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Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Law firm warns against holiday boob ops

Women who travel overseas for cheap cosmetic surgery deals are leaving themselves exposed to the risk of being unable to obtain legal support if their operations go wrong.

That's the warning issued today by Manchester-based TJ Legal Solicitors, which last year became the first firm in the UK to provide specialist legal support for cosmetic surgery negligence claims.

TJ Legal has received scores of enquiries from women who have had botched operations at clinics abroad, and many are now finding it difficult to make a legal claim for compensation to enable them to have corrective surgery.

"In many cases, the surgeon and clinic are operating outside of the law of England and Wales, so people will need to instruct foreign lawyers," said TJ Legal partner Mike Saul. "It isn't easy for people to work with lawyers in foreign countries, with different languages, laws and cultures. And that's before you start to think about the cost that you would incur in doing so.

"Although many surgeons operating abroad are competent and skilled, standards of training, treatment and aftercare can vary from country to country, so people are at risk of being left with sub-standard results. Plus, some foreign clinics are turning a blind eye to responsible aftercare by allowing patients to fly back straight away after their surgery."

One woman who contacted TJ Legal had travelled to Cyprus for surgery to her nose. Not happy with the result of the first operation, she returned for corrective work. Her nose collapsed and she needed it to be repaired by two NHS surgeons.

In another case, a 28-year-old who went to the Czech Republic suffered from a breast implant that became infected. It had to be removed and she now has odd-sized breasts - one 32B and the other 32E.

And an English woman flew almost 7,000 miles to Argentina for surgery to her breasts. The lady claims that she didn't receive any care following the operation and ended up with a severe infection.

"Women - and indeed men - who are keen to have operations are being attracted overseas by the lower prices charged by clinics on the continent," added Saul. "People are even going as far away as Asia and South America to save on the cost.

"The whole situation, of course, isn't helped by the way that some companies are glamorising cosmetic surgery, bundling operations with holidays abroad.

"However, the reality is that cosmetic surgery can involve major operations. We would warn anyone considering heading abroad to thoroughly research the clinic and surgeon."

TJ Legal's service supports men and women by obtaining compensation to enable them to have corrective surgery and receive financial payments to cover any loss of earnings that they might have experienced.

Anyone who believes they have suffered from cosmetic surgery negligence has up to three years from the date of the operation or knowledge of negligence to make a claim.

For further information, please contact TJ Legal Solicitors on 0800 634 0280 or visit www.tjlegal.co.uk

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Notes to editors:
TJ Legal Solicitors is a niche law firm that specialises in proactively handling personal injury and cosmetic surgery negligence litigation.

Formed in 2000, the Manchester-based firm has successfully represented more than 4,500 clients - and over 80 per cent of them received their compensation in less than 12 months.

The firm is regulated by the Law Society of England and Wales and subscribes to the Client Care Charter of the Law Society and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

For more press information contact John Butters or Emily Goehler at Bell Pottinger North on (01625) 506444 or email jbutters@bellpottingernorth.co.uk or egoehler@bellpottingernorth.co.uk

 
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
SERVICE TO BE HELD IN MEMORY OF CHILDREN

 
Stockport NHS Foundation Trust will be holding its annual baby memorial service on Sunday 8 October at 2.00pm. To be held at St George’s Church on Buxton Road, Stockport, the service will be taken by members of the hospital chaplaincy team, assisted by staff from the women and children’s unit.

Chaplain Brenda Lowe explains: “We hold a children’s memorial service each year and parents who attend tell me that they gain a great deal of comfort from being amongst other parents who have been through the same experiences. Anyone in the area who has lost a child at any time would be more than welcome to join us.”   

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For further information please contact Alison Duffy or Vicki Baxter on:

Tel: 01625 506444
Email: aduffy@bellpottingernorth.co.uk


 
Friday, September 22, 2006
Beachcroft boosts its ranking in Manchester

Beachcroft boosts its ranking in Manchester

This year's Legal 500, the largest independent guide to the legal profession, has revealed that Beachcroft's Manchester office has gained five new entries, one national entry, and increased its ranking in two practice areas. It has also retained its ranking in six practice areas, including a top tier position in personal injury.

For the first time, the property litigation, social housing, franchising, intellectual property, licensing, and health and safety teams have been recognised in the definitive guide to the legal market.

'Well versed in high-value disputes', the property litigation practice is headed by Robert Moss and Jan Levinson. Jan Levinson is also praised for having 'a real talent for thinking laterally and creatively'.

Partner Stephen Birchall combines real estate and public sector expertise to 'field a strong national social housing team, primarily acting for housing associations'.

"The maturing franchise practice at Beachcroft LLP is led by the respected Pauline Cowie" and focuses on advice to international franchisors.

Led by the 'excellent' Pauline Cowie, the intellectual property team has acted for Topps Tiles and Pickfords on trademark disputes, and has also advised Tsingtao Beer on its UK distribution and Juice Corporation on the Middle Eastern franchise of Joe Bloggs.

Also headed by Jan Levinson, the licensing team has advised Manchester United and Lancashire County Cricket Club on various issues.

The health and safety team has defended several major clients against health and safety prosecutions, including BAE Systems. Led by regional senior partner, Iain Moore, the team has also advised Intervoice on posting engineers to Iraq and Nigeria.

Manchester's corporate and commercial team has moved up the rankings, with Leila Porter recognised as a 'top notch operator in the AIM market' and praised for her 'strong business acumen and experience in negotiating good outcomes for her clients'. The insolvency and corporate recovery team also moved up to a three tier ranking.

The personal injury team retained its top tier ranking, with catastrophic injury specialist, Peter Lindsay, recognised for his 'experience in defending group actions involving industrial defendants.'

The commercial litigation, employment, professional negligence, commercial property and information technology all retained their positions in this year's report.

Commenting on the results, Manchester's senior partner Iain Moore said: "The positive feedback and praise received from our clients and the industry as a whole, reflects our continued commitment to the Manchester market and our growing expertise and strength.

"We have a total of 14 Manchester teams who appear in the rankings, which is an excellent result for our office and testament to our ability to attract and retain high calibre clients and staff."

Overall, Beachcroft was ranked 41 nationally, and the survey summarised the firm as having achieved "one of the most successful diversifications of national firms: it is now recommended in planning, telecoms and EU and competition this year."

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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 is one of the largest national commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,300 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 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 partners as leading lawyers, taking the firm into the top 20 of all UK law firms; the firm received 20 new entries in last year's Legal 500; in Legal Week's client satisfaction survey, the firm came second amongst all law firms in the UK; and 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




 
Thursday, September 21, 2006
EIC COMPLETES WORK ON FAMOUS NIGHTINGALE HOME

Leading mechanical and electrical services provider EIC has now completed work on the purpose-built facilities for the new Hampshire Collegiate (formed from the merging of Embley Park School and Atherley School). EIC started the £1.8 million design and build, mechanical and electrical contract at the beginning of 2006 with the aim to handover in time for the new school year.

The site, which is surrounded by acres of Hampshire's countryside, includes an original manor house building, which was once the home of Florence Nightingale. There are two new buildings: an infant and junior school and a block for the senior school specialising in technology, engineering, science and art. The senior school block, which is grafted on to a listed garden wall, contains computer suites and workshops.

Work was undertaken by EIC's Southern region and has included the design and installation of all electrical lighting, data, small power, fire alarms, security, domestic hot and cold water services, underfloor heating, ventilation, LPG gas installation and specialist dust and fume extract systems.

Joint managing director of EIC, Nigel Le Marechal comments: "Following on from a very successful 2005 for EIC Southern, this office has continued to secure a substantial share of the education market with the team building a strong portfolio of show case jobs delivered on time and to a high standard. We were particularly pleased to embark on the work at the Hampshire Collegiate as part of the site includes the ancestral homes of Florence Nightingale and so is steeped in history."

Main contractor, Dean & Dyball Construction Ltd has worked closely with EIC on the project. Kevin Valentine, project manager for Dean & Dybald adds: "We've been happy to work with EIC as the team has demonstrable knowledge and experience in this sector and so is able to anticipate certain requirements and head off any potential problems."

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Notes for Editor
EIC provides project management, design, supply, installation, testing, commissioning and maintenance of electrical, mechanical control and data management systems to a wide range of blue chip clients. The company has a successful track record of partnering with major contractors such as AMEC, HBG, Taylor Woodrow, Carillion and Willmott Dixon, as well as carrying out a broad range of services for many High Street names and leisure groups including Debenhams, John Lewis Partnership, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Virgin, Primark, Littlewoods, Gap, Bhs, Co-op, ATS, Mitchells & Butler, Firmdale Hotels and the Hilton Group. EIC also works extensively throughout the health, education and commercial sectors working collaboratively with all members of a project team, providing innovative, sustainable solutions and best whole life value. For further information log on to www.eicltd.com or call 01789 269408.

Press contact: Elizabeth Swain @ Bell Pottinger North
eswain@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
(01625 506444)

 
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Beachcroft LLP sponsors employment law elective

Commercial law firm Beachcroft LLP is investing in the future of employment law by providing support to BPP's Law School in Leeds. Beachcroft is not only providing a £100 cash prize to the highest achiever in the employment elective taken by post-graduate legal practice students, but will also provide support by offering placements, speakers and advice. BPP's Law Division was formed in 1992 and offers training for lawyers at all stages of professional life. The Law School offers postgraduate law training for those intending to qualify as either a Solicitor or a Barrister.

Over the last year, Beachcroft has provided general support in terms of careers talks and careers fairs. Sponsoring the employment elective is the next step forward. Rachael Heenan, employment partner at Beachcroft, explained: "The support we're providing is not just about giving a cash prize, although that is something for the students to aim for. We wanted to be involved so that we could show students first hand what it's like working in the legal market, rather than just studying for it."

Beachcroft will have an advisory role for course queries, and will provide guest speakers when needed. The employment department will also offer work experience for the students. Heenan continued: "Fee earners from a number of departments last year participated in BPP's 'Access to Practice' mentoring scheme. The scheme is designed to put students in touch with the real world, assist with their search for a training contract and to give them a better idea of what to expect in practice. It was such a success, we wanted to extend our involvement this year by sponsoring the employment elective. We want to be able to show students the reality of employment law, and also be there to offer support and advice when needed."

In the spring term, students choose the potential topic areas they would like to work in. Employment is one of the most popular, with just over 30% choosing it as their main option last year. Hilary Yeo, lecturer and Business liaison manager for BPP's Law School, said: "Employment law is a developing area - it not only relates to commercial work, everyone is affected by employment regulations. In the past we have had successful students go on to work for Beachcroft in Leeds as paralegals and trainees, so we're delighted at the commitment and support that Beachcroft is showing for the college and the employment elective in particular."
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For more information or further comment, please contact: Debbie Garritty/Natalie Gross at Bell Pottinger North - telephone 01625 506444.

Notes to Editor:
Beachcroft LLP is one of the largest national commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,300 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 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 Leeds team currently includes 21 partners and 169 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.

On 1 May 2006, Beachcroft Wansbroughs became Beachcroft LLP, a move towards greater transparency and commercialisation of the firm. For further information, please visit: www.beachcroft.co.uk

 
Beachcroft boosts its rankings in Leeds

This year’s Legal 500, the largest independent guide to the legal profession, has revealed that Beachcroft’s Leeds office has improved its ranking in two practice areas, gained one new entry, and retained its number one ranking in another two areas.

Both the personal injury and professional negligence sections in Leeds have been given the highest possible ranking, with personal injury lawyers Andrew Scott and Ruth Winterbottom singled out for praise.  The team retained its number 1 ranking in this area again this year, “remaining alone in the top tier…after another high profile and successful 12 months”. 

Duncan Greenwood’s professional negligence team in Leeds - also awarded the number 1 ranking for the second year running - was seen to have maintained its “excellent professional negligence reputation...representing a wide range of professions.”

Building on its new entry last year, the commercial property team has moved up one place in the rankings.  Virginia Clegg, head of property at Beachcroft, is referred to as having “extremely good commercial acumen and deep understanding of the property business”, while the addition of Simon Sherwood to the team is also noted.

The employment team also jumped up one place.  The practice is quoted as being “particularly strong in health-related issues but has also strengthened the commercial side of its practice with 2005 seeing an influx of big-name clients….” Within the survey, one satisfied client of the employment practice said: “I would class the firm as an integral part of my HR portfolio, it is trustworthy, honest and open.”

Partner Frank Suttie has ensured that the local government team appears in the guide for the first time.  The team advises successfully on a number of local councils and PFI projects.

Sustained rankings are also given for excellent performance and client feedback in the areas of PFI/projects, education, health and construction sector advice.  PFI partners Frank Suttie and Peter Lee were described as “well respected in the market”.  The construction practice was listed as “exceptional”.

Glenn Miller, regional senior partner at Beachcroft’s Leeds office, said: “We are delighted with these results.  We have greatly improved our performance in the survey in comparison with the last two years, both in terms of the rankings and the editorial, showing what an exceptional team we now have across all practice areas.”

Overall, Beachcroft was ranked 41 nationally, and the survey summarised the firm as having achieved “one of the most successful diversifications of national firms: it is now recommended in planning, telecoms and EU and competition this year.”

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For more information or further comment, please contact:  Debbie Garritty/Natalie Gross at Bell Pottinger North - telephone 01625 506444.




Notes to Editor
Beachcroft LLP is one of the largest national commercial law firms in the UK.  With over 1,300 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 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 partners as leading lawyers, taking the firm into the top 20 of all UK law firms; the firm received 20 new entries in last year’s Legal 500; in Legal Week’s client satisfaction survey, the firm came second amongst all law firms in the UK; and is one of the largest law firms in the country to obtain the ‘Investors in People’ award across all of its offices. 

The Leeds team currently includes 21 partners and 169 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.

On 1 May 2006, Beachcroft Wansbroughs became Beachcroft LLP, a move towards greater transparency and commercialisation of the firm.  For further information, please visit: www.beachcroft.co.uk

 
Beachcroft boosts its ranking in Bristol

This year's Legal 500, the largest independent guide to the legal profession, has revealed that Beachcroft's Bristol office has increased its ranking in five practice areas, gained one new entry, and retained its number one ranking in four areas.

Recognising Beachcroft as a 'regional heavyweight', the definitive legal guide acknowledges the 'leading telecoms, property, projects and health teams' at the Bristol office.

Receiving outstanding client feedback, the insolvency and corporate recovery team has moved up the rankings, with Giles Hindle noted as being 'among the most highly rated lawyers in Bristol,' and 'one of the best nationally'. The employment practice led by Frank Morton and Alex Lock has also gone up as the 'growing reputation of its Bristol offering' continues to strengthen.

Notching up a 'total deal value in the region of £750 million', the PFI team has jumped to number two in the rankings, as have the commercial property and construction teams.

Under the guidance of regional senior partner, Michael Bothamley, the commercial property team has 'completed property transactions worth £600m' in 2005.

Partner John Williams has ensured that the corporate and commercial team appears in the guide for the first time, heralding an 'exciting change' at Beachcroft. Charged with 'building a corporate finance practice', Williams is drawing on an 'already well-established client base in projects, commercial and employment'.

The clinical negligence, personal injury, and professional negligence teams all retained a number one ranking, illustrating the firm's overall insurance expertise.

Commenting on the results, Bristol senior partner Michael Bothamley said: "The positive feedback and praise received from our clients and the industry as a whole, reflects our continued commitment to the Bristol market and our growing expertise and strength.

"A total of 17 teams from our Bristol office appear in the rankings this year, which is an excellent result and testament to our ability to attract and retain high calibre clients and staff."

Overall, Beachcroft was ranked 41 nationally, and the survey summarised the firm as having achieved "one of the most successful diversifications of national firms."

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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 is one of the largest national commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,300 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 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 partners as leading lawyers, taking the firm into the top 20 of all UK law firms; the firm received 20 new entries in last year's Legal 500; in Legal Week's client satisfaction survey, the firm came second amongst all law firms in the UK; and 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.

 
Beachcroft boosts its ranking in Birmingham


This year's Legal 500, the largest independent guide to the legal profession, has revealed that Beachcroft's Birmingham office has increased its ranking in two practice areas and retained its position in four practice areas.

Moving up the rankings to achieve a top tier position, the professional negligence team is led by 'experienced solicitors negligence specialist', Marcus Thomson, who handles both private practice and in-house claims. Tracey Butcher's arrival is said to 'augment the firm's financial services sector expertise, including accountants' and actuaries' negligence claims.'

Also moving up a tier is the public sector team which has a recently been appointed to the Birmingham City Council panel.

Led by Sara May, the personal injury team has retained its top tier ranking with Andrew Roach recognised for industrial disease work and HSE prosecutions. Sara May is praised for 'playing a pivotal role in developing the firm's catastrophic injury practice'.

The construction, and sport practices have also retained their positions in the report. Thanks to department head, Martin Cannon, the construction team is 'making dramatic headway' in its sector. Headed by Bruce Ralston, Beachcroft's insurance-driven sports practice, also includes Andrew Roach.

Commenting on the results, Birmingham senior partner Martin Cannon said: "The positive feedback and praise received from our clients and the industry as a whole, reflects our continued commitment to the Birmingham market and our growing expertise and strength.

"A total of six Birmingham teams appear in the rankings this year, which is an excellent result for our office and testament to our ability to attract and retain high calibre clients and staff."

Overall, Beachcroft was ranked 41 nationally, and the survey summarised the firm as having achieved "one of the most successful diversifications of national firms: it is now recommended in planning, telecoms and EU and competition this year."

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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 is one of the largest national commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,300 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 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 partners as leading lawyers, taking the firm into the top 20 of all UK law firms; the firm received 20 new entries in last year's Legal 500; in Legal Week's client satisfaction survey, the firm came second amongst all law firms in the UK; and is one of the largest law firms in the country to obtain the 'Investors in People' award across all of its offices.

The Birmingham office currently includes 11 partners and 174 staff. Its partners have particular expertise in construction and engineering, injury risk, PFI / projects, procurement, and professional negligence. The firm also has a specialist claims validation team which deals with all aspects of fraud work, including motor, employer liability and public liability.

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

 
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Beachcroft appoints Rt Hon Charles Clarke MP as consultant

National commercial law firm, Beachcroft LLP, has announced the appointment of the Rt Hon Charles Clarke MP as a consultant.  Mr Clarke will work closely with fellow privy counsellor the Rt Hon Lord (David) Hunt of Wirral MBE, a partner (and formerly senior partner) at Beachcroft LLP, who serves as chairman of the firm’s financial services division and also of Beachcroft Regulatory Consultancy.

Mr Clarke will provide advice on overall stance, positioning and policy matters relating to the way in which Beachcroft and its clients conduct their business.

Beachcroft Senior Partner, Simon Hodson, commented: “This appointment demonstrates how ambitious Beachcroft is and our continuing commitment to provide clients with a level of service unrivalled in its sophistication, breadth of view and depth of experience.  Charles will bring a fresh, new perspective to the firm.”

Lord Hunt added: “I have known Charles since he was a leading light in the National Union of Students, some thirty years ago, and I have the highest respect for his acumen and judgement.  I look forward to working with him again.”

Mr Clarke commented: “I am very much looking forward to this challenge. I hope that I can help Beachcroft and its wide range of clients in their work in what is a rapidly changing and competitive environment.  From a personal point of view, I am sure that this appointment will help me better appreciate the issues and challenges facing the commercial world at this time.”

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For more information or further comment, please contact:  Debbie Garritty/Natalie Gross at Bell Pottinger North - telephone 01625 506444.

Notes to Editor
Beachcroft LLP is one of the largest national commercial law firms in the UK.  With over 1,300 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 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 Leeds team currently includes 21 partners and 169 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.

On 1 May 2006, Beachcroft Wansbroughs became Beachcroft LLP, a move towards greater transparency and commercialisation of the firm.  For further information, please visit: www.beachcroft.co.uk




 
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
SOLICITORS SET TO SHOOT AND SCORE!

SOLICITORS SET TO SHOOT AND SCORE!

Lawyers from Beachcroft LLP are set to tackle a very different type of challenge as they join over 50 teams in the renowned Bristol Downs Amateur Football League.

The only law firm to take part in the league, and to be affiliated to the Football Association, Beachcroft is confident that its skilled solicitors can earn a place in the top ten of division four this year.

"The Downs League is one of the largest of its kind in Europe and is thriving in Bristol, says Gareth Holme, solicitor at Beachcroft LLP, Bristol. "There is a very limited number of companies playing in the competition, so we put ourselves to the challenge and formed a squad for the first time last year.

"Although we are up against some stiff competition, we found the time to train hard for this season, so feel we have a good chance of improving on last year's result!

Sporting a new football kit featuring Beachcroft branding, the team's next game is against 'Retainers A' on 12th September.

Formed in 1905, the Downs League started with 30 members, two of which are still playing in the league today. A number of players have left the league to turn professional and it continues to grow in popularity, with BBC Bristol regularly featuring and reviewing the fixtures.


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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

 
Beachcroft LLP sponsors employment law elective

Commercial law firm Beachcroft LLP is investing in the future of employment law by providing support to BPP’s Law School in Leeds.  Beachcroft is not only providing a £100 cash prize to the highest achiever in the employment elective taken by post-graduate legal practice students, but will also provide support by offering placements, speakers and advice.  BPP’s Law Division was formed in 1992 and offers training for lawyers at all stages of professional life.  The Law School offers postgraduate law training for those intending to qualify as either a Solicitor or a Barrister.

Over the last year, Beachcroft has provided general support in terms of careers talks and careers fairs.  Sponsoring the employment elective is the next step forward.  Rachael Heenan, employment partner at Beachcroft, explained: “The support we’re providing is not just about giving a cash prize, although that is something for the students to aim for.  We wanted to be involved so that we could show students first hand what it’s like working in the legal market, rather than just studying for it.”

Beachcroft will have an advisory role for course queries, and will provide guest speakers when needed.  The employment department will also offer work experience for the students.  Heenan continued: “Fee earners from a number of departments last year participated in BPP’s ‘Access to Practice’ mentoring scheme. The scheme is designed to put students in touch with the real world, assist with their search for a training contract and to give them a better idea of what to expect in practice. It was such a success, we wanted to extend our involvement this year by sponsoring the employment elective.  We want to be able to show students the reality of employment law, and also be there to offer support and advice when needed.”

In the spring term, students choose the potential topic areas they would like to work in.  Employment is one of the most popular, with just over 30% choosing it as their main option last year.  Hilary Yeo, lecturer and Business liaison manager for BPP’s Law School, said: “Employment law is a developing area - it not only relates to commercial work, everyone is affected by employment regulations.  In the past we have had successful students go on to work for Beachcroft in Leeds as paralegals and trainees, so we’re delighted at the commitment and support that Beachcroft is showing for the college and the employment elective in particular.”

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For more information or further comment, please contact:  Debbie Garritty/Natalie Gross at Bell Pottinger North - telephone 01625 506444.

Notes to Editor:
Beachcroft LLP is one of the largest national commercial law firms in the UK.  With over 1,300 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 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 Leeds team currently includes 21 partners and 169 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.

On 1 May 2006, Beachcroft Wansbroughs became Beachcroft LLP, a move towards greater transparency and commercialisation of the firm.  For further information, please visit: www.beachcroft.co.uk


 
Monday, September 11, 2006
KORAMIC STRENGTHENS UK SALES NETWORK

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Press Information: KORAMIC STRENGTHENS UK SALES NETWORK

Koramic is strengthening its business development team with the appointment of Steve Wearne as area sales manager. With over ten years' sales experience, including three years in the clay roofing tile industry, Steve is responsible for promoting Koramic's full range of clay roofing tiles to architects, specifiers and developers across the North of England, North Wales, the West Midlands and Scotland.

Speaking about his new role, Steve said: "As well as building relationships with our existing customers, I'm going to be speaking to new developers and specifiers to raise awareness of the Koramic brand and the versatility of our products. I'm keen to establish the strengths of the Koramic brand and how our clay roof tiles can provide a cost-effective, aesthetically pleasing solution for all kinds of building projects.

"This is a very hands on role which will allow me to get out on the road and meet with potential and existing customers face to face. I am delighted to be working for a company which is showing considerable investment in the UK clay roofing sector."

With a 120-year pedigree, Koramic is the brand name for Wienerberger's range of clay roof tiles. Available through specialist distribution centres, roofing merchants and selected builders' merchants across the UK, all Koramic tiles are tested to BS EN 1304.
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For more information, please contact:
Emily Goehler / Debbie Garritty at Bell Pottinger North
egoehler@bellpottingernorth.co.uk / dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
Tel: 01625 506444

Notes to Editors:
Wienerberger AG is the world's largest producer of bricks and number two in the European clay roofing market. With 575 employees, Wienerberger Ltd. is the group's UK operation, offering clay facing bricks under the Terca brand and clay roofing tiles under the Koramic brand.

The UK Koramic range of clay roof tiles currently includes nine profiles, which can be used to reflect traditional design, carry out refurbishments or produce contemporary architecture. All of Koramic's products are manufactured under strict quality control and are BS EN 1304 certified.

Established in 1883, Koramic was acquired by Wienerberger AG in 2004 and has around 1900 employees across the UK and Europe.

Wienerberger Ltd. believes in using natural clay products to provide a sustainable environment, which is attractive and harmonious with the local surroundings. Through all stages of production, from extraction through to the final product, the company places the highest value on sparing resources and minimising environment impact.

For further information please visit: www.koramic.co.uk

 
Thursday, September 07, 2006
NEWS: NEW AND NATURAL - FROM TERCA

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7 September 2006

NEW AND NATURAL - FROM TERCA

Terca is launching a new range of clay facing bricks from its state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Ewhurst, Surrey. Specifically selected by developers, architects and builders' merchants following a five-day testing event, the products have been designed to meet the growing demand for high quality wire-cut bricks in the South and South East.

With innovative names based on natural products and colours to reflect the bricks' core clay content, the new range includes the Caraway Multi, the Ewhurst Medium Multi, the Ewhurst Wisley Blend, the Morello Cherry, the Mulberry Blend, the Pistachio Blend, the Sienna Red, and the Wild Poppy Mixture. The products will be ideal for a wide variety of applications and projects, including repair work, maintenance and new build.

Andrew Jackson, managing director for Wienerberger Ltd, comments: "Our advanced production processes have allowed us to create a wide variety of effects, colours and textures that match the requirements of builders' merchants, local planners, developers and architects across the region.

"The naming policy indicates some of the unique features of these bricks and echoes the company's genuine commitment to achieving high levels of environmental performance."

Matching special shapes will also be available, including plinth stretchers, single cants and squints. Each brick surpasses BS EN 771-1 test requirements and are F2 S2 - frost resistant, with minimal water-soluble salt content.

Potential customers tested 34 of the company's clay facing bricks in March 2006. The direct feedback, recommendations and comments arising from the event have been used to develop the new product range.

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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:

Wienerberger AG is the world's largest producer of bricks and number two in the European clay roofing market. With 575 employees, Wienerberger Ltd. is the group's UK operation, offering clay facing bricks under the Terca brand and clay roofing tiles under the Koramic brand.

Incorporating approximately 200 clay facing bricks, the Terca range is manufactured from nine strategic sites across the UK to provide customers with bricks that reflect local building styles.

Wienerberger Ltd. believes in using natural clay products to provide a sustainable environment, which is attractive and harmonious with the local surroundings. Through all stages of production, from extraction through to the final product, the company places the highest value on sparing resources and minimising environment impact.

For further information please visit: www.terca.co.uk

 

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