Ipswich law firm Prettys boss steps down after eight years at helm

Ian Carr and Paul Dickie of Prettys law firm. Paul Dickie is stepping down as CEO and Ian Carr will

Ian Carr and Paul Dickie of Prettys law firm. Paul Dickie is stepping down as CEO and Ian Carr will be interim CEO. - Credit: Archant

A regional law firm boss is stepping down at the end of this month.

Paul Dickie of Prettys, which has offices in Ipswich and Chelmsford, will remain a senior partner within the business. Ian Carr, a former senior partner at financial and business advisers Grant Thornton, will become interim CEO with effect from May 1. Mr Carr will be working closely with Mr Dickie to ensure a smooth handover.

“I am very confident in handing over the reins to Ian, particularly at a time when we are experiencing strong growth,” said Mr Dickie. “I have thoroughly enjoyed leading Prettys over the last eight and a half years but believe a fresh pair of hands is now needed to take the firm to the next level.”

Mr Carr said he was “delighted” to work with Prettys, a firm he had “great respect” for since I came to East Anglia 15 years ago. “I look forward to developing the business further and being able to leverage a great client base, great expertise and great people,” he said.

Prettys, which has 77 partners and staff across its two offices, has seen an 11% rise in fee income in the last year, and expects an even stronger financial performance in the year ahead.