Beachcroft reshuffles regional management

Beachcroft has revamped its regional ­management line-up and expanded its management board.

Tony Cherry
Tony Cherry

Partners have elected new senior partners in the firm’s Bristol and Leeds offices and re-elected Manchester ­senior partner Robert Moss for a three-year term.

In Bristol insurance ­partner Tony Cherry replaces Michael Bothamley as senior partner. Under Bothamley’s nine-year reign the Bristol office’s turnover has grown from £9m to £34m, with the staff base growing from 270 to 500. He will return to fee-earning in the real estate practice.

Cherry said he would ­continue to expand the firm’s lawyer count, with hires expected in the healthcare and the commercial practices.

“The strategy is to get bigger because we have the space for further ­expansion,” he added.

In Leeds real estate ­partner Virginia Clegg, who heads the firm’s real estate group, succeeds Glenn ­Miller as senior partner. Miller is set to retire after two decades with the firm, 14 of which he spent ­heading the Leeds office.

Meanwhile, partner Ruth Winterbottom has been appointed as a sixth member of the executive board.

The changes come at the end of a strong financial year for Beachcroft in which it has made some significant investment into the firm.

This included the ­acquisition of Welsh firm Kingslegal (The Lawyer, 11 May), which expanded ­significantly its volume ­capability and gave it a ­platform from which to launch B2 from Beachcroft.

Last month the firm’s Manchester office acquired a team of 10, including two partners, from rival ­Halliwells (The Lawyer, 8 March).