Retiring solicitors from Chichester look to the future

Julian Bobak and Tony Goff
Julian Bobak and Tony Goff

TWO partners at a Chichester law firm enjoyed their last day at work on Monday, as they were set to retire.

Tony Goff, 60, and Julian Bobak, 63, have clocked up more than 60 years at George Ide between them.

Mr Goff, who had worked at the firm for 31 years, specialised in personal injury law, and said he felt like ‘Robin Hood’.

A lot of his work was going up against insurers after accidents and one case stuck out for him. It was a woman who had lost two legs and an arm in an accident – and he won the case.

“I was in all the national newspapers, I was on Dispatches discussing the case,” he said. “It altered the way insurers deal with customers. That was really my moment in the sun. It was my five minutes of fame.”

He said he had a great time as chairman of the Motor Accidents Solicitors Society.(MASS) from 2006 until 2008.

Now he is retiring he said he would be watching sports, and playing tennis, and spending time at Goodwood watching the horse-racing.

Mr Bobak, 63, was also retiring on Monday, and had worked at the form for 33 years. He was in charge of the clinical negligence and employment law department.

He said with his new-found spare time, he would continue to learn Russian and German, and take trips in his sailing boat, which is currently in Bulgaria.

In fact, his boat is what brought him to Chichester all those years ago.

He was working for a law firm in Birmingham, but his boat was in Sussex – so he made the move down south.

Since then he has won big medical negligence cases – some worth up to £5m, 
was president of the Chichester and District Law Society, and chairman 
of the Chichester Round Table group which used to run the Chichester half marathon.

He said things had changed in law since he started.

He joked: “You used to have to call partners sir, and now they call you mate!”

Both men will be missed at the firm – but seem happy to set off on new adventures.