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Irwin Mitchell's Head of Business, Niall Baker, welcomes Paul Firth to the law firm's offices
Irwin Mitchell's Head of Business, Niall Baker, welcomes Paul Firth to the law firm's offices
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Irwin Mitchell recruits rival DLA’s former chief

Former DLA Piper regional chief and Sheffield city development company boss Paul Firth is joining rivals Irwin Mitchell’s business team.

Mr Firth, 52, was managing partner in DLA Piper’s Sheffield office for 14 years and the international law firm’s regional managing partner, responsible for the its seven UK offices outside London, from 2006 to 2009.

He continued to work as a consultant for DLA Piper after leaving the firm at the end of 2008 and was appointed as interim chief executive of Creativesheffield in 2009, leaving the role at the end of his one-year contract, but continuing as the city development company’s vice chairman.

Mr Firth is a pro-vice-chancellor of Sheffield University and chairman of the Children’s Hospital Charity in Sheffield.

Paul Firth is a commercial property specialist, who also has an Insider South Yorkshire Dealmakers’ lifetime achievement award, a Yorkshire and Humber director of the year award and a business advisor of the year award to his name.

Irwin Mitchell says his role at the firm will be to 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 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.

“The next 12-18 months will undoubtedly be challenging again for the economy and the legal sector as a whole. However, the firm’s solid foundations, strong ambitions and innovative approach are unique and I believe place us in a very strong position to not only deal with the challenges, but also the opportunities that lie ahead.”

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.”