Averta Employment Lawyers is expanding with the appointment of Alison Close.

She joins from DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary where she was a solicitor in the human resources group in Birmingham.

Prior to that Ms Close was a trainee at Pinsent Masons.

She will work from Averta's office on the Birmingham Business Park and from her home near Knutsford in Cheshire.

She said: "I am excited about the challenges of acting for senior executives with complex issues. As I have worked with both Alan Jones and David Sykes at DLA, I am confident that I will like the team!"

Issues that Averta handle include negotiating severance terms, advising on boardroom disputes, compromise agreements, contractual problems and drafting service agreements.