Law firm Eversheds has been appointed by British Waterways to provide real estate advice on two major canal schemes.
Millennium and lottery funding will back the restoration of the Droitwich and Cotswold systems.
The Droitwich project will restore the link between the Worcester and Birmingham Canal with the River Severn. Major work will go ahead on 27 listed buildings and 6.7 kilometres of towpath, the creation of four new locks and a new 90 boat marina with 200 moorings.
The Cotswolds plan will rebuild the Thames & Severn Canal and Stroudwater Navigation, relinking the rivers Thames and Severn. This will involve the regeneration of brownfield land along the canal, the conservation of historic structures and creation of new wildlife habitats.
Rod Bull, Eversheds's project manager and Birmingham-based planning partner, said: "These are great projects to be involved in.
"The regeneration of these canals will help to preserve wildlife, boost tourism and create jobs, bringing environmental and economic benefits to the local areas. This in turn will encourage further regeneration and the development of truly sustainable communities."
Eversheds has worked with British Waterways for a number of years on regeneration projects, mooring agreements and a recent compulsory land purchase in Leicestershire.
For the latest projects, a real estate team has been created drawing from offices in the Midlands, Cardiff, and Leeds all of which have existing relationships with British Waterways.
Eversheds's largely Birmingham-based team is led by Mr Bull, assisted by Eve Gregory, partner in the occupiers group, planning partner Paul Maile, environment and regulatory partners Anita Davison and Dave Gordon, construction and engineering partner Peter Scurlock and Monique Sutherland, partner in the developers group.