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Irwin Mitchell

40 HOLBORN VIADUCT, LONDON, EC1N 2PZ, ENGLAND
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Work 020 7404 3600
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Fax 020 7404 0208
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87 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
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www.irwinmitchell.com

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 6

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's recent work has included advising National Grid Plc on contracts related to its online training portal (among various other matters) and assisting Saga Plc with the procurement and customisation of a booking and reservation platform. Gatwick-based Daniel Hedley specialises in IT-related matters, such as software licensing and development, cloud services and IT outsourcing. National practice head Stuart Padgham , solicitor Michael Camps and senior associate solicitor Aurelia Butler-Ball (a specialist in the media and entertainment sector) are also located in Gatwick. Laurence Gavin in Sheffield handles a wide range of matters for clients in sectors such as education and charities, as well as the public sector. Joanne Bone, who leads the team in Leeds, complements her commercial contracts experience with knowledge about data protection issues. Birmingham-based Sarah Riding advises clients on matters such as market entry, supply chain management and sponsorship.

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Financial services
Financial services contentious - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell 's two-partner team 'punches well above its weight' and is regularly involved in some very high-profile internal investigations and regulatory investigations on behalf of individuals. Particularly accomplished at handling criminal matters where there is an overlap with financial regulation, 'bright and hardworking' team head Sarah Wallace is 'wise beyond her years and brings heaps of experience to any dispute'. Wallace has expertise across a wide array of disputes and has recently achieved favourable results for numerous individuals in separate cases relating to alleged insider dealing, as well as successfully defending a company alleged to have engaged in pension mis-selling. Wallace is ably assisted in many of her matters by Tina Lakhani and the 'up-and-coming' Craig Weston, who are both senior associates.

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M&A: smaller deals up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals up to £50m - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

The team at Irwin Mitchell focuses on owner-managed and mid-market businesses, private equity and venture capital, and equity capital markets. It has handled several cross-border transactions: practice head Bryan Bletso, who specialises in private company and international work, advised Conmar Holdings on the $8m sale of fire detection product provider Fireboy-Xintex to US fire apparatus manufacturer W.S. Darley & Co. James Paton-Philip, who is noted for his expertise in the technology sector, acted for the Council of Mortgage Lenders on a merger with other trade associations in the finance and banking industry. Other clients include Engage ESM, Bought by Many, Uniplaces and Petroleum Pipe Group.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell¬†is adept at handling cases of money laundering, bribery, corruption, insider dealing and anti-competitive behaviour. It advises clients in relation to investigations, prosecutions and enforcement action by the SFO, FCA, CPS, HMRC, Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Environment Agency (EA), The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Sarah Wallace¬†heads the team and is ‚Äėa well-regarded expert in white-collar crime‚Äô. Senior associate Tina Lakhani¬†is ‚Äėclever and charming‚Äô.¬†Craig Weston¬†is also recommended.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

Irwin Mitchell

At Irwin Mitchell, Jonathan Sachs specialises in commercial litigation, professional negligence and fraud, and has conducted litigation in various jurisdictions around the world including the US, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Hong Kong. Recent highlights include acting for an international businessman in a fraud claim for £175m. Sarah Wallace is also highly rated; Wallace defends financial crime, fraud and regulatory investigations, with particular experience of defending large and complex criminal or regulatory investigations or prosecutions.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's team is recognised for its 'reliable service' and 'an excellent debt collection ratio', handling all stages of the debt collection process. The experienced team is supplemented by a bespoke case management system, which is available to clients that include corporates and major government departments. Highly experienced debt recovery manager Barry Hogg was instructed by Harrods to recover £500,000 for jewellery a customer had asked to be reserved in his name, but neither paid all the monies due nor took possession of the items, leading to an amicable settlement. Alongside solicitor Jane Begley and Laura Rook, he assisted Crown Record Management with the successful recovery of £100,000 owed by a major mobile telephone company who had multiple accounts with the client, following the issuance of separate proceedings for each account. Other clients include PayPoint Network and BNP Paribas Real Estate Advisory and Property Management.

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Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 4

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell 'has a highly competent professional discipline practice within a national firm'; and it has particular strength and interest in financial discipline matters. Sarah Wallace is 'bright, hardworking and a well-regarded professional discipline expert who always tries to get the best results for clients'. The key senior associates are the 'very clever' Tina Lakhani and Emma Windle, who is noted for professional disciplinary practice in the healthcare and legal sectors; and barrister Craig Weston's professional disciplinary practice is focused on the medical profession.

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London: Finance

Asset based lending
Asset based lending - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

The 'efficient and personable' team at Irwin Mitchell is 'extremely knowledgeable' and provides a 'responsive and cost-effective' service to an impressive range of clients including ABN Amro Commercial Finance, Hitachi Capital, Investec Bank and Arbuthnot Commercial Asset Based Lending, across the full spectrum of transactions, as well as advice on product development, litigation and restructuring/insolvency. Birmingham-based partner Jon Bew has 'vast industry knowledge' and regularly teams up with 'impressive' senior associate Natalie Barnes; Barnes and Bew recently advised core client Shawbrook Bank on a £45m refinance and syndication with Wells Fargo of the Arlington group of companies as part of the acquisition by Arlington of Magal Engineering. The 'excellent' Andrew Watson is also recommended and in his role as national head of banking and finance regularly handles ABL, invoice finance, inventory finance, supplier finance and distribution finance matters. The team is rounded out by Stephen George, who has significant experience advising on restructuring and insolvency issues in the ABL market.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers and senior executives - ranked: tier 6

Irwin Mitchell

Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Sybille Steiner leads the 'focused and responsive' team at Irwin Mitchell, which handles international work, advises on redundancy issues and assists with Employment Tribunal claims. Steiner is also German qualified and Melanie Stancliffe is experienced acting for French clients; Stancliffe is also active in the financial services sector. Recent highlights include advising Kepler Cheuvreux on restructuring and restrictive covenant issues and assisting Market Securities with multiple issues including categorising the employment status of its brokers and handling team moves and departures. On the senior executive side, the firm was substantially bolstered by the arrival of 'undoubted field leader' Shah Qureshi, Shazia Khan and Emilie Cole from Bindmans LLP.

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Pensions
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 5

Irwin Mitchell

Penny Cogher and Martin Jenkins jointly lead Irwin Mitchell's national team; Cogher is 'truly invaluable in her experience and knowledge' and Jenkins is 'an exceptional practitioner'. Key areas of expertise include pensions tax work, auto-enrolment issues and corporate support work; Jenkins recently advised Covpress on the sale of the business and related issues including rescuing its pension scheme out of PPF administration and transferring it to a new employer, and acted for the Council of Mortgage Lenders on the pensions aspects of its amalgamation with UK Finance. Rpmi and Pan Trustees are also clients.

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London: Insurance

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

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell is praised for 'managing claims and dealing with cases professionally and effectively' and is led by Ian Christian. It has a strong focus on handling cases of maximum severity involving brain injuries and adults left with severe neurological injuries. Alison Eddy  focuses on brain and spinal cord injuries and has the ability 'to look at the bigger picture when managing claims to achieve results'. Anita Jewitt is praised for her 'excellent judgement' and Auriana Griffiths is 'unflappable and incredibly hardworking'.

Leading individuals

Allison Eddy - Irwin Mitchell

Auriana Griffiths - Irwin Mitchell

Next generation lawyers

Anita Jewitt - Irwin Mitchell

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

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell is reported to be 'fantastic on all levels'; the team specialises in brain, spinal and other complex injuries and amputation, as well as cases of abuse and industrial diseases. It has secured damages in excess of £100m for some clients and is noted for taking on cases that 'other firms would shy away from', some of which have a cross-border aspect. It is also considered to be a 'leader in the field' for asbestos-related disease claims. The team is composed of 'a range of well-informed and able lawyers' and was further boosted by the addition of Richard Geraghty, who joined from Slater and Gordon in September 2017 and is described as a 'life-changing man' and 'generally excellent all around'. The 'sensitive, patient and intelligent' Ian Bailey is an expert in asbestos-related diseases and mesothelioma in particular. Other key individuals include Tracey Storey , who leads the serious injury team in London and specialises in  brain and spinal injuries alongside  Alison Eddy . Recently promoted partner Chani Dhaliwal leads one of the firm's five serious injury teams and is described as being  'cut from the same cloth' as Colin Ettinger, who has 40 years of experience representing clients with serious injuries and occupational health issues.

Leading individuals

Alison Eddy - Irwin Mitchell

Tracey Storey - Irwin Mitchell

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Product liability: claimant
Product liability: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell¬†¬†is ‚Äėa leading firm in product liability claims and not afraid to take on large group actions‚Äô. In Sheffield, Sallie Booth¬†¬†‚Äėis an excellent solicitor‚Äô who is ‚Äėnot afraid to challenge the established way of doing things when this is in her clients‚Äô interests.‚Äô Booth has brought proceedings against manufacturers from Canada, Scotland and various other jurisdictions for a number of claimants relating to transvaginal mesh, which allegedly caused serious injuries, including soft tissue erosion, severe pain and perforation to surrounding organs. Also in Sheffield, partner Tim Annett¬†¬†‚Äď who is praised as ‚Äėpractical and thorough in his approach to cases‚Äô‚Äď leads the product liability team and is acting alongside Booth in claims related to the Corin Cormet and DePuy Pinnacle group actions with Booth. Solicitor Matthew Newbould¬† is also working on the DePuy group action, and continues to act for an individual in a property damage and personal injury dispute with a retailer of an Air Runner Hoverboard that exploded. Clive Garner¬†splits his time between London and Birmingham and¬†is national head of the personal injury and product liability department.

Leading individuals

Sallie Booth - Irwin Mitchell

Tim Annet - Irwin Mitchell

Next generation lawyers

Kevin Timms - Irwin Mitchell

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 6

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell represents claimants such as lenders, financial institutions, companies and private individuals, and is representing the claimants in a £20m claim against Alpha Bank and Bank of Cyprus. Representing Crocker Enterprises in a £4.3m claim for negligent contentious patent advice was also a key highlight. Practice head Jonathan Sachs is noted for his experience in lender claims and claims against tax advisers. Southampton-based Andrew Jackson is also a key contact, as is Birmingham-based senior associate Jane Anderson, who regularly acts for lenders.

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London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell¬†strengthened its practice with the recruitment of¬†Claire-Marie Cornford¬†from Mishcon de Reya LLP¬†.¬†Cornford is an ‚Äėexperienced and very impressive lawyer, client focused and tactically astute‚Äô. Paula Myers¬†is the national head who is based in Leeds and is also ‚Äėvery sensible and good at dealing with difficult people‚Äô. The team deals with the full spectrum of contested claims concerning the validity of wills and lifetime gifts.

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Court of protection
Court of protection - ranked: tier 1

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell¬†has a ‚Äėsubstantial team nationally that has real depth‚Äô.¬†Julia Lomas¬†heads the team , which includes the ‚Äėvery experienced‚Äô Alex Rook¬† and Bristol-based Polly Sweeney. Sheffield-based Yogi Amin¬† is ‚Äėa very experienced public law litigator and a good judge of a case‚Äô. Associate Anne-Marie Irwin¬†is also ‚Äėbrilliant‚Äô. The team acts as professional deputy or trustee on many complex and high-value cases involving multimillion-pound funds.

Leading individuals

Julia Lomas - Irwin Mitchell

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 4

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell¬†¬†is a ‚Äėvery professional and efficient organisation from senior partner to its assistants‚Äô. National head of the team is Ros Bever¬†and senior associate Carmel Brown¬† is ‚Äėabsolutely excellent‚Äô. The team is equally adept at acting in both complex children and financial remedy cases often with a cross-jurisdictional dimension.¬†Elizabeth Hicks¬†joined¬†Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

The service that Irwin Mitchell¬†provides is ‚Äėexcellent; responses are very quick and efficient and clients will always get the right member of the team for the matter in hand‚Äô.¬†Nick Rucker¬†has a ‚Äėreally good mix of technical excellence and business acumen‚Äô. Alex Ruffel¬† is ‚Äėexcellent‚Äô and George Merrylees¬† has a ‚Äėstrong international practice. He is very approachable and highly experienced‚Äô. Mark Pearce¬†is also well regarded for his work on complex international and UK tax and trusts. The team acts for clients from all over the world with particular strengths in advising clients from Continental Europe, the Middle East, China, CIS and Russia.

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell is noted for 'often being ground breaking in the sense of winning important cases'. It acts for campaigning groups and individuals on a broad range of issues and is increasingly handling  cases against various NHS trusts concerned with the closure of facilities. In one example, it is representing a group of clients in a second set of judicial reviews concerning the withdrawal of funding by Hertfordshire Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group for a respite care centre. It is also acting for an individual in a landmark  case concerning assisted suicide  in which it is claimed that the Suicide Act 1961 is incompatible with the individual's rights under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Yogi Amin heads the team which includes Alex Rook who is acknowledged for being 'extremely able in the fields of social care and public law.' Polly Sweeney , who heads a team in Bristol, has a focus on health and education issues affecting children and young people with disabilities.

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Civil liberties and human rights
Civil liberties and human rights - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell handles a range of human rights issues in the health and social care, education, prison and police sectors. Fiona McGhie is pursuing a civil claim against the police for a breach of its investigative duties. Gus Silverman  and Yogi Amin handle detention cases, actions against the police and right to die cases.

Leading individuals

Yogi Amin - Irwin Mitchell

Next generation lawyers

Fiona McGhie - Irwin Mitchell

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Education: individuals
Education: individuals - ranked: tier 1

Irwin Mitchell

The Irwin Mitchell team, which is 'of the highest calibre', acts for children and young people on special educational needs matters, discrimination issues and challenges to areas such as school transport policies, closures and re-organisations. It also handles judicial reviews of local authority decisions and policies. Examples of its work includes acting for the parents of a child with cerebral palsy and autism in respect to the child's transfer from a maintained school to a non-maintained one that could provide the relevant specialisms; the local authority has refused and an appeal has been filed. In other work, it is acting for a child with autism who was excluded from school on behavioral grounds - an appeal has been lodged with the Upper Tribunal challenging Regulation 4 of the Equality Act (Disability) Regulations arguing that schools should make allowances for children with autism. Team head Polly Sweeney, Steven Baylis and associate Caroline Barrett are 'particularly effective' in this field and Sarah Woosey is also a noted name.

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Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell¬† is a leading practice specializing in representing claimants in a range of serious medical malpractice cases, public inquiries, and human rights cases. Yogi Amin¬† is ‚Äėvery good at seeing the bigger picture especially in sensitive cases‚Äô and is highly experienced in ‚Äėrunning strategic litigation in sensitive human right cases‚Äô;¬†he continues to represent Noel Conway and Dignity in Dying in appeal proceedings on the leading case on assisted dying. Amin is also advising in a judicial review relating to reconfiguration of hospital services in Huddersfield which will lead to the closure of A&E and reduction of hospital beds. Senior associate Mathieu Culverhouse represents clients in relation to their rights to medical treatment and is praised for his ‚Äėability to combine details and is very thorough‚Äô. Key highlights include acting for Lindsey Briggs on behalf of her husband Paul Briggs in a Court of Protection in regards to a the right to discontinue life sustaining treatment. Anne-Marie Irwin is also highly recommended.

Leading individuals

Yogi Amin - Irwin Mitchell

Next generation lawyers

Mathieu Culverhouse - Irwin Mitchell

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 4

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell¬†has been involved in a range of landlord and tenant issues at prominent London locations and is especially ‚Äėvaluable‚Äô in real estate finance mandates. The team has undergone a phase of regrowth, which brought national head of real estate Adrian Barlow¬†to the firm from Pinsent Masons LLP¬†in 2017. Barlow has experience advising public and private sector organisations on large-scale strategic portfolio projects. Corporate letting work has included Ian Silverblatt¬†assisting The National Union of Journalists on the lease agreements for its recently refurbished premises at Gray‚Äôs Inn Road. Similarly, Silverblatt advised Goethe-Institut on the development of a caf√© at the Goethe Institute in South Kensington, which included leasing transactions with multiple operators. Also recommended are associate Nikki Link¬†and Ayesha Hasan, who specialises in property finance.

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Construction
Contruction (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 5

Irwin Mitchell

The ‚Äėvery pragmatic and supremely responsive‚Äô Gordon Anderson¬†heads the transactional team at Irwin Mitchell, which acts for developers on residential-led, mixed-use schemes for clients such as Caudwell Properties, Market-Tech, Spaces and¬†Redevco.¬†Anderson also specialises in ‚Äėcut and carve‚Äô commercial development projects for clients such as Blackstone, bringing strong experience of civil engineering projects such as bridges over Network Rail operational railway. Recent work includes advising Blackstone on the ¬£15m construction of a pedestrian bridge at Chiswick Park.¬† The team is also advising Eric Wright Group on a complicated ¬£100m development near Preston, involving the construction of new highways infrastructure to create a new motorway junction, on-site infrastructure works to enable Ikea to construct a home store and the development of the adjoining retail plot at Cuerden.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 5

Irwin Mitchell

Carl Dyer leads the team at Irwin Mitchell, which specialises in the promotion of mixed-use regeneration schemes involving former brownfield land, often in the context of the redevelopment of former industrial land or education campuses. Associate Rachel Lee handles private and the public sector planning issues, with expertise advising on obtaining planning permission for development projects including large mixed-use urban regeneration schemes, town centre projects, and retail housing, commercial and industrial developments. James Pavey and partner Emily Williams are contentious planning specialists, leading a strong specialist planning litigation sub-team. Pavey also has particular expertise in rural planning, including heritage buildings and farm diversification schemes.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell¬†advises corporates on SFO investigations and internal investigations involving crime and regulatory breaches. It has a particular focus on financial crime and contentious financial services investigations, bribery, fraud and money laundering. The firm also advises corporates and individuals on preventative measures. Sarah Wallace¬†heads the team, she is ‚Äėthe go to choice for a tough and no nonsense litigator who will leave no stone unturned in defence of her clients‚Äô. She is supported by senior associates Craig Weston, Tina Lakhani¬†and Katie Byrne.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell 's intellectual property team acts for Capita on its IP matters, including management of its global trade marks, copyright issues and patented processes and products. The department also handles brand protection and enforcement of rights for the British Chamber of Commerce and retailer Sweaty Betty. The 'hardworking, enthusiastic, commercial' Georgie Collins heads the London office, which includes senior associate and trade mark attorney Kirsten Doherty. The team also leverages its national team, which includes Alex Newman in Leeds.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 5

Irwin Mitchell

Southampton-based dispute resolution expert Hannah Clipston heads the practice at Irwin Mitchell, which handles sports work out of several UK offices. Clipston and the Gatwick-based Tom Barnard advised the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences on reviewing its appeals policy; Barnard and employment expert Simon Fenton assisted Jess Varnish with bringing an unfair dismissal case against British Cycling. On the private client side, the Chichester-based Michael Taylor continues to advise numerous high-profile sports people on wealth management and tax compliance matters. Stuart Padgham advised a large nutrition company on its sponsorship agreements with rugby player James Haskell and hockey player Alex Danson.

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London: Transport

Travel
Travel: personal injury - ranked: tier 1

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell¬†is ‚Äėone of the pre-eminent firms‚Äô for claimant travel personal injury work. Headline work includes representing the families of two BP employees in civil claims following the hostage-taking and death of 40 men in a terror attack at the In Amenas gas plant in Algeria in 2013; representing 12 claimants who significant psychological injuries in the Costa Concordia Cruise disaster of 2012; and representing almost 100 claimants in a group action against Thomas Cook Tour Operations regarding gastrointestinal illnesses suffered during holidays taken in Zante, Greece in 2016. International personal injury department head Clive Garner¬†is the ‚Äėgodfather of international travel litigation‚Äô. He is recommended alongside Philip Banks, who¬†is ‚Äėcalm, very knowledgeable and fearless‚Äô; Demetrius Danas, who¬†has an ‚Äėencyclopaedic knowledge of international personal injury law, is a master tactician and is never outmanoeuvred‚Äô; Amandeep Dhillon, who¬†is an ‚Äėexcellent leader and achieves outstanding results‚Äô; and Suki Chhokar, who¬†heads the group actions illness team. Elizabeth Tetzner¬†and Jennifer Lund¬†are also key figures, as is senior associate Simon Prew, who specialises in claims from illnesses abroad.

Leading individuals

Clive Garner - Irwin Mitchell

Demetrius Danas - Irwin Mitchell

Philip Banks - Irwin Mitchell

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