Contentious probate specialist Suzanne Lee has retired following a 27-year career at law firm mfg Solicitors.

Lee joined the firm in 1997 as a trainee. She qualified in 1999 and went on to specialise in complex contentious probate cases across the UK. She became partner in 2002 and sat on the firm’s management board between 2003 and 2010, stepping down to project manage the firm’s move to its Adam House headquarters in Kidderminster.

Lee returned to the board in 2012 as managing director, which she held for 10 years. During this time, she led the firm’s regional growth by overseeing a trio of mergers with Bromsgrove’s Scott Holt & Sellars, Ludlow firm Phillips & Co, and Birmingham-based Pearson Rowe.

After she stepped down as managing director, Lee was the firm’s chair between July 2022 and March 2023.

Iain Morrison, chair at mfg Solicitors, said: 'Suzanne has made an immense contribution to the success and reputation of the firm over nearly 30 years. Not only is she recognised in the Legal 500 as a superb lawyer, but her drive, leadership and vision has helped us to grow and modernise as a firm.

'She will be missed by us all, and on behalf of everyone at the firm, I wish her well for what I’m sure will be a long and relaxing retirement.'

Lee added: 'After nearly three decades as a solicitor I felt it was the right time to retire and pass the baton on to the next generation.

'During my time at mfg Solicitors I have been fortunate to work with so many wonderful people, and great clients, whilst also being at the centre of our growth and modernisation. I can step away extremely proud of what I’ve achieved and look back on the past 27 years with so much joy and satisfaction. I retire with the firm in safe hands, and strongly positioned for further growth. 

'Overall, I am looking forward to taking more time to relax and indulge in my passion for travel and cooking.'