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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 proud and delighted to receive this award on behalf of Irwin Mitchell. The Forces community is important to us on a number of levels. We are committed to the ethos of the Armed Forces Covenant, some of our regional offices are situated alongside major military hubs and we are part of those communities. In addition, the military is a good recruitment channel for us as we seek to constantly hire talent and we also act for many Ministry of Defence personnel.”
“We have successfully grown turnover for nine consecutive years and that is testament to the hard work and determination of all of our teams to deliver an excellent client service whether that is for businesses or individuals.
“We offer a wide, but complementary, range of legal and financial services and our client engagement is strong: they tell us our service is consistently good and distinctive. We have an extensive programme to enable us to really understand what our clients value which helps us deliver our services more effectively.
“We are also investing further in our people and ensuring that Irwin Mitchell is a great place to work. We now have a dress for your day policy, we have more than 400 members of staff adopting official flexible working patterns, with many more agreeing informal arrangements. We have continued to develop wellbeing with our line managers are undergoing specialist mental health training to be able to support colleagues who may need some help.
“These and other initiatives are driving our growth in revenue and profit.”
“We are proud to announce our new partner promotions with a number of talented lawyers from all across the country. Our clients are increasingly using several different services within Irwin Mitchell for their different legal needs and the promotions show the strength in breadth we provide for our clients whether in a business or personal situation.
“Those promoted to Partner have made a strong contribution to Irwin Mitchell and demonstrated excellent work for their clients and I’m delighted to congratulate them on their success. It’s especially pleasing that several of those promoted started their careers here as trainees as it is hugely important to us to invest in and help develop our people.”
“Although our results are again positive, and show an overall improvement from last year’s report, we recognise that there’s still work to do.
“We’re committed to fairness, equality and inclusion, and our aim is for everyone to be able to build a successful career with us. We perform well against the legal industry average in terms of gender diversity but that does not mean we can become complacent and we are working hard to make improvements across all areas of diversity both in relation to pay and the overall population of the firm.
“Our client feedback is excellent and that reflects how hard our people are working so it is crucial that we engage and look after our colleagues so that they can focus on their work helping our clients.”
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