Ann Harrison, Chairwoman of the national law firm, Stephensons, is to retire at the end of April after almost three decades with the firm. Ann’s departure signals the start of a new chapter for the law firm as managing partner, Andrew Welch takes on the Chair’s responsibilities in addition to his current role.
Having joined Stephensons in 1991, Ann Harrison held senior roles as the head of personal injury, head of clinical negligence and then head of litigation within the firm before taking up her position in senior management. Ann took a seat on the Stephensons Board in 2002 and held the role of Managing Partner until 2008 when she moved to her role as Chairwoman. Under Ann’s leadership, the firm has more than tripled its turnover and now employs over 300 members of staff.
In addition to her role at Stephensons, Ann is Chair of the Law Management Section committee for the Law Society and chair of Wigan and Leigh College, she will continue with both roles. Ann intends to continue to work with the profession in a consultancy capacity, with NED work and other such strategic advice roles.
Commenting on her retirement, Ann Harrison said: “In my time at Stephensons I’ve seen the firm change beyond all recognition. Of course it has been hugely rewarding to see the firm mature in terms of turnover and headcount, but perhaps the most gratifying part of my job has been to see the growth and development of our people. Many of our staff have joined Stephensons as Clerks or Paralegals and have risen through the ranks into roles as partners or even members of our senior management team. That has been lovely to witness.
“As I bid farewell to a long legal career, I know I’m leaving the firm in very capable hands. Stephensons will continue to thrive and prosper and has a bright and vibrant future ahead.”
Andrew Welch, Managing Partner of Stephensons added: “Ann will be sorely missed by the whole firm, both professionally as an enormously respected lawyer and personally as good friend to many. It has been a privilege to work with Ann and she should be very proud of the legacy she leaves behind her.”