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Thursday, January 26, 2006

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.


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.


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