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Thursday, April 27, 2006

27th April 2006


Beachcroft Wansbroughs has announced the appointment of partner Virginia Clegg as head of its national property team, the first of its national team heads to be based in the North. Virginia, who already heads up the firm's cross-Pennine property groups in Manchester and Leeds, will take over the national helm from Bristol-based partner Michael Bothamley from 1st May 2006.

The national property team currently includes 140 staff based across the firm's network of UK offices. Led by 20 partners and including another 80 lawyers, the team's impressive client list includes UK and overseas property companies and institutions, leading retailers and corporate organisations, contractors and landowners.

Virginia has a long and successful track record of acting for major property owners and developers. Her particular specialisation is in retail development, one major client being Asda.

Commenting on her new role, Virginia said: "I am delighted to be heading up one of the best legal teams in the country for property clients. We can offer tremendous strength and depth, as well as a really pragmatic, well-informed approach to industry and business issues. I am very proud to be the first national team head to be based in the North and look forward to working with every member of the team to build on the great work Michael Bothamley has done to date."

Virginia also has an impressive personal pedigree in the commercial property arena. She trained at Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP under the legendary John Fenner and is one of the daughters of the late Tony Clegg, the dynamo who built his company, Mountleigh Group, into one of the stock market's star performers in the '70s and '80s. Measured over a 12-year period from 1976 to 1987, Mountleigh's share price out-performed every other British quoted company, due to the celebrated 'Clegg formula' of rigorous analysis, innovative financing and astute risk management. His local 'good works' were also a matter of public record and he served as the first Chairman of the United Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, the Princes Youth Business Trust and the first non-medical honorary member of the charity he helped to found, Cansearch.

For further information on the range of services available from Beachcroft's national property team, please visit the website www.bwlaw.co.uk or call Virginia direct on 0113 251 4783.

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For more information, please contact:
Deborah Garritty/Emily Goehler
Tel: 01625 506444

Notes to Editors:

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is one of the largest national commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,400 employees, it provides legal advice and litigation services from seven locations in the UK (Birmingham, Bristol, Brussels, Leeds, London, 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: real estate and construction; financial services (including the insurance industry); health and public sector; 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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