Napier announces retirement from Irwin Mitchell

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  • Not only a great lawyer and ambassador but a true gentleman.

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  • An inspirational leader, a pioneering lawyer, a great litigator, Mike always led from the front but equally was quick to give opportunities to colleagues at all levels. Mike wrote the book - if there had been a film he would have directed it.

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  • Having dealt with him a few times (as a support employee), my experience is a positive one. Michael was always polite, friendly and treated me with respect. Many other senior lawyers could learn a thing or two from Michael. As said above, a true gent.

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  • I had the pleasure of being Mike's secretary for 22 years so I think I am qualified to say that I came to know him pretty well. He was a tremendous boss, highly respected by all his clients and staff from the youngest office junior to his fellow partners. He would work tirelessly, sometimes to the point of exhaustion for clients who desperately needed his expertise from the 'man in the street' through to the large corporate cases. Later, he gave the same dedication to other channels of the law he became involved in. Since I retired I have followed his career closely and have been proud and amazed (but not surprised) at his achievements. He now has 4 beautiful grandchildren who he needs to spend more time with as well as the rest of his family. So, I wish him all the love, rest and happiness for a long and very well deserved retirement.

    Kita

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  • Mr Napier represented my father, Mr Douglas Harvey Barber in the Barber vs GRE case, where the European Court of Justice ruled that equal rights for men and women apply to UK occupational pension schemes.
    I was deeply touched by Mr Napier's comments about my Dad, made after his sudden death in 1989 (which sadly came just before the case had been won). This was 23 years ago and I have never forgotten the kindness shown. Wishing you a long, happy and peaceful retirement.

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