30 years at KBL – from Paper Boy to Partner

Phil Stephenson, KBL Solicitors

When Phil Stephenson joined KBL in October 1990, 30 years ago, little did he know that he’d still be here now as a Partner heading up the Corporate & Commercial team.

To celebrate this momentous achievement, we’ve put Phil in the ‘hot seat’ to answer some burning questions…

What was your first job?

A paperboy in Horwich where the nice people on Lever Park Avenue always ‘tipped’ generously at Christmas (thank you).

Name one person you would like to have dinner with and why?

Willie John McBride – his Lions Tours in ’71 and ’74 are legendary.

What are your hobbies?

Mountain biking and fell walking

What is your top time-saving tip?


What is your favourite thing about Bolton and why?

My family and friends live here (and it’s easy to get to the Lakes, North Wales and the Peak District (see 3 above)).

Which past event has most influenced your life and why?

Going to university. I met my wife Sarah there.

What is the one piece of advice you would pass on to/have passed on to your children?

Play a team sport (preferably rugby). That way, wherever you end up, you just have to join the local club and you instantly have 15 new mates.

How would you describe yourself?

Fundamentally, much too easy going for the job I do.