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Shacklocks pays tribute to Roger Wilson


Shacklocks Solicitors Pay Tribute to Roger Wilson Derbyshire’s business and law community is reeling today following the tragic death of Roger Wilson (65). Roger, who died in a car crash on Wednesday 10th September, was a partner with Shacklocks solicitors, one of the East Midlands’ leading law firms and investment advisors.

He previously was a partner at one of Belper's best-known law firms, Walker, Terry and Wilson, where he worked for more than 40 years after taking over his father's practice.

Roger was born John Roger Hewitt Wilson and went to Strutts School in Belper before moving on to Repton school. A well-known figure in the local law community, Roger was on the Derby Law Society's Committee for more than 25 years and was the president for two consecutive years in 1992 and 1993 – the only person ever to serve more than one year.

Roger was a sound general legal practitioner and specialised in matrimonial issues, both criminal and civil litigation and court work. He was a well regarded and a much admired lawyer in Belper and his high-street based firm retained many long-standing clients over a number of years – a testament to both his personality and legal skills.

Michael Taylor, who worked with Roger for over 30 years, remembers his friend and colleague particularly fondly for his love of motorbikes. He said:

“In his earlier years Roger would arrive at Belper Court on his motorbike, kitted out like a spaceman, before pulling off his boots and gloves and donning shoes and gown. We always knew Roger was on his way because he would wear steel toe caps and his heavy footfall could be heard well before he arrived.”

Roger was just as popular outside work and enjoyed a range of outdoor activities including shooting, racing cars and sailing. He particularly loved walking and his beloved dog Nelson will sorely miss him.

Roger lived in Duffield and used to play an active role in the Round Table. He died in a car crash on the A38 on Wednesday morning. It is suspected that he died of a heart attack although this has not yet been confirmed.

He leaves a widow, Anne, two daughters Sally and Jane and two grandchildren Edward and Alice.

Martin Fallows, managing partner with Shacklocks said:

“Roger was a big man with a big sense of humourwho was always good company at work and socially with friends and clients. He willbe remembered as a character who was always supportive of hiscolleagues and leaves a hole in our practice.”

Roger Wilson was born on 1st August 1943 and died on 10th September. Funeral details to be advised.


Notes for Editors:

Shacklocks is a business committed to valuing lifetime relationships with clients. The firm provides legal, financial and investment advice to businesses and private clients and was established over 150 years ago.

Shacklocks holds the prestigious Lexcel accreditation, awarded by the Law Society only to firms demonstrating high levels of quality, client care and management. It currently has a staff of 70 people, including nine partners. Shacklocks has been featured in the legal 500 annual survey of the top UK law firms for the last five years and has seven offices throughout the East Midlands.

The firm's Managing Partner is Martin Fallows who can be contacted at or on 07872 339718. If you would like an image to accompany this story or an interview with a lawyer experienced in business legal issues please contact Kim Peatfield. We are also happy to discuss feature ideas on other law related issues and provide specialists, comments, statistics and advice on forthcoming legislation.

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Issued 12th September 2008