Pinsent Curtis is following the latest industry trend by setting up a human resources (HR) consultancy.
The department will run in conjunction with the firm's national employment group, which is headed by leading practitioner John McMullen.
McMullen says the decision to offer clients a one-stop shop was based on the growing demands of employment law.
He says: “The substantial growth in employment legislation places new and significant responsibilities and challenges on the shoulders of employers.”
The 134-partner firm has appointed personnel expert Ken Gale to head the service.
Gale runs his own HR consultancy and has worked with McMullen and the firm on an informal basis for some years.
But the firm has now decided to cement the relationship and bring Gale in-house.
McMullen says: “Ken can draw from his experience to provide a hands-on service dovetailed with our legal input.”
In September, Dibb Lupton Alsop signed up two senior HR experts to launch its consultancy.
And last month Newcastle-based practice Dickinson Dees poached employment partner Robin Bloom from fellow north-east firm Jacksons to joins its HR group.
Julie Dalzell also joins Dickinson Dees as an assistant solicitor from Tyneside-based firm Robert Muckle this month.