A partner in Pinsent Curtis Birmingham employment practice has quit to join rivals Wragge & Co as an associate.
Jane Ellis, tipped as a rising star in the city, joins Wragge's team under Martin Chitty who also quit as a partner at Pinsent Curtis three years ago.
Ellis was only made a salaried partner in May, but as Wragges do not have salaried partners she had to take a drop in status to associate.
However it is understood that Ellis was offered a better financial package by Wragges.
Wragges' employment group has grown rapidly over the last 12 months and now has 13 fee earners.
Recent arrivals include partner Andrew Hodge, from Allen & Overy, and associate Jonathan Chamberlain, from Warner Cranston.
The move leaves Pinsents with one partner and seven assistants in the Birmingham employment group.
John McMullen, national head of employment at Pinsents, said: "Pinsents is one of the strongest firms for employment nationally and is the envy of other firms. Unsurprisingly the competition want to poach our staff."