|Illustration: Jeannie Phan|
Jeff Phillips didn’t rush into retirement when he began thinking about how he would wind up his sole practice in London, Ont. Selling seemed like a good idea as his clients would get continuity, but he also wanted to protect his staff and ensure the successors had the similar philosophical approach. “I had to have the right situation,” says Phillips during a call from Florida where he visits while continuing to work part time with Carlyle Peterson Lawyers LLP. The agreement was that he work full time for six months after the sale, but that was three years ago. Phillips enjoys the new arrangement and the ability to bounce ideas off other lawyers, so he continues to work part time and is able to take time when he wants it. “Having been on my own for so long and having practised for 35 years, it was a little difficult coming into a firm with other lawyers,” he says. But it didn’t take long for him to appreciate the benefits of the new situation.