Big Four boss for city lawyer

Glyn Barker: Irwin chairman
Glyn Barker: Irwin chairman
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The former UK vice chairman of one of the world’s “big four” accountancy firms has joined Sheffield-based national law firm Irwin Mitchell as its chairman designate.

Glyn Barker was vice chairman UK of PricewaterhouseCoopers until the end of last year.

He joins Irwin Mitchell as it gears up to become one of the new Alternative Business Structure (ABS) law firms – a step that will allow it to seek external investment to fund its growth plans.

Mr Barker’s elevation to chairman depends on approval of Irwin Mitchell’s ABS application and approval of his appointment by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

Once that happens, Mr Barker will become the first non-executive director on the board of Irwin Mitchell Holdings.

Irwin Mitchell group chief executive, John Pickering, said: “This is an important appointment which again signals our intention to take advantage of the opportunities we think the Legal Services Act and moving to ABS status will offer us.

“We are delighted that Glyn will be working with us on moving forward our plans for growing the firm.”