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Posted 27 June 2018
byJames Evans

Retirement party for senior partner at Tozers LLP


On Thursday 14 June, friends, colleagues and clients of Richard King, partner at Tozers LLP, gathered at the RAMM in Exeter to join him in celebrating his ‘release’ from the firm.

Richard joined Tozers in December 1982 and was promoted to partner in July 1983. Renowned for his expertise in charity law, Richard was trained by former senior partner Tony Sutton, who at the age of 97 was able to attend to see his young protégé retire.

Regularly featuring in the Legal 500 and Chambers law directories, Richard is also a member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners and the Charity Law Association from its inception. And he chairs the Conference of Solicitors for Catholic  Charities.

Outside of work Richard has been honoured as a Papal Knight of Saint Gregory, primarily for his work in Lourdes with disabled children and adults for over 50 years. A keen sportsman, Richard will continue to play cricket for Exeter Geriatrics and hopes to spend more time watching the Exeter Chiefs. He plans to write up the histories of both his family and Tozers, as well as continuing his voluntary work which includes trusteeship of several charities.

Richard will not be leaving Tozers altogether. He will carry on as chairman and will provide support to the charity team one day a week.

Richard’s retirement comes at a time when the charity law team is going from strength to strength. He recruited leading charity and social enterprise law specialist James Evans in 2017, and James was appointed Head of the Charities and Social Enterprise team some six months later. Now his team will continue to support a wide range of sector organisations across the South West and beyond, including many national and international organisations, on a full range of legal issues. Recently James has advised on several significant charity mergers, collaborations and restructurings.

Replying to kind words from partner Vernon Clarke at the RAMM event, Richard said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Tozers – a great bunch of people – and especially working alongside so many charity trustees, CEOs and advisers who have all been a delight to work with”.

Commenting afterwards, James Evans says: “I am delighted that so many were able to join us at the RAMM to celebrate Richard’s retirement after 35 years of service. We are relieved that Richard is not leaving the firm completely and we will still have the pleasure of working with him and having the benefit of his considerable expertise.”

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James Evans

Partner and Solicitor

Partner and solicitor. Head of Charities and Social Enterprise