Dibb Lupton Broomhead has claimed a national first with the formation of a new commercial regulatory group to deal with all its regulatory work.
According to the firm, the six-partner group will break the mould by handling contentious and non-contentious work.
Partner Neil Gerrard, who heads the group, said very few firms were strong in both areas.
The vast majority of regulatory specialists focused on the non-contentious side and farmed out their contentious work, he claimed.
"Very, very few firms are actually strong in both sectors. The advantage of our group is that we offer a seamless service."
Teresa Hitchcock, a partner at Dibb Lupton Broomhead and former environmental health officer in local government, is responsible for non-contentious matters. Gerrard is in charge of contentious work.
The firm sees commercial regulation as a growing area. "Companies now run a greater risk of prosecution than ever. We know that two other firms are looking at this new approach but we've managed to steal a march," said Gerrard.