Irwin Mitchell Continues ABS Preparations With Appointment Of Non-Executive Director

Mel Egglenton Set To Join National Law Firm

07.02.2012

Irwin Mitchell announces today that it will be appointing Mel Egglenton as a Non-Executive Director to its Board as the company continues with its preparations to become an Alternative Business Structure.

Mr Egglenton, former UK Senior Independent Partner at accountants KPMG, will become the second Non-Executive Director appointment to the Board of Irwin Mitchell Holdings Ltd and will Chair the company’s Audit Committee, a position he also held with KPMG.

His appointment follows on from the recent appointment of former PricewaterhouseCoopers Vice Chairman Glyn Barker as Chairman Designate of Irwin Mitchell, which confirmed that it had become one of the first firms to begin the application process to become an ABS at the beginning of January.

The timing of Mr Egglenton’s appointment as a Non-Executive Director will be dependent on the approval of the firm’s ABS application and approval of his appointment by the SRA, as will also be the case with the appointment of Mr Barker, who will become the firm’s Chairman upon regulatory approval being received.

Commenting on the latest appointment to the Board, Irwin Mitchell’s Group Chief Executive John Pickering said: “This is another significant appointment in our well-established plans to become an ABS to help further our growth strategy.

“Mel’s experience as a former Chair of KPMG’s Audit Committee will be invaluable to us as a firm and this is a move which again signals our clear intention to take advantage of the opportunities we think will arise from becoming an ABS. I’m delighted that we will have Mel working with us as we look to grow our business still further.”

Mr Egglenton said: “The legal sector is changing fast and Irwin Mitchell is very much at the forefront of that change. I share the view of the firm’s management with regards to the scale of the opportunities that will arise through a move to ABS.

“This is an exciting time to join the firm and I look forward to working with the very strong senior team already in place as they look to advance their growth strategy."