In brief: Bond Pearce to open Bristol office

South-West firm Bond Pearce is to open an office in Bristol in a bid to take on the city's established firms. The move follows its announcement of a merger with Southampton firm Hepherd Winstanley & Pugh on 1 May. David Gunn, chair of the firm's business development group, said that the office would be staffed from existing resources and that the move was led by client demand.