Senior partner retires at one of Wiltshire’s oldest law firms

By Anita Jaynes on 20 April, 2015

John Hunt, who has been the senior partner at Wiltshire law firm Bevirs for the last 15 years, has stepped down to enjoy a well-earned retirement.

John, aged 65, plans to spend more time with family and friends and to do some work on his golf handicap. He continues to play both badminton and tennis.

Born in 1950 and educated at the then John Bentley Grammar School,  Calne, John enjoyed a stint as a builder’s labourer after leaving school.

He said: “I did the job for about 18 months and I remember very clearly arriving on site on a cold November day, picking up a shovel to start work and my hands stuck to it. It was at this moment I decided building was not the career for me.”

As a result he took up articles with Bevirs’ then senior partner Tom Hood and spent five years learning his profession. He went on to study law in Guildford and did so well in his examinations he was offered the opportunity to take up a lectureship.

However, John decided the life of a legal academic was not for him and he became an assistant solicitor with Bevirs working mostly on criminal law and matrimonial cases. He became a Partner in the firm a few years later.

Over time, he became more involved in commercial and property law and in 1994, with another partner the late Stuart Morley, he set up an office in Swindon, specialising in commercial property work. John became senior partner in 2000 but had in fact already headed up the firm’s management team for some years.

In his role as head of the firm’s management team he oversaw the difficult decisions which had to be made at the onset of the recession. Those decisions proved to be correct and have enabled the firm’s prosperity to continue to increase as the economy has recovered.

Latterly John has been involved in some major development schemes in the northern expansion of Swindon and elsewhere.

John is married to Lesley and they have three children and three grandchildren.