After more than four decades with Stone King, having been instrumental in its growth and prosperity, Michael King is bidding a fond farewell and retiring from the national law firm.
Michael has led Stone King’s Charity & Social Enterprise Group, been Senior Partner and Chairman and been instrumental in driving the firm’s growth in London, having established its first office there in 1990.
Beyond Stone King, Michael’s influence on the legal landscape has been significant. He has been appointed to prominent positions including Chairman of the Charity Law Association (CLA), President of Bath Law Society and Chairman of the Catholic Charity Conference, among others, and fulfilled numerous charity trustee and school governor roles. He was also the first solicitor to be appointed by the Charity Commission to act as interim manager for a charity under investigation. He has found this area of work particularly rewarding and has been appointed by the Charity Commission seven times.
Michael became Partner at the firm aged just 26. He is the great-great-grandson of Edward King - who brought the ‘King’ to Stone King in 1832 – and his father Gerald King also practised at the organisation’s historic Bath offices, at 13 Queen Square. Michael has seen – and been integral to – 43 years of growth. Turnover has increased from £85,000 to £17.5 million and staff risen from around 20 people in Bath to approximately 250 operating out of offices in Bath, London, Leeds, Birmingham and Cambridge. He successfully recruited respected figures in the charity sector and education sectors, who have driven Stone King to become a leading national law firm in these sectors.
Michael says: “I leave the Stone King partnership in good hands, with an excellent Chairman in Ann Phillips and a well-honed Managing Partner in Steven Greenwood, plus a group of talented people around the table who in my judgement will take the firm forward and develop new areas of work and expertise for the benefit of our clients and professional contacts and for the good of those who work here.”
Ann Phillips, Chairman of Stone King, adds: “Michael will be sorely missed by the whole firm, both professionally as an exceptional and enormously respected lawyer and personally as someone who keeps things in perspective, has a great sense of humour and embodies the very best in professional values. It has been a privilege to work with him and he should be very proud of the legacy he leaves behind him.”
After leaving Stone King, Michael plans to spend more time with his family and on several trustee boards. He has also enrolled on a mediation course with a view to being available to trustees of voluntary organisations.
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