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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


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