Irwin Mitchell Family Law has announced that its partner, Erin Sawyer, has been appointed co-president of the Bristol Law Society.
Sawyer will share the presidency for two years with Edward Thompson, a property litigator based in the South West region.
This is the first time the Bristol Law Society has appointed two co-presidents. Irwin Mitchell said this is a “big step towards committing to more flexibility for its members and senior leadership team”.
Additionally, Sawyer was previously senior vice president of the Bristol Law Society, and she was promoted to partner at Irwin Mitchell in 2021.
She is a specialist in a range of family law areas, including “high-net-worth and complex” financial divorce matters and cohabitation issues.
Irwin Mitchell said that “the move makes a statement that new parents are supported and at the forefront of the organisation” as Sawyer is set to go on maternity leave at the start of 2022, and Thompson is a new father.
Sawyer said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have been appointed co-president of the Bristol Law Society with Edward, someone I respect very much as a lawyer and as a contributor to the Bristol legal community.
“Our combined leadership will also allow enhanced collaboration so we can best make sure the Bristol Law Society is at the top of its game for the benefit of the South West legal sector and its clients.”
She added: “I’m looking forward to getting started and hope our two-year tenure inspires other companies and organisations to find new ways to encourage and support new parent colleagues in their professional endeavours.”