Martin White is handing over the baton of running one of the UK's leading planning and environmental law departments to rising star Richard Ford.
Mr Ford, leader of the Pinsent Masons team which has advised four London boroughs on the 2012 London Olympic Bid, takes over from Mr White, who is retiring after almost 25 years with the firm.
He is a planning and environmental specialist.
Mr White joined the then Pinsent & Co property team in the early 1980s from Solihull Council. He went on to create and build one of the most successful planning and environmental teams in private practice.
That has included acting extensively in the public sector for the Black Country Development Corporation throughout its lifetime, English Partnerships and numerous local authorities throughout the UK, and in the private sector for clients such as I M Properties, East Midlands Airport and Hallam Land Management.
"It has been a privilege to have worked with clients who have helped extensively to reshape, revitalise and regenerate swathes of the UK, transforming often derelict and economically defunct areas into places of vibrancy and promise for the future," said Mr White.
A noted amateur actor and director, he plans to indulge his arts and travel interests in retirement. "I am looking forward to taking up again interests that have been on hold for the last 25 years," he said.
"I am also happy to be handing over the team to one of the brightest talents in planning and environmental law in the UK."
Mr Ford joined Pinsent Masons in 2003 from magic circle law firm, Clifford Chance.
He is both a planning and environmental specialist acting extensively for private and public sector clients on issues ranging from major regeneration and transport schemes, retail stores, health and education projects, and specialist environmental manufacturing and chemical advice.
Meanwhile Pinsent Masons trainee solicitor Mark Taylor has jetted off to the Canaries to pit his strengths against some of the fittest men and women in Europe when he participates in the Ironman Lanzarote Triathlon 2005.
The triathlon, which takes place on May 21, involves 800 participants undertaking a 4km swim, 180km bike ride and a 42 km run. The top prize for the winner is more than £25,000 and the top 60 performers will have an opportunity to participate in the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Hawaii.
Twenty-four year old Mark has been on a strict fitness regime for the past year which has included training on average three hours a day, often before coming into work at the firm's Colmore Row offices in Birmingham.
He said: "Although I have had a lot of experience of participating in similar events Ironman Lanzarote is regarded as one of the hardest triathlons in the world. It will probably be the biggest challenge of physical and mental endurance that I will have ever faced but I am determined to finish the race."