Residential conveyancing and private client work have long been key elements of Buller Jeffries' practice.
The arrival of Clive Vernon, in March 2005 - after five years with the Birmingham office of a major international firm - has enabled the practice to significantly expand both its commercial and commercial property activities.
Clive, just promoted to partner-in-charge of the 13-strong private client and commercial team, admits the switch of jobs brought an unexpected surprise.
"Having come from a rather different environment, it has been a revelation to discover the quality and complexity of work that just does not appear on the radar of larger firms, and long may that continue."
Clive and his colleagues have been tasked with moving Buller Jeffries' commercial and commercial property work to the next level.
"On the back of our strength in private client work, especially for high net-worth individuals, we are now receiving instructions on behalf of their companies as well," he says.
Among Buller Jeffries' new corporate clients are Park-stone Developments, which is building a new residential scheme near Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter.
"We advised its directors on issues relating to their private investments, pension funds and their domestic properties, all of which went to their satisfaction," recalls Clive.
"As a result, we were recently invited to tender for, and subsequently won, this property disposal work for Parkstone."
Shortly after Clive joined the practice, long-standing clients used Buller Jeffries to dispose of their care homes business, and the successful completion was the catalyst for other work.
"The national agent involved was sufficiently impressed with our performance that he now recommends us to his other clients," he says.
Clive's biggest deal so far this year was a complex transaction involving the acquisition of the shares in a property company, owning a major office development in Edgbaston.
"There were various long-term, short-term and under-leases involved, so we needed to use an interesting combination of different skills," he says.
"We had the usual real estate considerations of title investigation, then corporate due diligence and funding issues, and of course had to make sure the whole deal fitted together nicely."
Buller Jeffries' property team often works closely with the firm's property litigation specialists, headed by partner Richard Davis.
"Part of the challenge entrusted to me on becoming head of property was to bring about a significant shift in the range and weight of the tasks that Buller Jeffries could undertake and to achieve that by increasing both the size and skill-sets of the property team.
"I believe that we will have achieved a number of goals in one bound with the merger with Dawkins & Grey in that our team has gained two very able and experienced practitioners - Judy Bonegal and Roger Williams."
Clive says the arrival of the former Dawkins & Grey team will strengthen both areas of activity and further increase the very strong commercial and residential areas of the team's day to day work.
"Roger Williams has been involved in many significant corporate deals, and a variety of complex developmentorientated transactions, while Judy Bonegal has acted for various housing associations in the acquisition and development of sites."
Clive is confident that the new line-up will allow Buller Jeffries to further raise the profile of its private client and property work and is happy that two long established firms with a wealth of experience have had the opportunity to work together.
"Clients and potential clients can be confident that we are now even more technically resourced to meet their needs," he says.
"However, they will always have direct access to the senior lawyers who conduct their matters from day-to-day."