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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."


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


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