Birmingham law firm Martineau Johnson has headhunted two members of Cobbetts Birmingham construction law team.
Partner Stephen Belshaw, a construction disputes specialist of nearly 20 years' experience, has arrived as a partner, joining Paul Mountain and Michael Craik.
In a double header, the firm has also signed up Ne'ema Bowen, who becomes an associate.
Ms Bowen has advised on contracts, claims and litigation.
Mr Belshaw is a specialist in construction disputes, including major contractors, developers and manufacturing companies.
He also has track record in the drafting and negotiation of contracts, warranties, bonds and guarantees.
His arrival will enable the team to respond to continuing growth.
Martineau Johnson managing partner Bill Barker said: "Construction law continues to be a growth point for us and, having boosted our team at partner level, we are able to add further to the strength of our team. Stephen's role will be to be actively involved in business development as well as to handle major client assignments.
"Our strategy is to increase our market share significantly as well as to benefit from strong prospects for building, construction, civil engineering and infrastructure products." Ms Bowen's arrival provides immediate evidence for this plan, according to Mr Mountain, who heads the construction law group, which was already six strong.
"Stephen and Ne'ema's arrival confirms our status as one of the leading construction laws groups in the West Midlands, indeed in the country."