LAW firm Chadwick Lawrence has announced a top-level change.
The company, which sponsors the Examiner Business Awards, has announced the retirement of senior partner Stephen Oakes and the appointment of managing partner Jeremy Garside as his successor.
Mr Oakes has been with the firm for 34 years, the past 23 years as senior partner. He will remain with the company as a consultant. Mr Garside, who has been with the firm for 23 years, has played a major part in steering the firm’s identity as a modern legal practice with traditional values.
Mr Oakes, 60, said: “I've thoroughly enjoyed my time as senior partner atŠChadwick Lawrence.Š
“Over the years, I have seen the company grow and evolve to reach its present position as a major regional law firm specialising in private client and commercial matters.
“After overseeing recent changes such as a move to new prestigious offices at Wakefield and the launch of the new corporate identity I felt the time right for me to retire from my current position.”
Said Mr Garside: “Stephen is synonymous with Chadwick Lawrence having been with the company for so long.
“Luckily we’ll still be able to draw on his experience and expertise in his capacity as a consultant. I’m thrilled to be appointed as the new senior partner.”