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David Hibbert (1949-2013)

23 August 2013

David HibbertDavid Hibbert died on 20 August, aged 63, after a brave fight against illness over the last 18 months. Amongst his many friends and colleagues in the legal profession and the wider local business community, David will be remembered as one of the leading lawyers of his generation, whose ability to provide advice to a high technical standard across a wide range of legal issues, laced with a strong dose of common sense and humour, endeared him to clients and colleagues alike.

David graduated in Law from Queen Marys College, and joined Browne Jacobson & Roose as an Articled Clerk in 1972. He remained with Browne Jacobson for the whole of his career and was still as Consultant with the firm at the time of his death.

Recognising his exceptional talent and potential, David was made a partner of the firm just 2 years after qualifying as a solicitor, and over the next 35 years he was at the forefront of its growth and development, during which time the firm grew from 25 people to over 700, with offices in 5 major cities in the UK. He was Browne Jacobsons Senior Partner from 1999 to 2008

David acted for many of the regions leading businesses and entrepreneurs, in most cases over many years, a testament to the consistent quality of his advice and service to his clients. An early example of Davids ability to handle high profile and complex transactions, which featured regularly throughout his career, was the conversion of Nottingham Forest - of whom he was a life-long supporter - from a Members Club to a Limited Company in 1979. David continued to act for the Club for the next 30 years.

Other longstanding clients of David included Wilkinsons, and W J Linney & Co Ltd who appointed him to their Board in 2009. He also served as Chair of Nottingham City Councils Standards Committee.

Away from work, David was devoted to his family; his wife Linda, and their sons Michael and Stuart. They all shared a love of all forms of sport, with David being a talented and competitive sportsman, playing football, cricket, golf, squash and tennis to a high standard. He was also a keen follower of the turf, with the Cheltenham Festival in March each year being a particular favourite venue.

To everyone who knew him, Davids personal qualities of loyalty, supportiveness, humour, and dedication were an inspiration, and he will be sorely missed by all.

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