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Our Last Founding Partner Retires After 30 Years!

It’s the end of an era for well-known Scunthorpe law firm QualitySolicitors Bradbury Roberts & Raby, as Chris Raby, the practice’s last founding partner, retired from the business on 31 January 2015.

Chris specialised in divorce proceedings, separation and all financial aspects of relationship breakdown (including high value cases involving pensions and company issues).  He also helped clients to resolve disputes about contact and living arrangements for children.

Chris started practicing law in the early eighties with Hett Stubbs & Kemp Solicitors, before being involved in establishing Bradbury Roberts & Raby, as it was called at the time, with David Bradbury and John Roberts (both of whom have also retired).

In an illustrious career, which at some stage has covered most areas of law, his preferred specialism and commitment to excellence led him to become a prestigious Advanced Member of the Law Society’s Family Law Panel.

As a Member of Resolution, the professional body whose 6,500 members are committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes, Chris trained as a Collaborative Lawyer and Mediator, in order to help couples who were planning to separate or divorce, work out constructive solutions regarding children and finances.

Chris always adopted a realistic and common sense approach to clients’ concerns and requirements, appearing regularly at the local County and Family Proceedings Courts.

Chris has witnessed some significant developments in the history of the business and tells us: “I’m proud to have been one of the founding Partners of Bradbury Roberts & Raby. We started in 1984 with 10 people and we have survived recessions and massive Legal Aid cuts and today there are 40 people in the Laneham Street premises.  We have a loyal staff and an excellent client base and I’m sure the firm will continue to thrive in the future.”

Chris is a keen golfer and intends to play a lot more now he’s retired and – ever one to embrace new challenges – is also hoping to learn Spanish!  Ultimately, he’s very much looking forward to having more leisure time and says he enjoys walking, as long as there’s a pub at the end of it.

QualitySolicitors Bradbury Roberts & Raby celebrated the momentous occasion by holding a dinner for partners and staff in his honour at Colosseo Italian Restaurant, in Scunthorpe.  In addition to a golf-themed cake, Chris was presented with an electronic golf trolley, bag and accessories as his retirement gift and will be sadly missed by everyone at the firm.

Chris now leaves the practice in the very capable hands of the remaining Partners: Robert Taylor, Sue Rands, Ian Horner and Matthew Inman.

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