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MARK Sheldon, ex-Law Society President and former senior partner at Linklaters & Paines, retires from the practice this week.
The move marks the end of 41 years with the firm he joined in September 1953, although he remains as a consultant.
Sheldon was senior partner from 1988-91 and stay-ed on as joint senior partner until last year.
In 1972 he founded the firm's New York office, believed at the time to be the first UK satellite in the city.
He was made President of the Law Society in 1992.
His retirement will be active. He does not intend to relinquish positions on the Cadbury Committee, the City Law Society committee, the Financial Law Panel and the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice, among others.
He says: "It will mean the end of an era in one way but not the end of my association as I will continue as a consultant. "I plan to stay very active for another couple of years".