Irwin Mitchell announces 17 new associates in Yorkshire

Irwin Mitchell has announced that it is to promote 17 members of staff to associate level in Yorkshire.

The new associates are part of a wider round of promotions that has seen 38 employees make the move to associate. More than half of the newly-promoted associates, which will become effective from 1 November, are female.

In Sheffield, Victoria Crossland from the Court of Protection team, Lynn Newhall from the motor team, and personal injury solicitor David Withers have been promoted, along with Jeremy Smith and Zoe Broderick.

Sarah Field-Blesic, who works in the business legal services team has also been promoted along with Robert Lankester, and solicitor Michael Hall. They are joined by real estate solicitors Lisa Stratford and Kate McGovern. Dave Grimshaw from the group services team, and James Simpson, Trevor Piley and Ben Morris from IT make up the Sheffield promotions.

Within the Leeds office, contentious trust and probate solicitor Julia Burns has been made an associate, as has employment solicitor Padma Tadi and business development manager Robert Cowling.

Group chief executive Andrew Tucker said that the promotions represented a major investment in the firm’s services and demonstrated its commitment to developing staff.

“They highlight the confidence we have in the future of our business and our ambitions to grow as a group,” he said.

“Becoming an Associate is a significant career step and signals to clients and colleagues that the person concerned is a highly regarded expert in our business. Developing our people and creating opportunities for staff to develop their careers is one of Irwin Mitchell’s most important objectives, and this is highlighted by the fact that many of the associates come from non-legal areas such as IT and HR.

He added that the number of successful candidates reflected well on the quality of people the firm had at its disposal.

“They have demonstrated their strengths and should be very proud of their achievements,” he said.