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Monday, January 30, 2006

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."


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


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.


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