Paul Goakes

PAUL Goakes is stepping down as senior partner at Robinson & Hall.He will be handing over the baton to Andrew Capel, who became new senior partner this month , but continues to be a partner in the firm.

PAUL Goakes is stepping down as senior partner at Robinson & Hall.

He will be handing over the baton to Andrew Capel, who became new senior partner this month , but continues to be a partner in the firm.

Mr Goakes joined the firm in 1981 as a building surveyor and was made a partner in 1988, then senior partner in 1998.

During that time he has seen the practice expand with the introduction of the Ipswich office in May 2003.

Mr Capel joined the agricultural department in 1989 which is known today as the Rural Properties Services team and was made a partner in 1995.

He provides expertise in all aspects of rural land management but specialises in agricultural tenancies, contract farming, joint ventures, compulsory purchase, compensation and rural property valuations.

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