People on the move: Irwin Mitchell; Generation; CLB Coopers

Adam Kaucher and Victoria Zivkovic

Law firm Irwin Mitchell has announced the appointment of two corporate partners, Adam Kaucher and Victoria Zivkovic, to its business division in Manchester.

The appointment of the pair brings a wealth of corporate transactional experience to complement its well-regarded offering within the fields of real estate, banking, restructuring, employment and litigation.

Adam Kaucher joins from Addleshaw Goddard in Manchester, having previously spent several years in central Asia as regional head of legal for KPMG and in a global law firm.

He has a wealth of cross border and domestic transactional experience, including public and private M&A, private equity and venture capital investments, joint ventures, banking and IPOs.

Victoria Zivkovic joins from PwC Legal, where she headed up the corporate team in Manchester and has led and advised on a number of high profile M&A projects and international restructuring projects.

She has a broad range of corporate experience including private equity and private M&A with a number of firms including at Pinsent Masons and at Cobbetts, where Kaucher was a corporate partner and the two worked side by side for several years.

Roy Beckett, regional managing partner at Irwin Mitchell’s Manchester office, said: “These senior appointments demonstrate our continued investment into building a first-class Business Legal Services team here in Manchester.

“Both Adam and Victoria have a strong track record for delivering exceptional client service and I look forward to them developing and leading a highly credible corporate offering within our Manchester office.”

Chris Rawstron, head of corporate at Irwin Mitchell, said: “I’m excited about the prospect of Victoria and Adam working together at Irwin Mitchell. They have impressive backgrounds, particularly in private company M&A, and are well known in the corporate finance community. Together they’ll form a strong team for the Manchester office and complement our growing national team.”

Zivkovic said: “It is great to be reuniting with Adam to join the first class team of lawyers at Irwin Mitchell. We have both been impressed with the firm’s culture and commitment to delivering quality legal services, and look forward to developing a new corporate offering in Manchester, putting clients first.”


Manchester-based developer Generation has appointed Patrick Ross to help deliver the company’s expanding development portfolio.

Ross’ role will be to source and bring forward new development opportunities.

Formerly head of business development for Southway Housing, Ross established the company’s first ever development and acquisition programme in south Manchester and led their creation of a private rented sector business.

His 20-year track record in regeneration and property development also includes a number of other senior roles for several leading private and public sector organisations including Tribal Group plc, Colin Buchanan, New East Manchester and Hulme Regeneration.

Co-founder of Generation Ltd, Shehzad Chaudhri said: “Patrick joining us represents a significant appointment for the business as we actively pursue new opportunities across Greater Manchester.

“Patrick’s wealth of experience in managing and delivering high quality residential and mixed use schemes in the region, alongside his extensive market knowledge and contacts, will enable us to grow our pipeline of projects.”

Ross said: “Generation is gaining an excellent reputation for delivering high quality developments, and is becoming increasingly well known for its work on high profile schemes such as the Toast Rack, as well as growing a number of smaller, yet significant projects.

“With their track record and ambitious plans for growth, I am pleased to be joining the team at this exciting time in the company’s evolution.”


North West accountancy and advisory firm CLB Coopers has announced the promotion of Heather Andrew to senior manager.

This promotion comes after the firm, which is part of the Baldwins Group, recently announced a number of key senior appointments and further promotions across its offices in response to growing demand for its specialist services.

The new senior manager will help the firm deliver its ambitious growth plans which will encompass the wider North West region.

Andrew, who joined CLB Coopers in 2007 as a graduate trainee, is a key member of its audit and assurance team and works with a varied client base, including entrepreneurial SMEs and owner-managed businesses, as well as pension schemes and charities, located across the region.

Andrew said: “I am looking forward to the challenges of a more senior role in the team and supporting the ongoing success of CLB Coopers.”

Graham Rigby, senior director at CLB Coopers, who heads up the Manchester office, said: “Heather’s promotion is well-deserved and with her commercial experience and support of her fellow senior team members, she is set to continue to progress within the firm.

“Our culture is one that encourages staff to achieve their ambitions and we adopt a policy of promoting from within wherever possible, so being able to guide talented individuals, like Heather, through their careers is fundamental to the success of our business.”