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Irwin Mitchell promotes six females in 13-strong round

Irwin Mitchell has increased diversity within its partnership in this year’s promotion round, with six females making the cut out of 13 total appointments.

Taking effect on 1 May, eight promotions were made within the firm’s personal legal services division, four within its business legal services division and one in the firm’s asset management department. The firm focused on practices including banking and finance, real estate, corporate and commercial, personal injury, court of protection, and public law across its Bristol, Birmingham, London, Newcastle, Leeds, Sheffield and Southampton offices.

The promotion round also includes associate Ed Tomlinson appointed to associate director, the partner-level equivalent for non-lawyers.

It’s a significant leap on last year’s numbers when seven lawyers made it to partner – although notably six of those promoted were female also.

The news follows the launch of Irwin Mitchell’s private wealth business last week, and its merger last year with law firm Thomas Eggar that gave combined revenues of £250m. Irwin Mitchell has carved a name for itself in the private client space also having acquired Mayfair boutique Berkeley Law in November 2014.

Irwin Mitchell group chief executive Andrew Tucker said: ‘Partner appointments represent a major investment in our people and reflect the hard work and dedication each person has given to our clients over the past years. Added to the extensive investment we have made in our business over the past year, these appointments show the range of experience we have to offer clients and leave us in a good position to continue our growth plans.’

Partner promotions 2016:

Tim Annett, personal injury, Sheffield

Andrew Buckham, personal injury, Southampton

Rohan Campbell, banking and finance, London

James Knowles, real estate, Leeds

Rob Laugharne, corporate and commercial, Birmingham

Jennifer Lund, personal injury, London

Claire Newstead, personal injury, Leeds

Paul Smith, corporate and commercial, London

Justine Spencer, personal injury, Southampton

Polly Sweeney, public law, Bristol

Katie Thackray, court of protection, Newcastle

Charlotte Waite, court of protection, Bristol

Irwin Mitchell Asset Management

Ed Tomlinson, chartered financial planner, Sheffield