Fred Tucker, a well known and respected solicitor with Wiltshire firm Bevirs, has retired after a long career practising family, criminal and civil law.
Fred, now 64, has been working with Bevirs for the last four years and is now planning to enjoy retirement by spending more time with his grandchildren and enjoying his hobbies such as learning Italian.
Born in London, Fred moved with his family to Toronto, Canada at the age of six and he grew up there. He returned to London aged 19 to study law having decided this was the profession he wanted to follow.
He joined a Swindon law firm in 1978 as a general solicitor. He prosecuted and defended criminal cases from theft to murder and developed a specialism in health and safety at work. He was also a duty and police station solicitor for many years.
Fred was also respected as a leading mediator with the Family Mediation Association (FMA) and a member of Resolution. Resolution is a national organisation of family lawyers committed to non-confrontational divorce, separation and other family problems.
Over the decades, Fred has been an associate solicitor, partner and director in a legal practice until he cut down on his working hours four years ago. At this point he was asked to join Bevirs Solicitors.
He said: “It’s been marvellous. Bevirs is a friendly general practice, a really nice bunch of people. A sound provincial legal practice with a sound client base and I’ve enjoyed being part of this team.”
Fred recently celebrated his 40th wedding anniversary with his wife Anne, a retired teacher originally from Wales. They met at university and have three grown up children, a 17 month old granddaughter and a second grandchild on the way. Fred describes himself as a hands-on grandfather.
“It’s wonderful – put s a whole fresh complexion on life,” he said.
Fred plans to enjoy his retirement and has recently taken up learning Italian and also is a keen gardener, a rambler with a love of history, travel and tai chi.
In his busy retirement, Fred is also planning to continue volunteering in Swindon to support families where separated parents can visit their children in a safe setting.
Bevirs is a local law firm with offices in Swindon, Royal Wootton Bassett and Calne. It’s been part of the Wiltshire community for more than 130 years.