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Cripps Harries Hall has announced that Jonathan Denny, its managing partner for the past 23 years and the first lawyer to hold that title at the firm, is standing down at the end of April.
Litigation partner Gavin Tyler has been elected as the firm’s new managing partner and will take over from Denny with effect from 1 May.
Cripps senior partner Michael Stevens said Denny had led the firm “with a clear vision and sound judgement” to become one of the South East’s leading legal practices with a growing client base both within the region and nationally.
Of Tyler Stevens said: “As a key member of our senior management team for a number of years, Gavin has been integral in driving the firm’s strategy forward. He has a passion for inspiring, motivating and developing our people, supporting the local community and, most importantly, for providing an excellent service to our clients. Cripps will continue to flourish under Gavin’s leadership.”
After studying law at the University of Manchester, Tyler trained as a general litigator. He joined Cripps in 1984 and has gained experience in all aspects of business-related disputes, specialising in employment law since 2002.
He became a partner in 1990. From 2004 to 2010 he was a member of the firm’s partnership board, and became head of the corporate division in 2008.
“I’m inheriting a very strong and well managed practice from Jonathan, and I intend to build on these foundations,’ said Tyler in a statement. “I’ll be ensuring that Cripps continues to innovate and develop our services to our clients as well as strengthening our relationships with them.”
Denny became Cripps’ first managing partner in 1990. He is standing down at the end of his fifth term in office.
He will continue to be involved with the firm’s business strategy as a non-executive director on its partnership board but will be stepping down from full-time practice when he quits as managing partner.