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Life after managing partner: All by myself

By Michael Shaw, Consultant and Former Managing Partner, Cobbetts

11 September 2012

The decision to retire from my firm and my role as managing partner was not difficult. In fact it was obvious that it was the right time. At the age of 56, logic dictated that I was more likely to establish a business selling experience I had gleaned from 16 years of leading the development of a law firm than if I left it until after I was 60.

Having made the decision, time initially dragged by as we approached the spring, but then accelerated as we approached my agreed retirement date: the end of May.

There was a degree of excitement in buying shiny new IT kit, agreeing the design of graphics and registering for VAT. There was also a dawning realisation that, after 30-odd years in a business with the support of a great team of professionals around me, I would have to start sorting a lot of this stuff out for myself.

A great friend who had made the transition ten years earlier with much...

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