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Ian Gilbert awarded ‘Managing Partner of the Year’ at Yorkshire Legal Awards 2017

Walker Morris Managing Partner, Ian Gilbert, was awarded the coveted ‘Managing Partner of Year Award’ at the Yorkshire Legal Awards last night.

The Awards, which bring together and celebrate the outstanding legal talent across our region recognised Ian’s successful leadership and positive contribution to Walker Morris throughout his eight year tenure as the Firm’s Managing Partner.

Described by Chambers as ‘one of the driving forces behind the practice’, Ian has focussed on establishing a strong collaborative culture within the Firm, built around client focus and talent engagement.  He was one of the first Managing Partners in the UK to appoint an independent Non-Executive Director and he has also developed a structured firmwide Key Client Development Programme that has contributed significantly to the successful development of Walker Morris.

During his term of office the Firm has also significantly extended its reputation internationally and has been consistently ranked as one of the UK’s ‘Top Graduate Employers’ in the national survey conducted by The Guardian and been awarded ‘one to watch’ by ‘Best Companies to Work For’.

Commenting on the award Ian said:

“I’m delighted with the Award which recognises our efforts to really establish our values as a company and empower our employees to make Walker Morris a truly quality-led organisation. But this is a people business.  It’s about true teamwork and this award is really a reflection of the hard work of everyone in the organisation who has helped to drive many of our initiatives forward over the last few years.  I would like to take the opportunity to thank all our employees as well as our clients for their support.”

The award marks a fitting conclusion to Ian’s career as he will end his successful eight-year tenure as the Firm’s Managing Partner when he retires next April.