Law-firm Cobbetts has further signalled its intention to expand, having attracted pensions specialist Helen Davies-Williams from rival Birmingham law-firm Hammonds. Ms Davies-Williams joins Cobbetts as a partner.
After qualifying with Wilson Browne in Northampton in 1988, she practised family law prior to transferring her skills to pensions.
Whilst at Hammonds, she gained extensive experience of advising major corporate clients and trustees in relation to all aspects of pensions law.
Ms Davies-Williams will head up the Cobbetts pensions team in its Birmingham office, and will work closely with Richard Shelton, national head of the Cobbetts pensions practice, together with the firm's corporate and employment teams.
Mr Shelton said: "The Pensions Act 2004 and the new pensions tax rules are due to come into force over the next 14 months.
"Employers and trustees will require extensive advice on the implications of this important new legislation for them and their pension schemes. The continued growth of the Cobbetts pensions team means that we are in an even stronger position to respond to this need."
Ms Davies-Williams said: "Cobbetts is unusual in that, whilst it is a major city-centre practice with the experience and capacity to advise major corporate clients, it recognises the requirement for smaller organisations to receive highly crafted but budgeted advice."