Law firm Browne Jacobson has attracted real estate expert Mary Daunt to head up its property department in Birmingham.
Previously head of the Eversheds real estate team in the Midlands, Ms Daunt is one of the highest profile partners to join Browne Jacobson in recent years.
She brings considerable experience and skills to the firm, which has been active in Birmingham for over six years.
Ms Daunt is recognised as a leading player in all aspects of commercial property transactions and has experience of property acquisition, investment and development on behalf of both UK and international clients.
Managing partner of Browne Jacobson, Brian Smith, said: "Mary's decision to join us is a huge vote of confidence in the firm, its vision and culture.
" As a nationally respected lawyer, who is well known for her professionalism and approachability, Mary fits in well with the strong culture inherent in the firm.
"Recruiting Mary is real coup for Browne Jacobson and further evidence that our Birmingham office is going from strength to strength.
"Mary will play a strategic role in developing the overall direction and profile of the office."
Ms Daunt is a wellknown figure in the Midlands property market and is a board member of Birmingham Forward.
She said: " Browne Jacobson's evolution has been amazing to watch and I seized the pportunity to join a firm with an excellent reputation and with big ambitions for the future."
She will be taking up her position in September.
Browne Jacobson has offices in Birmingham, London and Nottingham. The firm employs over 460, including 55 partners and 176 other lawyers.