Paul Pharaoh is leaving Birmingham firm Shakespeares to join a rival firm in the city, Martineau Johnson.

Pharaoh joins as a partner in the education department on 10 June. He has been a partner at Shakespeares and its predecessor firms for 20 years.

He will continue his work as a member of the Law Society Council and the Birmingham law society council. He will also retain his post as chair of the Adjudication & Appeals Committee of the Law Society.

Simon Arrowsmith, head of Martineaus' education team, said: “Paul's experience will strengthen our team, allowing us to further develop the service we provide to education clients nationally.”

Pharaoh said: “I am excited about moving to a firm with an excellent reputation in order to continue working in education law and my council work.”