Worcestershire law firm Thomas Guise Solicitors has appointed Edward Holmes to its expanding litigation department.
Mr Holmes is working from the firm's Foregate Street office.
He has primarily been brought on board to assist colleague Geoffrey Ellis with civil litigation matters and to help the partners with promoting and developing the practice.
Senior partner Wayne Thomas said: "Our litigation workload has increased considerably over the past 12 months and this is an area of the practice that we are keen to expand further.
"The time was right to appoint another solicitor with Edward's qualifications and experience, to help market our services to local individuals and the business community as a whole."
Mr Holmes has considerable experience in employment law, debt recovery, licensing, insolvency, construction claims and environmental litigation. He is able to provide representation at all levels, from initial correspondence before action, through to trials and final hearings.
He is also keen to put down roots in Worcestershire as he feels the area is not only ideal for his career prospects but his other interest, music.
"I am the assistant music director of a local brass band and have been playing a variety of musical instruments since the age of ten. Worcester is an absolute haven for music lovers with Huntingdon Hall, Malvern Theatres, and the famous Three Choirs Festival all on my doorstep. Plus the renowned Symphony Hall is just up the motorway in Birmingham," he enthused.