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Peppiatt, Hugh (12 of 12) National Life Stories: City Lives

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    City Lives

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    Freshfields, London

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    Peppiatt, Hugh, 1930-, (speaker, male)

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    Slinn, Judy, (speaker, female)

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    Part 12 (tape 6 side B): Retired in April 1990 - had decided some years before to go before he was 60 (October 1990). 8 years was long enough. Also changes coming in the wake of McKinsey Report on Freshfields' governance. Leaving at that age, you have ability to take on other work, although he had not consciously thought that out. HP was sorry to retire - enjoyed the job. Freshfields had moved to Fleet Street. Post-retirement -nothing in Freshfields. Never been consultancies etc here. Very traumatic way of doing it; walking out that evening - finish, normal way at Freshfields. Wife suggested do nothing for a year - was ill anyway. Now Chairman of Moorfields Eye Hospital:recommended to the government by George Blunden of Bank of England. Non-executive director of largest reinsurance company. Involved with PA Management. Invited to sit on internal disputes tribunal European Bank for Reconstruction and development. Work for Help the Aged - interest in Altzheimers Disease. Governor of Marlborough College. Not a great deal of other time. Miss the comradeship of Freshfields. Leisure interests - fishing; keen trout fisherman: walking - on his own, New Forest, Switzerland. Bird-watching, opera - twice a month to Covent Garden. History - read. Reflections on law as a profession - more open than it was. Social change. Change in the City.

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    Interview with Hugh Peppiatt, a senior partner with Freshfields law firm and Chairman, Moorfields Eye Hospital (1991-2000).

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