Law firm Mills & Reeve has appointed David Varnham to head up its new Birmingham banking team.

Mr Varnham joins as principal associate from the London office of Allen & Overy where he spent more than ten years in the firm's banking department.

His experience in the banking sector includes expertise in acting for borrowers, lenders and governments on domestic and international financings across a wide range of sectors.

Mr Varnham said: "I am thrilled to be joining Mills & Reeve and I am looking forward to supporting the firm's clients in the Midlands.

"With growth in the city outstripping other large UK cities and expansion in the local financial services sector, it is an extremely exciting time for me to be making the move from London to Birmingham."

Will Roles, partner and head of the banking team at Mills & Reeve, said: "We're delighted to welcome David to our team and he's perfectly placed to help us grow the service we can offer our clients.

"With growing activity, it is an exciting time for Birmingham's banking sector and, with David's appointment, we're confident we can offer all our clients, new and existing, the best possible advice and service."

Head of the Birmingham office Steve Allen added: "Our Birmingham office is going from strength to strength, with a number of high profile deals in 2015 and some great new appointments to the team over the last couple of years.

"The new banking team, headed up by David, demonstrates our continued investment in the region and sector, and we look forward to further successes in future."