Paul Bibby to retire as managing partner of MSB Solicitors

Liverpool law firm boss Paul Bibby is retiring as managing partner of fast-growing MSB Solicitors with partner Emma Carey set to take over.

Paul, who joined co-founder Sean Sexton in 1989, will step down from the top job and retire from the partnership in March but will remain with the firm in an advisory role.

Emma, who has been a partner since 2005, is head of MSB’s family department and her specialties include divorce, financial disputes, children issues including care proceedings, co-habitation disputes and domestic violence.

Having grown the team from just one to now more than 30, Emma has also secured national award nominations for the family team and was instrumental in the firms appointment to the International Child Abduction and Contact Panel for the UK – one of only 40 firms in the county.

Paul Bibby leaves the firm, which has three offices in the city, on a high after a record-breaking financial year with revenues smashing through the £5m barrier for the first time and soaring by 16%. In the last few months it has also relocated to a new headquarters at 4 St Paul’s Square.

In the summer MSB was named Business of the Year at the City of Liverpool Business Awards 2017 – the latest in a string of accolades.

It can also claim to be one of the most progressive professional firms in the UK. Around 80% of its 100-strong team are women, as are half of its 14 partners.

Paul says a major factor in the firm’s growth is that it likes to “do things differently” and its expertise in a number of areas of the law is well established.

Late last year it was named the number one firm for criminal work in Liverpool in the Legal 500 and its recently expanded plot sales team has an impressive portfolio of high-profile developments across the North West.

Mr Bibby said: “I’m immensely proud of what we have built here at MSB – I believe we are rightly recognised as one of the most dynamic law firms in the region.

“We are open, honest and transparent with our clients. They appreciate that and it is why they keep coming back to use time and time again.

“We take a similar approach with out staff and in turn they respond with a fantastic work-rate and and innovative and imaginative approach to their jobs. They are all fantastic brand ambassadors for MSB.

“Emma Carey’s professional reputation in the city could not be higher – she is both a brilliant lawyer and an astute businesswoman who I have no doubt will take MSB to even greater heights.”

Emma added: MSB is an amazing place to work – the team has a real family feel to it. I’m so proud to have earned the opportunity to take on the role of managing partner.

“We have a string of achievements at the firm and, with the support of everyone here, I believe I can build on the legacy created by Paul and Sean.”