Former Solihull MP turned life peer Lorely Burt has joined a West Midlands law firm.

DBS Law has recruited Mrs Burt as a non-executive director of the firm's community interest company DBS Heart as well as a board adviser for the law firm.

The practice, which has offices in Birmingham, Smethwick and Nottingham, said her wealth of experience in the regional business sector would fare well as she was tasked with raising the profile of DBS through business development and making it more attractive for commercial clientele.

She served Solihull as a Lib Dem MP for ten years until the 2015 General Election and was awarded a peerage a few weeks later.

DBS Law has also appointed senior solicitors Louise Johal and Fiona Moore.

The appointments raise the percentage of women at the firm to just under two-thirds, with those in legal positions at over 95 per cent.

Ms Johal and Ms Moore join the firm's commercial law team, leading the commercial litigation and the East Midlands property departments respectively.

Davy Bal, chairman of DBS Law, said: "It has always great to be ahead of the curve and have a very open recruitment policy, outlined by the percentage of women we hire.

"I expect, and would like to see, my successor to be one of our 'leading ladies' from our senior team.

"There aren't enough women in management positions within law firms. That's now where the legal sector needs to improve."

Baroness Burt added: "As a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Women in Business, it's great to be part of a company that has such a forward-thinking approach to recruitment in a sector which has commonly been associated as a bit of a boys' club."