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Friday, July 07, 2006
NEWS: Beachcroft's Lord Hunt Appointed Chairman of Legal Services Bill Committee

Press Release: 7th July 2006

Beachcroft's Lord Hunt Appointed Chairman of Legal Services Bill Committee

Lord Hunt of Wirral, Chairman of the Financial Services division at national law firm Beachcroft LLP, has been serving as Chairman of a special Parliamentary Joint Committee, set up to consider the draft Legal Services Bill. The Committee will produce a detailed report on the Bill by the end of July.

The all-party Joint Committee consists of six members each from the House of Commons and the House of Lords, and has the power to take evidence and to appoint specialist advisers. The draft Bill outlines plans to set up an independent Legal Services Board (LSB) to oversee legal regulatory bodies such as the Law Society and the Bar Council.

Lord Hunt commented: "I am delighted to be involved with such an important Bill, which will provide a framework for regulatory services, protecting the consumer and promoting competition. This is a unique opportunity to build a new system of regulation to underpin a system of legal services in this country that will combine greater flexibility with professionalism and the highest standards of integrity."

David Hunt became a partner at Beachcroft in 1969 and from 1996 to 2005 was senior partner of the firm. He graduated in law from Bristol University, where he won the British Debating Championship with Bob Marshall-Andrews. He went on to represent British Universities on a debating tour of America.

In 1979, David became a member of Margaret Thatcher's first administration. After serving as Minister for Local Government and Inner Cities from 1989-90, he was appointed to the Cabinet as Secretary of State for Wales. Re-appointed in that position by John Major, he subsequently became Secretary of State for Employment in 1993 and then Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in 1994-95.

David Hunt was awarded the MBE in 1973 and appointed to the Privy Council in 1990. He was made a Life Peer as Lord Hunt of Wirral in 1997 and is still President or Patron of over fifty charities and voluntary organisations.


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 Bristol office currently includes 24 partners and over 400 staff. Its partners have particular expertise and experience in commercial property, public sector, PFI/PPP projects, health, IT, construction, litigation, financial services and employment law.

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


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