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Irwin Mitchell

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716740 NEWCASTLE-20

North: Human resources

Pensions - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

The pensions team at Irwin Mitchell is best known for its legal advisory service for trustees and sponsoring employers of occupational pension schemes. The firm also has expertise in documentation and scheme governance. Martin Jenkins leads the national practice from London, while senior associate Kate Byers is head of pension documents in Newcastle and specialises in drafting pension scheme documentation and providing technical support.

Practice head(s):Martin Jenkins; Kate Byers


'The firm takes a practical and pragmatic approach'

'Reasonably competitive on price and build good client relationships'

'The team is very approachable and works with clients to identify a realistic solution'

'They are personable, knowledgable and build strong relationships with their clients'

Key Clients

PAN Trustees Limited

Trusteeship : Fishing Co-operative (UK) Ltd Retirement & Death Benefits Scheme

Work highlights

  • Established life assurance only scheme for all UK staff of a European manufacturer of medium-size and large crawler excavators and working gear excavator.
  • Advising the trustees of a care home provider’s pension arrangement in relation to the scheme’s merger with a pension arrangement sponsored by a national health care association.
  • Provision of training and scheme governance advice to trustee board of the UK branch of a multinational food manufacturer to ensure compliance with the Pension Regulator’s twenty-first century trusteeship guidance.
  • Provision of step-by-step legal support for the trustees of a north east housing association’s pension scheme to ensure full compliance with GDPR.
  • Provision of legal advice to the trustees of a defined benefit pension plan sponsored by the UK company of an American chemical and fibre processor following the Lloyds GMP equalisation case taking into account both the immediate and longer term implications for the scheme.
Next Generation Partners

Kate Byers - Irwin Mitchell

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North: Insurance

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

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell specialises in high-value birth injury cases and cerebral palsy claims, as well as doing significant work with charities. Angela Kirtley leads the team and has substantial experience in dealing with complex clinical and professional negligence cases. The team can call on the expertise of senior associate Lindsey Henderson, who was formerly a senior MRI radiographer and is a specialist in birth injury claims.

Practice head(s):Angela Kirtley

Other key lawyers:Lindsey Henderson


'Angela Kirtley has a first-rate reputation as an extremely experienced clinical negligence lawyer dealing with the most serious and complex cases'

'Angela Kirtley handles cases with reassuring competence given her extensive experience and knowledge of this work'

'Lindsey Henderson has a particular speciality in difficult cauda equina and head injury cases and is extremely adept at marshalling cases to an excellent outcome'

Leading individuals

Angela Kirtley - Irwin Mitchell

Rising stars

Lindsey Henderson - Irwin Mitchell

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

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell is known for advising clients who have suffered amputation, work place injury and occupational disease, but the firm’s speciality lies in brain and spinal injury. Francesca Mayes and Roger Maddocks lead the experienced team that includes senior associate Andrew McGowan, who has expertise in catastrophic injury work, particularly related brain and spinal cord injury as well as cycling accidents; senior associate Jane Pyrah, who specialises in high value serious injury; and associate Emma Tordoff, who is an expert in industrial disease work, notably asbestos-related matters.

Practice head(s):Francesca Mayes; Roger Maddocks

Other key lawyers:Jane Pyrah; Andrew McGowan; Emma Tordoff


'Good team work and all interests are covered.'

'The firm is very thorough and professional. The team knows how to maximise a claim for a claimant.'

'Well informed and always seems available to talk with.'

'The Newcastle office specialises in disease work and has considerable expertise in this area, particular in asbestos-related claims.'

'Roger Maddocks manages a strong team, including Emma Tordoff.'

Work highlights

  • Acting for the claimant who, at the age of 54, was diagnosed as suffering from malignant mesothelioma due to his work as a plumber removing asbestos rope / boards from domestic properties. In September 2017, one of the defendants made an offer to the claimant to settle his claim.
  • Acting for the client in a complex regional pain syndrome case, caused by a workplace-related accident.
  • Settlement of this case of mesothelioma was agreed with the defendant in less than 11 months after Irwin Mitchell had been instructed.
Leading individuals

Francesca Mayes - Irwin Mitchell

Roger Maddocks - Irwin Mitchell

Rising stars

Andrew McGowen - Irwin Mitchell

Emma Tordoff - Irwin Mitchell

Jane Pyrah - Irwin Mitchell

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