The head of a West Midlands law firm has died aged 60 after a short illness.
Born in Stourbridge, Martyn Morgan was senior partner and a property specialist at QualitySolicitors Talbots.
He died at Worcestershire Royal Hospital and leaves behind wife Mary, daughters Abby, Charli, Danielle, Hannah and son Ben.
Mr Morgan had just marked the company's best ever year in business, achieving £8 million of annual fees and helping it secure its position in the top 20 conveyancing firms in the UK.
Practice director Rachel Pardoe said: "Everyone is shocked and naturally saddened by Martyn's sudden passing and our thoughts are with Mary and their children.
"He was the heartbeat of the business and wasn't afraid to try new ideas and innovate the way we did things in what is still a very traditional sector.
"Despite his immense workload, he would always make time for people and, more times than not, his larger than life character would brighten up the day with one of his trademark jokes or witty comments.
"As a business, we will continue to work hard to ensure Martyn's vision - to remain one of the premier law firms in the West Midlands - is achieved.
"He always believed that local people and businesses shouldn't have to travel to the big cities and pay extortionate fees to get the right legal advice when they need it most."
Mr Morgan took over QualitySolicitors Talbots in 1991 when the practice had two offices and a handful of staff.
It now employs more than 190 people employees and has six offices in the Black Country and Worcestershire.
Under his guidance, the firm has introduced a number of innovations, including free first advice, Saturday openings and fixed-fee business advice meetings.
Outside of work, Mr Morgan was a massive Aston Villa fan and enjoyed keeping fit and ran the New York and London marathons.
He also raised thousands of pounds for the Chris Westwood Charity for Children with Physical Disabilities.
Details of the funeral will be confirmed shortly.