Westminster councillor and Freeman Box partner Robert Davis has been elected Lord Mayor of Westminster.
Davis, who has served on the council for 14 years, is a conveyancing lawyer at the London firm. He will enjoy a one-year sabbatical from his legal work to allow him time to concentrate on his role representing one of the country's most high-profile councils.
His political work has concentrated on environmental and traffic safety issues. But as mayor he will be taking on a broader role. "I look forward to meeting the residents and workers who make up the diverse cultural and ethnic pattern of our community," he said.