Irwin Mitchell has named Alison Eddy as London managing partner, the first time a woman has held a top regional position at the firm.
The serious injury and medical law specialist has been with the firm for 17 years and takes over from former chairman and senior partner Michael Napier following his retirement.
Eddy was one of the firm’s three founding partners in London, having joined in 1995 (10 October 1995). She currently heads Irwin Mitchell’s clinical negligence team in the City, a role she will retain as managing partner, and works with seriously injured clients, including brain injured children, to secure settlements focused on funding their future care needs and rehabilitation.
Nationally, Irwin Mitchell has been preparing for conversion to an ABS and is waiting for SRA approval.
Eddy said: “The London office is a very important one for the firm and a market where we’re looking to continue our growth, across our divisions. In my 17 years with Irwin Mitchell, I’ve seen our London office go from strength to strength and expand enormously.
“I would of course like to pay tribute to the work Mike has done for Irwin Mitchell in London to date and I’m excited about the chance to lead the office into a new era and continue the huge success we have had to date.”
Group chief executive John Pickering said of Eddy’s appointment: “She’s played a major part in the success of our London office to date and I’m confident she’ll help us develop the office further in the coming years as we push forward with our strategic growth plans.”
In January, former PricewaterhouseCoopers vice-chairman Glyn Barker was appointed as executive chairman designate, succeeding Napier with a remit to step up the firm’s bid to raise a £50m war chest, entice outside investment, convert to an ABS and challenge mid-tier corporate firms (16 January 2012).