Law firm Weightmans has appointed an overall head of its Midlands operation.

Partner Richard Osborn will oversee its Birmingham and Leicester offices and foster collaboration between the two.

Osborn has been Weightmans' regional office head in Leicester since 2014 and also worked in Birmingham for years.

"Having been part of the Weightmans Leicester team for over two years, I am delighted to be at the forefront of this new strategy to combine strengths and increase the sense of unity between the firm’s Birmingham and Leicester offices,” he said.

"The role is just one step we’re taking towards creating our very own ‘Midlands Engine’ and I look forward to collaborating with colleagues to work towards this vision and, most importantly, to serving our clients across the region."

Senior partner Dan Cutts added: "The merging of this role adds more consistency and focus to our primary aim of providing a full service, flexible offering to clients wherever they are in the Midlands.

"Richard is very well known across the region and I am confident that under his leadership the Midlands offering will not just continue to thrive, but grow even further."

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