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Wednesday, November 30, 2005
NEW STRATEGIC APPOINTMENT FOR WORLD-CLASS TECHNOLOGY TEAM

30th November 2005

Beachcroft Wansbroughs continues to expand its impressive Technology & Commerce team, with the recruitment of Chris Hoyle, former Head of Technology at McGrigors (previously Klegal and the legal arm of KPMG prior to the de-merger in 2001). Chris has more than twenty years' legal experience, including a number of years as part of IBM's in-house legal team.

Chris has extensive experience of advising major carriers, users and suppliers of IT and telecommunications services. He has negotiated IT and telecommunications agreements of all kinds for clients around the world, as well as corporate joint ventures for the provision of IT and telecommunications services in both the mobile and fixed sector. He has particular expertise in major IT and telecommunications outsourcing agreements. Chris also represents clients on regulatory matters, including interconnection and licensing, and he has advised governments on telecommunications sector reform.

Nick Holland, based in Bristol and head of the firm's national Technology & Commerce team, has already built up a global IT and telecoms practice. He welcomes Chris' appointment to the team, saying: "Technology underpins the work of so many businesses today, as well as enabling new channels to market, so we have seen a sharp increase in demand for our expertise in areas such as procurement, outsourcing, systems integration and licensing. Chris' breadth of expertise is exactly what we are looking for to help meet this demand and we are delighted that he has chosen to join the team."

Commenting on his new role, Chris adds: ""The Beachcroft Wansbroughs Technology team is already one of the best in the country, and is currently going through an exciting phase of growth. As well as continuing to work with firms in the technology and telecommunications sector, part of my remit will be to unlock opportunities to provide technology-based legal advice to existing clients in some of the firm's other key sectors, such as financial services, insurance and health. The team has excellent credentials and I am looking forward to working with them to expand our service offering still further."

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Editors Note:

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is one of the largest commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,300 employees, including 730 professional staff, it provides fully integrated legal advice and litigation services from its offices in Bristol, Birmingham, Brussels, Leeds, London, Manchester and Winchester. Its customer-focused service proposition reflects both the depth of expertise and the approachable nature of the firm and its partners. It is one of the largest law firms in the country to obtain the 'Investors in People' award across all of its offices and was recently shortlisted for Law Firm of the Year in the 2005 Legal Business Awards, as well as being a finalist for The Lawyer's Employment Team of the Year Award.

The Bristol team currently includes 34 partners and 175 staff. Its partners have particular expertise and experience in commercial property, public sector, PFI/PPP projects, health, IT, construction, litigation, financial services and employment law.

For further information please visit our website http://www.bwlaw.co.uk or call 0117 918 2000.

Press contacts: Deborah Garritty/Emily Goehler @ Bell Pottinger North
Tel. + 44 (1625) 506444 Fax + 44 (1625) 500900
http://dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk / http://egoehler@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

 
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
All inclusive leasing to simplify financing and running of cars

November 30, 2005

Financing and running of cars has become more straightforward than ever before with the launch today of Autoinclusive, a new company that is offering the first affordable all-in-one leasing packages for private motorists.

Autoinclusive’s packages, which include a choice of car, fully comprehensive insurance, road tax, servicing and maintenance, are based on a fixed, budgetable monthly fee starting at just £150 per month including VAT.

“These new leasing packages are a new and easy way for private motorists to finance and run a car,” said Keith Gallimore, director, Autoinclusive.

“For the first time, motorists can drive a new car for a fixed monthly fee and they no longer need to budget for insurance, servicing, repairs and road tax. We take care of everything except the fuel.”

Autoinclusive is likely to be welcomed by British drivers. The firm’s research among 600 mature drivers showed 60 per cent of them find it difficult to remember when to renew their tax and insurance or to book a car service.

Forty per cent of respondents said they found the cost of running a car too high, and 20 per cent of the group have difficulty managing their motoring budget.

With Autoinclusive, drivers are offered peace of mind motoring, and there is a flexible range of packages to suit every budget. The company can also source most makes and model of car.

People opting out of company car schemes are among Autoinclusive’s target customers.

These drivers will be able to finance the use of a new car without worrying about finding the capital to fund a purchase, depreciation of the vehicle, rising road tax duty or servicing and repair costs.

Examples of Autoinclusive’s packages include a Fiat Panda 1.1 Active 5-door for £150 per month, Mazda 3 1.6TS 5-door for £269 per month, Hyundai Coupe 2.0 SE at £299 and a Mazda RX8 Coupe at £366 per month.

All examples include VAT. They are based on 10,000 miles per year over a three-year agreement and are subject to terms and conditions.

Autoinclusive can be found on the Web at http://www.auto-inclusive.com and can be telephoned on 0845 270 7420.

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Notes to editors:
Autoinclusive has been established by Cheshire-based car leasing company Corporate Fleet Care (CFC).

With over 35 years’ experience of car leasing, CFC’s new company makes private motoring easier by providing all-in-one leasing packages containing a new car, insurance, road tax, servicing and repairs.

For more press information contact Oliver Danby or John Butters at Bell Pottinger North on (01625) 506444, or email http://odanby@bellpottingernorth.co.uk / http://jbutters@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

 
Monday, November 28, 2005
PROTECTING YOUTH IN SPORT



28 November 2005

PROTECTING YOUTH IN SPORT

Beachcroft Wansbroughs, Manchester's fastest growing law firm, is running a 'Protecting Youth in Sport' seminar on 1 December 2005 from 2:30pm - 8:00pm, at St Ann's House, St. Ann Street, Manchester.

Aimed at anyone who works with young people in sport, the seminar will cover the legal and practical issues surrounding youth protection, as well as sports liability and disclosure of data.

Pauline Cowie, partner at Beachcroft Wansbroughs and speaker at the seminar comments: "We have a specialist sports law group at Beachcroft Wansbroughs so are ideally placed to provide a range of advice and information on protecting young sportspeople.

"The event is priced at £25 per delegate, with all proceeds going to SportsAid, which plays a vital role in helping talented young sportsmen and women when others can't or won't."

Jan Levinson, partner at Beachcroft Wansbroughs and leading sports litigation solicitor will open the event, followed by a joint presentation by Rebecca Ledingham, independent child protection consultant, and Kiran Bhogal, partner, Beachcroft Wansbroughs.

Rebecca Ledingham is the child protection officer for the England and Wales cricket board (ECB) where she has established comprehensive and fundamental child protection, Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and case management procedures. Kiran Bhogal has extensive knowledge and experience in dealing with medico-legal issues and in advising the health, public and private sectors on a wide range of areas including mental health law, the law relating to children and complaints handling.

With experience of a full range of commercial and technology work, Pauline Cowie will deliver a presentation on disclosure of data. The final presentation will be given by Bruce Ralston, also a partner at Beachcroft Wansbroughs, who has specialised for a number of years in sports liability, dealing with a wide variety of sports-related injury claims.

The seminar will finish with a drinks reception and buffet supper and can be booked by contacting Louise Blythman on 0117 918 2578 or email lblythman@bwlaw.co.uk.

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For more information, please contact:
Debbie Garritty, Bell Pottinger
Tel: 01625 506411

Editors Note:

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is one of the largest commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,300 employees, including 730 professional staff, it provides fully integrated legal advice and litigation services from its offices in Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Brussels, Leeds, London, and Winchester. Its customer-focused service proposition reflects both the depth of expertise and the approachable nature of the firm and its partners. It is one of the largest law firms in the country to obtain the 'Investors in People' award across all of its offices.

The Manchester team currently includes 19 partners and 160 staff. Its partners have particular expertise and experience in commercial property, injury/risk, professional indemnity, corporate/commercial and employment law.

For further information please visit our website www.bwlaw.co.uk or call 0161 934 3000.

 
CROSBY HOMES UNVEILS UNIQUE TURRET APARTMENT




28 November 2005

CROSBY HOMES UNVEILS UNIQUE TURRET APARTMENT

Crosby Homes has unveiled its spectacular Turret Apartment, a truly unique and individual living space with state-of-the-art décor, fixtures and fittings.

Featuring a lovingly rebuilt and restored four-storey battlemented tower, the Turret Apartment is the latest addition to Singleton Hall - Crosby Homes' exclusive countryside retreat, in the heart of the Fylde.

With living accommodation across four storeys and a layout which combines the past and present, this unique property is filled with elegant and exclusive features. A historic oak-panelled staircase is at one entrance, rising to tapered stone steps, and a specially commissioned chrome and beech spiral staircase is at the other. A fully decked, crenellated tower comes complete with barbecue and designer patio furniture, to make any proud homeowner lord or lady of all he/she surveys!

Satins, leather, wool and silks are just some of the fabrics used to create a sensual interior design scheme. The Boudoir Suite and Chill Out Zone are just two examples of must-have additions to the traditional room sets and layouts.

Caroline Saville, Crosby Homes' Sales and Marketing Director comments: "The Turret apartment is at the heart of one of our most elegant and exclusive residential developments.

"With an imposing dining hall, vast lounge, sumptuous bathrooms and magnificent Siematic fitted kitchen, this is a truly original property that demonstrates the very latest in 21st century designs."

For further information, please call 01253 893521 or visit www.singletonhall.com

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Press contact: Deborah Garritty @ Bell Pottinger North
+ 44 (1625) 506411 / 506444
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

 
BEACHCROFT WANSBROUGHS VOTES TO CONVERT TO LLP AND CHANGE ITS NAME

On 11 November 2005, at its Annual Partners’ Meeting, Beachcroft Wansbroughs, the national commercial law firm, voted to convert to a Limited Liability Partnership on 30th April 2006.  At the same time the firm will change its name to Beachcroft LLP.

Virginia Clegg, Propery Partner based at the company’s Leeds office comments, “The change of status will help to limit personal exposure to financial liabilities, and gives a clear message that the firm is becoming more transparent in its management structures and processes.

“Conversion to LLP allows us the opportunity to establish a Board with delegated authority.  This in turn will speed up the decision making process, separate the ownership of the business from the day-to-day management and allow partners to concentrate on their role in building client relationships and delivering high-quality service.  Paul Murray’s role as Managing Partner will be enhanced to enable him to pursue his aim of encouraging greater involvement in the business by all our people.

“The name change capitalises on our heritage, while reflecting the changes in the firm over recent years and our more contemporary and forward-thinking approach to the way we do business.  We will, of course be developing a new brand identity to accompany the name change which will be implemented from 1st May 2006.”

At the end of October, Beachcroft Wansbroughs had over 1,300 staff and partners and the firm celebrates its 250th anniversary in 2012. 

The Leeds team currently includes 21 partners and 157 staff. Its partners have particular expertise and experience in commercial property, public sector PFI/PPP projects, health, IT, construction, litigation, financial services and employment law.

For further information or an interview, please contact:
Natalie Gross, Bell Pottinger North
01625 506 427 or ngross@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

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Notes to Editors:

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is one of the largest national commercial law firms in the UK.  With over 1,300 employees including 730 professional staff, it provides fully integrated legal advice and litigation services from offices in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Brussels, Leeds, Manchester and Winchester. 

Committed to service excellence, its unique and innovative proposition reflects both the depth of expertise and the approachable nature of the firm and its partners.  It is also the largest law firm in the country to obtain the ‘Investors in People’ award across all of its offices. 

A prominent player in the financial services, health and public sectors, it provides increasingly comprehensive services in employment, construction, property and technology. 


 
Adsteam Invests In Innovation And Power

28 November 2005

UK towage provider, Adsteam Marine, announced today that it will invest in four new state-of-the-art tugs for 2006, benefiting the ports of Thames and Medway, Felixstowe and Southampton.

Following a recent LNG contract, two new Damen 24/11 tugs are planned for the Thames and Medway. Due to be delivered in January 2006, the tugs will be named Adsteam Harty and Adsteam Warden, after local villages near their new operational base at Sheerness.

Similar to Adsteam’s recent addition on the Humber, Adsteam Ferriby - which was the first 24/11 in Europe - the two tugs each have a 70-tonne bollard pull.

In July, another 24/11 with 70-tonne bollard pull will start its service at Felixstowe. The new Adsteam Shotley will handle the new generation of container vessels due to call at the port from 2006, and will release the Trimley, an ASD with 43-tonne bollard pull, to the Thames and Medway.

In a first, not only for the UK but for Adsteam globally, Southampton will benefit from a new  Z tech with 60-tonne bollard pull next September. The innovative Z-Tech design incorporates the best characteristics of both the tractor and ASD tug. This will replace the lower bollard pull tugs and release the Voith tug, Adsteam Surrey to the Thames and Medway fleet. In February 2006, the 53-tonne bollard pull Voith tug Sarah will be also be transferred to Southampton from Thames and Medway.

As a result of this significant investment, the Thames and Medway fleet and the Felixstowe fleet will each benefit from an increase in bollard pull of 15% and Southampton will benefit from an increase of 20%.

Stephen Eastwood, CEO Europe, comments: “These four tugs will prove to be a great asset to our UK operation, increasing the overall power of the UK fleet by 10%. The investment demonstrates our commitment to developing a first-class fleet capable of responding to changes in the market-place and to delivering value to our customers’ businesses.”

Adsteam is the UK’s leading supplier of towage services, with operations at six key ports: Southampton, Medway, Felixstowe, Humber, Liverpool and London. One of the longest-established ship-assist specialists in this field, the company has been operating throughout the country for over a century.

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For further information, please contact:


Stephen Eastwood                                        Deborah Garritty
Chief Executive Europe                          Director
Adsteam (UK) Ltd                                        Bell Pottinger North Ltd
tel 01482 337 650                                       tel 01625 506444


 
Friday, November 25, 2005
EIC SERENADES SOUTHERN PERFORMANCE

25 November 2005

Leading mechanical and electrical services provider EIC has now completed the mechanical and electrical work undertaken by its Southern region on a new performance hall for the Yehudi Menuhin school in Surrey, built in memory of the late world-famous violinist.

EIC Southern recently celebrated two new contract wins that confirm its status as a specialist in the field of education refurbishment and new build in both the private and public sector.

The region has been awarded the design and build mechanical and electrical contract in partnership with main contractor, Bluestone for work on the University of Southampton’s Developmental Origins of Health and Disease department (DOHAD). Enabling works on the £1.7 million contract are already underway with the main work due to start in February 2006 and finish in September 2006. The mixed use building will include offices, lecture theatres and laboratories.

The Southern team has also been contracted to carry out the design and build mechanical and electrical work on ‘Project Nelson’ - a brand new junior and senior school which will be built for Embley Park School to incorporate nearby Atherley School. The original manor house building, which is to be retained, is the ancestral home of Florence Nightingale. The £1.8 million project is due to start in January 2006 with phased completion dates set for May and August 2006.

Joint managing director of EIC, Nigel Le Marechal comments: “This year has been a fantastic year for EIC Southern with some pretty prestigious contract wins. We’re delighted with the work we have been securing in the education sector in the region and are pleased to be involved with working on such high profile contracts as the Yehudi Menhuin school.”

 

Approximately 50% of the office’s turnover during 2005 is attributed to the education sector with EIC Southern also demonstrating strengths in the retail and commercial sectors. The office has recently completed a major refit and extension project for Tesco in Yeovil and is due to start design and build mechanical and electrical work on 36 mix use light industrial units for a speculative developer.

EIC Southern is one of Hampshire County Council’s framework contractors, working with most of the major main contractors in the county.

Notes for Editor
EIC provides project management, design, supply, installation, testing, commissioning and maintenance of electrical, mechanical control and data management systems to a wide range of blue chip clients. The company has a successful track record of partnering with major contractors such as AMEC, HBG, Taylor Woodrow, Carillion and Willmott Dixon, as well as carrying out a broad range of services for many High Street names and leisure groups including Debenhams, John Lewis Partnership, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Virgin, Primark, Littlewoods, Gap, Bhs, Co-op, ATS, Mitchells & Butler, Firmdale Hotels and the Hilton Group. EIC also works extensively throughout the health, education and commercial sectors. For further information log on to http://www.eicltd.com or call 01789 269408.

       
        Press contact:  Elizabeth Swain @ Bell Pottinger North

        eswain@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

        (01625 506444)

 
Thursday, November 24, 2005
BEACHCROFT WANSBROUGHS VOTES TO CONVERT TO LLP AND CHANGE ITS NAME

24 November 2005

On 11 November 2005, at their Annual Partners' Meeting, Beachcroft Wansbroughs, the national commercial law firm, voted to convert to a Limited Liability Partnership on 30th April 2006. At the same time the firm will change its name to Beachcroft LLP.

Michael Bothamley, regional senior partner at Beachcroft Wansbroughs, Bristol: "The change of status will help to limit personal exposure to financial liabilities, and gives a clear message that the firm is becoming more transparent in its management structures and processes.

"Conversion to LLP allows us the opportunity to establish a Board with delegated authority. This in turn will speed up the decision making process, separate the ownership of the business from the day-to-day management and allow partners to concentrate on their role in building client relationships and delivering high-quality service. Paul Murray's role as Managing Partner will be enhanced to enable him to pursue his aim of encouraging greater involvement in the business by all our people.

"The name change capitalises on our heritage, while reflecting the changes in the firm over recent years and our more contemporary and forward-thinking approach to the way we do business. We will, of course be developing a new brand identity to accompany the name change which will be implemented from 1st May 2006."

At the end of October, Beachcroft Wansbroughs had over 1,300 staff and partners and the firm celebrates its 250th anniversary in 2012. The Bristol team currently includes 34 partners and 175 staff. Its partners have particular expertise and experience in commercial property, public sector, PFI/PPP projects, health, IT, construction, litigation, financial services and employment law.

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For more information, please contact:
Debbie Garritty, Bell Pottinger
Tel: 01625 506411

Editors Note:

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is one of the largest commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,300 employees, including 730 professional staff, it provides fully integrated legal advice and litigation services from its offices in Bristol, Birmingham, Brussels, Leeds, London, Manchester and Winchester. Its customer-focused service proposition reflects both the depth of expertise and the approachable nature of the firm and its partners. It is one of the largest law firms in the country to obtain the 'Investors in People' award across all of its offices and was recently shortlisted for Law Firm of the Year in the 2005 Legal Business Awards, as well as being a finalist for The Lawyer's Employment Team of the Year Award.

The Bristol team currently includes 34 partners and 175 staff. Its partners have particular expertise and experience in commercial property, public sector, PFI/PPP projects, health, IT, construction, litigation, financial services and employment law.

For further information please visit our website http://www.bwlaw.co.uk or call 0117 918 2000.

 
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
BACK TO SCHOOL FOR THE REGION'S CONSULTANTS, SUPPLIERS AND CONTRACTORS !

Consultants, suppliers and contractors from across the North East could put themselves on the inside track when bidding for projects to design, build and refurbish the outdated infrastructure of many of the region's schools and colleges. The Building Schools for the Future: Complete Guide to Participation conference has been expressly designed to provide information and advice on the bidding process, as well as a genuine insight into the specific requirements of the local market. The event, which is hosted by national commercial law firm, Beachcroft Wansbroughs, will take place between 11.30 am and 3.00 pm on 13th December at the Hilton Hotel, Leeds.

Over the next 10 to 15 years, the Government plans to spend £2.1b per annum on upgrading the infrastructure of the UK's secondary schools. Over half of the schools involved are likely to be new build projects, with the remainder undergoing extensive refurbishment. Leeds forms part of the second wave of projects in an extensive programme which addresses all areas of the country in order of the severity of the existing problem.

This conference will provide information/on the structure of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) Project arrangements, looking at legal frameworks and the various contractual relationships, the funding aspects for consortia and those involved in the supply chain and project management of bids. An educationalist will add information for potential bidders about the issues they will need to address to interface successfully with the schools' teachers and head. In addition, a local authority representative will explain Government plans for the BSF project in Leeds and the factors that are important for bidders to cover in their submissions.

Speakers will include Robert Douglas (Programme Director, Leeds City Council), Derek Howell (Executive Project Manager, Leeds City Council), Ken Gill (Director of Project Management, Cyril Sweett), and Marcus Orlovsky (Director, Bryanston Square), and experts from Beachcroft Wansbroughs' BSF team of lawyers.

Commenting on the event, Frank Suttie, Partner at Beachcroft Wansbroughs and national specialist adviser on the BSF programme, said: "We are trying to give local companies a real insight into how to become involved in these projects, whether or not it makes economic sense and what the potential pitfalls are. With such a huge programme of work scheduled for implementation over the next decade or so, involvement in these projects could have a huge commercial impact on contractors, suppliers and consultants alike.

"This is a chance to access practical hands-on advice and a much clearer understanding of how to manage the bid process and what the future funding issues may be. And it's all information which is totally up to date and specifically relevant to this local market."

Beachcroft Wansbroughs has been appointed to the Partnerships for Schools Panel accredited to deliver legal services in support of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme and is advising first and second wave authorities in the initiative. The Leeds conference is part of a national roll-out of similar events hosted by the firm in Bristol, Birmingham, London and Manchester.

For further information on the day's agenda or to reserve a place at the conference, please contact Louise Blythman on 0117 918 2578.

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For more information, please contact:
Debbie Garritty, Bell Pottinger
Tel: 01625 506411

Notes to Editor:

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is one of the largest commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,220 employees, including 730 professional staff, it provides fully integrated legal advice and litigation services from its offices in Birmingham, Bristol, Brussels, Leeds, London, Manchester and Winchester. Its customer-focused service proposition reflects both the depth of expertise and the approachable nature of the firm and its partners. It is one of the largest law firms in the country to obtain the 'Investors in People' award across all of its offices and was recently shortlisted for Law Firm of the Year in the 2005 Legal Business Awards, as well as being a finalist for The Lawyer's Employment Team of the Year Award.

For further information please visit our website http://www.bwlaw.co.uk.

 
REDUCE YOUR TAX BILL AND HELP NORTHWEST SMALL BUSINESSES


21 November 2005

REDUCE YOUR TAX BILL AND HELP NORTHWEST SMALL BUSINESSES

Potential investors are set to receive an expert insight into the generous tax benefits offered by the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS), at the TEChINVEST Investors Club meeting at the Park Royal Hotel, Stretton, Warrington, on Tuesday, 6 December 2005.

TEChINVEST's bi-monthly meeting will see Ian Bingham from PKF, one of the UK's leading firms of accountants and business advisers, deliver a keynote presentation on tax benefits for private investors, including how EIS can provide business angels with significant tax relief at the time of investment, capital gains relief and loss relief.

"Ian is one of the Northwest's leading advisors on tax incentives for private investors and their investee companies, so we are delighted that he is presenting at our next meeting," says Vivienne Upcott-Gill, Founder of TEChINVEST.

"As well as benefiting from Ian's extensive experience in this area, investors can meet face-to-face with local entrepreneurs who are looking for seed and expansion capital. There is also the opportunity to meet other business angels, seed and investment fund managers, and the TEChINVEST team in an informal and convivial atmosphere.

"Places are limited so anyone who would like to register as a day member for the December meeting, should do so by 30th November."

Part of the Northwest Regional Development Agency, TEChINVEST is widely recognised as one of the most successful investment advisory services and business angel networks in the country. Its Investor Club meeting gives small and growing companies the chance to formally present their business case to investors and is open to individuals or companies interested in investing money and/or time and expertise as an investor or non-executive director.

Since its launch in 1993, over £19 million has been invested in amounts between £5,000 and £500,000 in TEChINVEST client companies. Its success rate of 1:2.5 is reputed to be one of the highest in the UK. As a result of that investment, client companies have been able to raise a further £38 million in additional finance from commercial sources such as banks, grant agencies and venture capital funds.

For further information or to receive a comprehensive information pack, please contact TEChINVEST at the Northwest Regional Development Agency, Renaissance House, PO Box 37, Centre Park, Warrington, WA1 1XB, telephone 01925 400301/2/3, fax 01925 446424 or email TEChINVEST@nwda.co.uk.

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Press contact: Deborah Garritty @ Bell Pottinger North
+ 44 (1625) 506411 / 506444
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

 
Monday, November 21, 2005
Cutting the Cost of Employee Claims



21 November 2005

CUTTING THE COST OF EMPLOYEE CLAIMS

As part of the firm's commitment to working smarter, Beachcroft Wansbroughs' Manchester employment team is to trial a computerised case management system to handle claims against employers by employees. Due to be piloted in January 2006, the technology is expected to result in significant cost savings for the firm's clients.

"The case management system will allow us to take a more proactive role in risk management," says Deborah Hely, partner and employment law specialist at Beachcroft Wansbroughs, Manchester. "The technology will allow us to store details of claims more effectively, enhancing our ability to analyse the advice we give on tribunal claims.

"The system will also help us identify trends and training requirements, plus any need to change an organisation's practices and procedures in relation to people development and management. Ultimately, this can enhance the human resources function, increase productivity and reduce legal costs."

Key features of the system include a sophisticated diary system to assist with planning and, a bank of pre-prepared, flexible documents that will help to reduce the time lawyers need to spend on day-to-day tasks.

Data such as a claimant's salary and length of service can be stored and automatically imported into documents, which set out the value of the claim. The system will automatically carry out calculations for loss, resulting in further time savings and reduced costs.

A sophisticated time-recording system will allow Beachcroft Wansbroughs to produce easily digestible data for its clients, so that their legal costs and time commitments can be easily tracked.

"The new system fully supports our quality control and assurance systems and we are confident that the principles can be applied to other risk areas," concludes Deborah Hely.

For further information on the range of legal services available from Beachcroft Wansbroughs, visit our website http://www.bwlaw.co.uk

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For more information, please contact:
Debbie Garritty, Bell Pottinger North
Tel: 01625 506411

Editors Note:

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is one of the largest commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,300 employees, including 730 professional staff, it provides fully integrated legal advice and litigation services from its offices in Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Brussels, Leeds, London, and Winchester. Its customer-focused service proposition reflects both the depth of expertise and the approachable nature of the firm and its partners. It is one of the largest law firms in the country to obtain the 'Investors in People' award across all of its offices.

The Manchester team currently includes 19 partners and 160 staff. Its partners have particular expertise and experience in commercial property, injury/risk, professional indemnity, corporate/commercial and employment law.

For further information please visit our website http://www.bwlaw.co.uk or call 0161 934 3000

 
Friday, November 18, 2005
Employment Partner Raises over £2,500 in Big Apple Challenge

Rachael Heenan, a Partner at Beachcroft Wansbroughs' Leeds office and leading member of the firm's national employment group, has raised over £2,500 by putting MIND before body, tackling the gruelling, 26.2-mile, New York Marathon on 6th November 2005.

Having never run at all before starting her training, let alone a marathon, Rachael trained four times a week to enable her to raise money for MIND (The National Association of Mental Health). Rachael has raised at least £2,500, with more money still being collected, for the leading mental health charity in England and Wales, which works to create a better quality of life for anyone experiencing mental distress, or illness.

Commenting on why she decided to tackle the marathon, Rachael said: "I'm very happy to be raising money for such a worthwhile cause, even though it has surprised some people as I was not generally considered a fitness fanatic! However, it is such an achievement and it has been extremely enjoyable if not challenging. For me I have learnt that you can do anything if you put your mind to it and raising money as well is an additional bonus."

Having survived New York, Rachael will also be entering the London Marathon in April 2006 and is also considering entering for New York in 2006 to see if she can better her time. Rachael ran the Marathon with her husband, Lucas and supported by their four-year-old son Freddie and other family members.

Rachael's positive attitude is reflected throughout Beachcroft Wansbroughs, one of the largest law firms in the UK to have achieved the Investor in People quality standard. The Employment Group in Leeds is one of the biggest in the city and has recently been described in Legal 500 as "a receptive and responsive department". The Group has built on its successful relationships with clients both in the public and private sector and this has been reflected in the growth of the team in the last 18 months, which will stand at 13 fee-earners by the end of the year.

To find out more about MIND please visit http://www.mind.org.uk.

For further information about Beachcroft Wansbroughs please visit http://www.bwlaw.co.uk or call 0113 251 4700.

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For more information, please contact:
Deborah Garritty, Bell Pottinger
Tel: 01625 506411

Editors Note:

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is one of the largest commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,220 employees, including 730 professional staff, it provides fully integrated legal advice and litigation services from its offices in Leeds, Birmingham, Bristol, Brussels, London, Manchester and Winchester. Its customer-focused service proposition reflects both the depth of expertise and the approachable nature of the firm and its partners. It is one of the largest law firms in the country to obtain the 'Investors in People' award across all of its offices and was recently shortlisted for Law Firm of the Year in the 2005 Legal Business Awards.

The Leeds team currently includes 21 partners and 157 staff. Its partners have particular expertise and experience in commercial property, public sector PFI/PPP projects, health, IT, construction, litigation, financial services and employment law.

For further information please visit our website http://www.bwlaw.co.uk or call 0113 251 4700.

 
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Cosmetic surgery checklist helps women find top clinics


November 9, 2005

Cosmetic surgery checklist helps women find top clinics

Women planning cosmetic surgery are being urged to follow a new eight-point checklist in order to choose a professional clinic and to reduce the chances of the operation going wrong.

The checklist has been produced today by TJ Legal Solicitors, which recently became the first law firm to form a specialist team to support the growing number of women and men who have suffered cosmetic surgery negligence.

Since setting up the cosmetic surgery negligence team, TJ Legal Solicitors has been approached by scores of clients who want the firm to obtain compensation for their failed treatment and for their pain, prolonged suffering and trauma.

Many of the claims have been brought about because clinics have acted unprofessionally. And from the firm's findings, TJ Legal Solicitors says anyone looking for a cosmetic surgery clinic should:

1) Be precise about what they want. Although surgery can be very positive in appropriate circumstances, even minor mishaps can be embarrassing, so it is essential that patients are very precise about their expectations. Patients should be wary of surgeons who are not specific about the expected outcome, only promising a 'modest improvement' or a 'significantly better' result.

2) Choose a surgeon who is a member of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) and who is part of an NHS Consultancy, as they will have completed higher training. Any doctor can claim to be a cosmetic surgeon. Many private clinics employ doctors who advertise as being 'Fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons' (FRCS), but this does not guarantee that they have had any specialist training.

3) Make sure the surgeon specialises in the relevant body area. Patients can benefit from a greater level of expertise by choosing a surgeon who specialises in the body area that is to be operated on. Patients should ask for before and after pictures of the surgeon's work.

4) Have a thorough pre-operative consultation with the surgeon who will carry out the operation. The procedure should be fully explained and understood by patients. Some clinics employ 'surgical consultants' who have no medical training. Patients should take some time to think about treatment - ideally two weeks between consultation and surgery.

5) Avoid having surgery abroad. Increasingly, clinics are offering surgery abroad to maximise their profits, but the standards of care can be very different to the UK. Patients could have bigger problems if there are any complications following the operation.

6) Avoid choosing a clinic on the basis of its glossy advertisement. If there are any complications, these clinics often do not have a genuine interest in patients' welfare so will let the NHS pick up the pieces. Patients should ensure the clinic is registered with the Healthcare Commission and offers comprehensive aftercare. Sub-standard aftercare can lead to problems caused by infections.

7) Not trust a surgeon who promises miracles. Patients should think twice if a clinic uses persuasive or high pressure selling techniques, or offers easy finance terms or loyalty card schemes. It is vital that patients ask about the possible side effects and confirm realistic expectations, including how long the results will last.

8) Be prepared for some bruising and discomfort after the operation. Patients should ask about the aftercare, recovery times and whether someone will need to look after them when they return home.

"While most operations go to plan, there are hundreds, perhaps thousands, every year that don't," said Tanveer Jaleel, senior partner, TJ Legal Solicitors.

"In some cases even minor mishaps can leave women with considerable pain, prolonged suffering and trauma.

"TJ Legal's service is geared towards supporting these women by obtaining compensation to enable them to have corrective surgery and receive financial payments to cover any loss of earnings that they might have experienced."

Anyone who believes they have suffered from cosmetic surgery negligence has up to three years from the date of the operation or knowledge of injury to make a claim.

If you have any questions or are seeking immediate advice in this area then contact TJ Legal Solicitors on 0800 085 88 85 or access the Web at http://www.tjlegal.co.uk

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Notes to editors:
TJ Legal Solicitors is a highly professional niche law firm that specialises in proactively handling personal injury litigation and cosmetic surgery negligence.

Formed in 2000, the Manchester-based firm has successfully represented more than 3,500 clients - and over 80 per cent of them received their compensation in less than 12 months.

The firm is regulated by the Law Society of England and Wales and subscribes to the Client Care Charter of the Law Society and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

For more press information contact John Butters or Emily Goehler at Bell Pottinger North on (01625) 506444 or email http://jbutters@bellpottingernorth.co.uk or http://egoehler@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

 
BEACHCROFT WANSBROUGHS LOOKING HEALTHY IN BRISTOL


7 November 2005


The Bristol office of national commercial law firm, Beachcroft Wansbroughs, continues to expand its team of nationally recognised experts with the appointment of Susan Thompson to its national health advice team.

Susan joins Beachcrofts from regional law firm, Bevan Brittan, where she was a partner for 12 years. As part of the firm's national health advice team, Susan, who is recognised in Legal 500 for her mental health advice and was recently appointed to the Law Society's Mental Health and Disability Committee, will lead the development of a specialist national mental health practice in conjunction with Diane Hallatt and Kiran Bhogal, as well as providing advice on all other NHS advisory work.

Susan is an experienced professional in the field of mental health law and I am sure she will prove to be a great asset to Beachcroft Wansbroughs, not only in Bristol but nationwide," comments partner and national head of Beachcroft Wansbroughs health practice Nigel Montgomery. "She has lectured widely to clients and at national conferences in the mental health field. She has also had several articles published in a variety of legal and health journals."

Susan is already enjoying the challenge: "Beachcroft Wansbroughs continues to go from strength to strength, so I'm very pleased to be part of a growing team of people who are leaders in their field. I intend to continue to build on this success to deliver excellent integrated services in the field of mental health."

The firm, which has an outstanding 56 partners recognised as leading experts in this year's Chambers Guide and is in the premier league for healthcare nationally, is said to have a health advice team which is 'well on its way' to delivering a rapport and superior client relationship with its clients. Diane Hallatt is referred to as someone who 'delivers top-notch legal counsel', while Kiran Bhogal is singled out as being 'enormously proficient'. Susan is the second high-profile addition to the Bristol-based health advice team, following Corinne Slingo's appointment earlier in the year.

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For more information, please contact:
Debbie Garritty / Oliver Danby, Bell Pottinger North
Tel: 01625 506444

Editors Note:

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is one of the largest commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,300 employees, including 730 professional staff, it provides fully integrated legal advice and litigation services from its offices in Bristol, Birmingham, Brussels, Leeds, London, Manchester and Winchester. Its customer-focused service proposition reflects both the depth of expertise and the approachable nature of the firm and its partners. It is one of the largest law firms in the country to obtain the 'Investors in People' award across all of its offices and was recently shortlisted for Law Firm of the Year in the 2005 Legal Business Awards, as well as being a finalist for The Lawyer's Employment Team of the Year Award.

The Bristol team currently includes 34 partners and 175 staff. Its partners have particular expertise and experience in commercial property, public sector, PFI/PPP projects, health, IT, construction, litigation, financial services and employment law.

For further information please visit our website http://www.bwlaw.co.uk or call 0117 918 2000

 
BEACHCROFT WANSBROUGHS ADVISES STANDARD LIFE ON HEALTHCARE PURCHASE

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10 November 2005

Standard Life Healthcare Limited has appointed the Financial Services Division of one of Bristol's leading commercial law firms on the purchase of the private medical insurance (PMI) business of FirstAssist Insurance Services Limited.

The Beachcroft Wansbroughs team is advising Standard Life on the sale and purchase of FirstAssist, which is subject to FSA and court approval, and the formal portfolio transfer of the insurance risk to Standard Life Healthcare, which will be completed in the first quarter of 2006.

Michael Bothamley, Regional Senior Partner of Beachcroft Wansbroughs' Bristol office, said: "We are delighted to have been appointed by Standard Life Healthcare, a significant player in the private medical insurance market and one of the biggest brands in UK financial services. We are providing them with a range of corporate and regulatory advice to ensure the seamless transfer of the FirstAssist PMI business to Standard Life in the New Year."

Mike Hall, Standard Life Healthcare's Chief Executive, said: "This is a key purchase for us as we seek to consolidate our position in the private medical insurance market. It is, therefore, important that we are fully cognisant of the regulatory and legal environment in which we are operating. Beachcroft Wansbroughs is well placed to provide such advice."

Beachcroft Wansbroughs launched the firm's national Financial Services Division 18 months ago to provide an integrated services approach, combining 'industry aware' legal advice, underpinned by extensive experience of the inner workings of the financial services industry. The service is aimed at tackling the challenges facing organisations seeking to operate with increasing efficiency in a highly regulated and competitive financial services market.

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For more information, please contact:
Debbie Garritty, Bell Pottinger
Tel: 01625 506411

Editors Note:

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is one of the largest commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,300 employees, including 730 professional staff, it provides fully integrated legal advice and litigation services from its offices in Bristol, Birmingham, Brussels, Leeds, London, Manchester and Winchester. Its customer-focused service proposition reflects both the depth of expertise and the approachable nature of the firm and its partners. It is one of the largest law firms in the country to obtain the 'Investors in People' award across all of its offices and was recently shortlisted for Law Firm of the Year in the 2005 Legal Business Awards, as well as being a finalist for The Lawyer's Employment Team of the Year Award.

The Bristol team currently includes 34 partners and a further 375 staff. Its partners have particular expertise and experience in commercial property, public sector, PFI/PPP projects, health, IT, construction, litigation, financial services and employment law.

For further information please visit our website http://www.bwlaw.co.uk or call 0117 918 2000

 
Adsteam Announces New Deal For The Thames

15th November 2005

Following a review of current best practice across its UK business, Adsteam is to introduce mandatory changes to the historic terms & conditions enjoyed by crew members on the Thames. The consequences of this change will be subject to consultation with the TGWU and employees in line with the company's legal obligations.

CEO Europe, Stephen Eastwood, today announced plans for greater operational efficiency and conformity with other UK ports, which will result in a 45% reduction in the Gravesend crews. Following on from the successful introduction of 3-person crewing across its UK operations, and in response to the loss of a significant contract at BP Coryton, the business is offering 36 crew members a new system of working.

The major changes to the old working practices which have remained unchanged for many years, is that crews will now work one week on, one week off with 4 weeks annual leave each year. This is a formula which has been successfully introduced across the other Adsteam UK ports and which, indeed, received formal approval of the Gravesend crews, local TGWU representatives and the TGWU regional officer in December 2004. To date, despite extensive consultation and the payment of improved salary and introduction of enhanced pension benefits made as part of the signed agreement from January of this year, no new working practices have yet been implemented.

Commenting on today's announcement, CEO Europe, Stephen Eastwood said: "We have worked very hard with Gravesend to keep everyone fully informed of the commercial imperatives of the business. The stewards and regional TGWU representative have sat down with the company and agreed a new working system to secure long-term employment for most of their members. However, this signed agreement has never been implemented by the workforce, who have simply not delivered on their promises. This fact, together with a decrease in anticipated container business over the last 3 months, on top of the significant loss of the BP Coryton contract, is making our Thames operation a non-viable business. The business therefore has no option but to bring Gravesend into line with the rest of our UK ports.

"A reduction in the workforce of around 45% will leave 36 people with new contracts of employment. The 30 people who will be made redundant will receive enhanced redundancy payments, which will reduce in value the longer it takes to implement the new working system. After the 30-day consultation period to discuss the consequences of these changes and in the event of a failure to agree and implement, the company will issue a 12-week notice of redundancy to individual employees. The remaining employees will be issued with 12- weeks' notice, terminating current contractual conditions and offering re-engagement under the new terms and conditions.

"It's very simple. We have talked, we have listened, we've negotiated and we have consulted and we will continue to consult on the consequences of this business decision. It is now time to act in the best interests of our national operations and to achieve parity with the model successfully operated across our other UK ports."

From tomorrow, each crew member will receive a fully documented explanatory pack, outlining the changes and their implications. A help line will also be manned to answer questions and individual requests for clarification.

For further information, please contact:

Stephen Eastwood Deborah Garritty
Chief Executive Europe Director
Adsteam (UK) Ltd Bell Pottinger North Ltd
tel 01482 337 650 tel 01625 506444

 
Friday, November 04, 2005
MPSL 'DRAWS' FROM THE TOP


2nd November 2005

MPSL Planning & Design has completed working drawings for 6 exclusive apartments on Macclesfield Road in Prestbury, Cheshire. The work is the first to be undertaken by the company for specialist, executive developer, P H Property Holdings Ltd.

The new luxury development, Fallibroome House, will include 1 penthouse apartment besides 5 other generously proportioned apartments, all with basement parking. MPSL Planning & Design - which sits alongside MPSL Civil Engineering as part of MPSL Ltd - has acted as lead consultant in the production of all construction drawings.

David Golden, managing director of MPSL Planning & Design comments: "We're pleased to add P H Property Holdings to our customer list and hope that we have successfully demonstrated to them our flexibility and willingness to fit smoothly into any existing team. Working on such a top of the range development, that is to be built to the highest specifications, illustrates the specialist abilities that we apply to our range of services and the capabilities of our highly-skilled team."

Lee Wood, technical director for P H Property Holdings, adds: "It's good to know that there is a company local to us which specialises in supporting the construction industry and who we can approach to effectively plug the gaps in our own resource, knowing that they will deliver to a high standard - judging on results so far."

MPSL Planning & Design offers master planning, urban design, architectural services, technical services and landscaping. Clients include Persimmon, Gleeson, Crosby, Linden, Bellway, David McLean, Wimpey Homes and Taylor Woodrow. For further information about the services that the division provides, contact David Golden on 0161 973 2277 or visit the company's website at http://www.mpslgroup.com
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Press contact: Elizabeth Swain @ Bell Pottinger North
eswain@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
(01625 506404)

Editor's Note
MPSL Ltd provides a unique one-stop shop for those operating in the construction industry with its wide range of service offerings. The company's two divisions, MPSL Planning & Design and MPSL Civil & Structural Engineering, work throughout the residential, commercial, retail, leisure and public sectors offering support, as needed, on a whole host of projects.

 
WORK AND FAMILIES: CHOICE AND FLEXIBILITY

20 October 2005

Following today's announcement regarding the extension of rights for parents and carers, Frank Morton, Partner of the Employment Group at Bristol-based law firm, Beachcroft Wansbroughs comments:

"Today's announcement incorporates some of the changes we have been expecting on the extension of maternity and paternity leave. We are pleased to see that the Government has promised to provide assistance with the practical problems faced by employers when dealing with maternity absence. This will include guidelines to employers on dealing with the difficult question on whether they should contact employees during maternity leave or not. We also believe that the "keeping in touch" days will assist both employers and employees in the return to work following a maternity absence.

"However, there is still a great deal of work to be done to ensure that these provisions are not unduly burdensome for employers, in either cost or administrative terms. Whether fathers will, in practice, take up extended paternity leave remains to be seen. Much may depend upon the perceived impact on their careers as well as their finances. A reduction in full pay to statutory paternity pay (comparable to the current maternity pay of £108.20 per week) may serve as a disincentive, particularly where the father is the principal breadwinner and has another mouth to feed."

Background

The Trade and Industry Secretary Alan Johnson announced today the extension of rights for parents and carers as part of the Work and Families Bill. The Department of Trade and Industry received over 200 formal responses to its proposals during the consultation period from 28 February 2005 to 25 May 2005. The Government has now produced its response which incorporates the proposed changes.

The Government's commitment is to ensure every child gets the best start in life and give parents more choice in how to balance their work and family responsibility. The commitment is part of the Government's incorporation of the ten year strategy for childcare set out in the 2004 pre-budget report.

The changes include:-

1. the extension of paid maternity leave from 6 months to 9 months from April 2007;
2. the intention to increase the paid maternity leave to 1 year by the end of the present Parliament (2009);
3. to allow women who are absent on maternity leave "keeping in touch days" and to attend work for a limited number of days during the maternity paid period without any effect on their maternity pay. Tied in to this employers will be given guidance on what reasonable contact is permitted with mothers at any stage during maternity leave;
4. introducing a new paternity leave period of up to 6 months for fathers (in addition to the current 2 week paid paternity leave). This will in effect enable mothers to shorten their maternity leave and let the child's father take over care of the child. So, for example, if the mother returns to work after 3 months leave the father will (subject to certain criteria) be able to take up 6 months' leave;
5. extending the right to request flexible working to carers of sick or elderly adults from April 2007; and
6. there will also be further changes to help employers manage the administration of maternity leave, maternity pay and plan and assist employees returning to work.

The proposals are supported by parents, carers, employees and their representatives as a step in the right direction. The feedback from employers and their representatives has been varied but generally there appears to have been an acceptance and acknowledgement of the proposals to develop the principle of work-life balance. However, businesses are concerned that they should not be disproportionately affected either financially or from a productivity point of view by these changes.

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For more information, please contact:
Deborah Garritty / Oliver Danby, Bell Pottinger North
Tel: 01625 506444

Editors Note:

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is one of the largest commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,220 employees, including 730 professional staff, it provides fully integrated legal advice and litigation services from its offices in Bristol, Birmingham, Brussels, Leeds, London, Manchester and Winchester. Its customer-focused service proposition reflects both the depth of expertise and the approachable nature of the firm and its partners. It is one of the largest law firms in the country to obtain the 'Investors in People' award across all of its offices and was recently shortlisted for Law Firm of the Year in the 2005 Legal Business Awards, as well as being a finalist for The Lawyer's Employment Team of the Year Award.

The Bristol team currently includes 25 partners and 198 staff. Its partners have particular expertise and experience in commercial property, public sector, PFI/PPP projects, health, IT, construction, litigation, financial services and employment law.

For further information please visit our website http://www.bwlaw.co.uk or call 0117 918 2000.

Press contacts: Deborah Garritty/John Butters @ Bell Pottinger North
Tel. + 44 (1625) 506444 Fax + 44 (1625) 500900
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk / odanby@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

 
BEACHCROFT WANSBROUGHS BUILDS CONSTRUCTION OFFERING IN NORTH EAST

21 October 2005

Beachcroft Wansbroughs, one of the country's fastest growing commercial law firms, continues to expand its national construction practice with the appointment of Paul Washbourne.

Paul, who will be based at the firm's Leeds office, gained degrees from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Kings College, London and first began practising law in 1995. Joining from Newcastle firm, Dickinson Dees, where he was an associate, Paul will form part of Beachcroft Wansbroughs' national construction & engineering group, led by Andrew Marsh in the North. As a qualified civil engineer, Paul spent several years with leading contractor, Taylor Woodrow, before studying for his law degree.

The new appointment is a further indication of Beachcroft Wansbroughs' determination to build a national team of specialists and expand its service offering to contractors, developers and property owners on construction-related issues. Specialising in commercial construction, development and public sector PFI/PPP work, Paul has already helped to drive the business forward by securing large-scale projects with Sanofi-Aventis and L'Oreal across the region.

"I'm sure that Paul's vast knowledge and experience of construction law, along with his approachability and professional demeanor will prove to be a huge asset to the Leeds office and Beachcroft Wansbroughs as a whole," comments Andrew Marsh. "This appointment underlines our serious commitment to growth across the North and will help us to continue to offer a market-leading proposition and levels of service to construction clients."

Paul is already looking forward to the challenge: "Beachcroft Wansbroughs is growing fast, and it's an exciting time to join the team. The construction partners are already well known in Leeds and Manchester and our mission is to become a centre of excellence for construction clients across the North. Watch this space!"

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For more information, please contact:
Debbie Garritty, Bell Pottinger
Tel: 01625 506411

Editors Note:

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is one of the largest commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,220 employees, including 730 professional staff, it provides fully integrated legal advice and litigation services from its offices in Leeds, Birmingham, Bristol, Brussels, London, Manchester and Winchester. Its customer-focused service proposition reflects both the depth of expertise and the approachable nature of the firm and its partners. It is one of the largest law firms in the country to obtain the 'Investors in People' award across all of its offices and was recently shortlisted for Law Firm of the Year in the 2005 Legal Business Awards.

The Leeds team currently includes 21 partners and 157 staff. Its partners have particular expertise and experience in commercial property, public sector PFI/PPP projects, health, IT, construction, litigation, financial services and employment law.

For further information please visit our website http://www.bwlaw.co.uk or call 0113 251 4700.

Press contacts: Deborah Garritty/Oliver Danby @ Bell Pottinger North
Tel. + 44 (1625) 506444 Fax + 44 (1625) 500900
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk / odanby@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

 
E-VALUE MATTERS - TRANSFORMING BUSINESS ONLINE

31 October 2005

A CBI North West & NWDA conference, sponsored by Beachcroft Wansbroughs

Manchester's fastest growing commercial law firm, Beachcroft Wansbroughs, has teamed up with the CBI and NWDA to provide an essential conference for the region's business community. Company directors, managers and technology advisers will have an opportunity to attend the e-Value Matters - Transforming Business Online, a morning conference that delivers a genuine, practical insight into how to utilise the internet for the benefit of business.

The conference, which is sponsored by Beachcroft Wansbroughs, will take place on 22nd November from 10am to 12.30pm at Northern Technologies, Netherfield Road, Nelson and is free of charge. Booking forms can be requested by contacting Elaine Miller on 0161 787 6220.

Conference speakers will include Beachcroft Wansbroughs' partner and technology expert Pauline Cowie, a leading member of the firm's nationally acclaimed Technology and Commerce Team and one of 19 partners based at the Manchester office. Pauline advises on a wide range of technology law issues, outsourcing, information technology, data protection and e-commerce. Pauline's speech will serve as a gentle reminder that, even though collecting personal data by electronic means has made it far easier for companies than it has been in the past, it is still incumbent on them to adhere to the rules and legislation in place.

Commenting on the event, Pauline said: "We always welcome an opportunity to 'deal direct' with Manchester's business leaders and translate the implications of new or updated legislation into a commercial language they can understand. It's very easy for companies to take the internet for granted. Data protection legislation is in place and should not be overlooked because the data is being collected in a different way. This conference will provide clear guidelines as to what is expected from companies as far as this is concerned and suggest ways in which they can protect themselves from breach of the legislation in this area."

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Beachcroft Wansbroughs is one of the largest commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,220 employees, including 730 professional staff, it provides fully integrated legal advice and litigation services from its offices in Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Brussels, Leeds, London, and Winchester. It is one of the largest law firms in the country to obtain the 'Investors in People' award across all of its offices and was recently shortlisted for Law Firm of the Year in the 2005 Legal Business Awards.

The Manchester team currently includes 19 partners and 160 staff. The partners have particular expertise and experience in technology and commerce, commercial property, injury/risk, professional indemnity, corporate/commercial and employment law.

To book your place at the 22nd November event, please contact Elaine Miller on 0161 787 6220

 
Off plan property specialist shares its 'logic' in free workshops

31 October 2005

Off plan property investment specialist Urban Logic has announced dates for a series of free workshops to take place at the Crowne Plaza in Leeds following on from a recent successful run in Manchester. The workshops aim to demystify the market and encourage potential investors to consider all options.

The 90 minute workshops, to take place from the 21st to 30th November, will be led by a professional from the Urban Logic team who is experienced in off plan buying and who has a good knowledge of the UK property market and is able to offer tips and general advice.

Since its inception in November 2003, Urban Logic has differentiated itself from the competition by calling for industry regulation and warning of the pitfalls of supposed 'get rich quick' schemes. By providing free workshops the company hopes to distinguish itself further from other off plan property consultants who charge large sums of money for market intelligence and investment advice.

Managing director of Urban Logic, Andrew Lazare explains: "We offer an extremely transparent service which lays out, from the off-set, a breakdown of all costs so there is no confusion and our investors can reach straight through to the bottom-line that has been openly forecast. Some other companies choose to operate with smoke and mirrors, keeping the investors at arms length whilst not necessarily sourcing the best opportunities or delivering the greatest possibilities in relation to return on investment.

"Our existing clients have direct and regular contact with us and know that we will fully evaluate each situation and advise them as to what are their best interests, from our indepth understanding of the market and for no extra cost. We are now extending that offer and building relationships with people who are considering off plan property investment outside of our database, who don't necessarily know where to start.

"The days of 'get rich quick' are over but there are still a lot of unscrupulous third parties out there who are more than happy to make a quick buck on the back of other peoples' dreams. We'd like to prepare first-time investors so that they can make more of an educated decision about investing in the property market and to give them a clear idea of the pros and cons. Our Manchester audiences really appreciated the openness of the workshops and our relaxed approach and so we're hoping to have a similarly positive response in Leeds."

Urban Logic has developed exclusive relationships with a number of the UK's leading housebuilders, enabling it to offer its clients discounts of up to 20 per cent on a range of residential properties at prime sites across the north of England and Scotland. Since its launch, it has attracted a large amount of business interest culminating in the sale of 15 per cent of the company to AIM-listed property expert, Nadlan plc.

Registration for the seminars at the Crowne Plaza on Wellington Street will be at 6pm with start time at 6.30pm until 8.00pm. For further information call Urban Logic on 0161 236 0123 or visit http://www.urban-logic.co.uk

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For more press information contact Elizabeth Swain or John Butters at Bell Pottinger North on (01625) 506444 or email eswain@bellpottingernorth.co.uk / jbutters@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

 
LEADING THE FIELD AT BEACHCROFT WANSBROUGHS

31 October 2005

Six partners from the Leeds office of Beachcroft Wansbroughs have been named leaders in their field in Chambers UK, the annual guide to the legal profession which ranks law firms, solicitors and barristers in over 60 specialist areas of law. The firm also achieved a top tier ranking for its personal injury department.

Formed following independent interviews with a range of lawyers and clients, Chambers UK is one of the most respected guides to the legal industry. The rankings are based on a number of key criteria including technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness, diligence and commitment.

Overall, a further four departments at the Leeds office have been recognised for their expertise, including real estate, professional negligence, healthcare and litigation.

In the words of their peers, Beachcroft Wansbrough's personal injury team has adopted the 'right attitude' towards the complexities of the personal injury arena. The team undertakes a broad spectrum of cases, encompassing motor, employers' liability, public liability, disease and catastrophic injury cases.

The real estate team leapfrogs into the table this year as a result of its dramatic expansion. It has grown from a team of four to a team of ten lawyers and anticipates further growth in the year ahead. Virginia Clegg, head of the commercial property department, is described as 'responsive and enormously helpful and supportive'. The team is boosted by the addition of Simon Sherwood who joined as partner in April 2005.

The Leeds office has built a stand-alone commercial litigation practice and is also considered a strong contender in areas such as professional negligence and construction. Clients appreciate the partner attention and the fact that all of the lawyers are 'on the ball' and 'report back very quickly'. Peers view regional senior partner, Glenn Miller, as 'bright and commercially sensible'. He is experienced in commercial, financial and insurance litigation, and boasts particular specialist knowledge of fraud issues.

"The Chambers Guide gives the most accurate assessment of law firms, lawyers and solicitors in the country, so it is excellent to see six of our partners listed," says Glenn Miller, regional senior partner, Beachcroft Wansbroughs, Leeds. "These results are testament to the quality of our work and our ability to attract high calibre partners.

"Three of our partners have retained their leading status since 2004, and three are new entries. In addition, the litigation (general commercial) team has gained a higher ranking compared to 2004, and the real estate department is a new entry this year, illustrating the continued success and growth of the Leeds office."

As one of the largest national commercial law firms in the UK, Beachcroft Wansbroughs has offices in Leeds, Birmingham, Bristol, London, Manchester and Winchester. Nationwide, the firm now has 56 leading lawyers recognised in the prestigious guide, taking Beachcroft Wansbroughs into the top 20 of all UK law firms, with a 30% increase in lawyers listed year on year.

For further information on the range of legal services available from Beachcroft Wansbroughs, visit our website http://www.bwlaw.co.uk.

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For more information, please contact:
Debbie Garritty/Natalie Gross, Bell Pottinger North
Tel: 01625 506411/506427

Notes to Editors:

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is one of the largest national commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1300 employees, including 730 professional staff, it provides fully integrated legal advice and litigation services from offices in Leeds, Birmingham, Bristol, Brussels, London, Manchester and Winchester.

Committed to service excellence, its unique and innovative proposition reflects both the depth of expertise and the approachable nature of the firm and its partners. It is also the largest law firm in the country to obtain the 'Investors in People' award across all of its offices.

A prominent player in the financial services, health and public sectors, it provides increasingly comprehensive services in employment, construction, property and technology.

 
Property specialist eyes new markets with Urban Retreat

2nd November 2005

Young, property entrepreneur Andrew Lazare today announced the launch of Urban Retreat, a new company that aims to raise £3m to provide property funding to developers in emerging markets.

Based in Manchester, Urban Retreat provides developers with a wide range of support such as project funding, advice on off plan selling, legal expertise, tax planning and marketing.

The company will initially focus on new property hotspots in countries including Bulgaria, Turkey, Dubai, Spain and Thailand, and the firm has already signed deals to co-fund developers on two exciting projects.

"Urban Retreat is a win/win scenario for everyone involved," said Lazare. "Developers can focus on building the best products for the market while being comfortable that specialists are taking care of the marketing, sales and funding.

"Many of these property hotspots are seeing significant capital growth and, by working closely with the developers on joint venture opportunities, Urban Retreat is ideally positioned to maximise returns for its investors, who will own a share in each development.

"It is envisaged that Urban Retreat's own investors should be able to make up to 30 per cent a year on their initial investment.''

Andrew Lazare who is a major shareholder of Urban Logic, the off plan property specialists, previously worked with top venture capitalist, Axiomlab PLC where he developed an expertise and knowledge of the financial marketplace.

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For more press information contact Elizabeth Swain or John Butters at Bell Pottinger North on (01625) 506444 or email eswain@bellpottingernorth.co.uk / jbutters@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

 
RELOCATION HERALDS TEAM EXPANSION FOR EIC NORTHERN

2nd November 2005

EIC Northern, the Yorkshire-based northern office of leading mechanical and electrical specialist, EIC, is set to move to larger premises in Ferrybridge before Christmas to accommodate an expanding team.

Currently based in Pontefract, the new office is strategically placed at the intersection of the A1 and M62, the two primary arterial routes in the North of England. The new office will give the staff double the floor space they are accustomed to, to make room for what has been a 40% increase in staff in the last 12 months alone.

The northern office opened its doors five years ago supporting EIC's pledge to its clients to deliver its services as a local national contractor. The region has since maintained a healthy year on year growth reflecting a steady rise in the level of mechanical and electrical work retained by the company throughout the North of England.

The mechanical side of the business was strengthened last year when EIC appointed a mechanical contracts manager to oversee the region's building services contracts. Since then further appointments have followed as the team has grown to accommodate both new and existing clients.

Joint managing director of EIC, Nigel Le Marechal comments: "This move is a reflection of the team's successes. Each individual has played a part in helping us to grow the business in the North and the bigger office is a result of hard work and commitment. We're in the middle of a total refurbishment of the new office but look forward to being in before Christmas so we can quite fittingly celebrate out with the old, in with the new."

EIC Northern's clients include Debenhams, Asda, Tesco, Gala Leisure, JJB Sports, the Macdonalds Hotel Group, Bupa, North Yorkshire County Council, Styles & Wood, Simpson Shopfitting, Morris & Spottiswood and Dew Construction.

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Notes for Editor
EIC provides project management, design, supply, installation, testing, commissioning and maintenance of electrical, mechanical control and data management systems to a wide range of blue chip clients. The company has a successful track record of partnering with major contractors such as AMEC, HBG, Taylor Woodrow, Carillion and Willmott Dixon, as well as carrying out a broad range of services for many High Street names and leisure groups including Debenhams, John Lewis Partnership, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Virgin, Primark, Littlewoods, Gap, Bhs, Co-op, ATS, Mitchells & Butler, Firmdale Hotels and the Hilton Group. EIC also works extensively throughout the health, education and commercial sectors. For further information log on to http://www.eicltd.com or call 01789 269408.

Press contact: Elizabeth Swain @ Bell Pottinger North
eswain@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
(01625 506444)

 

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