Karin Henson has joined Solihull solicitors Williamson and Soden to expand its team of employment law specialists.
The aim is to offer an immediate and responsive service to the local business community.
Ms Henson qualified as a solicitor in 1996 and initially worked in insurance litigation before moving into employment law in 2000. In her early career she worked in banking, where she dealt with a wide variety of medium-sized businesses, and then travelled for a year before enrolling in law college.
"I enjoy working with SMEs and when I left the banking world to look for a bigger challenge and more variety, law was a natural progression," said Ms Henson, who joins Williamson and Soden from Wragge & Co in Birmingham.
"As we incorporate a whole raft of EC mandates into UK law, employment is becoming an increasingly complex area and I get a great deal of satisfaction from helping businesses meet their statutory obligations, particularly in respect of their responsibilities to their workforce."
She has been brought in to help manage Williamson and Soden's growing commercial and employment workload and she will take a lead role in handling contentious employment disputes as well as providing general employment advice - to help companies deal with mounting red tape - plus specific guidance on handbooks and contracts.
"We now deal with major developments relating to issues such as health and safety at work, working time regulations, discrimination on the grounds of religious beliefs and parental leave on such a regular basis that employment law is fast becoming one of our core specialisms," said partner John Soden.
"Karin adopts a hands on approach to providing straightforward, practical advice tailored to individual company needs and will help our clients avoid disputes while also supporting them in their efforts to resolve existing problems."
Ms Henson, who is married to another lawyer, has two children and lives in Knowle.