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Wilkin Chapman welcomes new senior partner amidst growth

Wilkin Chapman welcomes new senior partner amidst growth


Chris Grocock, a seasoned legal expert and former footballer, takes the helm as Wilkin Chapman's Senior Partner

One of the leading private and commercial law firms in Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire, Wilkin Chapman, is set to embark on a new chapter with the appointment of Chris Grocock as its Senior Partner. Chris Grocock, who has been an integral part of the firm for 34 years, is stepping into the role following a period of sustained growth and success.

Chris Grocock's journey to leadership at Wilkin Chapman is a testament to his dedication and expertise. Beginning his career with the firm in 1989, he transitioned from a professional footballer to a solicitor, bringing with him a unique blend of skills and experiences. His contributions have been instrumental in shaping the firm's recoveries department, which has seen remarkable expansion over the years.

With a background in debt recovery litigation and insolvency work across various sectors, Chris Grocock has earned recognition as an expert in his field, with the Legal 500 lauding his capabilities. As he assumes the role of Senior Partner on April 1st, Chris Grocock expresses his enthusiasm for leading the firm into its next phase of growth.

Reflecting on his journey with Wilkin Chapman, Chris Grocock acknowledges the significant evolution the firm has undergone, particularly within the recoveries department. From a small team of three to a dedicated force of around 90 specialists, the department's impact on the firm's growth is undeniable. Under Chris Grocock's leadership, Wilkin Chapman's turnover has more than doubled in the last decade, a testament to its commitment to excellence and client service.

In his new role, Chris Grocock emphasises the importance of maintaining the firm's core values while pursuing ambitious goals. With a focus on approachability and quality legal advice, he aims to continue building upon Wilkin Chapman's reputation as a trusted legal partner for individuals and organisations alike.

Outgoing Senior Partner Andrew Holt expresses confidence in Chris Grocock's ability to lead the firm forward, citing his proven leadership qualities and deep understanding of the business. Likewise, CEO Robin Simmonds looks forward to collaborating with Chris Grocock to drive the firm's strategic objectives and achieve continued success.

As Wilkin Chapman continues to expand its presence across the region with over 420 partners and staff spread across multiple offices, Chris Grocock's appointment marks a significant milestone in the firm's journey. With his leadership at the helm, the firm is poised to navigate new challenges, capitalise on opportunities, and further cement its position as a leading legal force in the region.