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Thursday, April 27, 2006

27 April 2006


As part of a deliberate move towards greater commercialisation and transparency, one of the city's longest-established legal partnerships is moving to LLP status and a brand new corporate identity. Beachcroft Wansbroughs - and its predecessor firms - has been a fixture in the Bristol landscape since 1882, with its Bristol-based population growing exponentially over recent years to its current size of 450 staff housed in two separate office buildings in Victoria Street.

From 1st May 2006, the firm will be saying goodbye to the name Wansbroughs, rebranding as 'Beachcroft LLP' in another clear manifestation of its market-driven philosophy. However, Regional Senior Partner Michael Bothamley is keen to acknowledge the name's proud history before bidding it goodbye.

"The Wansbrough name has been in continuous use in Bristol since 1882," he explained. "H R Wansbrough, who founded the firm, was born in Bristol in 1856 and regularly attended the office until he reached the age of 84 in 1940.

"The last of the Wansbrough family to take an active role in the firm retired at the end of 1963 and the name of the firm (which by then had become Wansbroughs, Robinson, Taylor and Tayler) was simplified to Wansbroughs in 1969."

The modern firm of Beachcroft LLP employs over 1400 people nationally, turns over in excess of £100m and recently announced that it is to occupy new purpose-built offices at Deeley Freed's prestigious Portwall Lane development opposite St Mary Redcliffe church in 2008.


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 1,400 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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