Businessman William Cardale - Midlands head of private client for accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers - is stepping down after more than 40 years in the profession.
One of the most colourful characters around the business scene, he retires today.
His successor is Gary Telford who inherits an important regional team within the UK private client network which the firm believes is the largest in the country.
The team advises wealthy individuals and entrepreneurs with complex affairs. Clients range from owners of traditional landed estates and owners of inherited wealth to successful businessmen who have created wealth through their own energy and vision.
Mr Cardale said: "My team and I have enjoyed working with many inspirational people, often from very different backgrounds and financial circumstances.
"Finding solutions to their tax problems through a maize of legislation is a constant challenge."
Although based in the Midlands, the practice has become more international as clients move overseas or acquire property in different countries. Mr Telford takes over a team of 20 advisors, predominantly Birmingham based.
He said: "William's knowledge and understanding of the issues facing our clients will be missed as will his enthusiasm for the task at hand.
"He has become something of an institution over the years."
Mr Cardale admits retirement will be strange - many clients have become close personal friends.
However, he plans to remain busy hoping to become a lay reader as well as spending time schooling young horses.
He will still retain some client contact having been asked to serve as trustee of two large landed estates.
Among his more little known claims to fame is writing the only guide to taxation in Tanzania which became a best seller.
It followed a spell with Voluntary Service Overseas.