Irwin Mitchell announces that Vicky Brackett is to become the new chief executive of its fast-growing business legal services division.
Group chief executive Andrew Tucker said Mrs Brackett will move into her new role next week to drive the next stage of the development of BLS, which now accounts for more than a third of the group’s revenue in the UK.
He said BLS now had greater strength and depth than at any point previously following the merger with Thomas Eggar last year, which significantly increased Irwin Mitchell’s presence in London and the south east in business services as well as private client.
And he paid tribute to current BLS chief executive Niall Baker, who has led the division’s rapid growth since it was formed as part of a corporate restructure in 2011. He will now move to a new role in the Group.
Mrs Brackett, who joined Irwin Mitchell last December as part of the merger with Thomas Eggar where she had been Managing Partner, is a commercial litigator who began her career with Freshfields before joining Thomas Eggar.
Confirming the appointment today, Mr Tucker said: “We have seen rapid growth in BLS in recent years and have a very strong base from which to develop it further. It has been a transformational year for our Group and now is the right time to adjust the leadership team to ensure everyone is in positions which play to their strengths.
“Vicky is well qualified and well placed to take on the role from Niall, who has done an excellent job in his time as chief executive. We have greater strength and depth within Irwin Mitchell than ever before. These changes will now ensure we can maximise the considerable opportunities we have to drive even greater success for Irwin Mitchell in the coming months and years.”
Mrs Brackett said: “It’s a real privilege to be asked to take on this role. Niall has built a strong business from which we can expand, utilising the talent, skills and energy we have within the team already and the great client service we deliver.
“These are exciting times in the legal sector and, with the depth of ability and service we have in BLS, we have a real chance to stand out and develop our business and client base further.”
Mrs Brackett and Mr Baker will assume their new roles on November 1.