Change at the Top

19 Feb 2015

Change is afoot at Trethowans as Head of Litigation Services Group Chris Whiteley will become managing partner while Simon Rhodes moves to Senior Partner from 31 March 2015.

"Continuity is vitally important to us as a firm," said Chris Whiteley, who has enjoyed a long career at Trethowans." The key is to recognise and embrace that stability while at the same time look for growth and new opportunities"

"Late last year we expanded into our new Southampton offices after reaching capacity in our former premises. We now intend to further expand across all disciplines with a particular emphasis on building the private client portfolio to match the private client team in Salisbury which is already very strong."

In addition to his litigation role, Chris has been appointed by the Court of Protection to act as a Professional Deputy to manage the property and financial affairs of vulnerable adults. Two years ago he was appointed as a Deputy District Judge by the Lord Chancellor.

Paying tribute to Simon Rhodes, Chris said: "Simon has done a terrific job at the helm to take us to the forefront of legal practices in the south and it provides us with a superb platform from which to move further forward. I’m relishing the challenge."

As well as his duties as Senior Partner, Simon will return as full time employment partner and continue with his leadership of Future Southampton and being a board member on the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce.

With offices in Salisbury and Southampton, Trethowans is a UK Top 200 law firm with a team of more than 140 people and 25 partners. The firm was founded almost 150 years ago and has exciting expansion plans.

The firm will continue to be a big contributor to the local communities in Hampshire and Wiltshire sponsoring, among others, the South Coast Business Awards, South Coast Business Works, Salisbury Rugby Club and Chalke Valley History Festival.