Roger Perry

The Partners of Hart Reade Solicitors are very sad to announce that our former Managing Partner, Roger Perry has passed away.

Roger was a practising solicitor for over 35 years.  Having graduated from the University of Dundee with a law degree in 1970 he qualified as a solicitor in 1975.  Over his career he successfully represented thousands of clients.  In 1978 he moved from his position as a litigation manager with a firm in Croydon to join Hart Reade in Eastbourne.  He was a partner of Hart Reade for 32 years and became Managing Partner in 2004.  Whilst working with Hart Reade, Roger was at one time the solicitor for the local NSPCC (a voluntary role) and was for many years a Deputy District Judge.  He retired as Managing Partner in 2011 and worked as a consultant until his retirement in 2013.

Over the years Roger mainly dealt with employment, civil and family cases.  He had an excellent reputation for successfully fighting the corner of his clients in difficult cases.  He spent many years representing children who were taken into care by the local authority and also the parents of such children.  Roger was adamant that the child / the parents would have a voice and would ensure they had a fair hearing.

Roger was instrumental in the long term success of Hart Reade.  He saw the firm through many changes and helped it to navigate the ever changing legal landscape.

Roger was also a past president of the Eastbourne Law Society and a trustee of a local language school.  He was always keen to support charity and scaled Mount Kilimanjaro and undertook a charity cycle ride in India.

Those that had the pleasure of working with Roger will remember him as an excellent solicitor, but above all, a very kind and fair man.

Our thoughts are with Roger’s family and friends at this difficult time.