Firm Profile > Irwin Mitchell > Manchester , England

Irwin Mitchell
One St Peter’s Square
M2 3AF

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell is described as 'the premier claimant firm in the north west, especially for high value and complex claims' involving birth trauma and spinal cord injuries. 'Clever, conscientious and highly effective litigator' Kristofer Inskip is the new practice head having joined the firm in July 2018 from Hilary Meredith Solicitors. Other key figures include Lindsay Wise, Jennifer Cawthorne and Mark Havenhand, while senior associate Dina Lambourne is also recommended.


In-depth experience and access to huge resources for their clients’ benefit. Their involvement in high-profile cases has resulted in the acquisition under one roof of expertise second to none. Clients love them.

Sarah Sharples is as good as any partner. Extremely professional and caring when advising on a difficult situation. She skilfully handled media interest as well and the case itself. Sarah had a good deal of empathy and technical ability. She was proactive in driving the case forward and achieving a settlement which exceeded our expectations. 

I have always found working with Irwin Mitchell a pleasure. The solicitors and the administrative staff are extremely professional.’

A very strong team mixing experienced practitioners of great ability with younger members who are diligent and committed.

Jennifer Cawthorne has very good client handling skills, very sound judgement, and a steadfast commitment to her clients’ causes. Mark Havenhand is an excellent and confident lawyer. Dina Lambourne shows 100% commitment to her clients.

You know with Irwin Mitchell that everything will always be well prepared.

Family Tier 1

The well-regarded family team at Irwin Mitchell work on a wide range of family-related matters, ranging from trusts to international prenuptial agreements, and is often brought in to 'rescue' complex cases from larger firms when tactical rethink is required or where mistakes have been made. The 'dynamic' Ros Bever, who heads up the national divorce and family team, is well-known for her track record of Supreme Court successes, and has built a strong profile as a go-to lawyer outside of London. The 'first-rate' Nathaniel Groarke is another name to note, while Hannah Saxe is a up-and-coming associate who gives 'pragmatic and realistic advice' to her clients.

Leading individuals

Next Generation Partners

Rising stars


‘Ros Bever is very dynamic and incredibly hard-working. She is an excellent rainmaker, supplying her first-rate team with high quality work.’

‘The team are very approachable, available to answer queries and to offer support.’

‘The Irwin Mitchell team are focused on achieving the right solution for the client. They are energetic in delivering this to their clients and their ability to work as a team is unrivalled.’

‘Ros Bever goes beyond above and beyond for her clients – she is always available to them, always there to deal with their concerns, no matter how large or small.’

‘Ros Bever is stand-out in her dynamic, go-getting approach.’

‘Hannah Saxe is a very sound matrimonial lawyer, she really knows her stuff and gives pragmatic, realistic advice.’

‘Ros Bever is an astonishingly competent lawyer. She holds the facts of each of her complex cases in her head, and has an extraordinary grasp of detail.’

‘Nathaniel Groarke is a first-rate lawyer with excellent client-handling skills.’

‘Ros Bever is a dynamic head of department and a real star in the national firmanent. David Lister is superb with clients and a natural talent for grasping the issues in the case.’ 

Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell enjoys an excellent reputation for its work on cases involving complex brain and spinal injuries, as well as amputations and military matters. Geraldine McCool leads the firm's military team, which represents some of the most severely disabled armed forces personnel and also specialises in product liability and aviation claims. Other key individuals include practice head Jonathan Betts, Matthew Brown, who specialises in difficult and complex liability cases, Deirdre Healy, Catherine Leech and Geraldine Coombs. Senior associates Matthew Garson and Richard Biggs are also recommended.


The team is well resourced and covers a wide range of personal injury work.’

Matthew Brown is a very experienced solicitor, who has excellent judgement and a calm, down to earth manner.’

Some of the most talented lawyers in the field.’

Great lawyers. Particularly Geraldine McCool, who has experience as one of the most eminent aviation, catastrophic injury and military claims.’

‘Cathy Leech has huge experience in spinal cord injury. She is not only a great lawyer; she puts a huge amount into organisations like the Spinal Injuries Association which supports those who are newly injured as they adjust to their new life.’

‘Victoria Higgins is up and coming – she is not only an excellent lawyer but has great client skills.

They are leaders in their field nationwide, almost beyond comparison.’

Jonathan Betts is a well-known expert in his field – he could claim to be one of the best PI solicitors in the UK.’

‘Matthew Garson is a star of the present and his future is limitless. Excellent with expert witnesses in conference and teasing out the important issues.’

‘Nick Jackson is a star of the future with a pool of knowledge and experience beyond his years.’

Cathy Leech is extremely good – she has a lovely manner with clients. Hugely experienced, great team player.’

‘Geraldine McCool does a fantastic job. Very able and a joy to work with.

Very organised with all employees from paralegals up knowing their duties. Probably the top Manchester firm in my opinion.

Jonathan Betts is extremely competent and a decent guy. He leads from the top but hasn’t forgotten how he got there.’

The team handles the most serious and complicated claimant catastrophic injury work in the North West. There are fearless in presenting their client’s cases. They have the ear of the large insurance companies. They attract the most significant injury work.’

Richard Biggs is very conscientious. Really cares about his clients and is meticulous in his approach.’

Crime: fraud Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell acts for individual and corporate clients on criminal liability, compliance and multi-jurisdictional investigations, which includes advising on investigations by the SFO, SFA and HMRC, and internal investigations concerning issues such as internal theft and fraud and also bribery & corruption. Its fraud and financial crime experience spans sanctions, insider dealing, tax evasion and breaches of financial services regulations. Paul Haycock, who is based across the Manchester and Sheffield offices, heads the team.

Crime: general Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell stands out for its experience in business crime, investigations, discipline and complex regulatory matters, and also handles a range of serious general criminal work such as cases involving assault, sexual offences, money laundering and conspiracy to supply drugs. Regulatory and investigations group head Paul Haycock is based across the firm's Leeds and Sheffield offices.

Banking and finance Tier 4

Led by Dean Gormley , the team at Irwin Mitchell is instructed by lenders and borrowers on a range of commercial and corporate banking matters. Asset based lending, secured lending, leveraged and acquisition finance are key areas of expertise, as is real estate finance work where the team acts for sponsors and investors. The team is increasingly active in China-led mandates.

Leading individuals


The team is very friendly and willing to give its time

The team has great knowledge of the ABL market

Dean Gormley and Hayley Johnson are excellent


Key clients

Select Property Group

Arora Group


Lloyds Bank/ Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance


Rothschild & Co

Arbuthnot Latham

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

The team at Irwin Mitchell handles contentious and non-contentious work. It is regularly engaged on the restructuring of businesses across the manufacturing and construction sectors. The team is noted for its corporate advisory expertise and acts for companies and directors of financially distressed businesses. Banks, insolvency practitioners and owner managed businesses are clients for the team which is headed by John Vickery.


John Vickery is very able and a great lawyer

John Vickery is always available and provides sensible commercial advice as well as excellent technical knowledge; he operates as an extension to our team

John Vickery stands out as an exceptional partner; he has very strong technical knowledge; is a strong relationship builder.; and always provides a series of options and solutions

Key clients



Begbies Traynor

Bever & Struthers

Duff & Phelps

Hacker Young

Landwood Group

Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 5

Irwin Mitchell's team is particularly focused on clients in the financial services, consumer, tech and manufacturing sector, working with national and international companies and financial services institutions, as well as high net worth and high-profile individuals. Duncan Hope heads the team and is experienced in High Court litigation, mediation and arbitration.


The team at Irwin Mitchell are diligent, conscientious and thorough’.

Irwin Mitchell adopt a calm and considered approach to litigation, which is reassuring and sets them apart from other legal teams’.

The team appear to genuinely care about client service and communication’.

Communication is frequent, timely and consistent and as a team they are always available when needed’.

The individuals are personable and engaging, which differentiates them from other litigation teams’.

Commercial property: Manchester Tier 5

Irwin Mitchell handles a range of real estate development and investment transactional work, and is also instructed on real estate occupier work. The team works closely with the banking team to provide real estate finance advice. Department head Roy Beckett  has a 'strong reputation'.

Leading individuals


‘A solid all-round team that works well with banking and construction functions.’

Roy Beckett  is very knowledgeable.

Key clients

Bruntwood Estates

Goals Soccer Centres

Northpoint Developments

General Medical Council


Bridgewater Road Holdings

National Grid

The firm Nationally acclaimed, and with strong international capabilities, Irwin Mitchell is one of the few law firms that provide a diverse range of legal services to businesses and private individuals. It has a strong customer facing culture, and impressive client retention levels.

The company, which employs over 3,000 staff, operates out of 15 locations in the UK and has a modern, agile workforce with more than 400 staff adopting formal flexible working patterns and a dress-for-your-day policy among other popular initiatives.

Irwin Mitchell has won 15 awards in the past 12 months, including a LawWorks pro-bono award, best training contract for a national firm, firm of the year at the British Wills and Probate Awards, corporate lawyer of the year at the Insider South East Dealmakers Awards, excellent in client service awards for both business and private clients at the Birmingham Law Society Awards and personal injury team of the year at the Northern Law Awards 2019.

On top of its commitment to reducing its environmental impact and providing pro bono legal advice to those who cannot afford access to justice, the Irwin Mitchell Charities Foundation (IMCF), the firm’s independent registered charity, has made over £2m of charitable donations since its formation in 1997. In 2018, the IMCF donated more than £280,000 to 13 good causes around the UK, through Irwin Mitchell’s Charity of the Year programme.

PRINCIPAL areas of work One of the largest law firms in the UK, Irwin Mitchell provides a wide range of legal and financial services to individuals and businesses.

The firm was the third most active litigation firm in the UK courts in 2018 and is ranked as one of the most active deal-making law firms for corporate M&A by Experian.

Its legal and financial services are complemented by an extensive client feedback programme which helps refine the offer to provide what clients truly value. This is one of the reasons that clients are increasingly using more than one legal service line from the firm across both business and personal teams.

Personal Injury: The firm continues to be the market-leading personal injury and medical negligence litigation team in the UK. It offers a wide range of services covering all of the key injury types, from road traffic accidents and international personal injury claims, to product liability claims and catastrophic brain and spinal injury cases. The firm also has a national public law team and the UK’s leading Court of Protection practice.

Private Wealth: Irwin Mitchell advises on a full range of private client matters including ultra-high-value family and divorce law, international tax and trust work, succession planning, rural estates matters, and high-value residential property financing and sales. Its prestigious client base includes high and ultra-high-net-worth individuals including business owners and entrepreneurs, high-level executives, investors and multi-generational families.

Services to Businesses: The firm offers a wide range of commercial services. Areas of expertise include banking and finance, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, construction and infrastructure projects, corporate and commercial, employment, environmental, insolvency, international, investigations and prosecutions, pensions, planning, real estate, recoveries, restructuring and tax. The firm also has strength in several sectors including manufacturing, TMT, financial services, consumer businesses, education, media and sport.

Subsidiaries: Irwin Mitchell’s investment management business (IM Asset Management Ltd) provides specialist fund management services for private individuals. It acts for a wide range of clients including high-net-worth individuals and personal injury claimants. IM Wealth Management, which is part of and owned by IM Asset Management, provides expert financial planning, helping clients of all ages prepare for their current and future financial needs.

Irwin Mitchell owns a full service DCA (debt collection agency), Ascent Performance Group Limited, which covers all types of debt across the UK and Northern Ireland.

Coris UK Ltd, part of the Coris Group, is also part of the Irwin Mitchell Group, providing a worldwide network of services to a range of independent clients in the travel and insurance industries.

Department Name Email Telephone
Group chief executive Andrew Tucker
Group chairman Glyn Barker
Chief executive, personal legal services Craig Marshall
Chief executive, business legal services Vicky Brackett
Group finance director Richard Allen
Photo Name Position Profile
 Ailsa Anderson  photo Ailsa Anderson
 Ros Bever  photo Ros Bever
 Richard Biggs  photo Richard Biggs
 Geraldine Coombs  photo Geraldine Coombs
 Mathieu Culverhouse  photo Mathieu Culverhouse
 Keith Cundall  photo Keith Cundall
 Matthew Garson  photo Matthew Garson
 Steven Green  photo Steven Green
 Nathaniel Groarke  photo Nathaniel Groarke
 Paula Hanlon  photo Paula Hanlon
 Deirdre Healy  photo Deirdre Healy
 Gillian Hitchen  photo Gillian Hitchen
 Damian Hodkinson  photo Damian Hodkinson
 Duncan Hope  photo Duncan Hope
 Ayse Ince  photo Ayse Ince
 Kris Inskip  photo Kris Inskip
 Adam Kaucher  photo Adam Kaucher
 Dina Lambourne  photo Dina Lambourne
 Catherine Leech  photo Catherine Leech
 Katrina London  photo Katrina London
 Amanda Marsh  photo Amanda Marsh
 Nazia Nawaz  photo Nazia Nawaz
 Carole Nettleton  photo Carole Nettleton
 Lucy Nicol  photo Lucy Nicol
 Cheryl Palmer-Hughes  photo Cheryl Palmer-Hughes
 Heather Roberts  photo Heather Roberts
 Margaret Ryan  photo Margaret Ryan
 Kevin Saul  photo Kevin Saul
 Hannah Saxe  photo Hannah Saxe
 Sarah Sharples  photo Sarah Sharples
 Lara Tucker  photo Lara Tucker
 Sharon Williams  photo Sharon Williams
Number of partners : 249
Number of other UK fee-earners : 1,500+

The Lex 100 Verdict

Unlike many other firms, national firm Irwin Mitchell offers two alternative training contract streams: Personal and Business Legal Services. This allows applicants to practise in areas of the law they enjoy most, proving that 'the firm really cares about its employees as well as its clients'. The firm's 'hours, work/life balance, size, and approachability' are but a few reasons aspiring solicitors applied to Irwin Mitchell. The firm's dedication to social responsibility is reflected in best moments like 'achieving settlement for a child' and being involved in a claim that improved the client's quality of life. Many respondents also enjoyed 'being heavily involved in high-value cases' with a 'high level of responsibility'. Client contact and 'exposure to high-profile litigation work' is on offer too. Attending client meetings and mediations were popular best moments, whereas 'the NQ process' and 'not being able to do the seat applied for' were common gripes. The 'unreliability of IT systems' was also a concern, and many agreed 'the pay could be better', however this is 'massively outweighed by other factors'. 'A good work/life balance', the firm's 'genuine passion for its clients', and friendly atmosphere' appeased trainees. There are 'many opportunities to get involved in extra-curricular initiatives, such as charitable work and learning development' and this is actively encouraged from day one. If you want to work for a firm with a community feel, the freedom to express ideas and 'London-quality work whilst generally getting to leave on time', then consider applying to Irwin Mitchell.