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Solicitor to retire from senior partner position

IT WAS a good year when Nicholas Twine joined Basingstoke law firm Lamb Brooks.

The Bolton News: Nicholas Twine (right), senior partner at Lamb Brooks, is about to retire and will be replaced by David Evans (left) Nicholas Twine (right), senior partner at Lamb Brooks, is about to retire and will be replaced by David Evans (left)

That was back in 1966, when England won the World Cup and it was the start of a very fruitful 40-year career for one of Basingstoke's most popular solicitors.

Sport has always played an important role for Mr Twine, who stepped down as senior partner on Friday, June 30, at his retirement party at May's Bounty.

As a young man, he was so wrapped up in playing sport at school in Brighton, that he missed out on going to university.

"I was too busy at school playing cricket, rugby and hockey, so I failed an A-level. If I'd got all three of my A-levels, I would have gone to Cambridge," mused Mr Twine.

But that did not harm his career, as after being articled with a law firm in Havant, he joined Lamb Brooks in Basingstoke, where his father George was also eventually to become senior partner.

Fortunately for Mr Twine, Lamb Brooks was based at 76 Bounty Road, overlooking the town's cricket ground.

"One of the firm's founders, Bobby Brooks, was president of the club and he had the upstairs room where he got a good view of the ground.

"At the beginning of the summer, he used to have the chestnut trees pollarded so he had an unobscured view."

Mr Twine, who is president of Basingstoke and North Hants Cricket Club, as well as being a member of the MCC, remembers fondly when Hampshire County Cricket Club used to play at May's Bounty.

"The town would stop when they had three or four-day games," said Mr Twine.

"There were marquees around the ground and local firms would invite you along - it was absolutely brilliant.

"So from 11am on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, my diary was empty because I was cricket mad."

In 1984, to meet the needs of the expanding firm, Lamb Brooks moved to its current purpose-built premises in Winchester Street.

"There has been tremendous change in Basingstoke, and at Lamb Brooks, over the years," said Mr Twine.

"We are a much broader firm now, offering a range of private client services, which include family law, conveyancing, wills and tax planning, in addition to our business services, which cover commercial law, commercial property, employment and commercial litigation.

"I think we have certainly moved with the times and adapted as Basingstoke has developed.

"I don't think, in the past, Basingstoke had a very good name, but I've found it to be an excellent place to live and work in.

"Of course, I think clients have had the benefits of lower fees because we didn't charge London rates."

Mr Twine sets great stock by being able to provide traditional values and good, friendly service to his clients.

"I've been doing what I call family law - conveyancing, wills, probate - meeting the needs of the ordinary man and woman in the street.

"They come along and they know a friendly face they can trust, where they know they can give you their problems and you will listen to them sympathetically and do the best you can.

"That's what it's all about really - looking after your clients.

Despite retiring, Mr Twine is not stopping work completely.

He said: "I'll be working two days a week - clients won't let me go. But I'll be gently handing them over."

Still a regular player for Havant Hockey Club's senior team, Mr Twine said: "There's plenty of other things to do in life.

"I haven't had time to go down to the Rose Bowl very often, so I shall go down there two or three times a month to watch some cricket.

"I love gardening and reading and I'd love to be able to learn the piano. I'm going to be kept busy."

Taking over the reigns from Mr Twine as senior partner will be David Evans, who is president of North Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Mr Evans said: "I am honoured and delighted to be taking over from Nicholas as senior partner. He has led Lamb Brooks over the last four years and will be a hard act to follow.

"We are all very pleased that we will be able to see him on a regular basis in his role as a consultant, and we wish him and his wife Gilly a very happy retirement."

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