Former Hammonds senior partner Richard Burns dies

Former Hammonds senior partner Richard Burns diesHammonds former senior partner Richard Burns has passed away at age 49.

It is understood he had fallen ill several months ago which resulted in his death yesterday, Monday 20 May 2008.

Hammonds managing partner Peter Crossley said in a statement: “We are devastated by Richard’s sudden and tragic death. Richard was a great lawyer with huge intellect, vision and unwavering commitment to the firm. His boundless energy and enthusiasm will be sorely missed by all who knew him and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Burns joined Hammonds in 1981 as an articled clerk and was made up to partner at the firm only 5 years later. For four years Burns led the firm as senior partner through challenging times, stepping down in August 2005.

He was a corporate lawyer specialising on national and international M&A, flotations and the raising of equity-based finance.

Burns was most recently advising on the £1bn takeover battle for kitchen equipment maker Enodis, advising US-based Illinois Tool Works (ITW) (The Lawyer, 14 May).