Conveyancing partner with career spanning four decades wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Conveyancing partner with career spanning four decades wins Lifetime Achievement Award

A former conveyancing partner who has worked at Nottingham-based law firm Rothera Sharp for over four decades is celebrating after winning the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Nottinghamshire Law Society Awards 2019.

Martin Foulds, who retired in February after 43 years at Rothera Sharp, received the accolade for his outstanding contribution to the firm including setting up and running a branch office, establishing relationships with local businesses and mentoring colleagues in their career development.

Martin said of winning the award:

“Needless to say I was overwhelmed and honoured to receive the Law Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award. It was a total surprise to me but a fantastic way to end a special and much enjoyed evening.”

After initially joining the firm in 1976 when it was known as Wadsworth, Dowson and Sellers, Martin qualified in 1979 and began working as a conveyancing solicitor. He was invited to open the firm’s Mapperley office in 1982, becoming a partner just 18 months later as a result of the success of the office. During his time at the firm he saw both its merger with Rotheras to become Rothera Dowson in 1999 and its subsequent amalgamation with Sharp Young and Pearce in 2016 to form Rothera Sharp.

In a career spanning over four decades Martin has been instructed on approximately 9000 conveyancing matters and became well recognised in the local area for his expertise.

Jayne Smith, Partner at Rothera Sharp said:

“We are thrilled that Martin has won the Lifetime Achievement Award. Throughout his career Martin has been a huge asset to the firm due to his excellent reputation, contacts and loyalty and he thoroughly deserves this award as acknowledgement of his hard work and contributions during the past 43 years.”

Martin was presented with the award by Laura Pinkney, president of the Nottinghamshire Law Society who commented:

“It was an absolute honour to present Martin with this award and to recognise his dedicated service to the legal profession and local community over his career. It was clear from the numerous testimonials we received as part of the nomination that Martin’s impact on his colleagues and clients over the years has been overwhelming. It is fair to say that the profession will miss this one of a kind individual”.


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