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Irwin Mitchell

BELMONT HOUSE, STATION WAY, CRAWLEY, WEST SUSSEX, RH10 1JA, ENGLAND
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South East: Corporate and commercial

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

Irwin Mitchell (Southampton)

Irwin Mitchell attracts praise for its ‘good understanding of the client’s business’. The team is well-versed in handling M&A transactions, data protection matters and private equity investments. The firm assisted Hendy Group with its acquisition of Lifestyle Motor Group, and advised Genie Care on its sale to Frontier Therapeutics. Other highlights included continuing to advise Greenwich Leisure on multiple issues including gym membership terms and its online booking software renewal terms, as well as assisting Hemming Group with its acquisitions of Alad, Executive Hires News and Executive Hire Show. Forthcastle LLP, Topcon and Sentios Technology are also clients. Practice leader John Riddick is an expert in international corporate and commercial matters, with a particular focus on the Middle East. He is ably supported by Dean Drew, who ‘is good at understanding the key issues’ and who specialises in private equity transactions.

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Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 1

Irwin Mitchell (Crawley)

According to one client, Irwin Mitchellhas no comparison’. The team regularly advises clients in the healthcare, pharmaceuticals and publishing sectors, bringing to bear ample expertise in handling company divestments, M&A and joint ventures. Highlights included advising Envision Pharma Group on its sale to a consortium that included Ardian and GHO Capital, and assisting the management team of FMP Global on the £30m management buyout of the company and three other companies by Bond Software International. The team also assisted Micheldever Tyre Services with multiple acquisitions in 2016, including its acquisitions of Tyreforce and Rockett Garages, and acted for Nuffield Health on its acquisition of CBT Services’ business and assets. Other clients include Air Partner, Toba Capital and Uniplaces. Head of commercial Stuart Padghamis an expert in his field’; he specialises in outsourcing projects and commercial contracts. Mid-market transactions expert Daniel Bastide heads the corporate group, which includes Faye Bargery, who regularly acts for management teams on private equity transactions. Neil Hart retired in May 2016.

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Hampshire
Commercial litigation: Hampshire - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell (Southampton)

Irwin Mitchell is a ‘go-to firm for pragmatic and skilled commercial advice and representation in high-value commercial disputes’, according to clients. With vast experience of litigation as well as acting for clients in arbitration, the firm’s sector expertise focuses on the sport, technology, telecoms and insurance industries, among others. It continued to represent an international bank in a $10m claim against an energy company in liquidation, involving multi-jurisdictional litigation proceedings in Oman and the Cayman Islands. Other highlights included high-value breach of contract claims, group-action negligence claims and trade finance agreement disputes. The practice also leverages the firm’s strong corporate and commercial, pensions and tax teams where necessary. Also on the client roster are Nuffield Health, Greenwich Leisure and Topcon, as well as high-net-worth individuals. Hannah Clipstonis an experienced and skilled litigator with good tactical sense’; she is well-versed in regulatory matters. Andrew Jacksonis brilliant at providing direction and making sure that everything is going efficiently’; he frequently handles shareholder and director disputes.

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Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell (Crawley)

Irwin Mitchell’s team is well-versed in representing clients in high-value breach of contract matters, energy sector disputes and termination agreement mandates. It is currently acting for a party of 1,300 creditors in group litigation concerning the £117m liquidation of ARM Asset Backed Securities, where the party is claiming £17m. Other areas of expertise include tax, property, fraud and white-collar crime. Nuffield Health, Lloyds Banking Group, TJX UK and Greenwich Leisure are all clients. Robert Kenyon heads the department and specialises in cross-border disputes and company law issues. He is ably supported by Martin Cross, who is adept at international arbitration and specialises in the life sciences and finance sectors; Sarah Birkbeck, an expert in IT, technology and retail sector disputes; and and associate Tom Barnard, who focuses on sports disputes and professional negligence and is ‘very approachable and immediately responsive to queries’.

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South East: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell (Crawley)

According to clients, Irwin Mitchell’s practice ‘compares very well with its competition’. It acts for a mix of banks, building societies, private lenders and borrower clients on the full range of banking matters. Sarah Naylor advises institutional lenders and borrowers on transactional activity including property finance, acquisitions and bilateral and syndicated lending. Other key figures include David Fanchi, who specialises in property finance; Richard Purcell, who handles development financings; and Andrew Watson, whose expertise includes asset, invoice and supplier finance. The group’s clients include Santander, HSBS, National Westminster Bank and RBS Invoice Finance.

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

Irwin Mitchell (Gatwick (Crawley))

Irwin Mitchell’s insolvency and corporate recovery practice has undergone significant changes in recent times, with key partners Frank Bouette and Martin Cross joining in Gatwick as a result of the firm’s merger with Thomas Eggar in December 2015. Bouette undertakes mostly restructuring, corporate recovery and transactional work, while Cross specialises in trusts (often with a cross-border aspect) and fraud-related matters. One of the latter’s highlights was the representation of the creditors of ARM Asset Backed Securities in an £80m trust law dispute regarding claims concerning over 1,000 investors. Bouette and solicitor Alison Bruce advised CVR Global as administrators for the UK subsidiary of a Spanish-owned company on the administration itself as well as on the restructuring and transition of the business, which was necessary due to landlord conflicts. Cross also assisted Alliance Healthcare with supply chain issues and managing the insolvency risks thereof and supported Hexpress with its restructuring and partial business transfer to the Channel Islands. Gatwick Airport, Lloyds Banking Group and FRP Advisory are among the firm’s clients.

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Hampshire
Employment: Hampshire - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell (Southampton)

The ‘excellentIrwin Mitchell advises on the full range of employment matters, including employment tribunal claims, restricted covenant disputes and TUPE transfer matters. The firm advised Paula Rosa Manhattan on its internal restructuring following the Brexit vote, as well as assisting a motor research company with streamlining its pension scheme. It also advised Hendy Group with the employment law aspects of its acquisition of a car dealership. Other clients include Micheldever Tyres, Accord Healthcare and Transun Travel. Clients single out Simon Fenton, who ‘has a commercial view on employment law and offers good advice’; and associate Andrew Crudge, who ‘excellent on all fronts’.

Leading individuals

Simon Fenton - Irwin Mitchell

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South East: Insurance

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

Irwin Mitchell (Southampton)

Irwin Mitchell’s clinical negligence department in Southampton impresses with ‘impeccable response times, in-depth knowledge and paperwork that is always spot-on’. It undertakes work in the areas of cerebral palsy, stillbirth, neonatal deaths, cauda equina, spinal surgery and undiagnosed spinal infections, as well as other types of brain injury and oncology claims. ‘First-rate lawyer’ Justine Spencer, who was promoted to partner in the past year, and the ‘competent and compassionate’ associate Rebecca Brown are the main contacts. The ‘extremely bright, tenacious and dedicated’ Spencer specialises in birth injuries and neonatal neurological claims such as hypoglycaemia and group B streptococcal infection, while recommended Brown focuses on spinal injuries, surgical negligence and cancer - including previous work on breast cancer group claims. Recent highlights include an £8m brain injury claim against delayed diagnosis and treatment of neonatal hypoglycaemia, as well as a claim regarding a delayed diagnosis of bladder cancer. The firm also provides an in-house client liaison manager and Court of Protection services.

Next generation lawyers

Justine Spencer - Irwin Mitchell

Rebecca Brown - Irwin Mitchell

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

Irwin Mitchell (Southampton)

The personal injury team at Irwin Mitchell in Southampton has ‘considerable depth of experience and competence’ and ‘gives excellent support and advice’. The team is led by the ‘outstandingly goodClaire Howard, who takes on head and spinal cord injuries as well as polytrauma cases. She is supported by asbestos and mesothelioma specialists Guy Darlaston and Nicola Maier as well as the ‘down-to-earth, approachable and responsive’ Andrew Buckham, who has particular niche experience in injury, trauma and fatality matters involving members of the armed forces and is ‘a great lawyer to have on your side’. He was promoted to partner in April 2016. Associate Ruth Johnson focuses on orthopaedic injuries. Howard represented Rachel Burton whose husband died in a road traffic accident in a compensation claim for her and her two children, which settled for £435,000. Darlaston and Maier are being instructed on a fatal mesothelioma matter where the disease was obtained through the restoration of an extensive building which is several hundred years old. Buckham represented a client who was a guardsman in Afghanistan and sustained a serious brain injury after a lance corporal stepped on an improvised explosive device.

Next generation lawyers

Andrew Buckham - Irwin Mitchell

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South East: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Irwin Mitchell (Crawley, Chichester)

The ‘top-notch’ team at Irwin Mitchell acts for a mix of farming companies, private individuals and institutional and charity clients, and has significantly bolstered its client base following its recent merger with regional firm Thomas Eggar LLP. Recent highlights include representing an individual in a dispute with Mid Sussex District Council, a matter regarding planning permission for the sale and development of a green space in West Sussex, and the firm also acted for Trenport Investments in opposing an application by the British Horse Society, which aimed to upgrade footpaths and bridleways across a 3500-acre estate in Kent. James Pavey heads the practice, advising primarily on land development potential; ‘ultimate professionalRichard Venables Kyrke is ‘easily accessible to talk matters through’ and ‘identifies potential problems quickly, advising the client accordingly’; and Anthony Nixon is recommended for tax and trusts matters.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Irwin Mitchell (Chichester, Crawley, Southampton)

Irwin Mitchell’s ‘first-class’ practice acts for professional trustees and trust corporations along with private individuals, panel deputies and charitable organisations, advising on the full range of domestic and international disputes. Key figure Paula James is ‘intelligent, efficient, organised and easy to work with’, and has notable expertise advising on complex trusts and professional negligence cases. Samantha Ewing handles will and probate disputes involving the Inheritance Act and will forgery, and also specialises in Court of Protection work.

Leading individuals

Paula James - Irwin Mitchell

Next generation lawyers

Samantha Ewing - Irwin Mitchell

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Personal tax, trust and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Personal tax, trust and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell (Gatwick)

Irwin Mitchell handles the full range of trust matters, including trust management, establishing high-value trusts and trust restructuring matters. The team is also adept at tax matters such as person tax mitigation and inheritance tax advice, the team also handles Court of Protection applications including powers of attorney submissions. High-net-worth individuals, landed families and business owners make up the team’s client base. Caroline Shelton leads the team, which is split between the Chichester and Gatwick offices; Michael Taylor, Darran Fawcett, Catherine Angel and Anthony Nixon are all key contacts. Amanda King-Jones and Patricia Woolgar retired.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 4

Irwin Mitchell (Newbury)

The team at Irwin Mitchelladopts an approach that makes clients feel that they and their needs are of paramount importance’. The ‘caring and attentiveSarah Phillips heads the practice and advises business owners, entrepreneurs and senior executives on various matters, including wealth preservation, tax and succession planning. Senior associate Stewart Stretton-Hill’s ‘manner inspires confidence in clients’; he handles lasting powers of attorney, Court of Protection applications and deputyship for elderly and vulnerable clients, as well as wills, probate and tax planning matters. Julian Chadwick retired from practice and Sarah Roberts joined Coffin Mew LLP as a senior associate.

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Hampshire
Commercial property: Hampshire - ranked: tier 4

Irwin Mitchell (Southampton)

The ‘friendly and efficient’ team at Irwin Mitchell frequently advises lenders and developers on property refinancing matters, property acquisitions and divestments, and leasehold agreements. Clients include Micheldever Tyre Services, Santander and NatWest. The ‘quick and efficient’ David Fanchi heads the department and is an expert in property financing. He is ably supported by Philip Gray, who focuses on corporate occupier matters, and Tina Webster, who ‘has sound knowledge of development disputes and agreements’. Lee Edwards left the firm in December 2016 to join Moore Blatch LLP and Biddy Walker retired in April 2016.

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Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell (Crawley)

Irwin Mitchell’s team ‘is very quick, knowledgeable and experienced’. The firm frequently advises on property finance issues, including secured lending and investment options, as well as plot acquisitions and property portfolio matters. It is assisting Lambeth College with finding a development partner to undertake the £40m regeneration of the Vauxhall Nine Elms campus, as well as advising South Essex College as joint buyer with the HCA and the borough council on the sale of a housing development to be repurposed as a new college campus, including project management advice and planning application assistance. NatWest, Hendy Group and Southern Water are other clients. Chichester team leader Tina Webster is recommended for development agreements. Also in the team are Gatwick team head and investment property portfolio management specialist Balbit Thandi, as well as regeneration project specialist Guy Sackett.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell (Crawley)

For some, Irwin Mitchell is ‘an exceptionally strong performer in the construction space’. The ‘talented team’ provides ‘good solutions’ and ‘deals succinctly with complex matters’, with a strong reputation in the education sector. It also handles a high volume of non-contentious instructions in relation to development projects, procurement and engineering-related insurance. In a recent highlight, the team acted for Lambeth College in connection with a transaction with the Education Funding Agency, which will fund the renovation of an education campus in central London. Practice head Mark Clinton has ‘great legal and commercial instincts’, and has significant experience dealing with construction disputes across the energy, retail, waste management and infrastructure sectors, among others.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Irwin Mitchell (Crawley)

Irwin Mitchell is known for its promotion of mixed-use regeneration schemes, particularly on former brownfield land, and regularly handles development projects in the industrial, education, retail and student accommodation sectors, among others. The group also has strong litigation expertise and a solid track record in the High Court, where it represents clients in appeals and statutory inquiries. Practice head Carl Dyer and ‘rising star’ Nicola Gooch recently advised Santon Developments on planning strategy for the North Street Quarter development, a former industrial site which had been badly damaged by flooding in 2009. The team is also assisting Chippenham Properties and Langley Properties on a mixed-use development set to contain up to 400 new homes, a hotel site and several commercial outlets. Other key figures include James Pavey, who focuses on contentious planning work, and Carolyn Morgan-Welker, who advises on planning, highways and environmental law.

Leading individuals

Carl Dyer - Irwin Mitchell

Next generation lawyers

Nicola Gooch - Irwin Mitchell

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South East: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell (Gatwick, Southampton)

Irwin Mitchell acts for an increasing number of fast-growth tech companies such as Uniplaces, Gradian Systems and LzLabs. Daniel Hedley, who is ‘extremely commercial and very well placed to understand complex software licencing deals and the technology underpinning them’, was made up to partner and is advising LzLabs on commercial contracts and software licensing matters, including partnership agreements with major players such as Red Hat and Microsoft. Practice head Stuart Padgham joined as part of the firm’s recent merger with Thomas Eggar Solicitors and, together with Hedley, assisted Saga with IT procurement projects. In other work, Flockk instructed Kim Walker on a variety of mandates relating to launching its app. Litigator Sarah Birkbeck is recommended for IP and IT disputes.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 4

Irwin Mitchell (Gatwick, Southampton)

Irwin Mitchell’s Sarah Birkbeck is singled out for IP and IT disputes. However, on the advisory side, Kim Walker is the name to note for non-contentious work, including trade mark and design applications, licensing, brand protection and exploiting IP rights. The practice has experience in acting for companies from a range of sectors, including healthcare, media and retail.

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Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Irwin Mitchell (Gatwick, Southampton)

Musicians, sportsmen and other high-profile private clients instruct Irwin Mitchell, and the firm’s recent merger with Thomas Eggar Solicitors‎ added practice head Stuart Padgham and associate Aurelia Butler-Ball; the duo advised Lady Leshurr on a series of lucrative contracts, including her signing to RCA Records and a brand deal with Converse. Sarah Birkbeck also joined through the merger with associate and sport expert Tom Barnard, who is representing Jessica Varnish in a British Cycling investigation and bringing counterclaims against the governing body concerning press and public relations exposure. Kim Walker and Birkbeck provide ongoing advice to The Conan Doyle Estate on global brand protection, licensing, trade mark applications and developing brand guidelines. Clients also include Lawton Communications Group and DK Music Management.

Next generation lawyers

Aurelia Butler-Ball - Irwin Mitchell

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 1

Irwin Mitchell (Southampton, Chichester, Crawley)

Clients single out Irwin Mitchell as fielding ‘a standout practice for sports-related advice and dispute resolution’. The team ‘has a strong ability to cover all areas of the sector’. The firm’s client base includes a range of national and international governing bodies, sports clubs, funders and agents, and the team primarily advises on regulatory and governance issues, corporate finance and intellectual property. Highlights included advising Greenwich Leisure on a variety of commercial matters including bids for sports facility management contracts, planning and development issues, membership terms and conditions and data protection issues. The team also acted for Nuffield Health on its acquisition of the business and assets of CBT Services, a service providing cognitive behavioural therapy, which will be made available as part of Nuffield Health’s fitness and wellbeing gyms. Hannah Clipston heads the team, which includes Michael Taylor, who focuses on private client matters, and Stuart Padgham, who undertakes a range of commercial and IP work.

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