Irwin Mitchell loses public sector team

Walker Morris has poached Irwin Mitchell’s Sheffield public sector team.
Partners Andrew Uprichard and Julie Muscroft will join the commercial, public sector and projects team in the Leeds firm later this year, leaving Irwin Mitchell with no public sector partners. They are expected to take some assistants with them.

Walker Morris chairman Peter Smart said the public sector group is one the firm intends to develop, adding: “We have a team already which has been enormously successful and we saw the need to develop that further at partner level.”

The hires come on the back of another strong year for Walker Morris, which saw profits per equity partner rise by 5 per cent, from £496,000 to £520,000, and turnover rise to £39.5m, up 9 per cent from 2002’s £36m. The firm has 27 equity partners in a total partnership of 42.

The firm recently advised Yates Group, the owners of the Yates’s Wine Bar chain, on its £93m management buyout.

“We had a spectacular year last year and we have consolidated and grown on that,” said Smart.

Irwin Mitchell was not available for comment.