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Aaron’s leads the way appointing chief as partner

25th August, 2011

A CHESTER law firm that made history 20 years ago when it appointed a non-lawyer as chief executive is leading the way once again after bestowing partner status on its current chief.

Andy Duxbury of Aaron & Partners in Chester will be one of the few law firm chief executives in the country to hold the title of partner.

Senior Partner Simon Edwards said the move would help to ensure the future success of Aaron & Partners. “Bringing Andy into the partnership is the natural evolution of the process,” he said. “Andy plays a key role in both the strategic development of the practice and the day-to-day running of the business so it seems appropriate to bring him into the partnership”.

Aaron & Partners set the trend back in 1990 when it became the first firm in the country to have a non-lawyer chief executive.

In recent years there has been a gradual cultural shift towards non-lawyer managers being appointed for their business and management expertise to complement core legal disciplines.

The previous Government paved the way for non-lawyer partners in 2008 when it introduced the Legal Services Act, allowing law firms to have up to 25% non-lawyer partners.

Andy Duxbury commented: “I’m delighted to become a partner at Aaron & Partners, it is very rewarding for me to be acknowledged in this way. I also believe it is very far-sighted of the firm to recognise the importance of business expertise as well as legal know-how in ensuring the future success of Aaron & Partners”

Andy began his career in marketing, firstly in the pharmaceuticals sector and later in the automotive and solid fuel industries. He moved into professional services in 2000 and held the post of business development director at Manchester law firm, Cobbetts, before being appointed chief executive at Aaron & Partners in 2006.

Aaron & Partners, Cheshire’s largest commercial law firm, is headquartered on Grosvenor Court, Foregate Street.

In addition to its full-service commercial offering, it also runs thriving matrimonial, wills, trusts and tax departments.

The company employs 100 people in total and also has an office on King Street in Manchester.

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