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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

22 March 2006


Beachcroft Wansbroughs, the commercial law firm, is holding a free breakfast briefing on professional and financial risk, on 5 April from 8:45am - 10:45am at the firm's Birmingham office, Nine Brindleyplace, 4 Oozells Square.

Including three keynote speakers, the briefing will look at the types of risks posed to professionals and pragmatic ways in which these can be minimised.

"Professionals need to look very carefully at their risk management strategies", says Tracey Butcher, a partner at Beachcroft Wansbroughs and a speaker at the event. "Client acceptance procedures, which seek to analyse the risk a client can pose to the business, are key to managing a firm's own risk."

"We will be looking at the implications of a recent judgement that deals with the time period in which a professional may remain liable to their client, as well as the regulatory environment and how this has led to professionals' clients being more aware of their right to complain; the difficulty for the professional is handling a complaint in a way which minimises the risk of future litigation."

John Verry, solicitor and divisional director at Alexander Forbes Professions will speak about why 'clients are a risky business'; Marcus Thomson, a partner at Beachcroft Wansbroughs will discuss 'calling time on limitation defences', and Tracey Butcher will look at the 'regulators v the courts'.

Refreshments will be provided and places can be booked by calling Louise Blythman on 0117 918 2605.


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

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 (Birmingham, London, Manchester, Bristol, Brussels, Leeds, 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.

The firm boasts an established national 'professional and financial risk' team of 80 lawyers, which has a substantial client base of major domestic and international insurers. The team is well renowned for its legal professional indemnity practice, but is also involved in D & O, financial and linked risk, as well as coverage and product claims. As well as specialising in the legal sector, the Birmingham team has expertise in dealing with claims against accountants, insurance brokers and increasingly in construction-related matters.

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.

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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