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Irwin Mitchell

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West Midlands

Transport - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's personal injury team, which is led by international travel litigation group head Clive Garner, acts on behalf of victims in incidents involving aviation, maritime and road disasters. Other noted practitioners in this space include Philip Banks, Suki Chhokar, Amandeep Dhillon and Elizabeth Tetzner.

Practice head(s):Clive Garner

Other key lawyers:Philip Banks; Suki Chhokar; Amandeep Dhillon; Elizabeth Tetzner


'Clive Garner has the crucial ability to analyse complex, technical legal material and effectively and successfully argues difficult, high value cases. He gives regularly achieves amazing results for his clients.'

'Amandeep Dhillon brings a high level of strategic direction and focus which is vital in high volume group litigation work.'

'Phil Banks has great experience of dealing with complex cross border claims.'

Work highlights

  • Advised on claims for the families of those killed in the Germanwings tragedy.
  • Advised on a group action for the families of 22 people who were killed during a terrorist attack at a hotel in Sousse, Tunisia.
  • Advised on claim for the families of 26 passengers killed in a plane crash in Nigeria.
Leading individuals

Clive Garner - Irwin Mitchell

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West Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham
Corporate and commercial: Birmingham - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell handles M&A, private equity and commercial contracts from its Birmingham office. Nick Dawson  co-heads a team clients describe as 'easy to do business with' and is very active in M&A and private equity deals. Sarah Riding  leads on the commercial side and is an expert in commercial contracts and outsourcing agreements. The third practice head is Chris Rawstron ,  who primarily focuses on corporate transactions and capital raising.

Practice head(s):Nick Dawson; Sarah Riding; Chris Rawstron


'The team are easy to do business with and have a "laser-like" focus on the specific requirements of the client.'

'Irwin Mitchell's team cuts through the legal challenges to get to the most pragmatic, commercial and cost effective outcomes.'

'Nick Dawson sets the culture of his team through the way he leads his team, works with his clients and delivers his services.'

'Chris Rawstron is extremely practical in finding solutions that work for you and the deal as a whole.'

Key Clients

Hadley Industries

idverde Holdings Limited


Norchem Limited


Gravity Fitness Limited

Lexon (UK) Limited

Reconomy (UK) Limited

thyssenkrupp UK plc

Nuffield Health

Whitworths Limited

National Grid plc

ATS Euromaster Ltd

Xoserve Ltd

The British Chambers of Commerce

Restore plc

Jaywing plc

Mizuno Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of M & J Evans Construction Limited (“M&J”) on the sale of an initial minority stake to Bregal Freshstream.  
  • Advised shareholders of Weir Waste (a leading provider of waste and recycling solutions in the West Midlands) on the disposal of the entire issued share capital of the company to Biffa Waste Services.
  • Advised Lexon (UK) Limited on its acquisition of Vittoria Healthcare, an 11-site retail pharmacy business - a deal which required syndicated funding from NatWest and Lloyds.
  • Acted on behalf of landscaping company idverde on its acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Landscaping Centre (Holdings) Limited t/a Out There Services, Northern Ireland’s leading landscaping and grounds maintenance company.
  • Advised the shareholder of Unique Catering Limited on its sale to global facilities management services provider, Atalian Servest.

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West Midlands: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell is well-known for its asset-based lending expertise, and also advises on receivables finance, inventory lending, property lending and cashflow lending, among other matters. The highly regarded Jon Bew is the key member of the practice and advises funders such as banks, invoice finance providers and working capital solutions providers.

Practice head(s):Jon Bew

Other key lawyers:Natalie Barnes


'First class legal advice and customer service at sensible prices.'

'Jon Bew and Natalie Barnes clearly understand our requirements and are important partners to our business.'

'Extremely approachable and will take as much time than is needed to explain to a non-legal mind.'

'Extremely accessible, very knowledgeable and always on hand to lend support.'

Key Clients

Hitachi Capital (UK) Plc

Arbuthnot Commercial Asset Based Lending Limited

ABN AMRO Commercial Finance PLC

Bibby Financial Services

Close Invoice Finance Limited

HSBC Bank Plc

IGF Business Credit

Shawbrook Bank Limited

Investec Bank

Work highlights

  • Advised Close Brothers on the acquisition finance aspects of Trust Tech Inc's acquisition of GAP Personnel and assisted with the £20m funding facility.
  • Represented Shawbrook on an asset based lending package to Webster & Horsfall.
  • Advising Arbuthnot on a £5m asset based lending facility to Morris Angel & Son.
  • Advising ABN on a £16m receivables finance facility with Affinity Workforce.
  • Advising Arbuthnot on a £6.5m ABL facility being made available to the Fluorocarbon group.
Leading individuals

Jon Bew - Irwin Mitchell

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Active in the automotive, manufacturing, and mining sector, the restructuring and insolvency team at Irwin Mitchell features the highly regarded Stephen George and 'great lawyer' Amy Keogh and handles restructurings, insolvencies and transactions for insolvency practitioners, distressed businesses and lenders. The practice has particular expertise in the asset-backed lending space.

Practice head(s):Stephen George

Other key lawyers:Amy Keogh

Key Clients

Shawbrook Bank Ltd

Lloyds Banking Group

ABN AMRO Commercial

Finance Holdings B.V.

Close Brothers Invoice Finance Ltd

Grant Thornton

Baldwins Restructuring & Insolvency

FRP Advisory

Duff & Phelps


Bibby Financial Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised ABN Amro and Grant Thornton UK on the restructuring and sale of Covpress, securing a deal worth in excess of £45m, while protecting more than 800 employees and the first pension scheme out of administration.
  • Advised Duff & Phelps, ABN AMRO Asset Based Finance and Barclays Bank on the sale of Cardinal Security, a security and loss prevention business, involving a number of stakeholders, dealing with marshalling and subrogation issues.
  • Advising Leonard Curtis as the liquidators of Dongray on an assignment of multimillion-dollar claims involving cross-border considerations in Belgium, Switzerland, South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Advising Moorfields Advisory, ABN AMRO Asset Based Finance and Lombard North Central on the administration of Sunline Direct Mail.
Leading individuals

Stephen George - Irwin Mitchell

Next Generation Partners

Amy Keogh - Irwin Mitchell

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West Midlands: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell fields a large team, which advises on the full scope of employment matters. It is particularly well known for its work in executive severance and dispute situations, where it acts for both employers and senior employees. The group is also highly regarded for its expertise in confidentiality and restrictive covenants. Department head Fergal Dowling has a wealth of experience of tribunal litigation.

Practice head(s):Fergal Dowling

Other key lawyers:Elaine Huttley;Helen Dyke;Hannah Clifford


'The team is very approachable and user friendly'.

'It delivers practical, business-oriented advice in an extremely timely manner'.

'It provides practical advice and is accessible'.

'Elaine Huttley 's knowledge of the law and more importantly her pragmatic approach to how we could best apply it within the commercial context was very refreshing and particularly valuable during a highly pressurised process'.

'Elaine Huttley is very experienced and combines sound legal knowledge with real common sense and practical nous'.

''We  got a great service from Helen Dyke who provided business-oriented solutions with a keen understanding of how to balance the legal requirements with our business needs'.

'Fergal Dowling and Hannah Clifford provide high quality advice'.

Key Clients

National Accident Repair Services


GMS Group of Companies

Hadley Industries Plc


Canal & River Trust

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Arc Legal Assistance in over 1300 Tribunal claims and/or contentious disputes.
  • Advice to Inspired Thinking Group on an Employment Tribunal claim brought by a former employee, who was dismissed on the grounds of capability due to ill-health.
  • Provided employment advice to Hadley Group in connection with the acquisition of Hadley Steel Framing Limited.
  • Advising Wing Yip on all day to day HR advice, including on  a huge change programme involving 350 employees across multiple sites.
  • Representing a major company on a complex and long running whistleblowing & constructive dismissal claim following four years of litigation in the High Court.

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West Midlands: Insurance

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

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell fields a large team, which is led by Lisa Jordan, and specialises in highly complex, varied and high value cases. Its areas of expertise include  birth injury cases, stillbirth compensation claims, neonatal deaths, cosmetic/dental surgery, as well as spinal and amputation cases. The group also has particular expertise in dealing with injuries and fatalities in a mental health setting. Emma Rush is another key figure.

Practice head(s):Lisa Jordan; Sara Burns; Mandy Luckman;Luke Daniels;Lindsay Tomlinson;Emma Rush

Other key lawyers:Jenna Harris


'It has outstanding individuals. Despite its size the team is very collegiate and works well as a unit. The team achieves some phenomenal results and is not afraid to take on cases that are tricky in order to secure damages for the clients'.

'One of the strongest clinical negligence teams in the country. It has incredible strength in depth and fantastic resources'.

'Lisa Jordan is the ultimate head and the ethos cascades down from her. She is a champion for claimants in this field'.

'Luke Daniels , Emma Rush  and Lindsay Tomlinson  are very sensible, collaborative and down to earth and easy to deal with'.

'Emma Rush is very efficient, gets fantastic results, is very committed and determined to win'.

'Emma Rush is a very able clinical negligence lawyer with sound judgment about how to progress her cases'.

'Sara Burns, Lindsay Tomlinson , Mandy Luckman and Luke Daniels fight hard for justice in complex and challenging cases'.

'Mandy Luckman, Emma Rush,Lisa Jordan and Sara Burns. All have huge experience, are technically competent and have great empathy with their clients. They and their associates have the firm trait which is a willingness to run difficult cases to trial and take risks on behalf of their clients'.

'Jenna Harris has excellent judgment and a determination to succeed. Clients appreciate the effort she puts into cases'.



Key Clients

KB- male, 58 years old

Gary Rasmussen

Sarah Haywood

Work highlights

  • Successfully settled a case where the claimant had blood tests taken which, it transpired, revealed he had an infection but the results were sent in error to his local hospital rather than his GP. He subsequently suffered a stroke and brain damage.  
  • Instructions in respect of a delay in diagnosis of oral cancer.
  • Acting in a case where there was substandard medical management which resulted in a stroke.
  • Represented the client in a fatal claim concerning the death of a 61 year old man as a result of negligent medical care in A&E.
Leading individuals

Emma Rush - Irwin Mitchell

Lisa Jordan - Irwin Mitchell

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

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell undertakes a substantial caseload of personal injury matters for children and adults who have sustained brain injuries or other injuries, such as spinal cord injuries and multiple orthopaedic traumas. Its child abuse team also has an excellent reputation. Other core areas of expertise include industrial disease/workplace illness and international personal injury claims. In addition, the group advises on a multitude of cases for claimants who have suffered illness as a result of substandard food safety and hygiene. Regional managing partner Lisa Jordan is highly recommended.

Practice head(s):Stephen Nye; Alida Coates; Clive Garner;Amandeep Dhillon; Luke Daniels;

Other key lawyers:Stuart Henderson; Hilary Wetherell


'Excellent and well known team that acts quickly and is a pleasure to work with'.

'Has a national network of experts and specialists who have seen it all and done it all. The team has an excellent profile nationally and internationally and for many clients are the 'go-to' lawyers for complex and high value PI claims'.

'The group has a particular focus on ensuring clients' rehabilitation needs are met, in addition to securing appropriate compensation. They have a strong client care ethos'.

'This team is unique because of the consistency of legal quality amongst all of  its members'.

'Stuart Henderson is extremely thorough and highly intelligent'.

'Hilary Wetherell is excellent for serious injuries, she is technically excellent and has very good client handling skills as she is very down to earth'.

'Hilary Wetherell is a very experienced solicitor who commands respect from her peers and provides a first-rate service to clients while supporting families with compassion and understanding'.

'Luke Daniels tends to train the majority of his team members and it shows - they are all bright, articulate and hard working. He is one of the country's top historic abuse lawyers: he tends to achieve higher settlements than most other abuse lawyers, and really cares for the clients'.

'Stephen Nye can be relied upon to deliver a stand-out performance in complex cases'.

'Clive Garner is pre-eminent in the field of  cross-border personal injury field'.

Work highlights

  • Advised the personal representative of an estate on an asbestos related disease claim.
  • Advised a claimant on an asbestos related claim.
  • Advising a claimant on a case involving a traumatic brain injury, spinal injury and other orthopaedic / soft tissue injury.
  • Retained by over 50 claimants in relation to an action against their tour operator, Thomas Cook Tour Operations Limited following an all-inclusive holiday to the Steigenberger Aqua Magic Hotel in Hugharda in Egypt in 2018 where many hundreds of holidaymakers suffered severe gastric symptoms which in some instances led to hospitalisation in the  resort and upon return to the UK.
  • Appointed to represent a family of 8 claimants who travelled to the El Paso Hotel, Port Aventura in Spain in the summer of 2013 who experienced an undiagnosed gastric illness during the holiday.
Leading individuals

Clive Garner - Irwin Mitchell

Hilary Wetherell - Irwin Mitchell

Luke Daniels - Irwin Mitchell

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West Midlands: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell, whose excellent reputation sees it regularly generate work from London firms, is currently undertaking a number of large Inheritance Act claims. It also advises on professional negligence claims relating to defective trust instruments and wills. In addition it is skilled at advising on other niche areas such as statutory wills and court of protection matters involving financial abuse. Led by Gavin Faber, its team handles high-value disputes and complex trust litigation for individuals, successful entrepreneurs, executors, trustees, charities and beneficiaries.

Practice head(s):Gavin Faber


'Irwin Mitchell's size means it can deal with almost anything, so that if you have a contentious probate case but with other legal aspects to it the team will be able to draw on the wide expertise in the firm. The group is also pre-eminently practical and tactical in running litigation'.

'Irwin Mitchell has built a very capable team in Birmingham. Gavin Faber is one of the 'go to' litigators in Birmingham, he genuinely cares about each case and delivers excellent results'.

'Gavin Faber has vast experience and he brings that commercial acumen to private client litigation which gives him an edge over others. He gets straight to the point for clients'.

'Gavin Faber is very competent, gets good work in which he does well, is very good technically, knows what he is doing and is sensible'.

'Gavin Faber works collaboratively, is very knowledgeable and experienced'.

'Gavin Faber is excellent. He is doing a lot of excellent work in high profile matters'.

'Gavin Faber is a clear leader in his field, strategic and on the ball. Gavin is phenomenal in action. Clients adore him'.

'Gavin Faber is technically very able - a great lawyers to have on your side'.


Work highlights

  • Acting for the claimant in a multi-jurisdictional Inheritance (Provision for family and Dependants) Act 1975 claim involving an application to serve outside of the jurisdiction.
Leading individuals

Gavin Faber - Irwin Mitchell

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Family: Birmingham
Family: Birmingham - ranked: tier 1

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell has a large and specialist matrimonial finance team, which is a first port of call among clients for advice on pre- and post-nuptial agreements. The practice is also recognised for its use of collaborative law and mediation, and has carved out a niche for its knowledge of the sharing of English pensions following an overseas divorce. Other areas of expertise include complex children matters, as well as emerging areas such as surrogacy, adoption and alternative parenting. Clare Wiseman and Sarah Balfour are among the members of the well-respected group.

Practice head(s):Clare Wiseman; Sarah Balfour

Other key lawyers:Mark Hands; Gemma Fenton


'A group of talented lawyers who are passionate about what they do and how they do it'.

'Clare Wiseman - an emotionally intelligent and confident leader who delivers with grace and ease. Committed to her people, her clients and the law'.

'Clare Wiseman is a brilliant solicitor, but at the same time is very approachable and friendly'.

'Sarah Balfour has such gravitas and a strong work ethic'.

'Sarah Balfour is very straight talking, knows her onions and deals with matters collaboratively'.

'Mark Hands is very hardworking, a raising star who is very good at moving things forward'.

'Mark Hands  has  exceptional client handling skills on high level cases,  is very hands on, very straightforward and takes a constructive approach to matters'.

'Mark Hands is truly brilliant. He has gravitas and knowledge way beyond his years. He is equally adept at handling big money cases and complicated children cases. He is definitely one to watch for the future'.

'Gemma Fenton is fantastic, passionate about her work and her clients, she is thriving and is one to watch'.

'Gemma Fenton - punches above her weight and is really making her mark'.

Key Clients

Kenny Brack

Karen Hart

Work highlights

  • Representing this  high profile sportsperson in a landmark test case regarding the enforceability of international choice of court clauses and  the concept of sharing in pre-nuptial agreements.
  • Acting for this longstanding client in relation to complex financial proceedings which have twice been in the Court of Appeal – the first judgment is a leading authority on the application of the sharing principle and the second on the enforcement of undertakings.
Leading individuals

Clare Wiseman - Irwin Mitchell

Next Generation Partners

Sarah Balfour - Irwin Mitchell

Rising stars

Mark Hands - Irwin Mitchell

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West Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Birmingham
Commercial property: Birmingham - ranked: tier 4

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell focuses on commercial and residential development, acting for national housebuilders and Midlands-based commercial developers. Practice head Ben Acheson has particular expertise in greenfield, brownfield and town centre development schemes. Another area of expertise is the funding of transactions and developments on the lenders side, as well as transactional work in the healthcare, industrial and retail sectors, among others.

Practice head(s):Ben Acheson

Key Clients

HSBC Bank plc

Henry Davidson Developments Limited

Godwin Developments Limited

Persimmon Homes Limited

Owl Homes Limited

Housing Growth Partnership

Lespere Limited

Acordis Beheer BV

Acetate Products Limited

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

HP3 Developments Limited

Sivana Investments Limited

Arthur Webb Engineers Limited

National Westminster Bank plc

Work highlights

  • Advised Persimmon Homes on the £50m conditional acquisition of part of the former Rover factory site in Longbridge from St Modwen Properties.
  • Acted for Henry Davidson Development on the acquisition of a development site in Northampton from Keepmoat Homes.
  • Acted for HSBC on the refinancing of the Mardan portfolio.
  • Acting for Acetate Products on the sale for development of its former power station in Spondon.
  • Acted for Owl Homes on its flagship development in Walsall.

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West Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell provides 'sensible advice' to clients across a range of matters in the energy and technology fields. The team works on software arrangements for corporates while also acting for a number of high-profile manufacturing clients. The 'commercial, pragmatic and responsive' Sarah Riding heads the team in Birmingham, with her expertise in technology and has involvement in the manufacturing and automotive sectors. Another name to note is associate Charlotte Avery, who is 'extremely robust and capable'.

Practice head(s):Sarah Riding


'The team is easy to deal with, fair and transparent in relation to fees and extremely commercial in its approach.  I trust the team to deal directly with my business colleagues and know they will provide sensible advice.'

'Sarah Riding is commercial, pragmatic and responsive and a pleasure to deal with. Charlotte Avery is an extremely robust, capable and commercial lawyer for her level of qualification.'

Key Clients

National Grid plc

Xoserve Limited

The British Chamber of Commerce

Inspired Thinking Group (ITG) Limited

Blackcat Technology Solutions Ltd

MAM Software Ltd

Key Technologies Limited

Restore Scan Ltd

ATS Euromaster (part of Michelin group)

Jaywing plc

Driven International Ltd

Thyssenkrupp plc

Eurostar Global Electronics

BIT Consultancy

Bidvest Logistics

Work highlights

  • Advised National Grid plc on key technology arrangements and website issues over the last 12 months as well as leading on their technology stream on their panel focuses.
  • Represented Xoserve, the data provider to the UK gas industry, on a number of technology matters including a managed services agreement and application framework agreements.
  • Represented The British Chambers of Commerce on key commercial and technology matters including the software arrangements relating to a Brexit related customs declaration matter
  • Advised Inspired Thinking Group, a provider of game changing marketing technology, on several software licensing matters.
  • Advising software provider Blackcat Technology.

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