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Irwin Mitchell

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North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Manchester
Next Generation Partners

Adam Kaucher - Irwin Mitchell

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North West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell acts for individual and corporate clients on criminal liability, compliance and multi-jurisdictional investigations, which includes advising on investigations by the SFO, SFA and HMRC, and internal investigations concerning issues such as internal theft and fraud and also bribery & corruption. Its fraud and financial crime experience spans sanctions, insider dealing, tax evasion and breaches of financial services regulations. Paul Haycock, who is based across the Manchester and Sheffield offices, heads the team.

Practice head(s):Paul Haycock

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Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell stands out for its experience in business crime, investigations, discipline and complex regulatory matters, and also handles a range of serious general criminal work such as cases involving assault, sexual offences, money laundering and conspiracy to supply drugs. Regulatory and investigations group head Paul Haycock is based across the firm's Leeds and Sheffield offices.

Practice head(s):Paul Haycock

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North West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Manchester
Commercial litigation: Manchester - ranked: tier 5

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's team is particularly focused on clients in the financial services, consumer, tech and manufacturing sector, working with national and international companies and financial services institutions, as well as high net worth and high-profile individuals. Duncan Hope heads the team and is experienced in High Court litigation, mediation and arbitration.

Practice head(s):Duncan Hope

Other key lawyers:Ailsa Anderson


The team at Irwin Mitchell are diligent, conscientious and thorough’.

Irwin Mitchell adopt a calm and considered approach to litigation, which is reassuring and sets them apart from other legal teams’.

The team appear to genuinely care about client service and communication’.

Communication is frequent, timely and consistent and as a team they are always available when needed’.

The individuals are personable and engaging, which differentiates them from other litigation teams’.

Work highlights

  • Acting for a successful claimant bank in multi-party cross-border proceedings concerning a facility of circa £25m.
  • Acting for the respondent tech company in relation to a petition in respect of alleged unfair prejudice pursuant to section 994 of the Companies Act 2006.

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North West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Irwin Mitchell

Led by Dean Gormley , the team at Irwin Mitchell is instructed by lenders and borrowers on a range of commercial and corporate banking matters. Asset based lending, secured lending, leveraged and acquisition finance are key areas of expertise, as is real estate finance work where the team acts for sponsors and investors. The team is increasingly active in China-led mandates.

Practice head(s):Dean Gormley

Other key lawyers:Hayley Johnson


The team is very friendly and willing to give its time

The team has great knowledge of the ABL market

Dean Gormley and Hayley Johnson are excellent


Key Clients

Select Property Group

Arora Group


Lloyds Bank/ Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance


Rothschild & Co

Arbuthnot Latham

Work highlights

  • Acted for Heathrow T2 Hotel (part of the Arora Group) on the financing of a new hotel at Terminal 2, Heathrow.
  • Advised Select Property Group on senior and mezzanine facilities, provided on a syndicated basis by Barclays Bank and Pramerica, regarding a major new student accommodation building (a 19 storey tower) in Leeds.
Leading individuals

Dean Gormley - Irwin Mitchell

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 4

Irwin Mitchell

The team at Irwin Mitchell handles contentious and non-contentious work. It is regularly engaged on the restructuring of businesses across the manufacturing and construction sectors. The team is noted for its corporate advisory expertise and acts for companies and directors of financially distressed businesses. Banks, insolvency practitioners and owner managed businesses are clients for the team which is headed by John Vickery.

Practice head(s):John Vickery


John Vickery is very able and a great lawyer

John Vickery is always available and provides sensible commercial advice as well as excellent technical knowledge; he operates as an extension to our team

John Vickery stands out as an exceptional partner; he has very strong technical knowledge; is a strong relationship builder.; and always provides a series of options and solutions

Key Clients



Begbies Traynor

Bever & Struthers

Duff & Phelps

Hacker Young

Landwood Group

Work highlights

  • Represented the joint administrators of Dream Agility on the sale of its business and assets.
  • Represented the joint administrators of J Bryan (Victoria) on a number of issues within the administration.
  • Represented the joint trustees in bankruptcy of Mr Drupad Chorera.  
  • Represented the joint trustees in bankruptcy of a bankrupt.  

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North West: Insurance

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

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell is described as 'the premier claimant firm in the north west, especially for high value and complex claims' involving birth trauma and spinal cord injuries. 'Clever, conscientious and highly effective litigator' Kristofer Inskip is the new practice head having joined the firm in July 2018 from Hilary Meredith Solicitors. Other key figures include Lindsay Wise, Jennifer Cawthorne and Mark Havenhand, while senior associate Dina Lambourne is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Kristofer Inskip

Other key lawyers:Lindsay Wise; Jennifer Cawthorne; Mark Havenhand; Dina Lambourne; Sharon Williams; Kevin Saul; Sarah Sharples; Margaret Ryan; Ayse Ince


'In-depth experience and access to huge resources for their clients' benefit. Their involvement in high-profile cases has resulted in the acquisition under one roof of expertise second to none. Clients love them.'

'Sarah Sharples is as good as any partner. Extremely professional and caring when advising on a difficult situation. She skilfully handled media interest as well and the case itself. Sarah had a good deal of empathy and technical ability. She was proactive in driving the case forward and achieving a settlement which exceeded our expectations. '

'I have always found working with Irwin Mitchell a pleasure. The solicitors and the administrative staff are extremely professional.'

'A very strong team mixing experienced practitioners of great ability with younger members who are diligent and committed.'

'Jennifer Cawthorne has very good client handling skills, very sound judgement, and a steadfast commitment to her clients' causes. Mark Havenhand is an excellent and confident lawyer. Dina Lambourne shows 100% commitment to her clients.'

'You know with Irwin Mitchell that everything will always be well prepared. '

Work highlights

  • Advised on a case involving an overdose/mismanagement of insulin resulting in brain injury.
  • Advised on a case involving failure to undertake wound debridement leading to below knee amputation.
  • Advised on a spinal injury case following delay over diagnosis of an epidural haematoma following surgery.
  • Advised on a ophthalmic claim arising out of negligent mismanagement.
  • Advised on a clinical negligence claim arising out of a delay to diagnose and treat a colloid cyst.
Leading individuals

Jennifer Cawthorne - Irwin Mitchell

Kris Inskip - Irwin Mitchell

Lindsay Wise - Irwin Mitchell

Rising stars

Dina Lambourne - Irwin Mitchell

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

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell enjoys an excellent reputation for its work on cases involving complex brain and spinal injuries, as well as amputations and military matters. Geraldine McCool leads the firm's military team, which represents some of the most severely disabled armed forces personnel and also specialises in product liability and aviation claims. Other key individuals include practice head Jonathan Betts, Matthew Brown, who specialises in difficult and complex liability cases, Deirdre Healy, Catherine Leech and Geraldine Coombs. Senior associates Matthew Garson and Richard Biggs are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Betts

Other key lawyers:Matthew Brown; Geraldine McCool; Deirdre Healy; Cathy Leech; Grahame Codd; Geraldine Coombs; Matthew Garson; Richard Biggs; Katrina London; Keith Cundall; Amanda Marsh; Cheryl Palmer-Hughes; Gina Heather


'The team is well resourced and covers a wide range of personal injury work.'

'Matthew Brown is a very experienced solicitor, who has excellent judgement and a calm, down to earth manner.'

'Some of the most talented lawyers in the field.'

'Great lawyers. Particularly Geraldine McCool, who has experience as one of the most eminent aviation, catastrophic injury and military claims.'

'Cathy Leech has huge experience in spinal cord injury. She is not only a great lawyer; she puts a huge amount into organisations like the Spinal Injuries Association which supports those who are newly injured as they adjust to their new life.'

'Victoria Higgins is up and coming - she is not only an excellent lawyer but has great client skills.'

'They are leaders in their field nationwide, almost beyond comparison.'

'Jonathan Betts is a well-known expert in his field - he could claim to be one of the best PI solicitors in the UK.'

'Matthew Garson is a star of the present and his future is limitless. Excellent with expert witnesses in conference and teasing out the important issues.'

'Nick Jackson is a star of the future with a pool of knowledge and experience beyond his years.'

'Cathy Leech is extremely good - she has a lovely manner with clients. Hugely experienced, great team player.'

'Geraldine McCool does a fantastic job. Very able and a joy to work with.'

'Very organised with all employees from paralegals up knowing their duties. Probably the top Manchester firm in my opinion.'

'Jonathan Betts is extremely competent and a decent guy. He leads from the top but hasn't forgotten how he got there.'

'The team handles the most serious and complicated claimant catastrophic injury work in the North West. There are fearless in presenting their client's cases. They have the ear of the large insurance companies. They attract the most significant injury work.'

'Richard Biggs is very conscientious. Really cares about his clients and is meticulous in his approach.'

Work highlights

  • Advised a pedestrian involved in a road traffic collision which resulted in severe brain injuries.
  • Advised a woman who suffered severe brain and orthopaedic injuries in road traffic accident.
  • Advised on a case involving road traffic accident which resulted in tetraplegic client with brain injury.
  • Advised a client who suffered injury abroad, resulting in traumatic brain injury, spinal injury and other orthopaedic/soft tissue injuries.
  • Acted for a Cosmetic Surgeon who was knocked off his motorcycle and suffered a brachial plexus injury causing a loss of sensation to his right (dominant) hand.
Leading individuals

Catherine Leech - Irwin Mitchell

Jonathan Betts - Irwin Mitchell

Rising stars

Matthew Garson - Irwin Mitchell

Richard Biggs - Irwin Mitchell

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North West: Private client

Family - ranked: tier 1

Irwin Mitchell

The well-regarded family team at Irwin Mitchell work on a wide range of family-related matters, ranging from trusts to international prenuptial agreements, and is often brought in to 'rescue' complex cases from larger firms when tactical rethink is required or where mistakes have been made. The 'dynamic' Ros Bever, who heads up the national divorce and family team, is well-known for her track record of Supreme Court successes, and has built a strong profile as a go-to lawyer outside of London. The 'first-rate' Nathaniel Groarke is another name to note, while Hannah Saxe is a up-and-coming associate who gives 'pragmatic and realistic advice' to her clients.

Practice head(s):Ros Bever; Nathaniel Groarke; Katie McCann


'Ros Bever is very dynamic and incredibly hard-working. She is an excellent rainmaker, supplying her first-rate team with high quality work.'

'The team are very approachable, available to answer queries and to offer support.'

'The Irwin Mitchell team are focused on achieving the right solution for the client. They are energetic in delivering this to their clients and their ability to work as a team is unrivalled.'

'Ros Bever goes beyond above and beyond for her clients - she is always available to them, always there to deal with their concerns, no matter how large or small.'

'Ros Bever is stand-out in her dynamic, go-getting approach.'

'Hannah Saxe is a very sound matrimonial lawyer, she really knows her stuff and gives pragmatic, realistic advice.'

'Ros Bever is an astonishingly competent lawyer. She holds the facts of each of her complex cases in her head, and has an extraordinary grasp of detail.'

'Nathaniel Groarke is a first-rate lawyer with excellent client-handling skills.'

'Ros Bever is a dynamic head of department and a real star in the national firmanent. David Lister is superb with clients and a natural talent for grasping the issues in the case.' 

Work highlights

  • Acted for a mother in her application to relocate to Malaysia. She wanted to return to the teaching profession after her daughter was born. As all of her experience is international, she was unable to obtain employment in the UK.
  • Advised a wife on a set-aside case after she discovered her husband, who she was divorcing, was a bigamist who had falsified documents and kept undisclosed accounts.
  • Acting for a wife in litigation relating to massive rising debt as a consequence of undertakings given in original proceedings in 2011 while the parties awaited the sale of the former matrimonial home and a Spanish villa.
Leading individuals

Ros Bever - Irwin Mitchell

Next Generation Partners

Nathaniel Groarke - Irwin Mitchell

Rising stars

Hannah Saxe - Irwin Mitchell

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Manchester
Commercial property: Manchester - ranked: tier 5

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell handles a range of real estate development and investment transactional work, and is also instructed on real estate occupier work. The team works closely with the banking team to provide real estate finance advice. Department head Roy Beckett  has a 'strong reputation'.

Practice head(s):Roy Beckett

Other key lawyers:Paula Hanlon


'A solid all-round team that works well with banking and construction functions.'

Roy Beckett  is very knowledgeable.

Key Clients

Bruntwood Estates

Goals Soccer Centres

Northpoint Developments

General Medical Council


Bridgewater Road Holdings

National Grid

Work highlights

  • Advised Gazprom on its Manchester headquarters relocation.
  • Advised Bridgewater Road Holdings on the sale of prospective development site.
  • Advised Select Property Group on the provision of a syndicated structured finance facility for a £60m gross development value student accommodation development.
  • Advised National Grid on a national network portfolio transfer of 4,500 properties.
  • Represented Bridgewater Road Holdings in value engineering property for development disposal.
Leading individuals

Roy Beckett - Irwin Mitchell

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Media and entertainment
Leading individuals

Laura Harper - Irwin Mitchell

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