Bruton Knowles’s Managing Partner Patrick Downes has informed the partnership that he intends to retire from the firm.
Patrick has been with the firm for 35 years, the last 14 years holding the post of Managing Partner or its equivalent, during which he has been pivotal in growing the firm from its regional roots into a national commercial property consultancy practice with 13 offices.
Patrick commented: “I have enjoyed working at Bruton Knowles and have delivered growth in terms of scale and geographical reach during my 14 years as managing partner. I am proud of my achievements of having led the firm through the difficult period of the recession. I wish the firm well over the coming years”.
Keith Brown, Executive Chairman of the partnership said: “It has been a pleasure to work with Patrick and the team at Bruton Knowles since I was appointed as Chairman two years ago. Patrick has managed to combine a commercial approach to business whilst ensuring that our staff and clients have been prioritised throughout. He will be a very hard act to follow”.
The firm has established protocols for appointing a Managing Partner and these will be followed, with the announcement of Patrick’s replacement being made shortly. During the interim period Anne Williams, Finance Partner, will take on the duties of Managing Partner.