David Kirwan imparts key advice for new managing partners gleaned from 39 years at the helm of his own firm

This year I’ve been celebrating my 50th anniversary in law and after writing about it in last month’s column, I’ve been overwhelmed by the many congratulatory messages I received.

Some were from seasoned managing partners who, like me, have spent much of their lives practising law and have experienced some of the changes I have seen.

Other messages were from more recently appointed managing partners, themselves anticipating a long legal career. Their words made me cast my mind back 39 years to the proud moment when I became managing partner of my father’s firm, and caused me to consider what advice I would impart to new managing partners, and to a younger version of myself, if I had the chance.

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