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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.
“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.”
“This is the second year in a row that Irwin Mitchell has secured a top three position in The Lawyer’s Litigation Tracker. IM has a proud heritage in ground-breaking litigation work and I am incredibly proud of the latest result as it clearly illustrates our credentials in representing clients on a wide range of court matters, including commercial, family-related or personal injury related disputes.”
“We are always proud to announce our promotions for the associate and senior associate roles. They are recognition of the value our employees bring to the business as well as the opportunities they may bring in the future as valued leaders.
“The promotions show the strength in breadth not just in terms of the many different legal services we provide across the country, but also across our group companies Ascent and IM Asset Management and the talent we have in our finance, HR and marketing teams.
“Developing our people is a key priority for us as it’s crucial to delivering success for our clients. We have invested heavily in providing a clear pathway for our people to progress, whether they are lawyers or working in group services teams, and we look forward to ensuring that our new associates and senior associates are supported on the next step of their career journey.”
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