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Irwin Mitchell

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South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Hampshire
Corporate and commercial: Hampshire - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell has the expertise to serve mid-market and large corporates as well as high-net-worth individuals and entrepreneurs and has the additional strength of a network of national offices. John Riddick specialises in assisting owner-managed companies and Dean Drew has acknowledged automotive and real estate sector expertise. The team advised Business Logic Systems on the sale of its African telecom software business to Evolving Systems and in other highlight work assisted the Montrose Group and its Swedish parent, Bufab as guarantor, with the acquisition of the share capital of Thunderbolts Group. Other clients include the Hendy Group, Datacolor International and the Scott Brownrigg Group.

Irwin Mitchell has the expertise to serve mid-market and large corporates as well as high-net-worth individuals and entrepreneurs and has the additional strength of a network of national offices. John Riddick specialises in assisting owner-managed companies and Dean Drew has acknowledged automotive and real estate sector expertise. The team advised Business Logic Systems on the sale of its African telecom software business to Evolving Systems and in other highlight work assisted the Montrose Group and its Swedish parent, Bufab as guarantor, with the acquisition of the share capital of Thunderbolts Group. Other clients include the Hendy Group, Datacolor International and the Scott Brownrigg Group.

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Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 1

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell‚Äôs ‚Äėservice level is excellent - the strong team is responsive and proactive, providing pragmatic, commercial and considered advice‚Äô. It routinely advises regional, national and international clients, including private equity and venture capital firms and private and publicly listed corporates and has expertise in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors. It advised Air Partner on the acquisition of SafeSkys and also assisted Brighton-based life sciences company Destiny Pharma with its admission to AIM and an institutional placing, in a transaction valued at ¬£70m. The team in Crawley is led by Daniel Bastide and with Stuart Padgham as the national head of the group; the duo provide ‚Äėtimely, pragmatic advice and have high technical skills‚Äô. Faye Bargery has noted expertise in handling private equity transactions and on the commercial side, and Dan Hedley and solicitor Chris Bridges are ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô with Bridges also highlighted for his strength in data protection matters.

Irwin Mitchell‚Äôs ‚Äėservice level is excellent - the strong team is responsive and proactive, providing pragmatic, commercial and considered advice‚Äô. It routinely advises regional, national and international clients, including private equity and venture capital firms and private and publicly listed corporates and has expertise in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors. It advised Air Partner on the acquisition of SafeSkys and also assisted Brighton-based life sciences company Destiny Pharma with its admission to AIM and an institutional placing, in a transaction valued at ¬£70m. The team in Crawley is led by Daniel Bastide and with Stuart Padgham as the national head of the group; the duo provide ‚Äėtimely, pragmatic advice and have high technical skills‚Äô. Faye Bargery has noted expertise in handling private equity transactions and on the commercial side, and Dan Hedley and solicitor Chris Bridges are ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô with Bridges also highlighted for his strength in data protection matters.

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Hampshire
Commercial litigation: Hampshire - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell

The team at Irwin Mitchell, led by Andrew Jackson, is rated for 'its good understanding of risk combined with commercial awareness and sound legal advice'.It undertakes commercial disputes in an array of sectors such as insurance, telecoms and financial services and is supported by specialists in other teams. The group's recent work includes representing a well-known bank in negligence claims; acting for a high-profile individual in an action against an accountant; and acting for a UK company in a multi-jurisdictional, high-value contractual dispute involving potential claims of product liability. Hannah Clipston and associate Stephanie Reeves are also recommended.

The team at Irwin Mitchell, led by Andrew Jackson, is rated for 'its good understanding of risk combined with commercial awareness and sound legal advice'.It undertakes commercial disputes in an array of sectors such as insurance, telecoms and financial services and is supported by specialists in other teams. The group's recent work includes representing a well-known bank in negligence claims; acting for a high-profile individual in an action against an accountant; and acting for a UK company in a multi-jurisdictional, high-value contractual dispute involving potential claims of product liability. Hannah Clipston and associate Stephanie Reeves are also recommended.

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Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell combines 'a good understanding of risk and commercial awareness with sound legal advice' according to one client and team head Robert Kenyon 'inspires confidence.' Sarah Birkbeck, who has 'excellent client management skills, and good judgement as to which arguments are going to get most traction', covers disputes in the IP and technology space; Martin Cross  is 'a good operator with a cool head'; and newly made-up senior associate Clementine Burch is 'highly efficient and dependable'. The team acted for the majority shareholder in a dispute with the minority shareholders of an accountancy firm in a complex matter in the High Court. It also acted for a high-profile individual in a dispute with HMRC and an action against an accountancy firm.

Irwin Mitchell combines 'a good understanding of risk and commercial awareness with sound legal advice' according to one client and team head Robert Kenyon 'inspires confidence.' Sarah Birkbeck, who has 'excellent client management skills, and good judgement as to which arguments are going to get most traction', covers disputes in the IP and technology space; Martin Cross  is 'a good operator with a cool head'; and newly made-up senior associate Clementine Burch is 'highly efficient and dependable'. The team acted for the majority shareholder in a dispute with the minority shareholders of an accountancy firm in a complex matter in the High Court. It also acted for a high-profile individual in a dispute with HMRC and an action against an accountancy firm.

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South East: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell provides 'an excellent overall service' to its clients, which include  institutional lenders such as HSBC and RBS, as well as a number of ,private lenders and corporate borrowers. The practice is particularly active in the development finance space, where it acts for borrowers and lenders on a range of transactions, with a particular emphasis on hotels and care homes. It is also active in the education sector, recently advising Chichester College on the renegotiation of its banking facilities with Lloyds Banking Group and Barclays, in addition to the negotiation of a further facility with the Department of Education in connection with its merger with Central Sussex College. Other highlights included acting for Vengrove on an £8.5m senior loan facility provided by North West Evergreen Fund to finance the development of a logistics scheme at Agecroft Commerce Park in Salford; acting for HSBC on the financing of Michelmersh Brick Holdings' acquisition of Carlton Main Brickworks; and advising NatWest on the financing of the MBO of Optimal Technologies. Daniel Webster heads the practice and is rated for his 'in-depth knowledge of all types of deals'. Also recommended are property finance expert David Fanchi, Richard Purcell, who handles development financings, and Balbit Thandi. Sarah Naylor joined EMW Law LLP  in November 2017.

Irwin Mitchell provides 'an excellent overall service' to its clients, which include  institutional lenders such as HSBC and RBS, as well as a number of ,private lenders and corporate borrowers. The practice is particularly active in the development finance space, where it acts for borrowers and lenders on a range of transactions, with a particular emphasis on hotels and care homes. It is also active in the education sector, recently advising Chichester College on the renegotiation of its banking facilities with Lloyds Banking Group and Barclays, in addition to the negotiation of a further facility with the Department of Education in connection with its merger with Central Sussex College. Other highlights included acting for Vengrove on an £8.5m senior loan facility provided by North West Evergreen Fund to finance the development of a logistics scheme at Agecroft Commerce Park in Salford; acting for HSBC on the financing of Michelmersh Brick Holdings' acquisition of Carlton Main Brickworks; and advising NatWest on the financing of the MBO of Optimal Technologies. Daniel Webster heads the practice and is rated for his 'in-depth knowledge of all types of deals'. Also recommended are property finance expert David Fanchi, Richard Purcell, who handles development financings, and Balbit Thandi. Sarah Naylor joined EMW Law LLP  in November 2017.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's insolvency team provides an 'excellent and very personal service', handling both contentious proceedings and restructurings, as well as refinancing work. The Crawley office is well known for working with private clients, as well as local companies and banks. Practice lead Martin Cross and solicitor Alison Bruce represented Astral Education in relation to a multi-million-pound funding that is required to fulfill its business plan, creditor obligations and facility agreements with its Chinese acquirers. In a different highlight, the team advised a Russian individual as stakeholder in a financially distressed banking entity concerning the management of his creditor exposure in Russia, Cyprus, Latvia and Germany. Other active clients include Smith & Williamson, RBS/NatWest, KPMG, BDO and FRP Advisory. Frank Bouette left for EMW Law LLP in late 2017.

Irwin Mitchell's insolvency team provides an 'excellent and very personal service', handling both contentious proceedings and restructurings, as well as refinancing work. The Crawley office is well known for working with private clients, as well as local companies and banks. Practice lead Martin Cross and solicitor Alison Bruce represented Astral Education in relation to a multi-million-pound funding that is required to fulfill its business plan, creditor obligations and facility agreements with its Chinese acquirers. In a different highlight, the team advised a Russian individual as stakeholder in a financially distressed banking entity concerning the management of his creditor exposure in Russia, Cyprus, Latvia and Germany. Other active clients include Smith & Williamson, RBS/NatWest, KPMG, BDO and FRP Advisory. Frank Bouette left for EMW Law LLP in late 2017.

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Hampshire
Employment: Hampshire - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's team provides 'responsive and pragmatic advice' which is appropriate to the clients' culture. It handles a range of work spanning restructures and TUPE transfers, to restrictive covenants, discrimination cases and harassment matters. The 'very pragmatic' Simon Fenton 'provides great support on some complex issues' and is well supported by 'positive and confident' associate Andrew Crudge. Clients include Kenwood, Thatcham Research, World of Books and Topcon (Great Britain).

Irwin Mitchell's team provides 'responsive and pragmatic advice' which is appropriate to the clients' culture. It handles a range of work spanning restructures and TUPE transfers, to restrictive covenants, discrimination cases and harassment matters. The 'very pragmatic' Simon Fenton 'provides great support on some complex issues' and is well supported by 'positive and confident' associate Andrew Crudge. Clients include Kenwood, Thatcham Research, World of Books and Topcon (Great Britain).

Leading individuals

Simon Fenton - Irwin Mitchell

Simon Fenton - Irwin Mitchell

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South East: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Clinical negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell

'Dedicated and thorough' Irwin Mitchell is 'one of the leading firms in the geographical area'. The clinical negligence team has a particular specialism in birth injury, stillbirth and neonatal death matters, while also focusing on negligent oncology, brain and spinal injury cases. The practice can further offer ancillary services to clients, such as public law, education, Court of Protection, family and investment management advice. 'Talented and compassionate' practice lead Justine Spencer , who is 'a sharp legal mind' and 'obtains superb results for her clients', and 'tactically astute' associate Rebecca Brown are recommended. Solicitors Matthew Gascoyne and Eleanor Phipp joined from Wixted & Co Limited in February 2017 and from Blake Morgan LLP in January 2018, respectively.

'Dedicated and thorough' Irwin Mitchell is 'one of the leading firms in the geographical area'. The clinical negligence team has a particular specialism in birth injury, stillbirth and neonatal death matters, while also focusing on negligent oncology, brain and spinal injury cases. The practice can further offer ancillary services to clients, such as public law, education, Court of Protection, family and investment management advice. 'Talented and compassionate' practice lead Justine Spencer , who is 'a sharp legal mind' and 'obtains superb results for her clients', and 'tactically astute' associate Rebecca Brown are recommended. Solicitors Matthew Gascoyne and Eleanor Phipp joined from Wixted & Co Limited in February 2017 and from Blake Morgan LLP in January 2018, respectively.

Next generation lawyers

Justine Spencer - Irwin Mitchell

Justine Spencer - Irwin Mitchell

Rebecca Brown - Irwin Mitchell

Rebecca Brown - Irwin Mitchell

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell

The personal injury department at the 'excellent' Irwin Mitchell is 'always professional, proactive and well liked by clients, case managers and therapy teams'. It is best known for handling brain, spinal cord and orthopaedic injury claims, as well as industrial disease, military and fatal accident cases. On the partner level, asbestos disease lawyer Guy Darlaston, serious injury solicitor Claire Howard and 'approachable, fair-but-firm' military injuries adviser Andrew Buckham are the key contacts. Other names to note are associates Ruth Johnson and Nicola Maier. The team can refer clients to other experts within the firm, such as the Court of Protection, client liaison management, trust and probate, asset management, employment, community care, education, immigration and family practices; the firm can also provide forensic road traffic advice.

The personal injury department at the 'excellent' Irwin Mitchell is 'always professional, proactive and well liked by clients, case managers and therapy teams'. It is best known for handling brain, spinal cord and orthopaedic injury claims, as well as industrial disease, military and fatal accident cases. On the partner level, asbestos disease lawyer Guy Darlaston, serious injury solicitor Claire Howard and 'approachable, fair-but-firm' military injuries adviser Andrew Buckham are the key contacts. Other names to note are associates Ruth Johnson and Nicola Maier. The team can refer clients to other experts within the firm, such as the Court of Protection, client liaison management, trust and probate, asset management, employment, community care, education, immigration and family practices; the firm can also provide forensic road traffic advice.

Next generation lawyers

Andrew Buckham - Irwin Mitchell

Andrew Buckham - Irwin Mitchell

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South East: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's agriculture and estate practice 'has emerged as a leader in this field in the South East', with clients singling out practice head James Pavey for his ability to combine 'a fantastic eye for detail, strong strategic and tactical nous, and a passion for client care'. The practice, which is formed of the merged teams from legacy firms Thomas Eggar and Berkeley Law, comprises  specialists who act for private, commercial and institutional clients in the rural sector, including 38 landed and agricultural estates on the full range of agricultural matters, from high-value tax planning advice to routine property management work. Recent highlights include acting for Denbies Wine Estate on the sale of development land forming part of a large rural estate; and advising a registered charity on the sale of a 15th century listed house in 22 acres of parkland, which involved handling planning issues related to its listed status and compliance with the Charities Act regarding the surveyor's report. Pavey's expertise encompasses public and private law advice on behalf of rural landholdings, high-net-worth individuals and institutional landowners. Also recommended are Iain MacLeod, who acts for large estates as well as smaller estates and farms; James Letchford, who relocated to the firm's Gatwick office in 2017 and acts for landowners in development matters; Andrew Parry, who has significant expertise in lifetime and post-death tax and succession planning; and senior associate Nicola Gooch, who handles rural planning and environmental matters.

Irwin Mitchell's agriculture and estate practice 'has emerged as a leader in this field in the South East', with clients singling out practice head James Pavey for his ability to combine 'a fantastic eye for detail, strong strategic and tactical nous, and a passion for client care'. The practice, which is formed of the merged teams from legacy firms Thomas Eggar and Berkeley Law, comprises  specialists who act for private, commercial and institutional clients in the rural sector, including 38 landed and agricultural estates on the full range of agricultural matters, from high-value tax planning advice to routine property management work. Recent highlights include acting for Denbies Wine Estate on the sale of development land forming part of a large rural estate; and advising a registered charity on the sale of a 15th century listed house in 22 acres of parkland, which involved handling planning issues related to its listed status and compliance with the Charities Act regarding the surveyor's report. Pavey's expertise encompasses public and private law advice on behalf of rural landholdings, high-net-worth individuals and institutional landowners. Also recommended are Iain MacLeod, who acts for large estates as well as smaller estates and farms; James Letchford, who relocated to the firm's Gatwick office in 2017 and acts for landowners in development matters; Andrew Parry, who has significant expertise in lifetime and post-death tax and succession planning; and senior associate Nicola Gooch, who handles rural planning and environmental matters.

Leading individuals

Iain MacLeod - Irwin Mitchell

Iain MacLeod - Irwin Mitchell

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's dedicated contentious trusts and probate team 'can go toe to toe with any other specialist litigators in the country; its size and the resource it is able to deploy on cases is impressive to behold'. It has an extensive track record handling high-value and complex disputes for individuals, entrepreneurs, business people, banks, executors, trustees, charities and beneficiaries. The practice handles probate disputes involving issues of validity, testamentary capacity, undue influence and rectification claims; family provision claims; professional negligence claims arising from defective defective trust instruments and wills; proprietary estoppel claims against estates; and statutory wills and Court of Protection matters. Practice head Paula James 'wastes no time in getting straight to the point and finds the shortest distance to a solution no matter how tough the journey'. Senior associate Stephen Ireland is 'particularly proactive when it comes to gathering evidence and always has the client's wider interests at heart'. Samantha Ewing joined Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

Irwin Mitchell's dedicated contentious trusts and probate team 'can go toe to toe with any other specialist litigators in the country; its size and the resource it is able to deploy on cases is impressive to behold'. It has an extensive track record handling high-value and complex disputes for individuals, entrepreneurs, business people, banks, executors, trustees, charities and beneficiaries. The practice handles probate disputes involving issues of validity, testamentary capacity, undue influence and rectification claims; family provision claims; professional negligence claims arising from defective defective trust instruments and wills; proprietary estoppel claims against estates; and statutory wills and Court of Protection matters. Practice head Paula James 'wastes no time in getting straight to the point and finds the shortest distance to a solution no matter how tough the journey'. Senior associate Stephen Ireland is 'particularly proactive when it comes to gathering evidence and always has the client's wider interests at heart'. Samantha Ewing joined Charles Russell Speechlys LLP.

Leading individuals

Paula James - Irwin Mitchell

Paula James - Irwin Mitchell

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Family: Hampshire
Family: Hampshire - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's family work is led by Katharine Shaw whose experience spans complex, private financial and children cases which often have a cross-border aspect. Recent work includes handling a dispute concerning the international relocation of a child involving a non-Hague Convention country, and acting in a financial remedy case with assets owned via a partnership structure. Shaw, who is assisted by solicitor Jelena Korobkova, also advises on pre-nuptial agreements and acts in cases where assets are located abroad.

Irwin Mitchell's family work is led by Katharine Shaw whose experience spans complex, private financial and children cases which often have a cross-border aspect. Recent work includes handling a dispute concerning the international relocation of a child involving a non-Hague Convention country, and acting in a financial remedy case with assets owned via a partnership structure. Shaw, who is assisted by solicitor Jelena Korobkova, also advises on pre-nuptial agreements and acts in cases where assets are located abroad.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's team, which is based across the firm's Chichester and Crawley offices, is, according to one client, 'highly skilled, professionally innovative, reactive and proactive'. The group advises business owners and wealthy individuals on succession planning, wealth preservation and a full range of tax advice. It advises on a broad range of trust matters including creation, restructuring and administration and also has expertise in pension death benefit issues. Michael Taylor heads the department; Caroline Shelton is noted for 'her intellect, total attention to detail and creative suggestions and advice'; Anthony Nixon 'has a wealth of experience and can immediately grasp the issue at hand and provides clear and practical advice'; and Darran Fawcett heads the trust administration and compliance team. Senior associate Vicky Day is 'a highly intelligent lawyer who is on top of the latest changes in legislation but also has the ability to deliver technical and legal situations in plain English'.

Irwin Mitchell's team, which is based across the firm's Chichester and Crawley offices, is, according to one client, 'highly skilled, professionally innovative, reactive and proactive'. The group advises business owners and wealthy individuals on succession planning, wealth preservation and a full range of tax advice. It advises on a broad range of trust matters including creation, restructuring and administration and also has expertise in pension death benefit issues. Michael Taylor heads the department; Caroline Shelton is noted for 'her intellect, total attention to detail and creative suggestions and advice'; Anthony Nixon 'has a wealth of experience and can immediately grasp the issue at hand and provides clear and practical advice'; and Darran Fawcett heads the trust administration and compliance team. Senior associate Vicky Day is 'a highly intelligent lawyer who is on top of the latest changes in legislation but also has the ability to deliver technical and legal situations in plain English'.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell

‚ÄėAlways keeping the client informed‚Äô,¬†Irwin Mitchell¬†offers ‚Äėcourteous, appropriate, prompt and efficient service‚Äô with ‚Äėtransparent costings‚Äô. Practice head¬†Sarah Phillips¬†‚Äėis the consummate professional with the bonus of a caring nature‚Äô. Phillips specialises in advising business owners, entrepreneurs and other individuals on complex wealth preservation, taxation and succession considerations.¬†Andrew Parry¬†joined the practice from¬†Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans¬†and leads on a number of matters for landed estates requiring tax planning considerations alongside colleagues in the firm‚Äôs property, company/commercial and family law teams. Senior associate¬†Stewart Stretton-Hill¬†specialises in mental capacity matters, advising attorneys and deputies on relevant tests, applicable duties and powers under the Mental Capacity Act¬†and Court of Protection applications.

‚ÄėAlways keeping the client informed‚Äô,¬†Irwin Mitchell¬†offers ‚Äėcourteous, appropriate, prompt and efficient service‚Äô with ‚Äėtransparent costings‚Äô. Practice head¬†Sarah Phillips¬†‚Äėis the consummate professional with the bonus of a caring nature‚Äô. Phillips specialises in advising business owners, entrepreneurs and other individuals on complex wealth preservation, taxation and succession considerations.¬†Andrew Parry¬†joined the practice from¬†Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans¬†and leads on a number of matters for landed estates requiring tax planning considerations alongside colleagues in the firm‚Äôs property, company/commercial and family law teams. Senior associate¬†Stewart Stretton-Hill¬†specialises in mental capacity matters, advising attorneys and deputies on relevant tests, applicable duties and powers under the Mental Capacity Act¬†and Court of Protection applications.

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Hampshire
Commercial property: Hampshire - ranked: tier 4

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell

David Fanchi is the key name in Irwin Mitchell's team, which provides 'a very practical view on legal matters to help progress a transaction', and is especially experienced in financing matters. The group also includes Philip Gray and Robert Stangroom. Stangroom, who joined in May 2017 from Shoosmiths LLP, was part of a team that advised Seaward Properties on the acquisition, development, financing and sale of affordable housing plots to a registered social housing provider. Gray was part of a team that assisted Micheldever Tyre Services with the property aspects of the acquisitions by way of share purchases of five companies and the grant of new leases.

David Fanchi is the key name in Irwin Mitchell's team, which provides 'a very practical view on legal matters to help progress a transaction', and is especially experienced in financing matters. The group also includes Philip Gray and Robert Stangroom. Stangroom, who joined in May 2017 from Shoosmiths LLP, was part of a team that advised Seaward Properties on the acquisition, development, financing and sale of affordable housing plots to a registered social housing provider. Gray was part of a team that assisted Micheldever Tyre Services with the property aspects of the acquisitions by way of share purchases of five companies and the grant of new leases.

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Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell

The team at Irwin Mitchell, which is based across the firm's Gatwick and Chichester offices, has a 'commercial' approach and is 'sensible on key points'. The group handles complex development projects and land acquisitions including brown and greenfield sites, as well as advising on financing, construction and planning matters. In one recent highlight, it advised Seaward Properties on the acquisition, development, financing and sale of affordable housing plots to a registered social housing provider. Tina Webster is a key contact in the Chichester office and Gatwick-based Balbit Thandi 'is always available to speak and strives to do the best for the client'. The 'pragmatic and efficient' Guy Sackett focuses on residential and mixed-use development matters and urban regeneration projects, and senior associate Brian Dowling is another name to note.

The team at Irwin Mitchell, which is based across the firm's Gatwick and Chichester offices, has a 'commercial' approach and is 'sensible on key points'. The group handles complex development projects and land acquisitions including brown and greenfield sites, as well as advising on financing, construction and planning matters. In one recent highlight, it advised Seaward Properties on the acquisition, development, financing and sale of affordable housing plots to a registered social housing provider. Tina Webster is a key contact in the Chichester office and Gatwick-based Balbit Thandi 'is always available to speak and strives to do the best for the client'. The 'pragmatic and efficient' Guy Sackett focuses on residential and mixed-use development matters and urban regeneration projects, and senior associate Brian Dowling is another name to note.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell is rated for its 'responsiveness and strength in depth'. The construction practice has a particularly strong profile in the education sector, and regularly acts for developers, contractors and consultants, as well as owners of residential property in London and of country estates on issues arising from construction projects. In an illustration of the growth in non-contentious work in 2017, the practice acted for developers Artisan Real Estate on the preparation and negotiation of professional appointments for proposed residential developments in Woolwich and Swanley. In a mandate demonstrating its education-sector credentials, the practice advised Lambeth College on all aspects of the proposed development of its campus in Vauxhall. The firm is also noted for its strength in construction disputes, and recently acted for Structure Consulting in adjudications and subsequent High Court litigation concerning claims for payment in respect of a project for the design and construction of a Lebanese food production and training kitchen facility. Practice head Mark Clinton ('a pleasure to work with') has more than 30 years' experience in construction issues. Sarah Evans and Izabela Arnold are also recommended.

Irwin Mitchell is rated for its 'responsiveness and strength in depth'. The construction practice has a particularly strong profile in the education sector, and regularly acts for developers, contractors and consultants, as well as owners of residential property in London and of country estates on issues arising from construction projects. In an illustration of the growth in non-contentious work in 2017, the practice acted for developers Artisan Real Estate on the preparation and negotiation of professional appointments for proposed residential developments in Woolwich and Swanley. In a mandate demonstrating its education-sector credentials, the practice advised Lambeth College on all aspects of the proposed development of its campus in Vauxhall. The firm is also noted for its strength in construction disputes, and recently acted for Structure Consulting in adjudications and subsequent High Court litigation concerning claims for payment in respect of a project for the design and construction of a Lebanese food production and training kitchen facility. Practice head Mark Clinton ('a pleasure to work with') has more than 30 years' experience in construction issues. Sarah Evans and Izabela Arnold are also recommended.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's planning practice acts for clients nationwide on a range of matters, with an emphasis on mixed-use regeneration schemes involving brownfield land. Recent highlights include acting on a flagship regeneration scheme in Croydon, which will involve 794 residential units, as well as 35,000 sq metres of office space, retail, a swimming pool, gym and a public viewing deck; acting for Chippenham Properties and Langley Properties on the development of a former industrial site to include a research and development park and up to 400 new homes; and handling planning issues for the redevelopment of a former industrial site severely damaged by flooding in 2009, which involves major new flood defences, up to 416 dwellings, a creative workspace hub, a medical centre, and a footbridge over the River Ouse. Carl Dyer heads the practice and has an extensive track record in securing planning approval for mixed-use development. Senior associate Nicola Gooch is also recommended.

Irwin Mitchell's planning practice acts for clients nationwide on a range of matters, with an emphasis on mixed-use regeneration schemes involving brownfield land. Recent highlights include acting on a flagship regeneration scheme in Croydon, which will involve 794 residential units, as well as 35,000 sq metres of office space, retail, a swimming pool, gym and a public viewing deck; acting for Chippenham Properties and Langley Properties on the development of a former industrial site to include a research and development park and up to 400 new homes; and handling planning issues for the redevelopment of a former industrial site severely damaged by flooding in 2009, which involves major new flood defences, up to 416 dwellings, a creative workspace hub, a medical centre, and a footbridge over the River Ouse. Carl Dyer heads the practice and has an extensive track record in securing planning approval for mixed-use development. Senior associate Nicola Gooch is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Carl Dyer - Irwin Mitchell

Carl Dyer - Irwin Mitchell

Next generation lawyers

Nicola Gooch - Irwin Mitchell

Nicola Gooch - Irwin Mitchell

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South East: TMT

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell

The 'strong, responsive and proactive' Irwin Mitchell¬†team combines ‚Äėexcellent overall service levels‚Äô with ‚Äėgood IT industry knowledge and capability, including on GDPR and data protection‚Äô. The firm‚Äôs Gatwick office is the main centre of the firm‚Äôs national TMT practice, with key partners Stuart Padgham¬†and Dan Hedley¬†based in this office. Padgham and Hedley ‚Äėare knowledgeable and provide timely, pragmatic advice, with high-quality technical skills, industry experience and expertise‚Äô; Hedley is noted in particular for his knowledge of banking law, contracts and FCA regulation. Highlights ranged from assisting LzLabs with a wide range of commercial contract and software licensing matters to advising Saga on the procurement and customisation of a replacement booking and reservation platform. Aurelia Butler-Ball¬†was promoted to senior associate, with a practice focusing on new media and tech start-ups, especially those based in the Brighton area. Butler-Ball has also taken on responsibility for Kim Walker's client base, after Walker moved within the firm into an in-house role.

The 'strong, responsive and proactive' Irwin Mitchell¬†team combines ‚Äėexcellent overall service levels‚Äô with ‚Äėgood IT industry knowledge and capability, including on GDPR and data protection‚Äô. The firm‚Äôs Gatwick office is the main centre of the firm‚Äôs national TMT practice, with key partners Stuart Padgham¬†and Dan Hedley¬†based in this office. Padgham and Hedley ‚Äėare knowledgeable and provide timely, pragmatic advice, with high-quality technical skills, industry experience and expertise‚Äô; Hedley is noted in particular for his knowledge of banking law, contracts and FCA regulation. Highlights ranged from assisting LzLabs with a wide range of commercial contract and software licensing matters to advising Saga on the procurement and customisation of a replacement booking and reservation platform. Aurelia Butler-Ball¬†was promoted to senior associate, with a practice focusing on new media and tech start-ups, especially those based in the Brighton area. Butler-Ball has also taken on responsibility for Kim Walker's client base, after Walker moved within the firm into an in-house role.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's¬†team provides ‚Äėprompt responses, clear advice and great support‚Äô, while being ‚Äėvery accommodating for clients in this sector‚Äô.¬†Stuart Padgham¬†heads the team and is primarily assisted by recently promoted senior associate¬†Aurelia Butler-Ball,¬†who is ‚Äėpersonable and engaging‚Äô with ‚Äėexcellent client engagement‚Äô. Padgham and Butler-Ball have been advising YouTube personality Em Ford on agreements with a major agency and a global cosmetic brand and continue to represent longstanding clients Lady Leshurr and the Conan Doyle Estate on the protection of their respective brands. Other clients of note include London Championships Limited, Wimpy Restaurants and The Sports Sphere.¬†Sarah Birkbeck¬†handles contentious matters in the media, technology and retail sectors and has advised clients on a range of claims, including for copyright infringement and for alleged breaches of post-termination restrictions.¬†Tom Barnard¬†was recently promoted to senior associate; he focuses on the entertainment and sports sector and regularly advises individuals, agents, clubs and commercial entities with interests in the sector.

Irwin Mitchell's¬†team provides ‚Äėprompt responses, clear advice and great support‚Äô, while being ‚Äėvery accommodating for clients in this sector‚Äô.¬†Stuart Padgham¬†heads the team and is primarily assisted by recently promoted senior associate¬†Aurelia Butler-Ball,¬†who is ‚Äėpersonable and engaging‚Äô with ‚Äėexcellent client engagement‚Äô. Padgham and Butler-Ball have been advising YouTube personality Em Ford on agreements with a major agency and a global cosmetic brand and continue to represent longstanding clients Lady Leshurr and the Conan Doyle Estate on the protection of their respective brands. Other clients of note include London Championships Limited, Wimpy Restaurants and The Sports Sphere.¬†Sarah Birkbeck¬†handles contentious matters in the media, technology and retail sectors and has advised clients on a range of claims, including for copyright infringement and for alleged breaches of post-termination restrictions.¬†Tom Barnard¬†was recently promoted to senior associate; he focuses on the entertainment and sports sector and regularly advises individuals, agents, clubs and commercial entities with interests in the sector.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 1

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell acts for international and national governing bodies, sports clubs, funders, agents, operators of leisure facilities and individual sports personalities on the full spectrum of sports law matters, with an emphasis on regulatory and governance advice. In 2017, practice head Hannah Clipston acted for the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science on a review of the appeals policy through the Sport and Recreation Alliance Legal Panel, which then evolved into conducting a full review of all the association's policies. In another key mandate, employment partner Simon Fenton is acting for former British Olympian Jess Varnish following her removal from the British Cycling Olympic programme. Other key figures include Michael Taylor, who provides tax advice to sports personalities, and commercial contracts expert Stuart Padgham.

Irwin Mitchell acts for international and national governing bodies, sports clubs, funders, agents, operators of leisure facilities and individual sports personalities on the full spectrum of sports law matters, with an emphasis on regulatory and governance advice. In 2017, practice head Hannah Clipston acted for the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science on a review of the appeals policy through the Sport and Recreation Alliance Legal Panel, which then evolved into conducting a full review of all the association's policies. In another key mandate, employment partner Simon Fenton is acting for former British Olympian Jess Varnish following her removal from the British Cycling Olympic programme. Other key figures include Michael Taylor, who provides tax advice to sports personalities, and commercial contracts expert Stuart Padgham.

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