Eaton Smith partner retires after 42 years in the law

Steven Pollitt, a partner at law firm Eaton Smith, has retired after a 42-year legal career

Steven Pollitt, a partner at solicitors Eaton Smith, and his secretary Angela Procter, who are both retiring from the firm. Picture by Andrew Brooke

One of Huddersfield’s most recognisable legal figures has retired.

Steven Pollitt has stepped down as a partner at Huddersfield law firm Eaton Smith after a 42-year career in the legal profession.

Also retiring is his long-serving secretary Angela Procter.

Mr Pollitt started his legal career in 1972 with Marshall Mills & Sykes, which merged with Eaton Smith & Downey in 1997 to form Eaton Smith.

Mr Pollitt made a major contribution to the development of the merged firm.

As a senior member of the dispute resolution team, he specialised in civil litigation and employment matters and supervised the firm’s debt collection service, representing businesses of all sizes in a range of sectors.

As a high profile figure in the local business community over the years, his roles have included chairing the Huddersfield Town Centre Partnership and being a board member and past president of the Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce (MYCCI).

He also sits as a tribunal judge – a role he will continue to fill along with being president-elect of the MYCCI.

He will also continue to represent Eaton Smith as an ambassador for the firm.

As a long-standing thespian with Hepworth Players and lead singer in his own rock ‘n’ roll band – Gerry and the Atricks – Mr Pollitt will be kept busy in his retirement.

Senior partner Andrew Sugden paid tribute, said: “Steven is a much-respected lawyer and his sound advice and good sense has been of great benefit to many in all aspects of the law.”

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