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Tuesday, September 19, 2006
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."


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


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