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Friday, June 02, 2006


Press Release: 2 June 2006


Claire Bushen has joined Beachcroft LLP as an associate in its professional and financial risk team in Manchester. Joining from Browne Jacobson in Nottingham, she will be dealing with all aspects of professional negligence work focusing mainly on accountants, solicitors, brokers, surveyors and estate agents/property management.

Claire's appointment signals the continued growth of the firm's professional and financial risk practice, which has seen turnover increase by 50% in 2006.

"Our clients expect local expertise and experience so it's vital that we continue to grow the department in Manchester, but we are also attracting national clients," said Ian McConkey, partner at the firm's Manchester office.

"Over the last 12 months we have added a number of major new clients to our portfolio and have handled a range of £multi-million professional negligence cases for surveyors, architects, solicitors and engineers.

"We have seen a particular increase in the number of construction-related cases and are now providing claims handling, litigation and risk management services to the complete range of professional firms."

Professional negligence has been identified as a growth area for Beachcroft in the North in 2006. The 80-strong national team is already a market leader in the provision of dispute resolution services to the insurance industry and its customers.


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 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 across the the UK (with offices in Manchester, Leeds, London, Birmingham, Bristol and Winchester), as well as in Brussels. From sophisticated insurance claims management programmes 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.

The Manchester team currently includes 19 partners and 198 staff. Its partners have particular expertise and experience in commercial litigation, commercial property, injury/risk, professional indemnity, corporate/commercial and employment law.

The firm converted to a Limited Liability Partnership on 1 May 2006, a move towards greater transparency and commercialisation of the firm.

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


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