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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.


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


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