Birmingham City Council's former chief executive Stephen Hughes has joined public services law firm Bevan Brittan as an associate consultant.

Mr Hughes, who is recognised as one of the country's leading experts on public services finance and reform, will be working with Bevan Brittan on a number of areas.

They include: The integration of public services particularly health, social care and housing, the development of innovative new delivery solutions - including social investment, the regional growth agenda and future models for local government finance and funding.

Bethan Evans, senior partner at Bevan Brittan, said: "We are absolutely delighted that Stephen will be working with us.

!He brings significant experience and expertise in public sector financing and new models of integrated service delivery.

"This is increasingly important to our clients in finding legal solutions to current challenges."

Speaking about his appointment, Mr Hughes said: "Bevan Brittan is a law firm I hold in high regard as being at the forefront of public service innovation.

"I am excited at the prospect of working with their lawyers to explore new models and contribute to the debate on public service reform."