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AIM TEAM AT PINSENT MASONS ENDS YEAR ON A HIGH

January 2007. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

A specialist AIM team at the London offices of law firm Pinsent Masons have capped a busy year by acting for the brokers on two AIM admission fundraising placings in tandem.

Phaunos Timber Fund Limited, a new company established to invest in timberland and timber-related investments, raised US$115 million in a placing by Shore Capital Stockbrokers Limited and LCF Edmond de Rothschild. The company has been admitted to AIM with a market capitalisation of US$115 million.

Verdant Holdings PLC, a new company set up to invest in the burgeoning environmental industry, raised

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SABIEN TECHNOLOGY GROUP PLC ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON AIM ADMISSION

December 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Energy efficiency company, Sabien Technology Group plc, has been advised by UK law firm Pinsent Masons on its admission to AIM, with a market capitalisation of

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PINSENT MASONS AND LUTHER FORM A 1300 LAWYER-STRONG EUROPEAN ALLIANCE

December 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

In a move to build one of the leading associations of European law firms, Pinsent Masons in the UK and Luther in Germany are spearheading the creation of the Pinsent Masons Luther Group (PMLG). The pan-European network will provide a formidable cross-border legal services resource for clients doing business in the region.

As the driving force behind the association, founder members, Pinsent Masons and Luther represent the largest firms in PMLG. Pinsent Masons is a top 15 UK law firm, with over 250 partners and 1,000 lawyers worldwide; Luther is the 13th largest law firm in Germany and the second biggest independent in the German market. Formerly associated with Ernst & Young, Luther and Ernst & Young relinquished formal ties in December 2006, post Sarbanes-Oxley, but still retain a strong working relationship.

PMLG also includes, in France, Granrut, in Austria, Karasek Wietzryk, in Hungary, Luther Fest & Kajli, and three firms based in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania trading under the banner 'Baltic Legal Solutions'. In total, the association comprises over 360 partners operating out of 33 offices across Europe. PMLG is further augmented by well established 'best friends' arrangements with lawyers in Italy, Holland, Poland and The Czech Republic.

Members firms have a strong track-record of collaborative working, with particular synergies in Corporate, IP/IT, PPP/ Projects, Competition, Employment and Real Estate. The association formalises existing relationships between the participating firms, which will henceforth work together on an exclusive basis.

Tony Bunch, Pinsent Masons' International Operations Partner, comments: 'Following the Pinsent Masons merger, the firm has increasingly been involved in cross-border work, driven by our clients' imperative to grow their operations globally. PMLG's offering in Europe is a compelling proposition for clients seeking the best local know-how, combined with an extensive international capability.'

Chris Mullen, Pinsent Masons' Senior Partner adds: 'The association adds another dimension to Pinsent Masons' international reach, complementing our burgeoning operations in Asia Pacific and the Middle East and firmly establishing us as a credible option for clients seeking a cross-border legal resource. Our shared strengths in key sectors, commitment to quality and client service excellence ensure that PMLG will be greater than the sum of its parts.'

Stefan Kraus, Managing Partner of Luther, says: 'The cultural and professional synergies between PMLG member firms have been apparent for some time. It seemed the natural step for our informal relationships to evolve into a strong and coherent offering. Put simply, we're a great fit.'

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES ON DEAL PIVOTAL TO FUTURE GROWTH OF DENNIS EAGLE

December 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

UK law firm Pinsent Masons has advised on a deal which has created Europe's no.1 player in refuse collection vehicle (RCV) production with the purchase by Spanish company, Ros Roca S.A of Midlands-based Dennis Eagle.

The combining of specialist vehicle manufacturer, Dennis Eagle and Ros Roca, a market leader in municipal manufacturing and environmental engineering, also creates a global leader in the field of environmental waste equipment with the new business forecast to have an annual turnover of

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Timeform advised by Pinsent Masons on sale to Betfair

December 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

The shareholders of Portway Press Limited, which trades as Timeform, have been advised by a team from Pinsent Masons on the sale of the company to betting exchange Betfair for an undisclosed sum.

Halifax-based Timeform, which employs 70 people, is a world-renowned brand publishing horseracing ratings, form guides and analysis. The company, founded by Phil Bull in 1948, is an iconic brand in racing form and is used daily by the sport's professionals and punters as an essential source of reference. Channel Four Racing pundit Jim McGrath is the firm's managing director.

It is intended that Timeform will retain editorial independence, whilst benefiting from Betfair's capital investment, as well as technology, marketing and communication skills. Betfair will seek to incorporate some of Timeform's existing services into its own offering and utilise its resources to develop new products and further extend Timeform's global brand.

The Pinsent Masons team was led by Judith Greaves, national head of the firm's tax group and longstanding client partner for Timeform, and by corporate partner Andrew Black, assisted by John Clegg (Corporate), Suky Tour (Employment) and Kerry Wardle (Banking).

Reg Griffin, Chairman of Timeform, said: 'The partnership with Betfair, a company which shares our principles of integrity and trust, will open new outlets for Timeform's content, securing the brand both at home and internationally.

'Existing users of Timeform are more than customers; many are longstanding members of a fanatical readership which expects the highest standards. Those standards, along with Timeform's editorial independence and impartiality, are part of a rich heritage that will continue much as before.'

The shareholders of Timeform also received financial advice from Dow Schofield Watts LLP and tax advice from DTE Group. Betfair were advised by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

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For further information please contact:

Sue Murdoch, Business Development Manager, Pinsent Masons

Tel: 0845 300 3232

Mob: 07884 110174

Email: sue.murdoch@pinsentmasons.com

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D1 Oils Plc Advised By Pinsent Masons On Major

December 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

UK-based global biodiesel producer, D1 Oils plc, has been advised by law firm Pinsent Masons on a

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Pinsent Masons advises on multi-million pound North-West LIFT scheme

December 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

A multi-disciplinary team of lawyers from Pinsent Masons have advised both Partners 4 Lift Limited and The Royal Bank of Scotland plc (RBS) on the multi-million pound re-development of three primary care health centres as part of the St Helens, Halton, Knowsley and Warrington LIFT scheme.

The three sites earmarked for development under tranche three of the scheme with a capital value of

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HM GOVERNMENT ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS

December 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

UK law firm Pinsent Masons has advised the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs ('Defra') and the Department of Trade and Industry ('Dti') on their joint disposal of the issued share capital of United Kingdom Nirex Limited ('Nirex'). Nirex is the company originally set up by the UK nuclear industry in 1982 to research, develop and operate radioactive waste disposal facilities for the industry and others.

As part of the arrangements for securing the geological disposal of the UK's higher activity radioactive waste announced in Parliament on 25 October 2006, the ownership of Nirex was to be transferred to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority ('NDA'). Completion of this disposal took place on 29 November 2006.

Senior corporate partner, Martin Shaw, who led the Pinsent Masons team, commented: 'We are delighted to have brought this deal to a successful conclusion after several months of interesting and challenging work, involving a number of structuring arrangements, as well as corporate, constitutional, employment, pensions and tax issues'.

Martin Shaw, Leeds head of corporate at Pinsent Masons, was assisted by Catherine Hemsworth and John Clegg (corporate), John Christian (tax), Matthew de Ferrars (pensions), Jon Fisher and Philip Titchmarsh (employment).

The NDA was advised by Fiona Hammond (in-house) and Burnetts and Nirex was advised by Burges Salmon.

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For further information please contact:

Sue Murdoch, Business Development Manager, Pinsent Masons

Tel: 0845 300 3232

Mob: 07884 110174

Email: sue.murdoch@pinsentmasons.com

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISED ON GROUNDBREAKING SCHOOLS BUILDING INITIATIVE

December 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

The government's flagship 21st century initiative to renew or rebuild every secondary school has been given a major boost with a specialist public sector team at law firm Pinsent Masons breaking new ground.

The firm has advised VT Education and Skills as the Strategic Partner Organisation (SPO) to Greenwich Council on its agreement under the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) initiative to work with the authority on a long-term project which promises to transform every secondary school in the south London borough.

With the BSF initiative at such an early stage few agreements between authorities and SPOs are in place. Pinsent Masons has worked closely with VT to structure an agreement which lays the foundation for a 15-year relationship with Greenwich. The BSF programme will be tackled in waves, with wave one seeing five schools in Greenwich undergoing a major physical overhaul.

The BSF programme represents the single biggest investment ever made in Greenwich

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Pinsent Masons advises on multi-million pound North-West LIFT scheme

December 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

A multi-disciplinary team of lawyers from Pinsent Masons have advised both Partners 4 Lift Limited and The Royal Bank of Scotland plc (RBS) on the multi-million pound re-development of three primary care health centres as part of the St Helens, Halton, Knowsley and Warrington LIFT scheme.

The three sites earmarked for development under tranche three of the scheme with a capital value of

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HM GOVERNMENT ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS

December 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

UK law firm Pinsent Masons has advised the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs ('Defra') and the Department of Trade and Industry ('Dti') on their joint disposal of the issued share capital of United Kingdom Nirex Limited ('Nirex'). Nirex is the company originally set up by the UK nuclear industry in 1982 to research, develop and operate radioactive waste disposal facilities for the industry and others.

As part of the arrangements for securing the geological disposal of the UK's higher activity radioactive waste announced in Parliament on 25 October 2006, the ownership of Nirex was to be transferred to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority ('NDA'). Completion of this disposal took place on 29 November 2006.

Senior corporate partner, Martin Shaw, who led the Pinsent Masons team, commented: 'We are delighted to have brought this deal to a successful conclusion after several months of interesting and challenging work, involving a number of structuring arrangements, as well as corporate, constitutional, employment, pensions and tax issues'.

Martin Shaw, Leeds head of corporate at Pinsent Masons, was assisted by Catherine Hemsworth and John Clegg (corporate), John Christian (tax), Matthew de Ferrars (pensions), Jon Fisher and Philip Titchmarsh (employment).

The NDA was advised by Fiona Hammond (in-house) and Burnetts and Nirex was advised by Burges Salmon.

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For further information please contact:

Sue Murdoch, Business Development Manager, Pinsent Masons

Tel: 0845 300 3232

Mob: 07884 110174

Email: sue.murdoch@pinsentmasons.com

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CONSTRUCTION GROUP SIAC ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON CORPORATE DEAL

November 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

SIAC Construction Limited (SIAC), one of Ireland

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TWO KEY PARTNER APPOINTMENTS FOR GROWING BANKING AND FINANCE GROUP

November 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons' Banking and Finance Group has announced two key appointments with partners joining its Restructuring and Banking teams in London and Birmingham respectively.

The Group's market-leading Birmingham Banking team is to be joined by Matthew Heaton from Eversheds. He will work alongside partners Stephen Miles and Alice Broadfield and the rest of the Midlands Banking team at Pinsent Masons to further develop the complex financing work for which the team has achieved its top ranking from independent market watchers.

Seamas Gray is joining the Group's Restructuring team in London from DLA Piper and will work alongside fellow London Restructuring Partner, Richard Williams, and the London Banking team led by Martin Bishop to develop the firm's bank-led restructuring practice.

The appointments reflect the overall growth of Pinsent Masons' Banking and Finance Group nationally, which now has more than 50 lawyers. The Group has seen major investment in London in recent years, as well as investment in its rated regional teams in Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester with the appointments of Heaton and Gray following closely on the appointments of Graeme McClellan as an asset finance partner in London and Clare Foster as a project finance partner in Edinburgh.

Matthew Heaton spent six years working in Allen & Overy's Global Loans and Restructuring Department before moving to join the Midlands banking team at Eversheds in December 2004 where he has concentrated on acquisition finance and general corporate banking work. Seamas, a restructuring specialist, has worked with DLA Piper's London Restructuring team for the past seven years.

Stephen Miles, National Head of the Banking and Finance Group, said: 'Banking and Finance is one of the core areas targeted for growth at Pinsent Masons. The success of this commitment is demonstrated by the year-on-year growth in the turnover and profitability of the Group. As we push to grow our London practice and develop our institutional relationships, we are keen to maintain and build on our regional strength. Matthew and Seamas will help us to do both and we are delighted that they are joining us.'

Jonathan Jeffries of Pinsent Masons' Restructuring team commented: 'We are committed to strengthening our offering in London and to the general expansion of the team. We are building on the strength of our reputation in other parts of the UK and the quality of our relationships which suggests that we can make great gains with the right team in place.'

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For further information, please contact:

Clare Turnbull, National Head of PR & Communications

Pinsent Masons, on: 0845 300 32 32

Email: clare.turnbull@pinsentmasons.com

www.pinsentmasons.com

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EUROPEAN COMMISSION CLOSES HOLYROOD PROCUREMENT CASE AGAINST THE UK

November 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

The European Commission has announced its intention to close its infringement case against the UK in respect of the design and construction of the new Scottish Parliament building at Holyrood.

This decision follows an acknowledgment by the Scottish Executive and Parliamentary authorities that tender processes may not have been consistent with EU public procurement law or the EC Treaty principle of equal treatment that underlies the process.

Moreover, the Scottish Executive has taken a number of pro-active measures to ensure that similar difficulties do not occur in relation to future projects. This began with the establishment of the Fraser Inquiry and was followed by the introduction of new construction procurement guidelines and new requirements for the review of major projects. Another important step taken by the Scottish Executive is the ongoing training programme on the new EC Public Procurement Directive and implementing Scottish Regulations, which has benefited over 200 public sector employees to date.

Under contract to the Scottish Executive's Procurement Directorate Pinsent Masons has played a key role in delivering this training programme which played a part in the Commission's decision to close its investigation.

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STRATEGIC PARTNER APPOINTMENT TO PINSENT MASONS' NATIONAL PROPERTY LITIGATION TEAM

November 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

The Property Litigation team at UK law firm Pinsent Masons has announced the appointment of Alicia Foo, formerly joint head of Property Litigation at Denton Wilde Sapte, as partner.

Alicia will be based at the firm's Birmingham office and joins a vibrant, expanding national team which boasts one of the largest dedicated property litigation teams in the UK.

Stuart Wortley, national head of Property Litigation, commented: 'We are delighted to welcome Alicia whose appointment reflects the rapid growth of our team. During 2006 we have already seen the promotion of Matthew Baker to partner in our Leeds office and the recruitment of five lawyers

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PINSENT MASONS CONTINUES MANCHESTER GROWTH WITH COMMERCIAL PARTNER HIRE

November 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Law firm Pinsent Masons has announced a further partner hire in Manchester with the appointment of commercial law specialist Scot Morrison, as the firm continues its expansion and strategic investment in the North West.

Scot will play a key role in developing the commercial law practice in Manchester of Pinsent Masons' successful national Outsourcing, Technology and Commercial (OTC) group. He is a specialist in commercial contracts, regeneration and real estate based joint venture structures. He is joining from Eversheds in Manchester where he is a partner.

His move to Pinsent Masons will see him reunited with corporate partners Helen Ridge and Howard Gill both of whom moved to the firm from Eversheds this year. Pinsent Masons also recently announced the partner appointments in Manchester in Corporate of heavy-hitters Stephen Levy from Hammonds and Chris Moss from Halliwells.

OTC is one of the flagship areas of practice nationally for Pinsent Masons which boasts an award-winning IP/IT law team. 'We need someone in the North West to spearhead the development of our commercial law practice to match the quality we have elsewhere and to enable us to expand the work we do for clients across the board,' said Clive Seddon, national head of OTC. 'Scot Morrison has all the right credentials. He has a proven ability of developing business, building strong teams and growing good client relationships. He will be a great addition to our operations in the North West and a valuable member of the group nationally.'

Carl Garvie, Head of Office in Manchester, added: 'There is a real buzz now around our North West team with each new arrival underscoring the dynamic and progressive force that Pinsent Masons is coming to represent in the North West.

'We are delighted to be welcoming Scot whose skills will add to the full service capability we offer to clients in this region and beyond. This is a good move for Pinsent Masons and good for regional competition which ensures the North West has a top-quality vibrant legal market.'

Scot Morrison joined Eversheds upon qualification in 1995 and became a partner in 2003. He helped to set up the successful commercial department at Eversheds in Manchester in 1999, working with colleagues to grow its influence. In the past two years, he has also developed a cross-disciplinary practice in regeneration and real estate joint venture structures

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HEYWOOD WILLIAMS GROUP PLC ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON SCHEME OF ARRANGEMENT AND CAPITAL REORGANISA

November 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Heywood Williams Group PLC, a leading specialist distributor of building products, is being advised by UK law firm Pinsent Masons on a Scheme of Arrangement and capital reorganisation.

This will create distributable reserves of

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TOP WEALTH MANAGER TILNEY ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON DEUTSCHE BANK DEAL

November 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

One of the UK's largest independent wealth managers, Tilney Group Limited, has been advised by a team from law firm Pinsent Masons on the sale of the company to Deutsche Bank for an undisclosed sum.

The acquisition from Bridgepoint and Tilney management is a key element in Deutsche Bank's private wealth management strategy. This strategy anticipates the bank expanding its onshore presence in certain markets and with certain client groups, including Independent Financial Advisers. Tilney, with its 15,000 domestic and international clients and assets of

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES BLACK & VEATCH ON ACQUISITION OF MJ GLEESON'S WATER BUSINESS

November 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Leading global engineering, consulting and construction company, Black & Veatch, has been advised by a team from UK law firm Pinsent Masons on its acquisition of the water business of MJ Gleeson Group plc. The acquisition for a total consideration of

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PROTON POWER SYSTEMS ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON ADMISSION TO AIM

November 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

PROTON POWER SYSTEMS ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON ADMISSION TO AIM

Fuel cell system developer, Proton Power Systems PLC, is being advised on its admission to the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) by a specialist team from UK law firm Pinsent Masons. The company is expected to have a market capitalisation of

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MEDICX FUND ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON LONDON MAIN MARKET FLOAT

November 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Specialist healthcare property investment company, MedicX Fund Limited, has been advised by a team from law firm Pinsent Masons on its IPO on the Main Market of London Stock Exchange and

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PINSENT MASONS APPOINTED TO ADVISE GLEESON CAPITAL SOLUTIONS ON TWO SOCIAL HOUSING PFI PROJECTS

November 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons has been appointed to advise Gleeson Capital Solutions on two social housing PFI projects, further cementing the firm's leading position in this sector.

Gleeson Capital Solutions is part of the Chrysalis consortium, together with Nationwide, Moat and Denne Group. The consortium is the preferred bidder on the Stanhope Housing PFI Project in Ashford. Gleeson and Nationwide are also, with Harvest Housing Association, part of the AvantAge consortium which has just been appointed preferred bidder on the Cheshire Non HRA Housing PFI Project. Financial close on both projects is expected by March 2007.

Stanhope Estate project involves the demolition of 410 flats, the provision of 222 houses and flats for general housing need, 90 houses and flats for intermediate rent and Homebuy (formerly known as Shared Ownership); 144 houses and flats for open market sale; the demolition of the old shopping centre; and the transformation of a new commercial centre together with new and improved community facilities for Ashford Borough Council.

The Cheshire project will provide 400 extra care housing units across five sites in Cheshire involving a mix of flats for sale, rent and Homebuy, and forms the first phase of a pan-Cheshire strategy to facilitate 2000 units within the next ten years.

The Pinsent Masons team is led by Robin Baillie assisted by Navjeet Virk, Anna Le Jehan and Didar Dhillon in the Projects Group.

Robin Baillie, Senior Associate in the Projects Group at Pinsent Masons, said,

'Having already been involved in seven of the nine social housing schemes which have closed to date, as well as Islington Housing PFI which we closed only last month, our instructions on Cheshire and Ashford demonstrate the confidence the market has in Pinsent Masons as the leading legal advisor in this market. The Cheshire and Ashford projects will be two of four schemes which we will be closing this financial year leaving little time to rest!'

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For further information, please contact:

Anna Sargent, PR Adviser

Pinsent Masons, on: 020 7490 6378 or mob: 07717 156 559

Email: Anna.Sargent@pinsentmasons.com

Note to Editors:

Pinsent Masons is a full service commercial firm with more than 260 partners, a total legal team of more than 900 and in excess of 1,500 staff in the UK and internationally. The firm ranks in the UK top 15 of law firms and is one of Europe's leaders. In the UK, the firm has offices in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester.

The firm has one of the largest teams of specialist PFI projects lawyers in the UK. It is ranked number one in the Public Private Finance league tables having closed more UK PFI projects than any other law firm and was named 'Best Legal Adviser' at the Public Private Finance Awards 2006.

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WATER GIANTS LOSE STRANGLEHOLD ON GLOBAL MARKET

November 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

The five largest water companies in the world are losing their grip on global domination according to Dr David Lloyd Owen, Director of Envisager.

Dr Owen, who was speaking at the launch of the Pinsent Masons Water Yearbook 2006-07 this month, outlined many of the changes recently witnessed by the industry: 'Over the past three years the entire nature of the global water industry has changed. The major players have a less dominant position. With RWE selling Thames Water to Macquarie, the

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WMG PICKS TOP PINSENT MASONS TEAM FOR MAJOR STRIKE ON FOOTBALL TALENT POOL

November 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Wasserman Media Group picked a top team at law firm Pinsent Masons for advice as the US group made a UK acquisition which has propelled it to pre-eminent status in the field of football talent representation.

Wasserman has acquired SFX Sports Group (Europe) Limited, the agency that represents stars such as Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen and Andriy Shevchenko, from Live Nation Inc for an undisclosed sum.

The company, strong in basketball and baseball in the US, has now leapfrogged rivals in Europe to gain a dominant position in football with the SFX acquisition. In addition to representing leading names in football, which also include Alan Shearer, Jamie Carragher and Jermaine Jenas, SFX has world rugby stars, Jonny Wilkinson, Lawrence Dallaglio and Martin Johnson as clients.

Casey Wasserman, the group's founder, has been quoted as saying: 'One thing that has become clear over the last few years is that, on a global basis, football is unquestionably the most important sport. For us to operate at the highest level of sports marketing, we have to have a significant presence in football.'

The Pinsent Masons team acting for Wasserman was led by Corporate Partner, Jonathan Reardon, with Lucy Glyn, (corporate), Geoff Tyler and Velma Eyre (employment), Mark Cawthron (tax) and Kim Walker (media and sports). Kevin Masuda of Los Angeles-based Munger Tolles and Olson LLP provided US advice to Wasserman.

Live Nation Inc was represented by Mike Rogers of Houston-based Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP with UK advice provided by Hammonds.

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For further information, please contact:

Clare Turnbull, National Head of PR & Communications

Pinsent Masons, on: 0845 300 32 32

Email: clare.turnbull@pinsentmasons.com

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DORSET COUNTY COUNCIL ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON SECOND COUNTY-WIDE STREET LIGHTING PFI PROJECT IN

November 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Lawyers at Pinsent Masons have advised Dorset County Council on the second county-wide street lighting PFI project in the UK to date. The

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ANISA GROUP ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON MARKET LEADING MOVE

November 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

A team from law firm Pinsent Masons has advised its client Anisa Group on a deal which has helped to create the UK's market leader in warehousing and distribution.

Anisa has acquired certain business and assets of FWL Technologies Limited (Liverpool) comprising warehousing and distribution, enterprise resource planning and facilities management operations and related staff.

FWL Technologies counts as its customers many of the world's leading logistics, supply chain and transportation companies. The company specialises in providing proprietary software and support services to over 200 customers worldwide, including in the UK leading logistics companies such as DHL, Exel and TNT.

Ross Telford, Anisa Group Chairman, commented: 'Bringing these two businesses together creates the largest UK-based market leader in warehousing and distribution. FWL Technologies has an excellent range of products and expertise to offer customers the most comprehensive solutions portfolio and technology offerings in the UK.

'This is an important strategic acquisition for Anisa Group which more than doubles our position in the warehousing and distribution market where we already enjoy a high profile and considerable success. We now have over 400 customers in 700 locations worldwide.'

The Pinsent Masons team advising Anisa Group has been led by Corporate Partner, Joanne Ellis, working with Russell Hill and Alex Darbyshire (Banking and Finance).

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For further information, please contact:

Clare Turnbull, National Head of PR & Communications

Pinsent Masons, on: 0845 300 32 32

Email: clare.turnbull@pinsentmasons.com

www.pinsentmasons.com

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CARETECH HOLDINGS PLC ADVISED BY UK LAW FIRM PINSENT MASONS ON COUNTICARE ACQUISITION

November 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Leading UK learning disability care provider, CareTech Holdings PLC, has been advised by the specialist healthcare team at law firm Pinsent Masons on an acquisition which will see the company almost doubling its bed capacity since its flotation in 2005.

The

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CREW CLOTHING CO ACHIEVES GOOD FIT AS PINSENT MASONS ADVISES ON EQUITY-BACKED INVESTMENT

November 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

A specialist retail sector team at UK law firm Pinsent Masons has advised Crew Clothing Co., the quintessentially English casual wear brand, on a

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SIG PLC ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON ACQUISITION OF NEW CORPORATE HQ

November 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Leading international specialist supplier to the construction and building industry, SIG plc, has been advised by Pinsent Masons on its acquisition of new corporate headquarters at Sheffield Business Park.

The new building will comprise approximately 20,110 square feet of space, with completion of construction due to take place in June next year. The building will house the management and administrative operations for the SIG group. SIG will continue to occupy the site of its current headquarters at Hillsborough. The new premises in Sheffield Business Park will give SIG the space to cope with future expansion and growth of the SIG group.

SIG plc has four core business sectors, Insulation, Roofing, Commercial Interiors and Specialist Construction & Safety Products and supplies the construction and building industry at over 490 trading locations across the UK, Ireland, Mainland Europe and the USA.

The Pinsent Masons team advising SIG plc was led by Property Partner, Richard Daffern, Construction Partner, Fran Button and by Property Senior Associate, Susan Samuel.

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For further information, please contact:

Clare Turnbull, National Head of PR & Communications

Pinsent Masons, on: 0845 300 32 32

Email: clare.turnbull@pinsentmasons.com

www.pinsentmasons.com

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DORSET COUNTY COUNCIL ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON SECOND COUNTY-WIDE STREET LIGHTING PFI PROJECT IN

November 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Lawyers at Pinsent Masons have advised Dorset County Council on the second county-wide street lighting PFI project in the UK to date. The

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PROTON POWER SYSTEMS ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON ADMISSION TO AIM

November 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Fuel cell system developer, Proton Power Systems PLC, is being advised on its admission to the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) by a specialist team from UK law firm Pinsent Masons. The company is expected to have a market capitalisation of

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MEDICX FUND ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON LONDON MAIN MARKET FLOAT

November 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Specialist healthcare property investment company, MedicX Fund Limited, has been advised by a team from law firm Pinsent Masons on its IPO on the Main Market of London Stock Exchange and

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HEYWOOD WILLIAMS GROUP PLC ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON SCHEME OF ARRANGEMENT AND CAPITAL REORGANISA

November 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Heywood Williams Group PLC, a leading specialist distributor of building products, is being advised by UK law firm Pinsent Masons on a Scheme of Arrangement and capital reorganisation.

This will create distributable reserves of

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES BLACK & VEATCH ON ACQUISITION OF MJ GLEESON'S WATER BUSINESS

November 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Leading global engineering, consulting and construction company, Black & Veatch, has been advised by a team from UK law firm Pinsent Masons on its acquisition of the water business of MJ Gleeson Group plc. The acquisition for a total consideration of

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TOP WEALTH MANAGER TILNEY ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON DEUTSCHE BANK DEAL

October 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

One of the UK's largest independent wealth managers, Tilney Group Limited, has been advised by a team from law firm Pinsent Masons on the sale of the company to Deutsche Bank for an undisclosed sum.

The acquisition from Bridgepoint and Tilney management is a key element in Deutsche Bank's private wealth management strategy. This strategy anticipates the bank expanding its onshore presence in certain markets and with certain client groups, including Independent Financial Advisers. Tilney, with its 15,000 domestic and international clients and assets of

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BREWER HARDYS & HANSONS ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON

September 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Brewer and pub owner Hardys & Hansons p.l.c has been advised by law firm Pinsent Masons on its

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BIODIESEL PRODUCER D1 OILS PLC ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON MAJOR REFINERY PURCHASE

September 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Global biodiesel producer, D1 Oils Plc, has been advised by lawyers at Pinsent Masons as it pursues its strategic growth plans with the acquisition of a major refinery site in the North West of England.

The 47-acre site at Bromborough on Merseyside, which will be acquired from a subsidiary of Lubrizol Corporation (US) for

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES GLOBAL AGROCHEMICAL COMPANY, UNITED PHOSPHOROUS LIMITED, ON

September 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

United Phosphorous Limited (UPL), India's largest agrochemical company, has been advised by UK law firm, Pinsent Masons, on the acquisition of the IP and production rights of crop protection products from Bayer Cropscience AG for a total consideration of

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SOUTH EASTERN EDUCATION AND LIBRARY BOARD ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON

September 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Projects specialists at law firm Pinsent Masons have advised the South Eastern Education and Library Board on the

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Heywood Williams Group Plc advised by Pinsent Masons on Strategic Acquisitions

September 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Leading specialist distributor of building products, Heywood Williams Group PLC, is being advised by UK law firm Pinsent Masons on a

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UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM REAPPOINTS PINSENT MASONS AS LEGAL ADVISER

September 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Following a competitive tender process, Pinsent Masons has been reappointed to Durham University's panel of legal advisers to provide a full range of legal services. The firm has advised the University since 1989, the new contract is for a four year period until August 2010.

Durham University has a long tradition of excellence in research and teaching, was placed tenth in the 2005 Times League Table and is among the top universities in the World and Europe in the Times' ranking. It has a strategic plan to consolidate its position in the UK, Europe and globally, whilst continuing to have a strong regional impact.

The Pinsent Masons team for the re-tendering of the contract was led by Chris Mordue (Employment Partner) and also included Nicola Hart (National Head of Pinsent Masons' Universities Group), Louise Fullwood (Outsourcing Senior Associate) and Andrew Pedley (Property Associate).

Alison Holmes, Director of Procurement at Durham University, said: 'The University is delighted to have re-appointed Pinsent Masons to our Legal Panel, following a detailed competitive tendering exercise. This will allow the excellent working relationship established during the current contract period to be further developed to the benefit of both parties.'

Chris Mordue, Pinsent Masons Client Partner for Durham University, commented: 'Durham University is a long-standing and highly valued client of the firm and we are delighted to be able to continue and build on that existing relationship. This is another success for our Universities Group and demonstrates our ability to not just win new clients, but sustain long-term relationships with those we already advise.'

This reappointment is the latest in a string of successes for the National Universities Group, which in the last twelve months has been appointed as sole legal advisers to University of London and the London School of Economics and Political Science, to the University of Manchester's legal panel and reappointed to the University of Wolverhampton's legal panel.

The other firm on the panel is Dickinson Dees which was also re-appointed.

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THE COMEDY UNIT ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON SALE TO RDF MEDIA GROUP

August 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Television production company, The Comedy Unit Limited, has been advised by law firm Pinsent Masons on its sale to AIM listed production company RDF Media Group PLC for a price of up to

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DERMASALVE SCIENCES ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON ACQUISITION OF HEALTHY AND ESSENTIAL LIMITED

August 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Corporate finance specialists at Pinsent Masons have advised Dermasalve Sciences on its acquisition of Healthy and Essential Limited for up to 9 million ordinary shares.

Dermasalve Sciences produces lifestyle and healthcare products for dry and sensitive skin sufferers focussed on the UK

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES HSBC AND BARCLAYS ON

August 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

A team of lawyers from Pinsent Masons has advised HSBC Leveraged Finance as Agent and Security Trustee and, together with Barclays Corporate Leveraged Finance, as Mandated Lead Arrangers and Original Lenders under

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Niche Hotels Advised by Pinsent Masons on

August 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Niche Hotels, specialists in contemporary, intimate, period hotels, have been advised by Pinsent Masons on the sale of A1 Hotels Limited, owners of a 26 bedroom hotel in South Kensington, for in excess of

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DUNEDIN CAPITAL PARTNERS ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON SECONDARY BUY-OUT OF SPECIALIST IT BUSINESS

August 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

UK mid-market private equity house, Dunedin Capital Partners, has been advised by law firm Pinsent Masons on the

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NIKKO PRINCIPAL INVESTMENTS ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON CLARITY ACQUISITION

August 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Nikko Principal Investments Limited (NPIL) has been advised by law firm Pinsent Masons on the acquisition of the rapidly growing debt collection agency, Clarity Credit Management Solutions Limited (Clarity).

NPIL, the European investment arm of Nikko Cordial Corporation of Japan, has bought 85% of the company with Clarity founders Garry Stran and Richard Griggs retaining a minority interest. Garry Stran will continue as the company's Chief Executive, with Richard Griggs assuming the new role of Director of Corporate Development.

Clarity was formed just over a year ago to provide high quality, cost effective solutions to all aspects of the credit management process. The company specialises in working with financial institutions to maximise the effectiveness of their collection, recovery and litigation strategies, to aid customer retention, minimise losses and provisions, and maximise profit. As part of its service, Clarity provides credit management consultancy as a value added facility.

The purchase of Clarity continues NPIL's investment in the financial services sector and follows its acquisition earlier this year of Cabot Financial, the UK

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NEW HIRES REFLECT DEMAND FOR PINSENT MASONS' LITIGATION GROUP

August 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons has expanded its Dispute Resolution & Litigation Group with the appointment of four Senior Associates.

Tom Stocker, Sean Elson, Emma Flower and Chris Wheeler have all joined the team. Tom is dual qualified in English and Scots law with extensive experience acting for companies involved in high profile Health & Safety and Environmental prosecutions joins in Scotland; Sean joins Tom in our Corporate Defence and Regulatory team, heading up the Birmingham unit; Emma advises businesses on a wide range of commercial claims in Manchester and Chris, a Chartered Accountant, joins in London from BDO.

In addition Tom Pincus, an Australian qualified litigator, joins the firm's London office from Olswang as a solicitor.

Nigel Kissack, Head of Dispute Resolution & Litigation - the team that deals with commercial disputes at Pinsent Masons, said : 'Tom and Sean add significant strength to our national team of Corporate Defence lawyers representing clients at odds with 'red tape' from Health & Safety through advertising, environment, finance, food safety and trading standards to waste.

'Emma and Tom Pincus specialise in resolving commercial disputes and product liability issues and Chris joins as a senior member of our forensic team in London. We look forward to the added value they will all bring to our dispute resolution work.

'These high calibre individuals and the five more junior recruits joining the Group over the next month are giving welcome support to a very busy Group.'

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Pinsent Masons is a full service commercial firm with over 250 partners, a total legal team of more than 900 and some 1,500 staff in the UK and internationally. The firm ranks in the UK top 15 and is in the Global 100 of law firms. In the UK, the firm has offices in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester and is home to over 300 dispute resolution specialists.

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CASH INJECTION FOR OFFSHORE OIL PROJECT AS PINSENT MASONS ADVISES EQUATOR EXPLORATION ON LOAN

August 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Corporate and Banking specialists at UK law firm Pinsent Masons have advised oil exploration company, Equator Exploration Limited (EEL), on a US$65 million loan which will help to fund the development of an offshore oil field in Nigeria.

AIM-listed EEL is already underway with the development of the offshore Bilabri oil field and is confident that, with the injection of additional cash resources provided by the loan, the operation should be in production by the third quarter of 2007.

Advised by Pinsent Masons, the company has signed a two-year loan agreement with certain of its shareholders, which is secured on its shares in its wholly owned subsidiary, Equator Exploration (OML 122) Limited. The loan is repayable within 24 months of first drawing and carries with it options for the lenders to take additional shareholdings in the company.

The Pinsent Masons team comprised London Partners Russell Booker (Corporate) and William Oliver and Martin Bishop (Banking & Finance).

The lenders were advised by Stuart Brinkworth and Andrew Hughes at McGrigors.

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES SECOND HIGH-TECH CHINESE COMPANY ON AIM FLOAT

August 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Law firm Pinsent Masons' leading position as an AIM adviser, its combined UK and Asia Pacific corporate capability and its industry sector strength have resulted in it successfully bringing a second high-tech Chinese company to the alternative investment market of the London Stock Exchange this year.

An international team led by Corporate Partner and AIM specialist, Jon Harris and Senior Associate Sean Page, is advising fast-growing and highly profitable high-tech manufacturer of solar wafers, ReneSola Ltd and its Shanghai-based trading subsidiary, Zhejiang Yuhui Solar Energy Source Co., Ltd, on its admission to AIM.

ReneSola, whose principal operating business is the manufacture of solar wafers for integration into photovoltaic cells, the principal component of crystalline solar panels, is expected to have an initial market capitalisation of US$150 million, when it is admitted to AIM on 8 August.

The extensive Chinese interests of ReneSola mean that Pinsent Masons has drawn heavily on its international strengths with its experienced Shanghai corporate finance team working alongside corporate finance AIM specialists in London to achieve the flotation.

Anticipated net proceeds from a placing of approximately US$46 million, which will accompany the float, will be used primarily for equipment purchases and to expand ReneSola's R&D capabilities and its plant construction.

The Directors of ReneSola consider that admission to AIM is an important step in the development of the group that will raise its profile and provide flexibility in financing its future growth.

'Our knowledge of the technology and energy sectors, particularly alternative energy, combined with our extensive AIM experience played a significant part in our success in winning ReneSola as a client and smoothing the passage to flotation,' said Jon Harris. 'AIM is an increasingly attractive environment for Chinese companies that are looking to grow and make an impression internationally.'

In addition to Jon Harris and Sean Page, the Pinsent Masons team advising ReneSola comprises Manmohan Panesar and Jolene Chan, and in Shanghai, Consultant Amanda Yao and Rachel Xie.

The Nominated Adviser and Broker to the float is Westhouse Securities LLP, which is being advised by Steptoe & Johnson.

In March, Jon Harris led a team which acted for leading developer and provider of software and IT solutions to Chinese regional and national government agencies, Sinosoft Technology plc, on its US$ 55 million admission to AIM.

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CORPORATE HEAVY-HITTER STEPHEN LEVY IS KEY PARTNER APPOINTMENT FOR

August 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

One of the leading heavyweight corporate lawyers in the North West, Stephen Levy, is joining Pinsent Masons' Manchester team in a move which underscores the top-level reinvigoration of the firm's regional corporate practice.

Stephen Levy, independently rated as 'technically excellent', will move from Hammonds, where he has lead the Corporate Finance team in Manchester, to head up Pinsent Masons' Corporate team in the region.

Stephen will be working with partners Helen Ridge and Howard Gill, who joined Pinsent Masons from Eversheds in Manchester earlier this year, and Anna Whetham. Helen and Howard have already generated a significant amount of work in the short time they have been with Pinsent Masons and the firm is recruiting further to service strong client demand for its corporate services in Manchester.

'Stephen Levy's move to Pinsent Masons speaks volumes about our commitment to becoming one of the North West's leading corporate players. He is a high calibre lawyer, respected by clients and peers alike, who has a deal-doing track record that many envy. Importantly, he is also a great team player and with Helen, Howard and Anna will build a formidable practice for Pinsent Masons in the region,' said Gareth Edwards, National Head of Corporate.

Helen Ridge added: 'This is the crowning moment for us as a new team. Stephen is an acknowledged heavy-hitter in the region, whose reputation for outstanding quality and client service goes before him. We are all looking forward to working together. Our combined experience and expertise gives the region's corporates, private equity houses, other investors and intermediaries a genuine new alternative.'

Stephen Levy is an M&A and private equity practitioner. He joined Hammonds in 1994 from the London office of Nabarro Nathanson, becoming a partner two years later. He has been a recognised client winner growing successful relationships with leading UK and international corporates and private equity houses. In recent times he has advised Montagu Private Equity on the

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Pinsent Masons Names Head of Information Law Team

July 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons announced today that Rosemary Jay will head the firm

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DOUBLE HIRE FOR PINSENT MASONS' MANCHESTER ARM

July 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons has boosted its Employment and Dispute Resolution & Litigation practices in Manchester with the appointment of Senior Associates Simon Horsfield and Emma Flower respectively.

Simon, formerly of Addleshaw Goddard, will be joining the firms highly regarded employment team. Simon has extensive experience of conducting employment tribunal proceedings and tribunal advocacy.

Emma, who joins the firm from the Manchester office of Eversheds, has a proven track-record of advising businesses on a wide range of commercial claims and complex technical disputes. She has particular expertise in product liability issues.

Carl Garvie, Head of Office for Pinsent Masons in Manchester, said :

'Both Simon and Emma's experience will play an important role in strengthening two of our key practice areas and we are confident both will contribute significantly to our aggressive growth strategy for Manchester.'

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IP GROUP PLC ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON QUEEN MARY, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON PARTNERSHIP

July 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Intellectual property commercialisation company, IP Group plc, has been advised by lawyers at Pinsent Masons on a 25-year partnership with Queen Mary, University of London, the latest in a series of such agreements to be made with some of the country's top universities.

Queen Mary is one of the leading colleges in the federal University of London and has a strong research base with over 80 per cent of research staff working in departments where research is of international or national excellence (RAE 2001). It has an annual turnover of

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AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON THE SALE OF AFX NEWS LIMITED TO THOMSON FINANCIAL

July 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Agence France Presse, the world's oldest established news agency, has been advised by Pinsent Masons on the sale of its subsidiary, AFX News Limited, to Thomson Financial for an undisclosed sum.

AFX News Limited is a leading European independent real-time financial news agency providing equity-focused business, financial and economic news to the investment community. The acquisition will complement Thomson Financial's existing focused news and analysis services and builds on the success of Thomson Financial News for investment professionals in North America. The service will be integrated with Thomson's proprietary content, and delivered through the Thomson ONE application suite and to existing AFX clients.

Agence France Presse is a long-standing client of Pinsent Masons. The oldest of the three major global information companies, the international news agency has more than 2,200 full-time reporters and photographers. Its presence in 165 countries gives it unparalleled coverage of international business, sports and entertainment news. Delivered in six languages to 7,000 subscribers around the world, its reports are translated into dozens of other languages and are read by more than one billion people.

Pierre Louette, Chairman and CEO, Agence France Presse, said: 'We are extremely pleased that Thomson Financial will acquire AFX. As a leading financial information services provider, Thomson Financial is in a unique position to help build and further develop AFX. This deal cements our long-term relationships with Thomson Financial and will enable clients of both our companies to receive a superior service.'

The Pinsent Masons team included Tom Leman, Darius Lewington, Jo McNeill (Corporate), Susan Biddle, Claire Smith (OTC), Ian Clark (Property) and Mark Cawthron (Tax).

Thomson Financial was advised by Kemp Little.

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PINSENT MASONS APPOINTS KIRSTY AYRE AS EMPLOYMENT PARTNER IN SCOTLAND

July 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Kirsty Ayre has been appointed by Pinsent Masons as Employment Partner to lead and grow the employment team in Scotland, bringing the number of partners in its national Employment Group to 16. She will join the firm on 28 August 2006 from Brodies and will work in both the Edinburgh and Glasgow offices.

Kirsty joined Brodies in 2002 from Pinsent Curtis (as it was then) and became a partner in 2003. She played a role in the firm's rise to its current top tier ranking in both Legal 500 and Chambers directories for employment law. She is the Scottish representative on the Employment Lawyers' Association management committee.

Kirsty has expertise in both contentious and non-contentious matters. Whilst at Brodies she regularly appeared in tribunals throughout the UK on behalf of clients. Recent cases she has advised on include some of the first cases under the legislation governing fixed-term workers, religious and sexual orientation discrimination. She also has extensive experience in mass litigation acting for FTSE 100 clients.

Her non-contentious experience includes advising a government department in one of its largest TUPE transfers from the public to the private sector, drafting employment provisions in corporate transactions and HR policies, advice on large-scale redundancies and contractual change, negotiating senior executive exit arrangements and dealing with requests for trade union recognition.

Chris Booth, National Head of the Employment Group at Pinsent Masons said, 'Kirsty brings with her extensive experience, particularly in the financial sector. Her appointment further strengthens our national practice, bringing the number of partners to 16. As an Employment Group we have genuine coverage across the UK with teams in London, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Glasgow. We are delighted to welcome her back to the team.'

Vincent Connor, Head of Pinsent Masons' Scotland office, commented: 'This appointment, together with our recent appointments in recent weeks in our Projects, Banking, Health & Safety, IT/IP and Transactional Construction teams, underscores the growth, dynamism and success of Pinsent Masons in Scotland.'

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PINSENT MASONS' HONG KONG CORPORATE TEAM CELEBRATES FIRST FLOAT

July 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

The newly-formed Corporate team in the Hong Kong office of Pinsent Masons has completed its first flotation on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange advising Taifook Securities Limited, the sole bookrunner, on the listing of Fortune Sun (China) Holdings Ltd, one of China's leading providers of property consultancy and agency services.

Pinsent Masons took the significant strategic step nine months ago to develop its international operations with the hire by its award-winning Asia-Pacific practice of two heavyweight corporate partners and a highly respected senior China-qualified lawyer from other firms in Hong Kong and China.

The appointment of the two partners, Dale Fischer from Clyde & Co and Andrew Lui from DLA, and consultant Amanda Yao from Boss & Young, all highly-rated individuals with over 35 years' combined experience in the local marketplace, represented a major strengthening of Pinsent Masons' corporate capability in the Asia-Pacific region. The addition of these three senior individuals has been complemented by a number of other hires, bringing the size of Pinsent Masons' corporate team in Asia to a total of 14 lawyers.

Now Andrew Lui, an IPO specialist, has led the team advising on Taifook Capital Limited on the listing of Fortune Sun on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock exchange. Fortune Sun has an initial market capitalisation of HK$ 212 million. Taifook Capital Limited and Rexcapital (Hong Kong) Limited together are the joint sponsors. Taifook Securities Limited is the sole bookrunner and one of the lead managers. Polaris Capital (Asia) Limited is the other lead manager.

Fortune Sun is one of China

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PINSENT MASONS APPOINTS PARTNER TO SCOTTISH CONSTRUCTION PRACTICE

July 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons has appointed construction transaction specialist Michael Allan as a new partner.

Michael left his position as a Director in the Construction Procurement team at Scottish firm McGrigors to join Pinsent Masons' UK Construction & Engineering Group in early July 2006.

Dual qualified in Scotland and England, Michael has extensive experience in advising on both regional and national high profile engineering, energy, property development and PFI & PPP projects including the Royal Bank of Scotland's world headquarters in Edinburgh and the huge Silvertown Quays urban regeneration project in East London.

His appointment brings the number of construction lawyers for Pinsent Masons in Scotland

to 16.

Fraser McMillan, Head of UK Construction & Engineering for Pinsent Masons in Scotland, said :

'Michael is an outstanding lawyer with first class credentials. He has a stellar reputation regionally having advised on a number of flagship projects. It

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SECURE MAIL SERVICES ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON PASSPORT TO NEW FUTURE

July 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Shareholders of the privately-owned specialist mail company, Secure Mail Services (SMS), have been advised by lawyers at UK law firm, Pinsent Masons, on the sale of the business to Candover Partners for an undisclosed sum.

Candover will be merging SMS with DX Services, which is in the process of being taken private, forming a new company which is set to give Royal Mail a run for its money in selected areas of mail delivery.

DX Services is focused on providing specialist delivery services between businesses, particularly law firms, while SMS provides secure mail services for time- and value-sensitive documents, such as passports, credit cards and cheque books, to residential addresses. Together the two businesses are seen as creating a new competitive force in the UK mail delivery market.

In addition to advising the institutional and other selling shareholders of SMS, Pinsent Masons also advised SMS managing director, James Greenbury, on his equity investment in the new business of which he is to become CEO.

DX, which is being bought for

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES VEOLIA ON

July 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Projects specialists at law firm Pinsent Masons have advised Veolia Environmental Services on a

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PINSENT MASONS DRAFTS NEW DCLG GUIDANCE TO HELP LOCAL AUTHORITIES DELIVER EFFICIENCIES

July 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

In light of the growing impetus for authorities to deliver efficiency savings and explore ways in which collaboration can help to deliver such savings, a small team of experts, including Alan Aisbett, a Projects Partner at law firm Pinsent Masons, have revised and updated key components of the Department for Communities and Local Government's ('DCLG') Strategic Partnering Knowledge Programme; a step by step guide to how local authorities can implement service delivery partnerships.

This practical toolkit, commissioned and published by the DCLG, contains practical guidance for local authority officers and members examining;

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Sunderland Football Club Advised by Pinsent Masons on Niall Quinn Takeover

July 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

A 20-strong legal team at Pinsent Masons is celebrating the successful conclusion of an intense 18 months with the announcement today of the takeover of Sunderland by a consortium led by Niall Quinn. The offer values Sunderland's share capital at approximately

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PINSENT MASONS ACTS FOR BE SHAREHOLDERS IN

June 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Shareholders of Be Un Limited, one of the UK's most innovative broadband providers, have been advised by a legal team at Pinsent Masons on the

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INTERQUEST GROUP MAKES INROADS INTO PUBLIC SECTOR ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS

June 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

IT recruitment specialist, InterQuest Group plc, has been advised by a team from law firm Pinsent Masons on the acquisition of Sand Resources Limited for a consideration of up to

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IP GROUP PLC ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON MOVE FROM AIM TO OFFICIAL LIST

June 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Fast-developing intellectual property commercialisation company, IP Group PLC, has been advised by law firm Pinsent Masons on its move from AIM to the Official List of the London Stock Exchange.

The company's board believes that joining the Official List will be of benefit by enabling the company to attract a wider range of shareholders and by raising its profile domestically and internationally. IP Group appointed KBC Peel Hunt Ltd as its sponsor for the Admission and as joint broker along with Lehman Brothers International (Europe).

IP Group works with many of the UK's leading research universities as a partner in commercialising the products and services that result from their work. Pinsent Masons has acted as the company's leading adviser on partnering arrangements with universities such as Bristol, Oxford, Southampton, King's College London, York and Surrey.

The Pinsent Masons team advising IP Group on its transfer to the Official List was led by Corporate Partner, Russell Booker. Russell Booker was also the company's lead legal adviser when, as IP2IPO Group, it was originally admitted to AIM in October 2003.

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PINSENT MASONS ACTS FOR THREE NHS TRUSTS ON PIONEERING PROCUREMENT PROGRAMME

June 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons has acted for Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust and The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust on a pioneering partnership with service provider B Braun to overhaul services for cleaning and sterilising surgical instruments in West Yorkshire. The agreement was signed on 12 June 2006.

The agreement is the pathfinder for a procurement programme developed and overseen nationally by the Department of Health's commercial directorate, with advice from Pinsent Masons, Ernst & Young and Gleeds. Many more projects are now expected to move towards contract finalisation using the experience gained on the pathfinder transaction. The project will see the replacement of outdated cleaning and sterilising facilities currently situated within the hospitals managed by the three trusts. A new dedicated facility for the decontamination of surgical instruments will take their place.

A new processing 'supercentre' is being adapted at Grangefield Estate, Pudsey, Leeds, which will not only provide this service to the three trusts but will have capacity to provide services to other NHS trusts, primary care trusts and independent sector hospitals in the area. The contracts include new provisions to protect the rights of current and future employees and ensure equitable employment terms. The Pinsent Masons team drafted and negotiated these terms, working with specialist Department of Health HR adviser Anne-Marie Bond and the Government Actuary's Department.

The programme, which received the Public Sector Joint Working Award at the PP Finance Awards 2005, involves clusters of NHS bodies procuring independent sector service providers to clean and sterilise surgical instruments. It was established to make major improvements to the quality of the decontamination of surgical instruments in the light of serious health threats such as vCJD and hepatitis. The project has involved the need to develop intricate procurement and contract structures with a multiplicity of stakeholders, whilst securing a straightforward interface between users and providers. It is expected that some 21 further deals will follow as new contracts are concluded across the UK.

Pinsent Masons' national programme team is led by Barry Francis supported by James Watson and Rowena Moss. The closing of the pathfinder was led by James Watson, supported by Alastair Dale, with property law support from John Trevethan and Richard Collett, planning law support from Dawn Blackwell, pensions and employment support from John Hanratty and Emma Peacock and procurement and competition law advice led by Katherine Eddon and James Bryan.

The pathfinder's project director, Len Wright said, 'From the trusts' perspective this will provide a very important service, directly supporting clinicians. It is crucial that patients' interests are properly protected in the longer term as well in the immediate transition. The contracts, which have been developed by Pinsent Masons in close collaboration with the trusts, provide that protection. I am very pleased and impressed with the service that Pinsent Masons have given us on this project.'

The Department of Health's commercial programme director commented, 'Pinsent Masons have been a key member of the national team since inception providing legal advice covering the development of the legal contracts, procurement, HR and property advice. The contracts have also been developed in conjunction with the pathfinder team and are now the basis for all 21 decontamination supercentre collaborations. A key feature of this new service model is that it works within the current cost of service, utilising efficiencies from the collaborating trusts.'

Barry Francis, the head of Pinsent Masons' health sector and projects partner said, 'This has been a fascinating project, working with an excellent team to develop another approach to collaborative working between the public and independent sectors to the benefit of patients. The programme has presented significant challenges and we are delighted to have helped bring the pathfinder to an effective solution.'

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Email: Anna.Sargent@pinsentmasons.com

Note to Editors:

Pinsent Masons is a full service commercial firm with more than 260 partners, a total legal team of more than 900 and in excess of 1,500 staff in the UK and internationally. The firm ranks in the UK top 15 of law firms and is one of Europe's leaders. In the UK, the firm has offices in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester.

Pinsent Masons has one of the largest teams of specialist PFI projects lawyers in the UK. It is ranked number one in the Public Private Finance league tables having closed more UK PFI projects than any other law firm and was named as the Best Legal Adviser at the Public Private Finance Awards 2006 last month.

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES ON

June 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons has acted for both University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Trust on a jointly procured

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PINSENT MASONS APPOINTED BY REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY ONE NORTHEAST

June 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons has been appointed to the legal panel of regional development agency One NorthEast following a review of its external legal advisers. The firm will advise on property and planning, corporate and regulatory. This is the third appointment by a regional development agency for Pinsent Masons.

One NorthEast is the regional development agency for North East England, covering Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and Tees Valley. The new contracts became effective on 1 June 2006 and are set to carry a two-year term with an option to extend.

The review is the first since the inaugural line-up of external advisers was appointed in 2000 and is part of a move to integrate the agency

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PROPERTY INVESTOR CIREF LIMITED ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON SPECIAL

June 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

A specialist real estate finance and property team from Pinsent Masons has acted for Jersey-based property investment and development company, CIREF Limited, on its admission to AIM, with a market cap of

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PINSENT MASONS FINALISES BBC SCOTLAND TECHNOLOGY CONTRACT FOR

June 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons has advised on a major technology project between BBC Scotland and Siemens Business Services Limited ('Siemens'). The project involves Siemens handling all aspects of technology implementation and management for the new state of the art Glasgow headquarters for BBC Scotland. The agreement is part of a ten year overall Technology Framework Agreement between the BBC and Siemens.

The Pinsent Masons technology team, led by John Salmon in the firm

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HSBC ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON FUNDING FOR INSPICIO GROUP

June 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

HSBC Leveraged Finance has been advised by the Pinsent Masons London Banking team in relation to its

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PINSENT MASONS CLOSES $1.9 BILLION GLOBAL OUTSOURCING CONTRACT FOR

June 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

International law firm Pinsent Masons has completed a major global IT outsourcing agreement between BAE Systems and Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). The five year agreement is valued at approximately $1.9 billion and is the third renewal of BAE Systems' outsourcing arrangements with CSC which originated in 1994.

The Pinsent Masons outsourcing team, led by partners David Isaac and Bridget Fleetwood, successfully negotiated the contract on behalf of BAE Systems. Working closely with BAE Systems' in-house lawyer, Edward Gelsthorpe, the eight strong Pinsent Masons team advised on all aspects of the transaction. CSC was advised by its in-house team led by Mike Phillips and Michael Woodfine.

CSC

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES ON

June 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons has advised on the

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MAYBORN GROUP ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON

June 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

AIM-quoted Mayborn Group plc, the company behind high street brands such as Tommee Tippee, Sangenic and Dylon, is being advised by law firm Pinsent Masons on its

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES SERCO IN LANDMARK RACE CASE

May 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Law firm Pinsent Masons has advised Serco on its successful appeal to the Court of Appeal in what has been described as 'the high profile race discrimination case of 2006'. In the ruling, handed down today, the Court holds that Serco did not act unlawfully when it dismissed a BNP councillor.

Serco appealed against a decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the logical conclusion of which appeared to be that an employer dismissing an employee for racially abusing another employee would itself be guilty of race discrimination, a startling consequence. In a decision which will be received with relief by employment lawyers and all those associated with promoting race relations, Lord Justice Mummery, delivering the verdict of the Court, said: 'I am confident that this is not the kind of case for which the anti-discrimination legislation was designed.'

The Claimant, Arthur Redfearn worked for a Serco subsidiary which transports children and adults with physical and mental disabilities in the Bradford area. Following his election as a BNP councillor in June 2004, Serco responded to widespread concerns and concluded that his public association with the BNP posed a health & safety risk to users of the service, employees and to Mr Redfearn himself. His employment was terminated as a consequence.

Councillor Redfearn claimed that the decision to dismiss him amounted to discrimination 'on racial grounds' and therefore breached the Race Relations Act 1976. He lost in the Leeds Employment Tribunal but then came the EAT decision. This controversial and worrying decision received widespread criticism from, amongst others, the Commission for Racial Equality and the TUC, as it appeared to be completely at odds with the purpose of the Race Relations Act. As the Court of Appeal put it in overturning the EAT decision, 'any other result would be incompatible with the purpose of the 1976 Act to promote equal treatment of persons irrespective of race.'

The Pinsent Masons team comprised Michael Ryley (Partner) and Nick Thomas (Associate), who instructed David Pannick QC (Blackstone Chambers) and Chris Quinn (Cloisters).

Commenting on the case, Michael Ryley, Employment Partner, said: 'This is an important decision for the future of race relations law in this country. There was widespread concern that, if Serco had not successfully appealed the decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the efforts of those seeking to promote best practice in tackling racial discrimination in the workplace would have been seriously undermined. The decision of the Court of Appeal will be warmly welcomed.'

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Note to Editors:

Pinsent Masons is a full service commercial firm with more than 250 partners, a total legal team of more than 900 and in excess of 1,500 staff in the UK and internationally. The firm ranks in the UK top 15 of law firms and is one of Europe's leaders. Pinsent Masons has offices in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester. The firm is ranked first in the 2006 Hemscott table of legal advisers to support services companies, such as Serco, in terms of the number of FTSE 350 clients advised. The Employment Group is one of the most experienced teams of employment lawyers in the country. With over 65 employment lawyers, including 17 partners, it is also one of the largest in the country.

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PINSENT MASONS WINS BUREAU VERITAS PITCH

May 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Bureau Veritas UK and Ireland, an independent service company specialising in safety, health, environmental and quality management and social accountability has appointed Pinsent Masons as its sole legal advisors in key areas of practice.

Pinsent Masons won the appointment as sole adviser for employment and property following a competitive pitch involving several other major national law firms. In addition to its exclusive roles, Pinsent Masons will be a joint adviser for corporate work alongside Lovells.

The key win is yet another gain which Pinsent Masons attributes directly to the increased scope and capability flowing from its merger. Lead partner for Bureau Veritas, Ed Goodwyn, commented: 'I am in no doubt that the depth of expertise we now have across all areas of practice and our cross-office strength helped us to win this work.'

Prior to the competitive pitch, Bureau Veritas had instructed legacy Masons for employment work. In the past year, property partner, Richard Daffern had also built a relationship with the client via mutual property agent contacts.

'We had definitely laid the foundation of a relationship but nothing is certain in this world and we pulled out all the stops on our pitch,' said Ed Goodwyn. 'Winning Bureau Veritas, particularly as a sole adviser in two areas, is very important to us. We aim now to build on this and hope to introduce the client to other areas of practice where we believe we can offer a service.'

Bureau Veritas UK & Ireland operates throughout a national network of regional offices and laboratories employing over 1,500 employees. The Bureau Veritas global network comprises 600 offices and 25,000 specialists in 140 countries. The company offers an extensive range of technical services and solutions in the fields of certification, conformity assessment, consulting and training. Renowned worldwide, the company boasts over 250,000 clients globally.

David Derrick, Risk and Performance Director of Bureau Veritas UK and Ireland commented: 'It is important to us for our business to be advised to the high standard that we set ourselves as professional advisers. Whilst we already knew Pinsent Masons, we took nothing for granted and tested the market. We were impressed by Pinsent Masons' pitch to us. This, combined with our good experience of the firm, secured the business.'

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PINSENT MASONS NAMED BEST LEGAL ADVISER AT PUBLIC PRIVATE FINANCE AWARDS 2006

May 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons has been named as Best Legal Adviser at the Public Private Finance Awards 2006 which recognise best practice in public private partnerships (PPP) and reward teams that achieve excellence in delivering projects and programmes.

The aim of the Awards, which took place last night at the Grosvenor House hotel in London, is to promote innovation and quality in the rapidly expanding field of PPP.

The judges were particularly impressed with the range of Pinsent Masons' work. They noted the

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Speedy Hire plc advised by Pinsent Masons on Largest Acquisition

May 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons has advised Speedy Hire plc on it largest acquisition to-date

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS ON

May 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

International Projects Law Firm, Pinsent Masons together with PricewaterhouseCoopers and EC Harris advised the Government of the Republic of Cyprus on the Cyprus Airports PPP Project which achieved Financial Close on Friday 12 May 2006.

The Project is the first major PPP project for Cyprus leading the way for future development of the country's infrastructure through public private partnerships. In addition, the Project is one of the largest airport projects in Europe to date.

The contract is a 25 year concession between the Government and Hermes Airports Limited for the development and operation of the country's two international airports at Larnaka and Pafos. Hermes Airports Limited is a special purpose vehicle comprising shareholders such as French construction giant Bouygues Batiment, airport operators YVR (Vancouver), Aer Rianta and Nice Airports Ingeniere and a number of Cypriot partners including Cyprus Trading Corporation Ltd, Hellenic Mining Company and the contractors Iacovou Brothers Ltd and Charilaos Apostolides & Co.

Under the terms of the contract Hermes Airports Limited will take over the existing airports and will construct new passenger terminals and associated infrastructure at both airports at a capital investment of around

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LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE APPOINTS PINSENT MASONS AS PRINCIPAL LEGAL ADVISER

May 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons has been appointed by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) as principal supplier of legal services across the full range of its needs. The firm beat stiff City competition in winning the appointment, which is for a period of four years.

The LSE is one of the UK's top universities, holding 3rd place behind Oxford and Cambridge in The Guardian's recent league table. It is a world class centre for its concentration of teaching and research across the full range of the social, political and economic sciences.

Founded in 1895 by Beatrice and Sidney Webb, LSE has an outstanding reputation for academic excellence and few university institutions in the world are as international. The study of social, economic and political problems covers not only the UK and European Union, but also countries of every continent. The legal work for LSE will include a substantial international element as well as a wide range of real estate, employment, constitutional and governance advice.

Nicola Hart, National Head of the Universities Group, who is leading the client team, commented, 'We are delighted with the result and excited at the prospect of working with such a unique institution. Our team are already working hard to build a very close working relationship with our colleagues within LSE to advise on the wide range of operations and activities in which they are involved.'

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Anna Sargent, Chosen Market PR Adviser

Pinsent Masons, on: 020 7490 6378 or mob: 07931 756 855

Email: Anna.Sargent@pinsentmasons.com

Note to Editors:

Pinsent Masons is a full service commercial firm with over 260 partners, a total legal team of more than 900 and in excess of 1,500 staff in the UK and internationally. The firm ranks in the UK top 15 and is in the Global 100 of law firms. In the UK, the firm has offices in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester.

The Pinsent Masons Universities Team acts on a full service basis for many of the UK's top institutions, including the Universities of Birmingham, Manchester, London, Leeds, Liverpool and Durham, plus employment work for King's College London and UCL. The team also advised and continues to act for the University of Chicago in relation to the setting up of a branch of its Graduate School of Business in London.

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URBAN DINING PLC ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON

May 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

AIM-quoted Urban Dining plc, the owner of the Tootsies restaurant chain, has been advised by lawyers at Pinsent Masons on its

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CARETECH HOLDINGS ADVISED ON BACK-TO-BACK ACQUISITIONS BY PINSENT MASONS

May 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Fast-expanding CareTech Holdings PLC, a leading UK provider of learning disability care services, has been advised on back-to-back acquisitions by a specialist healthcare team at law firm Pinsent Masons.

CareTech has acquired residential care services provider, Delam Care Ltd, which runs 14 homes in Stoke and South Staffordshire, for a net cash consideration of

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OXFORD CATALYSTS GROUP ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON ADMISSION TO AIM

May 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Innovative clean fuel company, Oxford Catalysts Group plc, has been advised by a specialist corporate team at UK law firm, Pinsent Masons, on its admission to AIM with a market capitalisation of

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TWO CORPORATE HEAVYWEIGHT LAWYERS JOIN PINSENT MASONS AS PARTNERS

May 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

The national Corporate Group at UK law firm Pinsent Masons has received a triple boost with the arrival this week of two new partners and the promotion of one its rising stars to partner.

Midlands' heavyweight David Stevenson joins Pinsent Masons' Birmingham team and fellow Corporate Finance specialist Helen Ridge joins the Manchester team which she will lead. Both have joined from Eversheds. At the same time, senior associate, Robert Moir, who joined the firm from Allen & Overy in 2004, has been promoted to partner.

David Stevenson comes with 20 years' experience and has been one of the high flyers in Eversheds corporate group both nationally and regionally for some time.

A specialist PLC adviser, David's practice focuses on Stock Exchange new and secondary issues, Blue Book takeover work, corporate finance advice and mergers and acquisitions work for fully listed and AIM companies. David's career to date has seen him work on corporate transactions with some of the Midlands' best known major corporates including Lucas-Varity, Britax and MG Rover. He is also a regular adviser to the corporate broking community and plc practitioners in the Big Four accountancy firms.

Top-rated Helen Ridge is reunited with colleague Howard Gill who joined Pinsent Masons as a partner in March also from Eversheds. Helen specialises in Corporate Finance and has a particular strength in the building products sector having set up and then chaired Eversheds national building products sector group. She has over 17 years' experience. Howard, also a corporate finance specialist, is seen as a rising star.

Robert Moir, who is based in London, acts for a wide variety of corporates, investment banks and institutions advising on corporate finance issues generally and also mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, IPOs, joint ventures, reorganisations and procurement & outsourcing. He trained at Lovells, moving on qualification in 1997 to A&O.

The appointments give Pinsent Masons 36 corporate partners nationally who form part of a full Corporate Group of over 100 lawyers.

Gareth Edwards, National Head of Corporate at Pinsent Masons, said: 'We are committed to the expansion of our corporate group nationally at the highest level to ensure we capitalise fully on the opportunities a buoyant corporate market offers. The fact that we have been able to secure the talents of heavyweight personalities and knowledgeable market players such as David and Helen shows that Pinsent Masons is an attractive proposition.

'Last year our Corporate Group grew its client base and achieved record levels overall completing deals worth over

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PINSENT MASONS APPOINTS OLSWANG PARTNER FOR GROWING IP PRACTICE

May 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons has boosted its growing intellectual property practice with the appointment of Kim Walker from Olswang. Walker joins as a commercial IP partner from 1st May, and will be working alongside the firm

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PINSENT MASONS ANNOUNCES NEW PARTNER PROMOTIONS

April 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Leading law firm Pinsent Masons has announced 12 new Partner promotions effective from 1 May 2006. The new partners are drawn from a number of the firm's offices and key areas of practices.

Chris Mullen, Senior Partner, commented: 'I am confident that we have a very talented group of new partners who will help drive our firm from strength to strength. The legal market is buoyant but increasingly competitive. In making all promotions, we have identified people whose ability and enthusiasm is already helping us grow our business, and have further reinforced our key strengths of core support for our major business clients coupled with our market-leading expertise in outsourcing and technology, construction, employment and pensions.'

The appointments will bring to 250 the number of Partners in Pinsent Masons worldwide as at 1 May 2006. At the same time, the firm has announced that 35 lawyers have been promoted from associate to Senior Associate and a further five solicitors have become Associates. These appointments are also effective from 1 May 2006.

The Partner-level appointments are as follows:

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ABBOT GROUP ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON

April 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Major offshore drilling contractor, Abbot Group plc, is being advised by UK law firm Pinsent Masons on the

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PINSENT MASONS SCORES STREET LIGHTING HAT TRICK FOR ALLIED IRISH BANKS, BOUYGUES, INVESTORS IN THE C

April 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Projects lawyers at national law firm Pinsent Masons have advised on the simultaneous close of two Street Lighting PFIs for the London Boroughs of Barnet and Enfield respectively. The Projects successfully reached financial close on 21 April 2006.

The Firm performed a dual mandate on the deal. One team represented the project companies, Barnet Lighting Services Limited and Enfield Lighting Services Limited in respect of project and funding documentation. A second team acted for Allied Irish Banks in respect of the project documents.

Enfield Lighting Services Limited and Barnet Lighting Services Limited are special purpose vehicles formed by the consortium comprising of Investors in the Community, ETDE and David Webster Limited (both part of the Bouygues group). Pinsent Masons worked for the same team in relation to the Lambeth Street Lighting Project which closed in November 2005 and this close represents a successful streetlighting hat trick for the consortium.

Both projects are for a period of 25 years and have been let under the Government's Private Finance Initiative with a total capital value of nearly

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FURTHER RECRUITMENT FOR PINSENT MASONS PENSIONS TEAM

April 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons has announced the appointment of Carol Jones as an Associate in the Pensions Group. She will be joining the London office from Hammonds on 8 May 2006. Her appointment follows the recent lateral hire of a new pensions team into Pinsent Masons' Leeds office.

Carol has worked as a solicitor since 2001. Her experience includes advising employers and trustees on day-to-day advisory work, dealing with the pensions aspects of corporate transactions and providing training on pensions issues.

Christopher Berkeley, National Head of Pensions at Pinsent Masons, said: 'We are delighted to welcome Carol to our London team which has now seen the recruitment of six additional pensions lawyers over the last 18 months. This demonstrates the continuing expansion of our practice, in terms of both personnel and increasing workload. Carol will be an excellent addition to the team.'

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Anna Sargent, Chosen Market PR Adviser

Pinsent Masons, on: 020 7490 6378 or mob: 07931 756 855

Email: Anna.Sargent@pinsentmasons.com

Note to Editors:

Pinsent Masons is a full service commercial firm with over 250 partners, a total legal team of more than 900 and in excess of 1,500 staff in the UK and internationally. The firm ranks in the UK top 15 and is in the Global 100 of law firms. In the UK, the firm has offices in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester.

The Pinsent Masons Pensions Group is one of the strongest pensions teams in the UK. Spanning our UK offices we have over 40 highly trained pensions lawyers (including 10 partners), pensions executives, paralegals and independent trustee administrators, as well as over 200 colleagues in other practice areas who can provide additional support services to trustee and corporate clients.

For over 20 years, the Pensions Group has been dedicated to providing clear, practical, cost-effective advice for its clients. Legal directories consistently rate the Pensions Group as one of the very best in the country.

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ARMOR HOLDINGS ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON EURO ASPECTS OF US$755 MILLION DEAL

April 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

New York Stock Exchange-listed Armor Holdings, Inc, a leading security products manufacturer and distributor, has been advised by UK law firm Pinsent Masons on the European aspects of its US$755 million acquisition of Stewart & Stevenson Services, Inc.

Stewart & Stevenson Services is a leading manufacturer of tactical wheeled vehicles whose business fits well with Armor's armoured vehicle systems. The acquisition is subject to SVC shareholder approval.

The Pinsent Masons' team advising Armor Holdings comprised corporate partner Tom Leman and senior associate Gareth Hughes. The company, listed in Fortune Magazine's 2005 100 Fastest Growing Companies List, was advised in the US by Kane Kessler, P.C. and Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham LLP.

Stewart & Stevenson were advised by Merrill Lynch and Fulbright & Jaworski LLP.

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Clare Turnbull, National Head of PR & Communications

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PINSENT MASONS SCOOPS GLOBAL CONSTRUCTION AWARD

April 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons has been named 'Global Construction Law Firm of the Year' in the Who's Who Legal Awards 2006.

Thirteen of the firm's partners from across four countries over three continents were singled out for particular praise, more than any other law firm.

The awards were announced in The International Who

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LEADING INSURANCE LAWYER JOINS AS PINSENT MASONS STRENGTHENS PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY PRACTICE

April 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons has announced that Jacquetta Castle will be joining the firm's Professional Liability practice on 24 April 2006. She was previously a partner at Charles Russell, where she was Joint Head of Professional Liability.

Jacquetta has particular experience in D&O, banking claims, financial advisers, insurance brokers, surveyors and barristers claims. She writes regularly in the legal press and lectures widely and is Vice Chairman of the British Insurance Law Association (BILA).

During her time at Charles Russell Jacquetta successfully developed a Professional Indemnity practice from a small base with a significant proportion of the work having an international element. The most recent edition of the Legal 500 directory includes a recommendation for her D&O work for insurers.

Jacquetta joins a long-established Professional Liability team noted particularly for its expertise in legal and broking claims and more recently, construction claims. She will work alongside Partner Fiona Heyes in further developing the practice.

Tim Burton, Head of the Insurance & Reinsurance Practice at Pinsent Masons, said, 'This appointment demonstrates our commitment to further developing our capability and experience within our Professional Liability team. Jacquetta is a highly rated and experienced professional indemnity expert who brings a number of influential clients and contacts and we welcome her to the firm.'

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For further information, please contact:

Anna Sargent, Chosen Market PR Adviser

Pinsent Masons, on: 020 7490 6378 or mob: 07717 156 559

Email: Anna.Sargent@pinsentmasons.com

Note to Editors:

Pinsent Masons is a full service commercial firm with over 250 partners, a total legal team of more than 900 and in excess of 1,500 staff in the UK and internationally. The firm ranks in the UK top 15 and is in the Global 100 of law firms. In the UK, the firm has offices in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester.

Internationally, Pinsent Masons has offices in Brussels, Dubai, Hong Kong and Shanghai, as well as strategic alliances with firms in Dubai, France, Germany, Spain, Holland, India, The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and the USA.

The Insurance and Reinsurance Group at Pinsent Masons consists of over 30 lawyers advising both national and international risk carriers, intermediaries and corporate policyholders.

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PINSENT MASONS BOOSTS IP & UNIVERSITY CAPABILITY IN SCOTLAND WITH DOUBLE HIRE

April 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons has boosted its intellectual property and university practices in Scotland today with the appointment of Scottish law firm Lindsays' University IP team. Chris Martin and Joanne Stewart join the firm

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES ASPIRE DEFENCE ON LARGEST ESTATES PFI PROJECT IN UK

April 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

PFI and construction specialists at UK law firm Pinsent Masons have advised Aspire Defence on Project Allenby/Connaught, the 35-year PFI for the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for the upgrade of accommodation and the provision of a range of services for the British Army

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES ROCHDALE COUNCIL ON

April 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Projects specialists at law firm Pinsent Masons have advised Rochdale MBC on a

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SEMBCORP SIMON-CARVES ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON WORLD'S LARGEST SINGLE STREAM LOW DENSITY POLYETH

April 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons has advised SembCorp Simon-Carves Ltd, a fully owned subsidiary of SembCorp Engineers and Constructors, on a contract with Huntsman Petrochemicals (UK) Ltd to design and construct the world's largest single stream low density polyethylene (LDPE) plant based on technology provided by ExxonMobil Chemical.

SembCorp Simon-Carves is the world

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English Partnerships advised by Pinsent Masons on

April 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Property lawyers at Pinsent Masons have advised English Partnerships, the national regeneration agency, on its

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RISK CAPITAL PARTNERS ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON MAYFAIR GAMING SALE TO HERMES PRIVATE EQUITY

April 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Risk Capital Partners and management have been advised by teams from law firm Pinsent Masons on the sale of bingo club operator Mayfair Gaming to Hermes Private Equity for an undisclosed sum.

Pinsent Masons acted for Risk Capital Partners in 2004 when they acquired Mayfair Gaming. The current management team of Simon Hannah and Paul Viner will continue to run the business which comprises eight bingo clubs in Aberdeen, Pudsey, Streatham, Bristol, Brighton, Newark and two sites in the Newcastle area. Mayfair Gaming had a turnover in 2005 of

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Piverside Housing Association advised by Pinsent Masons on

April 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

A cross practice team of lawyers at Pinsent Masons have advised Riverside Housing Association on the successful completion of a

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Copper Resources Corporation advised by Pinsent Masons on

March 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

AIM-quoted Copper Resources Corporation (CRC) is being advised by law firm Pinsent Masons on a placing which is expected to raise

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PINSENT MASONS COMPLETES WORK ON

March 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

The London Borough of Newham, advised by Pinsent Masons' London Regeneration Team, has this month exchanged a Development Agreement on its planned

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Amber Homeloans Limited advised by Pinsent Masons

March 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Amber Homeloans Limited has been advised by specialists in the banking team at Pinsent Masons on the sale of a c.

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BROKERS ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON FINDERS RESOURCES LTD AIM ADMISSION

March 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Specialist AIM legal advisers at Pinsent Masons have acted for brokers Westhouse Securities on the admission to AIM today (Wednesday) of mining business, Finders Resources Ltd.

Finders Resources, which operates advanced copper and gold-silver projects in Indonesia, has launched on AIM with a market capitalisation of approximately

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DOUBLE JOY AS PINSENT MASONS SECURES ENTIRE EVERSHEDS PENSIONS TEAM IN LEEDS

March 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons has capped its success in the prize recruitment Eversheds' Head of Pensions in Leeds, Jacqui Timmins, and her colleague Anthea Whitton, by winning over the rest of Eversheds' pensions team in Leeds.

The six-strong legal team has given in its notice and will join Jacqui and Anthea at Pinsent Masons where Jacqui is to become the head of the expanded Pinsent Masons pensions team in Leeds.

The news of the team move comes just two days after the announcement that Jacqui, a highly experienced pensions partner who has grown pensions practice turnover in Leeds fourfold since moving there in 2001, and her colleague Anthea Whitton, would be joining Pinsent Masons as Partners.

Christopher Berkeley, who heads Pinsent Masons market-leading pensions group nationally, said: 'This is a further boost for us in Leeds and gives us a fantastic position in this very competitive market. We are delighted.'

Jacqui has grown the turnover in the pensions practice Leeds to a projected

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OUT-LAW GAINS SUPERBRAND STATUS

March 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

The Superbrands organisation, the global independent authority on branding, has announced that legal service OUT-LAW has joined an elite group of brands awarded eSuperbrand status. It is the only legal brand to gain this accolade, alongside brands including eBay, Google, bbc.co.uk and Friends Reunited.

Founded in 2000, OUT-LAW is the IT and e-commerce service from international law firm Pinsent Masons. The firm recently acquired the highly sought after Outlaw.com URL for US$25,000, a deal which protects and consolidates the OUT-LAW brand, which will remain at www.out-law.com. OUT-LAW.COM currently has more than 28,000 registered users, and experiences nearly 100,000 unique visitors every month.

OUT-LAW will also appear in a book featuring the honoured eSuperbrands, launched today at Embassy, London. This publication forms part of a programme that was founded with the aim of paying tribute to the UK

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PINSENT MASONS CELEBRATES PRIZE PENSIONS APPOINTMENT

March 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons has announced the prize recruitment of the highly experienced Eversheds' Head of Pensions in Leeds, Jacqui Timmins, and her colleague Anthea Whitton, who will both be joining the firm as Partners. Jacqui will become head of the expanded Pinsent Masons pensions team in Leeds.

The announcement gives Pinsent Masons, known nationally for the high quality of its pensions group, a massive lift in the north. Further recruitment is anticipated following the two partner appointments.

There is a perfect fit between Jacqui's private sector client portfolio and the private sector and burgeoning public sector practice of the highly-rated John Hanratty, the senior lawyer in Pinsent Masons' Leeds team. 'We couldn't ask for a better fit,' commented Pinsent Masons National Head of Pensions, Christopher Berkeley. 'This is fantastic news and underscores our national position as one of the country's leading pension law groups.'

Jacqui, who has grown pensions practice turnover in Leeds fourfold since her move there, qualified in 1991 and joined Eversheds in 1995. She became a partner in 2001 when she was asked to move from Manchester to Leeds to head up the pensions team there. In 2004, she was also asked to take over management of the wider employment and pensions group of some 30 fee earners in Leeds.

She has grown the turnover in the pensions practice Leeds to a projected

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RFL appoints new legal panel

March 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

The RFL - the governing body of Rugby League in the UK - has appointed two new firms to its legal panel in place of its previous advisers.

Following an extensive process, in which leading law firms were invited to tender for the business, the RFL has split its requirements into two separate areas.

Pinsent Masons have been awarded the general legal package which includes property law, employment law and general litigation.

London based firm Farrer & Co has been awarded the sports law package, covering areas such as sponsorship, intellectual property, company law and governance, disciplinary matters and anti-doping regulations.

Commenting on the tender process and the decisions, the RFL

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Smart & Cook advised by Pinsent Masons on Acquisition

March 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Smart & Cook, the leading insurance broker based in Harrogate, has been advised by Pinsent Masons on the acquisition of the general insurance business of Berry Birch & Noble, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkeley Berry Birch plc.

Berry Birch & Noble, based in Kent, is an established national IFA and insurance broker with a strong market brand and excellent reputation amongst target consumer groups. BBN primarily markets through large companies such as BP, Nestle and Diageo as well as many national affinity groups.

This is the latest in a long series of acquisitions on which Pinsent Masons has advised Smart & Cook. The acquisition extends the company's footprint into the South East supporting its strategy of combining national coverage with local service delivery. The firm now has 19 offices and 550 staff.

The Group has developed through client recommendation, professional introduction and planned acquisition to become recognised as one of the UK

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Pinsent Masons recruits National Employment Law Client Trainer

March 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Law firm Pinsent Masons has appointed Trish Embley as an additional National Client Trainer for the Employment Group. Trish previously worked as Employment Law Trainer at Eversheds where she was responsible for setting up the employment law training business. She joined the firm on 27 February 2006.

Trish qualified at Eversheds in 1991 and was promoted to Associate in 1997 in recognition of the success of the training business which she developed for clients and targets nationwide. During this time she had responsibility for designing and presenting both public and in-house courses throughout the UK. Whilst at the firm she headed the team that was awarded PR Week magazine's award for 'Best Business Campaign' in 1997 in recognition of 'their clear, upfront presentation of legal issues'.

Trish will join Pinsent Masons to develop the Employment Group's employment law training offering, strengthen existing client relationships and create new ones. She will work closely with Selwyn Blyth who currently manages the training programme for companies including AVIVA plc, NEXT plc and Prime Focus.

Chris Booth, National Head of the Employment Group, said, 'Trish has an impressive amount of experience and expertise in preparing and delivering practical training on employment law issues to clients. She will be a great asset to our Group.'

Trish Embley, National Client Trainer, commented, 'I am excited about joining such a well-established and successful training business as that at Pinsent Masons. I look forward to developing the services to increase value for our clients.'

Selwyn Blyth, Employment Senior Associate, added, 'Our style of training maximises participation by delegates. Client feedback enthusiastically supports that approach. It will be great to work with Trish on the development and delivery of training in this style.'

For further information, please contact:

Anna Sargent, Chosen Market PR Adviser

Pinsent Masons, on: 020 7490 6378 or mob: 07717 156 559

Email: Anna.Sargent@pinsentmasons.com

Note to Editors:

Pinsent Masons is a full service commercial firm with more than 260 partners, a total legal team of more than 900 and in excess of 1,500 staff in the UK and internationally. The firm ranks in the UK top 15 of law firms and is one of Europe's leaders. In the UK, the firm has offices in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester.

Internationally, Pinsent Masons has offices in Brussels, Dubai, Hong Kong and Shanghai, as well as strategic alliances with firms in Dubai, France, Germany, Spain, Holland, India, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and the USA.

The Employment Group at Pinsent Masons is one of the most experienced teams of employment lawyers in the country. With over 50 employment lawyers, including 15 partners, it is also one of the largest in the country and offers genuine national coverage from offices in London, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Glasgow.

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES CH2M HILL ON GROUNDBREAKING UK NUCLEAR ALLIANCE

March 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons has advised global full-service construction, engineering and operations company CH2M HILL on its recent ground-breaking strategic alliance with the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) and Amed

The new alliance, the first of its kind in the UK, has been set up to target nuclear clean-up opportunities amongst the country's 20 civil nuclear facilities following the Government's decision to open up the market to competition. The estimated cost of cleaning up the UK

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ANGLE PLC ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON

March 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Specialist intellectual property commercialisation company, ANGLE plc, is aiming to raise

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CHINESE E-GOVERNMENT SOFTWARE PROVIDER ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON AIM DEBUT

March 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

A leading developer and provider of software and IT solutions to Chinese regional and national government agencies, Sinosoft Technology plc and its Chinese subsidiaries ('Sinosoft'), has been advised by UK and Asia legal teams at Pinsent Masons on its admission today to the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange ('AIM').

Sinosoft, whose principal operating businesses capitalise on opportunities presented by the Chinese Government

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INTERQUEST GROUP ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON PEOPLECO WORLDWIDE ACQUISITION

March 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

AIM-quoted IT recruitment specialist, InterQuest Group plc, has been advised by UK law firm, Pinsent Masons, on its largest acquisition to date, with the purchase of PeopleCo Worlwide Limited.

InterQuest believes the

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INTEREST IN HEALTHCARE SECTOR BREAKS ALL RECORDS

March 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

All eyes are focused on the healthcare sector in 2006 following a record year for activity and investment in 2005 which saw

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES DP WORLD ON PROJECT FINANCING FOR EXPANSION OF ROMANIAN PORT

March 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

DP World's wholly-owned Romanian subsidiary Constanta South Container Terminal S.R.L. (CSCT) successfully signed the documentation for the financing by WestLB of the initial phase of its container terminal business expansion in Constanta, Romania.

Dubai's DP World, a leading global port operator, took over management of CSCT in January 2004, with operations commencing in April 2004. The terminal acts as a hub for the Black Sea, as trade continues to expand in Eastern Europe, and handles a mix of local cargo and transshipment cargo for many other countries in the Black Sea region. Barge services linking Constanta and Belgrade have recently been initiated, and there are plans for a rail link between CSCT and Budapest in Hungary.

Project Finance specialists at UK law firm Pinsent Masons advised DP World and CSCT on this financing. The team comprised Andy Normington (Partner), Livia Dumitrescu (Senior Associate) and Paula Macineiras (Associate) in the Projects Group. Local law advice was provided by David & Associates.

Commenting on the project, Andy Normington said, 'This has proved a challenging and rewarding project for all involved. It has been especially rewarding because this is the first time that the firm advised DP World on a financing and the first time that the firm advised on a financing in Romania. This is an opportunity for us to enjoy the results of our efforts in developing an emerging markets practice'.

Allen & Overy acted for WestLB, with local law advice from Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen.

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Anna Sargent, Chosen Market PR Adviser

Pinsent Masons, on: 020 7490 6378 or mob: 07717 156 559

Email: Anna.Sargent@pinsentmasons.com

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES THE ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND ON ACQUISITION OF DIRECT MAILING BUSINESS PIMS NAT

March 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons has advised the London Business Services Group of The Royal Bank of Scotland plc on funding for the takeover of Pims National, a division of Pims Enterprises Limited by Corporate Mailing Matters Limited.

The business will now trade as CMM National (a division of Corporate Mailing Matters Limited).

CMM is a mailing communications specialist, headquartered in London's Docklands, with divisions dealing with shareholder communications, transactional mailing, international postage consolidation services, and general commercial digital print and mailing.

The deal represents the second transaction for the London Business Services group within two months and the second media acquisition funding on which the firm has acted for RBS within 9 months. This follows the management buy in of the Knight Banner Information Group by 3i last April, which was also completed by Pinsent Masons' London Banking team.

London Head of Banking Martin Bishop led the deal with assistance from senior associate Tony Anderson.

Martin explained: 'It is a pleasure to be able to deliver a transaction such as this, to a tight timetable on behalf of the RBS Business Services Group and its client, Corporate Mailing Matters Limited.'

SJ Berwin acted for Corporate Mailing Matters Limited and Eversheds for Pims Enterprises Limited.

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Douglas Keighley, PR Adviser

Pinsent Masons, DDI: 020 7490 6563 / mob: 07830 144 613

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES ON TWO TECHNOLOGY SERVICES SECTOR DEALS IN QUICK SUCCESSION

February 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

A corporate team from UK law firm Pinsent Masons has advised on a brace of technology services sector deals acting for Parity Group plc on a disposal and Empower Interactive Group Limited on an investment.

Parity Group, which provides IT and business process outsourcing services to organisations, has sold its resourcing solutions business in Germany and France to GFT Technologies AG, one of the leading European providers of innovative IT solutions, for a total of

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Successful VASTox fundraising gives hope to muscular dystrophy sufferers

February 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Sufferers of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) received a boost this week with the announcement that one of the leading companies involved in developing treatments for the condition has been successful in raising funds to accelerate its work.

VASTox plc, a leading chemical genomics company, advised by UK law firm Pinsent Masons, has raised

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES HELIOSLOUGH LIMITED ON ACQUISITION OF NORTH WEST DISTRIBUTION SITE

February 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Lawyers at Pinsent Masons have advised HelioSlough Limited on the acquisition of land from BAe Systems at Chorley, Lancashire, to build a 1.3m sq ft industrial site which is set to become one of the most significant distribution hubs in the North West.

Under the deal HelioSlough acquired 13.2 acres of land valued at

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES HULL AND EAST YORKSHIRE HOSPITALS NHS TRUST ON PFI PROJECT

February 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

PFI specialists at UK law firm Pinsent Masons have advised the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust on their 30 year Oncology and Haematology PFI Project. The project has a capital value of approximately

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ENRON RULING RAISES STAKES FOR DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS INSURANCE

February 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Following the High Court's ruling to allow three British bankers to be extradited to the US, insurers in the UK will now have to consider the increased risk to executives and the implications for companies when purchasing Directors and Officers liability insurance.

This week, three Natwest executives appealed against a decision by the Home Secretary to allow their extradition after it was alleged they conspired with former Enron executives to defraud their employer over the sale of a stake held by Natwest in an Enron entity in 2000. The High Court rejected their appeal.

The ruling may mean an increased risk in exposure to executives of UK companies with involvement in alleged white collar crime, where a prosecutor in the US takes an interest.

Alexis Roberts, Partner in the Insurance and Reinsurance Group at Pinsent Masons said:

'D&O insurance policies often exclude losses stemming from fraud, dishonesty, criminal activity or deliberate wrongful acts. However, the costs of defending these types of proceedings are frequently covered. Insurers could find themselves having to pick up the costs of resisting extradition proceedings in the UK and then also the costs of defending criminal proceedings in the US if extradition is ultimately granted.'

Toby Thompson, Solicitor at Pinsent Masons added:

'Similarly, companies that have purchased Directors and Officers cover need to be aware of the increased risk that their executives may find themselves the subject of a US extradition request even if none of their business activities take place on US soil. If a policy specifically excludes liabilities relating to the US, and a company conducting no business there would not ordinarily see such a restriction of cover as problematic, it may be that the policy will not respond at all.

'The fundamental message is that the long arm of the US law in relation to white collar crime is longer than most people would have thought. Both D&O underwriters and insureds should be alive to this increased risk.'

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Douglas Keighley, PR Adviser

Pinsent Masons, DDI: 020 7490 6563 / mob: 07830 144 613

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AMEY ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON OWEN WILLIAMS ACQUISITION

February 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Amey UK Plc, one of the country's leading support services providers, has been advised by lawyers from Pinsent Masons, on the acquisition of Owen Williams Group Limited - a deal which strengthens the end-to-end capability of Amey's Infrastructure services business.

The acquisition of Owen Williams, well known and well respected in its field, increases Amey's ability to offer the full range of support services to its current and future clients, from design to management and operations.

Amey is a long-standing Support Services client of the market-leading Construction and Projects groups at Pinsent Masons. The deal is the first corporate transaction to be completed by Pinsent Masons for the company.

The Pinsent Masons team acting for Amey Infrastructure Services Limited was led by Corporate Finance Partner, Simon Gronow, with Nicole Kirkham and Vicky Diggines (corporate);Veronica McMahon (tax); Raj Sharma (pensions); Charlotte Underwood (property); and Michael Ryley and Josie Crump (employment).

Owen Williams' selling shareholders were advised by George Green and Mazars LLP.

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For further information, please contact:

Clare Turnbull, National Head of PR & Communications

Pinsent Masons, on: 0845 300 32 32

Email: clare.turnbull@pinsentmasons.com

www.pinsentmasons.com

Note to Editors:

Pinsent Masons is a full service commercial firm with over 250 partners, a total legal team of more than 900 and in excess of 1,500 staff in the UK and internationally. The firm ranks in the UK top 15 and is in the Global 100 of law firms. In the UK, the firm has offices in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester.

Internationally, Pinsent Masons has offices in Brussels, Dubai, Hong Kong and Shanghai, as well as strategic alliances with firms in Dubai, France, Germany, Spain, Holland, India, The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and the USA.

Amey

Amey is a leading provider of integrated business and infrastructure services to the public and private sector and is working closely with central and local government to develop major projects, including PFI and PPP projects, in the education, health, transport and defence sectors. Services range from the management of large-scale transportation infrastructure to the delivery of professional consultancy services, all of which are underpinned by leading-edge technology and a genuine partnering philosophy.

Owen Williams

Owen Williams has provided excellence to clients in the built environment for over 80 years. During this time the company has played a key role in the development of some of the best-known and innovative buildings and structures of the 20th Century. These include Wembley Stadium, the Daily Express Buildings in London, Manchester and Glasgow, the M1 motorway and Gravelley Hill Interchange

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BROKERS KBC PEEL HUNT ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON BACK-TO-BACK PLACINGS

February 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Corporate lawyers at UK firm, Pinsent Masons, have advised brokers KBC Peel Hunt on back-to-back placings to fund acquisitions by companies in the investment banking and consumer electronics sectors.

KBC Peel Hunt has acted for Armour Group plc, the UK's leading consumer electronics group focused on home entertainment and in-car communication, on a

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EQUATOR EXPLORATION ADVISED ON US$250 MILLION PLACING BY PINSENT MASONS

February 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

AIM-quoted Equator Exploration Limited has been advised on the UK aspects of a US$250 million private placing by lawyers from Pinsent Masons.

The company, which is involved in oil and gas exploration, notably in the highly prospective waters of West Africa, in the Gulf of Guinea and in Nigeria, is raising funds to support its exploration, appraisal and development drilling programme this year. It may also consider acquiring further exploration acreage.

Equator, a British Virgin Island registered company, has issued 41,050,900 new common shares on the London AIM exchange with institutional investors at 350p per share raising a total of

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HIGH COURT RULING SHAKES UP WASTE WATER TREATMENT SECTOR

February 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Businesses that operate and manage waste water treatment facilities may have to obtain pollution prevention control permits for the first time following a landmark case in the High Court.

In the test case, the UK's largest water and waste water operator, United Utilities, argued that it was not required to apply to the Environment Agency for a permit under the Pollution Prevention and Control Regulations 2000 for work undertaken at six of its waste water treatment plants.

However the High Court declared that four of these waste water treatment plants did fall under the Pollution Prevention and Control (PPC) Regulations 2000. United Utilities will now have to determine which of its remaining 595 plants will also require PPC permits.

Sarah Thomas, Partner in the International Construction & Energy Group at Pinsent Masons , and an expert in the water sector, said :

'The decision has significant implications for both the water industry and other industrial sectors undertaking treatment activities for which it is still unclear whether, and to what extent, they fall under the PPC Regulations. This would include not just utilities and other procurers and operators of such plants but also contractors who may be required to comply with the PPC Regulations when commissioning any newly built plants. However it is unlikely that the story will end here as the judge was highly critical of the drafting of the PPC Regulations, leaving the way open for either party to appeal his ruling.'

Helen Keele, Senior Associate at Pinsent Masons and an expert in environmental matters, added :

'Despite the significance of this case in the short term , the PPC permitting system is currently under review. The European Commission has launched a three year programme to simplify and streamline EU law. Unfortunately this will be of little comfort to those industry sectors that have to run their businesses under the current regulatory framework.'

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Pinsent Masons is a full service commercial firm with over 260 partners, a total legal team of more than 900 and in excess of 1,500 staff in the UK and internationally. The firm ranks in the UK top 15 of law firms and is one of Europe's leaders. In the UK, the firm has offices in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester.

Internationally, Pinsent Masons has offices in Brussels, Dubai, Hong Kong and Shanghai, as well as strategic alliances with firms in Dubai, France, Germany, Spain, Holland, India, The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and the USA

For media enquires contact :

Lakhbir Rakar

CM PR Adviser

Pinsent Masons

Tel : 0121 260 4005. Email : lakhbir.rakar@pinsentmasons.com

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Stephen Cooke advised by Pinsent Masons on Macfarlane acquisition

February 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons has advised Yorkshire entrepreneur Stephen Cooke on the management buy in of Leeds-based transport group Macfarlane for an undisclosed sum.

Mr Cooke has taken over as chief executive of the business which employs 300 people and has a turnover of

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IP2IPO GROUP PLC ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON SURREY UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIP

February 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

IP2IPO Group PLC, the AIM-quoted intellectual property commercialisation company, has been advised by UK law firm, Pinsent Masons, on an exclusive long-term partnership with the University of Surrey to help the University realise the commercial potential of its research activity.

Under the 25-year agreement, IP2IPO will work with the University to identify and spin-out companies with commercial potential. IP2IPO has set up a fund of up to

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EMTEX VENDORS ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON US$41 MILLION SALE TO PITNEY BOWES

February 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

UK law firm, Pinsent Masons has advised the sellers of Emtex Limited on the disposal of the entire issued share capital of the company to Pitney Bowes Inc. for approximately US$41 million.

Emtex, a leading provider of software and services allowing large volume mailers to simplify document production and centrally manage complex multi-vendor and multi-site print operations, employs over 100 people in the UK, USA and Canada. The business will now operate within Pitney Bowes' Document Management Technologies division.

Chairman and CEO of Pitney Bowes, Michael J. Critelli, commented: 'Together we can help large mailers more seamlessly manage the production of high volumes of effective, cost-efficient, personalised mailings.'

The Pinsent Masons team acting for the vendors of Emtex comprised Corporate Senior Associate Hanh Jelf with Sadhbh Kavanagh and Elinor Mewse (Corporate); Matthew Rowbotham (Tax); and John Trevethan and Ros Cook (Property).

Pitney Bowes were advised by a team from Dechert LLP comprising David Wallis and Andrew Harrow (Corporate).

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Clare Turnbull, National Head of PR & Communications

Pinsent Masons, on: 0845 300 32 32

Email: clare.turnbull@pinsentmasons.com

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WESTHOUSE SECURITIES ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON OIL COMPANY FUNDRAISING AND REVERSE TAKEOVER

February 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

UK law firm, Pinsent Masons, has advised the brokers to the

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LDC ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON

February 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Mid-market private equity providers, LDC, have been advised by the specialist healthcare sector group at UK law firm, Pinsent Masons, on their 50% investment in the

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PINSENT MASONS

February 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

For development lawyers in the Pinsent Mason's town centre team, 2006 has begun just as 2005 ended, with contracts exchanging on a number of major town centre regeneration projects.

At the end of December 2005, the development agreement for the regeneration of Hatfield Town Centre was exchanged between Welwyn Hatfield District Council (in joint venture with English Partnerships) and St Modwen Properties Plc. Partner Tom Johnson, assisted by Senior Associate Merle Wray and Associate Claire Hamlin advised the Council and English Partnerships. St Modwen was advised by Mayer, Brown, Rowe and Maw LLP (Partners Jeremy Clay and Caroline Taylor with Associates Rachel Mace and Izabella Grogan).

The Hatfield Town centre scheme, with an end value of circa

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HOUSE OF LORDS DECISION ON KPMG PENSIONS CASE ANNOUNCED

February 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

The House of Lords today announced its decision in the case brought by the trustees of the KPMG Pension Scheme and appealed by KPMG. The City law firm Pinsent Masons acted for the pensioners of the scheme, following High Court and Court of Appeal proceedings to establish whether it is a defined contribution or a defined benefit scheme.

The House of Lords rejected KPMG's application for permission to appeal from the Court of Appeal's judgement. The pensioners had objected to the application. The House of Lords decided the appeal did not raise an arguable point of law of general public importance. This means that the Court of Appeal's decision in favour of the pensioners stands.

The Court of Appeal had upheld the High Court's decision that:

1. the scheme is not a money purchase scheme (contrary to what KPMG argued); and

2. KPMG therefore has a statutory obligation to fund the deficit in the scheme.

The Court of Appeal also held in favour of the pensioners in finding that the rules of the scheme do not allow pensions in payment to be reduced, overturning the High Court's decision on this point.

Isabel Nurse-Marsh, Head of Pensions Litigation at Pinsent Masons, who acted for the pensioners both in the High Court and in the Court of Appeal, commented,

'The House of Lords' decision not to allow KPMG to appeal is a huge relief to pensioners. During several years of uncertainty they have been very worried that their pensions might be reduced. Since they are retired, our clients have no ready means to make up any cut in their pensions. KPMG will now be obliged to fund the scheme's deficit, just like any other defined benefit scheme.'

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Clare Turnbull, National Head of PR and Communications

Pinsent Masons, on: 020 7418 7000 ext 88 6228 or mob: 07884 110173

clare.turnbull@pinsentmasons.com

Note to Editors:

1. The legal action was commenced by the trustees of the scheme to answer specific questions about the nature of the scheme and the meaning of certain rules within it.

2. One such rule appeared to allow the reduction of pensions once they are in payment.

3. KPMG argued that the scheme was a money purchase scheme and that there was therefore no funding obligation on it to make good the scheme's deficit, believed to be in excess of

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PINSENT MASONS SENIOR LAWYER JOINS IRS POLICY COMMITTEE

February 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Senior Pinsent Masons corporate lawyer, Robert Moir, has been appointed as the only lawyer to join the prestigious Policy Committee of the Investor Relations Society (IRS).

His appointment comes at a time when the Policy Committee has restructured to assist members more effectively in relation to the wealth of regulatory changes affecting Investor Relations Officers (IRO).

The Policy Committee of the IRS is chaired by Mark Hynes, PR Newswire's Managing Director of Investor Relations Services, and comprises members drawn from corporate broking, financial PR, registrars, accounting and auditing backgrounds.

On its radar are recent developments such as the Transparency Directive, repeal of the OFR, the Takeover Code amendments, the US Securities and Exchange Commission's consultation on ADR reporting, and the International Accounting Standards Board's consultation on management commentary standards.

'All of these changes in legislation will have a profound effect on the responsibilities of IROs,' said Mr Hynes. 'It is the goal of the Policy Committee to provide as much hands-on training and knowledge-building opportunities for our members as possible and our recent changes in structure will allow us to accomplish this more effectively.'

Robert Moir commented: 'It is a privilege to be asked to join the Policy Committee. The responsibilities of IROs are becoming increasingly complex as the level of regulation and harmonisation across Europe increases. It is vital for IROs and their companies to keep appraised of the changes and the Policy Committee has a key role to play in helping them achieve this.'

Robert is a senior corporate lawyer with considerable experience in a broad range of corporate and commercial transactions including mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, IPOs, joint ventures, reorganisations and procurement & outsourcing. This has involved acting for a wide range of corporates, investment banks and institutions in a variety of sectors. He joined Pinsent Masons from Allen & Overy in 2004.

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For further information, please contact:

Clare Turnbull, National Head of PR & Communications

Pinsent Masons, on: 0845 300 32 32

Email: clare.turnbull@pinsentmasons.com

www.pinsentmasons.com

Note to Editors:

Pinsent Masons is a full service commercial firm with over 260 partners, a total legal team of more than 900 and in excess of 1,500 staff in the UK and internationally. The firm ranks in the UK top 15 of law firms and is one of Europe's leaders. In the UK, the firm has offices in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester.

Internationally, Pinsent Masons has offices in Brussels, Dubai, Hong Kong and Shanghai, as well as strategic alliances with firms in Dubai, France, Germany, Spain, Holland, India, The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and the USA.

IRS

The IRS is the UK's professional body for Investor Relations practitioners (www.ir-soc.org.uk). The IRS's membership base comprises around 600 individuals working both for listed companies and their advisers, and includes the majority of FTSE 100 and FTSE 250, as well as a growing number of smaller listed companies and some located outside the UK.

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Speedy Hire advised by Pinsent Masons on one of its largest acquisitions

February 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons has advised Speedy Hire on the acquisition of the Caledonian Safemaker business. Caledonian Safemaker hires temporary accommodation to customers in construction and industry from five depots in the UK and has a rental fleet of approximately 4,700 units.

The total consideration will be

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Iss Uk Advised By Pinsent Masons On Acquisition Of Pegasus Security Holdings

January 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

The UK arm of one of the world's largest facility service providers, ISS UK, has been advised by lawyers from Pinsent Masons on the strategic acquisition of Pegasus Security Holdings Ltd, for an undisclosed sum.

Pegasus, a national provider of manned guarding services with annual turnover in excess of

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Pinsent Masons Helps Tilney Take Transfer Of Clydesdale Bank's Discretionary Investment Management B

January 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Tilney Investment Management, one the UK's largest independent wealth managers, has been advised by lawyers at the London offices of UK firm Pinsent Masons on the company's acquisition of Clydesdale Bank's Discretionary Investment Management business.

The agreement now sees Tilney Investment Management become preferred provider of these services to Clydesdale's customers. It will also take Tilney's assets under management in Scotland to

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Tilney Investment Management, one the UK's largest independent wealth managers, has been advised by

January 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Tomorrow the long-awaited new public procurement and utilities regulations come into force. The public contracts regulations implement the European Commission's consolidated directive (which was adopted in March 2004) into UK law and bring together the three old separate regulations for works, supplies and services into a single text. The utilities contracts regulations are also updated in line with a parallel utilities directive. Contracting authorities and utilities should broadly welcome this legislative change which seeks to consolidate, clarify and modernise public procurement practices.

Jill Marsal, an Associate in the Public Procurement Group at Pinsent Masons, said, 'Contracting authorities and utilities should take a good look at the new regulations. Now is the time for them to put their houses in order. Private sector bidders will be able to challenge wrongful award decisions more easily from now on with the express introduction of a standstill period in the regulations. Contracting authorities and utilities should therefore grasp this opportunity to give their purchasing procedures a health check and to adapt them to the detailed requirements of the EU rules.'

Whereas utilities were expressly subject to rules on framework contracts under the old regulations, public sector contracting authorities were not. The rules applying to contracting authorities' framework contracts have now been expressly set out for the first time and in so doing have become stricter

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PARAGON ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON DEAL THAT SIGNALS GROWTH

January 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Shareholders and management at the UK's largest independent provider of self-adhesive labels, Paragon Print & Packaging Limited, have been advised by UK law firm Pinsent Masons on an equity investment which positions the company for further growth and expansion.

LDC, the mid-market private equity provider has agreed to a new round of investment which will allow Paragon to increase its product development and market penetration, and pursue growth by strategic acquisition.

Paragon brings together four of the leading names in the industry including Paragon Labels, Paragon Wisbech, Paragon Flexibles and Norfolk Labels. Together they provide labels, printed film and cardboard sleeves to the chilled and fresh foods industry. Paragon employs some 750 people working from seven sites in the UK.

Pinsent Masons' lead partner, private equity specialist Joanne Ellis, commented: 'We are delighted to be part of Paragon success story. We acted initially when Barclays Private Equity backed the management buyout of Paragon in 2001. It is great to see the company, under the guidance of Managing Director, Tony Lennon and with this latest injection of investment from LDC, poised to grow its share of this competitive market even further.'

The Pinsent Masons team advising Paragon shareholders and management has been led by Private Equity Partner, Joanne Ellis, with Lisa Parisi, Ann McCarthy, Lee Clifford and Jonathan Snade. LDC has been advised by Gateley Waring and DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary acted for debt provider Lloyds TSB and Barclays Leverage Finance.

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Clare Turnbull, National Head of PR & Communications

Pinsent Masons, on: 0845 300 32 32

Email: clare.turnbull@pinsentmasons.com

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GROUNDBREAKING ADVICE FOR COMPUWARE CORPORATION IN RELATION TO EU PROSPECTUS DIRECTIVE

January 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Compuware Corporation, a recognised industry leader in enterprise software and IT services and listed on NASDAQ, has been aided in maintaining its Europe-wide staff incentive schemes thanks to advice from leading law firm, Pinsent Masons.

The recently introduced EU Prospectus Directive, enforced in the UK by the Financial Services Authority, has imposed new requirements on major foreign-owned companies issuing securities within the EU and there is continued uncertainty as to the applicability of the Directive to employee incentive schemes.

Compuware Corporation, whose business lies in helping companies maximise the value of technology by use of integrated IT solutions, operates employee stock purchase plans for employees in the US and worldwide. Compuware engaged Pinsent Masons to advise it on the requirements for and approval of a prospectus in relation to those plans in the UK and Europe.

In a pioneering transaction, FSA approval of the prospectus and its subsequent 'passporting' into Belgium, France, Germany and The Netherlands was obtained. This allows Compuware Corporation to continue operating its stock plans for staff and to comply with the new regulatory requirements.

Senior Pinsent Masons Corporate lawyer, Robert Moir, who with Corporate Partner Jay Birch advised Compuware, said: 'We are delighted to have worked with the Compuware team on this transaction. Other US corporations, particularly those without a listing in the EU, may find themselves in a similar position to Compuware regarding the Prospectus Directive as it stands currently. The Directive has succeeded in harmonising prospectus requirements across Europe and now permits a prospectus approved by a regulator in one EU state to be used in other states. However, in achieving a generally better and more streamlined process, some legal uncertainties have been created.'

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For further information, please contact:

Clare Turnbull, National Head of PR & Communications

Pinsent Masons, on: 0845 300 32 32

Email: clare.turnbull@pinsentmasons.com

www.pinsentmasons.com

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PINSENT MASONS' TEAMS DOUBLE UP ON MULTI-MILLION POUND AEROSPACE DEALS

January 2006. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Lawyers at Pinsent Masons are flying high after completing the back-to-back multi-million pound headline sales of two companies involved in aerospace engineering.

Teams led by Birmingham Corporate Partner, Paul Harkin, finalised the US$120 million sale of Darchem Holdings Ltd to New York-listed Esterline Corporation, within days of acting for the management of Doncasters Group Limited on its

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES RAC ON DISPOSAL OF COMMERCIAL FLEET OPERATION

December 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

A corporate-led team from UK law firm, Pinsent Masons, has advised RAC on the sale by Lex Transfleet (LTF) of its commercial fleet division to Fraikin Limited, a subsidiary of French fleet hire and rental business, Fraikin SAS, for an undisclosed sum.

RAC has retained the LTF activities in defence, airside and emergency services and is to combine these with its existing Lex Defence and RAC Software Solutions operations to form a new division called Vehicle Solutions.

The Pinsent Masons team advising on the disposal was led by Corporate Finance Partner, Alan Farkas, with Sean Page, Karen MacNaughton, Hannah Brader, Carolyn Shaw, Christina Day and Martin Wilks (corporate); Vivien Gray (Outsourcing and Technology); Justin Mason, Louise Holden and Naomi Lindsay (property); Richard Ford (environmental); Robert Mecrate-Butcher (employment) and Mark Cawthron (tax).

The in-house legal team at Aviva (RAC's parent company), led by Kirsty Cooper and Russell Tullo, advised on the disposal, assisted by the RAC commercial team.

Fraikin Limited was advised by Morgan Cole, led by Michael Stace, assisted by Sian Griffiths.

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For further information, please contact:

Clare Turnbull, National Head of PR & Communications

Pinsent Masons, on: 0845 300 32 32

Email: clare.turnbull@pinsentmasons.com

www.pinsentmasons.com

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY ON RESTRUCTURING OF SMALL FIRMS LOAN GUARANT

December 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

The Small Business Service (SBS), an agency of The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), has been advised by UK law firm Pinsent Masons on the restructuring of the scheme known as Small Firms Loan Guarantee (SFLG) in accordance with the recommendations of the Graham Review. The firm was appointed in April 2005 and has been successful in getting the project implemented for the launch date of 1 December 2005.

SFLG is a Government backed scheme in which the lenders support start-up businesses that do not have collateral to support borrowings. Loans between

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EQUATOR MARKS FIRST YEAR ON AIM WITH FUNDRAISING DRIVE

December 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

AIM-quoted Equator Exploration Limited has been advised by UK law firm, Pinsent Masons, on a fundraising placing to raise

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DONCASTERS' MANAGEMENT ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON

December 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Management of Doncasters Group Limited, the leading international engineering group, has been advised by UK law firm, Pinsent Masons, on the company's

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BLUE SKY THINKERS LEAD TO BIRTH OF REDSKY IT

December 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Leading IT applications company, Ramesys, has been advised by a specialist legal team from Pinsent Masons on the management buyout of its education business. The remaining businesses have been rebranded and are to be known as RedSky IT.

RedSky IT, which will have a turnover of

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Yule Catto Completes Groundbreaking Yuletide Deal!

December 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons advised on the sale and re-financing of Autoclenz Limited and its immediate float on AIM. In a groundbreaking deal, leading chemicals company, Yule Catto & Co plc, completed the sale and re-financing of its subsidiary Autoclenz Limited using the accelerated IPO route. Nominated adviser and broker to the issue was KBC Peel Hunt.

An accelerated IPO is a rarely used structure comprising a share acquisition and a public flotation where the acquisition is funded by a combination of debt and the proceeds of an issue of shares by way of the flotation.

The Pinsent Masons corporate team was led by Corporate Partners Martin Shaw and Rob Hutchings assisted by Alison Starr (Senior Associate) and Shubhu Patil. The Pinsent Masons banking team was led by Banking Partner Louise Duffy, assisted by Philip Scott.

Yule Catto exchanged conditional contracts with Autoclenz Holdings plc for the sale of the entire issued share capital of Autoclenz Limited for

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES IP2IPO GROUP ON BRISTOL UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIP

December 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

AIM-quoted intellectual property commercialisation company, IP2IPO Group PLC, has been advised by UK law firm, Pinsent Masons, on an exclusive long-term partnership agreement with the University of Bristol to generate value from its scientific research.

Under the agreement, which IP2IPO is backing with an initial

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PINSENT MASONS ANNOUNCES SIGNIFICANT CORPORATE EXPANSION IN ASIA

December 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons has announced a significant strategic development of its international operations with the hire by its award-winning Far East practice of two heavyweight corporate partners and a highly respected senior China-qualified lawyer from other firms in Hong Kong and China.

The appointment of the two partners, Dale Fischer from Clyde & Co and Andrew Lui from DLA, and consultant Amanda Yao from Boss & Young, all highly-rated individuals with over 35 years' combined experience in the local marketplace, represent a major strengthening of Pinsent Masons' corporate capability in Asia-Pacific and China. The addition of these three senior individuals is being complemented by a number of other hires, which will increase the size of Pinsent Masons' corporate team in Asia to a total of 14 lawyers.

Tony Bunch, International Operations Partner at Pinsent Masons, commented: 'Dale, Andrew and Amanda are very well known and respected players in their markets. Their arrivals mark the latest stage of an ongoing development of our Far East practice which commenced in the 1980s.

'We built our business historically to support the construction and infrastructure project work of our major international clients. But we have always intended to develop our capabilities to serve clients active corporately in the fast-expanding Asian tiger economies. We are delighted to have attracted three such strong players.'

Dale Fischer, a partner in Clyde & Co's Hong Kong office, heads their corporate practice, which he has developed over the past six years. He specialises in venture capital and private equity work in Hong Kong, China and throughout the Far East. He will be based in Pinsent Masons' Hong Kong office.

Andrew Lui is a partner in DLA's Hong Kong office. A tri-lingual speaker fluent in Mandarin and Cantonese as well as English, he combines private equity experience with significant corporate finance expertise. Much of his work is China-facing. He is expected to join early in the New Year and, with Dale, will also be based in Hong Kong.

Amanda Yao, who will be based in Shanghai, has been a partner at Boss & Young, a prominent China law firm which specialises in foreign direct investment. She has substantial experience of advising foreign companies on M&A in China and of advising Chinese companies seeking overseas listings. She is a China qualified lawyer.

John Bishop, Pinsent Masons' Hong Kong resident partner, commented:

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES ON LAMBETH STREET LIGHTING PROJECT

December 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Projects lawyers at national law firm Pinsent Masons have advised on a street lighting project for the London Borough of Lambeth. The firm performed a dual mandate acting for the Lambeth Lighting Services (a special purpose vehicle formed by the Investors in the Community Programme, managed by Mill Group and David Webster Limited (a subsidiary of Bouygues)) on the whole project and for Barclays Bank on the project documents only. The project reached financial close on 10 November 2005.

The 25-year project has been let under the Government's Private Finance Initiative with a total value of

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RECRUITMENT COMPANY ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON REVERSE TAKEOVER

November 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Recruitment company, Longbridge International plc, is being advised by law firm Pinsent Masons on the reverse takeover of niche finance, IT and medical recruitment business, Greatfleet Limited.

AIM-quoted Longbridge, whose shares have been suspended since June, is also being advised by Pinsent Masons on an associated fund-raising and the re-admission to AIM of the enlarged group. The takeover is subject to the approval of Longbridge shareholders at an EGM convened for 23 December 2005. Dealings in shares, to be known as Greatfleet plc, are expected to commence on 28 December.

Through the merger with Greatfleet Longbridge, whose focus has historically been on legal recruitment, is aiming to build a more diverse national business, operating across the search, mid-market and contract areas in the banking, IT and medical sectors. Whilst building on the enlarged group's base of blue-chip clients, the company hopes to extend Longbridge's legal recruitment business and to maximise revenues by providing a broader range of recruitment solutions.

Costs of the acquisition of Greatfleet are being met by the issue of 24,823,652 new Longbridge shares, which will represent 44.3% of the issued share capital of the enlarged group. In addition, the company aims to raise

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PINSENT MASONS ATTRACTS NEW CORPORATE PARTNERS IN MANCHESTER

November 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

The corporate group at Pinsent Masons in Manchester, described as 'dynamic' by independent commentators, has attracted two new legal stars to its ranks.

Top-rated Helen Ridge and colleague Howard Gill are to join as partners from Eversheds in Manchester in a move which underscores the Pinsent Masons' corporate group's credentials as the team to watch in the North West.

Nationally, the appointments are part of the strategic development of Pinsent Masons' corporate practice. Pinsent Masons now boasts a corporate team of over 100 lawyers nationally, including 35 partners. The new appointments will give Manchester a team of 18 corporate lawyers of which eight will be partners.

Helen Ridge, a partner at Eversheds, specialises in Corporate Finance and has a particular strength in the building products sector having set up and then chaired Eversheds national building products sector group. She has over 17 years' experience. Howard Gill, a senior associate who will join Pinsent Masons as a partner, is also a corporate finance specialist and seen as a rising star.

'Our Manchester office has been one of our success stories,' said Pinsent Masons' national head of corporate, Gareth Edwards. 'Our corporate team there has never been busier and the appointment of Helen and Howard will enable us to expand our share of a very active corporate market.'

Sean Fitzgerald, Manchester head of corporate at Pinsent Masons added: 'There is a great fit here between our focus on market sectors and the experience that Helen and Howard will bring with their sector know-how and experience. Industry commentators have described us as being 'on the up' and these appointments go to prove that. We are delighted to welcome Helen and Howard.'

Manchester is one of the success stories for Pinsent Masons. The first corporate presence was established in 2002 when the legacy Pinsents opened its North West office. The group has achieved impressive year on year growth.

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For further information, please contact:

Clare Turnbull, National Head of PR & Communications

Pinsent Masons, Tel: 0845 300 32 32 / mob: 07884 110173

E: clare.turnbull@pinsentmasons.com

Note to Editors:

Pinsent Masons is a full service commercial law firm with over 260 partners, a total legal team of more than 900 and in excess of 1,500 staff in the UK and internationally. The firm ranks in the UK top 15 of law firms and is one of Europe's leaders. In the UK, the firm has offices in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester.

Internationally, Pinsent Masons has offices in Brussels, Dubai, Hong Kong and Shanghai, as well as a series of strategic joint ventures and alliances in Denmark, Dubai, Estonia, France, Germany, India, Poland, Sweden, Spain and the USA.

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES LIVERPOOL CITY COUNCIL ON

November 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Construction specialists at UK law firm Pinsent Masons advised Liverpool City Council on their prestigious

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Pinsent Masons advises Dunedin and Indigo on Davenham AIM float

November 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Dunedin Capital Partners and Indigo Capital have been advised by Pinsent Masons on Davenham Group's proposed admission to AIM, which is expected to take place on 22 November 2005, with a market capitalisation of approximately

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KBC PEEL HUNT ADVISED ON NOBLE INVESTMENTS' REVERSE TAKEOVER OF COIN SPECIALISTS

November 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

A corporate team from UK law firm Pinsent Masons has advised KBC Peel Hunt in its capacity as NOMAD and broker on the reverse takeover by coin specialists Noble Investments (UK) plc of A H Baldwin & Sons Limited and Baldwin's Auctions Limited.

Noble, the only pure numismatic company trading on AIM, has built a specialist business dealing in the buying and selling of the coinage of ancient Greece, Roman Empire, Byzantine, English hammered and milled and European countries.

As part of its strategic development it has acquired Baldwins' London-based family-run coin dealing and auction businesses for a total consideration of

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FAGERHULT ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON THE ACQUISITION OF WHITECROFT LIGHTING

November 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

UK law firm Pinsent Masons has advised AB Fagerhult, a company listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange, on its acquisition of UK lighting company, Whitecroft Lighting Holdings Limited and its subsidiary Whitecroft Lighting Limited. The acquisition was for a maximum consideration of

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PINSENT MASONS HELPS DEVELOP GUIDANCE ON SHARED SERVICES STRUCTURES FOR ODPM

November 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) has appointed Alan Aisbett, a Pinsent Masons Partner specialising in Public Private Partnerships, together with consultants Enid Allen and John Layton, all former lead executives of the ODPM Strategic Partnering Taskforce (SPT), to refresh key areas of the SPT's knowledge programme for local authority service delivery partnerships.

As local authorities work to achieve the targets set out in the Gershon Review, the update will reflect new partnership structures and deal more widely with how the guidance can help authorities tackle efficiency and collaborate working for shared services.

Alan Aisbett, Projects Partner, said, 'There is increasing interest from local government in models for shared services. With our extensive experience in advising on service delivery partnerships we are well placed to help develop sector specific guidance for the ODPM.'

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For further information, please contact:

Anna Sargent, Chosen Market PR Adviser

Pinsent Masons, on: 020 7490 6378 or mob: 07717 156 559

Anna.Sargent@pinsentmasons.com

Note to Editors:

Pinsent Masons is a full service commercial firm with more than 260 partners, a total legal team of more than 900 and in excess of 1,500 staff in the UK and internationally. The firm ranks in the UK top 15 of law firms and is one of Europe's leaders. In the UK, the firm has offices in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester.

Internationally, Pinsent Masons has offices in Brussels, Dubai, Hong Kong and Shanghai, as well as a series of strategic joint ventures and alliances in Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, India, Poland, Sweden, Spain and the USA.

The Projects Group acts for both public and private sector participants across a range of sectors and has been involved in developing standardised documentation for several categories of projects.

The Strategic Partnering Taskforce was a two year research programme into local authority service delivery partnerships. One of the principal benefits of the SPT was the knowledge programme of best practice guidance covering procurement, partnerships, developing business cases, managing risk and many other challenging areas of new ways of working in local government. All the guidance is available on the ODPM website: www.odpm.gov.uk/ssdp.

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UNIVERSITY OF LONDON APPOINTS PINSENT MASONS AS SOLE LEGAL ADVISER

November 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Following a competitive tender process the University of London has decided to appoint a single firm, Pinsent Masons, rather than a panel, as sole supplier of legal services across the full range of its needs. The firm beat stiff City competition in winning the appointment, which is for an indefinite period.

The University of London is a unique institution in the university sector and engages in a wide variety of activities on a national and international level. The work will be varied including real estate, employment, constitutional and governance advice.

Nicola Hart, National Head of the Universities Group who is leading the client team, commented, 'We are delighted with the result and our team will be working our hardest to build a very close working relationship with our colleagues within the University of London, as we have done successfully with our other major university clients.'

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For further information, please contact:

Anna Sargent, Chosen Market PR Adviser

Pinsent Masons, on: 020 7490 6378 or mob: 07717 156 559

Email: Anna.Sargent@pinsentmasons.com

Note to Editors:

The Pinsent Masons Universities team acts on a full service basis for many of the UK's top institutions including the Universities of Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Durham, plus employment work for King's College London and UCL. The team also advised and continues to act for the University of Chicago in relation to the setting up of a branch of its graduate school of business in London.

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES CARILLION ON NEW

November 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons has advised support services and construction company Carillion on a contract with British Nuclear Group Sellafield Limited (BNGSL) for the construction of a new

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES KENT COUNTY COUNCIL ON

October 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

PFI specialists at law firm Pinsent Masons have advised Kent County Council on the successful completion of a schools PFI project. The capital value of the project is approximately

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Pinsent Masons Hits LIFT Milestone with The Royal Bank of Scotland

October 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

* 3 LIFT projects in 20 days

* 10 LIFT projects for RBS

A cross practice team of lawyers from Pinsent Masons has successfully completed three major LIFT projects for The Royal Bank of Scotland plc with a combined capital value of

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SEVEN IS LUCKY NUMBER FOR PINSENT MASONS' JOANNE ELLIS

October 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons' private equity partner, Joanne Ellis, is making headlines by achieving a top 10 ranking in a national legal dealmakers table.

Joanne, part of the 40-strong national team of private equity lawyers at Pinsent Masons, is ranked seventh in the league table which charts individual performance for the number of deals done in the past 12 months.

The tables are produced by mergermarket and published by Legal Week.

Joanne, who is based in Birmingham, is a specialist in the corporate healthcare field and in recent months has completed a series of healthcare-related transactions including advising on the flotation this month of CareTech Holdings plc; the exit by Barclays Private Equity from CareTech, the acquisition by Craegmoor Healthcare Company Limited of Sapphire Care Services, Bridgeway and Autism TASCC Services and the acquisition by Care Management Group of Ceres House and CCA.

She is also the firm's lead partner for global facilities management company, ISS, acting extensively for its UK subsidiary on a string of acquisitions in the past two years. The mergermarket tables cover all deals, not just private equity transactions.

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Clare Turnbull, National Head of PR & Communications

Pinsent Masons, Tel: 0845 300 32 32 / mob: 07884 110173

E: clare.turnbull@pinsentmasons.com

Note to Editors:

Pinsent Masons has a national private equity practice comprising some 40 lawyers, including 12 partners.

The group advises equity providers, management teams and vendors across the full spectrum of business sectors, and has particular strengths in areas such as healthcare, retail, waste management and technology.

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Codemasters' Head of Legal joins Pinsent Masons

October 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons today announced the appointment of Nav Sunner to boost the firm

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JOHNSON SERVICE GROUP PLC ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON

October 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Leading support services provider, Johnson Service Group PLC, has been advised by a team from UK law firm Pinsent Masons on its acquisition of the white collar facilities management business of SGP Property Services Limited. The acquisition was for a total consideration of

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ISIS EQUITY PARTNERS ADVISED ON KAFEVEND MBO BY PINSENT MASONS

October 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

ISIS Equity Partners has been advised by a specialist team from UK law firm Pinsent Masons on its funding of the management buy-out of leading vending services provider, Kaf

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NEW SENIOR ASSOCIATE JOINS AS PINSENT MASONS EXPANDS PROJECT FINANCE PRACTICE

October 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Livia Dumitrescu, a New York-qualified project finance lawyer will be joining the Projects Group at law firm Pinsent Masons as a Senior Associate on 15 November 2005. Livia previously worked for U.S. firm Hunton & Williams in London where she was involved with international banking and project finance transactions. Livia has previously worked at both the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Black Sea Trade Development Bank.

Livia will join Pinsent Masons as part of the firm's development of its practice in Eastern Europe and CIS region, building upon the success of recent projects in the area. These include advising the operator on the M5 and M6 road projects in Hungary which reached financial close last year and the operator on the A1 road project in Poland, which achieved financial close in July 2005. These deals are amongst the first wave of PPP road concessions to be rolled out in new EU member states which in turn will form the model for future road projects in this area.

Livia will have a particular focus on the Balkans and South East Europe and will work with Project Finance Partners Andy Normington and Nick Tidnam on developing the practice.

Patrick Twist, National Head of the Projects Group, said, 'Livia has an impressive background in project finance having worked on many international projects. She is well-known and respected in the South East European region and will be an invaluable asset to the group.'

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For further information, please contact:

Anna Sargent, Chosen Market PR Adviser

Pinsent Masons, on: 020 7490 6378 or mob: 07717 156 559

Anna.Sargent@pinsentmasons.com

Note to Editors:

Pinsent Masons is a full service commercial firm with more than 260 partners, a total legal team of more than 900 and in excess of 1,500 staff in the UK and internationally. The firm ranks in the UK top 15 of law firms and is one of Europe's leaders. In the UK, the firm has offices in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester.

Internationally, the firm has offices in Brussels, Dubai, Hong Kong and Shanghai, as well as a series of strategic joint ventures and alliances in Denmark, Dubai, Estonia, France, Germany, India, Poland, Sweden, Spain and the USA.

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ONYX UK ADVISED ON WASTE COMPANY ACQUISITION FROM SHANKS GROUP PLC

October 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Leading waste management company, Onyx UK Limited, has been advised by a legal team from Pinsent Masons on the

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FLYING BRANDS ADDS TO HOME SHOPPING OFFER WITH GARDEN BIRD SUPPLIES PURCHASE

October 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Home shopping specialist, Flying Brands, has been advised by a legal team from Pinsent Masons as it expands its horizons with the

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PINSENT MASONS RATED AS LEADING LEGAL ADVISERS TO WATER INDUSTRY

October 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons has been rated as one of the country's leading advisers to the water industry by the independent legal experts directory, Legal 500.

Described as having 'an unparalleled water practice', the firm's Water Sector Group was applauded for its performance over the past twelve months which has included advising United Utilities on its

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BUSINESS SLOW TO PREPARE FOR AGE DISCRIMINATION REGULATIONS REVEALS SURVEY BY PINSENT MASONS

September 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Regulations that will for the first time outlaw age discrimination in employment are due to come into force 12 months tomorrow on 1 October 2006. A survey by law firm Pinsent Masons revealed that while a significantly high proportion of respondents (66%) confirmed that they are aware of the impending Age Regulations, 32% said they were not aware of the full details. Only 33% had taken steps to review their policies and procedures and less than a third had sought any form of specialist advice on the implications of the legislation.

Commenting on the survey findings Ashley Norman, Partner and Head of Equality & Diversity at Pinsent Masons said, 'Arguably these Regulations are the single most important development in discrimination law in the last 30 years. The findings of our survey bear out the impression we have been getting from clients that while there is a high level of awareness about the Regulations, considerable uncertainty exists about the detail and implications for employers and the majority are failing to prepare by reviewing policies.'

He added, 'It is essential for employers to identify aspects of their employment policies that might create a compliance risk so that necessary changes can be made in good time. We recommend policy audits are not put off or employers run the risk of encountering claims by employees and job candidates who are willing and able to enforce these new rights and to test parameters of the Age Regulations.'

The survey involved 240 participants and took place in September 2005. Further findings include;

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PINSENT MASONS SCOOPS TOP ASIAN CONSTRUCTION LAW AWARD FOR SECOND YEAR RUNNING

September 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

At the recent 2005 Asian Legal Business Awards, Pinsent Masons won the Construction Law Firm of the Year Award for the second year running.

The award, which was presented to Hong Kong Office Managing Partner Richard Foley, is a recognition of the firm's performance over the past twelve months and its high standard of client service for both existing and a large number of significant new clients.

In particular the judges praised the firm for offering clients

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HEALTHCARE TEAM AT PINSENT MASONS ADVISES ON CARETECH HOLDINGS AIM FLOAT

September 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

A specialist healthcare sector team at law firm Pinsent Masons is cementing a developing relationship with UK learning disability care services provider, CareTech Holdings PLC, by advising the company on its planned flotation on AIM.

Historically, Pinsent Masons has acted for Barclays Private Equity (BPE) which invested in the secondary buyout of CareTech in 2002. CareTech has grown rapidly to become a leader in its sector. During BPE's investment period, the Hertfordshire based company expanded from 254 beds in 2002 to 435 beds in 2005 and increased turnover to

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES ON THE SEAFOOD COMPANY DISPOSAL

September 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons' London private equity team has acted for IRRfc and management shareholders on the sale of The Seafood Company to Fishery Products International (FPI) for a total consideration of

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PINSENT MASONS HELPS AIRCRAFT COMPONENTS PRODUCER OLAER'S MBO FLY

September 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Management of aircraft components manufacturer, Olaer, have been advised by a specialist private equity legal team at Pinsent Masons on the equity-backed buyout of the company.

Gresham Private Equity Solutions has backed the buyout, led by chief executive Michael Blenkinsop, of the company which supplies components to carriers such as British Airways, British Midland and easyJet, in addition to making components for the Airbus A320 and A340 and supplying wind power and oil generation industries.

The company, which is based in Chester and has operations in France, Switzerland and the USA, has been sold by manufacturer, Expamet International, which is itself backed by Royal Bank Equity Finance. Gresham is funding the deal with a mixture of cash and debt, with Bank of Ireland providing the debt.

The Pinsent Masons team acting for Olaer management has been led by Private Equity partner, Joanne Ellis working with Edward Stead.

Gresham has been advised by DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary LLP, and the vendors Expamet have been advised by Shoosmiths.

This is the second time this year that Pinsent Masons has acted for management on a Gresham-backed buyout. Earlier this year, Pinsent Masons advised management on the Gresham-led public to private takeover of Trio Holdings plc, which runs money broker, Martin Brokers, in a

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Pinsent Masons advises on back-to-back acquisitions for Telecom Express and on the buy-out of Optome

September 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Leading law firm Pinsent Masons has advised new client Telecom Express on its acquisitions of interactive media and marketing company, Greenland Interactive, and of the premium rate assets of the Media Services division of Broadsystem.

Telecom Express is one of the leading providers of marketing services to the UK media industry, managing reader, listener and viewer communications, as well as delivering targeted content to different audience groups in order to help its media clients retain and develop customer relationships.

Telecom Express Group was formed as a result of a management buy-out from former owner Abbot Mead Vickers BBDO in late 2004.

Pinsent Masons' private equity partner Andrew Masraf led on both deals with assistance from Robert Moir, Joanne McNeill and Charles Frank (corporate), Rebecca Power and Matthew Rowbotham (tax) and Martyn Hann and Vivien Gray (TMT). Corporate finance advice was provided to Telecom Express on both acquisitions by Will Iselin of Winghaven Partners.

Andrew said: 'We are delighted to have helped Telecom Express on these important acquisitions

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THREE NEW PARTNERS JOIN AS PINSENT MASONS UNDERSCORES ITS SECTOR STRENGTHS

September 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons has announced the appointment of three partners in strategic areas of its business as the law firm underscores its commitment to key market sectors.

Paul Rice, partner and head of Environment, Health & Safety at Lawrence Graham, will join the firm in London and will head Pinsent Masons' Environmental practice nationally. Siobhan Cross, a highly-rated and experienced property litigator returns to the firm as a partner after a career break, and Mark Yates, a rising star in Banking & Finance, joins the firm from Clifford Chance as a partner.

'These appointments demonstrate our commitment to the development of our capability and experience at a high level in dedicated market sectors,' said David Ryan, Managing Partner at Pinsent Masons. 'Each of these individuals brings something new to our business and we are delighted to welcome them to the firm.'

Paul Rice is a legal heavyweight in his field. A member of the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management and of the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (UKELA), he has written and spoken widely on environmental issues. He will spearhead the environmental side of a national team comprising both pure environmental lawyers and planning & environmental lawyers. His fellow Pinsent Masons partner, Richard Ford, led the firm's team advising four East London Boroughs on the approval of a series of planning applications in relation to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012 needed to allow the now successful London bid to proceed. Richard will continue to lead the planning side. Paul will join Pinsent Masons in November.

Siobhan Cross, highly respected by her peers and by clients, makes a welcome return to Pinsent Masons. Independently recognised for her property litigation expertise, she joins the growing property team in London which is fast expanding its property litigation and its real estate investment capability. The firm has a dedicated property team of around 30 people in London, who form part of the 140-strong national property group.

Mark Yates joins a Banking & Finance team which has seen significant growth in the past 18 months, as part of Pinsent Masons' commitment to the Financial Services sector. Last year Martin Bishop from Slaughter and May, and William Oliver from Jones Day, both joined as partners in London with three other specialist banking lawyers. With Mark's arrival the team will boast 10 partners nationally and a full banking & finance team of over 35 lawyers.

Mark, who has particular experience of cross-border and leveraged finance transactions, qualified in 1995 whilst at Wilde Sapte. He spent over three years working in Hong Kong for Norton Rose and then Clifford Chance, becoming a Hong Kong qualified solicitor, before moving back to London with Clifford Chance in 2001. He recently advised Warburg Pincus on the

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SPEEDY HIRE PLC ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON c

September 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Leading UK tool hire services company, Speedy Hire plc, has been advised by law firm Pinsent Masons on a c

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PINSENT MASONS' TEAM CELEBRATES COMPLETION OF

September 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

A team of 60 lawyers at UK law firm Pinsent Masons is today celebrating the announcement of the completion of the

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MAN INVESTMENTS ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON OFFSHORE HEDGE FUND

September 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Law firm Pinsent Masons has advised Man Investments Limited in relation to an offshore hedge fund to be marketed to institutional investors in the UK.

RMF Portable Alpha Strategies Limited, authorised in Guernsey as a Class 'Q' Scheme and established as a Qualifying Investor Fund has already taken GBP10,000,000 in a first round of investment. It will subsequently offer two classes of share for investment with the intention of adding additional classes. RMF Portable Alpha Strategies Limited is an unregulated CIS for the purposes of FSMA 2000.

Banking and finance partner John Cleland led the Pinsent Masons' team advising Man, assisted by Claire Sedgwick (Banking and Finance) and Sean Page (Corporate).

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PINSENT MASONS INCORPORATES ACCOUNTING SERVICES TO HELP TRUSTEES ASSESS THE STRENGTH OF THEIR SCHEME

September 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Law firm Pinsent Masons is launching a new service to help trustees assess the strength of their scheme sponsor's business and its ability to meet funding provisions.

The service, which incorporates legal, banking, restructuring and accounting advice, is being provided in response to the new rules in the Pensions Act 2004. Pinsent Masons will provide an integrated advisory team to ensure trustees obtain comprehensive and specialist advice at every stage of the process.

Following the Pensions Act, trustees will need detailed information about a sponsor's financial situation in order to assess its ability to fund the scheme.

Christopher Berkeley, National Head of Pensions at Pinsent Masons, said, 'By integrating legal, banking, restructuring and accounting advice we can support trustees in reaching solutions to funding problems. Trustees will then be receiving appropriate specialist accounting advice from an in-house team of professional forensic accountants alongside the legal and actuarial advice.'

Nicholas Scott, Chartered Accountant at Pinsent Masons, added, 'Our approach ensures that we consider all aspects of the company's proposed financial plan, as well as the trustees' duties, to facilitate consensus on future funding arrangements, and how scheme deficits will be eliminated.'

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Anna Sargent, Chosen Market PR Adviser

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Anna.Sargent@pinsentmasons.com

Note to Editors:

Pinsent Masons is a full service commercial firm with more than 260 partners, a total legal team of more than 900 and in excess of 1,500 staff in the UK and internationally. The firm ranks in the UK top 15 of law firms and is one of Europe's leaders. In the UK, the firm has offices in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester.

Internationally, the firm has offices in Brussels, Dubai, Hong Kong and Shanghai, as well as a series of strategic joint ventures and alliances in Denmark, Dubai, Estonia, France, Germany, India, Poland, Sweden, Spain and the USA.

Pinsent Masons has one of the strongest pensions teams in the UK with over 40 lawyers, paralegals and independent trustee administrators located in our offices in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds. In the City-based London office there are six pensions partners, one consultant, four senior associates, one associate, six solicitors and one trainee.

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Aalberts Industries acquires Pegler Holdings Limited in c

August 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Dutch group, Aalberts Industries NV, has further consolidated its hold on the Flow Control market with the acquisition of Doncaster based Pegler Holdings Limited.

Pegler, a leading manufacturer of taps, valves, fittings and heating products for the private and public sectors, has more than 500 employees and a turnover of c.

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES ON SALE OF UK MINIBUS SPECIALIST

August 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Leading law firm Pinsent Masons has advised the shareholders of MBP Holdings Limited, the holding company of the UK specialist minibus insurance broker, MiniBusPlus (MBP), on the sale of the company's share capital. The company was sold to QBE, the UK subsidiary of Australia's largest insurance and reinsurance group.

The sale also brings an exit for venture capitalists Lloyds Development Capital (LDC) from their investment.

MBP is a successful UK specialist minibus, coach and motor fleet insurance wholesaler and retail insurance broker based in Stafford. It produces around

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Pinsent Masons Leads Successful DWP IT Outsourcing Contract Re-alignment with EDS

August 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons announced today that they have successfully completed the re-alignment of a major IT outsourcing agreement for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). The arrangement with global technology services company EDS is intended to save

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PINSENT MASONS INSTRUCTED TO ADVISE OFFICE OF DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER ON TENANCY DEPOSIT SCHEMES

August 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Law firm Pinsent Masons has been instructed to advise the Office of Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM), together with its Legal Directorate, in connection with two procurements to establish and operate Tenancy Deposit Schemes. The schemes are to be established pursuant to the Housing Act 2004 in respect of deposits taken by landlords/ agents in connection with assured shorthold tenancies. They will be set up and administered by scheme administrators who will contract with ODPM.

There will be two types of scheme, one is custodial and one insurance based; the first where deposits will be paid into a separate bank account and the latter where the landlord/ agent retains the deposit but the scheme maintains insurance against misappropriation.

Vincent King, Outsourcing, Technology & Commercial (OTC) Partner, said, 'This L-Cat instruction is significant given that there will be two procurements being run along side each other. We look forward to working with ODPM to deliver this important policy initiative.'

The Pinsent Masons team assisting Vincent consists of Martin Priestley (OTC Senior Associate), Liz Johnson (Insurance Partner), Al Harith-Sinclair (Corporate Partner) and Kathrine Eddon (Projects Associate).

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Anna Sargent, Chosen Market PR Adviser

Pinsent Masons, on: 020 7490 6378 or mob: 07717 156 559

Note to Editors:

Pinsent Masons is a full service commercial firm with more than 260 partners, a total legal team of more than 900 and in excess of 1,500 staff in the UK and internationally. The firm ranks in the UK top 15 of law firms and is one of Europe's leaders. In the UK, the firm has offices in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester.

Internationally, the firm has offices in Brussels, Dubai, Hong Kong and Shanghai, as well as a series of strategic joint ventures and alliances in Denmark, Dubai, Estonia, France, Germany, India, Poland, Sweden, Spain and the USA.

Pinsent Masons acts, nationally and internationally, for Central Governments, their principal Departments of State and Executive Agencies on almost every area of public and commercial law. The firm has been closely involved in the development and implementation of policy, major change programmes and complex, often innovative, infrastructure and outsourcing projects. In the UK it is a member of the legal framework panels administered by the OGCbuying.solutions (L-Cat) and TSol.

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RAYMARINE ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON US$500 MILLION OUTSOURCING DEAL WITH FLEXTRONICS

August 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Raymarine, one of the world's largest suppliers of marine electronic products to the leisure boating market, has entered into an agreement with global leading electronics manufacturing services provider, Flextronics valued at approximately US$500 million over a five-year period.

Under the agreement, Flextronics will provide vertically integrated manufacturing services to Raymarine, initially through its Hungary-based facility. The services include printed circuit board assembly, box build, plastics, metals, logistics, and test engineering services.

Malcolm Miller, CEO of Portsmouth based Raymarine, commented: 'We took this decision to ensure that we could not only maintain and grow our gross margins but access the latest technologies and skills in supply chain management. In working with our manufacturing partner, Flextronics, we expect to make significant improvements in our product realization process, new product introduction, materials management, quality and global logistics.'

Nigel Stacey, Raymarine's Director of Supply Chain, added: 'This is the second major contract I have negotiated now with Pinsent Masons and am again impressed by the team's professionalism and complete dedication to the task in hand. I find Pinsent Masons a law firm who truly embrace the idea of partnering with their clients.'

Vincent King led for Pinsent Masons assisted by Martin Priestley.

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Sue Murdoch, PR & Communications Manager, Pinsent Masons

Tel: 0845 300 3232

Mob: 07884 110174

Email: sue.murdoch@pinsentmasons.com

www.pinsentmasons.com

Notes to Editors:

Raymarine is the world leader in marine electronics, develops and supplies the most comprehensive range of electronic equipment for the recreational boating and light commercial marine markets. Product lines include radar, autopilots, GPS, chartplotters, instruments, fishfinders, communications, software and systems

Pinsent Masons is a full service commercial firm with over 260 partners, a total legal team of more than 900 and in excess of 1,500 staff in the UK and internationally. The firm ranks in the UK top 15 of law firms and is one of Europe's leaders. In the UK, the firm has offices in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester.

Internationally, Pinsent Masons has offices in Brussels, Dubai, Hong Kong and Shanghai, as well as a series of strategic joint ventures and alliances in Denmark, Dubai, Estonia, France, Germany, India, Poland, Sweden, Spain and the USA.

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UNIVERSITY OF HUDDERSFIELD REACHES OUT

August 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

A university education is now immediately available to communities in Yorkshire and Lancashire as part of a 10-year project by the University of Huddersfield.

The University has been advised by Pinsent Masons' Universities Team on the launch of new University Centres in Barnsley and Oldham designed to deliver university education to communities which may previously have felt that Higher Education was beyond their reach.

From this month, students will be able to study on full and part-time courses across a variety of levels from entry-level courses such as Foundation Courses and HNCs to Honours Degrees, and beyond to postgraduate qualifications like an MBA

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Pinsent Masons advises the shareholders of ASSA Training & Learning on

August 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

The Shareholders of ASSA Training & Learning Limited have been advised by Pinsent Masons on the sale of the business to Carter & Carter Group plc for a total consideration of

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES SPEEDY HIRE PLC ON

August 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Banking specialists at Pinsent Masons have advised Speedy Hire Plc in relation to a

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES NEUTRAHEALTH ON

August 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Nutraceutical investment company, Neutrahealth PLC, is being advised by law firm Pinsent Masons on the

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COTT CORPORATION ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON

August 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Cott Corporation, the Canadian soft drinks bottler, the world's largest retailer brand soft drink supplier, has announced that its UK subsidiary, Cott Beverages Ltd., has acquired 100% of the shares of Macaw (Holdings) Limited, the parent company of Macaw (Soft Drinks) Limited for US$135 million (

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JJB Sports plc

August 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

JJB Sports plc have refinanced their

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PUBLIC SECTOR INFORMATION MARKET UNDER SCRUTINY BY OFT

August 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has announced that the market for public sector information is to be the subject of a market study. This is a sizeable market in the UK and, for certain types of information, there is often only one body collecting and storing the information.

The public sector information market study will look at the behaviour of public sector information holders (PSIH) such as the UK Hydrographic Office and HM Land Registry.

PSIHs are often under a statutory obligation to collect information or do so as part of their normal functions. Much of the information collected is made freely available to the public but the information may also be sold on by PSIHs either in its raw form or, having been further refined, in a 'value added' form. 'Value added' information will be the focus of the market study because it is in the market for the sale of this information that PSIHs compete with private sector companies.

In particular, private sector companies first have to buy the raw data from the PSIHs and PSIHs may therefore have a competitive advantage. The market study will examine two key areas:

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES ON

August 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Leading law firm Pinsent Masons has advised Kaupthing and Baugur on their

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES EALING COUNCIL ON STREET LIGHTING PFI

August 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

PFI specialists at law firm Pinsent Masons have advised the London Borough of Ealing for the first time on the successful completion of the procurement of its street lighting PFI.

The 25 year long project, the first in this wave of street lighting PFIs to close, will involve the renewal and upgrading of street lighting across Ealing, including an initial

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES CARE MANAGEMENT GROUP (UK) LIMITED ON FUNDING FOR CARE HOME EXPANSION PROGRAM

August 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons has advised the Care Management Group of companies on the amendment and restatement of its loan facilities with Barclays Bank PLC. The new facilities will assist the Group with its expansion program for acquiring and developing care homes.

The deal enables the principal shareholder of Care Management Group (UK) Limited, ISIS EP LLP as the subordinated creditor of Barclays Bank PLC, to fully redeem its loan stock in the group whilst also increasing the group's existing loan facilities with the bank from

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COURT OF APPEAL DECISION ON KPMG PENSIONS CASE ANNOUNCED

July 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

The Court of Appeal (Lord Justices Mummery, Chadwick and Jonathan Parker) today gave its decision in the case brought by the trustees of the KPMG Pension Scheme and appealed by KMPG.

The City law firm Pinsent Masons acted for the pensioners of the scheme, following High Court proceedings in July 2004 to establish whether it is a defined contribution or a defined benefit scheme.

The Court of Appeal upheld the decision made at first instance that:

1. the scheme is not a money purchase scheme (contrary to what KPMG argued); and

2. KPMG therefore have a statutory obligation to fund the deficit in the scheme.

The Court of Appeal also held in favour of the pensioners in finding that the rules of the scheme do not allow pensions in payment to be reduced, overturning the High Court's decision on this point.

The Court of Appeal denied KPMG permission to appeal to the House of Lords against the decision. KPMG may decide to petition the House of Lords for permission to appeal.

Chris Mullen, Senior Partner at Pinsent Masons, who acted for the pensioners both in the High Court and in the Court of Appeal, commented:'The Court of Appeal's decision that the scheme is not a money purchase scheme and that pensions in payment cannot be reduced are a huge relief to the pensioners after many months of uncertainty. Since they are retired, our clients have no ready means to make up any cut in their pensions. KPMG will now be obliged to fund the scheme's deficit, just like any other defined benefit scheme.'

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Anna.Sargent@pinsentmasons.com

Note to Editors:

1. The legal action was commenced by the trustees of the scheme to answer specific questions about

the nature of the scheme and the meaning of certain rules within it.

2. One such rule appeared to allow the reduction of pensions once they are in payment.

3. KPMG argued that the scheme was a money purchase scheme and that there was therefore no

funding obligation on it to make good the scheme's deficit, believed to be in excess of

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES ON FINANCIAL CLOSE OF SPECIALIST HEALTHCARE PFI SCHEME IN THE NORTH EAST

July 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Financial close has been reached on the Walkergate Park for Neurorehabilitation and Neuropsychiatry bringing together neurorehabilitation and neuropsychiatry services currently provided over three locations in the north east. The project, commissioned by the Northgate & Prudhoe NHS Trust sponsored by UME Investment Co. Limited will be constructed and maintained by Clugston and funded by AIB Group (UK) plc.

The state-of-the-art facilities will provide a 65-bed centre of excellence for the provision of specialist services for stroke and head injury victims and be delivered by the Northgate and Prudhoe NHS Trust and the Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland Mental Health Trust.

The project incorporates innovative design and artistic elements including the commissioning of a chapel and ancillary other artwork by artists selected following the involvement of the Arts Council. The centre, which is scheduled to open in late 2006, will also house extensive therapy facilities (including a hydrotherapy pool, sensory gardens and a driver rehabilitation circuit).

UME Investment Co. Limited were advised by Pinsent Masons and Deloittes. This is the second scheme which UMEI (advised by Pinsent Masons and Deloittes) and Clugstons have jointly closed in the past four months and the third that UMEI have closed with Pinsent Masons.

Kate Peacock, who led the Pinsent Masons team, said 'We are delighted to have been involved in this project and to have continued to develop what is already a strong relationship with UMEI. We are very much looking forward to working together on future schemes.'

Northgate & Prudhoe NHS Trust were advised by Addleshaw Goddard, Mott Macdonald and Robson Rhodes. AIB Group (UK) plc were advised by Dickinson Dees and EC Harris.

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Anna Sargent, CM PR Adviser, Pinsent Masons

Tel: 020 7490 6378

Mob: 07717 156 559

Email: anna.sargent@pinsentmasons.com

Note to Editors:

Pinsent Masons is a full service commercial firm with more than 260 partners, a total legal team of more than 900 and in excess of 1,500 staff in the UK and internationally. The firm ranks in the UK top 15 of law firms and is one of Europe's leaders. In the UK, the firm has offices in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester.

Pinsent Masons has one of the largest teams of specialist PFI projects lawyers in the UK and is ranked number one in the Public Private Finance league tables having closed more UK PFI projects than any other law firm.

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FT SWOOPS ON 22 CONSTRUCTION FIRMS IN EAST MIDLANDS

July 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has carried out a series of dawn raids on 22 construction companies in the East Midlands. Neither the type of company nor the companies concerned were identified but were all said to be based in Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire. The OFT said that the raids were undertaken following allegations of collusive tendering for public and private contracts won between 2000 and 2005 in breach of competition law.

The OFT carried out its searches using its civil powers under the Competition Act 1998. However, it has not ruled out that the investigation could involve the criminal cartel offence under the Enterprise Act 2002. This is significant for the following reasons:

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PINSENT MASONS ACTS FOR BROKER ON WATERLINE GROUP PLC AIM ADMISSION

July 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Leading AIM lawyers Pinsent Masons have advised Daniel Stewart & Company Plc on the admission to AIM of one of the country's leading suppliers to the fitted kitchens industry, Waterline Group Plc.

Waterline Group, which is seeking to expand its business potential with customers, suppliers and investors by its higher profile as a publicly-quoted company, has been admitted to AIM with a market capitalisation of

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NORWICH UNION AND OTHERS ACQUIRE ASSUREWEB

July 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Norwich Union and the four other product providers, comprising AEGON UK, Clerical Medical, Friends Provident and Scottish Widows who previously owned 40% of the Assureweb portal have agreed terms with Misys to take overall control of the business.

The deal involved a share buy back by Assureweb, leaving Norwich Union, AEGON UK, Clerical Medical, Friends Provident and Scottish Widows owning 100 per cent of the business. The move is intended to create an online portal owned by the financial services industry, working for the financial services industry.

Assureweb will remain the portal of choice for the financial advisers Sesame supports.

Launched in 1998 the Assureweb portal helps intermediaries improve their service, efficiency and profitability by doing business online. In 2001, Misys plc bought Assureweb, creating a centre of technology excellence in its financial services division. Assureweb is now a part of the Sesame group owned by Misys plc. Sesame is a leading provider of services for intermediaries.

Assureweb

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES BALFOUR BEATTY CONSTRUCTION JOINT VENTURE ON

July 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Construction and PFI specialists at UK law firm Pinsent Masons advised Balfour Beatty Construction Limited and Balfour Kilpatrick Limited (as joint venture building contractor) on Nottinghamshire Council

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OXFORD NEWTECH ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON REVERSE TAKEOVER OF ZI MEDICAL PLC

July 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Clinical and pharmaceutical device and diagnostic company, Oxford Newtech Limited, has been advised by a London corporate team from UK law firm Pinsent Masons, on its reverse takeover of AIM-quoted ZI Medical plc.

Oxford Newtech, an investee company of the leading European biotechnology venture capital fund, Merlin Biosciences, was formed to provide a platform for developing a significant UK based clinical and pharmaceutical device and diagnostic company. Its focus is on developing products for the US and European healthcare markets and on systems to expedite drug discovery and development. The enlarged group's strategy is to build on the successes achieved by ZI Medical to date in advancing product from prototype to market, in order to develop products for the growing UK, European and US clinical and pharmaceutical device and diagnostic markets.

The combined group will have a market capitalisation of approximately

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES THE GAUTENG PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT IN SOUTH AFRICA ON

July 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Projects specialists at UK law firm Pinsent Masons are supporting South African law firm Ledwaba Mazwai in advising the Gauteng Provincial Government on the R7bn (

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES THE GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS ON

July 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

International projects specialists at law firm Pinsent Masons together with PricewaterhouseCoopers and EC Harris advised the Government of the Republic of Cyprus on the Cyprus Airports PPP Project which has achieved commercial close. The Project is the first major PPP project for Cyprus leading the way for future development of the country's infrastructure through public private partnerships and is one of the largest airport projects in Europe to date.

The contract is a 25 year concession between the Government and Hermes Airports Limited for the development and operation of the country's international airports at Larnaka and Pafos. Hermes Airports Limited is a special purpose vehicle comprising shareholders such as French construction giant Bouygues Bat

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ABBOT GROUP ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON

July 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Major offshore drilling contractor, Abbot Group plc, is being advised by a London Corporate Finance team from law firm Pinsent Masons, on the

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DUNEDIN ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON BACKING OF

July 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

One of the UK's leading independent fleet management specialists has been successfully sold to management in a

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PINSENT MASONS ANNOUNCES NEW SENIOR PARTNER

July 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Leading law firm, Pinsent Masons, has announced the election of a new senior partner. Chris Mullen, joint head of the firm's Financial Services & Insurance Chosen Market and Group Head of Employment, Pensions and Tax, takes over from Julian Tonks who has stepped down for health reasons.

Chris Mullen was elected after a vote of the firm's 264 partners in the UK and overseas. He takes up the position from 1 July 2005. His term of office will run concurrent with that of the firm's board through to December 2007.

'I am delighted and honoured to be taking on the role of senior partner, although saddened by the circumstances in which this has come about,' said Chris. 'Six months post-merger Pinsent Masons is seeing the benefits of its merger. Our decision to focus our strengths into those market sectors where our expertise and experience make a real difference for clients is bearing fruit. We will all be working hard to ensure this continues.'

Chris operates at the forefront of one of the fastest developing and highest profile areas of law. As one of the country's most respected pensions lawyers, he acts for some of the UK's largest companies and pension schemes. He has extensive experience across the whole range of pensions law, including strategic advice, mergers and transaction-related work, advice for independent trustees, dispute resolution and compliance.

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Notes to Editors:

Chris Mullen

Chris Mullen qualified as a lawyer in 1986 with the then Biddle & Co. He built a highly successful pensions team at Biddle and became head of Biddle's pensions group in 1998, then national head of that group when the firm merged with legacy Pinsents in 2001. In 2002 Chris became lead partner of the firm's Financial Services & Insurance 'chosen market', sharing this role as joint lead partner following the merger of Pinsents and Masons last December. In December 2004 Chris also became Group Head of Employment Pensions & Tax, when those groups were aligned in a restructuring of the firm's practice areas. As Group Head, Chris is responsible for the three national teams of employment pension and tax lawyers, numbering well in excess of 100 and under both roles combined has responsibility for approximately one-third of the firm's turnover. Within the Financial Services and Insurance Chosen Market, Chris is responsible for developing the firm

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PINSENT MASONS CELEBRATES COMPLETION OF FIRST CORPORATE DEAL FOR LEND LEASE

June 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Lend Lease Europe Holdings Limited has used the corporate team of law firm Pinsent Masons for the first time to advise on the high profile

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Smart & Cook makes biggest acquisition to date

June 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Smart & Cook Group Limited has been advised by Pinsent Masons on one of its largest acquisitions to date

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES BALFOUR BEATTY CONSTRUCTION JOINT VENTURE ON

June 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Construction and PFI specialists at UK law firm Pinsent Masons advised Balfour Beatty Construction Limited and Balfour Kilpatrick Limited (as joint venture building contractor) on North Lanarkshire Council

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES ODPM/4ps ON 'DEVELOPING JOINT SERVICE CENTRES THROUGH NHS LIFT, PFI AND BSF'

June 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Public Private Partnership specialists at law firm Pinsent Masons have developed a toolkit for 4ps and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM), designed to steer local authorities through the process for developing joint service centres providing access to a range of local services.

The procurement pack was launched by Jim Fitzpatrick, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, to help facilitate collaboration between councils, NHS Trusts, other public sector bodies and voluntary agencies. It also includes a model contract, approved by HM Treasury as being compliant with standard PFI mandatory drafting for use on all PFI joint service centres.

Pinsent Masons were appointed by 4ps to assist with the development of guidance for authorities to identify:

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SCOTTISH GAMES DEVELOPER ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON ACQUISITION

June 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Premier computer games developer, DC Studios, has been advised by a team from Pinsent Masons in Leeds and Scotland on the acquisition of certain assets and the licence of rights to develop the State of Emergency 2 game.

Canadian-based DC Studios, which develops games for leading brands such as Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft, acquired the assets and licence from the Scottish-based games developers VIS Entertainment and SOE Development acting by their administrator, Tenon Limited.

The Scottish arm of DC Studios, which has offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh, will now complete the development of State of Emergency 2 in readiness for a market launch.

Taking place 10 years after the events of the original title, State of Emergency 2 will offer similar gameplay mechanics to its predecessor while adding a host of new modes, more weapons, and an original engine that has been built from the ground up.

The Pinsent Masons team advising DC Studios comprised John Salmon (Outsourcing, Technology & Commercial

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ISISEP ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON INVESTMENT IN BOLDON JAMES MBO

June 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

ISIS Equity Partners plc (ISISEP) has been advised by a specialist team from Pinsent Masons on its investment in Boldon James Limited, a messaging solution provider. The company has been sold to its management team by Boldon James Holdings Limited in a

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New Forum for Healthcare Sector Investors Launched

June 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Healthcare has become one of the 'hot' sectors for UK private equity investment, ranking as the third most active sector, and now two firms of professional advisers have decided to encourage more mid-market activity.

The sector's power to generate cash, growth opportunities offered by an ageing population, the debt market's willingness to fund transactions and prospects of further consolidation have driven investment interest in the sector.

Chief among the areas of interest are the provision of residential care for the elderly, specialist care homes for children and adults with learning and/or behavioural difficulties and associated educational facilities.

The interest coincides with a time when the ever-increasing standards being imposed by the regulatory bodies, such as CSCI and Ofsted, on smaller care home businesses makes them uneconomic and is fuelling consolidation activity.

Whilst the big players such as Blackstone, Barchester and Southern Cross receive plenty of attention, the quality mid-market players have been less talked about but this is where the consolidation opportunities lie. Activity is focused both on putting similar businesses together and on creating specialist multidisciplinary groups of homes offering a high quality of care.

Many of these mid-market businesses are now targets for venture capitalists who will focus on looking for ways to add value and a route to exit, further fuelling the market. The key, as always, is finding quality managers who can maintain the standards of care as a business grows.

Law firm Pinsent Masons and PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance have both experienced the explosion of interest in the sector at first hand, with their active and well respected national healthcare teams advising on a series of mid-market deals.

They have now decided to gather the best mid-sized specialist care businesses together to provide a networking opportunity, enabling the key members of these organisations to meet on an informal basis to swap ideas and discuss topical issues.

Stephen Bradshaw, the Director of Schools and Development at the Priory Group, guest speaker at the first networking dinner held at Bank Restaurant, Birmingham, gave his views on the challenges facing the specialist care and education market.

Stephen commented: 'The high interest in the care and education markets at the moment is understandable. They are specialist areas with high barriers to entry with a set income paid in advance; what has been unusual is the length of time it has taken investors to consider this market stable and profitable enough to invest in.'

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For further information please contact:

Joanne Ellis, Corporate Partner, Pinsent Masons, on: 0121 335 2914

Andy Parker, Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance, on: 0121 265 5536.

Notes to Editors:

Pinsent Masons is a full service commercial firm with more than 260 partners, a total legal team of more than 900 and in excess of 1,500 staff in the UK and internationally. The firm ranks in the UK top 15 of law firms and is one of Europe's leaders. In the UK, the firm has offices in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester. The firm is strongly sector focused and has a leading practice in corporate and public sector healthcare.

PricewaterhouseCoopers (www.PricewaterhouseCoopers.com/uk) provides industry-focused assurance, tax and advisory services for public and private clients. More than 120,000 people in 144 countries connect their thinking, experience and solutions to build public trust and enhance value for clients and their stakeholders.

Unless otherwise indicated, PricewaterhouseCoopers refers to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP a limited liability partnership incorporated in England. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP is a member firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited.

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES ON WASTE CONTAINER BUSINESS SALE TO ECI PARTNERS

June 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

The selling shareholders of market leading waste container manufacturer, Taylor Continental Holdings Limited, have been advised by UK law firm, Pinsent Masons, on the buyout of their business by ECI Partners.

ECI Partners, a leading UK mid-market buyout specialist, is backing a new management team, which includes Alden Taylor, grandson of the founder.

Taylor Continental, which manufactures a range of steel and plastic waste containers for household and commercial markets, employs 200 people at its Worcestershire base. It had a turnover of

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES PANMURE GORDON & CO ON TENDER OFFER

June 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Panmure Gordon & Co is being advised by a corporate team from the London office of UK law firm, Pinsent Masons, on a tender offer by property investment company, London & Associated Properties PLC (LAP).

Panmure Gordon & Co is offering to purchase up to 10,309,278 Ordinary Shares at between 97p and 104p, with any tendered shares to be subsequently purchased on-market by LAP from Panmure Gordon & Co, in order to return up to

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Docklands Light Railway

June 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

The further development of the Docklands Light Railway reached a significant stage with the financial close of the DLR Woolwich Arsenal PPP project on 31st May 2005.

The project involves the construction of a 2.5 km extension from King George V to North Woolwich with two parallel bored tunnels being constructed under the Thames.

Pinsent Masons acted for Woolwich Arsenal Rail Enterprises Limited ('WARE') the Special Purpose Vehicle jointly owned by Amec and RBS. WARE raised

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PINSENT MASONS PARTNER TAKES UP REINS AT FACULTY OF BUILDING

June 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Catriona Dodsworth, a Construction Partner at leading UK law firm Pinsent Masons, has been appointed as the new Chair of the London branch of the Faculty of Building.

Catriona, who succeeds Dean Buchanan of architects Buchanan Associates, has more than 10 years experience advising some of the UK's leading construction companies on major building and civil engineering contracts as well as acting in all the various forms of dispute resolution procedures including ADR.

She says : 'The construction industry has seen many changes over the past fifty years and although significant improvements have been made since the publication of the Egan report almost a decade ago there is still a long way to go. I am delighted and honoured to be appointed Chair of the London Branch of this prestigious organisation. For sixty years the Faculty of Building has been promoting good practice and fostering closer links between the many different professions within the construction industry. I intend to carry on that tradition by spearheading a number of profile raising and networking opportunities and initiatives for our members in London over the coming year.'

With more than 2000 members nationally (and around 200 in London) the Faculty of Building is a national networking organisation founded in 1945 to share knowledge, encourage good practice and promote continuous improvement across the diverse disciplines within the construction industry.

Richard Laudy, London Head of Construction at Pinsent Masons, said : 'Catriona's appointment will be a major asset to the organisation and is a credit to Pinsent Masons.'

Pinsent Masons is one of the UK's leading law firms. Its UK Construction & Engineering Group of 26 partners and more than 80 legal support staff in offices across the UK has extensive experience in advising the UK construction and engineering industry on all contentious and non-contentious legal issues.

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For media enquiries contact :

Lakhbir Rakar

CM PR Advisor

Pinsent Masons

Tel : 0121 260 4005

Mob : 07748 321943

lakhbir.rakar@pinsentmasons.com

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES PROVEXIS ON REVERSE TAKEOVER OF NUTRINNOVATOR

June 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Health food developer and nutraceutical company, Provexis Limited, is being advised by a London corporate team from UK law firm Pinsent Masons, on its reverse takeover of AIM-quoted Nutrinnovator Holdings plc.

Provexis, which has developed a drinks additive that may help to reduce the risk of heart attack, is aiming to raise approximately

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CRAEGMOOR HEALTHCARE ADVISED ON KEY ACQUISITION BY PINSENT MASONS

June 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Corporate healthcare specialists at UK law firm, Pinsent Masons, have advised the leading independent provider, Craegmoor Healthcare Company Limited on its acquisition of Sapphire Care Services Limited.

The Yorkshire based business which comprises five learning disability residential homes, a day centre and an outreach service providing care and support to adults with challenging behaviours, will be integrated into Craegmoor's Northern division.

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OFT LAUNCHES STUDY ON PROCUREMENT PRACTICES AND COMPETITION IN WASTE SECTOR

June 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Procurement practices and competition within the municipal waste industry are set to be scrutinised following the announcement of a major review of public sector procurement policies and practices by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT).

The OFT has joined forces with the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) and Defra to undertake a ten-month study aimed at exploring ways of improving the buying power of public sector procurers of municipal waste management services, discouraging anti-competitive arrangements and removing barriers to entry for smaller suppliers. This could have a long-term impact on companies active in the sector.

The review will pay particular attention to the anti-competitive effects of very long term contracts, integrated waste management contracts and the use of supplier accreditation lists by public sector procurers on small to medium-sized enterprises.

The OGC has been studying how to increase competition and improve long-term capacity planning in the government market place for the past few years and, in its Annual Plan for 2005/6, the OFT has recently identified the interaction between government and markets as one of its key priorities for the next year.

The OFT expects the study to be completed by March 2006. It may at that stage issue guidelines to public sector procurers on how to make the most of competition when procuring waste management services.

Pinsent Masons has one of the largest specialist competition law groups in the UK with considerable expertise and experience of advising clients on UK competition law and public procurement.

Alan Davis, a Competition Partner with law firm Pinsent Masons, said:

'Both the OFT and OGC have been looking at ways of increasing competition and capacity planning within the municipal waste sector for some time. This latest study and the eventual OFT guidelines may well have a long term impact on the way in which waste management services are procured in the future. However, it is essentially prospective, and is unlikely to have any immediate impact on existing contractual arrangements. If the OFT wished to investigate current arrangements, it would have to use its powers under the Competition Act 1998 or under the market investigations regime of the Enterprise Act 2002.'

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Lakhbir Rakar

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Email : lakhbir.rakar@pinsentmasons.com

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES ON FIRST DUTCH OFF SHORE WIND FARM

June 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Shell and Dutch energy company Nuon have signed the final contracts for their joint realization of the first Dutch offshore wind farm, located at Egmond aan Zee, 10 miles outside the Dutch coast. The wind farm will be constructed in 2006. NoordzeeWind (a 50/50 joint venture between Shell and Nuon) awarded the construction contract to Bouwcombinatie Egmond, a joint venture between Dutch offshore contractor Ballast Nedam and Danish wind-turbine manufacturer Vestas.

Thirty-six wind turbines with an overall capacity of 108 Megawatts will be constructed 10 kilometres off the coast of Egmond aan Zee (the Netherlands). On a yearly basis, the wind turbines will generate enough electricity to meet the needs of more than 100,000 Dutch households. From the end of 2006, the wind farm will start generating sustainable energy, which Nuon will supply to the Dutch market. The project involves an investment in excess of

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D1 OILS PLC ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON GROWTH-FUELLED FUNDRAISING

June 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Biodiesel producer, D1 Oils plc, is positioning itself to take full advantage of opportunities in the rapidly growing renewable fuel sector by expanding its operations in new and existing territories.

Advised by lawyers at UK law firm, Pinsent Masons, the AIM-quoted company is raising

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INTERQUEST ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON AIM ADMISSION

May 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Fast-growing IT recruitment business InterQuest Group is being advised by a specialist team at UK law firm Pinsent Masons, on its admission to AIM, with a market cap of

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SUPER SIX JOIN PINSENT MASONS IN LONDON TO MEET GROWING DEMAND FOR CONSTRUCTION

May 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons has expanded its construction practice with the arrival of six fee-earners to its London operation.

The move is in response to growing client demand following the merger between Pinsents and Masons back in December 2004.

Solicitor Brad Fearn from Hammonds and Sarah Sharpe from the construction team at Kennedys will be joining fellow solicitor Paul O'Neil who recently joined the firm from Fox Williams.

The team will also be joined by 7 year qualified solicitor John Mullee and Senior Associate Greg Richards who have re-located from the firm's Hong Kong and Manchester offices respectively along with Helen Waddell, a Senior Associate who has recently returned from maternity leave.

With a global network of more than 150 lawyers Pinsent Masons has one of the largest and most experienced construction legal teams in the world.

Richard Laudy, London Head of Construction at Pinsent Masons, said :

'A strong interest from both existing and new clients encouraged us to expand the team quickly. We are delighted to announce these new appointments. Their credentials make them an excellent match for the existing strengths in the group as we seek to absorb the increasing workload from clients of our new firm. With a further six fee-earners added to an already significant London presence our ability to provide a full service to our construction sector clients across Europe is now unrivalled.'

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Lakhbir Rakar

Tel : 0121 260 4005

Mob : 07748 321943

lakhbir.rakar@pinsentmasons.com

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Pinsent Masons' London Private Equity Team Advises On Major Deals Double

May 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

The London private equity team of law firm Pinsent Masons is celebrating the back-to-back completion of two multi-million pound deals advising the management teams of leading edge companies operating in sectors ranging from wealth to waste management.

Partner Andrew Masraf has led the teams acting for management in the

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MIDLANDS CO-OP ADVISED ON

May 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

A corporate team at UK law firm, Pinsent Masons, has completed its first deal for the Midlands Co-operative Society Limited with the sale of its dairy business to Dairy Crest Limited for

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES ON NEC AND CLARION EVENTS JOINT VENTURE

May 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

A legal team from Pinsent Masons has advised one of Europe's premier exhibition venues, the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), on a business venture designed particularly to take advantage of opportunities in the consumer show sector.

The NEC Group has entered into a joint venture with Clarion Events Limited (CEL) to create Clarion Events NEC Limited (CENL), a company created to maximise opportunities to stage and acquire new shows.

As part of the deal, NEC has sold its owned events business to the joint venture company including a portfolio of nine shows, among them Antiques for Everyone and The Classic Motor Show.

CEL, the former in-house organiser of Earls Court and Olympia Group, which was subject to an MBO last year, is seen as the creative powerhouse capable of leveraging the formidable NEC brand.

The Pinsent Masons team advising the NEC Group comprised corporate partners, Paul Finlan and Linda Crow.

Clarion Events Limited has been advised by Fox Williams.

The deal comes as Birmingham City Council is raising finance for the NEC, the busiest exhibition centre in Europe, staging more than 180 exhibitions each year, to enable it to move into a phase of major redevelopment. In 30 years the business has grown from a pioneering undertaking to a business which now caters for up to four million visitors a year. With 21 halls totalling 200,000 square metres (two million square feet) it is also the biggest exhibition centre in Britain and seventh largest in Europe.

Pinsent Masons' Head of Banking & Finance, Stephen Miles, has advised NEC Finance plc on the

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES IP2IPO GROUP ON LAUNCH OF LIFEUK AND FURTHER FUNDRAISING

May 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

UK law firm, Pinsent Masons is acting for IP2IPO Group plc on a placing to fund the launch a new life science intellectual property business designed to help researchers unlock the capital potential of their work.

The proceeds from the placing of 2,157,837 ordinary shares of 10p each at

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PINSENT MASONS HELPS PUT RBS IN THE MEDIA

April 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

The London Banking Team at Pinsent Masons has advised The Royal Bank of Scotland in its backing with 3i of a buy-in/buy-out ('BIMBO') team in the

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES MANAGEMENT ON ACQUISITION OF CROWN MEDIA

April 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

A team of lawyers from Pinsent Masons led by London private equity partner, Jonathan Reardon, has advised a management team led by David Elstein, the former chief executive of Channel Five, on the US$242 million acquisition of the international business of the Hallmark Channel.

The acquisition includes the international versions of the Hallmark Channel distributed outside the USA to approximately 60 million subscribers in 152 countries, the non-US rights to over 500 titles in the Crown Media library and the broadcast facility based in Denver, Colorado, which will continue to distribute the channels throughout the world.

The deal was backed by 3i and Providence Equity Partners (advised by Ashurst and Debevoise & Plimpton respectively) with debt finance provided by ABN Amro Bank, Barclays Bank and Societe Generale.

Commenting on the deal, Jonathan Reardon said:

'We are delighted to have had the opportunity of working with such a high calibre team of managers on this complex transaction, which adds to our already significant track record of advising management on large private equity buy-outs. We congratulate David Elstein's team and wish them every success in growing the business over the coming years.'

The deal was introduced to Pinsent Masons by its by tax and share schemes specialist, David Pett. The Pinsent Masons team led by Jonathan Reardon comprised Gareth Rees and Olivia Phalippou on corporate, Mark Cawthron on tax and Wyn Lewis on employment.

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Clare Turnbull, Head of PR & Communications

Pinsent Masons, on: 0845 300 32 32 or mob: 07884 110173

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES COPPER RESOURCES CORPORATION ON AIM ADMISSION

April 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons' position as a market leader in advising companies coming to AIM has been further consolidated with the admission of Copper Resources Corporation. It is the 4th AIM flotation in three months where Pinsent Masons has acted for the company.

Copper Resources is the ultimate holding company of a group of companies with the operating rights to the Hinoba-an Porphyry Copper Project in the Republic of the Philippines. The shares in Copper Resources were admitted to AIM on 21 April. Copper Resources raised

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HOMESERVE PLC ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON CHEM DRY ACQUISITION

April 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

A corporate team from UK law firm, Pinsent Masons, has acted for home emergency company, Homeserve plc, on its

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES BROKER ON UTEK CORPORATION AIM ADMISSION

April 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

The top performing AIM team at law firm Pinsent Masons has advised Shore Capital and Corporate Limited on the admission to AIM of UTEK Corporation, a US-headquartered AMEX-listed technology transfer company.

Trading commenced in UTEK shares on AIM this week. The company has a market capitalisation of

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PINSENT MASONS COMPLETES MAJOR INSURANCE DISTRIBUTION DEAL FOR AVIVA PLC

April 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons has advised Aviva plc on a series of contracts whereby Aviva group companies, including Norwich Union Insurance, the UK's largest general insurer, have become the primary providers of household, motor and travel insurance products to Barclays' 14 million strong UK retail customer base.

The products are to be distributed through Barclays' network of 2,000 branches, via the telephone and through on-line banking, which alone has more than five million users. The new arrangements also involve the outsourcing of Barclays' existing insurance sales and services centre in Croydon to Norwich Union.

The transaction was led by the Pinsent Masons' London insurance team, with partner and Insurance Sector head, Martin Membery, leading the insurance distribution aspects of the deal with support from Alexis Roberts. Corporate insurance partner, Matthew Griffith, led the corporate aspects of the transaction, assisted by Robert Moir. Support from other practice areas was provided by Bob Mecrate-Butcher (employment); John Christian (tax); Louise Fullwood (IT); Raj Sharma (pensions); John Trevethan (property) and Giles Warrington (competition).

Lovells (Tim Goggin and Victor Fornasier) acted for Barclays.

Commenting on the deal, Martin Membery said: 'We are delighted to have been involved in this market-leading transaction for Aviva, which adds to our already significant track record of acting for leading insurers on joint ventures with their corporate partners.'

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For further information, please contact:

Clare Turnbull, Head of PR & Communications

Pinsent Masons, on: 0845 300 3232 or mobile: 07884 110173

Note to Editors:

Pinsent Masons' Insurance & Reinsurance Group is rated as a leading non-contentious insurance practice.

Partner and Insurance Sector head, Martin Membery, is rated in Chambers 2005 as a leading individual in non-contentious insurance. Partner, Matthew Griffith, is an experienced corporate insurance specialist and joined Pinsent Masons from Ashurst in November 2004.

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PINSENT MASONS' LONDON BANKING TEAM COMPLETES SECOND MAJOR RESTAURANT DEAL

April 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Banking law specialists at Pinsent Masons in London are dining out after the successful completion of the second high profile restaurant chain financing in recent months with the bid to take private Paramount PLC by Craftbutton Limited.

The team took the lead on advising HSBC Bank plc on the provision of term and overdraft facilities to Craftbutton to fund its

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CODEMASTERS SECURES INVESTMENT FROM BENCHMARK CAPITAL EUROPE

April 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Codemasters, the leading developer and publisher of critically acclaimed computer and video games, has secured a significant investment from Benchmark Capital Europe, the top-tier venture capital firm.

The largest privately owned video games publisher in Europe, Codemasters has a successful track record with more than 60 No. 1 hits and a distribution network covering over 70 countries worldwide. Its major video game brands include Colin McRae Rally

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THE RESTAURANT GROUP AND LIVING VENTURES IN DUAL TRANSACTIONS

April 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

The Restaurant Group to acquire a 40% shareholding in Living Ventures for

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Pinsent Masons Named as Legal Adviser for New Health Partnership

March 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Quality of service and attention to client needs were named as key features in winning a major client for law firm Pinsent Masons. The firm beat off stiff competition to be named as sole legal adviser to The Liverpool & Sefton Health Partnership (

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COPPER RESOURCES CORPORATION ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON

March 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

AIM-quoted Copper Resources Corporation (CRC) is being advised by law firm Pinsent Masons on a placing which is expected to raise

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES MAYBORN ON ACQUISITION OF TUBE PLASTICS

March 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

A team of lawyers from Pinsent Masons led by Roger Fink, London corporate partner, has advised Mayborn Group PLC, the AIM-traded babycare and household products group, on the acquisition of Tube Plastics Limited for a price of up to

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TOP FIVE GLOBAL AGROCHEMICAL COMPANY, UNITED PHOSPHORUS LIMITED, ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON

March 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

India's largest agrochemical company, United Phosphorus Limited (UPL), has been advised by lawyers from Pinsent Masons London Corporate Group on the

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PINSENT MASONS HELPS SARANTEL HOME IN ON AIM MARKET

March 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

A leading edge technology company, Sarantel Group PLC, has been advised by UK law firm, Pinsent Masons, on its admission to AIM.

The Northamptonshire based company, which has developed a revolutionary miniature antenna for mobile phones and other wireless devices, has a market capitalisation of circa

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Clare McConnell Gives Further Boost to Pinsent Masons Projects Team

March 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Highly experienced projects lawyer, Clare McConnell, is to join the leading projects firm Pinsent Masons as a partner.

Clare, who joins from Berwin Leighton Paisner, has advised on a wide range of PFI projects in the health, education and rail sectors and has been actively involved in policy development.

Barry Francis, Head of the Projects Group in London at Pinsent Masons, said:

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BROKERS KBC PEEL HUNT ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON BACK-TO-BACK PLACINGS

February 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Corporate lawyers at UK firm, Pinsent Masons, have advised brokers KBC Peel Hunt on back-to-back placings to fund acquisitions by companies in the investment banking and consumer electronics sectors.

KBC Peel Hunt has acted for Armour Group plc, the UK's leading consumer electronics group focused on home entertainment and in-car communication, on a

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HEALTHY RECORD ON AIM FLOATS CONTINUES FOR PINSENT MASONS

February 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Corporate lawyers at UK firm, Pinsent Masons, have continued their successful run of advising on AIM flotations with the launch today of specialist investment company, Neutrahealth PLC on to the alternative market.

Neutrahealth is a company created to acquire growing businesses in the vibrant nutraceutical industry, which has been boosted by the increasing demand among the public for vitamin and mineral supplements, organic foods and alternative remedies.

The company raised

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UK Greetings advised on acquisition of Collage Designs Ltd

February 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

UK Greetings Ltd (UKG), the UK arm of American Greetings, has been advised by law firm Pinsent Masons on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of gift packaging specialists Collage Designs Ltd (Collage), plus its Italian subsidiary manufacturing company Collage Italia Spa.

Suffolk based Collage was formed by Giuliano and Celia Scamponi and other existing members of its Board in 1991 to supply high quality giftwrap and related gift packaging products to the retail trade. The company has gained a reputation as an award-winning pioneer of design-led giftwrap and gift packaging producing the best giftwrap designs in the UK market. In 1999 the company invested in a brand new giftwrap factory in Italy forming Collage Italia Spa.

Collage

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Northgate Information Solutions Powers Ahead with Acquisition Programme

February 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Leading supplier of software applications and outsourcing solutions, Northgate Information Solutions plc, has further strengthened its position as supplier to the UK Local Government market through the acquisition of MVM Holdings Ltd (

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Voller Energy Group plc advised on AIM admission

February 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Voller Energy Group plc, a manufacturer of portable fuel cell systems, has been advised by Pinsent Masons on its admission to trading on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange.

The company raised

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OFT to target healthcare sector

February 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

The healthcare sector has been identified as one of the top five target areas of the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) according to its draft business plan for 2005/06, warns international law firm Pinsent Masons.

According to the draft plan the OFT will focus on the healthcare sector due to its sheer size and importance - healthcare spend alone costing

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Ponden Mill advised on multi-million pound retail sale

February 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Ponden Mill, national vendor of linens and textiles to the retail and public sectors, has been advised by Pinsent Masons on its sale to Marston Mills. To meet the demands of all parties, the complex deal was effectively completed in three weeks from initial contract to final signing.

Ponden Mill was founded by Barry Brookfield, who began his career in 1968 selling linen from his stall in Skipton market in North Yorkshire. The Keighley-based store currently has 132 stores across the UK, employing over 1,000 staff. The

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PINSENT MASONS APPOINTED TO ADVISE ON ALLDERS PENSIONS SCHEME

February 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons has been appointed by the trustees of the Allders Pensions Scheme to advise them following the placement of Allders into Administration.

Christopher Berkeley, head of the pensions team at Pinsent Masons, commented:

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PINSENT MASONS ACTS ON

February 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Lawyers at Pinsent Masons have advised on their second technology sector disposal in a month supporting predictions of a resurgence of M&A activity in the sector.

Shareholders of computer hardware supplier, Stone Computers, including the principal shareholders James Bird, were advised by Pinsent Masons on the

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PINSENT MASONS SENIOR LAWYER JOINS IRS POLICY COMMITTEE

February 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Senior Pinsent Masons corporate lawyer, Robert Moir, has been appointed as the only lawyer to join the prestigious Policy Committee of the Investor Relations Society (IRS).

His appointment comes at a time when the Policy Committee has restructured to assist members more effectively in relation to the wealth of regulatory changes affecting Investor Relations Officers (IRO).

The Policy Committee of the IRS is chaired by Mark Hynes, PR Newswire's Managing Director of Investor Relations Services, and comprises members drawn from corporate broking, financial PR, registrars, accounting and auditing backgrounds.

On its radar are recent developments such as the Transparency Directive, repeal of the OFR, the Takeover Code amendments, the US Securities and Exchange Commission's consultation on ADR reporting, and the International Accounting Standards Board's consultation on management commentary standards.

'All of these changes in legislation will have a profound effect on the responsibilities of IROs,' said Mr Hynes. 'It is the goal of the Policy Committee to provide as much hands-on training and knowledge-building opportunities for our members as possible and our recent changes in structure will allow us to accomplish this more effectively.'

Robert Moir commented: 'It is a privilege to be asked to join the Policy Committee. The responsibilities of IROs are becoming increasingly complex as the level of regulation and harmonisation across Europe increases. It is vital for IROs and their companies to keep appraised of the changes and the Policy Committee has a key role to play in helping them achieve this.'

Robert is a senior corporate lawyer with considerable experience in a broad range of corporate and commercial transactions including mergers and acquisitions, takeovers, IPOs, joint ventures, reorganisations and procurement & outsourcing. This has involved acting for a wide range of corporates, investment banks and institutions in a variety of sectors. He joined Pinsent Masons from Allen & Overy in 2004.

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Note to Editors:

Pinsent Masons is a full service commercial firm with over 260 partners, a total legal team of more than 900 and in excess of 1,500 staff in the UK and internationally. The firm ranks in the UK top 15 of law firms and is one of Europe's leaders. In the UK, the firm has offices in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester.

Internationally, Pinsent Masons has offices in Brussels, Dubai, Hong Kong and Shanghai, as well as strategic alliances with firms in Dubai, France, Germany, Spain, Holland, India, The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and the USA.

IRS

The IRS is the UK's professional body for Investor Relations practitioners (www.ir-soc.org.uk). The IRS's membership base comprises around 600 individuals working both for listed companies and their advisers, and includes the majority of FTSE 100 and FTSE 250, as well as a growing number of smaller listed companies and some located outside the UK.

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES ISS ON ACQUISITION OF SUPERCLEAN

February 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

ISS UK, an international leading facility services company, has been advised by a team of corporate lawyers from Pinsent Masons on its acquisition of Superclean Support Services Holding Ltd, the Wembley based cleaning services group, from Invex Capital Partners.

Superclean provides cleaning and associated support services primarily to the educational and public sector markets.

Just last year the team from Pinsent Masons advised ISS UK Ltd on a succession of deals which included the acquisition of Chenies Landscapes and of Mitchell & Struthers to expand the ISS Waterers landscaping business. Prior to this the team also advised on the acquisition of London based MJ Building Services Group, a manufacturing and engineering business, and the acquisition of Eaton Fine Dining to boost the ISS catering division and the acquisition of Coflex, the leading provider of independent facilities management.

The Pinsent Masons team was led by corporate partner Joanne Ellis assisted by Edward Stead.

Commenting Joanne Ellis said:

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES ON PHASE EIGHT MBO

February 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Retail lawyers from Pinsent Masons have advised on the

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PINSENT MASONS ADVISES IP2IPO ON KEY ACQUISITION

January 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

University technology IP specialists, IP2IPO Group plc, have been advised by the London office of Pinsent Masons on a

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Pinsent Masons closes major outsourcing for the

January 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

International law firm Pinsent Masons announced that it has completed a major outsourcing agreement on behalf of Bank of Ireland with Accenture.

The outsourcing agreement with Accenture is part of Bank of Ireland

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VISLINK ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON PLACING AND STRATEGIC ACQUISITION

January 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

One of the leading suppliers of microwave radio and satellite transmission products for broadcast, Vislink plc, has been advised by a corporate team from law firm Pinsent Masons on a strategic acquisition and related fundraising.

Vislink is proposing to acquire Link Research Limited, a leading provider of digital wireless camera systems for broadcast and broadcast sports markets, for a maximum consideration of

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PINSENT MASONS EXPANDS PENSIONS TEAM

January 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

The pensions team of Pinsent Masons has been expanded with the appointment of two lawyers to its leading London team.

Raj Sharma joins from Slaughter and May and brings with him eight years experience in pensions advisory work. He joins as an associate. His expertise spans across all areas of pensions-related issues including dealing with pensions aspects of corporate transactions, scheme mergers, setting up new schemes and schemes in wind-up in addition to providing trustee training. He also has particular expertise on investment-related issues and is recommended as a pensions specialist in Chambers and Partners UK Guide.

Kate Wild joins as an assistant from Eversheds LLP where she specialised in non-contentious pensions advisory work for employers and trustees of private sector schemes. She also brings considerable knowledge of the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme to the team. Her experience includes drafting scheme documentation and member communications; advising on scheme alterations, the impact of legislative and regulatory changes and the pension aspects of corporate transactions. Kate also has particular trustee training expertise and it is hoped she will help expand the team's training offering in light of the new 'TKU' (Trustee Knowledge and Understanding) requirements of the Pensions Act 2004.

The expansion to the London team follows hot on the heels of the significant boost received to the pensions team in the north of England as a result of the firm

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BANKING TEAM COMPLETES TRIO

January 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

The London banking team at Pinsent Masons has completed a trio of significant transactions in just three weeks, two of which involve new clients to the firm and one a new instruction from an established national client.

The first of the trio completed Christmas Eve and involved new client, Via Capital Limited, in its capacity as arranger of a

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PINSENT MASONS APPOINTS PARTNER TO DRIVE FINANCIAL REGULATORY PRACTICE FORWARD

January 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

Pinsent Masons has appointed Al-Harith Sinclair to bolster the firm's financial regulatory capability in London and nationally. The appointment comes at a time when financial regulation continues to sweep the UK and the demand for comprehensive and accessible regulatory advice surges.

Al-Harith joins from Cleary Gottlieb where he headed up their UK financial regulatory practice. He joined Pinsent Masons City office on 4 January as a partner with 6 years' financial regulatory experience. During his time at Cleary Gottlieb Al-Harith both created and led the firm's UK financial regulatory practice advising corporate, banking, investment, insurance and outsourcing clients on all aspects of UK and EU financial regulation affecting their businesses.

At Cleary Gottlieb, Al-Harith advised Euronext on all of the UK regulatory aspects of the merger between the London Clearing House and Euronext

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PINSENT MASONS BANKING TEAM ADVISE ON VIA CAPITAL DEAL

January 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

The London banking team of Pinsent Masons has advised a new client, Via Capital Limited, in its capacity as arranger of a

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BROADBAND COMPANY ADVISED BY PINSENT MASONS ON

January 2005. Press Releases by Pinsent Masons (view listing).

A team of Midlands' advisers has helped Keele-based Synetrix Limited, a leading supplier of broadband services to the public sector, complete a

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