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Monday, March 20, 2006

20 March 2006


Beachcroft Wansbroughs' Manchester Employment Group is holding a seminar for clients and key contacts on the new TUPE regulations on 29 March from 9am - 11:30am at the Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester.

Aimed at HR professionals, procurement managers and in-house lawyers, the seminar will focus on the practical impact of the new regulations on employers.

"TUPE has caused employers numerous problems over the years both at a technical level, and at a commercial level", says Paula Cole, a partner in Beachcroft's Employment Group and member of the firm's specialist TUPE unit. "The new regulations, in force on 6 April, are meant to solve these problems, but we're not convinced - we have been liaising with the DTI regarding a number of issues that may cause concern for employers.

"In particular, we may well see problems with the new obligation on the outgoing employer to provide 'employee liability information' to the new employer. The obligation is very broad, and the cap on compensation, originally proposed in the first draft of the new regulations, has now been removed.

Areas covered in the seminar will include the wider definition of transfer; obligations to provide information; pension changes; consultation obligations; and ability to change terms and conditions of employment.

A light buffet breakfast will be provided and places can be booked by emailing Louise Blythman - lblythman@bwlaw.co.uk - with your name, job title, organisation, address and telephone number.


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 (Manchester, London, Birmingham, 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.

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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