The Birmingham office of law firm Mills & Reeve is to provide legal advice to the newly formed West Midlands Fire & Rescue Services Regional Control Centre company.

Following a competitive tender, the firm beat off six other major law firms to win the work.

The Fire Control company for the West Midlands region was formed following a national review of the country's fire and rescue services. The £350 million national overhaul, called the FireControl project, will slim down the current 46 independent centres across the country to create a new linked network of just nine.

The West Midlands region encompasses the region's five Fire and Rescue Authorities and covers an area from Newcastle-under-Lyme in the north to Ross-on-Wye in the south, and Nuneaton and Leominster in the east and west respectively. The complex will provide emergency response from fire stations around the region from its headquarters in Wolverhampton.

Mills & Reeve will provide ongoing legal advice on property and construction matters and there may be employment and commercial advice required as the project develops.

Christopher Plumley, an associate in the firm's real estate team, co-ordinated the bid.

He said: "This is a great win for the firm and reflects our dedication to all aspects of the public sector including the rescue services. It is great to be involved in another exciting and nationally-important project."

The tender process was handled by Warwickshire County Council.

Sian Stroud, of WCC, who led the selection process, said: "This is an important and wide-ranging project so our legal team needed a mix of public sector experience and commercial awareness. We appointed Mills & Reeve because we felt they got that balance right."

Meanwhile Bevan Brittan has been appointed to the new legal panel of global communications group Motorola.

The firm will advise the UK arm of the Fortune 100-listed company on a wide range of legal work including general commercial, UK corporate, product liability, government procurement, litigation and corporate investigations.

It was won by a team led by client relationship partner David Widdowson which included IT and digital media partner Sherree Westell, commercial litigation partner Tom Ellis, who heads up the commerce, industry and services (CIS) division, and commercial associate David England. The appointment follows a wider review of external legal advisers by Motorola.

It is the latest success for Bevan Brittan during 2008 and follows the firm's appointments earlier this year to the new-look legal panels of both the Welsh Assembly Government and UK construction giant Costain.

Mr Widdowson said: "We are absolutely delighted to be associated with such an interesting and exciting company as Motorola.

"Our CV in the TMT sector has gone from strength to strength and it is our aim to build on this healthy position."

Motorola, which is based in the US, is a global wireless and broadband communications company.

It operates 11 offices in Europe and recorded worldwide sales of $36.6 billion (£18.5 billion) in 2007.