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Is there a right time to hang up your hat?

Noelle Donnelly considers the options available for solicitors who are contemplating retirement but still want to remain part of the legal world

7 April 2017

Reflecting upon my own experience at a former firm, I fondly recall the two founding partners, who were retired but still actively involved in consulting for the firm.

The more reserved co-founder would occasionally stroll into the office and sit among fee earners, browsing a broadsheet newspaper while sipping his morning coffee. His hot desk became a legal clinic for the day, offering technical and practical advice to junior protégés without the pressures of targets and fee earning.

The other (more vocal) co-founder would stride around the office greeting all in his path. One day he was doing the rounds with a photo of his new grandson; another day, he announced to all that he had caught a pheasant at the weekend and it was in the boot of his car if anyone was interested. I for one was glad that these elders had not hung up their hats.

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