Robertsons Solicitors in Cardiff has celebrated the 50th year of its Managing Director, David Paddison's admission to the roll.
Although modest in his personal milestone, the team of one of Cardiff’s leading law firms celebrated the golden anniversary of David's qualification as a solicitor on 15th December. This included a special lunch and the presentation of a certificate from the Law Society.
David’s qualification wasn’t a linear career or geographical path. After moving to Tenby from Pontypridd, he made the decision to enter the legal profession and attended college in London whilst commuting to and from his home in West Wales. After qualifying in 1972 he soon found himself living and working in Cardiff.
However, life wasn’t always salubrious. After working for the CPS for a short time, he decided to set up his own firm on Cowbridge Road East in the city, which was uniquely located above an adult store! But, he soon went into partnership with Islwyn Wigley, with an existing office in Barry. To this day, the firm still has an office in Barry, retaining the original office on Buttrills Road until just 18 months ago.
David Paddison's certificate from The Law Society - Credit: Robertsons Solicitors
In 1985, Paddison Wigley merged with Gilbert Robertsons & Co at Park Place in Cardiff; with the firm then becoming the Robertsons Solicitors that is well-know today. Throughout the years, David worked in many different areas of the law industry, but ultimately specialised in the Conveyancing and Licensing.
Martell Williams, Director of Robertsons Solicitors, said:
“I was a partner at Gilbert Robertsons & Co when we merged with David’s firm. Dave has been instrumental in the success of Robertsons ever since; he is highly regarded amongst the legal fraternity in Cardiff and the Robertsons name is synonymous with David Paddison.”
David became the Managing Partner in 1997 and has since concentrated on the continued growth of the firm . This includes achieving its Lexcel accreditation in 2007, making it the first firm of its size to do so in Cardiff.
Another one of the firms Directors, Chris Barber said:
“David has been an inspirational force at Robertsons. He inspires the growth and development of all the staff and I’m extremely grateful for the opportunities that I have had at Robertsons because of him.”
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