Black Country law firm Clark Brookes Turner Cary has recruited former Birmingham Law Society president Bernard Shepherd to help to drive its business development and marketing.
Mr Shepherd was law society president from 2009 to 2010 and also the president of the West Midland Association of Law Societies from 2010 to 2012.
He will assist Clark Brookes Turner Cary (CBTC) in raising the profile of its West Bromwich and Stratford offices.
CBTC was formed in 2012 following the merger of West Bromwich firms Clark Brookes and Turner Cary Partnership.
The firm, now the biggest in the town, moved into Guardian House in April this year and has more than 30 members of staff.
It offers a range of commercial and private client legal services, including company, commercial property, conveyancing, wills, trusts, elderly client services, tax planning, civil litigation and crime.
In April 2013 the firm acquired Rawstorne Heran Solicitors in Stratford-upon-Avon, which now practices as CBTC Rawstorne.
Mr Shepherd previously had his own firm in Great Barr, Shepherds, and has more recently worked with Blakemores and Gateley.
Richard Pinning, managing partner of CBTC, said: “The firm has reorganised and repositioned itself over the last two years and seeks now not only to develop its existing business but to expand significantly with a larger client base and range of work. CBTC has a first class experienced team across the board to achieve this.
“Bernard is a highly experienced solicitor with a significant profile in the West Midlands and a first class contacts book. We look forward to his input as we move forward.”
Mr Shepherd said: “In the last couple of years CBTC has seen a merger, an acquisition, an office move and a rise in headcount.
“Whilst some law firms have struggled during the recession CBTC has gone from strength to strength and has aspirations to grow further. I look forward to helping, Richard and his team deliver those ambitions.”