Advising major projects - such as a £50 million community arts development in the West Midlands - has prompted law firm Shoosmiths to boost its competition law team.
The team has this year advised on the controversial The Public, in West Bromwich - the largest development of its kind in Europe - on EU public procurement aspects of construction.
Shoosmiths, which has an office in Birmingham city centre, says forthcoming changes to the new public procurement rules have been a major driver behind the decision to expand.
The firm has recently appointed solicitor Sarah Levistro to its ranks, meaning it now has a dedicated EU team of three lawyers.
She will play an integral part in the team, whose work also covers merger control support for corporate transactions, competition compliance and investigatory and public procurement.
It acts for clients across the country and in the past year has won instructions from a wide range of new clients, including Anglian Water and the Confederation of Paper
Industries, the trade association of the paper industry.
In the past year the competition team also advised sectors as diverse as construction, software, beverages, hair care, pharmaceuticals, defence and manufacturing.