A LAWYER with strong ties to the Bridlington sporting scene is to retire after working in the profession for almost half a century.
After 49 years in practice, Bruce Raper will depart Hull based Gosschalks for the final time tomorrow following a farewell gathering with partners and staff.
His departure, at the age of 75, will mark the end of a long and distinguished career which has taken him around the globe pulling together corporate deals of all shapes and sizes.
Bruce has been described by the firm as “a lawyer from the old school, one of the last of his generation” whose only focus over the years has been “achieving the right result for his clients.”
Simon Lunt, senior partner at Gosschalks, said Bruce will be sorely missed by everyone at the firm and has wished him a healthy and happy retirement alongside his wife Audrey.
“Bruce has always been totally reliable and a true gentlemen, both professionally and as a friend.
“He has forged a strong relationship with many of those who have been lucky enough to work with him so we, as a firm, will be sorry to see him retire,” Mr Lunt said.
Bruce joined Gosschalks from Nabarro Nathanson soon after they tied up a merger deal with Hull based Priestman Green where he was senior partner.
Following the closure of Nabarro’s Hull office, Bruce practiced out of Sheffield and London before being lured back to Hull by Gosschalks in 1994.
Once a talented Rugby Union player, Bruce played for the Wasps in London in his early years and has maintained links with the sport he loves through a long association with Bridlington Rugby Club where he is Doyen of the club, having been the club’s honorary solicitor for over 40 years and president for 10 years (1995-2004).
He is also the Honorary Solicitor for Bridlington Golf Club and is a well respected long-term advisor to the Bridlington Harbour Commissioners.
Bruce has acted for the Harbour Commissioners for over 40 years, playing a part in every major public inquiry, including the substantial redevelopment of Clough Hole.