Joy Kingsley is leaving Pannone, the Manchester firm she has helped run for the last 15 years, for local rival JMW Solicitors.
Kingsley has had a stellar career, becoming a partner just three years after qualification in 1980, and taking on the managing partner role in 1995.
When she stepped down from that position in 2008, the firm created the role of senior partner just for her.
JMW is now following suit by creating a Joy Kingsley-shaped senior partner role.
But Kingsley is adamant that there is no intention of “recreating Pannone” over at JMW.
Nevertheless, given that during her tenure as Pannone’s managing partner turnover jumped from £6m to £50m and PEP from £50,000 to £300,000, and when she was senior partner she helped bag the Thames Water referral relationship with BLP (see story), it’s not a bad example to emulate.