THOUGHTS OF A RETIRING PARTNER
After very nearly 23 years as a law costs draftsman/costs lawyer, of which the last 19 years were as a partner here at Harmans, I have decided to bite the bullet and retire. Although this has been by no means a sudden decision, having been thought about for at least the last two years, it will come as no great surprise to anyone in the light of the currently unfolding debacle that began on 1/4/13. As the full horror of the ill thought out implementation of the Jackson reforms began to unfold over the last few months the prospect of spending more time with my guitar began to look rosier and rosier.
Fortunately, after rattling the piggy bank and listening very carefully to the thin jingling sounds emanating from within, I was able to conclude there were sufficient funds (just) to make retirement a possibility providing I did not want to eat too regularly. So, after comparing on the one hand the delights of regular meals as against the â€œdelightsâ€ of regularly dealing with budgets and provisional assessments it was, to use that most infelicitous modern phrase, a â€œno-brainerâ€. Retirement it was!
I feel as if I should make some weighty final statement appropriate to the solemnity of leaving work after 40 odd years, particularly under these circumstances â€“ perhaps along the lines of the supposed last words of William Pitt the Younger, â€œOh my country â€“ how I leave my countryâ€ and for â€œcountryâ€ substitute â€œlegal professionâ€. But all I can think of is what my history teacher told me were the actual words spoken by Pitt which were, â€œI feel like one of Bellamyâ€™s veal and ham piesâ€. I do like a good veal and ham pie!
And so it is that I will ride off into the sunset on April 30th with my guitar in my hand, a Bach prelude and fugue under my fingers, to spend more time with my erstwhile creation, the Oxford Guitar Society. To all those who have instructed me over the years, and to all those who I have crossed swords with, very many thanks for making the last 23 years so interesting. And the very best of luck to you all in this new world the profession is entering!
Stephen Greenslade, Partner