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Irwin Mitchell

BAUHAUS, ROSSETTI PLACE, 27 QUAY STREET, MANCHESTER, M3 4AW, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0161 838 3132
Fax:
Fax 0161 839 9804
DX:
14368 MANCHESTER
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Web:
www.irwinmitchell.com

North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Manchester
Next generation lawyers

Adam Kaucher - Irwin Mitchell

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North West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Paul Haycock  heads an experienced team at Irwin Mitchell  . Senior associate Emma Windle  is adept at defending individuals in complex and large scale commercial fraud and financial fraud. The team regularly advises individuals, companies and boards on criminal liability, compliance and multi-jurisdictional investigations. The department is also well regarded for its extensive experience in assisting clients with internal investigations over issues of internal theft and fraud as well as bribery and corruption. In addition the broad practice also advises on other major issues of financial crime such as insider dealing and breaches of the financial services regulations.

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Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell  is particularly experienced in fraud and financial crime but also advises on serious general crime and on complex regulatory issues. Head of team Paul Haycock is increasingly advising on corporate internal inquiries and on protecting the interests of corporate clients who are subject to various inquiries from regulatory authorities and prosecuting bodies. Emma Windle  is another key member of the department. Recent work includes successfully defending a client been charged with inappropriate behaviour of a sexual nature securing the acquittal of its client after trial in a case concerning a large-scale regional conspiracy to supply drugs locally.

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North West: Dispute resolution

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

Irwin Mitchell

The ‘first-rate’ team at Irwin Mitchell regularly represents commercial clients and financial institutions in high-value disputes and also has experience in matters across the education and sports sectors. Headline work includes representing the Co-operative Bank in proceedings against Deutsche Bank, Hayes Freehold (in liquidation), Sentrum and Sentrum Holdings concerning a facility of £25m provided to Hayes Freehold. The team is also acting for a large number of individuals in disputes against more than 70 defendant Cypriot banks, developers and law firms, regarding the mis-selling of foreign currency loans in respect of Cypriot property purchases by UK consumers. The ‘brilliant’ Duncan Hope heads the team, which includes associate Ailsa Anderson, who handles banking, finance and pension disputes.

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North West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Irwin Mitchell

The ‘highly-rated’ team at Irwin Mitchell is active across commercial and corporate banking matters, with expertise in asset-based lending, leveraged finance, structured finance, acquisition finance, property and development finance, restructuring and private equity funding. The team advised the Arora Group on its purchase of the Hilton Hotel at Gatwick Airport with financing from RBS and advised Edge Real Estate Property Investments (EREPIL) in relation to a term loan facility provided by ICG Longbow Debt Investments No4 to assist it with the purchase of 15 properties in the UK. It was also instructed by Lloyds Bank and Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance on a new asset-based finance facility made available to several Lancashire based manufacturing companies. Team head Dean Gormley has a ‘strong reputation’. Recently promoted senior associate Vanessa Rickard heads the real estate finance team.

Leading individuals

Dean Gormley - Irwin Mitchell

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

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell is experienced in business restructurings in the manufacturing and construction sectors and is praised for its ‘commercial approach’. Recent work includes acting for the purchasers of the business and assets of a glass processor and manufacturer through a pre-pack sale in administration, and advising the joint administrators (Mazars) of J Bryan (Victoria) on a range of matters including environmental issues and the sale of property. Team head John Vickery is ‘technically excellent’, ‘responds quickly to queries and is able to turn matters around very quickly’. Rebecca O’Callaghan recently joined Addleshaw Goddard.

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North West: Insurance

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

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's team is best known for complex and high value cases involving birth trauma and spinal cord injuries. In addition the team is recommended for its work in dental negligence claims whether provided by the NHS or by private practice. Key figures include the ‘very experienced, knowledgeable and empathetic’ Lindsay Wise who is ‘accurate and realistic in her assessment of each case, which clearly comes from her extensive experience in this field’; the ‘thorough and sympathetic’ Jennifer Cawthorne, who is a ‘very capable lawyer with an excellent tactical and practical understanding of litigation'; Mark Havenhand, who is ‘very knowledgeable and treats clients with the utmost sympathy while explaining everything in great depth’; the 'excellent' Frank Patterson; and senior associate Dina Lambourne, who is ‘very good with clients and has an excellent ability to prepare and manage cases and to understand and analyse extremely complex issues’. At associate level Ayse Ince  ‘always responds quickly’, Kevin Saul is ‘meticulous, diligent and considerate’ and Sharon Williams  is ‘efficient, patient and accessible’.

Leading individuals

Frank Patterson - Irwin Mitchell

Jennifer Cawthorne - Irwin Mitchell

Kris Inskip - Irwin Mitchell

Lindsay Wise - Irwin Mitchell

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

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell ’s ‘client care is second to none and its case preparation is meticulous’. The stable team of specialist lawyers is ‘amongst the very best nationally’ and is known for its work on serious brain injury, spinal, amputee and other complex injury work in addition to its work on military and disease cases. Key figures include the ‘extremely competent’ Jonathan Betts; Deirdre Healy  and Catherine Leech, both of whom are ‘enormously experienced and knowledgeable and are both prepared to go that extra mile’; Geraldine Coombs, who  ‘works hard to get the best results for her clients in a firm and conciliatory way’; Gina Heather, who is ‘determined to get the best result and always shows empathy to her clients’; Dominic Hemsi, who ‘fights really hard for his clients’; the 'hugely efficient' Matthew Brown; and ‘excellent’ senior associate Matthew Garson.

Leading individuals

Catherine Leech - Irwin Mitchell

Jonathan Betts - Irwin Mitchell

Next generation lawyers

Richard Biggs - Irwin Mitchell

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North West: Private client

Family
Family - ranked: tier 1

Irwin Mitchell

At Irwin Mitchell  ‘cases are exceptionally well prepared and clients are given a stellar service’. The ‘outstanding and truly excellent’ Ros Bever heads the team and ‘is remarkably down to earth, with a superior aptitude for family work’. Nathaniel Groarke  has a ‘great tactical brain and really knows what he is doing’. The team was joined by the ‘technically very competent’ Katie McCann  from Kuit Steinart Levy LLP . McCann is ‘very professional and yet retains a human touch’. Associate Jenna Lucas  is ‘strong and very sensible; she works hard to resolve matters well for her clients’. ‘Nothing fazes’ solicitor Lara Tucker  who is a 'rising star’. Senior associate Hannah Saxe has particular expertise in high-net-worth finances, complex children cases (involving internal/external relocation, modern family and fertility law) as well as cohabitation.

Leading individuals

Ros Bever - Irwin Mitchell

Next generation lawyers

Nathaniel Groarke - Irwin Mitchell

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Manchester
Commercial property: Manchester - ranked: tier 4

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell is experienced across high-value investment transactions across the public and private sectors including residential developments and work within the leisure, warehousing and distribution sectors. The team is also noted for its expertise in landlord and tenant matters. Recent highlights include advising Ask Real Estate on the £15m acquisition of land at Churchill Way, Macclesfield. Department head Roy Beckett has ‘pragmatic excellence’ and specialises in real estate development and investment transactional work, and corporate real estate occupier work. Senior associates; Emma Tonge, who is ‘first-class’, handles landlord and tenant transactions and property management work and is experienced in the acquisition and disposal of both investment and development sites; and Vanessa Rickard, are also recommended. Former department head Anita Weightman joined Addleshaw Goddard in 2018 alongside Paul Barnard, Tony Weightman and Patrick Duffy.

Leading individuals

Roy Beckett - Irwin Mitchell

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Planning and environment
Planning and environment - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell’s ‘impressive’ team is instructed on an array of contentious and non-contentious planning mandates and represented Gladman Developments an appeal against the Secretary of State’s decision to refuse its application to build 180 new homes on farmland near Coleford, and represented Hallam Land on its appeal against the Secretary of State’s decision to refuse permission for 225 homes and a 60-bed care centre in Hampshire. It also represented St Modwen Developments on its challenge against the refusal of its proposals for  510 homes at Melton Park near North Ferriby, along with a care home and other facilities. On the non-contentuous side, the team advised Eric Wright Group and its development arm, Maple Grove Developments, on the planning elements surrounding a development agreement with Lancashire County Council for a retail and leisure site at Cuerden at the end of the M65 motorway. Emily Williams  ‘delivers a quick service and always provides thoughtful, considered advice that actually reflects the client’s objectives’. National planning head Carl Dyer operates across the firm’s Manchester, Gatwick and London offices.

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