Irwin Mitchell ends general counsel hunt with ex-Visa hire

Irwin Mitchell has ended its eight-month search for a general counsel, appointing ex-Visa and Dell lawyer Bruce Macmillan to the post.

The firm began its hunt for the in-house role when incumbent Kevin Cunningham stepped back to take a consultancy role at Irwin Mitchell after three years in the job.

Macmillan joins the firm from RPC’s Centre for Legal Leadership where he was a founding director, offering mentoring and guidance to lawyers working in-house.

Earlier in his career, Macmillan spent two years as senior vice president and senior commercial legal counsel at Visa Europe between March 2012 and April 2014 as well as a four-year spell as EMEA senior legal counsel with Dell from January 2005 to April 2009.

Irwin Mitchell group chief executive Andrew Tucker said: “Bruce is incredibly experienced both in the role of in-house lawyer and at executive management level and we look forward to working with him as we build our business further.”

Macmillan’s first in-house role came when he joined Cable & Wireless Communications in March 1998 and had previously spent his career in private practice with legacy Gouldens, before its 2003 merger with Jones Day, and legacy SJ Berwin in the firm’s Brussels office.

The results for Irwin Mitchell LLP’s accounts were released last month, showing that borrowing had increased 19 per cent in its first-full year following the merger with legacy Thomas Eggar.

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