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Monday, March 20, 2006

One of the West's largest commercial law firms, Beachcroft Wansbroughs, is further strengthening its corporate team with the appointment of Jocelyn Ormond. Based at the firm's Bristol office, Jocelyn brings ten years of corporate experience to the group, including three years at Allen & Overy and seven years at Slaughter and May in London.

"We are investing heavily in our corporate team to develop both our regional and national service offering", says Bristol senior partner, Michael Bothamley, "and lateral hires such as this will help us to respond to the growth in demand for corporate advice.

"Working alongside our new head of corporate, John Williams, and in conjunction with our mature, London-based practice, Jocelyn will play a key role in building a premium-quality, service offering in the region."

An Oxford University graduate, Jocelyn qualified as a solicitor in 1997. His career has seen him play a leading role in a range of high-profile cross-border mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, as well as significant private equity transactions.

Speaking about his new position, Jocelyn said: "Beachcroft Wansbroughs has an excellent reputation for quality of service, and has demonstrated a clear commitment to developing its corporate team. I'm delighted to be joining the firm and look forward to using the experience I've gained in London to help develop the team's leading reputation and extend our service offering to major corporates in this region and nationally."

Beachcroft Wansbroughs' national corporate team includes 13 specialist partners acting for clients across the UK and announced the arrival in January of two new partners, John Williams (ex-Slaughter and May) and Nick Gibbon (ex-Allen & Overy). The firm provides expert advice on all aspects of corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions, listing and delisting, OFEX/AIM flotations and regulatory issues affecting large corporates.

For further information please visit our website http://www.bwlaw.co.uk or call 0117 918 2000.


If you require any further information, please contact:
Debbie Garritty / Emily Goehler at Bell Pottinger North
Tel: 01625 506444 or email egoehler@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

Notes to Editors:

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is one of the largest national commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,300 employees, it provides legal advice and litigation services from seven locations in the UK (London, Birmingham, Bristol, Brussels, Leeds, Manchester, Winchester) and also in Brussels. From routine insurance claims management to 'trusted adviser' work for major national and international organisations, the firms delivers integrated legal services 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 telecommunications.

Chambers UK 2005 recognised 56 Beachcroft Wansbroughs partners as leading lawyers, taking the firm into the top 20 of all UK law firms; the firm received 20 new entries in Legal 500 2005, a guide to the top 500 lawyers in the UK; in Legal Week's client satisfaction survey, the firm came second amongst all law firms in the UK; and Beachcroft Wansbroughs is one of the largest law firms in the country to obtain the 'Investors in People' award across all of its offices.

On 1 May 2006, Beachcroft Wansbroughs will become Beachcroft LLP, a move towards greater transparency and commercialisation of the firm. For further information, please visit: www.bwlaw.co.uk


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