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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Press Release: 25th July 2006


In response to increasing demand from clients across the North, Beachcroft LLP in Manchester is enhancing its IT and commercial law offering with the appointment of two specialist technology solicitors.

Andrew Rankin joins from Vertex Data Science Ltd. Responsible for a range of non-contentious commercial and technology work, Andrew has particular expertise in business process outsourcing in the utility sector, software licensing, and agreements for the design implementation and delivery of technology projects.

With three years' experience, Andrew Thomas will focus on non-contentious IT law, including systems development and implementation, software licensing, website terms and conditions, as well as intellectual property rights and data protection.

Pauline Cowie, technology and commerce partner at Beachcroft in Manchester, said: "An increasing number of clients are seeking specialist IT skills from law firms, not only here in the North West, but across the UK and abroad. Technology underpins the work of so many businesses today, as well as enabling new channels to market, so there is no doubt that this demand will continue.

"Our aim is to build a leading Northern technology and commerce team that can deliver expert advice to clients across the region, and support our national technology group in meeting the needs of companies throughout the country."


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 Editor:
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.

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.

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.

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


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