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Monday, March 27, 2006

27 March 2006


Beachcroft Wansbroughs' solicitors Lianne Valente and Heather Dunlop have been awarded a unique commercial property diploma. Initiated by the Manchester-based firm in partnership with the University of the West of England (UWE), the jointly sponsored, postgraduate diploma is believed to be the first of its kind in the UK and counts towards a Masters degree at UWE.

"Lianne and Heather are the first solicitors at the Manchester office to achieve the diploma and we're delighted at their success", says Iain Moore, regional senior partner in Manchester. "The programme has been developed to ensure standards of professional excellence across our practice. It gives our solicitors a specific understanding of the commercial marketplace, and provides a well balanced mix of academia and practical experience."

Speaking about her success, Lianne said: "This is a really useful course and I'm delighted to have graduated - I've gained a broad range of skills that will complement my legal experience, so I'm now looking to take this one step further to try and achieve the Masters degree."

Iain Moore concludes: "In Manchester we have another ten solicitors who are expected to achieve the diploma this year. Nationally we have over 100 property lawyers in our team and we're hoping that within two years, more than a third of them will have completed the course."

The programme includes six, two-day courses on a specific topic, followed by a written and oral assessment. For further information on the diploma in commercial property, please visit the UWE website (www.uwe.ac.uk) or call Beachcroft Wansbroughs on 0161 934 3000.


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

Editors Note:

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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