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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