Irwin Mitchell promotes comms head in 14-strong partner round

Irwin Mitchell has promoted its communications head Mark Duffell to the partnership alongside three other non-lawyers in its largest partnership round to date.

Duffell will become an associate director, Irwin Mitchell’s partnership equivalent, alongside David Robinson and Danny Varhalamas, who both work in the firm’s personal legal services division, and Janet Sandford in the business support team.

In addition, the firm has added 10 lawyers to its partnership with six promoted in the personal legal services division and four added to the commercial team.

In the personal legal unit the medical negligence team has been the biggest winner, gaining three new partners: Sarah Rowland, Luke Daniels and Rosemary Giles. They have been made up in Sheffield, Birmingham and London respectively.

The firm has also added asbestos related disease specialist Rachael Aram in Sheffield and public law solicitor Alex Rook in London.

Sheffield-based serious injury lawyer Neil Whiteley will be made up to full-equity membership after nearly two decades at the firm.

In the firm’s business division the real estate team, which is led by Jon Vivian, who joined the firm in 2010 (27 September 2010), has been boosted with two new partners: Sheffield-based Andrew Wallis and Manchester-based Claire Quinn.

The Sheffield office has also grown its litigation partnership with the addition of Daniel Brumpton while insolvency lawyer Doug Robertson will join the partnership in Leeds.

It is a bumper round of promotions for the firm, which last year made up four including non-lawyer Gary Jackson, who joined the equity. In 2011 the firm added seven lawyers and a non-lawyer, while in 2010 10 were promoted, including two non-lawyers.

A statement from group chief executive John Pickering said the promotions reflected the growth of Irwin Mitchell. “We will always reward people on the basis of the value they bring to our business and we’re delighted to be able to do that again this year,” he said.