Law firm De Marco has bolstered its team in Leamington Spa with a brace of new appointments.

Stuart Skelly is a specialist in intellectual property, media, IT and commercial law while Katy Morgan Smith has more than eight years of experience in employment law.

Originally from Angus, Mr Skelly has practised law in Scotland and England where he has worked in private practice for large legal firms as well as an in-house lawyer at multi-national companies.

After graduating in film and media studies, he worked in IT before qualifying as a lawyer.

Ms Morgan Smith initially worked in the immigration department of the Home Office before qualifying as a solicitor at a City firm in London.

She later returned to the Midlands and joined the employment team at Lee Crowder in Birmingham which later became Cobbetts and more recently has been lecturing in law at Warwickshire College.

Sandra Garlick, principal of De Marco Solicitors, said: "Both Stuart and Katy have a wealth of specialist experience and contacts in the Leamington area which will enable us to expand in the town and surrounding south Warwickshire.

"I share their background of having worked in a different field before entering the legal profession and believe that broader experience offers a greater insight for businesses, particularly into the commercial world which is rare among lawyers."