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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 handles issues arising from domestic and international agreements for clients such as charities, fast-growth technology businesses and consumer products manufacturers. The team, which is led by Stuart Padgham, has expertise in all types of IT agreements, and also other commercial contracts with complex intellectual property, data protection or regulatory issues. Recently promoted partner Daniel Hedley advises LzLabs (a new entrant into the core computing market) on software licensing agreements and partnership arrangements. Joanne Bone recently assisted UK credit reference agency Callcredit with its consumer terms and end-user licensing agreements for the use of an app. Laurence Gavin, Kim Walker and Sarah Riding are other key partners in the team.

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Financial services
Financial services (contentious) - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell’s two-partner team has a strong reputation in the market for advising both corporates and individuals as defendants in criminal and civil regulatory investigations. In addition, the team continues to handle a growing amount of work on behalf of corporates in internal investigations involving potential criminal and regulatory breaches. β€˜Very canny’ team head Sarah Wallace is a β€˜streetwise financial services lawyer and is very alive to the interplay of civil and criminal aspects of an investigation or dispute’. Wallace recently successfully persuaded the FCA to drop its investigation brought against a UK company which had been accused of providing advice and promotion of an unauthorised collective investment scheme. Senior associate Katie Byrne was also involved in the aforementioned matter, and like Wallace is particularly adept at handling matters where there is a significant interplay between civil and criminal proceedings.

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

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell’s β€˜excellent’ department is led by the β€˜pragmatic, responsive and service-oriented’ Bryan Bletso; it is active in private M&A across a wide range of sectors. Simon Griffiths, who has strong experience in equity capital markets and public and private M&A, is the other key partner. β€˜Responsive, accessible, client-focused’ senior associate James Paton-Philip is β€˜friendly, upfront and honest’; he acted for Next Fifteen Communications Group on its Β£1m purchase of a minority stake in artificial intelligence software company Phrasee. He is also strong in equity capital markets. Other clients of the practice include Bought By Many, finnCap, dormakaba International Holding, Petroleum Pipe Group and EDM London. Jon Snade left to join Browne Jacobson LLP in March 2017.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Fraud: white-collar crime
Fraud: white-collar crime - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell β€˜draws on the strength of its multidisciplinary practice to effectively deal with white-collar instructions’, and has β€˜a broad range of experience, from health and safety and trading offences to complex financial services frauds’. The team is increasingly instructed in corporate internal investigations involving regulatory breaches, and has acted for several corporates and individuals in financial crime investigations. The β€˜tactically excellent’ Sarah Wallace heads the practice, and is β€˜adept at tailoring her services and approach to the different requirements of different cases’.

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 6

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell’s areas of strength include civil fraud claims, freezing orders and asset recovery; financial services disputes; commercial contract claims; breach of directors’ duties; and shareholder and partnership disputes. Other specialist areas include disputes involving construction; insurance; M&A and warranty disputes; product liability claims; professional negligence; IP; and trust and pension issues. The team recently defended proceedings for a worldwide freezing injunction. Jonathan Sachs and Sarah Wallace are the key litigators.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

From the issue of process through to enforcement, Irwin Mitchell has been handling bespoke debt collection for a significant national client base for over 60 years. Barry Hogg is the firm’s debt recovery manager and has extensive experience of acting in Companies Court and Bankruptcy Court. Recently, the department has handled stand-alone, complex debt recovery matters for clients such as Crown Record Management, PayPoint Network, Charles Wilson Engineers and C Brewer & Sons. Solicitor Jane Begley has experience in debt enforcement and insolvency issues and Jimmy Thomas and Laura Rooks are also contacts in the practice group. The team is also instructed by BNP Paribas Real Estate Advisory and Property Management, a FTSE 250 company and significant government agencies.

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Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 4

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell is β€˜increasingly sought-after in the field of financial services regulatory’ and has a particular focus on the pharmacy sector. The practice also represents professionals in the legal, healthcare, education, and accountancy sectors, and advises on compliance matters and appeals in relation to Ofsted. Led by β€˜standout practitioner’ Sarah Wallace, who is noted for her β€˜great tactical acumen’, the team includes Leeds-based associate Emma Windle, who acted for a number of pharmacists before the General Pharmaceutical Council. Wallace is representing an FCA-approved individual at a fund management firm in relation to an ongoing FCA investigation, involving advising on a compelled interview and on fitness and propriety issues. Other recent work includes a matter the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a judicial review case brought against the Care Quality Commission.

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London: Finance

Asset-based lending
Asset-based lending - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell (London, Birmingham)

The β€˜very experienced and commercial’ team at Irwin Mitchell benefits from β€˜broad industry knowledge’ which ensures it is conversant with all aspects of financing in the ABL space, from off balance sheet receivables financing facilities to factoring and invoice discounting and supplier finance. Predominantly active on the lender side, the firm’s client base includes traditional banks including HSBC, as well as challenger banks (Metro Bank, Shawbrook Bank), who appreciate the firm’s ability to provide a "cradle to grave" service which encompasses transactions, product development, and any litigation or restructuring which may be necessary. The β€˜vastly experienced and knowledgeable’ Andrew Watson and β€˜pleasant, knowledgeable and responsive’ Birmingham-based senior associate Natalie Barnes recently advised Investec Bank on the Β£24.5m ABL facility to facilitate the buy-out of Fresh-Pak Chilled Foods. The β€˜experienced, commercial, friendly and responsive’ Birmingham-based Jon Bew provides β€˜accurate advice on tricky legal issues’, both in terms of new money ABL financings, and in restructuring and distressed ABL scenarios. Bew recently worked alongside Barnes on a Β£10m term loan and receivables financing facility for Birmingham-based company Hills Numberplates used to support its continued growth in the market. Stephen George 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 - ranked: tier 6

Irwin Mitchell

Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell’s β€˜very good’ department is highly regarded for its β€˜sound commercial advice’. It is headed by Sybille Steiner, who is German qualified and has experience representing both employers and senior executives in claims brought before the Employment Tribunal and the German courts. Melanie Stancliffe often acts for French clients, with strong expertise acting for clients in the financial services, technology and retail sectors. Associate Suzette Squires is also recommended.

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Pensions
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 6

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell’s team regularly assists clients on pensions tax and regulatory matters, as well as scheme amendments. Clients include PAN Trustees, Halcrow Pensioners Association and Hendry Group. London team head Penny Cogher’s recent highlights include advising on funding arrangements, auto-enrolment and the pensions aspects of M&A transactions for various trustees. Martin Jenkins leads the practice nationally.

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London: Insurance

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

Irwin Mitchell

β€˜Top-class firm’ Irwin Mitchell is a β€˜market leader in catastrophic work’, with notable experience in high-value cases of maximum severity. The practice’s workload encompasses a broad spectrum of multimillion-pound cases involving obstetrics, brain injury, spinal injury and misdiagnosis claims, among others. Head of medical negligence Alison Eddy is a highly recommended specialist in birth-related and spinal injury claims and recently secured an Β£8.1m award in a claim concerning a delay in diagnosis of neonatal meningitis. Auriana Griffiths is also regarded for her work in obstetric mismanagement and has handled several cases involving neonatal hypoglycaemia and kernicterus, including a recent Β£12m hypoglycaemic brain damage claim concerning sub-standard midwifery management. Ian Christian, who recently handled a Β£6.5m hypoxic brain injury claim, also has notable experience in paediatrics and sporting injuries. Keith Barrett joined Fieldfisher in January 2017.

Leading individuals (Claimant and Defendant)

Alison Eddy - Irwin Mitchell

Next generation lawyers

Anita Jewitt - Irwin Mitchell

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Clinical negligence: defendant
Leading individuals (Claimant and Defendant)

Alison Eddy - 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’s personal injury practice handles serious brain, spinal, amputation, abuse and disease cases and is experienced in dealing with international matters, as well as acting for claimants in multi-jurisdictional claims. Recent examples of the firm’s work include a multimillion-pound group action case arising from a terrorist attack in Tunisia in 2015; the group is representing the families of 18 British citizens who were killed during the attack, as well as many of the injured victims. Department head Colin Ettinger (who is β€˜the leading personal injury solicitor in the country’ according to one commentator) and specialises in handling high-value spinal and brain injury claims, as well as representing clients with serious occupational health issues. Also recommended are Alison Eddy, who is β€˜a leader in this field’ and is experienced in acting for children and adults who suffer catastrophic injuries resulting in permanent profound disability; Tracey Storey, who heads the child abuse team and has particular expertise in head injury, amputation and fatal claims; and Demetrius Danas, who handles complex and high-value international cases and cross-border matters which involve jurisdictional or choice of law issues. Keith Barrett joined Fieldfisher.

Leading individuals

Alison Eddy - Irwin Mitchell

Colin Ettinger - Irwin Mitchell

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Personal injury: defendant
Leading individuals

Alison Eddy - Irwin Mitchell

Colin Ettinger - Irwin Mitchell

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Product liability: claimant
Product liability: claimant - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

The β€˜excellent’ Irwin Mitchell is β€˜a preeminent claimant firm, with a huge depth of experience’. It receives further praise for its scientific understanding of complex cases brought by groups and individuals. In Sheffield, the β€˜very experienced’ Sallie Booth is β€˜a great tactician’, who 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. In the same office, recently promoted partner Tim Annett – who β€˜is intelligent, strategic and excellent with clients’ – leads the product liability team and is handling numerous claims in relation to the Corin Cormet and DePuy Pinnacle group actions with Booth and Birmingham and London-based Clive Garner, who is national head of the personal injury and product liability department; solicitor Matthew Newbould is also working on the matters in Sheffield and recently acted for an individual in a property damage and personal injury dispute with a retailer of an Air Runner Hoverboard that exploded. Also recommended is β€˜technically astute’ solicitor Kevin Timms, who β€˜punches above his weight’ and is β€˜a good strategic thinker’.

Next generation lawyers

Kevin Timms - Irwin Mitchell

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 6

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell handles claimant instructions against surveyors, financial services advisers and solicitors. HSBC, RBS and Kleinwort Benson are clients. Practice head Jonathan Sachs is β€˜super experienced and massively knowledgeable’ and, according to one client, β€˜his number should be the first dialed for anyone who becomes involved in a professional negligence case’.

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London: Private client

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

Irwin Mitchell

Paula Myers and Paula James at Irwin Mitchell are both β€˜charming, very able and also very practical practitioners who have a wealth of experience in private client litigation’, and Gavin Faber is β€˜very commercial and practical’. With β€˜a strong team nationally’, the firm acts for individual clients, banks, executors and beneficiaries in a broad range of cases from smaller disputes through to complex trust litigation. Its recent work includes a significant reported case on the issue of financial provision for cohabitees, acting for Joy Williams in a cohabitee claim brought by a partner of 18 years; and acting in a high-value matter concerning a Β£10m estate plus various trusts worth several million pounds, involving an undue influence claim, a will forgery claim, several Inheritance Act claims, and a number of potential breach of trust issues.

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Court of Protection
Court of Protection - ranked: tier 1

Irwin Mitchell

Julia Lomas heads a β€˜professional and approachable’ team at Irwin Mitchell which β€˜always ensures that the clients’ funds are spent appropriately’, and is β€˜understanding and supportive of its clients and can be relied upon in times of crisis’. With a large team and nationwide presence, the firm has the ability to handle the full suite of services in property, health and welfare, and regularly acts in cases involving multimillion-pound damages. It has a number of β€˜excellent practitioners’ nationally, among them Sheffield-based Yogi Amin, who is β€˜superb’ for mental health and mental capacity issues. Alex Rook is β€˜first rate’ for community care, mental capacity and human rights law; and the β€˜exceptional’ Polly Sweeney, who is based in Bristol, β€˜manages a large number of cases while apparently staying on top of every detail’. Leeds-based Joanne Fraser is β€˜very efficient and always ensures that she gets the best for her clients’, and the β€˜compassionate and prompt’ Michael Knott is β€˜knowledgeable and very approachable’. Recent work includes representing a wife whose husband suffered serious and permanent brain damage following a motorcycle accident and was in a minimally conscious state; the client wished to follow her husband’s values and to discontinue his current treatment in the form of clinically assisted nutrition hydration, with the judge ultimately finding that the husband would have exercised his right to self-determination and declaring that it was in the husband’s best interests not to consent to further treatment.

Leading individuals

Julia Lomas - Irwin Mitchell

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell β€˜is becoming a real player in this area’. Team head Elizabeth Hicks β€˜goes the extra mile and provides great support to clients, gets to the point quickly and does not make a meal of the issues’. The β€˜incredibly hardworking’ Sital Fontenelle β€˜gets great results for her clients’, and Ursula Danagher is β€˜tenacious’. At associate level, Kathryn Evans shows β€˜great attention to detail’, and Carmel Brown is β€˜brilliant at helping clients through the challenges faced in financial remedy litigation’. The team was strengthened by the arrival of Ian Cook, previously of 1 King's Bench Walk.

Leading individuals

Elizabeth Hicks - Irwin Mitchell

John Nicholson - Irwin Mitchell

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

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell has β€˜a significant offering’, and β€˜is becoming an agile competitor’ under the leadership of Nick Rucker; β€˜its lawyers have an excellent combination of talent, experience and client know how’. Richard Jordan has β€˜detailed knowledge of international client issues combined with commercial nous and a pragmatic approach to meeting client needs’. Colin Dunston has β€˜excellent knowledge and is very approachable and friendly. He is able to give clear and helpful explanations to people who have no legal background – it is always possible to speak with him when required’. Mark Pearce β€˜has the ability to quickly focus on the area that the client is most concerned about’. Overall, it is β€˜a very impressive firm with a good amount of unusual and interesting cases. It has a very responsive team that provides client-friendly advice in a language that the client understands’.

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London: Public sector

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

Irwin Mitchell

With offices across the UK, Irwin Mitchell is classed as β€˜one of the leading players’ for β€˜offering genuine national coverage’ and β€˜expert public lawyers’ such as recently promoted Bristol partner Polly Sweeney, who has β€˜huge expertise’ in matters concerning the rights of children and young people with disabilities. Manchester-based Mathieu Culverhouse made senior associate and is singled out for his β€˜impressively calm manner’. Sheffield-based Yogi Amin heads the practice and is representing an individual and Dignity in Dying in a judicial review to change legislation on assisted dying. Alex Rook, who combines β€˜razor sharp judgment’ with β€˜excellent client care’, acted for Keep Wythenshawe Special in a judicial review that challenged the decision of clinical commissioning groups in Manchester to not award specialist status to Wythenshawe Hospital. Official Solicitor and Public Trustee, English Bridge Union and the English Chess Federation are other clients. Juliet Spender joined in August 2017 from Fisher Meredith LLP.

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Civil liberties and human rights
Civil liberties and human rights - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell’s team specialises in claims against the police, notably assault and wrongful detention, and is β€˜developing an excellent practice in this area focused on the South West of England’, where associate Fiona McGhie, who is β€˜a safe pair of hands’ and has β€˜excellent judgement’, and β€˜very bright and capable’ solicitor Gus Silverman are based. Silverman represented a war veteran suffering from PTSD in a successful civil claim against the Chief Constable of Bedfordshire Police after he was tasered by officers during his detention under the Mental Health Act, which aggravated a pre-existing psychological condition. The team is also well known for its inquests practice.

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Education: individuals
Education: individuals - ranked: tier 1

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell’s team houses β€˜sector experts, who frequently take on difficult cases’ and acts for children and young people with complex disabilities and their parents in SEN and discrimination-related cases, as well as handling judicial review proceedings and tribunal appeals against decisions issued by local authorities. Bristol-based practice head Polly Sweeney successfully represented a child, acting through her mother as litigation friend, in a judicial review challenging the decision to close a specialist medical education unit in Worcestershire without consultation. Sweeney, supported by assistant solicitor Sarah Woosey, also challenged Trafford Council’s refusal to provide school transport for an 18-year-old and is acting for parents of an autistic child in a disability discrimination claim arising from a school exclusion in the SEN tribunal. The team is acting for the parents of children suffering from cerebral palsy in claims ranging from an attempt to secure a specialist placement at the National Institute for Conductive Education to tribunal proceedings involving claims for amendment of EHC plans. Associate Alastair Wallace is representing community groups in disputes arising from the redevelopment plans that entail relocating existing schools to remote areas to release the land for housing developments. Caroline Barrett is another name to note.

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Education: schools
Education: schools - ranked: tier 5

Irwin Mitchell

Recent work for the team at Irwin Mitchell includes conducting strategic governance reviews for schools, defending disciplinary claims, and handling investigations into misconduct and abuse. It recently defended an academy against a historic race discrimination claim filed against five staff members, including the head teacher and the chair of the trust board. The group is also advising a trust on the re-brokering of an academy and previously assisted a member of a multi-academy trust with the re-brokering of its two academies to another trust. Practice head Surinder Dhillon handled an investigation and inquiry into historic sexual abuse following a whistleblowing disclosure. Jenny Arrowsmith and Laurence Gavin are other names to note.

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Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell (Sheffield)

Irwin Mitchell’s β€˜extremely powerful’ claimant practice represents family members and individuals in serious medical treatment cases. Yogi Amin, who has β€˜a real eye for the overall strategy of each case’, and associate Anne-Marie Irwin, who is β€˜extremely calm and effective in juggling many balls in the air in a big case’, are representing Noel Conway and Dignity in Dying in a judicial review challenge to the law on assisted dying on the grounds of incompatibility with Article 8 and 14 of the European Convention of Human Rights. Irwin is also advising a charity on the Orthodox Jewish community’s access to NHS fertility treatment and is acting for an individual with muscular dystrophy against a claim for hospitalisation against his will filed by an NHS trust. Polly Sweeney β€˜commands huge respect in management of Court of Protection cases and her contributions to the law’. Alex Rook, who handles judicial review challenges in health and social care, has β€˜impressive business acumen and industry knowledge’.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 4

Irwin Mitchell

Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 4

Irwin Mitchell

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 4

Irwin Mitchell

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell β€˜delivers a good service to clients and offers a truly viable alternative to the established leaders in the real estate market’. The practice underwent some reorganisation in 2016, with Ian Silverblatt taking charge of the team, following the departure of a number of lawyers, including Rob Thompson, to Dentons. Silverblatt focuses on corporate lettings, and investment acquisitions and disposals. The team continued to advise HSBC on a range of development and investment instructions and was also active in the corporate space, with James Letchford assisting The Hendy Group with the property aspects of its acquisition of Lifestyle Motor Group. Claire Illingworth was particularly active, advising Honda on the letting of part of its Manchester dealership to Harley Davidson, and acting for Caudwell Properties on the management and redevelopment of its investment site in Solihull. Other key players in the team include the β€˜very pragmatic’ Chris Baker, who leads on leasehold enfranchisement and residential work, and β€˜excellent team leader’ Ayesha Hasan, who recently handled a significant divestment.

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Construction: contentious and non-contentious
Construction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 5

Irwin Mitchell

At Irwin Mitchell, non-contentious specialist Gordon Anderson provides β€˜clear and practical advice’ and has considerable expertise in advising on sites bisected by, or adjoining, operational railways – or with significant third party interfaces such as Network Rail, or the Canal & Rivers Trust; for example, Anderson is advising Blackstone on the construction of a pedestrian bridge at Chiswick Park, including advising on the construction aspects of the related project agreements with Network Rail and the London boroughs of both Ealing and Hounslow. Anderson is also well versed in handling major residential and commercial development projects, and is assisting Caudwell Properties with the construction contract for the development phase of Audley Square in Mayfair.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 5

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell’s β€˜highly experienced’ team is now led from Gatwick by national head of planning Carl Dyer, who attracts praise for his β€˜detailed knowledge of current legislation’. Dyer handled a number of mandates for Cairo Properties, including obtaining planning consent for a 14-storey residential led scheme in Croydon, and then successfully defending the planning permission granted for the scheme against judicial review proceedings brought by an adjacent landowner. The practice is noted for its strong education sector following; Dyer and Gatwick-based senior associate Nicola Gooch, who is β€˜versatile and dependable’, are acting for Lambeth College on planning issues arising from the College’s redevelopment and improvement programme in Nine Elms. Other names to note are contentious specialist James Pavey (also based in Gatwick), who successfully represented an individual landowner in a long-running campaign to prevent Mid Sussex District Council from developing a local meadow, and London-based associate Rachel Lee.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 5

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell’s practice frequently assists clients with investment and development financing, refinancing and loan restructuring. Group head Rohan Campbell acted for Clarus on obtaining a Β£91m loan to acquire Holborn Gate, and advised Castleforge on the Β£11m financing of its redevelopment of office space in Bristol. Lender clients include HSBC Bank, Santander and Deutsche Hypo. Ayesha Hasan is also recommended, as is Claire Illingworth, who made partner in November 2016. In the same month, Rob Thompson and Simon Tweedle departed for Dentons, and Louise Cartwright and real estate expert Jo Footitt left to join Osborne Clarke LLP.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell’s impressive client roster includes Maplin Electronics and Greenwich Leisure; the group is representing the latter in claims against its landlord surrounding repairs required to its swimming pools and health clubs. The team also acted for Chloride Group in a dispute pertaining to liability issues regarding an industrial premises lease and a related dilapidations claim; and acted for Evans Cycles as tenant in a contested right to oppose lease renewal, in which the landlord opposed the client’s application to renew the lease on its retail premises in Spitalfields. The β€˜very bright and commercial’ Richard Brown leads the department, which includes the β€˜incredibly charming’ Chris Baker, who is recommended for leasehold enfranchisement matters, and James Pavey, who has β€˜a real flair for client care’ and acts for rural landholders, high-net-worth individuals and institutional landowners.

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London: Risk advisory

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

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell β€˜benefits from having a team that can deal with all aspects of financial services disputes’, and the group β€˜is well placed to deal with whatever issues might arise in regulatory processes, especially if they lead to civil or criminal proceedings’. The firm continues to represent an EEA-passported insurance firm in a matter involving a criminal investigation, FCA enforcement proceedings, insurance negotiations and related civil proceedings, arising from allegations of fraudulent mis-selling of pensions schemes on a mass basis. The team is also acting for a high-turnover UK business in an internal investigation into potential criminal offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act and Money Laundering Regulations. The β€˜tactically excellent’ Sarah Wallace heads the team, and is β€˜a lawyer you definitely want on your side’.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell’s practice head Georgie Collins is β€˜empathetic’ and β€˜incredibly good at her job’. The group advises Capita on the protection, management and enforcement of its IP rights, consisting of over 650 trade marks, and serves as sole UK counsel for ImageRights. The Conan Doyle Estate is also a client.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 4

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell’s department is led by Southampton-based commercial litigator, arbitrator and mediator Hannah Clipston, with support from private client and tax compliance specialist Michael Taylor, who is based in Chichester. Clients have included Table Tennis England.

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London: Transport

Travel
Travel: personal injury - ranked: tier 1

Irwin Mitchell

The β€˜passionate and experienced’ team at Irwin Mitchell, which is spread across its London and Birmingham offices, handles international claimant personal injury matters, and is the β€˜firm you want on your side if you had a serious accident overseas’. It is acting for the families of 20 British citizens, and many injured victims, on a group action arising from the 2015 terrorist attack in Tunisia, and is representing a number of passengers and crew on claims against Costa Crociere following the sinking of the MS Costa Concordia in 2012. Department head Clive Garner is a β€˜lateral thinker and solves problems through an indirect and creative approach’; he β€˜knows international and supranational law like the back of his hand’. Also recommende are Philip Banks, who is a β€˜very experienced cross-border litigator’, Demetrius Danas (β€˜seldom ruffled and always calm and polished’), Amandeep Dhillon, Suki Chhokar, Elizabeth Tetzner, and Jennifer Lund, who was recently promoted to partner and β€˜fights hard for her clients’. Jim Morris joined Ashfords LLP in 2017.

Leading individuals

Clive Garner - Irwin Mitchell

Philip Banks - Irwin Mitchell

Next generation lawyers

Jennifer Lund - Irwin Mitchell

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