ONE of Yorkshire’s best known corporate lawyers has decided to retire after a legal career stretching back to the late 1960s.
When Andrew Walker took his first steps on the career ladder, England had just won the World Cup and the Beatles were riding high in the charts.
Mr Walker, who turned 70 earlier this month, has decided to retire at the end of January, after becoming a trusted adviser to some of the biggest names in Yorkshire business.
Mr Walker plan to step down from his role as a corporate partner at DWF in Leeds, although he will retain two non-executive directorships, with AIM quoted engineering company T.F & J.H Braime (Holdings) and Clugston Group, the Scunthorpe-based construction and distribution company.
Mr Walker has been linked with some of the region’s biggest deals and law firms, and he is among a generation of lawyers who helped to make Leeds the top legal centre outside London.
He’s arguably best known for his role in the 1995 merger of Simpson Curtis with Pinsent & Co to form Pinsent Curtis, which is now Pinsent Masons. Mr Walker, a former president of Leeds Chamber of Commerce, believes that his ability to establish strong relationships has been the secret of his success and longevity.
“You’ve got to stay focused and work hard in a tough environment,’’ he said.