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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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.