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Irwin Mitchell

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire
Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 5

Irwin Mitchell

In Irwin Mitchell’s Leeds office, Joanne Bone is the key name for commercial advice and specialises in IP and IT mandates. Her advice covers IT contracts, e-commerce issues and data protection advice. She recently advised a hotel brand on its IT contracts, acted for a software company on a branding strategy and assisted Callcredit Information Group with its master service agreements.

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Corporate and commercial: Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Corporate and commercial: Sheffield, South Yorkshire - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

Laurence Gavin¬†heads the practice at Irwin Mitchell¬†and ‚Äėhas a good knowledge of complex issues paired with advice that is always well researched‚Äô; his recent work includes advising Westfield Health on its purchase of the Bolton and District Hospital Saturday Council, assisting Coaching Inn Group with its purchase of Castle Hotel Conwy, and acting for Telford College of Arts and Technology on its merger with New College Telford. Sheffield City Trust, Rocksure Systems, Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust and Awesome Merchandise are also clients.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

The regulatory and criminal investigations group at Irwin Mitchell is known for its capabilities in handling complex white-collar crime fraud matters, including acting for companies and boards on criminal liability, compliance and multi-jurisdictional investigations. Paul Haycock heads up the team which also frequently advises on internal investigations, bribery and corruption, as well as financial services crime allegations. Other key names to note include Emma Windle and John Davies.

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Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

The regulatory and criminal investigations group at Irwin Mitchell is led by Paul Haycock, who splits his time between the firm's Manchester and Sheffield offices. Haycock handles a range of matters including murder investigations and prosecutions, and has experience in successfully resisting extradition requests. Another key name to note is Emma Windle who works across the Leeds and Sheffield offices and specialises in white collar crime.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell¬†fields a team of ‚Äėtop-class litigators‚Äô including practice head Alex Newman, who has notable experience in contentious IP and IT issues; James Laycock, who joined from Gordons LLP¬†in 2017 and handles contract disputes, shareholder claims, professional negligence issues and contentious trust and probate work; senior associate Richard Payne, who focuses on the construction sector; and senior associate Emma Yates, who ‚Äėleaves no stone unturned and is dedicated to doing the best job possible‚Äô. The team is also highly regarded for its expertise in franchising disputes and breach of warranty claims. Clients include Pirtek, Capita, Rubillion, Taskmaster and Handelsbanken.

Next generation lawyers

Richard Payne - Irwin Mitchell

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Commercial litigation: Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Commercial litigation: Sheffield, South Yorkshire - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell‚Äôs ‚Äėhighly proactive and commercial‚Äô practice ‚Äėstands out in the region‚Äô for its expertise across the manufacturing and insurance sectors and knowledge of injunctive applications and shareholder and derivative claims. Steven Beahan leads the team and regularly handles insurance litigation; clients also praise the ‚Äėbrilliant‚Äô Dorrien Peters, who is ‚Äėup there with the best‚Äô and acts in high-value disputes and manufacturing litigation. Clients include Westfield Health, MGS Technical Plastics, Aviva, Allianz and Buchan Concrete Products. -James Berry joined Freeths LLP in 2018.

Leading individuals

Dorrien Peters - Irwin Mitchell

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

Patrick Sturman¬†and Dean Gormley¬†jointly lead Irwin Mitchell‚Äôs practice from Leeds and Sheffield respectively; Sturman ‚Äėensures he has an excellent understanding of his clients‚Äô and Gormley ‚Äėprovides clear and considered advice that makes everything run smoothly‚Äô. The team is ‚Äėincredibly talented in the real estate finance arena‚Äô and also handles corporate banking, leveraged finance, structured finance, asset-based lending and private equity funding work. The firm‚Äôs lender client base includes Metro Bank and Lloyds Bank; Sturman led advice to the latter on its role in the funding of the private equity-backed MBO of George Walker Transport. Other highlights include assisting RBS with the restructuring of existing loans for Park Lane Properties, acting for Santander on new funding for ASL Technology Holdings and Automated Systems Group and handling term loan facilities to fund the MBO of AW Lumb for HSBC Bank and HSBC Invoice Finance. Senior associates Robert Farrell¬†and Hayley Johnson¬†are also names to note.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell¬†‚Äėnever provides anything less than excellent advice‚Äô utilising ‚Äėgreat technical knowledge paired with a good dose of commercial reality‚Äô. The team is highly regarded for its real estate restructuring work; it recently acted for Armstrong Watson as liquidators of a property company and assisted a market leading insolvency firm as joint trustees with the bankruptcy of three individuals including handling asset realisations of a property portfolio. Other areas of expertise include corporate advisory work, pension scheme issues and commercial insolvencies. Andrew Walker¬†is the national head of the firm‚Äôs restructuring and insolvency department, which includes the Leeds-based Doug Robertson, who is ‚Äėeasy to work with and incredibly approachable‚Äô; and ‚Äėconsummate professional‚Äô Tom Paton¬†in Sheffield.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Human resources

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's employment team is recognised for its complex employment tribunal work and also advises on day-to-day and specific issues including on TUPE, contractual issues and restructuring. The team defended Capita in several employment tribunal matters, including an unfair dismissal and whistleblowing claim. In this matter, senior associate Samantha Clark lead advice, both on the proceedings and on strategy relating to management of the risk of reputational damage. Practice head Glenn Hayes has experience advising corporates across a diverse range of industries, and acts for some of the practice's key national clients, such as Sky Betting & Gaming, Barrett Steel and Persimmon Homes plc. Recently, he successfully defended the later in an allegation of detriment for having made a protected disclosure and assertion of a statutory right, in addition to claims of breach of contract and unlawful deductions from wages. With a strong education sector practice, clients include several schools and colleges such as Leeds City College, White Rose Academies Trust and the Association of Colleges. 

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Employment: Sheffield and South Yorkshire
Employment: Sheffield and South Yorkshire - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Kirsty Ayre leads Irwin Mitchell’s Sheffield-based employment team, which is frequently instructed by large corporates in a full spectrum of both employment and HR matters. The practice continues to advise easyJet on tribunal claims as well as on strategic employment issues. In another recent work example, the department is advising a plc in the IT services sector on restructuring, including redundancies and the exit of senior employees. Ayre also led a team acting for a global services business in a tribunal claim for travel time to be paid under the national minimum wage regulations, as well as in a related HMRC audit. Liesel Whitfield left the team to join Ellis Whittam .

Leading individuals

Kirsty Ayre - Irwin Mitchell

Next generation lawyers

Jennifer Walton - Irwin Mitchell

Liesel Whitfield - Irwin Mitchell

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

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

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell Leeds fields a 'fantastic' medical negligence team based in Sheffield and Leeds that is 'deserving of its very strong reputation in this area'. The team attracts praise for its ability to 'deal with cases of maximum severity and complexity' and 'undoubtedly works hard for clients to achieve the best possible result'. Headed by Julianne Moore in the Sheffield office and Rachelle Mahapatra in Leeds, the practice represents clients in complex matters involving brain and spinal injury cases and birth injury claims, including cerebral palsy, neonatal deaths and still birth . Mahapatra led a team in a complex development dysplasia case, whereby the practice was able to successfully establish causation, and achieved a favourable settlement for the client. In Leeds, Ross McWilliams is also recommended for his 'great client manner and good understanding'. New additions to the team include senior associate Lisa Swales in the Leeds office and associate Tania Harrison in Sheffield; they joined from Simpson Millar LLP  Leeds and Howells Sheffield respectively.

Leading individuals

Julianne Moore - Irwin Mitchell

Rachelle Mahapatra - Irwin Mitchell

Next generation lawyers

Rachel Roach - Irwin Mitchell

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

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's personal injury team is split across the Leeds and Sheffield offices and has 'a well-deserved reputation for excellence' thanks to its 'wealth of experience and knowledge'. Recognised for 'excellent client care' the team, led by Adrian Budgen, is instructed in some of the most complex, serious and sensitive claims, and has the capabilities to offer financial and asset management advice; handle any family and child care matters; and leverage its strong public law team to advise on human rights and other issues. The practice also benefits from a strong court of protection team, which deals with clients' tax affairs; care needs, including house adaptations; and the preparation of trust and wills. Rachael Aram is described as 'fearless in promoting her clients' interests' and has particular expertise acting for claimants with brain injury and spinal cord injury. Louise Jenkins, also leads a serious injury team from the Sheffield office, and is praised for building 'amazing rapport with clients' and for successfully securing interim payments for accommodation adapted to meet their needs. Another key name to note is senior associate David Withers who is 'willing to take on the most difficult arguments'. Jane Wright retired in May 2017.

Leading individuals

Adrian Budgen - Irwin Mitchell

Louise Jenkins - Irwin Mitchell

Rachael Aram - Irwin Mitchell

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Professional negligence: claimant
Professional negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

With 'a fantastic team of very able lawyers' Irwin Mitchell's 'excellent' professional negligence team handles claims brought by both corporate clients and individuals against a spectrum of professionals. The department has particular expertise in claims arising out of insolvency estates, which 'sets the firm apart from its peers', and is instructed by insolvency practitioners such as Wilson Field and Begbies Traynor. The 'extremely knowledgeable and efficient' Natasha Guthrie has been highlighted as a 'stand-out star' in this area and heads up the professional negligence group. The team sits within the wider commercial litigation team, which is led by the 'tactically astute, highly experienced and very commercial' Steven Beahan.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's 'strong team' handles the full spectrum of charity issues. Singled out for his combination of 'in-depth knowledge' of charity law and 'commercial experience', Laurence Gavin heads the team and is regularly instructed by charities, charity group structures and academy schools on matters of governance, risk, funding and trustee duties. In a recent highlight, the group acted for Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust on the £7m purchase of Wentworth Woodhouse, the largest private residence in the UK. This required cross-departmental expertise from the firm's property and finance teams, as well as complex charity law application. Additionally, the practice advised Boccia England on the implementation of governance requirements imposed by the code of sports governance issues by Sport England and UK Sport.

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

Irwin Mitchell

The 'absolutely outstanding' contentious trusts team at Irwin Mitchell is considered to be 'one of the biggest players' in this area. The practice handles a full range of wills, trusts and estate disputes for individual clients, banks, executors, trustees and beneficiaries, The group also benefits from being able to leverage its 'top-drawer' national practice, which is headed by Leeds-based Paula Myers. The 'tactically astute' Myers is singled out as 'one of the nationally known, big names in this area', and is currently instructed by a trustee and beneficiary of a £13m trust in a breach of trust claim and a potential claim for misrepresentation. The group has been bolstered with the addition of James Laylock, who joined the Leeds officefrom Gordons LLP, and, with 'excellent technical knowledge', has been considered as 'one of the leading people in this area'.

Leading individuals

Paula Myers - Irwin Mitchell

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Family: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Family: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 1

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell has a 'thriving'and 'well-respected' Leeds-based practice that is 'a regional leader for financial arrangements, with a strong national presence'.  Leveraging the firm's strong personal injury department, the group also has a specialism in acting for clients with professional deputies and court of protection involvement as a result of catastrophic injuries. The 'extremely calm head and a hugely experienced lawyer' Teresa Davidson leads the team and is highly regarded for her 'experience and insight into dealing with complex and messy divorces'. Associate and 'star performer' David Lister moved to the practice from the firm's Sheffield office and has been 'pivotal in the strengthening of the team'. Lister has a 'natural flair for children’s  work' and 'punches well above his weight'.  Associate Sarah Buxton recently joined the team in Leeds, having previously headed up the family practice at Walker Foster.

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Family: elsewhere in Yorkshire
Family: elsewhere in Yorkshire - ranked: tier 1

Irwin Mitchell

'One of Yorkshire’s leading family law firms', Irwin Mitchell  has a 'formidable presence in Sheffield'. The 'highly capable' and 'good value for money' team handles the full spectrum of family mattes and has particular expertise representing high-net-worth individuals in financial cases which often incorporate businesses with private equity investment and large property portfolios. Zoe Round and Alison Fernandes have taken over as joint practice heads from 'star practitioner' Martin Loxley who remains at the practice as a consultant and arbitrator. Round is instructed in financial matters and children cases, while Fernandes, who is 'down to earth but disarmingly bright', focuses on financial settlement claims, with a specialism for non-matrimonial, pre-acquired and inherited wealth issues. The 'exceptional' Maisie Huynh was recently promoted to associate and is praised for being 'very prompt, knowledgeable and supportive'.

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

Irwin Mitchell

The tax, trusts and estates team at Irwin Mitchell acts for both local and national clients, including high net worth individuals, business owners, financial institutions and charities including Macmillan Cancer Care and Age UK. Headed up by +Gillian Coverley, the team is advising on complex capital gains tax planning for a UK Trust for a non-domiciled individual, this matter requires liaison with overseas STEP offices to ensure compliance. In a matter representing a high net worth individual, the team advised a business owner on structuring will and estate planning, involving multiple trading and investment companies and trust matters. The practice is instructed by Leeds Building Society to provide probate and estate administration service to its client base. A key name to note is Emma McCann who has significant experience advising on estate administration, tax planning and advising on post death restructuring.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

The education group at Irwin Mitchell Sheffield offers 'excellent service' with individuals based across Leeds and Sheffield who 'understand their clients’ needs' and respond with 'professionalism, and the willingness to find alternative solutions'. The practice represents a diverse range of clients in the further education, higher education and school sectors. Praised for his 'calm, responsive and considered approach', the 'excellent' Laurence Gavin heads the team and is leading advice to Telford College of Arts and Technology on its merger with New College Telford. This matter requires consideration of issues of governance and trustee duties, corporate arrangements, property and complex funding. In addition, the practice has significant experience acting for multi-academy trusts and was recently instructed by Maltby Learning Trust on the incorporation of St Thomas Wharton Academy into the trust. The team also works in partnership with the Association of Colleges in operating an employment helpline advising members on a range employment law matters.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Real estate

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell‚Äôs ‚Äėprofessional, reliable and focused‚Äô practice is led by the ‚Äėtechnically excellent‚Äô John Flathers, who has substantial expertise in development work, property finance matters and advising corporate occupiers. Flathers recently advised Thyssen Krupp UK on the sale of a former factory for redevelopment and assisted Craig & Rose with the negotiation of a new lease of a London property. Clients also single out ‚Äėcommercial, diligent and personable‚Äô development expert James Knowles, who recently acted for Henry Boot Developments on its bid to develop the International Advanced Manufacturing Park in Sunderland, advised Clugston Estates on its purchase of a Manchester property through an SPV, and led advice to Gravity Fitness on the expansion of its trampoline park business including handling premises acquisitions and investment issues. Caddick Developments, Jones Lang LaSalle and Rula Developments are also clients.

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Commercial property: Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Commercial property: Sheffield, South Yorkshire - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell¬†is ‚Äėgreat to deal with and consistently gets the job done‚Äô.¬†Andrew Wallis, who took over the role of practice head from Paul Firth who retired in 2017. Key areas of expertise for the practice encompass strategic land and site assembly issues, investment work, student accommodation matters, developments, real estate finance and corporate occupier clients. Wallis, who is also national head of the firm‚Äôs housing, student accommodation and private rented sector teams, recently acted for Carillion on the regeneration of Sennymoor as part of the DurhamGate project. Kevin Fox¬†led advice to Outokumpu Stainless on the sale of a former industrial site to Peel Logistics; he also acted alongside Wallis for Sheffield Hallam University on the acquisition of a development plot on the Olympic Legacy Park and acting for Canal Road Urban Village on the sale of land for residential development.

Leading individuals

Andrew Wallis - Irwin Mitchell

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

Keys names in Irwin Mitchell’s Yorkshire-based practice include consultant Steven Bate , who focuses on construction disputes; associate Zoe Williams , who handles payment, defect and professional negligence litigation; and consultant Mike Plews , who is recognised for his work on offshore wind farm and biomass power station matters. Key sectors for the group include the process engineering, finance, public and education sectors with notable expertise in retirement living and student accommodation mandates.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell‚Äôs extensive client base encompasses commercial property investors, developers, retailers, banks, local institutions, corporate occupiers and high-net-worth individuals; examples include Logicor, Thorntons, River Island and the University of Sheffield. Danny Revitt, who ‚Äėprovides clear advice so that matters are dealt with in a practical and commercial fashion‚Äô, leads the ‚Äėimpressive‚Äô department and focuses on landlord and tenant issues; he recently advised a regional property investor on the aftermath of the administration of a tenant and represented a real estate investor in a dilapidation claim against a former tenant of office premises. ‚ÄėProactive‚Äô senior associate Lisa Stratford¬†and associate Joanne Mills¬†are also names to note; the pair worked together acting for a real estate fund in a service charge claim regarding historic disrepair.

Next generation lawyers

Lisa Stratford - Irwin Mitchell

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Yorkshire and the Humber: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

Joanne Bone leads the department at Irwin Mitchell, which has considerable experience in data protection and privacy issues including GDPR compliance, IT contract work, master service arrangements, cloud-related solutions and IT litigation. In a recent highlight, Bone advised Lowell Group on data protection and GDPR compliance issues; she also assisted Lhasa with the drafting and negotiation of international licensing terms and acted for ResearchBods Online on the drafting of IT contracts for multiple online access panels and platforms. Alex Newman is the key name for contentious matters and senior associate Emma Yates is recommended for commercial IT litigation.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell’s department is led by Alex Newman, who specialises in contentious and advisory IP work. Other key individuals include transactional expert Joanne Bone, senior associate Emma Yates, who handles IP litigation and defamation issues; and associate Steve Murphy, who focuses on trade mark disputes. Recent highlights include defending RN Ventures in a claim alleging it had infringed on L’Oreal’s patent and registered designs, managing Natural Instinct’s trade mark portfolio and handling related trade mark infringement work, and assisting Gravity Fitness with its branding strategy and trade mark filings. SKA Organisation, Lhasa and Callcredit Information Group are also clients.

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