Highly regarded legal professional dies aged 62
One of Cambridge’s most well-renowned conveyancing professionals has died aged 62, following a battle with cancer.
John Benton had suffered ill health for 18 months and was diagnosed with terminal cancer two weeks before he passed away, on Monday 8th October 2012. John operated his own Licensed Conveyancer practice, Benton and Co, in Cambridge for many years. When he first moved to the area from York 35 years ago, he worked for Limbach Banham in Royston. He then helped set up Walkers’ Cambridge office, before setting up Benton & Co 23 years ago.
John had already been in discussions with Cambridge law firm Hewitsons regarding his retirement plans, with the intention of working with the firm for a couple of years before winding down to retirement and ultimately, handing over his client base. Due to his recent ill health and diagnosis those plans changed and although it was not possible to implement them before his sad passing, Hewitsons’ residential team has now agreed with John’s wife to both deal with Benton and Co’s current client matters and act for any of John’s clients in the future.
A central element in these arrangements is the transfer of John’s experienced secretary and assistant, Julie Wilmott, over to the Hewitsons team.
Tim Middleton, head of the residential property team at Hewitsons, said: “Our thoughts and sympathy are most certainly with John’s family at this sad time. I had the pleasure of knowing John personally and he was a very well regarded professional within the area.
“We welcome Benton and Co’s clients to Hewitsons and pledge to deliver the same care and standard of service that they experienced with John.”