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Irwin Mitchell is unique, both in its culture and its approach to law.
The firm: 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.
In December 2015 Irwin Mitchell merged with Thomas Eggar, creating the 11th largest law firm in the UK with 2,800 staff, 287 partners and 17 offices.
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, Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle, Southampton, Chichester, Newbury 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 May 2016 Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth was launched, combining the expertise of Berkeley Law, Berkeley Hurrell, Thomas Eggar and Irwin Mitchell under one single offering to clients.
Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth offers a wide range of specialist services for private clients, including succession planning, tax, reputation protection, family and divorce, probate and estate administration, and town and country property. It also advises business owners and executives on their personal business wealth including intellectual property, business law, employment law, commercial property and tax.
Recent awards include Private Client Team of the Year at the 2016 Legal Business Awards and Claimant Solicitor of the Year at the 2015 Rehabilitation First Awards. Irwin Mitchell also won Best Trainee Recruitment Campaign and Best Legal Brand at the 2015 Lawyer Business Leadership Awards.
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 has an outstanding track record of delivering bespoke solutions for its business partners, ensuring 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.
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: 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 providing services to a range of independent clients in the travel and insurance industries.
Number of partners 300+
Number of other UK fee-earners 1,055
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