A respected Kidderminster solicitor is set to pass on the baton to the next generation after more than four decades in the legal profession.
Commercial property expert Peter Copsey, a consultant and former partner and vice-chairman at law firm mfg Solicitors, has announced he is to retire at the end of this year after a career spanning almost 45 years.
Mr Copsey, 66, joined mfg Solicitors in 1984 and became a partner just 18 months later. He went on to handle a number of high-profile agricultural, commercial and corporate cases, also playing a role in a number of local charities.
A popular and well-known figure across Wyre Forest and the Black Country, he will hand over to partner and commercial property expert, Ben Rothery, who has worked closely with Mr Copsey for several years.
Mr Copsey said: “After nearly 45 years I feel it is a perfect time to retire and pass things on to the next generation.
“I’ve loved meeting with and advising so many people over the years but now is definitely the time to take it a little easier and spend more quality time with my wife Irene, my children, my young grandchildren and my elderly mother. I am also looking forward to travelling more.
“We have a magnificent group of hugely talented young lawyers coming through here at mfg Solicitors and Ben is the perfect person to take our commercial property work forward. Our clients are in good hands and I wish everyone well for what I am certain will be a successful future.”
Maynard Burton, chairman of mfg Solicitors, added: “I have had the pleasure of working closely with Peter for the whole time he has been with the firm. I cannot speak highly enough of him as a solicitor and as a person.
“He really is such a popular person and that’s because of his kindness, hard work and willingness to help anyone. We will miss him but I know he is going to enjoy a really happy and well-deserved retirement, safe in the knowledge he is passing things on to Ben who is a real rising star in the legal industry.
“On behalf of everyone here at mfg Solicitors, I’d like to wish Peter all the best for his retirement and I know we will stay in close touch with him.”
During his retirement Mr Copsey will remain in his role as a governor of local charity Sebright’s Educational Foundation and will continue as a trustee of several will trusts. A ‘fair-weather’ supporter of West Bromwich Albion, he also plans to continue cheering on the team at the Hawthorns as often as he can on dry, sunny match days.