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Victoria is the Chief Executive Officer of Business Legal Services. She is responsible for the strategy and leadership of the Business Legal Services teams, working in close partnership with the department heads. She sits on the firm’s Executive Board and Group Holdings Board. Victoria retains her responsibilities for the leadership of the Commercial Litigation, Regulatory, Employment and Pensions teams. She has over fifteen years’ experience in resolving disputes for clients and has specialist knowledge in the areas of banking and insurance litigation. Her clients have included large corporates, Lloyd’s syndicates, insurance companies and financial services institutions.
Victoria has been involved in firm management for the last five years and in that role has been involved in the management of key client relationships on behalf of the firm. She has helped to build and support the firm’s sector strategy and client relationship management programme which has ensured strong engagement with the firm’s clients. In December 2015 she led the merger of Thomas Eggar into Irwin Mitchell.
Victoria sits on the Editorial Board of Managing Partner and is a regular contributor to the publication as well as other legal press.
“Since starting my career I think slowly things have become easier for women. Of course there is more to be done but for example, taking maternity leave is far less of an issue now than it was in the 90s and thanks to technology, flexible and home-working make it far easier to achieve a better work/life balance.”
“It is interesting to see that many men who want to share parenting responsibilities now the law allows it in terms of shared leave and paternity are now going through similar struggles. My children are 11 and 14 years old and I think, and hope, that their generation won’t consider gender to be as much as an issue but it’s important that we make sure our generation of leaders embrace changes too. Whether you are male, female, transgender or don’t align yourself with either gender it is vital that businesses look beyond the face, the colour and the sex and see the skills, talent, warmth, energy and empathy.”
“We are delighted to announce that Adrian Barlow is joining Irwin Mitchell to head up our Real Estate practice.
“Adrian is an exceptional leader who has shown throughout his career a genuine interest in people and managing talent within his team.
“I am confident that he has the right credentials to build on our already strong reputation in the real estate market.
“The appointment clearly reflects our ambition to grow our Business Legal Services division through individuals who have both a superb track record in their sector and the proven ability to provide first-class client care.”
“Our national real estate practice now has over 40 partners across the UK and 81 other real estate lawyers and continues to grow. We have real estate teams in our 9 BLS offices and Robert’s appointment will, in particular, be a boost to the Southampton office and our coverage of the Southern markets.”
“We have seen in the case of the North East Local Growth fund that there is a focus on established industries, namely manufacturing, leaving little to other sectors. There are some schemes looking to grow specialised digital sectors, such as Tech North, but these have not seen levels near the investment of manufacturing in the North.
“The challenge is how to emulate the successes of cities such as Milton Keynes where clusters and networking effects have driven growth. The Government has been thin on detail as to how this will be done.
“The Government’s regional investments in initiatives such as the Northern Powerhouse and Midlands Engine will certainly boost these regions, but these investments as they stand are not likely to narrow the gap between the North and South.
“The North and Midlands are receiving investment, but so too are London and the South East, especially from abroad. The new industrial strategy does not rebalance this fact.
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