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Tuesday, January 31, 2006
THIS THAT AND 'THE OTHER' AS EIC TAKES TO THE STAGE

31st January 2006

With the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon due to close after April 2007 for a major transformation, EIC is supporting international project management company AMEC's efforts to provide alternative facilities for theatre-goers heading to one of the town's main attractions.

The leading mechanical and electrical services specialist is assisting with the refurbishment and conversion of the RSC's small studio theatre, to create The Courtyard Theatre, a temporary 1000-seat venue. The mechanical and electrical installation contract, valued at £600,000, covers all general shared public areas including reception and toilets.

Enabling works are completed and EIC started work on the main contract in December, which is due to run until the end of March 2006. The temporary theatre space opens in July 2006 and will provide a third performance venue for the theatre until work on the main site begins after April 2007. The Courtyard Theatre will then be the main performance space until work is completed on the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

EIC has also been awarded a mechanical and electrical contract by ISG InteriorExterior PLC for the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry. The contract, valued at just under £1 million, is for supply and installation of mechanical and electrical services and is due to start in February 2006 with a completion date set for September 2006.

Part of the existing structure of the Belgrade will be demolished and a large extension is to be built. As the theatre will be operational during work, all contractors are expected to be sympathetic to the needs of both staff and theatre-goers.

Nigel Le Marechal, joint managing director of EIC, comments: "We're delighted to have been awarded both of these contracts as the company has an extremely close bond with Stratford and the region having been founded in Stratford and with a head office situated close to the Centre of the town.

"Most of the team in the Midlands have been raised in or around Stratford and are familiar with the work of the RSC having sat as part of the audience on many occasion. It's nice to be involved in work that ultimately forms part of our cultural heritage."

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Editor's note

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 506404)

 
Monday, January 30, 2006
BRABNERS CHAFFE STREET ADVISE ON BEGBIE'S ACQUISITIONS

30 January 2006

North West law firm Brabners Chaffe Street has advised AIM-listed Begbies Traynor on two recent acquisitions.

Corporate partner Mark Brandwood advised on the acquisition of W3 Debt Solutions. This move sees the Begbies Traynor Group, which has its head office in Manchester, enter the rapidly-expanding volume personal insolvency market. W3 Debt Solutions employs 15 full-time staff from its office in Chorley, Lancashire and had a turnover of £1.1m in the year to 31st May 2005.

Corporate partner Robert Street advised on the acquisition of Peter Sargent's Yorkshire corporate recovery practice, which encompasses a team of eight insolvency practitioners based in Halifax.

Mark Brandwood commented: "These acquisitions are integral to the Group's strategic goal of offering an increasing number of services closely related to insolvency and corporate turnaround."

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For further information please contact Vicki Baxter or Joanne Fletcher-Wall at Bell Pottinger North on 01625 617611:

vbaxter@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
jfletcher-wall@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

Facts about Brabners Chaffe Street

Brabners Chaffe Street is a Limited Liability Partnership and has 46 partners and 146 fee-earners based at offices in Liverpool, Manchester and Preston, with a combined annual turnover of 17.5 million.

The firm provides services across the following disciplines:
* corporate and commercial
* property
* commercial litigation
* employment.

It has recently strengthened its teams in specialist areas including construction, property and employment.

Brabners Chaffe Street also provides a range of private client services to high net worth individuals.

In January 2001 Brabners incorporated the corporate and commercial departments of Berrymans Lace Mawer. In January 2002 it merged with independent Manchester-based law firm, Chaffe Street.

 
Friday, January 27, 2006
NORTHWEST HOSTS NATIONAL ANGEL NETWORKS

27 January 2006

The North West Regional Development Agency played host to the great and the good of the UK business angel movement this week, with an interactive workshop that included speakers from Government, academia, the City, public and private investor networks.

The British Business Angels Association's (BBAA) first Winter Workshop held in Warrington provided a fascinating insight into the shape and size of the angel market today, together with practical sessions on best practice models in valuation and angel syndication, the 'investment readiness' of candidate companies and how to encourage individuals with management, technical or marketing skills and capital to invest in small businesses and join an angel network. Open only to BBAA members, the event is part of a move sponsored by national Government to quantify, recognise and reward the contribution of business angel finance to UK plc.

NWDA's TEChINVEST founder and manager Vivienne Upcott-Gill who, as one of the most experienced business angel network managers in the UK, has played a key role in encouraging the development of angel networks and the sharing of best practice, opened the proceedings by welcoming delegates and paying tribute to the work of the new BBAA Chairman Anthony Clarke in placing the issue at the forefront of the national agenda.

Deputy Director, Access to Finance Policy, Grant Peggie and Ken Cooper, Head of Investment and Portfolio Management at the at Small Business Service (SBS) confirmed the importance of private investors as an economic force. Both referred to a new research programme to be undertaken by the Small Business Investment Taskforce to identify the size and scope of business angel investment activity in the UK and confirmed that Government funding would continue to support BBAA until March 2008.

Professor Richard Harrison of Queen's University, Belfast is one of two leading academics who have profiled business angel activity in the past. He and Professor Colin Mason have already carried out extensive studies into the individual profile and motivation of business angels and are due to publish new research on angels in Scotland, which will highlight the key role of angels as catalysts in the investment market.

Changes in the last 12 months include improved liquidity, less emphasis on individual exit routes and closer links between angel finance and traditional venture capital and/or co-investment funds.

Commenting on the event, Vivienne Upcott-Gill said: "We are delighted that the BBAA chose the Northwest as the venue for this winter workshop. Business angels have been a key source of early stage finance in the Northwest. The Northwest Regional Development Agency has worked hard to grow the number of angels and also create a range of seed and equity finance funds which are second to none nationwide. These enable more of our dynamic new and growing businesses to access the vital funding they need, as well as helping angels who do not wish to invest alone to invest alongside other investors. This top level event supports our positioning as one of the more buoyant and dynamic economic regions of the UK.

"Our role now is to take the intellectual content of this workshop and cascade the information to our investor network, helping them to structure sophisticated deals which work well for them over the long term."

TEChINVEST is one of the country's best known and longest established investor networks. In the 15 years since its inception, it has helped Northwest business raise over £19m in direct funding and unlock a further £38m in indirect finance.

For further information on the TEChINVEST service, please visit our website http://www.techinvest.org

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Press contact: Deborah Garritty, Bell Pottinger North (01625 506444)>
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

 
ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALISTS JOINS BRABNERS CHAFFE STREET

27th January 2006

With businesses today facing an ever increasing number of complex rules and regulations covering the environment as well as health and safety, north west law firm Brabners Chaffe Street has appointed specialist lawyer Simon Colvin.

Simon, aged 28, who has a degree in Environmental Biology, has specialised in environmental and health and safety issues for the past two years with national law firm Eversheds. He has now returned to Brabners Chaffe Street's Preston office where he trained.

Simon commented: "The last 15 years have seen a rapid rise in the number and remit of rules and regulations. Businesses now have to comply with a mass of complex laws. If they don't, those responsible could face severe financial penalties or even imprisonment. The situation is only set to get worse with the implementation of further environmental legislation by the EU and the planned health and safety laws concerning corporate manslaughter which the UK Government are looking to introduce in the near future."

Simon has recently been involved in preparation for the successful 2012 Olympic bid assessing the brownfield sites that will form the new Olympic Park, as well as analysing the risks and looking at the apportionment of any liability. He also advised on the Greater Manchester Waste PFI project assessing all the waste facilities in the region in relation to environmental liabilities.

In his leisure time, Simon, who lives in Bolton, enjoys golf, walking and skiing. He is planning to participate in Brabners Chaffe Street's 'Three Peaks Challenge later in 2006.

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For further information please contact Vicki Baxter or Alison Duffy at Bell Pottinger North on 01625 617611:

vbaxter@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
aduffy@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

Facts about Brabners Chaffe Street

Brabners Chaffe Street is a Limited Liability Partnership and has 46 partners and 146 fee-earners based at offices in Liverpool, Manchester and Preston, with a combined annual turnover of 17.5 million.

The firm provides services across the following disciplines:
* corporate and commercial
* property
* commercial litigation
* employment.

It has recently strengthened its teams in specialist areas including construction, property and employment.

Brabners Chaffe Street also provides a range of private client services to high net worth individuals.

In January 2001 Brabners incorporated the corporate and commercial departments of Berrymans Lace Mawer. In January 2002 it merged with independent Manchester-based law firm, Chaffe Street.

 
Thursday, January 26, 2006
PREPARING FOR THE NEW AGE

26 January 2006

Manchester's fastest growing law firm is helping Northwest employers tackle their biggest challenge in the last thirty years - age discrimination legislation. On 16 February 2005 from 9:30am to 4:30pm, Beachcroft Wansbroughs is holding a one-day conference on the 2006 age discrimination regulations at the Marriott Victoria and Albert Hotel in Manchester.

Aimed at HR professionals, directors and managers responsible for strategic human resources or personnel management decisions, plus in-house lawyers, the conference will ensure employers understand the issues critical to complying with the new regulations.

As well as providing expert advice from leading lawyers, the event will draw on the experience of industry figureheads such as Sally Humpage, HR policy manager at Marks & Spencer. Sally has spent the last two years as an employment policy manager at Marks & Spencer and currently has responsibility for the company's own age policy programme.

"Ageism is inherent in our society - for example, many of us inadvertently equate number of years experience in a job, with ability," said Sue Jenkins, speaker at the conference and a leading member of Beachcroft Wansbroughs' specialist age discrimination team in Manchester.

"The legislation presents a real challenge to employers who will not only have to deal with the implementation of robust policies and procedures, but the need to tackle cultural change. Those who fail to prepare could find themselves facing time-consuming and expensive litigation, where job candidates or employees have been discriminated against."

Effective from October 2006, the age discrimination regulations will prohibit employers from treating any employee, job applicant or contract worker less favourably because of their age. For example, requiring job applicants to have a minimum period of job experience before qualifying for particular benefits such as increased holiday, could qualify as discriminatory.

Other speakers at the event include Freda Line, employer relations manager, Employers Forum of Age; Rachel Dineley, head of the national discrimination unit, Beachcroft Wansbroughs; David Farmer, associate, Beachcroft Wansbroughs and Peter McInnes, partner at Irish law firm, Mason Hayes and Curran.

The conference will be followed by drinks and canapés and costs £175. To a reserve a place, please contact Louise Blythman at Beachcroft Wansbroughs on 0117 918 2578 or email http://lblythman@bwlaw.co.uk.

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For more information, please contact:
Debbie Garritty/Emily Goehler, Bell Pottinger North
http://dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk / http://egoehler@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
Tel: 01625 506444

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is one of the largest commercial law firms in the UK, with a turnover nearing £100m and an average 9% growth in revenue year on year. 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. On 1st May 2006 the firm will become Beachcroft LLP - another move towards greater transparency and commercialisation.

The firm operates through specialist practice area teams to deliver an integrated service to clients in four main industry groups: health and public sector; real estate and construction; financial services (including the insurance industry); and technology, media and communications/telecoms.

Key clients in these groups include Guy's and St Thomas's NHS Foundation Trust, Balfour Beatty, Westfield Shoppingtowns Ltd., Zurich, Allianz Cornhill and Freescale Semiconductor.

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is one of the largest law firms in the country to obtain the > 'Investors in People' award across all of its offices. The firm was runner up in the 2005 Legal Business Awards - Law Firm of the Year category; second in the Legal Week client satisfaction survey; and is in the top 20 in Chambers UK, with 56 leading lawyers recognised as experts.

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

 
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
CREATION SAYS 'HI' TO HEIDI

25 January 2006

Independent, multi-service advertising and design agency, CREATION continues to grow with the appointment of 24 year old Heidi Hallett as new business executive.

Working closely with business development director, Mark Brown, business graduate, Heidi's responsibilities will include developing new business leads, executing mailing and supporting the customer acquisition programme. She has experience in sales, finance and recruitment and spent a year studying and teaching in China. Heidi brings a pragmatic approach and key communication skills to the role.

Managing director, Shazan Qureshi is delighted to welcome Heidi to the team: "Last year was about building and consolidating the business which helped get us started. We've retained that business, added a few names and now, with a strong team in place, we can pursue the big brand names with a wider strategic offering.

"It's an exciting time for us and we needed a personality who could demonstrate drive and absolute commitment - Heidi stood out as the ideal candidate."

This latest appointment follows on from the recent news that CREATION is soon to double its office space to accommodate the significant expansion of the team.

The agency has established relations with a broad base of clients including RentSmart, Urban Logic, Paul Kennedy, Nadlan plc, Damask plc, Bury Grammar School and CL Edwards and is preparing to announce two new significant contracts in the coming weeks.

For further information on CREATION, please visit http://www.creationadm.com

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

Editor's note

CREATION is a multi-service advertising and design agency, which is committed to delivering results by providing creative solutions that result in tangible benefits for its clients.

 
Monday, January 23, 2006
EIC LAUNCHES SPECIALIST HIGH VOLTAGE SERVICES DIVISION

23 January 2006

EIC is launching "EIC High Voltage Services", an autonomous division set up to cater for large corporate end-users as well as other mechanical and electrical contractors.

Mechanical and electrical expert, EIC has had the capacity to undertake specialist HV work for over three years, but only decided to set up an independent division six months ago in order to test the market.

Having now provided services for an array of clients, including Tesco, Asda, British Gas, IBM, Johnson Controls, 24/7, HM Government -Project ISIS, Warwickshire Police Force, Warwick College, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Dudley Hospitals PFI and Birmingham New Hospitals PFI, the team is confident that the time is right to officially launch.

Nigel Le Marechal, joint managing director of EIC, comments: "This is a highly skilled service offering and so we have proceeded with caution whilst growing the team and pitching for new business. By acting independently, the division is able to offer a specific service to our competitors as well as our clients so we can offer a stand-alone service and a turnkey operation.

"I'm delighted that we have made an impact across a variety of sectors and that we are now winning repeat business from clients who are impressed by the high standard of our service offering."

EIC High Voltage Services specialises in all aspects of high voltage electrical systems, from cable jointing and termination through to complete design, installation and commissioning of services up to 33kV.

The team consists of a group of highly trained, focused individuals who possess a thorough knowledge of all aspects of high and low voltage distribution systems and have experience of working in a wide range of environments.

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Editor's note

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)

 
NEW APPOINTMENT HEADS UP JOINT PROPERTY TEAM

23 January 2006

Leading commercial law firm, Beachcroft Wansbroughs, has announced the appointment of Virginia Clegg as Head of the firm's Property Practice Group in the North of England, bringing together the Manchester and Leeds teams to act as a combined force under Virginia's leadership.

"By managing the Manchester and Leeds teams together as one unit, we can ensure that clients benefit from a combination of the most appropriately experienced people and local market knowledge - which plays an important part in many transactions," she explained.

Virginia's speciality is food retail development and funding, and she acts for Asda Stores Limited.

Property is a core area for Beachcroft Wansbroughs, with over 100 lawyers, including 20 partners, dedicated to working within the sector. Another 50 lawyers work in allied areas such as construction, property finance, and tax and procurement.
The cross-Pennine team has a broad range of experience, working with property companies, retailers, corporate occupiers, contractors and landowners as well as Government clients. Clients include Westfield, Thornfield, MEPC and Realm.

With Virginia Clegg's appointment, Mark Pattison steps down as Head of Property in Manchester to concentrate on client work.

Beachcroft Wansbroughs has an outstanding 56 partners recognised as leading experts in this year's Chambers Guide, and Virginia Clegg is recognised as "responsive, enormously helpful and supportive" and the property team itself as making clients "feel special".

For further information about Beachcroft Wansbroughs and its Property 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 North
Tel: 01625 506444

Editors Note:

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is one of the largest commercial law firms in the UK, with a turnover nearing £100m and an average 9% growth in revenue year on year. 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. On 1st May 2006, the firm will become Beachcroft LLP - another move towards greater transparency and commercialisation.

The firm operates through specialist practice area teams to deliver an integrated service to clients in four main industry groups: health and public sector; real estate and construction; financial services (including the insurance industry); and technology, media and communications/telecoms.

Key clients in these groups include Guy's and St Thomas's NHS Foundation Trust, Balfour Beatty, Westfield Shoppingtowns Ltd, Zurich, Allianz Cornhill and Freescale Semiconductor.

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is one of the largest law firms in the country to obtain the 'Investors in People' award across all of its offices. The firm was runner up in the 2005 Legal Business Awards - Law Firm of the Year category; second in the Legal Week client satisfaction survey; and is in the top 20 in Chambers UK, with 56 leading lawyers recognised as experts.

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

 
Monday, January 16, 2006
BEACHCROFT WANSBROUGHS TO BOLSTER COMMERCIAL PROPERTY TEAM

16 January 2006

In line with the continued growth of the Manchester property market, Beachcroft Wansbroughs, Manchester's fastest growing law firm, is appointing a new commercial property partner, Adrian Wallbank.

Adrian first started practising law in 1994 and joins the firm from DLA Piper, where he was a senior associate. As part of Beachcroft Wansbroughs' national commercial property team, he will be actively involved in customer relationship management for major landlord clients, delivering a quality, consistent service.

Adrian's appointment is further indication of Beachcroft Wansbroughs' determination to build a national team of specialists and expand its service offering to property owners, investors, managers and developers. Adrian's experience has seen him act on behalf of major clients including Pets at Home, Centrica, the Ikea Pension Fund, Mapeley and British Land.

"I'm sure that Adrian's vast knowledge and experience, along with his approachability and professional reputation will prove to be a huge asset to the Manchester office and Beachcroft Wansbroughs as a whole," comments Iain Moore, regional senior partner, Beachcroft Wansbroughs, Manchester. "This appointment underlines our serious commitment to growth across the Northwest and will help us to continue to offer a market-leading proposition and high levels of service to our property clients."

Adrian is already looking forward to the challenge: "Beachcroft Wansbroughs is growing fast, so it's an exciting time to join the team. The existing property partners are already well known in and around Manchester and our mission is to become a centre of excellence for commercial clients across the Northwest."

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For more information, please contact:
Debbie Garritty or Emily Goehler at Bell Pottinger North
Tel: 01625 506444
Email: egoehler@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

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

 
ADSTEAM: A SAFE BET

16 January 2006

Adsteam Felixstowe recently became the latest of the company's UK ports to achieve compliance with the International Safety Management (ISM) code, following an audit by Lloyds Register.

This international standard is only mandatory for ships over 500 grt, but the staff and crews at Adsteam Felixstowe applied for voluntary compliance as part of the company's drive towards continuous business improvement and the highest standards of health and safety.

The audit encompassed environmental and health and safety standards throughout the Felixstowe operation, as well as the crew and staff's understanding of specific areas of responsibility and roles, both at sea and ashore.

Commenting on the success of the audit, Chief Executive Stephen Eastwood said: "This is an excellent result by Mike Breeze and his team at Felixstowe, which will encourage other UK ports to undertake the same rigorous process. As a company, Adsteam is totally committed to ensuring the safe operation of tugs at all times and welcomes voluntary initiatives such as these which can only help to improve our business processes and standards."

Felixstowe Port Manager Mike Breeze, is proud of the team's achievement: "Much of the work in developing ISM in Felixstowe was carried out by the crews. To achieve compliance is a very disciplined procedure, so to have done so seamlessly while carrying out their regular duties shows the professionalism and dedication of our team. "

Adsteam is the UK's leading supplier of towage services, with operations at six key ports: Felixstowe, Southampton, Medway, 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

 
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
TURNOVER BOOSTED AT BEACHCROFT WANSBROUGHS

11 January 2006

Beachcroft Wansbroughs’ Manchester-based ‘employer defence’ practice has achieved its best six months to date, with turnover up 10% on last year and work undertaken for over 15 major companies, including a major five-year contract with BAE Systems to handle all the company’s insured losses.

“One of the main reasons behind our growth is the fact that we are now providing advice to a much wider client base in Manchester”, said partner, Peter Lindsay. “Health and safety, occupational disease and risk management are just some of the areas we are now involved in with our clients.

“We have also been particularly successful on panel ‘beauty parades’, as a result of our proactive approach and proven ability to drive down third party costs.”

To support recent successes, which includes an instruction from Capita Insurance Services to handle claims for substantial national policy-holders and reappointment to the MMA Insurance panel as one of only two law firms selected to represent their interests nationally, the practice has recruited ten new lawyers into its 65-strong team and has invested heavily in the training and development of its staff.

Peter Lindsay comments: “Six of our junior lawyers have just completed a diploma in personal injury litigation. Accredited by Nottingham Law School, this diploma has been created by Beachcroft Wansbroughs to ensure we have a highly skilled team with the expertise to deliver a market-leading service to our clients.”

Beachcroft Wansbroughs’ employer defence practice has extensive experience in the control of damages across a broad range of cases, from minor damage and injury claims to those of the utmost severity. The team aims to provide an innovative and cost-effective service solution for the claims market.

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

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For more information, please contact:

Deborah Garritty/Emily Goehler, 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 772 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.

 
EXCELLENT END OF YEAR SCHOOL REPORT FOR EIC

11 January 2006

EIC has secured the contract to provide mechanical and electrical installation for the Royal Wolverhampton grammar school, capping a record year in the education sector for the leading mechanical and electrical services provider.

Earlier last year, EIC's Midlands regional team started work on a mechanical and electrical contract, valued in excess of £2.2 million, as part of the new build and refurbishment of St Gregory the Great Roman Catholic High School, Oxford. The final education contract of 2005 - the Royal Wolverhampton school - also went to the Midlands team and work is expected to start in March of this year.

The company has forged a strong path in this sector over the past 12 months with its London office, which completed its ninth year of trading in 2005, announcing that the education sector is now responsible for 65% of its turnover.

Nigel Le Marechal, joint managing director of EIC, comments: "We've long established a strong presence in this particular sector but in recent years we've rapidly grown our market share and can happily present ourselves as education experts given our successes and the repeat business we have secured.

"The Government is committed to its spend in this field so we are expecting to build on our current results and play a role in the new build and refurbishment of more schools and colleges during 2006."

Education projects completed by EIC include City of London Academy, Crossways Academy, Alexander Park School, Watergate School, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, North East Worcester College, Mayville School Leytonstone, West Wycombe School, Oxford University's Medical Sciences Teaching Centre, Le Rondin in Guernsey and Orchard School and Uplands School in Bexley.

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Editor's note
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 call 01789 269408.

Press contact: Elizabeth Swain @ Bell Pottinger North
eswain@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
(01625 506404)

 
Monday, January 09, 2006
PRESS RELEASE: Beachcroft builds on Northern Ireland experience

Beachcroft builds on Northern Ireland experience

Projects team to manage contracts worth £160m

9 January 2006 - Leading commercial law firm, Beachcroft Wansbroughs, has been appointed to advise the Northern Ireland Housing Executive on the creation of a £160m contracting framework leading to the refurbishment of 90,000 houses in Northern Ireland.

The Leeds-based legal team has vast experience in Northern Ireland. It already works for the Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast on a radiology equipment project, has advised the Social Security in Belfast for seven years, and has a good relationship with the Strategic Investment Board in the region for the last three years.

Peter Lee, partner at Beachcroft Wansbroughs, said: "This appointment proves that location is not an issue for us. Our philosophy of building national teams of experts across our UK offices means that we can provide the same level of service no matter where the client is. We're delighted to be able to build on our existing experience in Northern Ireland and hope to add value by demonstrating a wide range of legal and contractual help and advice."

Contracts for the management of housing in Northern Ireland are being divided into a number of geographical areas. Contractors will be appointed to provide services over two areas - external cyclical maintenance and internal improvements, such as refitting kitchens. Beachcroft Wansbroughs was chosen to manage these contracts, worth £160m, after a competitive pitch.

Beachcroft will be managing contractual arrangements, advising the NIHE on how to structure transactions and documentation. It is hoped that the project will be completed in the Spring, and once repairs are underway, Beachcroft will be on hand on a consultancy basis to advise on any issues that arise.

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For media 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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BEACHCROFT WANSBROUGHS APPOINTED TO NWDA PANEL

9 January 2006

Manchester's fastest-growing commercial law firm, Beachcroft Wansbroughs, has been appointed to a select panel of legal experts working with the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA). Following a rigorous tender procedure, the firm is one of six appointed by the NWDA to provide legal services as diverse as employment, commercial property and litigation. Beachcroft already works closely with the Agency's HR department on employment issues and won the Manchester Enterprise account in September of this year.

As part of its tender submission, the firm demonstrated a broad range of integrated services, rather than specialising in one particular area. This reflects Beachcroft Wansbroughs' nationwide policy of developing holistic legal solutions based on specific sector or industry experience and delivered locally.

Commenting on the win, Manchester's Regional Senior Partner Iain Moore said: "This is excellent news for Beachcroft and a true reflection of the firm's business philosophy. In addition to leading edge legal expertise, we believe we can add value by offering an indepth understanding of our clients' businesses. The logical extension of that is to provide access to all our commercial services as the clients' requirements change. My congratulations to property partner Robert Moss who led the bid and everyone else on the tender team."

Other firms invited onto the panel include Eversheds, Hammonds, Mace and Jones, Forshaws and Platt and Fishwick.

The Manchester team forms part of Beachcroft Wansbroughs' national employment practice, which consists of over 50 lawyers across four offices. Short-listed for 'Employment Team of the Year' in 2005, the national practice has handled over 700 cases within the last 12 months, including the largest single test case in employment tribunal history.

For further information about Beachcroft Wansbroughs and its employment team, please visit http://www.bwlaw.co.uk or call 0161 934 3000.

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Thursday, January 05, 2006
Urban Logic 'develops' its team

5th January 2006

Off plan property investment specialist Urban Logic has extended its core team with the recruitment of Craig France as business development manager and Altaf Ishaq as database co-ordinator.

Craig has over eight years' property experience and knowledge, having worked predominantly in the north of England for independent estate agents across the residential sector. Craig's responsibilities will include developing new and existing relationships with both national and independent housebuilders, managing a large base of high net worth clients and resellers and advising first-time investors.

With approximately nine years' sales experience, Altaf has worked for high profile property developers and financial services providers, positioning him as the prime candidate to take on the role of database co-ordinator for Urban Logic.

Both appointments reflect the rapid growth the company has experienced over the last 12 months and will assist the team in managing both new business and a rapidly expanding database.

Chief Executive of Urban Logic, Shazan Qureshi comments: "This year has been one in which we've consolidated our relationships with national housebuilders and other professional partners, grown our customer base and taken to the road with a series of workshops to demonstrate our transparent style.

"In light of national media criticism of city centre property investment, we have proven our ability to source the right developments, concentrating on smaller satellite town locations which allow a better return on investment. Our clients have been impressed by our due diligence and we continue to grow despite any lull in the market. We look forward now to an equally successful 2006!"

Urban Logic finalised its 500th sale last month, sailing past its forecast mid-year target of 300. It has recently announced flotation plans for 2006 and the company is on track to treble profitability to £740,000 during its current financial year. Earlier this year, the directors sold 15 per cent of Urban Logic to AIM-listed property expert Nadlan plc, valuing the company at £3.5m. The company was also short listed for a number of prestigious awards.

In the New Year, the team will move to Parsonage Chambers, a central Manchester City location with over 4,000 square feet of floor space to accommodate the rapidly expanding team.

For further information on Urban Logic, please visit http://www.urbanlogic.co.uk

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For more press information contact Elizabeth Swain or John Butters at Bell Pottinger North on (01625) 506444
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Tuesday, January 03, 2006
AND THEN THERE WERE THREE..

> 3 January 2006

One of the West's largest commercial law firms, Beachcroft Wansbroughs, has appointed a new head of corporate to its Bristol office.

John Williams (37) brings with him a wealth of corporate experience, including seven years with the high profile Slaughter and May corporate team led by Nigel Boardman, and three years as a corporate recovery partner with Bliss Ventures. Latterly, he was business development director at First Great Western Trains, working on its successful bid for the Greater Western rail franchise. A graduate of Bristol University, John completed his MBA at London Business School in 2005.

This strategic appointment is a clear indicator of Beachcroft Wansbroughs' commitment to extending its regional service offering and reflects the growing requirement for a third corporate heavyweight in the region alongside Osborne Clarke and Burges Salmon.

John's arrival coincides with the appointment of Nick Gibbon to the national corporate finance practice. Nick, who will be based in the firm's London office, joins Beachcroft Wansbroughs after more than 15 years with Allen & Overy's corporate department, where he was a partner from 1997.

Bristol senior partner Michael Bothamley says: "We believe that this will strengthen the options available to businesses in the West Country. We have a group of nationally acclaimed corporate, tax and financial services experts in London and we aim to offer an integrated service locally, led from our Bristol office but making the most of our London-based expertise as well. Our corporate finance team has undertaken over 60 transactions in the past 12 months with an aggregate deal value of £750million. It has a particular expertise in the AIM market where it has been involved in approximately 20 deals in the last year. Its current caseload of AIM related work has a deal value in excess of £150million."

Denis Woulfe, regional senior partner of Deloitte & Touche LLP, also believes that the region has a lot to offer: "The professional services market in the West is important to the local economy and ripe for further development. Bringing talented professionals into the region increases our standing as a centre of excellence and it is great to see Beachcroft Wansbroughs investing further in their senior team."

John Williams is looking forward to the challenge ahead: "This is a great opportunity to be in at the development stage of something set to challenge the status quo," he commented. "Beachcroft Wansbroughs already has great strength and depth in the corporate arena and we've now got the chance to bring all of that to bear for companies operating in this region. My aim is to build a regional team within the national practice with a reputation for excellence which can compete with the best."

The firm's national team of seven specialist partners acts for clients across the UK, providing expert advice on all aspects of corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions, listing and delisting, OFEX/AIM flotations and regulatory issues affecting large corporates.

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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.

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 or Emily Goehler @ Bell Pottinger North 01625 506444
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk / egoehler@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

 
EIC SECURES MOST 'DESIRABLE' RETAIL CONTRACT

3 January 2006

EIC has completed its electrical design and installation contract at the Debenhams new format store, Desire in South Shields.

The 16-week, fast-track project was won in competition by the mechanical and electrical experts, who worked at the retail outlet side by side with main contractor, Simpsons of York.

The South Shields store is the second of its type to be launched by Debenhams following on from the successful opening of the first Desire store in Truro in June of this year. The new format is aimed specifically at female shoppers and includes café facilities, fashion, lingerie, accessories and cosmetics to allow women to get everything they need for any occasion.

Joint managing director of EIC, Nigel Le Marechal is delighted to be involved with the new format, particularly at such an early stage of its roll-out: "This is the seventh project we have carried out for Debenhams in the last five years and so we're happy to build up a portfolio of work specific to this retailer. It's always exciting to be involved in a new concept, especially at the beginning of its run."

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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 506404)

 

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