Felicity Hedger, one of our most revered and probably longest-serving solicitors, is retiring from Humphries Kirk on the 31st March 2021.
Although Felicity will no longer be practising, she continues to guide clients personally, introducing them to her colleagues and Partners within Humphries Kirk who will ably assist them moving forward.
Last Year, Felicity was awarded a certificate by the Law Society of England and Wales for having been a practising Solicitor for 50 years. Having spent 48 of those years with Humphries Kirk, it is not surprising that she will be much missed when she goes.
In the last 48 years, there is no doubt that the firm has grown out of all recognition. Felicity always knew everyone and made it her business to talk to and assist anyone who met her.
Felicity held the post of the first female President of the Dorset Law Society in the 1990s and became the first female Senior Partner of Humphries Kirk in 2001. She led the Law Society, as she did Humphries Kirk, with her inimitable style and presence. Felicity retired from the partnership in 2011 and became a consultant to Humphries Kirk. Despite threatening to retire every year since then, she has continued to work with us, maintaining very special relationships with her clients many of whom have become friends over the years.
Felicity Hedger says:
“Humphries Kirk prides itself in giving a service of excellence to all its clients and I am confident that the Humphries Kirk name is in good hands making sure our service is always relevant, responsive and rooted in the real world. Those to whom I am handing over to in the Private Client department are Laura Staples, Partner and head of the department, Partner Chris Keenan, and solicitors Merlin Lewis, Orla Laurenson and Melanie Jacobs who is our Trust & Tax manager.”
“Felicity is irreplaceable and will be much missed by all staff and Partners. Felicity has fortified the careers of many staff and Partners at Humphries Kirk and she is the heart of our firm. She is the benchmark by which we all measure our own successes and hope to equal hers”
The firm saw significant expansion during Felicity’s leadership term. Ultimately Felicity settled in the Dorchester office, where she is widely known in the community. She oversaw the creation of a Poole office and the establishment of the bespoke commercial team at Poole which continues to thrive today. Felicity oversaw the advancement into Southbourne and the wider Bournemouth and Poole conurbation where Humphries Kirk provide legal advice services in all areas of legal practice. Most recently, Humphries Kirk has expanded into Somerset and Cranborne Chase where staff continue to welcome new clients. The staff and Partners of Humphries Kirk LLP look forward to assisting Felicity’s clients and friends, continuing her excellent legacy.