Mills & Reeve has recruited experienced employment lawyer and former professional tennis player Richard Santy to boost its Birmingham employment team.

Mr Santy, who was the former head of employment at Shoosmiths in Birmingham, joins the firm as a partner.

He will focus on developing Mills and Reeve’s commercial employment offering from its Birmingham office, working closely with the corporate team.

Mr Santy has a proven track record in building a team and developing a strong commercial client base.

He is ranked as a leading individual in legal directory, Chambers UK, and is described as being “commercial and pragmatic” with a “can do attitude”. Before becoming a lawyer he was a professional tennis player.

The Mills & Reeve team is part of a national employment practice with ten partners and a further 30 lawyers.

Steve Allen, partner and head of Mills & Reeve’s Birmingham office, said: “We are delighted to welcome Richard to the firm.

“His skills will enhance our existing highly regarded Birmingham employment team which acts for high profile clients across the private and public sectors, including Virgin Care, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, the Law Society, University of Birmingham, Wilmington Group and The Legal Ombudsman.”