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Addleshaw Goddard partner William Wastie is taking over as head of the firm’s professional practices group, replacing group founder Richard Linsell.
Linsell is retiring from Addleshaws on 30 April, having joined from Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw five years ago.
Since launching the group in 2009 along with Addleshaws’ former managing partner Mark Jones, the practice has advised on a number of matters including the merger between offshore firms Mourant du Feu & Jeune and Ozannes last year.
In an email sent to contacts today, Linsell confirmed that after more than 40 years in the law he would be retiring in April 2011.
“It’s been a great time to be a lawyer and the range of clients and variety of matters I’ve dealt with since 1969 have been very stimulating, ranging from recording contracts for Decca with the Rolling Stones/Pavarotti and others, through DHL couriers and the liberalisation of the UK postal monopoly to corporate transactions, and even luxury yachts,” Linsell said. “But the years advising professional practices since 1990 have without doubt been the best, with LLPs being the key ingredient since 2001.”
Wastie has already taken over running the group, with Linsell spending the coming weeks winding down his role as client partner on a variety of relationships.
Linsell told The Lawyer: “After April I intend to switch off and do no work at all for a few months. If something crops up later in the year then at that point I’ll certainly consider it.”