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. …