Irwin Mitchell partner leads soccer giants

The managing partner of national firm Irwin Mitchell has been appointed chairman of Premier League football club Sheffield Wednesday.

Howard Culley claims to be the only practising lawyer at the helm of a major club. He has been a director of the Yorkshire club for five years.

Culley says his appointment will not affect Irwin Mitchell's position as the club's sole legal adviser.

He says: “It will take some of my time, but it will not detract from what I'm doing as managing partner of the firm.

“I have been a Wednesday fan since childhood. It's challenging, it's high profile and there's a lot to do, but it's not generally a job for which a lot of thanks are received.”

He takes over at a difficult time for the club. Local MPs called for the resignation of previous chairman Dave Richards who went last Monday and manager Danny Wilson, but Culley says he will stand by Wilson.