Irwin Mitchell managing partner Culley steps down

Irwin Mitchell’s longstanding managing partner, Howard Culley, announced today that he has decided to retire from the firm,. just eight months after being re-elected to the role.

<a class=Irwin Mitchell managing partner Culley steps down” class=”inline_image inline_image_left” src=”/pictures/web/images/13623_howard-culley-irwin-mitche.jpg” />Irwin Mitchell’s longstanding managing partner Howard Culley announced today that he has decided to retire from the firm, just eight months after being re-elected to the role.

Culley, whose successor will be announced in December, has been the firm’s managing partner for the last 20 years, and was at the forefront of Irwin Mitchell’s push on taking advantage of the Legal Services Act.

Commenting on Culley’s decision to stand down, Irwin Mitchell senior partner Michael Napier said: “I fully understand Howard’s wish to hand over the managing partner baton and have nothing but praise for his truly magnificent contribution and business acumen, on which we will continue to draw as Irwin Mitchell prepares for the opportunities of the new legal services market place.”

Culley will relinquish his role at the end of April 2009 and continue as a partner until at least May 2010.

During this time he will continue to work with the board in positioning the firm in readiness for changes in the UK legal services market.

At The Lawyer revealed, Culley had predicted that Irwin Mitchell will see a 35 per cent rise in turnover to £150m, from £111m, by the end of the financial year (The Lawyer, 25 February).

Culley said growth had been bolstered by the merger with Scottish firm Golds in April (The Lawyer, 12 March 2008), which he spearheaded.