Leamington lawyer retires after 42 years’ service

A leading criminal defence lawyer with a Leamington Spa law firm has retired after 42 years’ service.

Stefan Hunka.

Stefan Hunka, of Alsters Kelley Solicitors, in Hamilton Terrace, said farewell to colleagues during a celebration of his career, which began on day one with him presenting evidence in court.

He said: “It is certainly going to feel strange – I am very proud of a career during which I have achieved far more than I ever anticipated or aspired to.

“I have worked with some fantastic people both at Alsters Kelley and within the criminal justice system, many of whom have become very good friends.

“I will miss them and the work tremendously, but I am looking forward to spending more quality time with my wife, children, and grandchildren.”

Mr Hunka qualified as a solicitor on December 1, 1978. He worked in various areas of law until 1986 when he decided to specialise in criminal litigation.

For many years he has been recommended in the Legal 500 publication in recognition of the high quality of legal representation which he has provided to his clients.

He became a partner at Alsters Kelley in June 2005 when the firm merged with Richards, Heynes & Coopers, and a director of Alsters Kelley Solicitors when it became a limited company two years ago.

He said: “I am leaving the department in great hands with Jas Thiara.

“Jas is not only an excellent lawyer but also has great commercial and business acumen which will stand her and Alsters Kelley in good stead as she strives to develop the department going forward.

“I wish Jas and all the staff at Alsters Kelley all the very best and to thank everyone for their heartfelt warm wishes and gifts. Huge thanks to my fellow directors for their friendship and support.”

Cathy Wahlberg, managing director, said, “There is hardly anyone in the judicial system in Coventry and Warwickshire who does not know Stefan. He is enormously well-respected within the criminal legal profession for his knowledge and experience. We will miss him and wish him and his wife Stefka a long, healthy and happy retirement.”