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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!"


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


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