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20 December 2000

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Bevan Ashford opens in the heart of the Midlands

Bevan Ashford is implementing the
next stage of it’s national expansion by opening a new office in Birmingham, in
April 2001.  The firm already has an
existing client base in the Midlands in health, employment and projects, and the
new move will aim to enhance and strengthen client relationships in the
area.  Jean Sapeta is relocating
from the Bristol office, to head up the new Birmingham initiative, along with
Elizabeth Oaten, a partner in the NHS claims department.  The firm intends to relocated a further
eight fee-earners, and will continue the expansion through lateral
hires.

Fried Frank
plans expansion

US firm Fried Frank Harris Shriver
& Jacobson has taken 25,000 sq ft of office space as part of its plans for
expansion in the City. The US firm, which already has four partners and 12
associates in London, has been targeting growth in the UK since April. The move
to the new offices in City Road will take place in March.

Berryman Shacklock restructures

Nottingham-based law firm
Berryman Shacklock has undergone a major restructuring, one year after the firm
was created by the merger between local firms Berryman & Co and Shacklocks.
As of 25 November it has been operating as an independent firm under the name of
Shacklocks with private client solicitor Martin Fallows as managing partner,
after hiving off its six-partner Mansfield office.  

Jeantet &
Associes to close NY office

LeadingFrench firm Jeantet &
Associes is set to close its New York office after only two years in the US. The
US practice has no managing partner and only two associates working from it. In
June this year, Jeantet’s sole New York-based partner Elie Kleiman left for
Freshfields and, although then senior partner Gerard Mazet had insisted that
Kleiman would be replaced, a suitable candidate has yet to be found.

Kennedys teams
up for online launch

Insurance firm Kennedys and
professional indemnity insurance broker Alexander Forbes have used internet
databasing company UKNet Select to develop a bespoke online claims system. All
transactions can be viewed online and when changes are made the system notifies
the client by e-mail.

Shortlisted
for Success…

Mentor, Perceptive Technology's
leading ICM and e-business framework for
knowledge-based professionals has been shortlisted for the Society
for Computers and Law 2001 Award for the Most
Outstanding Application of Information
Technology to the Law in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. 
Mentor integrates the core technologies required by the
modern knowledge-based organisation, these
include KM, workflow, client relationship
management, data warehousing and client portals.  It is based on Microsoft's back-office platform. Perceptive Technology's web address
is: www.perceptivetechnology.com

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