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Irwin Mitchell banking and finance partner Paddy Sturman has been appointed to lead the firm’s business legal services (BLS) division in Leeds.

Sturman, who joined Irwin Mitchell from Gordons more than two years ago, specialises in advising institutional lenders, corporates and real estate investors and developers on all aspects of banking and finance, including corporate acquisitions, and real estate investment and development.

He will continue to head up the banking and finance team in Leeds, but in his new role he will also lead a 50 strong team specialising in corporate, real estate, restructuring and insolvency, intellectual property, commercial litigation, employment and commercial law.

Sturman (pictured) takes over from Andrew Walker, who has relocated to Irwin Mitchell’s Gatwick office to continue growing the firm’s restructuring and insolvency practice in the South of England.

Commenting on his promotion, Sturman said: “It is a huge honour to lead Irwin Mitchell’s business division in Leeds. I am excited about the challenge that lies ahead and I look forward to working closely with colleagues not just within Irwin Mitchell’s business division in Leeds, but also its personal legal services and private client divisions, to ensure we operate as a fully connected and integrated firm which provides unrivalled client care.”

Victoria Brackett, chief executive of Irwin Mitchell’s BLS division, added: “The legal sector in Leeds continues to grow and there is a huge opportunity for Irwin Mitchell to build on its reputation in the city and the wider region. Paddy has a clear vision for our business division and I’ve no doubt that he will be a success in his new role.”

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