We extend a fond farewell to litigation executive Darryl Barnes, who is retiring 44 years after first stepping through the doors at Leamington Spa firm Blythe, Owen George & Co back in January 1980. That’s a long time ago: ‘Another Brick in the Wall’ by Pink Floyd was top of the charts and Ronald Reagan was preparing to challenge Jimmy Carter for the US presidency.

Darryl, whose career highlight was helping the firm, now Blythe Liggins, win a substantial case at the Court of Appeal in the 1990s, said: ‘I never dreamt, as I am sure nobody would when starting a new chapter in their career at a rather more sprightly 21 years of age, that when I joined Blythe Liggins way back in 1980 that I would still be here 44 years later.’

David Lester, senior partner at Blythe Liggins, said: ‘Darryl is a credit to the legal profession and a credit to Blythe Liggins.’

While four and a half decades in one firm is very impressive these days, we suspect it is far from a record. Nominations for that title, please: obiter@lawsociety.org.uk.

Pictured above: David Lester (senior partner at Blythe Liggins), Darryl Barnes and Jagdeep Sandher (head of dispute resolution at Blythe Liggins)