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Martin Fallows


It is with great sadness that we have to report the untimely death on 22nd March 2011 of our partner, colleague and friend Martin Fallows, aged 53 years.

Martin qualified as a solicitor in 1981 and joined Shacklocks in 1993 since when he had built our private client services to be one of the leading departments of its kind in the East Midlands. Martin was one of the first in the UK to become dual qualified as a solicitor and independent financial advisor, and in that way could be said to be ahead of his time in making us a multiple disciplinary practice.

As a Managing Partner Martin was innovative, strategic and business minded, enthused by his work, dedicated to the firm, always supportive and diplomatic, always able to find new and alternative ways of approaching challenges. Martin had a particular affinity with trainees and young solicitors and was a mentor to many at different stages of their careers, devoting much time and patience to training and coaching.

As a person Martin was always courteous and respectful to others; he had a great sense of humour, a liking for Las Vegas, an enthusiasm for his local football team, and a taste in music usually reflected in an interesting ring tone on his phone!

No one who came into contact with Martin will have failed to notice his optimism and enjoyment of life, and many who have met him will have experienced his gift of making them feel a sense of self-belief and of feeling good about themselves.

For once ahead of his time in a way we didn't want him to be, Martin leaves us far too early, but leaves us all in some way the better for having known him and worked with him.

We are greatly comforted by the wishes we have received from clients, friends and professionals, every one of which is appreciated.

We send our deepest regrets to Martin's wife Sarah, to his children Esme, Oliver and Eliot, and to his mother Cora.

Marion Vesey