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Howard steps down after 47 years…

Submitted by on December 22, 2014 – 7:15 am |

Howard Stevenson, former partner at Bowcock & Pursaill Solicitors who has retired after 47 years with the firm.Bowcock & Pursaill Solicitors have said a fond farewell to longstanding partner Howard Stevenson who began with the firm 47 years ago.

A former Leek High School student, Howard came to the firm on a five-year contract having chosen law over teaching as a career – and loved the job so much he never left.

While the firm and the practice of law has changed greatly over the years, Howard says what hasn’t changed are his clients thanks to the great reputation the firm has for excellent customer service and expertise.

He said: “I have clients and their families who I’ve worked with since I started at Bowcock & Pursaill and now I’m acting for their grandchildren. People say there’s no customer loyalty now, but I think there is provided you deliver what you promise.

“I think the firm has been so successful partly because of the principles it was founded with under Philip Bowcock.

“He set out a charter of service well ahead of its time putting the needs of clients and quality of service at its heart. That coupled with a willingness to modernise and change has developed the firm to what it is today.

“The volume of cards and messages I’ve had from clients since deciding to take retirement is testament to that, and it’s been quite an emotional time for me.”

A father of four, Howard plans to use his retirement to spend more time with his family and to fully recover his health following a serious bout of pneumonia earlier this year.

He added: “The main thing I loved and still do is the interaction with people, getting into their story and trying to put it forward as often things come about as a result of a misunderstanding.

“Law doesn’t seem like the best career choice when you’re called out on Christmas day, but looking back you smile and if I had my time again I’d still do it all again.

“At the age of 26 I was fortunate enough to be made a partner, and when you’ve been a partner all those years it makes you fiercely proud of your firm and its team. That’s why retiring now was right for me, because I believe it is strong, in good heart and forward looking. The reason for that is the team of partners, associates and highly skilled support staff.

“I want to thank all the clients who have made my career so worthwhile – without them it would have been a different story.”

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