A Lichfield lawyer has ended a marathon run after 43 years in the law - working for his current firm and its predecessor throughout.
John Smith, who is a commercial and residential property partner at Keelys in Lichfield, is to retire as a partner and will have more time to spend on one of his other interests - long-distance running.
The 66-year old former marathon runner started his legal career in the early 60s with Wolverhampton firm Dunham, Brindley & Linn becoming a partner in 1969.
Mr Smith moved to the Lichfield office in 1981 with partner Stephen Keely - whom he first met at primary school - and the two set up a new firm a year later called Keely Smith & Co. The firm focused on the development of a corporate and commercial practice whilst retaining the private client services which Keelys offers to this day.
Mr Smith lives in the village of Brewood near Wolverhampton and is frequently seen running around the lanes training for the half marathons he still competes in - having given up full marathon running some years ago. When he is not running he plans to write a book based on his lifetime of sporting interests and activities.
After more than four decades with Keelys and its predecessors he is not fully turning his back on the law and will be retained as property consultant.
Keelys' managing partner Daniel Keane said: "John epitomises company loyalty and team spirit. He has made an enormous contribution to the smooth running and success of the firm for years. His enthusiasm for law after more than 40 years is an inspiration to the younger members of our team. We wish him a wonderful retirement."