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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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