A specialist in contentious insolvency issues has been promoted to partner at Birmingham law firm the Wilkes Partnership.
Mark Noble becomes the expanding department's third partner, joining David Cleary, John Cooper and two other specialist solicitors, with a third joining in September.
Having qualified seven years ago his background includes claims brought under the 1986 Insolvency Act in respect of wrongful trading, misfeasance, preferences and undervalues.
Mr Noble, who joined Wilkes in 2000, said: "The department has gone from strength to strength and we are continuing to grow, offering specialist advice and experience to help struggling businesses turn the corner wherever possible.
"We also advise on personal and corporate insolvency, acting for insolvency practitioners, creditors and secured lenders, with my litigation background assisting in more contentious cases."
The department provides advice on all aspects of business recovery and turnaround, as well as insolvency.
Nigel Wood, senior partner at Wilkes, said: "Mark has added significant strength to the business recovery team over the past few years and his litigation experience has helped him to achieve some very substantial recoveries in contentious insolvency matters."