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    Landmark New Office for Willis in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter

    London, UK, October 21, 2010 – Willis Group Holdings (NYSE: WHS), the global insurance broker, has secured the biggest office letting in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter this year at the landmark 40 St Paul’s Place. The new office was opened yesterday by Willis Group Chairman and CEO, Joe Plumeri.

    Willis is the largest corporate insurance broker in Birmingham, the most populous British city outside of London, and has been leader in the city’s business community for over 25 years. Situated in the city centre, the new 10,000 sq ft office will be home to 50 Willis Associates.

    Commenting on the Grade A location for Willis’s operations in the Midlands region of the United Kingdom, Richard Waltier, Branch Director of Willis Birmingham, said, “Willis has been established in the Jewellery Quarter for over 10 years and we were keen to remain at such a prestigious, central location, but our business had overgrown our prior office space. Our new office at 40 St Paul’s Place offers us a professional, modern space in which to expand our service offering to clients.”

    Speaking to clients and employees at the office opening, Brendan McManus, CEO, Willis UK & Ireland, said, “The new office will be a fantastic place for our clients and Associates to interact. The move illustrates the success of our business in the Midlands and our commitment to Birmingham, a city that is an integral part of our UK growth strategy.”

    In recent years, Willis Group has occupied a series of iconic new office locations. These include state-of-the-art facilities in Grand Mill Quay, Dublin, an award-winning Norman Foster-designed London headquarters in Lime Street and, most recently, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, the former Sears Tower in Chicago, which was renamed Willis Tower last year.

    Willis Group Holdings plc is a leading global insurance broker, developing and delivering professional insurance, reinsurance, risk management, financial and human resource consulting and actuarial services to corporations, public entities and institutions around the world. Willis has more than 400 offices in nearly 120 countries, with a global team of approximately 17,000 employees serving clients in virtually every part of the world. Additional information on Willis may be found at www.willis.com.

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