Technology, innovation the keys to rapid growth

Finalists in the 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year awards show how technology and innovation can enable rapid growth, even in mature industries.

Architecture win for Fiona Stanley

The Fiona Stanley Hospital has won the top prize at this year’s WA Architecture Awards, with Hassell, Hames Sharley and Silver Thomas Hanley commended for their design efforts.

DLA absorbs Hardy Bowen, mostly

DLA Piper has entrenched its positon as one of Western Australia’s top 10 law firms after confirming today it would absorb boutique corporate practice Hardy Bowen, with one notable exception.

Rebranding for RSM Bird Cameron

Accounting firm RSM Bird Cameron will be taking part in the re-branding of the business by its international parent company, which plans to rename all factions of the global firm to a single entity, RSM.

Consortia shortlisted for new museum

Three consortia comprising local and international design firms will compete for the design and construction contract for the new $430 million WA Museum, set to be built at the Perth Cultural Centre.

Momentum gains in Mair merger

RESIDENTIAL investment adviser Momentum Wealth is broadening its offering, unveiling a merger agreement with long-standing commercial real estate agency Mair & Co.

KordaMentha top corporate doctor

There has been a significant re-ranking of insolvency firms in WA, with some relatively new brands winning market share from the big players.

Nahan defends Bell Group legislation

Treasurer Mike Nahan has defended legislation he introduced to end the long-running $1.7 billion Bell Group legal story after it was criticised by the Australian and Western Australian bar associations.

Architects go back to school

WA architects who visit schools on a voluntary basis are incorporating lessons learned when designing new education facilities.

Local law firms undergo change

Most of the big law firms in Perth have shrunk in size over the past year, with Ashurst experiencing the biggest drop in staff, while only a couple of smaller firms have achieved significant growth, research by Business News has found.

Nahan seeks to settle Bell Group case

The state government will introduce legislation into parliament tomorrow designed to finalise the long-running Bell Group legal case, in which the Insurance Commission of WA and other creditors are fighting over a $1.7 billion payout.

KPMG makes a fast start on mining M&A

GREG Evans has got off to a flying start in his new role as KPMG’s global leader of mining M&A, with one of the firm’s major clients announcing its first takeover bid last week.

KPMG buys Hayes Knight

KPMG has acquired West Perth accounting and advisory practice Hayes Knight (WA), saying this will be the first of a series of acquisitions to bolster its private client practice nationally.

Moore Stephens to expand

Moore Stephens will become the 11th largest accounting firm in Western Australia after striking a merger agreement with the Perth office of UHY Haines Norton.

Kitay to take the reins from Kidd at Crowe Horwath

Mervyn Kitay has been anointed as chief executive in waiting at Crowe Horwath Perth, Western Australia's eight biggest accounting firm, taking over from Geoff Kidd, who has run the partnership for the past 19 years.

Michelle Gordon appointed to High Court

Former Western Australian lawyer Michelle Gordon has been appointed as the next Justice of the High Court of Australia, replacing her husband, Justice Kenneth Hayne, who soon reaches the mandatory age

Global law firm to Perth

International law firm Hogan Lovells is seeking to leverage off its presence in Asia by establishing operations in Australia, which will be run out of Perth and Sydney.

Perth lawyer sells data firm for $8m

Patent attorney and software developer Thomas Haines has struck a deal with Sydney company IPH to sell his data analysis businesses for $8 million, but plans to continue running the operation from Perth.

FB Rice opens Perth doors

Intellectual property firm FB Rice has appointed three new associates to its Perth office, which opened its doors earlier this week.

Architects feeling the pressure

THE slowdown in commercial office construction has tightened competition among Perth-based architects, with firms slashing fees, cutting staff, outsourcing work and moving into new sectors to keep the

Print franchise adds to business collapses

Perth franchise group Quick Colour Print has gone into liquidation, adding to a string of Western Australian business collapses this month, including two substantial construction contractors and a min