The former chairman of Sintons is retiring after a 43-year career with the law firm.
Jim Dias, hailed as “one of the true gentlemen of the profession”, is leaving the Newcastle-based firm after a career spanning more than four decades, including six years as chairman from 2006 to 2012.
A personal injury lawyer, Dias joined the firm – then known as John H. Sinton & Co – in 1970 and he was made a partner four years later and has gone on to become a highly regarded lawyer.
Dias, who is also a deputy district judge, was described by the Chambers law publication as being “a technically strong, pragmatic and pleasant lawyer - a true gentleman of the profession. Outstanding, thorough, straight-talking and fair.”
Jim, who last year received a special achievement award from the Newcastle Law Society, said: “Throughout my time at Sintons, I have been fortunate to work with some outstanding lawyers and people who will remain friends for life.
“The firm has grown significantly during my time here, resulting in huge positive change. I am, of course, sorry to be leaving, but I have little doubt I will be kept busy in my retirement – particularly as a father of three children who still live at home!”
During his four decades with Sintons, the lawyer has seen great change in a firm that now employs 200 people with 28 partners. It has also relocated a number of times prior to moving into its current home at The Cube, opposite St James’ Park, and has become one of the top law firms in Newcastle.
Dias, who leaves the firm on July 5 plans to do more charitable work as a Trustee of The Hadrian Trust and for other causes.