Wragge & Co is the "Rolls-Royce of professional services", senior partner Quentin Poole asserted yesterday.
His comments, in the wake of the collapse of MG Rover and cutbacks at Jaguar and Peugeot, come as the legal sector continues to expand to take up the employment challenge in the West Midlands.
Wragge has its headquarters and most of its 1,021 staff in Birmingham, but wins a vast amount of work from London and New York.
Comparing his firm to the auto world, he told The Birmingham Post: "We are manufacturing law in Birmingham and exporting it nationally and internationally.
"We are a service industry doing a good job for Birmingham."
Wragge and Co was announcing strong results.
Profits per partner - effectively how much they pay themselves - rose 44 per cent to £300,000. All 105 partners hold equity status. Turnover for 2005 was £88.5 million, a rise of 11.6 per cent.
Mr Poole said it was a good performance and predicted the average sales growth for law firms this year would be two-three per cent.
Wragge's London office has 70 people. Its Birmingham HQ at 55 Colmore Row is full and the firm has three floors at Bank House in the city centre.
Mr Poole said it planned to keep the Colmore Row premises but was seeking a larger second office.
He said Wragge was looking at what the market had to offer but remained keen on the Grand Hotel site if all the problems, including listed building status, could be sorted out. "We may be able to wait," he noted.
The firm has seen strong growth across the board, with employment, pensions, construction, PFI, outsourcing and trade, and dispute resolution practices standing out as star performers.
According to Mr Poole, Wragge has used its Birmingham location to its advantage, increasing its share of top clients and instructions across the region and throughout the UK.
He said: "We are one of the most successful law firms in the country and are proud of our roots. We are the largest professional firm headquartered in Birmingham. This has given us one of our defining characteristics: our cost advantage.
"Relationships and excellence are at the heart of everything we do and clients are taking notice. We are winning more work from existing clients and are pitching successfully to others."
These include Dyson, Eon and BUPA, alongside local giants Cadbury Schweppes, Enterprise Inns, and Castlemore Securities. New major corporate clients include Spirit Group, Duke Street Capital and SITA. Other clients include BP, BT, GlaxoSmithKline, Marks & Spencer, HSBC, Lloyds TSB and Smiths Group.
In the public sector Wragge has picked up significant instructions from a diverse range of organisations, including the MoD and the National Audit Office. Earlier this year, it advised Birmingham City Council on a £215 million bond issue.
Mr Poole said: "The Midlands has had a tough time over the past couple of months, and it is important to remember that the region is alive with dynamic businesses and opportunities. Our unique business model, delivering a full service Birmingham office plus expert capability in London, means we can maximise our cost advantage and deliver top quality commercial advice to all clients, irrespective of geography."
The Human Resources Group, including employment, pensions and tax, delivered the strongest growth with fee income up 21 per cent.
The Dispute Resolution Group posted six per cent growth and contributed almost a quarter of total turnover. The commercial litigation team has acted for a large number of automotive sector clients affected by the collapse of MG Rover.
Construction confirmed its place as a market leader, showing an impressive 23 per cent growth. It now acts for two-thirds of the UK's top 20 contractors, including Morgan Est who it advised on the £300 million deal with Transco to upgrade the West Midlands gas mains infrastructure.
The outsourcing and trade and PFI and infrastructure teams were at the top of the Finance Projects & Technology Group, with 46 per cent and 35 per cent growth respectively.