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Irwin Mitchell

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Irwin Mitchell is unique, both in its culture and its approach to law. Nationally acclaimed with strong international capabilities, Irwin Mitchell is one of a few law firms to provide a diverse range of legal services to businesses and private individuals. It has a strong customer service culture and a high level of client retention.

The firm: It has an established office network covering Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds, Leicester (consulting office), London, Manchester, Newcastle, Southampton and Sheffield. It also operates in Scotland through Irwin Mitchell Scotland, with an office in Glasgow. The firm employs more than 2,200 staff and has 188 partners.

The company has a corporate structure with a parent company, Irwin Mitchell Holdings Limited, sitting above Irwin Mitchell LLP and a number of subsidiaries. In August 2012, Irwin Mitchell was one of the first firms to become an alternative business structure (ABS) and the first to be granted multiple ABS licences by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).

The firm was the winner of the Development of Talent Award in the Halsbury Legal Awards 2013 and also received awards for the best graduate trainee recruitment campaign and most effective diversity programme (gender) at The Lawyer Awards in 2012. Other accolades include being ranked in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index for 2014, as well as being one of the leading companies to sign up to the business compact scheme to create fairer job opportunities for young people.

Irwin Mitchell received a gold award in the Business in the Community ‘Top 100 Companies that Count’ CR Index 2013 and is also a founding and executive member of the Legal Sector Alliance, through which it annually publishes its carbon footprint. In addition, the Irwin Mitchell independent registered charity, the Irwin Mitchell Charities Foundation (IMCF), has made over £1m of charitable donations since its formation.

Types of work undertaken: One of the largest law firms in the UK, Irwin Mitchell provides a wide range of legal services to over 200,000 clients a year, with particular strengths in litigation.

The firm is divided into two divisions: personal legal services (PLS) and business legal services (BLS). It adopts a partnership approach to its clients, underpinned by the latest technology, innovative pricing and excellent service delivery.

The firm also has an outstanding track record of delivering bespoke solutions for its business partners that ensures that it is recognised as the leading legal provider of volume and commoditised legal services in the UK.

Personal legal services: the firm remains one of the leading personal injury and medical negligence litigation practices in the UK. It offers a wide range of services covering all the key injury types from road-traffic accidents to product liability claims and serious head/spinal injury cases.

A comprehensive range of private client services are also provided, including a national family team with extensive experience acting in complex financial disputes.

The firm provides will writing services for customers of major financial institutions and private individuals. In addition, it provides a national probate, contentious probate, public law and conveyancing service and is the UK’s leading Court of Protection practice.

Business legal services: the firm offers a wide range of commercial services and in recent years it has significantly expanded its corporate, commercial litigation and real estate services. The aim is to develop a cutting edge commercial service that will challenge the traditional City and national firms.

Areas of expertise include business investigations, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, construction and infrastructure, corporate, employment, environmental, finance, insolvency, international, investigations and prosecutions, pensions, planning, real estate, recoveries, restructuring and tax.

Subsidiaries: Irwin Mitchell’s investment management business (IM Asset Management Ltd) provides specialist fund management services for private individuals. It acts for a wide range of clients, including high-net-worth individuals and personal injury claimants.

Irwin Mitchell also owns Coris UK Ltd, which is part of the Coris Group, a worldwide network providing services to a range of independent clients in the travel and insurance industries. In addition, Irwin Mitchell owns a full-service DCA (debt collection agency), Ascent Performance Group Limited, which covers all types of debt across the UK and Northern Ireland.

Number of partners 188

Number of other UK fee-earners 900+

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