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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: Irwin Mitchell employs more than 2,200 staff and has more than 200 partners. The company has a group structure, with Irwin Mitchell Holdings Limited sitting above Irwin Mitchell LLP and a number of subsidiaries. It has an established office network covering Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Southampton and Sheffield, and a consulting office in Middlesbrough. Irwin Mitchell Scotland LLP is a separate Scottish legal practice regulated by the Law Society of Scotland and has an office in Glasgow.

In 2012, Irwin Mitchell became one of the first companies to be approved as an alternative business structure (ABS). It has since acquired six firms to drive further growth, with the latest being Mayfair-based wealth services provider Berkeley Law in November 2014.

Recent awards include Claimant Solicitor of the Year at the Rehabilitation First Awards 2014 and Litigation Team of the Year at the Scott and Co Legal Awards 2014.

The firm was ranked eighth in the 2014 Black Solicitors Network diversity league table and is recognised by Legal Sector Alliance as having the second lowest carbon footprint of any UK law firm. 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 which 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 is also provided, including a national family team with extensive experience in 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. In recent years, it has significantly expanded its corporate, commercial litigation and real estate services and aims to become a leading provider of business legal services.

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

Subsidiaries: in November 2014, Irwin Mitchell acquired private wealth law firm Berkeley Law in the latest stage of plans to expand its business and increase its offering in London.

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 owns a full-service DCA (debt collection agency), Ascent Performance Group Limited, which covers all types of debt across the UK and Northern Ireland.

Coris UK Ltd, part of the Coris Group, is also part of the Irwin Mitchell Group, providing a worldwide network offering services to a range of independent clients in the travel and insurance industries.

Number of partners 224

Number of other UK fee-earners 900+

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