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Irwin Mitchell

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North: Human resources

Pensions - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell (Newcastle)

Forming part of the Yorkshire and North East pensions group led by Leed-based Nigel Bolton, Irwin Mitchell’s practice in Newcastle features associate Kate Byers, who heads the firm’s pensions documents practice and is recognised for her expertise in drafting and interpreting pensions documentation. Associate Lucy Herbert is also recommended and acts in scheme governance and compliance issues. Pan Trustees and Grant Thornton are clients; the team advised the latter on a business sale including the related rescue of the pension scheme from administration and the movement of the scheme to a new employer. Herbert also assisted the Fishing Co-operatives (UK) Ltd Retirement & Death Benefits Scheme with a governance review.

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North: Insurance

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

Irwin Mitchell (Newcastle)

A major player in the field in the North of England’, Irwin Mitchellstands shoulder to shoulder with the best firms in the region’, with clients citing its ‘willingness to go the extra mile in championing its clients’ causes’ and its ‘truly fantastic service’ as key differentiators. The team covers the whole gamut of clinical negligence issues and has a ‘well-earned reputation’ in high-value cerebral palsy claims, thanks in part to practice head Angela Kirtley. Kirtley’s recent work includes handling a case involving catastrophic brain damage resulting from a failure to diagnose an infection, and a case involving the failure of hospital staff to identify a patient’s risk of suicide due to mental health problems. Other recommended individuals include solicitor Michelle Armstrong, who is ‘professional, knowledgeable, caring and approachable’ and specialises in birth injury claims, and associate Lindsey Henderson who is praised as ‘a shrewd tactician with an ability to overcome complex and tricky hurdles’.

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

Irwin Mitchell (Newcastle)

An absolutely outstanding firm’ that is ‘one of the national leaders in the field’, Irwin Mitchellis second to none for sheer hard work alone’; the firm’s ‘innovation and dedication to its clients places it in a league of its own’. The team is led by the ‘top-class’ Fran Mayes, who ‘has a fantastic client manner and always inspires trust and confidence’; she specialises in serious injury work and recently acted in several cases involving spinal and brain injury. The team includes a number of other ‘star players’, including occupational injury and illness specialist Roger Maddocks, who ‘gets incredible results and is on top of each case from beginning to end’; ‘outstanding’ associate Jane Pyrah, who specialises in cases involving serious brain injury; Andrew McGowan (also an associate), who focuses on severe head injuries and cycling accidents; and ‘highly intelligent’ solicitor Emma Crowther, who is recommended for her industrial disease expertise. John Davis is now a consultant at Sintons LLP.

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