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New senior partner for Cheltenham law firm

After 32 years with Harrison Clark Rickerbys, senior partner Richard Knight has passed the baton to Dawn Oliver, who has been with the firm for 24 years.

Richard Knight joined Rickerbys in 1989, which merged with Harrison Clark in 2013. He became a senior partner within it's Cheltenham office in April 2018.

Mr Knight said: "I only went for an interview because my dad knew a partner at Rickerbys who was looking for someone to join their fledgling corporate department - the rest is history. The trajectory and speed of travel since we put the two firms together simply takes my breath away.

"I am looking forward to being able to continue to work with some who have been clients for over quarter of a century, but to see our grandchildren and play a little bit of sport now and then."

Dawn Oliver, the firm's first female senior partner, and a private client expert, acknowledges the rate of growth, especially since the recent merger with Hewitsons, which adds two new offices and more than 200 extra staff to HCR's network.

She said: "I've never known a year when the business stood still - it's exciting beyond measure. What I most enjoy is the ability to inspire and lead junior private client lawyers who unexpectedly find it's a very rewarding area of the law to practise in.

"I am honoured to take on the role of senior partner for the newly merged firm and I'm looking forward to meeting all our staff, both old and new, around our offices. As a firm, we have a strong culture of both tradition and innovation and as senior partner I will be ensuring that continues."

Harrison Clark Rickerbys now has more than 780 staff and partners based at offices in Birmingham, Cambridge, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Hereford, London, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Thames Valley, Worcester and the Wye Valley.

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