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Monday, January 23, 2006

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.


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