Exmouth legal executive retiring after five decades’ will be ‘missed greatly’

PUBLISHED: 08:00 04 February 2018

Legal executive Gordon Pring, of Vine Orchard solicitors in Exmouth, with his sercretary Sue Babb.

Legal executive Gordon Pring, of Vine Orchard solicitors in Exmouth, with his sercretary Sue Babb.

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“There is no doubt that I will miss the social life it provided, the staff, the clients, some of whom I have known for years, and the general buzz. I have worked with some amazing people and met many wonderful clients. I am, however, looking forward to spending more time in the garden, more holidays and more time with my lovely wife, children and grandchildren,” said Gordon Pring, ahead of his retirement from the role of legal executive, at Vine Orchards solicitors, in Exmouth.

An Exmouth legal executive says he is going to miss helping families and all the ‘lovely’ staff and clients he has worked with as he retires after 57 years.

Gordon Pring started his long legal career in 1961, at Vine Orchard Solicitors, in Exmouth, when it was known by a different name.

“Orchards of National Westminster Bank Chambers, Exmouth were looking for a ‘boy’ and I applied for the job,” he said.

After a successful interview Gordon’s starting salary was just £3.10 shillings a week.

He said: “I remember being told that if I worked hard I could eventually expect to receive an annual salary in excess of £1,000 – wow!”

His first role was as a junior clerk, before later specialising in wills, probate and tax and passing his legal executive examinations in June, 1970.

But after more than five decades’ service Gordon has finally set a date for his retirement, at the age of 73, which he admits has brought mixed feelings.

He said: “There is no doubt that I will miss the social life it provided, the staff, the clients, some of whom I have known for years, and the general buzz.

“I have worked with some amazing people and met many wonderful clients.

“I am, however, looking forward to spending more time in the garden, more holidays and more time with my lovely wife, children and grandchildren.”

Throughout his career, Gordon said significant satisfaction came from helping local families through tough times.

He said: “I have been dealing with probate and wills, so it’s working with people who have lost their husband, or wife, or family member.

“And it’s just helping them through that period, sorting out all their problems and getting them back on the straight and narrow.

“I have enjoyed that – it’s rewarding in a way and I have met some lovely people doing it so it has been great.”

Gordon said he felt ‘slightly guilty’ about leaving Sue Babb, his trusty secretary of 34 years, ‘in the lurch’, but she said it had been ‘a privilege’ working for him.

Sue said: “He has been a great boss, very patient – got to be, having put up with me for such a long time! – And a fantastic role model.

“It goes without saying that he will be missed greatly, but I’d like to wish him a long and happy retirement.”

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