The cream of Birmingham's construction lawyers gathered at law firm Mills & Reeve to mark the publication of the new and improved Technology and Construction Court Guide.
The Birmingham launch, the only regional one in the country, was aimed at informing construction lawyers and users of the TCC about changes to court practice and procedure.
The Guide, now in its second edition, provides information on the conduct of litigation in the TCC, including new procedures for the assignment of cases to High Court or Senior Circuit judges.
High profile speakers from Birmingham's construction law sector, including Her H onour Judge Frances Kirkham (the Birmingham TCC judge) and Mr Justice Ramsey, the latest High Court judge to be appointed to the Queen's Bench Division, highlighted the importance of the Guide.
They also enlightened guests on key areas of practice covered by it, including adjudication enforcement, case allocation, trial management, settlement offers and arbitration claims.
Martino Giaquinto, head of Mills & Reeve's contentious construction team in Birmingham, and one of the conference speakers, said: "It is a real feather in Birmingham's cap to be able to host such an important event, the only one of its kind outside London.
"The Guide was developed in conjunction with its users and is a credit to the TCC court. The conference demonstrates the strength of this area of the law in Birmingham and the significance the region plays generally in modern day construction and technology dispute resolution."
The event was organised by the Technology and Construction Solicitors Association.