Donald Hunter, one of the Midlands leading probate solicitors, is celebrating 30 years with Leamington Spa law firm Blythe Liggins.

Mr Hunter, who lives in Hampton Lucy and heads the private client department with particular responsibility for wills, trusts and probate, joined the firm when it was known as Blythe Owen-George & Co.

After leaving King's College, London, he took articles with a West End firm and, after some time in the capital, opted for the Midlands.

A partner since 1979, he is a member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners, which specialises in tax matters, and of Solicitors for the Elderly, which concentrates on such matters as Enduring Powers of Attorney and care home provisions.

In addition to his legal work, Mr Hunter is the retiring chairman of Warwick Arts Society, a past chairman of the South Warwickshire branch of the NSPCC for some 15 years, and was a member of the NSPCC Warwickshire Business Group.

He was also chairman of the Hampton Lucy Community Action Group in its opposition to the possibility of further gravel extraction near the village. He remains a trustee of the Heart of England Community Foundation.

As chairman of Hampton Lucy Church Millennium Appeal, Mr Hunter and his fellow trustees have overseen major repairs to the village church, and as clerk to the Hampton Lucy Grammar School Foundation he has long been associated with the promotion of education in the locality.

In addition to his more sedate charity work, he has also raised funds by running the London Marathon.