Irwin Mitchell have announced that Julie Lewis, the firm’s Head of Medical Negligence for the SW region, will take over as Bristol Regional Managing partner with effect from 1 May 2017. She takes over from Jonathan Peacock, who has led the office since it was first established in May 2010. Jonathan is retiring from the Irwin Mitchell Equity Membership in October 2017 and is currently managing the transitional arrangements. Julie also sits on Irwin Mitchell’s national Medical Negligence executive board, charged with running the firm’s £36m medical negligence business.
Julie was educated at Rugby High school in Warwickshire and joined the Rugby office national law firm Shoosmiths (then Shoosmiths and Harrison) as a Legal Secretary in 1989. Julie studied for ILEX Part 1 exams and became a Residential Conveyancing paralegal, leaving Shoosmiths in 1995 to retake her A Levels before studying Law at Birmingham University where she also completed her LPC. Julie funded her studies by holiday work as a legal secretary, paralegal and by Residential Conveyancing locum work.
Julie was offered a training contract at Irwin Mitchell and qualified into the Birmingham Medical Negligence team in 2002 before moving to Bristol in 2010 where she established the firm’s Bristol Medical Negligence team, now a top ranked team in the legal directories. Julie became a partner in 2011. Julie is recognised as a leader in her field and has a high profile in local and national media having represented clients and their families in some major public interest cases over the last seven years in Bristol.
Jonathan Peacock, the current Bristol RMP said: ‘Irwin Mitchell Bristol has been a major success story over the last 7 years and I am delighted to be handing over the leadership of the office to such a highly regarded and experienced lawyer. We have a great team of people here in Bristol and it has been a pleasure to have led them since 2010. I know that Julie is well qualified to take us forward to greater achievements in coming years.’
Julie Lewis said: ‘It is great to be taking on the challenge of furthering the success of our talented and committed Bristol teams and I am really looking forward to taking our Bristol offering to new levels after May 2017. We are operating in a very challenging legal market but despite this we have a strong and growing Bristol business, of which we can all be very proud.’
Julie lives in Bristol with her husband and two children.