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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.

 

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