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Irwin Mitchell

2 WELLINGTON PLACE, LEEDS, LS1 4BZ, ENGLAND
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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

Gavin Maddison and Joanne Bone head up Irwin Mitchell's corporate and commercial teams respectively; Maddison recently joined the firm from Ward Hadaway. On the commercial side, the group has particular expertise in data protection and IT sector contracts. The corporate team also includes senior associate Catherine Hinchliffe, who also recently joined from Ward Hadaway, and handles a range of mid-market corporate transactions.

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

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell handles a range of instructions with particular experience in the education, manufacturing, not-for-profit and charity sectors at a regional and national level. Practice head Laurence Gavin has particular expertise in providing securities regulatory advice; transactional lawyer Gavin Maddison is another key name to note and regularly advises on acquisitions, disposals, reorganisations, shareholder arrangements and corporate governance issues.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell is noted for its white-collar litigation practice, which handles criminal liability, compliance and multi-jurisdictional investigations for a range of corporate clients. Internal investigations, bribery and corruption issues are also key strengths of the team. Paul Haycock leads the department and excels in criminal and regulatory investigations.

Leading individuals

Paul Haycock - Irwin Mitchell

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Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's regulatory and criminal investigations group focuses on defence work and has recently handled burglary cases, violent and sexual assault matters, historical sexual abuse, drug offences and road traffic incidents. Team head Paul Haycock divides his time between Sheffield and Manchester, while senior associate Emma Windle is a key name for 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 4

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell handles a range of commercial, corporate and contractual litigation. IP litigator Alex Newman heads the team, which includes James Laycock, who has particular expertise in contentious wills, trusts and estates; and senior associate Richard Payne, who has experience in breach of warranty, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of restrictive covenant disputes. The group's other specialisms include handling franchising disputes and construction sector claims.

Rising stars

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's team handles a range of commercial, contractual and corporate disputes including shareholder and derivative claims and restrictive covenant litigation. The group counts retail, professional services, insurance, IT and manufacturing companies as well as high-net-worth individuals among its client base. Steven Beahan heads up the team and has particular experience in insurance sector disputes, while Dorrien Peters focuses on IT, manufacturing, engineering and construction disputes.

Leading individuals

Dorrien Peters - Irwin Mitchell

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

With notable expertise in real estate finance work, Irwin Mitchell also advises on corporate banking, cross-border matters, mezzanine and leveraged finance work, and private equity funding issues. The group's client base encompasses lenders and borrowers at a local and national level. The 'no-nonsense' Paddy Sturman and Dean Gormley head up the teams in Leeds and Sheffield respectively; Gormley focuses on banking and debt finance transactions.

Leading individuals

Paddy Sturman - Irwin Mitchell

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

Irwin Mitchell

At Irwin Mitchell, Doug Robertson and Tom Paton lead the Leeds and Sheffield teams respectively; Robertson focuses on property insolvency and Paton is a key name for personal insolvency work. The Leeds team is recognised for its strength acting for banks, asset-based lenders and restructuring professionals, and the Sheffield group has a substantial insolvency practitioner client base. The department also has notable corporate advisory expertise.

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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 4

Irwin Mitchell

The employment team at Irwin Mitchell handles national work for a variety of FTSE listed companies and household names in Leeds. The firm attracted several new clients during 2018 as a result of its sector focus and effective use of innovative products and services. The 'sensible, no nonsense' Glenn Hayes, who heads up the employment teams across Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester, is an experienced employment tribunal advocate and has taken cases to the higher courts in England and Scotland . Recently promoted partner Jenny Arrowsmith works with clients across a range of sectors, including extensive experience of advising employers of all sizes.

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

Irwin Mitchell

The employment team at Irwin Mitchell is instructed by a high-profile client roster including national and international companies and household names, which it advises on a range of non-contentious matters and employment tribunal claims. The group has particular experience assisting clients in the healthcare, education and insurance sectors. Kirsty Ayre heads up the practice and has particular expertise in industrial relations and trade union law.

Leading individuals

Kirsty Ayre - Irwin Mitchell

Rising stars

Jennifer Walton - Irwin Mitchell

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

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

Irwin Mitchell

The Yorkshire region is established as a clinical negligence stronghold for Irwin Mitchell. The national firm's Leeds and Sheffield offices, headed by Sarah Coles and Julianne Moore respectively, enjoy an enviable reputation and a large and varied workload. A total of 59 case handlers from both locations deal with high value cases relating to births, brain and spinal injuries, amputations and mental health, while a dedicated mini-team in Sheffield handles lower value cases from around the country. The department collaborates with charities and organisations to raise awareness of specific conditions and encourage early diagnosis and fast treatment. Rachel Roach, one of three team leaders in the medical negligence team in Leeds, is a key member of the practice.

Leading individuals

Julianne Moore - Irwin Mitchell

Rachelle Mahapatra - Irwin Mitchell

Next Generation Partners

Rachel Roach - Irwin Mitchell

Rising stars

Lisa Swales - Irwin Mitchell

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

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell has a strong presence in Yorkshire with two personal injury claimant teams based in Sheffield and Leeds. With a focus on high value and complex cases, covering brain and spinal cord injuries, amputations and disease, the firm stands out as a true national leader in this field. Adrian Budgen, head of the Sheffield office, specialises in asbestos disease and mesothelioma cancer cases, while his Leeds counterpart Sion Kingston leads the neuro trauma, criminal injuries, polytrauma and multi-track motor teams. In Sheffield, Louise Jenkins leads the 'amazing' serious injury team, while the 'hugely experienced' Rachael Aram is a specialist in brain and spinal cord injuries. In Leeds, the 'truly exceptional' Carolyn Heaton leads the neuro team and the national children’s serious injury group, while up and coming partner Ian Toft heads the asbestos disease team.

Leading individuals

Adrian Budgen - Irwin Mitchell

Carolyn Heaton - Irwin Mitchell

Louise Jenkins - Irwin Mitchell

Rachael Aram - Irwin Mitchell

Next Generation Partners

Ian Toft - Irwin Mitchell

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

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's professional negligence department in Sheffield delivers 'fantastic results', drawing on the firm's national brand and collaborating with lawyers in the firm's London and Manchester office. The practice represents both corporate clients and individuals against solicitors, barristers, construction professionals, financial advisers and accountants. Particular focus is put on claimant (non-lender) insurance tax, rather than more regional and traditional commercial litigation work. Natasha Guthrie, who supervises all instructions in Sheffield, is lauded for her 'excellent manner with clients.'

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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

The 'extremely professional'¬†charities and not-for-profit team at Irwin Mitchell¬†is based in the firm's Sheffield office, from where it serves a national client base of specialist charities of varying sizes across all sectors ‚Äď from leisure to religious, heritage, education and health charities. Laurence Gavin¬†leads the practice, which has lately been particularly busy advising education charities during mergers. Other areas of intense activity include corporate governance and compliance.

Rising stars

Graham Walker - Irwin Mitchell

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

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's will, trust and estate disputes department provides a comprehensive service on both a regional and national level. Litigators routinely work closely with non-contentious lawyers on will validity challenges, rectification and construction of wills claims, maladministration and breach of trust matters. There is a 'real focus on client care', with the firm's lawyers aiming to ensure that the client is involved and fully participating in decisions around all matters. This is underpinned by the 'great soft skills' of key figures within the team, such as national head of contentious probate Paula Myers , who is described as a 'strategic and brilliant' litigator and a 'patient and focused' negotiator.

Leading individuals

Paula Myers - Irwin Mitchell

Rising stars

Julia Burns - Irwin Mitchell

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

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell focuses on high-net-worth financial and divorce cases, often with national and international aspects and additional complexities including family businesses, private equity elements and property portfolios. The team also draws upon the firm's national private wealth strength to handle wealth protection matters, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and cohabitation agreements. Zoe Round and Alison Fernandes jointly lead the practice; both are noted for their high-value financial case expertise, Round is experienced in same-sex marriage issues and Fernandes handles matters involving pre-marital wealth and trust assets.

Leading individuals

Alison Fernandes - Irwin Mitchell

Zoe Round - Irwin Mitchell

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Family: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Family: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

In Irwin Mitchell's Leeds office, Katie McCann now heads up the family practice following the departure of Teresa Davidson. McCann, who relocated from the firm's Manchester office, specialises in matrimonial work for high-net-worth individuals and has niche expertise in reputation management matters and wealth protection work. The team also handles pre- and post-marriage financial planning and asset protection, trust and tax arrangements, Court of Protection matters, cohabitation cases and international child abduction issues. Senior associate David Lister is the key contact for children work, while solicitor Scott Halliday has expertise in LGBTQ+ family law.

Rising stars

David Lister - Irwin Mitchell

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

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell’s tax, trust and estates team is 'expanding and enthusiastic', with senior associate Andrea Jones joining from Ward Hadaway in early 2018 to build up the firm's offering in Leeds and support Gillian Coverley's team in Sheffield. They now often work in unison, advising a growing client base on matters of wills and estate planning, elderly and vulnerable clients, probate, tax compliance and advisory and trust administration. The firm also prides itself in educating members of the Yorkshire community by delivering seminars, attended by national experts, to financial advisers and wealth managers.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

At Irwin Mitchell, the Sheffield-based Laurence Gavin leads the further and higher education group, while Leeds-based employment specialist Jenny Arrowsmith heads up the schools group. Clients include single and multi-academy trusts, higher education institutions and further education colleges which the department advises on transactions, employment law, charity regulation issues, property work, student issues, reputational risk work, freedom of information and data protection requests, and litigation. Michelle Beaumont joined in 2019 from Pinsent Masons LLP and handles real estate 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 has a broad real estate practice, with a focus on commercial development and regeneration, strategic land and site assembly, student accommodation and PRS, education, real estate finance, corporate occupiers and investment and management. The team is led by the 'stand out' and 'absolutely superb' John Flathers. Also notable is James Knowles, who has recently led on several major developments. Michelle Beaumont, who has a broad range of real estate transaction experience, joined the firm from Pinsent Masons LLP in late 2018.

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

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's Sheffield team handles the full range of property issues, with substantial experience in strategic land and site assembly issues, investment and management work, student accommodation matters, real estate finance and development, while the team also has strength in the retail, local authority, education, charity and care sectors. Andrew Wallis heads up the group and also leads the firm's national housing, student accommodation and private rented sector team; Steven Richardson focuses on residential developments, Martyn Holland handles investments and development projects, and Kevin Fox specialises in the manufacturing and education sectors.

Leading individuals

Andrew Wallis - Irwin Mitchell

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

Key sectors for Irwin Mitchell include commercial property, retirement living, student accommodation and education, with the practice handling both contentious and non-contentious mandates. Notable practitioners include consultant Mike Plews, who has experience in high-profile schemes, and associate Zoe Williams, who focuses on construction disputes relating to payment issues, defects, time extensions and professional negligence matters.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's specialist team, which acts for a range of both local and national clients, has notable expertise in property portfolio management-related work and is increasingly acting for landlords. The group's client roster also encompasses investors, developers, retailers, corporate occupiers, local institutions, banks, estate agencies and charities. The 'extremely impressive' Danny Revitt heads up the department and focuses on landlord and tenant disputes, while senior associate Lisa Stratford handles national property portfolio management mandates.

Next Generation Partners

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

The commercial team at Irwin Mitchell has particular experience assisting clients with data protection and privacy matters, both in the context of compliance projects and IT contracts, and also has IT litigation expertise. Joanne Bone, who stands out for her data protection specialism, also handles a range of non-contentious IT issues and jointly heads the practice with IP disputes partner Alex Newman.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

The intellectual property team at Irwin Mitchell has the capacity to handle a range of dispute resolution and strategic advisory work. The group is particularly active in the IT, retail and manufacturing sectors. Alex Newman and Joanne Bone jointly head the practice and specialise in contentious and non-contentious matters respectively. Senior associate Emma Yates also has notable experience in IP litigation and reputation management work.

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