National law firm Bevan Brittan has boosted its Birmingham health practice with the appointment of two senior lawyers from Mills & Reeve.

Tracey Lucas joins the firm as a senior associate in the medical law team while Julie Ford joins as an associate in the commercial healthcare team.

Ms Lucas, whose practice covers children’s healthcare law, inquests, judicial reviews and general healthcare issues, will oversee a team of seven fee earners in her new role. She specialises in GP list management, inquests and general healthcare advice. Both of the lawyers previously worked at Mills & Reeve’s Birmingham office and began in their new roles at Bevan Brittan earlier this month.

Commenting on the appointments, Stephen Hughes, who heads both Bevan Brittan’s Birmingham office and its national health division, said: “Growing our healthcare team in the region is a priority and we are delighted to welcome Tracey and Julie. They are both first-class lawyers and will be a major asset to our team here.

“Their appointment further underlines our intention to expand our existing client base in the primary care sector and to step up our continuing support to healthcare commissioners.”

Bevan Brittan’s portfolio of health clients in the region includes the West Midlands Strategic Health Authority, University Hospital Birmingham Foundation Trust and an array of Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) including South Birmingham, Birmingham East and Heart of Birmingham.

Bevan Britten was given the role of advising councils whose money was put at risk from the collapse of the Icelandic banking system. The firm landed a headline advisory role for UK local authorities, including some in the West Midlands in the wake of the collapse.

It was instructed to represent all the affected local authorities as well as a new steering group set up by the Local Government Association (LGA) to represent every public sector body, including fire and police services, caught up in the crisis that decimated Iceland’s financial system.