans to relocate to Dudley and will instead build a new headquarters for 500 staff at the Providence Place development in West Bromwich.
Asons Solicitors is planning to expand the 132-strong workforce at its Bolton-based law firm with 117 new jobs in 2013.
Lane Clark & Peacock is to set up new 40,000 sq ft headquarters for its financial consultancy business at 95 Wigmore Street in London.
Towergate Insurance has acquired Dawson Whyte, the Belfast-based insurance broker with five branches and 80 staff.
The Financial Ombudsman Service is to recruit a further 500 staff by the end of the year, in order to handle PPI mis-selling complaints.
The Contact Company is to set up a customer services centre for Advanced Payment Solutions in Birkenhead, with the creation of 300 jobs over the next three years.
Invoke Capital is setting up a 5,800 sq ft headquarters for its new venture capital business in the Broers Building at the University of Cambridge.
Scoban is setting up a headquarters for its new private banking business at Charlotte Square in Edinburgh.
Silverbeck Rymer is planning to create about 300 new jobs at its Liverpool-based personal injury law firm over the next year.
HMCTS is to set up a 30,000 sq ft Employment Tribunal office at the Centre City building in Birmingham in early 2013.
Equiniti Group has agreed to sell Xafinity Consulting, the employee benefits consultancy, to private equity firm CBPE Capital next year for undisclosed terms.
Brooks Macdonald has acquired Spearpoint, the Channel Islands-based wealth management firm, for about £32m.
BRB Wealth Management has acquired Burslem-based Anthony Tabbinor Independent Financial Adviser and Keith Tudor Financial Services for undisclosed terms.
JLT Employee Benefits is to relocate its London headquarters and up to 250 staff to the St Botolph Building from next August.
Norton Rose is to merge with US-based Fulbright & Jaworski to create the world's third largest law firm.
Cowgill Holloway has demerged its Bolton-based small business division and 35 staff into a new firm called CLC Accountants & Business Advisors.
April UK is setting up a new headquarters for its insurance business at Bradley Stoke in Bristol, with the creation of 12 new jobs over the next few months.
The Money Group is to set up a new financial services call centre in Plymouth, with the creation of 300 jobs by autumn 2013.
Cheviot Asset Management is to merge with Quilter & Co to create a nationwide network of wealth management offices with about 520 staff.
MotoNovo Finance has secured a £1.8m investment from its South African parent to double the sales team at its Cardiff-based automotive finance business to 50.
Robinson Way, the Manchester-based debt collection firm, has been acquired by Hoist Kredit of Sweden for undisclosed terms.
Land Securities has signed insurance company Ascot to occupy part of the 38-storey Walkie-Talkie office development in London.
DAC Beachcroft is to relocate its Newcastle-based law office and 70 staff to an 11,300 sq ft office at Wellbar Central next spring, and plans to create 50 new jobs.
DAC Beachcroft is planning to expand its claims solutions office in Birmingham city centre, with the creation of up to 120 jobs.
French Duncan has merged with Stirling-based Macfarlane Gray to create a combined accountancy group with about 200 staff at eight offices in Scotland.
PricewaterhouseCoopers is looking to recruit up to 150 additional staff in Northern Ireland over the next year, with opportunities in accountancy, tax and technology consulting.
BDO is planning to merge with PKF next year, in order to create a combined accountancy group with 3,500 staff at about 30 offices.
Rathbone Brothers has acquired the wealth management business of Taylor Young for about £10m.
SF Group, the financial recruitment company with 90 staff in Nottingham, Birmingham and Manchester, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Hamilton Bradshaw Private Equity.
Provident Financial is to create a further 250 jobs at its Vanquis Bank call centre in Bradford, which will require additional office space.
Hargreaves Lansdown is to expand its 70-strong team of financial advisers with 12 new recruits to its apprenticeship scheme over the next two years.
Miller Insurance Services is to set up an 85,000 sq ft office at a 16-storey building due for completion on Mark Lane in the City of London in autumn 2014.
Aegon is to transfer the operation of its defined benefit pension schemes and 100 staff to JLT Benefit Solutions early next year.
HSB Engineering Insurance is reported to be planning to take two floors at the 105,000 sq ft Chancery Place office development in Manchester.
Stephens Scown, the law firm, is to invest £2m in IT facilities over the next five years, and will also relocate to a new £1.7m office in St Austell in January.
Walker Crips is to sell Keith, Bayley, Rogers & Co, the corporate finance firm, to BWV Investments for about £0.3m.
Randall & Quilter has acquired Capstan Insurance Company, the Guernsey-based captive insurer with net assets of about £5.4m.
HCB Solicitors has expanded its law firm in Birmingham with the acquisition of Eddowes Perry Adams Roberts and French & Co.
Mazars is opening a new office in Durham in November, with the transfer of 49 audit and support staff from the Audit Commission.
Withy King is to relocate its Bath-based law firm to the four-storey Midland Bridge House in spring 2013.
Mastercard is to set up a 6,000 sq ft office at Booths Park in Knutsford.
Babcock International Group has sold its Caithness-based pensions administration office to Aon Hewitt for undisclosed terms, with the transfer of 33 staff.
Sound Financial Management of Plymouth has merged with Liskeard-based Venture Wealth Management.
Bryan James & Co has acquired the Warrington branch of Lloyd's broker Bennett Gould & Partners, and is now seeking further deals across the country.
Newtons Solicitors is looking to expand its Yorkshire-based law firm with new offices in York and Ilkley and ten new staff over the next year.
Quindell Portfolio has acquired Hampshire-based personal injury law firm Pinto Potts for £3m.
Irwin Mitchell has acquired PDP Management Services, the Banbury-based debt collection firm with 30 staff, in order to expand its Ascent subsidiary.
Birmingham Assay Office has submitted plans to build a new 55,000 sq ft office in the Jewellery Quarter by 2014.
Morses Club has expanded its Worcester-based home collection credit business with the acquisition of NFL Direct for undisclosed terms.
Woodcocks has merged with Haworth & Nuttall to create a combined law firm with offices in Bury, Rossendale, Accrington, Blackburn and Great Harwood.
SA Law of St Albans has merged with Pickworths of Hemel Hempstead to create a combined law firm with 15 partners.
Freeth Cartwright is to merge with Oxford-based Henmans to create a combined law firm with 629 staff at ten offices.
Barclays is to acquire ING Direct UK from ING of the Netherlands, with the transfer of 750 staff and 1.5m online banking customers.
EMCAS is to set up a new financial claims management call centre in Taunton, with the creation of 36 jobs.
Burness is to merge with Paull & Williamsons to create a combined law firm with about 400 staff in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Munich Re is looking to relocate its London-based insurance operations to a new 150,000 sq ft headquarters.
Jardine Lloyd Thompson has acquired Alexander Forbes Consultants & Actuaries for £17m, including 300 staff in Croydon, Edinburgh, London, Solihull, Manchester and Southampton.
Towergate Insurance has agreed to acquire Norwich & Peterborough Insurance Brokers, with the transfer of up to 68 staff.
Express Solicitors is to create 40 new jobs at its personal injury law office in Manchester over the next year.
Randall & Quilter Investment Holdings has acquired RAB Insurance, the Guernsey-based captive insurer, from Drakelow Development.
Baker Tilly has merged its Bromley-based accountancy office with local firm Miles & Partners.
XCAP Securities is to acquire Hume Capital, the investment firm with offices in Hampshire, London and Guernsey, with the proceeds of a £2.4m share placing.
Aspire Group has acquired Social Enterprise West Midlands for undisclosed terms, in order to expand its Enterprising Futures operation.
Moneygate is looking to expand its South Tyneside-based financial services business by spending £18m on the acquisition of about 23 companies over the next few years.
HCB Solicitors has acquired Young & Lee, the Birmingham-based law firm, taking its network of offices to eight.
Ernst & Young is to relocate its Hull-based accountancy office later this year.
NewGalexy Services is setting up a new legal process outsourcing operation in Glasgow, with the creation of an initial 21 jobs.
AFH Financial has acquired Chartwell Associates, the Egham-based financial adviser, for up to £0.5m.
Saffery Champness has acquired RSM Tenon's film and TV accountancy unit, with the transfer of 17 staff.
Simpson Jones has bought HMT Legal, the Derbyshire-based law firm, out of administration for undisclosed terms.
JCP Solicitors has merged with Bissmire Fudge to create a combined Swansea-based law firm with 125 staff.
Linder Myers has bought SNG Commercial Law, the Manchester-based law firm with 16 staff, out of administration.
Ware & Kay has merged with PJ Lawrence to create a combined law firm with 47 staff in York and Wetherby.
Hiscox Insurance is to build a new office at Hungate in York by autumn 2014, with the creation of up to 300 jobs.
West Bromwich Building Society is to relocate its headquarters and 500 staff from West Bromwich to a 70,000 sq ft office at the Point North development in Dudley by autumn 2013.
Eddisons has acquired Philip Davies & Sons, the firm of asset valuers with offices in London, Manchester and Nottingham, for undisclosed terms.
Johnston Carmichael is to merge with Ritson Smith, the Aberdeen-based accountancy firm with 60 staff.
Barclaycard is seeking a new 70,000 sq ft office in Liverpool city centre, in order to relocate some of the 700 staff from its site in Kirkby.
Equilibrium Asset Management is looking to expand its Wilmslow-based financial services business with new offices in Chester and Manchester next year.
Eden Financial has sold its London-based wealth management business to Canaccord of Canada for £13m.
Tandem Law is to open a 5,200 sq ft office at Tower 12 in Manchester's Spinningfields district in November.
Save Britain Money is planning to expand the 250-strong workforce at its new call centre in Cardiff with 250 new jobs by the end of the year.
Ageas is to acquire Groupama's UK insurance operations for £116m, including 600 staff in Manchester, Borehamwood, Croydon and Portsmouth.
RSM Tenon is in negotiations to sell the IVA business of RSM Tenon Recovery to Grant Thornton, with the transfer of 60 staff in Manchester.
Swinton Group has acquired Greys Insurance, the Burnley-based commercial insurance broker.
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu is to create 19,000 new jobs a year in its global accountancy business, in order to meet its target of a 250,000-strong workforce by 2015.
Ryan Specialty Group has bought Direct Group, the Doncaster-based outsourced insurance services provider with about 450 staff, from LDC.
Allied International Credit is relocating the headquarters of its debt collection business from Basingstoke to its main office in Manchester.
Hastings Direct is to create 200 new jobs at its East Sussex-based insurance business over the next year.
Carrington Carr is to set up a new call centre for its Consumer Money Matters and Home2cover operations at Pride Park in Derby by the end of the year, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Kiln Group, the insurance company, is to set up a 78,000 sq ft office at the Walkie Talkie tower development in London.
Metis Law is to relocate its Leeds-based law firm to a new 3,500 sq ft office at 84 Albion Street in November.
Winterhill Largo has acquired Sovereign Credit Management, the West Sussex-based corporate debt collection firm with ten staff, for undisclosed terms.
AFH Financial Group has acquired Elgar Financial, the Hereford-based independent financial adviser, for £0.1m.
Bond Pearce is in merger discussions with Tyneside-based Dickinson Dees, which could lead to the creation of a combined law firm with 1,200 staff.
Lupton Fawcett is in merger discussions with Lee & Priestley, the Leeds-based law firm with 60 staff.
Antony Hodari has acquired Paul Rooney Partnership, the Liverpool-based personal injury law firm with 50 staff.
Mortgage Intelligence has acquired Life & Easy, the mortgage and insurance firm with 50 advisers and trading as FYB Network.
Accord Mortgages is to create 50 new mortgage processing jobs at its customer service centre in Bradford.
FP Consulting, the Worcester-based independent financial advisor, has been acquired by Bromsgrove-based Baker Reynolds & Baker for undisclosed terms.
CDL is planning to expand its Stockport-based insurance software office by up to 100,000 sq ft, with the creation of 150 jobs over the next three years.
Clarion has acquired SDJ Private Clients, the Congleton-based financial planning firm, for undisclosed terms.
WR Berkeley, the US insurance firm, has unveiled plans to build a 35-storey headquarters on Lime Street in the City of London by 2017.
MoneyPlus has acquired Debt Free Me, the Blackburn-based debt management firm with 30 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Principal Investment Management has acquired Iain Nicholson Investment, the Northumberland-based discretionary investment manager.
HML is to create a further 15 jobs at its mortgage administration outsourcing business in Derry in September.
Hines has let a 10,000 sq ft office at 1 Bartholomew Lane in the City of London to RK Capital Management, while Singer Capital is taking 8,000 sq ft and Payden & Rygel 7,000 sq ft.
Chase Templeton has acquired Perfect Health, the Hatfield-based medical insurance broker, with the transfer of seven staff.
Barclays is considering two potential sites in Camberley and Basingstoke for a new 60,000 sq ft office for its Mercantile division.
Brevan Howard is reported to be looking to relocate its London-based hedge fund office to a new 40,000 sq ft headquarters in Mayfair or St James's.
Dow Schofield Watts is looking to expand its Warrington-based corporate finance business with new offices in Birmingham and Bristol.
ACE Group is to open a new insurance services office in Aberdeen later this year, taking its total network to 12.
Dains has acquired the Stoke-on-Trent accountancy office of RSM Tenon for undisclosed terms.
Crowe Clark Whitehill is looking to double the 50-strong workforce at its Manchester-based accountancy business over the next five years, and also wants to acquire an office in Leeds.
NoteMachine, the operator of automated teller machines, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Corsair Capital.
AWD Chase De Vere is planning to create up to ten new jobs at its newly-opened independent financial advice office in Chester over the next year.
SAV Credit is to expand the 57-strong workforce at its credit lending business in Kings Hill, Kent, with 23 new jobs, and will relocate to a larger office after 2015.
Scott & Company is creating 30 jobs at a new debt recovery call centre in Galashiels.
Browne Jacobson is planning to double the number of lawyers at its new office in Manchester to 40 over the next few months, with long-term plans to reach 100.
TWP Wealth is to relocate its Cheshire-based wealth management business and 13 staff from Handforth to Alderley Edge.
Brightside is to create up to 50 new jobs at its Bristol-based insurance business, having won a new contract from Asda Money.
Atrium Legal Services is to create 50 new jobs at its claims management call centre in Rawtenstall, Lancashire.
Swinton Group has acquired Kirkintilloch Insurance Services, in order to expand its commercial insurance division into Scotland.
Browne Jacobson is opening a law office in Exeter, having agreed to take 25 staff from the insurance and employment practices division of Veitch Penny.
Nationwide is to open an office in a seven-storey building on Threadneedle Street in London next year, and staff are expected to relocate from its existing treasury office in Northampton.
Maclay Murray & Spens has sold its Law at Work legal services division to a management team, including 30 staff in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Scottish Building Society is planning to merge with the Edinburgh-based Century Building Society next year.
Ernst & Young is to expand its accountancy offices in Leeds and Hull, which currently employ 310 and 40 staff respectively.
HM Revenue & Customs is to recruit up to 1,000 additional staff at its 17 call centres across the country.
Brightside Group is looking to set up an insurance software development centre in South Wales, with the creation of 48 jobs.
Switalskis Solicitors has merged with Wakefield-based Green Williamson Solicitors to create a combined West Yorkshire-based law firm with more than 200 staff.
Allan Chapman & James, the Essex-based media insurance broker with 45 staff, has been acquired by US-based Integro Insurance Brokers for undisclosed terms.
Sanlam UK has acquired English Mutual, the financial planning firm with 43 advisers, for undisclosed terms.
Broadway House Chambers, the barristers' chambers with more than 50 members, is to relocate its Leeds office from Park Square to 1 City Square.
Howard Kennedy is to merge with Finers Stephens Innocent to create a combined London-based law firm with 351 staff.
Jones Sheridan Financial Consulting has acquired Brown & Corbishley Financial Services, the financial division of the law firm with offices in Sandbach and Newcastle-under-Lyme.
Blenheim Park, the insurance broker with 86 staff in Croydon and Tunbridge Wells, has been acquired by Arthur J Gallagher International.
Handelsbanken is planning to double the 60-strong workforce at its main office at Manchester Airport, having increased the space to 14,000 sq ft.
Eastleys Solicitors has been sold out of administration by Begbies Traynor to Totnes-based Recompense, saving 33 jobs in Paignton and Brixham.
Financial Ombudsman Service is to set up a 165,000 sq ft office at Exchange Tower in London's Docklands in 2014.
Arbuthnot Banking Group has acquired a 38,000 sq ft office building on London's Wilson Street, and will spend £5m fitting it out as a new headquarters by 2015.
Omni Resource Management Solutions is to relocate its Altrincham office to a 10,000 sq ft unit at Charter House.
Singer Capital Markets is to merge with N+1 Brewin to create a combined corporate advisory and broking group with 110 staff in London, Edinburgh, Leeds and Newcastle.
Virgin Money is planning to relocate about 30 HR, IT and finance jobs from Norwich to Newcastle or Edinburgh.
Co-operative Group is to acquire 632 Lloyds TSB and Cheltenham & Gloucester bank branches from Lloyds Banking Group for an initial £350m.
Ashton KCJ has acquired Chambers & Co, the Norwich-based law firm that specialises in the franchise sector.
Pannone is planning to expand the workforce at its Manchester-based Affinity Solutions legal services business from 85 to more than 150 over the next year.
Mitchell Farrar is to create a further 50 jobs at its new 15,000 sq ft financial services office in Keighley.
Money Advice Group is planning to expand the 300-strong workforce at its Manchester-based financial services business with 50 new jobs this summer.
Harrington Brooks, the Sale-based debt management firm with 380 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by private equity firm RJD Partners.
OSTC is planning to expand the 49-strong workforce at its Swansea-based derivatives trading office with about 130 new jobs over the next five years.
Complaint Handling Services is planning to expand the 20-strong workforce at its new PPI claims call centre in Nettleham, Lincolnshire, with up to 40 new jobs.
Whiting & Partners is to relocate its Bury St Edmunds accountancy office to Moreton Hall next month.
Baker Tilly is to set up a 13,600 sq ft accountancy office at the refurbished One London Square building in Guildford.
WR Berkley, the US insurance firm, is said to be considering plans to build a new 40-storey headquarters in the City of London.
Freedom Finance is looking to create up to 40 new jobs at its Manchester-based loans business.
KPMG is to relocate its Leeds-based accountancy office to a new 60,000 sq ft office development on Sovereign Street in 2015.
Saffery Champness is to relocate its Harrogate accountancy office to a 5,800 sq ft unit at Mitre House this summer.
London & Country Mortgages is seeking a suitable location in the North East to open a new sales office this autumn, with the creation of 80 jobs.
Morgan Cole is considering plans to relocate its Cardiff-based law office from the 30,000 sq ft Bradley Court in 2014, having identified four potential locations.
KF Group is planning to expand the 170-strong workforce at its new 21,000 sq ft PPI refunds office at the Atria building in Bolton.
Wilkins Kennedy has merged with PR Hornsby to create a combined Hertford-based accountancy firm with 38 staff.
SGE Group is planning to double the 60-strong workforce at its Leeds-based loans business this year.
PB Curran has merged with Associated Insurance Services to create a combined York-based insurance group with annual turnover of £10m.
WK Webster is to relocate its Sidcup-based claims consultancy and about 100 staff to Wyncham House in September.
DAC Beachcroft is planning to expand the 160-strong workforce at its Manchester-based law firm to 200 over the next two years.
Herbert Smith is to merge with Freehills of Australia to create a combined law firm with 2,800 lawyers in 20 offices.
SAS Daniels has acquired TWP Solicitors, the Heaton Moor-based law firm with eight staff.
Ison Harrison has merged with Leeds-based Shaw Gillis, creating a combined law firm with 160 staff and seven offices in Yorkshire.
Investor Compensation is planning to expand the 190-strong workforce at its new 15,000 sq ft office in Keighley with 65 new jobs.
Towergate has acquired Harry Fort, the Dorset-based insurance broker.
K&R Insurance Brokers is planning to create up to 200 jobs at its new insurance business in Leicester over the next year, and will relocate to a larger office in August.
Barclays is said to be seeking a suitable 60,000 sq ft office for its Mercantile division in the Basingstoke and Camberley area.
AFH Financial Group has acquired Specialist Solutions, the Cheltenham-based independent financial adviser, for up to £0.7m.
Jardine Lloyd Thompson is to relocate its London-based insurance operation to a new 280,000 sq ft headquarters at the St Botolph building in Houndsditch EC3 in 2013.
GT Law is to relocate its Liverpool-based law firm from Kirkby to a 6,000 sq ft office in the city centre, and plans to create 60 new jobs.
Shoosmiths is to merge with Archibald Campbell & Harley, the Edinburgh-based law firm with 20 lawyers and 45 staff.
Leonard Curtis is planning to double the 15-strong workforce at its new business solutions office in the Spinningfields area of Manchester.
My Claim Solved is planning to expand the workforce at its Torquay-based insurance claims business from 24 to 50 over the next few months.
Allpay has won permission to expand its Herefordshire-based payment solutions business with a new £5m 45,000 sq ft factory, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Guardian Wealth Management is to create 60 jobs at its new £1.5m financial planning and training centre in Llantrisant this year.
Markel International is to relocate its London-based insurance business to a 51,000 sq ft office at the 38-storey Walkie-Talkie development in 2014.
Brit Group has sold its Brit Insurance subsidiary to Fairfax Financial of Canada for £190m.
Scotcall Group is to expand its Glasgow-based credit management business with a larger 20,000 sq ft headquarters and about 100 new jobs this year.
London Metal Exchange is to be acquired by Hong Kong Exchanges & Clearing for £1.4bn.
EKW Group has been sold out of administration by Begbies Traynor, saving 27 jobs at its Westhoughton-based accountancy business.
Executive Compass has bought the assets of Ways2win, the Exeter-based tender writing firm, for undisclosed terms.
Altor Risk Group is planning to double the 32-strong workforce at its Aberdeen-based risk management business over the next year.
Knights Solicitors is planning to expand the 150-strong workforce at its Staffordshire-based law firm with 50 new jobs over the next two years, following an investment from private equity fund Hamilton Bradshaw.
Practical Law has signed a pre-let for a 92,500 sq ft office at Friars House in London's Blackfriars.
Europa Group is to expand the workforce at its Thornbury-based vehicle insurance business from 320 to 400 this year.
Blemain Group is to relocate its Manchester-based lending business, which has 340 staff, to a larger office at Cheadle Royal Business Park in September.
Direct Group of Doncaster has acquired Simple Insurance from Leeds-based UK General for undisclosed terms.
Serco Group has acquired Vertex Public Sector, the Cheltenham-based business process outsourcing firm with 3,000 staff, for £55m.
Silicon Valley Bank of the US is moving into the UK by opening its first branch in the City of London.
Metro Bank is planning to open seven more branches in the South East, having raised £126m from investors to fund growth.
Marks & Spencer is planning to open bank branches in 50 stores over the next two years, in a partnership with HSBC that will create 400 jobs in stores and 100 at the Chester headquarters.
DWF is to merge with Biggart Baillie, the commercial law firm with 190 staff in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Blackadders is to merge with Edinburgh-based McKay Norwell to create a combined law firm with 17 partners and 150 staff.
Hughes Insurance is to expand its 306-strong workforce with 20 new jobs for insurance sales and service advisers in County Down.
Moneysupermarket.com is to acquire the MoneySavingExpert personal finance website for up to £87m, with the transfer of up to 42 staff.
Liverpool Victoria is to expand the 300-strong workforce at its LV= insurance office in Ipswich with 120 new jobs over the next year.
Bartercard is looking to expand its business-to-business trade exchange, with the creation of up to 400 sales and management jobs across the UK.
Money Advice Group has acquired No Debt Now, and will relocate the 12 staff from Altrincham to its site on Carrington Business Park.
Hyperion Insurance Group is to acquire Windsor, the Lloyd's insurance broking group with annual income of £37m.
Savile Group has acquired Career Management Consultants, the career management consultancy, for about £0.1m.
Wright Vigar has acquired McGregors Corporate, the Lincoln-based accountancy with nine staff.
Stephensons is to merge with Altrincham-based Dobsons Solicitors to create a combined law firm with about 400 staff.
Harvey Ingram of Leicester is in merger talks with Birmingham-based Shakespeares, which would create a combined law firm with about 800 staff.
Follett Stock is planning to create a nationwide network of 15 law offices over the next two years, having just opened new sites in London and Bristol.
Money Advice Group has raised £10m to fund the expansion of its Manchester-based financial services business, including an additional 3,500 sq ft of office space and an increase to its 285-strong workforce.
Co-operative Group is planning to expand its Bristol-based legal services division with five new regional offices and the creation of 3,000 jobs over the next five years.
Parseq is to create up to 300 new jobs at its Rotherham-based call centre over the next three years, in order to provide support services for finance and utility firms.
Roberts Jackson Solicitors is to relocate its Wilmslow-based law firm to a larger 9,000 sq ft office at Sandfield House, and plans to increase its workforce from 43 to 100 over the coming months.
ICAP has acquired the PLUS Stock Exchange in London for a nominal sum, which should secure some of the 28 jobs.
Wilmington Group has bought the business and certain assets of Millennium ADMP, the provider of information services to the insurance market, out of administration for £0.5m.
DAC Beachcroft is planning to expand the workforce at its Manchester-based insurance fraud operation from 30 to 60 this year.
MoneyPlus is to relocate its Altrincham-based debt management business and up to 160 staff to a 21,000 sq ft office at New Bailey Street in Manchester.
Augentius is to invest £14m in the expansion of its fund management operations in Belfast, with the creation of 160 jobs over the next two years.
BlackRock is expected to select a 70,000 sq ft office at Exchange Place for the new Edinburgh headquarters of its investment management business, with the creation of more than 250 new jobs.
Ageas is to relocate its Hampshire-based insurance business, which has about 1,200 staff, to the 90,000 sq ft Portswood House in Chandler's Ford next year.
Jumpstart is to create up to 40 jobs for business analysts and technical staff at its Edinburgh-based tax credit business this summer.
Greenwell Gleeson, the Birmingham-based financial recruitment firm, has undergone a management buy-out from Amadeus FiRe Group for undisclosed terms.
Yutree is planning to expand its Newmarket-based insurance business by recruiting 20 additional staff over the next 18 months.
GoIndustry DoveBid, the London-based provider of asset management, auction and valuation services, is to be acquired by Liquidity Services Group of the US for £7.3m.
Think Money is planning to relocate its financial services business and about 900 staff from a number of sites in Salford Quays to a new St Modwen development at Trafford Park by late 2013.
Anderson Fyfe is to merge with Bristol-based TLT to create a combined law firm with 750 staff.
Prudential is seeking a suitable location for a new 60,000 sq ft headquarters for its insurance business in central London.
IDOX has acquired Currency Connect Holdings, the Dutch grants advisory firm with 34 staff, for up to £3.8m.
Legal 4 Landlords is to expand the 25-strong workforce at its Warrington-based property insurance and debt recovery service with ten new jobs.
Assureweb, the Cheltenham-based financial services technology firm, has been acquired by US-based iPipeline.
Lindsays is to merge with Shield & Kyd to create a combined law firm with 172 staff at offices across Scotland.
Brewin Dolphin is to open an investment management office on Princes Street in Ipswich later this summer.
County Group has acquired Whitchurch Insurance Services of Shropshire, and is now looking to acquire a further 15 brokers over the next five years.
CME Group, the US futures trader, has announced that up to 90 jobs will be created at its new technology support centre in Belfast.
The Bank of England is to locate the new Prudential Regulation Authority in a 150,000 sq ft building at 20 Moorgate in London.
North Lanarkshire Council is helping US-based FIS create up to 150 jobs at its new banking and payments technology operation in Cumbernauld.
Keoghs is to set up a 7,500 sq ft office for its casualty claims division and about 70 staff at the DRA Paragon Business Centre in Bolton.
Pirola Pennuto Zei & Associati of Italy is planning to start offering legal and accountancy services in London.
RMT Financial Management of Newcastle has undergone a management buy-out, and will now be called Blackett Walker.
Lockton is to relocate its Birmingham-based insurance office to a 7,000 sq ft unit at 45 Church Street this summer.
Mooveinsurance is planning to create 55 new jobs at its Bradford-based insurance broking business.
Keycare is looking to relocate its Bradford-based key insurance business and 23 staff to a larger office in the Shipley area.
Linder Myers has merged with Shropshire-based law firm Turnbull Garrard Solicitors.
Canopius is to acquire Omega Insurance, the Lloyd's of London insurer, for £164m.
LSL Property Services is to create 40 new jobs at its site in Exeter, and its insurance and financial services support operations will relocate to The Forum in May.
Barclays is to create more than 300 jobs at its customer complaints department in Poole.
Turcan Connell is planning to open a law office near George Square in Glasgow, with space for up to 20 staff.
The College of Law, the law training charity with 700 staff in London and six other cities, has been acquired by Montagu Private Equity for £200m.
BNP Paribas is to relocate its London-based real estate and investment solutions office, as well as 1,700 staff, to a new development due for completion in King's Cross in 2015.
Santander is to relocate its Liverpool-based corporate banking unit to a 14,000 sq ft office at 4 St Paul's Square.
Taylor & Emmet has merged with Hallam Mediation, the provider of mediation services with six offices across Yorkshire.
Help Your Claim is relocating its Manchester-based claims management business to a 5,500 sq ft office at 86 Deansgate.
The Department for International Development (DFID) is to relocate about 50 jobs from London to its office in East Kilbride over the next 18 months.
Lester Morrill has merged with Leeds-based law firm Davis Gore Lomax, and 25 staff will relocate to a new office in Park Square.
Ellis Whittam has won planning permission to expand the Chester-based headquarters of its employment law business by 7,500 sq ft.
Begbies Traynor has sold Red Flag Alert, the credit information firm with 24 staff, to its executive chairman for undisclosed terms.
E Coleman & Co of Poole has acquired Foster Leighton, the Exeter-based insurance broker, for undisclosed terms.
Valour Financial Management is planning to double the 160-strong workforce at its Stockport-based debt management business over the next three years.
Capita has bought Bluefin Corporate Consulting, the employee benefits firm with 548 staff in London and eight regional offices, from AXA for £50m.
OSTC Wales is to set up a new power trading operation in Swansea, with the creation of 18 jobs for graduate traders, engineers and programmers.
Volumatic, the Coventry-based supplier of cash handling products, has undergone a £6m management buy-out from Halma, with backing from NVM Private Equity.
The London School of Business & Finance is seeking additional business training space of up to 150,000 sq ft in central London.
Brit Insurance has announced the sale of its non-core regional UK business to QBE Insurance.
Alec Finch is relocating its Manchester-based insurance business and 50 staff to a 6,500 sq ft office at Steam Packet House on Cross Street.
Midas Underwriting is creating 40 new jobs at its Newtownards-based insurance claims handling service.
QBE is to relocate its Manchester-based insurance office to a 6,900 sq ft unit at Chancery Place.
Perspective Financial Group has acquired Financial Connection, the Surrey-based financial adviser with funds under management of £27m.
AFH Financial has acquired Arden Court Group, the Nottingham-based financial advisory firm, for about £0.7m.
Chadwick Lawrence is to merge with Godloves of Leeds to create a combined Yorkshire-based law firm with 240 staff.
DWF is to merge with Buller Jeffries, the law firm with offices in Birmingham and Coventry.
IFG Group has sold its international division to AnaCap Financial Partners for £70m, including trustee and corporate services in Jersey, the Isle of Man, Cyprus and Switzerland.
Oddfellows Friendly Society is to relocate its 50 staff to The Courthouse in Manchester city centre in summer 2013.
Totemic is to open a new financial services office in Newark, with the creation of 100 customer service and telesales jobs.
Randall & Quilter has acquired NFIL, the Guernsey-based insurance firm, for £0.7m.
IDOX has acquired Opt2Vote, the Londonderry-based provider of electoral managed services, for up to £3.5m.
Monitise is to acquire Clairmail of the US for £110m, creating a combined mobile payments group with 600 staff.
National Pension Service of South Korea is to set up an office in London in June, in order to support its investments in UK property and infrastructure projects.
Student Loans Company is planning to expand the 840-strong workforce at its Darlington office with 400 temporary jobs over the next few months.
Lloyds Banking Group is to create 500 new jobs at support centres in Sunderland, Birmingham, Gloucester, Livingston and Swansea.
Braveheart has acquired Neon Capital Partners, the fund manager with offices in Barnsley and Leeds, from NF Holdings for £0.4m.
Firstsource is to create 180 permanent and 400 temporary jobs for IT, customer service and finance staff at its Barclaycard outsourcing operations on Teesside.
Hardy's Underwriting, the Lloyd's of London insurer, is to be acquired by CNA Financial of the US for £143m.
Axiom of the US is to set up a centre of excellence for legal services in Belfast, with the creation of up to 100 jobs by the end of 2014.
Professional Indemnity Protect, the Manchester-based insurance firm, has been acquired by Barbican Group Holdings of Guernsey.
Deutsche Bank has appointed G4S to build and operate a new precious metals vault in London next year.
Insurance Partnership has bought the Leeds office of Riverbourne Group out of administration for £2.5m, taking its total workforce to 175.
Selima, the Sheffield-based human resources and payroll services firm with 40 staff, has undergone a £2m management buy-in backed by YFM Equity Partners.
Positive Cashflow Finance is planning to create 15 jobs at its new invoice finance office in Birmingham over the next 18 months.
NewLaw Solicitors is looking to expand the 250-strong workforce at its law offices in Cardiff and Glasgow, having secured new funding from Santander Corporate Banking.
Jones Kinsey Chartered Accountants is planning to create 50 new jobs at its Shrewsbury-based accountancy business over the next five years.
Montagu Evans is to relocate its expanding City of London property surveying team to 11 Old Jewry Street at the end of March.
Axa UK has acquired Health-on-Line, the Bournemouth-based on-line health insurance provider with 170 staff.
The Department for Business Innovation & Skills has announced that the headquarters for the new Green Investment Bank will be in Edinburgh and the transaction team will be based in London, with the creation of up to 70 jobs.
Edward Hands & Lewis is to relocate its Leicester-based law firm and 26 staff to The Old School Rooms on Loughborough Road.
Key Retirement Solutions is to expand the 70-strong workforce at its Preston-based financial services business with 45 new jobs.
PKF is to relocate its Leeds-based business advice office to a 7,000 sq ft unit at South Parade later this year.
Metro Bank is considering plans to raise up to £150m in a share placing to help fund the expansion of its chain of ten branches to 200 by 2020.
Hastings Direct is to create 61 new jobs at its insurance broking office in Newmarket.
TDX Group has acquired the assets of Credit Account Management, the debt management firm with 12 staff, from Interlaken Group for undisclosed terms.
Practicus is to relocate its change management office from Henley-on-Thames to a 5,000 sq ft unit at nearby Remenham Farm this summer.
Ashfords Solicitors has merged with Rochman Landau of London to create a combined law firm with 450 staff at six offices.
Smooth Financial is planning to create 40 new jobs at its Manchester-based debt management business this year.
Capita Business Services is to relocate its Eastbourne office and 120 staff to an 8,500 sq ft building in St Anne's Road in April.
Swinton Insurance is to set up a new call centre at Bridgewater House in Manchester in June, with the creation of 120 jobs.
G4S has sold its Swedish cash solutions business to Nokas for £3.3m.
AFH Financial Group is setting up a 14,000 sq ft wealth management office at Avon House in Bromsgrove.
Climate Change Capital, the environmental investment manager and advisory firm, is to be acquired by Bunge of the US for undisclosed terms.
Insurethebox is planning to create a further 700 jobs at its car insurance service centre at the Quorum Business Park in North Tyneside over the next three years.
Paul Donno & Co has merged with Jacobs Allen to create a combined accountancy group with 20 staff in Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill.
Express Solicitors is to invest £3m in the expansion of its Manchester-based personal injury law firm, including a new office and 40 new jobs.
Tata Consultancy Services is planning to expand its 6,700-strong UK workforce with more than 1,500 new jobs this year, which should benefit sites in Peterborough, Basingstoke, Glasgow and Leeds.
Harvey Nash has selected the Heron Tower in London as the location for the new global headquarters of its staffing business.
Yorkshire Building Society is planning to expand its chain of 224 branches with 12 new outlets over the next two years, with the creation of more than 50 jobs.
Drydens Lawyers is to merge with Fairfax Solicitors to a combined Bradford-based debt litigation group with 300 staff.
DRIAS Transnat of the US is to set up an insurance services office at the Celtic Gateway Business Park in Cardiff, with the creation of up to 50 jobs.
The Prince's Trust is to recruit 100 "job ambassadors" to help other unemployed young people to find work.
CVS is to create a further 45 jobs at its business rates offices in Manchester, London and Bristol this year, and is also looking to move into Birmingham and other cities.
Barclays is to create 1,000 apprenticeships at contact centres and bank branches across the country.
Boyce Hatton is to relocate its Torbay-based law firm and up to 45 staff to a new office at The Terrace in April.
Richards Sandy Partnership is to merge with Howard Painter & Co to create a combined Worcester-based accountancy group with 21 staff.
Wilsons Solicitors is planning to expand its Leeds-based law firm with two new offices and 20 jobs.
UK Wealth Management has acquired Independent Medical, the York-based financial advice firm, for undisclosed terms.
Sage Group has acquired Integral Computers, the Irish card payment processing firm with 40 staff, for £17m.
Pinsent Masons is to merge with McGrigors to create a combined law firm with 2,500 staff at 14 offices.
Johnston Carmichael is to open an accountancy office at the Stirling Agriculture Centre in Stirling, but staff numbers have not yet been decided.
BCW Group has acquired Utility Management Services, the Warrington-based debt collection agency with 50 staff, for undisclosed terms.
Dundas & Wilson is planning to set up a new law office with 25 staff in Aberdeen.
CBG Financial Services, the Manchester-based financial planning firm with 17 staff, has undergone a management buy-out from Giles Group for undisclosed terms.
Royal Bank of Scotland has sold Hoare Govett, the London-based stockbroker, to Jefferies International of the US for a nominal sum, with the transfer of 50 staff.
GlobeOp, the London-based hedge fund company, is to be acquired by US private equity firm TPG for £508m.
N+1 Brewin, the corporate advisory firm with 55 staff in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, London and Newcastle, is planning to create 30 new jobs over the next three years.
The Department for Business Innovation & Skills has unveiled a list of 32 towns and cities bidding to host the new £3bn Green Investment Bank, and a decision will be announced soon.
CBRE Global Investors is to relocate to a 25,000 sq ft office at One New Change in central London.
Russell Jones & Walker, the law firm with 425 staff at 10 offices across the country, is to be acquired by Slater & Gordon of Australia for £54m.
A&A Group, the Middlesex-based independent insurance intermediary with about 400 staff, has undergone a management buy-out backed by Darwin Private Equity.
Latham & Watkins is expanding its London-based law office by taking a further 23,600 sq ft at 99 Bishopsgate.
Capita has acquired Fish Administration, the Preston-based provider of insurance broking services with 30 staff, from private equity firm Inflexion for £21m.
Complete Technical Services, the Rotherham-based cash machine installation firm with 57 staff, has been bought out of administration by New Wave ATM Installations for undisclosed terms.
HW Kaufman Financial has acquired Chesterfield Group, the London-based broker and underwriter.
Blacks Business Brokers has acquired Abacus Business Sales, the London-based business broker, and is now looking to expand nationwide.
Keoghs is planning to expand its Bolton-based insurance fraud division with the creation of up to 50 jobs this year.
Quindell Portfolio has acquired Silverbeck Rymer, the Liverpool-based personal injury law firm, for £19m.
Morgan Stanley is to sell Quilter, the London-based wealth management business, to private equity firm Bridgepoint for £175m.
Tods Murray is to merge with Fyfe Ireland to create a combined law firm with 35 partners and 188 fee earners at offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Chantrey Vellacott has acquired the former Reading-based accountancy office of Target, and will relocate 25 staff to its own office.
Saga is to expand the 300-strong workforce at its insurance office in Hastings with 500 new jobs this year.
Deutsche Bank has shortlisted four potential locations in London for a new 150,000 sq ft headquarters.
BDO is planning to relocate its Bristol office to an 8,700 sq ft unit at Bridgewater House.
Wonga is said to be seeking a suitable location for a new 60,000 sq ft headquarters in London for its online loans business, and expects to expand its workforce from 100 to 300 by 2017.
Pinsent Masons is in merger talks with McGrigors to create a combined law firm with 1,250 lawyers at 14 offices.
BGL Group is to create a further 80 jobs at its Fusion insurance call centre in Peterborough over the next month.
Bradford & Bingley has submitted plans to Bradford Council to expand its Crossflatts headquarters, which could create space for up to 300 additional staff over the next ten years.
Cinven is expected to acquire CPA Global, the Jersey-based patent management firm with 1,300 staff in ten countries, for £950m.
Royal Bank of Scotland is to sell RBS Aviation Capital, its aircraft leasing business, to Sumitomo-Mitsui of Japan for £4.7bn.
Begbies Traynor has sold its insolvency and restructuring business in the Channel Islands to Grant Thornton for £0.3m.
Co-operative Group is planning to expand the 400-strong workforce in its legal services business with 150 new jobs in Bristol and London.
Admiral has unveiled plans to set up a new 77,000 sq ft motor insurance office for up to 1,200 staff at Queensway in Newport by 2014.
Aon Corporation is planning to transfer the headquarters of its insurance broking business from the US to London, with the relocation of about 20 staff.
Liverpool Victoria is to expand the 500-strong workforce at its LV insurance operation in Bristol with 50 new staff over the next six months.
Crosstree Real Estate Partners and associated company Kedge Capital are reported to be planning to set up a 26,000 sq ft office at One Curzon Street in London's Mayfair.
Chicago Mercantile Exchange of the US is planning to set up an office in Belfast over the next few months, with the creation of an unspecified number of IT jobs.
Bishop Fleming is looking to relocate its recently-acquired Target accountancy business and up to 47 staff to a more suitable office in Bath.
McGrigors is to relocate its Aberdeen-based law firm to a 16,000 sq ft development on Queens Road this summer, and plans to grow the workforce from 50 to 80 over the next few years.
The Law Society has confirmed plans to relocate 700 staff from Redditch and Leamington Spa to a new 57,000 sq ft office at The Cube in Birmingham in the summer.
Hastings Direct is to create a further 200 jobs at its Bexhill-based insurance business, with vacancies in finance, IT, marketing and call centres.
Jardine Lloyd Thompson has acquired FBD Insurance Brokers of Ireland for up to £7.1m, with the transfer of 33 staff.