Prominent lawyer retires after 50 years at Lincolnshire firm

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A well-known and popular lawyer has celebrated his retirement after 50 years at Gainsborough-based Burton & Dyson Solicitors.

Peter Bishop of Kexby, joined the firm straight from school in 1967 and has been with the company ever since.

He acknowledged huge changes over this time, not just within the firm itself, but the Market Place and Gainsborough in general.

Peter is a Fellow of the institute of Legal Executives and worked in many areas of law while at Burton & Dyson.

He ran the business’ personal injury department over the last 20 years, whilst also handling divorces, property sales & purchases, wills, agricultural law, general litigation and mental health tribunals.

The firm described him as a very well-known member of the local community having spent his entire life in and around Gainsborough.

Before he joined Burton & Dyson he played for Gainsborough Trinity FC and in later life coached teams in the local junior cricket league for well over a decade.

Peter Bishop, current director Lisa Whitelam, retire solicitor Bernard Stonehouse and MD Steven Hardy (Right)

The team threw a retirement party for Mr Bishop, which also shone a light on others who had served lengthy periods at the firm.

Bernard Stonehouse, who was 90 last month, also worked at the business for 50 years, and he too worked with Peter up until the early 90s.

Kate Clayton, put in 44 years at Burton & Dyson between 1951 and 1995. However, following her retirement, she continued work as a consultant for the firm through a former senior partner for a further six years.

Kirk Conroy, Officer manager, said: “We are obviously a firm that engenders loyalty, we also have other current staff who have been with us 20+ years, including Pam Johnson, one of legal secretaries, who has been with us since leaving school and is now into their 39th year at Burton & Dyson!”