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Andrew is the Group Chief Executive of Irwin Mitchell, having taken over from John Pickering in April 2014.
As Group Chief Executive, Andrew sits on the main Board of the holding company, Irwin Mitchell Holdings Ltd, and the Executive Board of Irwin Mitchell LLP. His role makes him ultimately responsible for the management of the Group.
Andrew brings strong strategic vision to the Chief Executive role and a commitment to operational efficiency, execution and excellence.
Prior to his appointment as Group Chief Executive, Andrew was the Chief Executive of the firm’s Personal Legal Services (PLS) division with responsibility for the delivery of a range of legal services, including personal injury, family, public law, court of protection, wills, trusts and probate, contentious probate, conveyancing and retail lending.
Andrew took the reins of PLS in 2011 and led the division through a period of impressive growth, reporting improved performance year-on-year. During Andrew’s tenure, the PLS division also expanded its geographic reach, with new offices opening in Bristol and Southampton, as well as a consulting office in Leicester, and also completed the acquisition of well-respected personal injury firm MPH Solicitors in November 2013.
Prior to 2011, Andrew headed up Irwin Mitchell’s industry-leading personal injury department and has also worked on many high profile and groundbreaking cases, including the Kegworth air crash, CJD and the coal miners’ vibration white finger and chest illness cases. He joined Irwin Mitchell in 1985 and became a Partner in 1988.
Outside Irwin Mitchell, Andrew spent nine years as a Law Society Council Member for Yorkshire. He also has many varied interests outside of the law.
“I’m delighted to confirm and congratulate another record number of associate promotions this year. Developing our people is a key priority, as they are the ones who will drive us forward and deliver success for our clients.
“Becoming an associate is a significant career step and I’m proud that the 51 promotions come from many different sectors of our business, showing what a diverse group of specialists we are building here at Irwin Mitchell.
“Although our promotions are made on merit alone, an equal gender split reflects the diversity of our group and our new associates are also evenly split across our northern and southern offices, showing the increasing strength in depth we have across the UK after a transformational year for the Group.”
“There are many reasons for real confidence in our business, despite the reduction in profit this year. That is a short-term issue driven by the significant investment in the merger to ensure it was a success.
“The Board is comfortable that sacrificing profit in the short-term will deliver greater benefits to the business in the medium-term as we reap the return on investment and the improved strength and breadth of depth the merger has given us.
“The merger understandably dominated the past 12 months at Irwin Mitchell and it is a transformational transaction for the Group but there were many other things to be proud of in the year, from landmark legal cases to excellent client care throughout the 12 months reported and the launch of Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth in a core market for growth.
“Our focus in 2016/17 is on completing the successful integration, maximising the opportunities for growth which arise from the greater strength and depth we now enjoy. Our vision of being the legal brand of choice continues and we have a clear strategy to ensure we maintain our progress.”
“Bringing our brands together has made us stronger and created a diverse business that will enable us to offer both private and business clients an unrivalled breadth of services.
“We have always said this merger would be transformational for our Group and adopting the Irwin Mitchell brand across the five former Thomas Eggar offices is the next part of this. There is considerable excitement among our people about the opportunity we have created and we’ve already seen some very encouraging examples of how the merger will benefit all areas of our business.
“We have therefore decided to push ahead with the integration as quickly as possible, making the necessary investments to support this, to enable teams from both businesses to come together as one Group as quickly as possible.”