National firm Weight-mans has poached Liverpool City Council's head of legal to boost its public sector team.
Graeme Creer will join the North West firm in March as head of its public sector team.
The news comes shortly after the council's chief executive Sir David Henshaw announced his retirement at the end of January.
Henshaw said: "Graeme Creer was a crucial part of the team, which has led to massive changes taking place in the city council and the wider city over the last few years. On a personal level, I owe him a great deal of gratitude for his continued support and I fully understand his reasons for leaving."
Creer joined Liverpool City Council in 2001, having previously worked for several other public authorities in the south of the country, including Barnet Borough Council, Wandsworth Borough Council and Westminster City Council.
He was also company secretary for the Liverpool Culture Board, which is organising the preparations for the city's upcoming stint as European Capital of Culture in 2008.
Weightmans' current public sector head Andrew Cooper will take up the role of head of public sector litigation upon Creer's arrival at the firm.