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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

9 May 2006


Senior Partner of Beachcroft's Bristol office, Michael Bothamley, has been appointed to the main board of the new Beachcroft LLP from 1st May 2006. A well-respected member of the region's legal and business community, Michael has led the firm's Bristol office since 2001, which has doubled its turnover over that period.

Michael has also been Head of the firm's national Property Practice Group since 2003. He will hand over that role on 1st May to partner Virginia Clegg, a retail development specialist and daughter of the legendary Tony Clegg, who built the Mountleigh Group into one of the Stock Market's star performers in the 70s and 80s.

Commenting on his new role, Michael said: "This is a very exciting time in the firm's development. We have been quietly building over recent years to a turnover of around £100m, making us a significant player in the marketplace. By changing to LLP status, we will be more like a limited company with an executive Board responsible for driving the business forward.

"However, the positive principles on which the original partnership was founded - mutual support, teamworking and long-term strategic thinking - will remain very much at the core of our business philosophy and culture."

The new Beachcroft Board, headed by the firm's national Senior Partner Simon Hodson, and composed of six members voted for by over 130 partners nationwide, will include another Bristol-based partner, commercial risk lawyer, David Pollitt.

For further information on Beachcroft, please visit the website: www.beachcroft.co.uk.

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

Notes to Editors:
Beachcroft LLP (formerly 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 (two in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Manchester, Winchester) and also in Brussels. From routine insurance claims management to 'trusted adviser' work for major national and international organisations, the firm 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, A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession, recognised 56 Beachcroft 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 is one of the largest law firms in the country to obtain the 'Investors in People' award across all of its offices.

For further information, please visit: www.beachcroft.co.uk


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