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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

National commercial law firm, Beachcroft Wansbroughs, is taking health seriously, having built up a team of 130 specialist lawyers in the sector, working for NHS and private service providers across the UK. Much of its expertise is based in the North, where an expanded cross-Pennine team is led by partner Jane Hayden-Smith, based at the firm's Leeds office. The new Health Sector team includes specialists in all aspects of commercial law - including employment, projects, property, construction and clinical risk - with specific experience in the health sector.

The latest addition to the Healthcare and Clinical Risk team is partner and mental health specialist, Susan Thompson. Susan joins Beachcroft Wansbroughs from regional law firm Bevan Brittan, where she was a partner for 12 years. As part of the firm's national Healthcare and Clinical Risk team, Susan will also lead the development within the firm of a specialist national mental health practice working alongside another Leeds partner and Mental Health Review Tribunal member, Diane Hallatt.

The purpose of the team's multi-disciplinary approach is to provide comprehensive legal advice on a range of issues to health sector clients across the region. The work of the Healthcare and Clinical Risk team includes inquests, applications for judicial review, funding issues, integrated governance for Trusts and Foundation Trusts, dealing with independent contractors and relationships with statutory partners and the private sector.

Jane Hayden Smith, Head of the cross-Pennine Health Sector Group believes it's a model which adds value: "Increasingly, there is a need for more 'joined-up thinking' in these large organisations. We pride ourselves on being able to provide a more holistic approach to the task, while our in-depth knowledge of the sector, allows us to take a pragmatic, more commercial view of clients' legal requirements.

"Susan will be a great asset to the team. She has an excellent reputation and has lectured and written extensively on mental health issues. We look forward to being able to use her wealth of experience to add value to our clients' businesses as we build the practice further."

Beachcroft Wansbroughs has an outstanding 56 partners recognised as leading experts in this year's Chambers Guide and is in the premier league for legal advisers to the healthcare sector nationally. Susan Thompson is recognised in the Legal 500 by clients for her mental health advice and for her dedication to going 'above and beyond the call of duty'. She was recently appointed to the Law Society's Mental Health and Disability Committee.

For further information about Beachcroft Wansbroughs and its health advice team, please visit http://www.bwlaw.co.uk or call 0113 251 4700.

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For more information, please contact:
Deborah Garritty/Natalie Gross, Bell Pottinger
Tel: 01625 506444

Editors Note:

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is one of the largest commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,300 employees, including 772 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.


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