Waving a fond farewell to Simon
Smith Partnership is saying a very fond farewell to one of its Partners Simon Richardson this month, as he retires following a 29 year career at the firm.
Serving over 5000 private clients and securing many millions of pounds for victims of abuse and beneficiaries of estates. Simon has worked since 1987 serving vulnerable people from all over England and many other counties from around the world. Starting an historic child abuse department himself in 1992, Simon latterly has taken over the firm’s Wills and Inheritance Team and led it to seven years of repetitive growth.
The team of professionals at Smith Partnership can offer a full range of private legal services for members of the public, to manage some of the most important events in their lives, such as making a will or claiming compensation – by offering peace of mind and legal protection.
In June, Simon will be handing over the reins to his colleague Jak Ward and wishes him well for the future, he said: “I am so proud to have provided such an important service to the most vulnerable in society on matters so important to them. I know Jak and the team will continue this valued service and provide the best possible legal advice to our clients.
“It has also been my enormous pleasure to have helped some of the most vulnerable people in our society, to ensure both their human rights and assets were protected. I have been honoured to have been able to secure compensation for many hundreds of victims, some with learning disabilities, who have been abused in the most ghastly manner in care homes in England and Wales. Over the years working on these type of cases has given me the most job satisfaction.”
Simon has also spent time speaking to elderly groups and their carers on topics affecting the elderly and has represented clients at County Court, High Court and Court of Protection level. He has also acted as an appointee, attorney, executor, trustee and deputy for clients.
Smith Partnership’s Business Development Partner Claire Twells spoke about Simon’s retirement: “We are all very sad to see Simon leave our team, he is a fantastic solicitor and trusted adviser to our private clients, offering expertise to support the most vulnerable people in our society. He will be greatly missed and we wish him a very happy retirement!”
Jak Ward, Simon’s successor, joined Smith Partnership as a Trainee Solicitor in November 2010, after successfully completing the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at Nottingham Law School. In October 2012, Jak qualified into the Dispute Resolution Department after completing an elongated training seat in that team. He specialises in contractual and tortious disputes, and has been praised by his clients for his attentive and thorough attitude to achieving positive results.
Simon is leaving Smith Partnership shortly to drive off into the sunset in his motorhome for a few months with his wife to start a new chapter in his life, however in the future he hopes to continue his passion for legal work on a consultancy basis.