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Tuesday, May 29, 2007
More for your money in Mossley
Arley Homes has released a further three luxury apartments at its exclusive St. George's Park development in Mossley. Set in a semi-rural idyll offering excellent transport and communications links, this development is proving particularly popular with professionals looking for country living within easy reach of the city.

Bordered by the river Tame and the recently restored Huddersfield Narrow Canal, St. George's Park is one of Arley Homes' most picturesque developments. The latest release includes spacious two-bedroom apartments designed on a contemporary theme and featuring flexible open plan living space together with large double bedrooms and a good-sized family bathroom. In addition to these fabulous apartments, a diverse collection of new homes are available on this development, including three-bedroom townhouses, as well as detached and semi-detached four and five-bedroom properties.

Mossley itself is a charming Pennine town which dates back to pre-Roman times and features the remains of an iron-age hill fort to its eastern boundary. Characterised by stone cottages, cotton mills and step winding streets, it was once part of three different counties: Lancashire, Yorkshire and Cheshire, becoming a borough in its own right in 1885. Traditionally strong in faming and wool manufacturing, its expansion over the years has in part been due to its railway, road network and waterways channels.

"St. George's Park continues to attract homebuyers from across the North West as people recognise they can get more for their money here," said Alison Holton, sales and marketing director for Arley Homes.

"With views of the Pennines and bordered by pretty waterways, the development has a tranquil charm and village feel to it. Homebuyers can benefit from a semi-rural location that is within easy reach of both the main motorway network and local train service, which operates a regular 23-minute service to Manchester city centre."

People interested in seeing the high specification on offer at St. George's Park can now view two fully furnished show homes - a two-bedroom apartment and three-bedroom townhouse. Arley Homes is also offering an assisted sale or part exchange plan on selected properties, and will pay a 5% deposit on apartments.

Prices start at just £147,500 for the two-bedroom apartments and three and four-bedroom homes are available from as little as £225,950.

For further information, please call 01457 834000 or call into the Sales Centre and view the new show homes, open Thursday to Monday 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.

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Press contact: Deborah Garritty/Emily Goehler, Bell Pottinger North
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk/ egoehler@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
(01625) 506444

 
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Corporate partners on the up at Beachcroft
Following his leading role in a number of high-value deals over the last year, Jocelyn Ormond, an associate in Beachcroft's corporate finance team in Bristol, has been made a partner.

Since joining the firm in spring 2006, Jocelyn has played a key role in establishing the firm's corporate finance offering in Bristol, including advising Fabian Romania Property Fund on its €40 million AIM admission, and Topps Tiles on its £122 million return of cash to shareholders.

His appointment marks the end of a bumper financial year for the growing team which has managed deals worth a total value of over £400 million. This success includes the recent £75 million AIM flotation of St. Peter Port Capital – one of the largest transactions of its kind to be managed by a Bristol firm.

"Jocelyn's promotion is testament to his outstanding technical ability and commitment to developing our corporate finance business," said John Williams, partner and head of the corporate team. "Since we established the Bristol-based practice a year ago, we have gone from strength to strength, managing an increasing number of large and complex deals which would typically be handled by City law firms.

"Our strong AIM credentials and close links with our London-based team are enabling us to compete with these larger law firms on both cost and quality of legal advice. As a result we are not only working with clients of all sizes across the South West, but with an increasing number of national and international companies."

Jocelyn joined Beachcroft in 2006 from Allen & Overy LLP, where he was involved in a number of high profile transactions, including acting for Ericsson on its acquisition of Marconi's global businesses and for Maersk Oil & Gas on its $2.95 billion acquisition of Kerr-McGee's North Sea operated assets. Previous to that, Jocelyn was a corporate lawyer at Slaughter and May for seven years.

Beachcroft's national corporate finance team comprises more than 30 lawyers and advises on corporate transactions in both the private and public sectors. The team has particular expertise in AIM and PLUS flotations, mergers and acquisitions and private equity.

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For further information, please contact
Deborah Garritty or Emily Goehler at Bell Pottinger North
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk / egoehler@bellpottinngernorth.co.uk
Tel: 01625 506444

Notes to Editor:
Beachcroft LLP (formerly Beachcroft Wansbroughs) is one of the largest national commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,400 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 firm delivers integrated legal services to clients in six main industry groups: health and public sector; real estate and construction; financial institutions (including the insurance industry); consumer and industrial goods and services and technology and telecommunications.

The firm has received a number of industry accolades in the last year. Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2007, recognised 65 Beachcroft partners as leading lawyers, ranking the firm at number 16 in the UK, up from 19 last year. In Legal 500, a guide to the top 500 lawyers in the UK, the firm received a Tier 1 ranking for 17 of its practice areas across the UK. In Legal Week's client satisfaction survey, the firm came second amongst all law firms in the UK. Beachcroft 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 33 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.

For further information, please visit: www.beachcroft.co.uk
 
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
KEY PROMOTIONS SIGNIFY GROWTH FOR PJ LIVESEY
National conversion specialist, PJ Livesey is marking a period of
significant growth with the announcement of a series of key strategic
staff promotions. John Williamson, previously managing director for PJ
Livesey in the North, has been promoted to group construction director
and will now be responsible for all of the company's construction
activities across the UK.

To cope with an increase in sites - both in number and in the scale of
the development currently being undertaken - there has been a
re-structuring of all departments within the company. Other promotions
include Stuart Middleton to regional construction manager, Kristian
Gleave to regional commercial manager and James Sealby to Group
Engineering Manager.

John Williamson has spent almost the whole of his career in construction
with PJ Livesey starting as a joiner in 1989 before being promoted to
finishing foreman, general foreman, site manager, general manager and
regional managing director. He explains his decision to stay with the
company over the years: "Quite simply, it comes down to quality. The
contractors and builders who can match the pedigree of the PJ Livesey
brand, the standard of craftsmanship and the passion and professionalism
of the team are few and far between."

PJ Livesey is the biggest single developer of listed buildings anywhere
in the UK. Its reputation has been built on a passion for architecture,
commitment to craftsmanship and attention to quality and detail.

With a pedigree spanning almost 30 years in this specialist market, the
company has been responsible for the restoration and development of some
of the UK's most prestigious addresses. This track record of success has
made the company a valuable partner to other guardians of the built
environment, including English Heritage, Royal Society of Historical
Monuments and Buildings and Georgian and Victorian Societies across the
UK.

PJ Livesey also optimises the land available on its developments by
combining restoration and refurbishment work with the construction of
complementary and sympathetic new build housing as appropriate. Its
portfolio includes new build developments, mixed use schemes and the
GL-14 fitness centre chain and its developments span the whole of the
UK.

For further information about the company log onto the PJ Livesey
website on www.pjlivesey-group.co.uk.


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Press contact: Deborah Garritty / Elizabeth Taylor @ Bell
Pottinger North

dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk/etaylor@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
01625 506444

 
Friday, May 18, 2007
Arley steps up sales
Warrington-based Arley Homes has appointed Alison Holton as sales and marketing director.

With 13-years' experience in the property sector, including senior roles at Morris Homes, Muller Properties, and Macbryde Homes, Alison will manage a 11-strong team and play a key role in boosting sales activity at the housebuilder's new and future developments across the North West. 

Speaking about her new role, Alison said: "It's an exciting time to join the company, with a wide range of homes currently on offer at prime locations, including Nantwich, Standish, Mossley, Altrincham, and Swinton.

"Arley also has plans for a number of new developments over the next year which we are currently planning for. I am working closely with the team to develop new promotional strategies and materials to ensure we can highlight the many attractions of these exclusive residential properties and in turn, help enhance and strengthen the Arley brand."

Arley Homes is a specialist regional housebuilder operating throughout Lancashire, Cheshire and Greater Manchester. The company acquired Linden Homes North West in 2005 and currently has 49 employees.


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Another high-profile sporting case for Beachcroft
Jan Levinson, a leading sports litigation lawyer at Beachcroft LLP, is acting for ex-Manchester United footballer Ben Collett, against footballer Gary Smith and Premiership football club Middlesbrough FC in a case which is expected to result in substantial damages.

The case follows a challenge by Smith on Collett in May 2003, which resulted in a double fracture of his leg. After successfully resolving the issue of liability, Levinson will continue to act for Collett to establish the level of damages to be paid to the player with a trial likely to be listed for later this year. 

This is the second time this year that an ex-MUFC footballer has been involved in a legal battle as a result of a career-ending injury. Last month, Michael Appleton was awarded £1.5m in damages against his surgeon following an unnecessary operation to repair his knee after a training ground accident. The Collett hearing will include high profile witnesses such as Sir Alex Ferguson and Gary Neville who also gave evidence at the Appleton case.

Speaking about the case, Jan Levinson commented: "Ben was one of Manchester United's most talented young footballers, but the seriousness of this injury ended his prospects of a promising future in the Premier League at the age of just 18. We expect that the damage to his career and loss of earnings will result in significant compensation."

Manchester-based partner Jan Levinson has successfully represented a number of high profile professional sportsmen, including former Manchester United player, Chris Casper who secured undisclosed damages for a career-ending injury from Cardiff City FC in an out-of-court settlement. Levinson also acted for Gordon Watson in his successful court action against an opponent whose dangerous tackle ended his career.  Watson was awarded over £950,000 - the highest ever award by a Court at the time to be given in such a case.

Beachcroft's specialist sports litigation practice handles the full range of commercial law and dispute resolution issues and opportunities that face clubs, sporting bodies, officials, competitors, spectators, sports goods manufacturers, stadia and insurers.

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New senior partner for Beachcroft's Manchester office
Commercial law firm, Beachcroft LLP, has appointed a new senior partner
for its Manchester office. Robert Moss, 47, has been at the firm for
over 20 years and specialises in commercial property litigation. He has
been a partner since 1990.

As regional senior partner, Robert will be responsible for leading and
growing the Manchester team, which currently includes 18 partners and
185 staff. He will also play a key role in managing local CSR
initiatives as well as providing general support for all of the office's
employees.

He takes over the role from Iain Moore who has decided to step down
after 10 years. Iain will continue his work as a specialist partner in
injury risk and leading member of the firm's safety, health and
environment team.

"Iain has done a fantastic job and I hope to continue his excellent
work," said Robert. "Nationally, the firm has gone from strength to
strength during Iain's period of office. This success has been mirrored
in the Manchester office where we have achieved significant increases in
turnover. The number and quality of our instructions continues to rise
across all practice areas, and we are working with a vast range of
regional, national and international clients.

"Having spent most of my legal career at Beachcroft's Manchester office,
I'm confident that I have the experience and knowledge to help build on
this growth and continue to position Beachcroft as one of the region's
leading commercial law firms."

 
Friday, May 11, 2007
EIC CONSOLIDATES ITS COMMITMENT TO IT INFRASTRUCTURE SERVICES
Leading mechanical and electrical services provider, EIC has raised the
stakes in its IT infrastructure service by expanding its service
offering and launching it as an independent division, bringing in a
significant new recruit, Craig Mobbs to provide critical support to the
team and help drive the new division forward.

Craig joins EIC from international communications specialist, Ascom. His
new brief is to work in direct response to the increasingly
sophisticated demands of the market to deliver an extended service
offering, which the company expects will ultimately expand its current
customer base.

EIC's new division works throughout all areas of IT infrastructure
services from structured cabling to network design and server
configuration. Craig is supporting a team of experienced data engineers
and associated professionals working across a number of property sectors
including retail and leisure, education, hospitals and surgeries,
financial institutions and computer and data centres.

The new, enhanced service offering will include the project management,
design, supply, installation, testing, commissioning and maintenance of
IT infrastructures for complex IP networks and bespoke software
solutions.

Craig is pleased to be joining the team at EIC: "The company has a
strong reputation within the mechanical and electrical industry and is
renowned for its commitment to growth and development. It leads with its
innovative initiatives and an open and flexible approach and I'm
delighted to be counted as part of such a progressive company."

Joint managing director of EIC, Ian Lyall comments: "The IT
infrastructure is the most crucial part of any business's communications
and, as such, must be of the highest quality. We have a highly
experienced team in place, and with Craig on board, we expect this to be
a year of significant growth."

EIC's IT infrastructure service specialises in high quality network
cabling infrastructures and is fully compliant with the EIA /TIA
Industry Standards for Category 5E, 6, 7 and fibre optic cables All
network installations are guaranteed for 25 years. For further
information, contact Craig Mobbs on 01789 262000.

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Notes for Editor
EIC provides project management, design, supply, installation, testing,
commissioning and maintenance of electrical, mechanical control and data
management systems to a wide range of blue chip clients. The company has
a successful track record of partnering with major contractors such as
AMEC, HBG, Taylor Woodrow, Carillion and Willmott Dixon, as well as
carrying out a broad range of services for many High Street names and
leisure groups including Debenhams, John Lewis Partnership, Tesco,
Sainsbury's, Virgin, Primark, Littlewoods, Gap, Bhs, Co-op, ATS,
Mitchells & Butler, Firmdale Hotels and the Hilton Group. EIC also works
extensively throughout the health, education and commercial sectors
working collaboratively with all members of a project team, providing
innovative, sustainable solutions and best whole life value. For further
information log on to www.eicltd.com or call 01789 269408.

 
Thursday, May 10, 2007
New fellowship for Beachcroft partner
Peter Lee, a partner at Leeds-based commercial law firm Beachcroft LLP, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). Achieving fellowship is based on a number of criteria, including the person's successful role and achievements within their own organisation.

"My nomination and election came as a bit of a surprise, but I welcome the opportunity and am delighted to be involved," says Peter. "I assume it's a result of my work in industry and commerce over the years, particularly in South Yorkshire. I am looking forward to helping support the Society's aims."

Peter has expertise as a public sector, commercial, corporate and trust lawyer, and advises on commercial and PFI-related agreements. He has been involved in number of projects across the Yorkshire region and is actively involved in several professional organisations - he is a former president of Rotherham Chamber of Commerce, chairman of Yorkshire and Humberside Chambers of Commerce, and is presently a trustee of Weston Park Cancer Care Appeal, and a non executive director of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and the Doncaster and South Humber NHS Trust.

Founded in 1754 by William Shipley, a painter and social activist, today the RSA's work is framed by five manifesto challenges - 'encouraging enterprise', 'moving towards a zero waste society', 'developing a capable population', 'fostering resilient communities', and 'advancing global citizenships'.

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For further information, please contact:
Deborah Garritty or Emily Goehler, Bell Pottinger North
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk / egoehler@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
Tel: 01625 506444

Notes to Editor
Beachcroft LLP (formerly Beachcroft Wansbroughs) is one of the largest national commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,400 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 firm delivers integrated legal services to clients in six main industry groups: health and public sector; real estate and construction; financial institutions (including the insurance industry); consumer and industrial goods and services and technology and telecommunications.

The firm has received a number of industry accolades in the last year. Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2007, recognised 65 Beachcroft partners as leading lawyers, ranking the firm at number 16 in the UK, up from 19 last year. In Legal 500, a guide to the top 500 lawyers in the UK, the firm received a Tier 1 ranking for 17 of its practice areas across the UK. In Legal Week's client satisfaction survey, the firm came second amongst all law firms in the UK. Beachcroft 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 172 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.

For further information, please visit: www.beachcroft.co.uk

 
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
EIC TO START CONTRACT ON UK'S OLDEST HOSPICE
 
Friday, May 04, 2007
Altrincham - Latest hotspot for professionals
 
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Stepping Hill appoints new non-executive director
Stockport NHS Foundation Trust has appointed Carol Prowse to the board as a non-executive director.
 
Carol, who is currently a director and company secretary at the Buxton Opera House, has a strong background in public services and local government, having spent five years as a non-executive director at the High Peak and Dales Primary Care Trust.
 
Carol comments: "I have enjoyed working closely with Stockport health services in the past so I am delighted to have been given this opportunity. This is an exceptional Trust that provides outstanding care to local people and I look forward to working with the other board members to maintain its reputation."
 
Chief executive of Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, Dr Chris Burke comments: "Carol's experience and local knowledge will be of great benefit to the Trust as we work to continue our high level of success and uphold our position as the first hospital of choice for the population of Stockport and the High Peak."
 
Carol lives in New Mills with her husband and 14-year-old son. When she isn't making the most of the High Peak countryside she likes to indulge her passion for the arts, particularly opera and enjoys working with the Kinder Children's Choirs.
 
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Picture caption: Carol Prowse is appointed as non-executive director
 

For further information, please contact Alison Duffy or Vicki Baxter at Bell Pottinger North.
 
Tel: 01625 506444
E-mail: aduffy@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
 
 

 
Beachcroft's Lord Hunt seeks greater government support for rehabilitation services
Lord Hunt, Chairman of the Financial Services Division of national commercial law firm, Beachcroft LLP, will call on the Government to increase support for rehabilitation in the UK when he delivers the welcome address at this year's annual conference of the Case Management Society of the UK (CMSUK), in Bristol, on 8-9 May 2007.
 
In his address, Lord Hunt, who is president of CMSUK, as well as a former student of Bristol University, will say:
 
"Ministers are looking closely at most aspects of the personal injury system, but I am concerned rehabilitation is again and again considered only as an afterthought. Yet this is an historic opportunity to reshape the entire system by putting the injured person right at the heart of the process. That opportunity must not be missed; it may not come again for a generation. Politicians must stop treating rehabilitation as a 'Cinderella' service and give it the political, practical and financial support it needs and deserves."
 
Delegates attending the two day conference, being held in Bristol for the first time, will hear talks from some of the UK's leading experts on issues related to the management of traumatic injuries, including psychologists, spinal surgeons, rehabilitation specialists, lawyers and insurers, who will be providing an insight into the clinical, financial and legal barriers affecting the development of rehabilitation provision in the UK today.
 
CMSUK is the official body for healthcare professionals with responsibility for co-ordinating and overseeing the health and social care needs of those who have suffered complex injuries requiring multidisciplinary intervention. The UK branch of CMS was established in July 2001 and has since grown to a membership of over 250.
 
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For further information, please contact
Deborah Garritty or Emily Goehler at Bell Pottinger North
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk / egoehler@bellpottinngernorth.co.uk
Tel: 01625 506444
 
Notes to Editor:
Beachcroft LLP (formerly Beachcroft Wansbroughs) is one of the largest national commercial law firms in the UK. With over 1,400 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 firm delivers integrated legal services to clients in six main industry
groups: health and public sector; real estate and construction; financial institutions (including the insurance industry); consumer and industrial goods and services and technology and telecommunications.
 
The firm has received a number of industry accolades in the last year. Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2007, recognised 65 Beachcroft partners as leading lawyers, ranking the firm at number 16 in the UK, up from 19 last year. In Legal 500, a guide to the top 500 lawyers in the UK, the firm received a Tier 1 ranking for 17 of its practice areas across the UK. In Legal Week's client satisfaction survey, the firm came second amongst all law firms in the UK. Beachcroft 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 33 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.
 
For further information, please visit: www.beachcroft.co.uk

 

 

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