Paul Firth joins Irwin Mitchell

FORMER DLA Piper office managing partner Paul Firth has joined fellow city law firm Irwin Mitchell.

Mr Firth was office managing partner at DLA Piper in Sheffield for 14 years and also regional managing partner for the firm’s seven offices outside of London between 2006 and 2009. Most recently Mr Firth, a commercial property specialist, has worked on a consultancy basis for DLA.

In his new role at Irwin Mitchell, he will work closely with the firm’s Head of Business, Niall Baker, to develop the practice across the UK and raise its profile as a serious force in commercial law.

Mr Baker said: “This is another major recruitment coup for Irwin Mitchell and it marks an integral part of our national drive to grow the firm and develop into a significant operator within the corporate market place.

“Paul has been on this journey before and I firmly believe he is the right man to work with and support the senior team here at Irwin Mitchell - not just in Sheffield and Yorkshire, but across the UK.

“We are extremely excited and confident about our future potential and we believe Paul can play a big part in helping us unlock it. Not only will he support our growth, he has the pedigree required to provide the high quality legal advice that our clients demand.”

Mr Firth said: “Irwin Mitchell is a very exciting proposition and I’m looking forward to helping take the firm forward and building on what is an already a very solid platform.’’

In addition to his role at Irwin Mitchell, Paul retains his links with Creative Sheffield. He has recently completed a 12 month appointment as Chief Executive there and will continue as Vice Chairman. His other positions include being a Pro-Chancellor at the University of Sheffield, and the Chairman of the Children’s Hospital Charity in Sheffield.