Peter Taylor

Peter Taylor presents sports equipment to Northease Manor SchoolPeter Taylor was born in rural Kent in 1947, the son of a Royal Navy officer, and enjoyed his early childhood playing in the woods and orchards of what was then known as ‘the garden of England’.

He joined Gaby Hardwicke at the age of 18 and soon afterwards entered into Articles of Clerkship which involved hands-on training in the office interspersed with substantial periods of study at the College of Law in London. After passing his finals Peter was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors of the Supreme Court in 1972 and, just two years later, accepted an invitation to join the Gaby Hardwicke partnership, practising from the Bexhill office.

With his wife, Jill, he opened the Eastbourne office in 1985 and established there a specialist Company and Commercial Law Department, which has grown to the extent that it now fields teams of lawyers and support staff respectively specialising in Employment Law, Commercial Dispute Resolution, Mergers & Acquisitions, Intellectual Property Rights and Commercial Property.

Upon the firm’s merger with Yearwood & Griffiths in 1997, Peter was appointed the Managing Partner, a position he held for 17 years until his retirement in 2014. Looking back on that period, he says he was blessed with partners who shared his vision of transforming Gaby Hardwicke into a major regional law firm and who encouraged him every step of the way, and with staff whose loyalty and commitment was always greater than he, or anyone, could have hoped for.

Peter now chairs the Board of Trustees of The Gaby Hardwicke Foundation – the picture above shows him presenting much-needed sports equipment to Northease Manor School. He also enjoys golf, walking, cooking, reading and, most of all, the company of his wife, his family and his friends.

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