The Birmingham office of law firm Cobbetts has celebrated its 250th anniversary operating in the city.

To celebrate the significant milestone, the firm held a function at its offices in Colmore Square, attended by 140 people.

During the event Dr Malcolm Dick, director for the centre for West Midlands history at the University of Birmingham, gave a talk about the firm’s history.

He said: “Cobbetts, formerly Lee Crowder, can date its Birmingham origins back to 1760 when Thomas Lee set up a practice in Newhall Street.

“Lee and other solicitors, such as George Barker, were major players in the town’s banking, industrial and transport developments”.

Graham Muth, head of Cobbetts’ Birmingham office, said: “The 250th anniversary is a significant milestone in the firm’s history and, as such, we feel that we should celebrate Cobbetts’ track record as one of the most well-established and respected law firms in the region.

“Dr Malcolm Dick is a prominent West Midlands historian so it is fitting that he should be the person to talk about the city’s often colourful past and the ways that Cobbetts has contributed to what Birmingham has become today.”

Cobbetts now employs 118 people in Birmingham. The firm also has offices in Leeds, London and Manchester.