Richard Smith, one of the region’s most respected litigation lawyers, has retired today after providing legal advice to companies and individuals for over 40-years. During that time Richard has advised clients on a range of commercial issues including professional negligence and various types of commercial claims. As part of his work he has also represented clients in the region’s courts.
Prior to joining the Dispute Resolution team based at the firm’s Stockport office where he specialised in commercial litigation, Richard spent a number of years in Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Teams which included dealing with claims that arose from a number of high profile air crashes.
Richard says, “Retirement is bittersweet. I am passionate about the law – it’s what drove to me qualify as a lawyer and I intend to stay up to date with new ground breaking cases as they happen. But I’m also excited about having the opportunity to explore my other passions. Although I don’t ‘turn out’ any more, I am looking forward to watching more mid-week Test cricket live at Old Trafford, as well supporting Sale Sharks. I intend to join a photography group and am excited by new ventures in that area.”
Jonathan Whittaker, SAS Daniels’ Senior Partner, adds, “Richard will be sorely missed by his colleagues and his clients. While we’ve planned for this day for a while, it’s testimony to the level of service and advice he’s provided that the litigation team has grown rapidly in recent years.”
During his long career Richard has witnessed some sizeable changes to the practice of law. “While laws change and develop, legal advice has remained relatively unchanged; what’s changed is the mechanism of delivery. When I started in law the post was the only official method of delivering advice. Now we can provide advice across the world in an instant.”
After completion of his training at a central Manchester law firm, Richard qualified in 1977. Following a stint at a Chorley-based firm, Richard returned to the Manchester area where he spent 25 years with Walls Johnston & Co. Following a series of mergers and acquisitions the firm became SAS Lawyers, who then merged with Daniels to become SAS Daniels in 2006.
"Retirement is bittersweet. I am passionate about the law - it's what drove to me qualify as a lawyer"
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