One of the founding partners of award-winning Essex law firm Palmers is retiring from the partnership after 30 years – although he will continue to be involved with the practice as a consultant solicitor.
Chris Mowat, who retires as a member of the partnership on 31 January 2014, was one of four founding partners who set up Palmers in 1983, alongside John Morgan, Mike Hunter and Luke Morgan, all of whom had previously been at a firm called Steggles Palmer. Chris qualified as a solicitor in 1973 and has been meeting the legal needs of the local community for more than 40 years.
Having practised in South East Essex for the whole of his professional career, Chris has established a strong reputation as a leading wills and probate lawyer in the region, in addition to playing a key role in driving Palmers forward as one of the region’s leading law firms.
Reflecting on his time at Palmers, Chris said: “I’m immensely proud of what we have achieved with Palmers. I’m delighted that some of our younger partners who first came to us as trainees are now taking the practice forward, although it is not just the partners and solicitors who have played such a key role – we also have some truly fantastic support staff who have been with us for a number of years. We have a great team here at Palmers and I’d like to thank everyone for helping us get to where we are today.”
Looking forward, Chris does not plan to leave Palmers or the legal profession entirely, as he will be continuing in a consultancy role two days a week.
He said: “Palmers is still a very big part of my life and I remain 100 per cent committed to the firm and its clients and staff.”
However, he is looking forward to spending time pursuing other interests, including his involvement as a chorister at his local parish church, where he is also a church warden. He will also continue in his role as chairman of the trustees at the Charity of Roger Reede, providing almshouse accommodation in Romford for more than 70 elderly people.
He said: “I also want to do more walking and my wife and I would like to travel more – we’re not the sort of people to sit at home and have always got something on the go. I may also take up golf.”
Lee McClellan, a partner at the firm who trained under Chris, said: “Chris has always had – and retains – a great deal of energy and enthusiasm and I think he has been an inspirational character to many people here, myself included.
“He was a great person to train under and truly has the respect of staff and clients alike. We are absolutely delighted that he will be staying on as a consultant.”
Palmers won the Business 2 Business (Large Firm) category at the 2013 Basildon Business Awards.
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