Keven Mulley and Bernadette Bracken

PRACTICE manager Keven Mulley will be retiring from Ashton Graham Solicitors at the end of this month after 36 years.He will be replaced by Bernadette Bracken, who has already joined the Suffolk firm and will take up the reins in the New Year.

PRACTICE manager Keven Mulley will be retiring from Ashton Graham Solicitors at the end of this month after 36 years.

He will be replaced by Bernadette Bracken, who has already joined the Suffolk firm and will take up the reins in the New Year.

Mr Mulley joined the firm of Graham & Oldham in 1972, two years after it was founded. At that time, he specialised in property work. He was asked to set up new offices in Hamilton Road, Felixstowe, and developed the business there.

He completed an MBA at Nottingham Law School in 1997 and, by coincidence, Bernadette also gained an MBA from the same law school ten years later.

In 1998 the firms of Graham & Oldham and Bankes Ashton merged, and he took up the post of practice manager for Ashton Graham moving to the Ipswich offices, then based at Electric House.

Managing partner, Mark Merriam said they would miss him “hugely”.

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“Keven has been with the firm for a considerable time and through his knowledge and expertise has helped us grow into the successful law firm we are today. His steadying hand and commercial acumen have proved invaluable to the success of the firm,” he said.

Ms Bracken joins the firm, which has offices in Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich and Felixstowe, following a successful career managing professional service firms in London, where she set up and managed a niche international law practice in the City. She has also served as executive board manager in a top 100 law firm.

Mr Merriam said that while they were “very sad” that Mr Mulley was leaving, they were delighted to welcome Ms Bracken.

“In the current economic climate the expertise that she gained whilst working in the City is going to prove invaluable and I know she will be a huge asset to the firm,” he said.

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