Firm Profile > Irwin Mitchell > Manchester, England

Irwin Mitchell
One St Peter’s Square
MANCHESTER
M2 3AF
England

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.

Practice head(s):

Kristofer Inskip

Other key lawyers:

Lindsay Wise; Jennifer Cawthorne; Mark Havenhand; Dina Lambourne; Sharon Williams; Kevin Saul; Sarah Sharples; Margaret Ryan; Ayse Ince

Testimonials

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.

Practice head(s):

Ros Bever; Nathaniel Groarke; Katie McCann

Testimonials

‘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.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Betts

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Brown; Geraldine McCool; Deirdre Healy; Cathy Leech; Grahame Codd; Geraldine Coombs; Matthew Garson; Richard Biggs; Katrina London; Keith Cundall; Amanda Marsh; Cheryl Palmer-Hughes; Gina Heather

Testimonials

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.

Practice head(s):

Paul Haycock

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.

Practice head(s):

Paul Haycock

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.

Practice head(s):

Dean Gormley

Other key lawyers:

Hayley Johnson

Testimonials

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

HSBC

Lloyds Bank/ Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance

RBS/NatWest

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.

Practice head(s):

John Vickery

Testimonials

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

BDO

Mazars

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.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Hope

Other key lawyers:

Ailsa Anderson

Testimonials

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'.

Practice head(s):

Roy Beckett

Other key lawyers:

Paula Hanlon

Testimonials

‘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

Pilkington

Bridgewater Road Holdings

National Grid

Agriculture and estates Tier 1

The team at Irwin Mitchell provides specialist advice to private, commercial and institutional clients in the rural sector. Clients’ needs are dealt with 'under one roof’ on work which includes high-values tax planning advice and routine tax compliance work, trusts and strategic property advice. It also undertakes tenancies and property management work and assistance on asset structuring and succession planning.  James Pavey heads the practice in Gatwick. Iain MacLeod and James Letchford are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

James Pavey 

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team has expertise in almost all areas, is of a sufficient size to cope with all types of work, however large or small and can call on other teams as and when required across the whole spectrum of legal services ensuring a seamless service is provided‘.

Experience and knowledge base that is both broad and deep when required with good contacts across relevant other professional sectors such as surveyors etc.

James Pavey is extremely capable, very attentive to the matter in hand, and someone you need on-side for your client, particularly if contentious‘.

James Pavey and James Letchford are incredibly quick to respond to urgent requests, provide clear, detailed advice and get the job done with the minimum of fuss in a sensible time frame‘.

James Pavey especially is a very dedicated partner who is accessible for advice on a nearly 365 day a year basis and has an extremely level head and a clear view of navigating complex legal roads on behalf of his clients‘.

Iain MacLeod and James Letchford are highly competent and fulfilled their briefs admirably‘.

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell fields 'a team of specialists with real strength in depth' that represents victims of medical negligence in complex claims and often multi-million pound settlements. The practice demonstrates particular expertise acting on behalf of brain damaged babies and adults left with life-changing neurological injuries. Team head Alison Eddy, who counts with more than 30 years of experience in the field, continues to focus on the implementation of early rehabilitation wherever possible. Auriana Griffiths specialises in maximum severity injuries sustained at birth, while Anita Jewitt has a particular interest in brain and spinal cord injury cases.

Practice head(s):

Alison Eddy

Other key lawyers:

Auriana Griffiths; Ian Christian; Leena Savjani; Anita Jewitt; Anne Kavanagh

Testimonials

‘The team is able to call on the top experts to advise clients, counting on years of experience and a range of talent.’

‘Great litigators, always prepared to run the difficult cases, achieving remarkable results at the highest levels.’

‘London team head Alison Eddy has great powers of analysis and sees straight to the heart of the matter.  She is not afraid to challenge people to ensure her clients get the best possible service.’

‘Auriana Griffiths’s dedication, attention to detail and ability to manage all aspects of complex cases are very impressive.’

‘Anita Jewitt has a tenacious approach to her cases and is one to watch: great client handling and super approach to getting the best out of her team.’

‘Alison Eddy is a stellar performer with great judgement.’

‘Anita Jewitt has a tenacious approach to her cases and is one to watch: great client handling and super approach to getting the best out of her team.’

‘Anne Kavanagh analyses cases expertly.’

‘Alison Eddy is definitively the nation’s pre-eminent clinical negligence lawyer.’

 

‘Anne Kavanagh will pursue her client’s goals, to trial and appeal if necessary.’

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

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.

Practice head(s):

Rachelle Mahapatra; Julianne Moore

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘First class in every respect and definitely recommendable.’

‘The team is professional and organized, but more importantly approachable and with a personal touch.’

‘An excellent clinical negligence team at the heart of the firm’s national operation. The team has strength in depth in Sheffield with very high standards and simply a vast amount of experience over many decades in all types of clinical negligence. The team is a market leader in its region and, of course, has the firm’s national resources to draw on.’

‘Irwin Mitchell have been extremely caring, efficient, thorough and easy to talk to. We have been kept informed and each stage has been explained to us. Their legal expertise and persistence has been very impressive.’

‘I have nothing but praise for the whole team, especially Ross McWilliams. Always available, excellent knowledge, friendly and helpful.’

‘The clinical negligence teams in Sheffield and Leeds are particularly strong when compared with their peers in other firms undertaking the same work. They are excellent with client care, which is all the more important with claimant clinical work and they have an extremely wide breadth of experience and knowledge to call upon where it is required.’

‘Irwin Mitchell is the go-to firm in the Sheffield area. The team provides an excellent and highly personal service. Without exception, those with whom I have regular contact have outstanding people skills and are very conscientiousness.’

‘I was very fortunate to choose Irwin Mitchell as they were first class in every respect and I would definitely recommend them.’

‘Rachelle Mahapatra is very experienced, robust and fearless in the representation of her clients.’

‘Julianne Moore is a terrific, very hardworking and hugely experienced and practical lawyer. She recently achieved a fantastic result for a catastrophically injured client with cerebral palsy.’

Key clients

Janet Booth in her capacity as administratrix of the Estate of Craig Booth (deceased) and on behalf of all dependants

Katie Burgess

Charlie Scales

Group B Strep Support

UK Sepsis Trust

Back-Up Trust

Child Brain Injury Trust (CBIT)

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell is headed by Julie Lewis, who specialises in birth injury and brain injury cases such as meningitis and cancer, as well as in claims relating to inadequate surgery. The practice is also experienced in handling obstetric cases and those related to a delay in diagnosis leading to severe spinal or brain damage. The practice typically acts in claims against hospitals, general practitioners and other health professionals.

Practice head(s):

Julie Lewis

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell is regarded as one of the leading medical negligence firms in the UK and the Cambridge office. Led by Guy Forster, it upholds this reputation with multimillion-pound settlements in high-value and complex catastrophic injury cases including birth injury, adult and child brain injury, spinal injury, amputations and fatal accidents. The practice also has a specialist public law team that handles cases in which an individual’s care or health needs are not being met by a local authority or clinical commissioning groups, and also handles Court of Protection, trust, probate and special educational needs. Other names to note are rising stars are Gurpreet Lalli, Sarah Wealleans and Sophie Bales.

Practice head(s):

Guy Forster

Testimonials

“I bend over backwards to accept instructions from this team. They are extremely well organised and effective. The paperwork is always well prepared; and the conferences run like clockwork.”

“Guy Forster is a fantastic advocate for his clients; a stickler for the detail and extremely thorough.”

“Guy Forster really gets his teeth into the case and has great carry-over, remembering the details of reports and discussions even as the months roll by.”

“The standards applied by the practice are high with excellent case management and communication.”

“The team is supportive to clients and experts and is able to achieve appropriate and successful outcomes. I would have no hesitation in recommending this practice.”

“Its expertise in medical/clinical matters- including sudden and preventable deaths, and its profile and commitment to achieving change through justice means the firm stands out from what can look like a cluttered legal market place.”

“Guy Forster is clearly extremely competent and hugely supportive. Dealing with traumatised relatives takes skill and compassion – he has this in abundance.”

“Guy Forster works very flexibly and I feel is always available to deal with my questions. Rosamund Stafford is flexible efficient kind & compassionate.”

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

'An excellent office in a stellar national firm', the clinical negligence team at Irwin Mitchell has a particular specialism in high-value and high-profile birth injury, stillbirth, and neonatal death matters, and is led by Southampton based Justine Spencer, 'a go-to in the region'. Rebecca Brown is 'thorough, tactical and senior beyond her years' and has particular expertise in spinal injury and general surgical negligence, as well as group litigation. The team also benefits from the firm's public law practice group.

Practice head(s):

Justine Spencer

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Irwin Mitchell is one of the pre-eminent clinical negligence claimant firms in the country and unsurprisingly, the Southampton office is no exception. The firm has unrivalled strength in depth and an exemplary resource base but never loses sight of the importance of providing a client-focused, compassionate service.’

The team is a leader in the field in clinical negligence. They have an impressive pool of experience and knowledge to call upon in order to ensure that their clients obtain the best quality and realistic advice.’

‘Justine Spencer is a fantastic lawyer. She is dedicated, tenacious, knowledgeable and wonderfully empathetic: a standout who leads the team from strength to strength.’

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

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

Testimonials

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

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell specialises in high-value birth injury cases and cerebral palsy claims, as well as doing significant work with charities. Angela Kirtley leads the team and has substantial experience in dealing with complex clinical and professional negligence cases. The team can call on the expertise of senior associate Lindsey Henderson, who was formerly a senior MRI radiographer and is a specialist in birth injury claims.

Practice head(s):

Angela Kirtley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Angela Kirtley has a first-rate reputation as an extremely experienced clinical negligence lawyer dealing with the most serious and complex cases’

‘Angela Kirtley handles cases with reassuring competence given her extensive experience and knowledge of this work’

‘Lindsey Henderson has a particular speciality in difficult cauda equina and head injury cases and is extremely adept at marshalling cases to an excellent outcome’

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell assists clients with multijurisdictional tax issues, family businesses and governance matters. Asset protection and succession work also drive activity. In addition, the firm handles a steady flow of Inheritance Act claims, challenges to will validity, professional negligence claims and proprietary estoppel claims. Practice head Paula James specialises in complex trust and probate disputes, which usually have cross-border issues.

Practice head(s):

Paula James

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

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.

Practice head(s):

Paula Myers

Other key lawyers:

James Laycock

Testimonials

‘A very strong team.’

‘The strongest team in the North of England with a real depth of experience.’

‘A well-structured team which benefits from a robust leadership – they take a logical and practical approach to problem solving.’

‘A sincere, experienced and highly educated team who are friendly and down to earth – which makes the client feel at ease and comfortable.’

‘The quality and consistency of support is heart-warming.’

Key clients

Viscount Jonathan Durival Rochdale

Louise Miller

Matthew and James Wills

Age UK Legal Services

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

In addition to M&A mandates from private businesses and smaller PLCs, Irwin Mitchell attracts a range of private equity and venture capital work, with Dan Bastide leading the small cap group. Regional managing partner Faye Bargery, who 'runs a tight ship', is highly experienced in corporate and commercial matters, especially where private equity is concerned; Stuart Padgham overseas the commercial work and has a background in the IT industry, and Dan Hedley is well rated by technology clients.

Practice head(s):

Dan Bastide; Stuart Padgham

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team has very profound knowledge in the IT sector.

Their in-depth familiarity and first-hand experience of IT matters helps a lot. They have shown an outstanding ability to manage complex customer, partner and supplier relationships, a strong business acumen and therefore good capability to stay pragmatic on legal matters while keeping an eye on what the business actually needs.’

Key clients

Nuffield Health

Saga Group

LzLabs GmbH

Destiny Pharma plc

Marco Limited

Air Partner plc

Micheldever Tyre Services

Court of protection Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell has one of the largest established Court of Protection teams with over 100 members nationally that supports more than 1,500 clients nationwide and has in excess of 1,350 deputyships. The team advises on all aspects of Court of Protection matters including areas such as litigated ‘best interests’ disputes, trusts, powers of attorney as well as property and affairs and welfare deputyships. Many of its Court of Protection partners regularly appear as advocates on complex matters in the Court of Protection or in the High Court as expert witnesses. In addition the public law and human rights team helps clients with a variety of Court of Protection matters such as where a person should live and issues surrounding serious medical treatment. Julia Lomas is the national head of Court of Protection while Yogi Amin is the national head of public law and human rights. Niall Baker is the managing partner of the Court of Protection and public law and human rights teams.

Practice head(s):

Julia Lomas; Yogi Amin; Niall Baker

Other key lawyers:

Polly Sweeney

Testimonials

‘This team is the very best that the COP has to offer. There is a unique blend of talented public law lawyers and sensible welfare lawyers. The management of the team is exceptional – the cases are matched to the interests and skills of the lawyer.’

‘Irwin Mitchell has a very substantial Court of Protection department.’

‘It is a very responsive and supportive team.’

‘There’s a depth of expertise there that is unrivalled elsewhere. The team has basically seen and done everything in COP work.’

‘Julia Lomas is well-regarded.’

‘I have a huge amount of respect for Polly Sweeney.’

Education: individuals Tier 1

The 'excellent' education law team at Irwin Mitchell is led by public law specialist Polly Sweeney and undertakes a considerate amount of matters pertaining to SEN, disability discrimination and judicial review. The practice group also provides personal injury expertise to clients, with Sweeney being particularly experienced in community care and healthcare. Other team members include Cambridge-based Caroline Barrett, who acts for disabled adults and children in judicial review proceedings; Steven Baylis, who also represents families in SEN tribunals, and Manchester-based James Betts.

Practice head(s):

Polly Sweeney; Yogi Amin

Family Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell focuses on high-net-worth financial cases and handles the drafting and negotiation of nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, professional negligence cases arising out of matrimonial work, as well as matrimonial settlements and cross-border divorce proceedings. The practice also assists with the protection of pre-marital wealth. Practice head Nicola Walker specialises in financial disputes and regularly advises on cases involving trust assets and financial remedy matters.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Walker

Family: Birmingham Tier 1

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

Testimonials

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

Family: elsewhere in Yorkshire Tier 1

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.

Practice head(s):

Zoe Round; Alison Fernandes

Testimonials

The Irwin Mitchell family team in Sheffield is a very efficient and friendly team, which offers extremely good advice across the board‘.

Irwin Mitchell Sheffield offers the professionalism and service of a large corporate organisation, but also continues to be warm and approachable‘.

The team’s breadth of family knowledge and expertise is matched by the resources to deliver a quality service in a timely manner. It has the ability to deal with complex and high-value financial cases and private children matters proactively and effectively, and isn’t phased by anything unusual or extraordinary‘.

Zoe Round is approachable, pragmatic and straight-talking. Clients value her competence and common sense to get the job done. She is fair and balanced in her search for solutions and always goes the extra mile to add value‘.

Alison Fernandes is a partner who is up there with the very best the firm has produced over the years. She is positive, practical and solution focused, and provides realistic outcomes and time frames in a very pleasant, respectful and collaborative manner‘.

Media and entertainment Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell acts for a wide range of clients across the media sector, specialising primarily in commercial contracts work, including branding and sponsorship deals, as well as the sale of media rights. The firm's client list includes large media estates and digital agencies, alongside a substantial base of private, high-profile individuals. Stuart Padgham heads the team, which includes senior associate and fellow commercial contracts specialist Aurelia Butler-Ball, and senior associate Thomas Barnard, who focuses on commercial litigation in the media sphere.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Padgham

Testimonials

The firm treats small customers like big ones

They really know their stuff

The Irwin Mitchell trademark team is outstanding and dedicated to providing a very high level of advice in a cost and time-effective manner.

 

Key clients

Lady Leshurr

Rose and Rosie

Conan Doyle Estate Limited

The Sports Sphere

Beth Tweddle

Alec Steele

Sleeper

VOSH Ltd

UK divers who rescued Thai boys from cave

Charnley Communications

Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

The 'fantastic' personal injury team at Irwin Mitchell has 'a wealth of knowledge' in of brain and spinal cord injury claims, orthopaedic injury matters and fatal accidents. Key figures in the team include Claire Howard, who leads the serious injury group, Andrew Buckman, who specialises in claims related to the armed forces, and Nicola Maier, who heads the asbestos disease team. Managing partner Guy Darlaston has particular expertise in representing mesothelioma patients.

Practice head(s):

Claire Howard; Andrew Buckham; Nicola Maier

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Andrew Buckham is an excellent partner in the military personal injury field, with a wealth of experience. He is strategic in his approach to the way in which his cases should be advanced and resolved.’ 

‘Guy Darlaston is incredibly knowledgeable and thoughtful when dealing with very sensitive situations. He is outstanding during the claims process, and well-liked and respected.’

‘Irwin Mitchell has an excellent team, working incredibly hard for clients, and have a wealth of knowledge and recourses.’

‘The individuals within the team are highly professional, very approachable and responsive. They provide clear instructions and guidance on requirements and pay in a timely manner for the services.’

Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell is known for advising clients who have suffered amputation, work place injury and occupational disease, but the firm’s speciality lies in brain and spinal injury. Francesca Mayes and Roger Maddocks lead the experienced team that includes senior associate Jane Pyrah, who specialises in high value serious injury; and associate Emma Tordoff, who is an expert in industrial disease work, notably asbestos-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Francesca Mayes; Roger Maddocks

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Good team work and all interests are covered.’

‘The firm is very thorough and professional. The team knows how to maximise a claim for a claimant.’

‘Well informed and always seems available to talk with.’

‘The Newcastle office specialises in disease work and has considerable expertise in this area, particular in asbestos-related claims.’

‘Roger Maddocks manages a strong team, including Emma Tordoff.’

Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell focuses on claims arising from brain and spinal cord injury as well as fatal accidents. The ‘incredibly knowledgeable and very approachable’ practice co-head Virginia Chalmers is a mesothelioma specialist solicitor and is also experienced in advising on claims arising from asbestos-related diseases. The ‘wonderfully calm and consummate’ practice co-head James Davies regularly handles cases involving children and teenagers with ‘excellent judgement’. Securing interim payments to help claimants recover is a key aspect of the practice’s work.

Practice head(s):

James Davies; Virginia Chalmers

Testimonials

The team is extremely thorough in its approach to litigation and very industrious in the pursuit of necessary evidence by which to best present clients’ claims.

The very reliable and friendly practice provides an excellent service and makes clients feel relaxed and confident that the team sorts out their dealings.

This is without a doubt the best serious and catastrophic injury team in the South West.  It runs the biggest cases with calm and efficiency, thereby achieving fantastic results for the clients.

The practice has a very strong, flexible and adaptable leadership.

The firm possesses the ability to win cases of great difficulty and complexity. It has a good bench strength and brings its formidable machine to bear to operate in the best interest of its clients.

Each communication is treated with complete dignity.

The team is always very well-prepared for any meeting, and all documentation and correspondence is explained very clearly.

Consisting of tough but practical litigators, the firm has the resources and know-how to progress long-tail litigation and to assure that an individual claimant has the best chances of securing post-accident rehabilitation as well as suitable compensation.

Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

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 experiencedRachael 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.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Budgen; Sion Kingston

Testimonials

‘The key strengths of team are communication, legal knowledge and ultimate care and attention given to the client.’

‘They establish good relationships with clients and professionals alike.’

‘The partners and associates take an active interest in the rehabilitation and quality of life of their clients and do not purely concentrate on the litigation process. They are true advocates and champions for their clients whilst also being realistic.’

‘Claire Newstead is an astute and experienced litigator. An excellent tactician – able to progress cases to settlement extremely efficiently.’

‘Carolyn Heaton has exceptional experience in this field and has consistently over many years achieved success for those who are the most catastrophically injured. She leads her department with great skill but has not lost her eye for critical detail in an individual case.’

‘Hema Rana is incredibly hard-working and committed to her clients. She is operating at the highest level, representing clients in multi-million pound, complex cases.’

‘David King is a very strong member of this team – his contribution to the team is exceptional.’

‘Carolyn Heaton is emotionally intelligent and an excellent communicator – she has a strong work ethic, works collaboratively, has great attention to detail, easily develops trusting and productive relationships with clients and experts, always knows what questions to ask to get to the heart of the matter, and is creative in solving problems.’

‘Louise Jenkins is a very experienced partner with huge empathy for her clients.  She manages a wide and diverse team with great aplomb.’

‘David Withers is an up and coming star who is willing to take on and fight the most difficult cases to obtain a result for his client. Despite this difficult case load he is almost always successful, obtaining great outcomes for his client despite the difficulties he faces.’

‘Claire Pilsworth is an associate who is willing to tackle complex and difficult cases. She is unafraid of difficult points and always produces excellent results for her clients.’

‘Carolyn Heaton is a truly exceptional partner who is very popular with everybody she works with, extremely conscientious and really delightful to work with. She gets brilliant results for her clients.’

‘The serious injury team based in Sheffield under the direction of Louise Jenkins are just amazing – it is hard to find the right words to describe the dedication and care shown by the whole team, they are a credit to Irwin Mitchell.’

Key clients

James Casey

SARAG South Yorkshire Asbestos Victims Support Group (Sheffield & Rotherham Asbestos Group)

Back-Up Trust

Child Brain Injury Trust (CBIT)

Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

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

Testimonials

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‘.

Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

At Irwin Mitchell, the service is 'absolutely outstanding', according to one client and is highly recommended for the full range of serious injury, asbestos and armed forces matters. Practice head Neil Whiteley's areas of specialism encompass  brain, spinal cord and poly-trauma injuries, but he excels most in traumatic brain injury matters. One client remarks that he is 'exceptional in every aspect' of complex claims. Ruth Booy specialises in complex and high-value catastrophic injury cases, with a particular focus on child brain injury matters. The 'honest and upfront' Simon Harrington handles Ministry of Defence claims, along with newly promoted associate Alexander Davenport, and is a leading lawyer for cases involving injuries sustained through cold weather exposure. Rosemary Giles leads the firm's acclaimed asbestos claims team, in which rising star associate Samantha Shaw plays a key role.

Practice head(s):

Neil Whiteley

Testimonials

“After taking over my claim after previous solicitors were closed down, they were one hundred percent on top of it.”

“I couldn’t ask for a more proactive or professional team to deal with my case.”

“Simon Harrington is by far one of the most helpful professionals I have ever had the pleasure to meet and work with.”

“Simon Harrington is top class and obviously a huge asset to Irwin Mitchell.”

The PI team in Cambridge has a pre-eminent reputation for serious brain, spinal, amputee and other complex injuries, specialist armed forces and disease cases. It also has vast expertise in handling accidents at work cases and demonstrates great courage in pursuing the most challenging of cases.”

“Frequently, the team has secured large interim payments to facilitate rehabilitation of seriously injured clients and I am aware that Irwin Mitchell have a mandatory rehabilitation policy to ensure that our clients benefit from early support where required.”

“Irwin Mitchell offers a holistic range of services integrating a wide range of consumer services under the Irwin Mitchell brand. Personal Injury clients also benefit from the support available from Cambridge based services in Court of Protection.”

“Ruth Booy  is a serious player in the PI market and no case is too big for her to litigate in an exceptional fashion. She takes no prisoners in her pursuit of rightful damages for her clients and is the go to PI practitioner in Cambridge.”

 

Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell 's personal injury team is 'never afraid to push the envelope and do what is right for its clients', recognising that rehabilitation is as relevant as the preparation of litigation. It fields a team of lawyers who have vast expertise in handling accidents at work and road traffic collision cases as well as cases involving severe neurotrauma, spinal cord injuries, amputations, abuse and asbestos-related diseases. Alison Eddy, who regularly negotiates multimillion-pound settlements for children and adults suffering from catastrophic spinal and brain injuries, leads the medical negligence team, while Tracey Storey, whose expertise spans cases involving serious injury and child abuse, heads up the serious injury team. Demetrius Danas leads the international personal injury team, handling complex cross-border matters; while Ian Bailey is among the leading practitioners for asbestos law. Sarah Griggs has particular expertise in cases involving traumatic brain injury and capacity issues. Ian Christian leads the overall London personal injury department.

Practice head(s):

Tracey Storey; Alison Eddy

Other key lawyers:

Demetrius Danas; Richard Geraghty; Ian Bailey; Sarah Griggs; Chani Dhaliwal; Laura Middleton-Guerard

Testimonials

‘Aggressive litigators prepared to take on large insurers in asbestos litigation on behalf of individuals (usually with fatal asbestos diseases). They are prepared to hold their ground under pressure and develop new points of law.’

‘Ian Bailey and Jo Jefferies have been at the forefront of developing flexible solutions to obtaining compensation for life-extending immunotherapy. This has taken steady nerves, a very good grasp of the medicine underlying these new claims and the tenacity to force the insurers to provide compensation.’

‘They are undoubtedly leaders in the field and provide an excellent service. From a seriously injured claimant’s perspective they can have confidence that no stone will be unturned and no expense spared in investigating and preparing the claim.’

‘The team really does have a huge breadth of experience and substantial resources that can be called upon to help get the case in order.’

‘Tracey Storey leads the various teams and displays great tenacity as well as compassion. She is a vastly experienced lawyer who does a good deal of abuse work in addition to serious personal injury work and has considerable experience dealing with both types of cases. She can marshal expert evidence from disparate sources and is good at anticipating the twists and turns of litigation.’

‘Chani Dhaliwal and Sarah Griggs run claims of the upmost severity and fight hard for their clients against increasingly aggressive defendant insurers.’

‘Laura Middleton-Guerard is unafraid of getting to grips with detail in a claim just as she is unafraid of looking at the bigger picture and the commercial realities of a case. She is cautious and careful in her case preparation and assiduous in tracking down evidence in relation to lines of inquiry.’

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell's private wealth team is known for its ability to handle complex instructions. 'Exceptional in all aspects of her work'  Caroline Shelton leads the Crawley group and 'measures up to all that would be expected of a good private client partner'. This substantial group is home to experts in every aspect of private client work; the creation and restructuring of trusts, high-level trust administration and exceptional tax expertise. It advises trustees and on a range of high-value estates with UK and international assets. matters  and also advises national corporates on pension death benefit in service cases. Anthony Nixon is expert in inheritance tax and trusts and 'stands head and shoulders above any other tax lawyer'. Head of later life, Kelly Greig is highly rated for her abilities in dealing with complex issues of tax and succession, mental capacity and applications in the Court of Protection. Non-lawyer, tax specialist Michael Taylor  is also a highly rated member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Shelton

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

All the work they have done for us has been carried out to a high standard.

The advantage of Irwin Mitchell is their extensive knowledge of law in varying areas; something which we have not found with local lawyers. We have always found the private client team approachable and at the same time totally professional.’

If we are dealing with particularly complex matters we will refer to IM. My usual contact is Anthony Nixon but if he is not available I deal with other members of the team. They are always quick to respond and deal with any referral efficiently. They have excellent breadth of knowledge and provide good value for money. I am always confident that if I refer a client on they will be well looked after.’

The private client team demonstrate a holistic approach to their clients problems and do not just act as order takers. They proactively discuss the clients issues and proactively provide the right solutions. They understand the full picture regarding not just legal matters but taxation, and potential client needs both now and in the future.’

Caroline Shelton has the ability to explain the relevant tax provisions clearly to the more simple minded and has been efficient in producing the relevant documents.  She has also kept me up to date on relevant changes in taxation.

Nicola Midgley does our tax returns very efficiently and I consider Michael Taylor to be an effective head of department.

John Bunker’s knowledge of trusts and trust taxation is extensive and we would generally turn to him for more complex advice. Likewise Lucy Samy has provided us with efficient, reliable and accurate work which we value greatly.

Anthony Nixon stands head and shoulders above any other tax lawyer I have dealt with (counsel included). He has a fantastic ability to immediately get to the heart of the issue and provide clear and concise advice.’

Kelly Greig in particular demonstrates an holistic approach, and involves professionals from other disciplines in order to provide a full solution. She does not expect the clients to know the answers and will question them to establish exactly what is required.’

 

Planning Tier 1

The planning practice at Irwin Mitchell is particularly highly reputed in mixed-use regeneration schemes involving former brownfield land, where it expertly bridges the gap between planning and development. The group, which is led by Carl Dyer, has recently had an increase in work from clients in the retirement living sector. James Pavey has expertise in contentious planning matters. Another key figure is Nicola Gooch, who is knowledgeable about the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and town and village green issues.

Practice head(s):

Carl Dyer

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

One Lansdowne Road Limited

Hanbury Properties (Chichester) Limited

Roffey Homes

Globalrange Limited

Landlink Estates Limited

Welbeck Strategic Land II LLP

Store Properties

Retirement & Care Village Partners

Seaward Properties Limited

Jaspar Group

Product liability: claimant Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell has a highly regarded practice, which is experienced in representing individuals and groups in claims relating to defective products and group actions. One area of expertise is medical negligence claims but the team has also noted an increase in work relating to claims arising from electrical and other consumer goods. Sallie Booth and Tim Annett are regularly instructed to handle pharmaceutical and life sciences cases. Birmingham-based Clive Garner, who jointly heads the team with Booth and Annett, is an expert in group actions. Associate Matthew Newbould is also noted. Named individuals are based in the firm's Sheffield office unless otherwise stated.

Practice head(s):

Sallie Booth; Tim Annett; Clive Garner

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The Irwin Mitchell team is arguably the best in the field of claimant product liability, and is good on all fronts: client care, strategy and tactics, and understanding of complex expert evidence, etc.’

Sallie Booth is a fantastic tactician and is excellent to work with‘.

Tim Annett has an impressive grasp of technical issues. He provides insightful legal knowledge with a realistic appraisal of legal issues‘.

Sport Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell's cross-practice team advises sport sector clients that include private individuals, companies, associations and governing bodies and the firm's private client team assists prominent sports figures and managers. Its comprehensive offering ranges from disputes and medical negligence to contracts, IP and wealth planning. Outside of the realm of professional sports the firm also acts for clients in the leisure facilities industry.  Dispute resolution specialist Hannah Clipston heads the team, while Michael Taylor is a key contact for tax, trusts and estates matters.

Practice head(s):

Hannah Clipston; Tom Barnard; Michael Taylor

Testimonials

Michael Taylor has excellent attention to detail and client care.’

The team is specialised, knowledgeable, and accessible.’

Key clients

Nuffield Health

Greenwich Leisure Limited

English Table Tennis

British Association of Sport & Exercise

British Athletics Commission

Sheffield City Trust

7 Hills Leisure Trust

International Netball Federation

Giles Long MBE

Jess Varnish

Julia Regis (founder of Cyrille Regis Legacy trust)

Banking and finance Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

Paddy Sturman; Dean Gormley

Testimonials

‘Strong experience and expertise combined with effective technical abilities and personable employees‘.

Paddy Sturman is approachable, thorough and highly diligent‘.

Paddy Sturman’s practical and no-nonsense approach gets the job done and makes him a standout name‘.

 

Key clients

ICG-Longbow

Bank J. Safra Sarasin (Gibraltar), London Branch

Octopus Property

Santander UK

HSBC Bank and HSBC Invoice Finance

Lloyds Bank

The Royal Bank of Scotland

National Westminster Bank

Rothschild & Co.

ABN AMRO Commercial Finance

Close Brothers

New Era Development (UK)

Banking and finance Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell focuses mainly on lenders, but also acts for borrowers, assisting clients with general commercial banking matters and secured lending to businesses. Expertise includes complex financings including real estate and development finance transactions. The team is well known for its specialism in the education sector. Daniel Webster heads the practice from the Gatwick office.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Webster

Testimonials

The team has an excellent understanding of the requirements of both the banks and the clients and comes up with a solution that works well for both sides.

The key strength is the proactive way in which they approach their work and the speed at which they execute the work they are involved with.

I find the team to be service orientated and easily approachable. As ever with most of the work we do prompt and pragmatic responses are required. These are always forthcoming from Irwin Mitchell.

Daniel Webster has always been pragmatic and helpful when I have asked questions and raised queries. He is happy to look at the issues from both sides and provide a solution which works all round.

Key clients

National Westminster Bank plc/RBS

HSBC Bank plc

Lloyds Bank PLC

RBS Invoice Finance Limited

Arbuthnot & Latham

Artisan Real Estate Investors

Chichester College

Coutts & Co

DWP Housing

Lambeth College

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

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 – 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.

Practice head(s):

Laurence Gavin

Testimonials

‘Irwin Mitchell is able to respond to any legal issue that a charity may need to take into account.’

‘The whole team at Irwin Mitchell are extremely professional – we would commend Anna Ai and Elizabeth Cook, Chloe Eyre and Amy Hollins.’

Key clients

Sheffield City Trust

Helen’s Trust

Cathedral Archer Project Limited

Sheffield Theatres Trust

Cadbury College

National Children’s Bureau (NCB)

Telford College

Wentworth Woodhouse

Civil liberties and human rights Tier 2

The 'excellent' team at Irwin Mitchell handles a wide range of civil liberties matters, focusing on judicial review, human rights, prison law and healthcare. Senior associate Fiona McGhie, who splits her time between London and Bristol, is skilled in bringing claims under the Human Rights Acts, particularly Articles 2 and 3, and in deprivation of liberty matters. Her fellow practice head, Yogi Amin, specialises in judicial review claims and public inquiries. Public law experts Andrew Arthur and Gus Silverman are also core members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Yogi Amin; Fiona McGhie

Other key lawyers:

Gus Silverman; Andrew Arthur; Juliet Spender; Oliver Carter

Testimonials

‘Gus Silverman is quite exceptional – calm, kind and with a thorough knowledge of his subject and the best method of obtaining our objectives. His calm expertise helped greatly to minimise the stress which we would have felt otherwise.’

‘The team is helpful, courteous and professional and provides clear and concise advice.’

Key clients

The Loney family

Artur Netyks

Douglas and Carole Shipsey

Noel Conway – Dignity in Dying

Daniel Faulkner

Brad Foster

Douglas Oak

Commercial litigation: Hampshire Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell, which is highly active in matters with a cross-border component, is highly regarded by high net worth individuals, multinational companies and other household name clients. It has a notable focus on the sports, media, manufacturing, technology and financial services sectors. Hannah Clipston is an expert in breach of contract cases and associated complex tortious matters, with an industry specialism in sport and leisure. Associate Stephanie Reeves is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Hannah Clipston

Other key lawyers:

Rob Coleridge; Stephanie Reeves

Testimonials

The team were very dedicated and went the extra mile to ensure a successful outcome‘.

Simply excellent service‘.

Stephanie Reeves is thorough and thoughtful‘.

Stephanie Reeves negotiates in a calm and authoritative manner; her tenacity was vital to our success‘.

Key clients

Topcon GB

Id Verde UK

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell has outstanding expertise in the financial services, manufacturing, tech, media and sports sectors and offers a strong national network of offices, thus being able to harness expertise in a range of practice areas. Robert Kenyon has many years of experience of High Court litigation and commercial disputes and Sarah Birkbeck specialises in IP, media and technology disputes. An impressive team of associates includes senior associate Robert Parks who is highly valued for his technical ability and commitment to his clients.

Practice head(s):

Robert Kenyon; Sarah Birkbeck; Martin Cross

Other key lawyers:

Robert Parks; Katie Byrne

Testimonials

Irwin Mitchell’s Crawley team is a rare beast: a firm doing City of London work at out-of-London rates. Since they merged with Thomas Eggar, this commercial litigation boutique has benefited from the manpower and resources that come with being part of a larger firm. The best of both worlds.

The team provide a reliable, consistent level of service always ensuring that a team member is available to support you through any process. The practice had guided us through the minefield of dispute resolution which has been a new aspect of our particular business.’

Robert Parks is a committed and dedicated commercial lawyer with remarkable focus and attention to detail. He rolls up his sleeves and gets to grips with knotty technical points and really understands the client’s business and their commercial needs.’

I have rated them as excellent to exceptional on everything where I am in a position to comment.’

Robert Parks and Sabrina Goran are excellent to work with. They are detailed, provide options and solutions to all issues, always checking that we have a full appreciation of both possible positive and negative outcomes.’

A high level of trust has been developed since the business relationship commenced. Tom Barnard and Clemmie Burch have been a real pleasure to work with, as has partner Martin Cross. They are all extremely responsive and approachable, as well as being highly practical and with sound grasp of details.’

Robert Kenyon provided practical and helpful advice, and was always available and happy to talk through issues in detail.

Commercial litigation: Sheffield, South Yorkshire Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

Steven Beahan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Dorrien Peters has extensive experience of heavy litigation and shows great coolness of thought under pressure, good judgment and excellent strategic analysis.

Dorrien Peters  is a quality lawyer.

Key clients

Westfield Health

Arc Legal Assistance Ltd

DAS

Natural Instinct Limited

Aviva PLC

Allianz

Laver Leisure

Janspeed Technologies Limited

Pegler Yorkshire

National Grid

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell  provides a full real estate service that includes finance, construction and planning and has access to a national network of offices. It also attracts regeneration and mixed-use projects. Tina Webster is the highly rated team head who also heads the firm's education group - she deals with complex development projects, corporate re-locations and land promotions. The 'technically brilliant' Balbit Thandi  includes property investment companies and funds in her client roster, while associate Samual Knight is noted for 'getting good results'.

Practice head(s):

Balbit Thandi; Tina Webster

Other key lawyers:

Guy Sackett; James Letchford; Samuel Knight

Testimonials

The team has a good depth of knowledge, they are always efficient and a pleasure to work with.’

A partner-led approach – they personally get involved in most of the projects and they are very commerial,  appraochable and effective.

They have an excellent breadth of expertise in all matters to do with commercial property. A well-resourced team with excellent cover and support.’

Tina Webster gives us 100% commitment at all times, with a real eye for detail and for protecting our interests at all times. She is very friendly and personable to deal with and has excellent depth of knowledge.’

Associate Sam Knight is calm, friendly, knowledgeable and very good at getting results.’

Balbit Thandi is brilliant technically, reliable and an  all round wonderful person to work with.’

Key clients

Micheldever Tyre Services

Berkeley Strategic Land

Hanbury Properties

Artisan Real Estate Investors

Infrastructure Investments

Dorrington Estates PLC

Seaward Properties

North Street Quarter

Store Property Investments

National Grid

Hendy Group

Chichester College

Lambeth College

Greater Brighton Metropolitan College

South Essex College

Idverde SAS

Topcon (GB)

Aventier

Glenchi Property

Pallant Homes

Generator Strategic

Welbeck Strategic Land

Commercial property: Sheffield, South Yorkshire Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Wallis

Key clients

Henry Boot Developments Ltd

Sibelco UK Limited

Fusion Global Management LLP

Hallam Land Management Limited

Sheffield Hallam University

Select Property Group

Suon Group

The University of Sheffield

Commercial Estates Projects Limited

Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust

Keepmoat Homes Limited

Strata Homes Limited

Persimmon Homes Limited

WP Carey

J F Finnegan Limited

Bolsterstone Plc

Dobbies Garden Centres Limited

Laver Regeneration Limited

Dyson Group Limited

Larkfleet Homes Limited

The International Mutual Fund

Thorntons Limited

Sheffield City Trust

Logicor Group

River Island Clothing Co Limited

Lloyds Pharmacy

Countrywide Residential Lettings

MBM Asset Management

St Paul’s Developments

AESSEAL Plc

Outokumpu Stainless Limited

Madecorn LLP

Memory Recall

Arora Group

Construction Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell's 'responsive and thorough' construction and engineering team acts for clients across a wide range of sectors, including manufacturing, energy, public sector and residential development. In addition, the firm's specialist expertise in the education sector attracts numerous complex instructions from higher education institutions. Dispute resolution is an area of recent growth for the team. Practice head Mark Clinton has more than 30 years of construction law experience.

Practice head(s):

Mark Clinton

Key clients

Artisan Real Estate Investors

Lambeth College

Brighton & Hove 6th Form College

Paula Rosa Manhattan

Jackson Rowe Group

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

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

Testimonials

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‘.

 

Corporate and commercial: Hampshire Tier 2

In addition to undertaking mid-market M&A, Irwin Mitchell's team also handles joint ventures and corporate restructurings. The team works across offices, enabling it to draw on firm-wide expertise in private equity transactions. Dean Drew is the name to note.

Practice head(s):

John Riddick

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

The Hendy Group

Spire Financial

Ross Holdings

Hectic Europe

Emerson Process Management

Trant Engineering

David Lindley & Co

Compleat Food Network UK

Corvia

Portland Bunkers

Crime: fraud Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

Paul Haycock

Other key lawyers:

Emma Windle; James Newall

Testimonials

Paul Haycock is an elder statesman of the fraud world. He is an obvious name to call on when in trouble, and conducts himself with honesty and integrity‘.

‘They have key expertise in this area and see the big picture.’

Depth of experience. IM have worked on many of the major fraud, financial services, cartel and money laundering cases and done so to an exceptionally high standard. Added to this experience, within the team is an almost unparalleled experience of defending murder, rape, drugs and organised crime cases over many decades. This means that they are not only able to bring to bear a depth of experience, but that they can provide a full service to corporate clients where individuals end up facing general crime allegations.

‘Every member of the Irwin Mitchell crime team prepares each case thoroughly. They have an astounding ability to work through large volumes of material and prepare working schedules which make their cases accessible. They are very hardworking and their criminal trial preparation more closely resembles what one would expect from a highly funded civil case. This is the work model the team adopts no matter the case.’

‘Paul Haycock, Emma Windle and John Davies will all do everything needed on a case, are proactive and team players – they bring real value.’

Crime: general Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

Paul Haycock

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Irwin Mitchell work to an exceptionally high standard, and have almost unparalleled experience of defending crime cases over many decades. This means that they are not only able to bring to bear a depth of experience, but that they can provide a full service to corporate clients where individuals end up facing general crime allegations.’

‘Every member of the team prepares each case thoroughly. They have an astounding ability to work through large volumes of material and prepare working schedules which make their cases accessible. They are very hardworking and their criminal trial preparation more closely resembles what one would expect from a highly funded civil case. This is the work model the team adopts, no matter the case.’

Education Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

Jenny Arrowsmith; Laurence Gavin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Clients receive an excellent service from Jenny Arrowsmith and her team, which builds strong relationships with the establishments it advises. Jenny understands her clients and doesn’t just respond to points of law (although she also does this very effectively). The group really does become an invaluable part of the team’.

The team is responsive and reliable and puts its relationships with clients at the heart of the organisation‘.

Key clients

Learners First School Partnership

Services 4 Schools Ltd

Association of Colleges

Inspire Trust

White Rose Academies

Leeds City College

Boston College

North Halifax Grammar School

Sandbach High School

Cadbury College

Telford College

Employment: employees/unions Tier 2

The Irwin Mitchell team has strengthened its offering recently with the hiring of several partners, including practice head Shah QureshiShazia Khan and Emilie Cole, who arrived from Bindmans LLP in June 2018. The newly fortified team advises employees on a range of matters including whistleblowing, discrimination, harassment, parental rights, restrictive covenants, unfair dismissal and redundancy. The team has an especially strong reputation for advising senior executives and professionals in the medical and healthcare, banking and financial services, and legal professional services sectors.

Practice head(s):

Shah Qureshi

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Exceptional experience of claimant work and high-quality judgement

Emilie Cole, Shah Qureshi and Shazia Khan stand out for their exceptional client care and judgement

Emilie Cole is excellent – always calm, well prepared and strategic

Key clients

Judge Claire Gilham

Mohamed Al-Obaidi

Lynnette Pratt

Sir Nicholas Mostyn and five other High Court judges

Meena Argarwal

Pauline Leonard

Independent Workers Union of Great Britain

Trustees of Hattron Pension Group Plan

Employment: senior executives Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell assists an array of national and international businesses on all areas of employment law, pensions, tax and business immigration. Sybille Steiner - who regularly receives instructions from clients from German speaking countries on the full range of non-contentious and contentious employment matters - leads the team, which advises on matters including TUPE transfers, redundancies and restrictive covenants. Melanie Stancliffe  is another key member of the team, advising senior executives and corporates on executive terminations, boardroom disputes and high value tribunal claims, including those involving whistleblowing and discrimination. Shah Qureshi joined from Bindmans LLP in June 2018, and now leads the employment and professional discipline team in London - she joined alongside the 'exceptional' Shazia Khan and fellow partner Emilie Cole.

Practice head(s):

Sybille Steiner; Shah Qureshi

Testimonials

‘The team acting for employers has a good range of skills and talents.’

‘The team at Irwin Mitchell works together very well. They have the insight to call in appropriate specialist assistance where indicated.’

‘Shazia Khan is exceptional. She is very knowledgeable, inspires confidence and above all, she is approachable. She gets straight to the salient points and does not beat about the bush..I am encouraged that she is on my side.’

Employment: Sheffield and South Yorkshire Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

Kirsty Ayre

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Walton

Key clients

Capita Group Plc

EasyJet

Henry Boot plc

Skyscanner Limited

The Association of Colleges

Overgate Hospice

Westfield Health

South Yorkshire Housing Association

Family: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

Katie McCann

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team at Irwin Mitchell has really developed this year with the addition of Katie McCann. It is really working well together now and has some dynamic ambitious people on board‘.

Irwin Mitchell’s Leeds team offers a personal approach to family law, which a client might not otherwise expect to find in a large firm. It is committed to its clients and cases and has a desire to help and find a solution. It is able to deal with even the most challenging of cases and constantly gives rock solid advice‘.

Katie McCann brings a huge amount of experience to the team and is keen to develop it into new areas – she is a real asset. David Lister punches above his weight in terms of the work he is taking on at this stage in his career. His clients love him; he makes them feel very much looked after and at the same time is always pragmatic and realistic‘.

David Lister is a rising star, both in the region and nationally. He genuinely cares about his clients, loves his job and aspires to do everything he can to achieve a good result‘.

David Lister is born to do this job. He excels at everything he does and goes well beyond the extra mile for his client. He is a real people’s lawyer who will go far‘.

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell's restructuring and insolvency team in Gatwick comprises  dedicated restructuring and insolvency lawyers who carry out the full-range work in the practice area. The team is headed by Andrew Walker who deals with both contentious and non-contentious matters, advising on high value and complex restructuring work. He has particular experience in restructurings involving defined benefit pension schemes and work involving banks and asset based lenders.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Walker

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Walker

Testimonials

‘The exceptional player in the Gatwick market. With excellent technical knowledge and a personable team, it is always a delight to deal with the Gatwick team.’

‘Rebecca Walker – a stand-out senior associate who is surely heading for bigger things. Her technical knowledge is second to none and her approachable personality means she is always a pleasure to deal with.’

Key clients

KPMG

Begbies Traynor

FRP

Quantuma

Mazars

CVR

Smith & Williamson

BDO

RSM

Kreston Reeves

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

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:

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

BDO

Bibby Financial Services Limited

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell  provides clients with a range of commercial IT advice, and is particularly adept at handling business-critical procurements in highly regulated industries. Stuart Padgham heads the practice, and has a strong track record in the areas of high-value IT contracts. In addition to Padgham, the team is made up of individuals with substantial technical experience, including former IT professional Dan Hedley and software developer Chris Bridges.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Padgham

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team we are working with has shown very profound knowledge with  regard to software license agreements and all kinds of IT contracts.

They go the extra mile to ensure matters are completed on time and to budget.

The team that I have worked with have excellent knowledge and ask the right and difficult questions to the internal team and to the lawyers on the other side.

Dan Hedley has a wealth of knowledge and has excellent experience with the IT contracts that we are dealing with.’

‘Dan Hedley is a fantastic lawyer, who understands the needs of the business.

They have shown an outstanding ability to manage complex customer, partner and supplier relationships, a strong business acumen and therefore good capability to stay pragmatic on legal matters while keeping an eye on what the business actually needs.

Stuart Padgham is excellent and always provides thoughtful and considered advice.

Chris Bridges has provided excellent support to our data protection team throughout the year.’

Key clients

Nuffield Health

Saga Group

LzLabs GmbH

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell handles a significant volume of M&A deals in the smaller market space, and takes on international mandates as part of an overseas network of connected firms. The corporate practice is intrinsically linked to the firm's private client practice, and the teams offer a holistic service spanning both public and private. Bryan Bletso heads both the London corporate team and the firm's international offering, and is primarily engaged in private company work. Debbie Serota was hired from Darlingtons Solicitors, and is heavily active in the technology and real estate sectors.

Practice head(s):

Bryan Bletso

Other key lawyers:

James Paton-Philip

Testimonials

Highly reliable and dependable

The depth of knowledge is impressive, and the service is very personal. It is the ideal mix

Incredibly responsive and able to present technical issues in an understandable format’ 

Bryan Bletso is vastly experienced and uses that knowledge to exert a calm, reasoned and confident presence in meetings

Key clients

Bought By Many Ltd

Uniplaces Limited

Maxtube Group

Gratte Brothers Group Limited

Selling shareholders of Thomas Exchange Global

Thermeon Worldwide Limited

Terrafertil

Sellers of Interactive Digital Media GmbH

C.P. Hart

Sellers of iCasework Group

Sellers of Derivexperts SAS

Union Solutions Limited

Pensions Tier 2

The pensions team at Irwin Mitchell is best known for its legal advisory service for trustees and sponsoring employers of occupational pension schemes. The firm also has expertise in documentation and scheme governance. Martin Jenkins leads the national practice from London, while senior associate Kate Byers is head of pension documents in Newcastle and specialises in drafting pension scheme documentation and providing technical support.

Practice head(s):

Martin Jenkins; Kate Byers

Testimonials

‘The firm takes a practical and pragmatic approach’

‘Reasonably competitive on price and build good client relationships’

‘The team is very approachable and works with clients to identify a realistic solution’

‘They are personable, knowledgable and build strong relationships with their clients’

Key clients

PAN Trustees Limited

Trusteeship : Fishing Co-operative (UK) Ltd Retirement & Death Benefits Scheme

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Nick Rucker heads the team at Irwin Mitchell that focuses on complex and high-net-worth clients. It acts for clients from all over the world and has particular strengths in advising clients from Continental Europe, the Middle East, China, CIS and Russia. It works regularly with wealth creators (private equity and serial entrepreneurs), business owners including family-managed businesses and owner-managed business clients. Alex Ruffel has a focus on UK and international tax and trusts and regularly acts for non-UK nationals and non-UK domiciliaries who wish to relocate to or exit from the UK. Helen Clarke joined the team from BDB Pitmans.

Practice head(s):

Nick Rucker

Other key lawyers:

Alex Ruffel; Helen Clarke; George Merrylees

Testimonials

Alex Ruffel can distil complex matters well.

Helen Clarke provides a very good service to clients.

‘Helen Clarke is  a very methodical and logical lady who ensures prompt delivery of papers and explains them in simple terms for the layman.

George Merrylees works particularly well on international matters.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

Gillian Coverley; Andrea Jones; Paula Myers (National Head of tax, trusts and states)

Other key lawyers:

Emma McCann; Andrea Jones

Testimonials

‘Good experience, professional and knowledgeable.’

‘Andrea Jones has a quiet confident manner, shows great understanding of problems and gives excellent advice.’

‘Andrea Jones is understanding, patient and tentative to client needs.’

‘Andrea Jones is fantastic to work with, she is attentive to clients, her technical skills are exceptional and clients love working with her.’

‘Gillian Coverley gives clear, cogent and to-the-point advice.

‘Andrea Jones has consistently made an excellent impression on referrals I have made to her, to the extent that our family used her for power of attorney and wills. She is my automatic choice if asked to provide a legal referral for high net worth individuals.’

‘Gillian Coverley always has time to provide guidance and leads her team by example.’

‘Paula Myers is a leader in the field, and Andrea Jones is one to watch.’

Key clients

Age Co

Nationwide Building Society

Leeds Building Society

Macmillan Cancer Support

Link Corporate Trustees Limited

Lord Clarke Limited

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell’s private client practice combines expertise in trusts, wills and estate planning with in-house complementary tax advisory and compliance services. International tax specialist George Merrylees, who has recently joined the Newbury team from the London office, is experienced in advising on French tax and succession matters and is the key contact for Francophone clients. Practice head Sarah Phillips has a strong track record advising entrepreneurs, business managers and senior executives on protecting their business interests including advising on inheritance and capital gains tax and also advises on Court of Protection matters. Andrew Parry has expertise in tax and succession planning, with substantial experience of advising on matters affecting owners of landed estates and rural businesses. Senior associate Stewart Stretton-Hill is recommended for mental incapacity and Court of Protection work.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Phillips

Testimonials

Sarah Phillips and Stuart Stretton-Hill keep me informed of progress and are always happy to answer speculative queries and to offer guidance and next steps prior to client engagement.’

Professional negligence: claimant Tier 2

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.'

Practice head(s):

Steven Beahan; Natasha Guthrie

Testimonials

‘Great technical knowledge and ability to progress claims efficiently.’

Key clients

Arc Legal Assistance Ltd

Aviva Insurance

Axa Insurance

Abbey Taylor Limited

Aegus Insurance

DAS UK Group Limited

ESure

Wilson Field Limited

Begbies Traynor LLP

LIM Insurance

Property litigation Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

Danny Revitt

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Danny Revitt heads up a very successful nationwide property litigation team, which has broad experience in disputes of all kinds, gets on with it in a proactive way and gives clients confidence in the decisions being made‘.

The team is extremely knowledgeable and sets out its advice and tactics in an ordered and logical way, which makes it easy to make decisions on the next steps and the way forward‘.

Danny Revitt is extremely impressive and is to be highly recommended. He is an excellent communicator, extremely thorough and a true pleasure to work with‘.

Danny Revitt understands the client’s business and quickly gets to grip with risks and the problems being presented‘.

Key clients

Artisan Real Estate Investors

Tobermory S.A.R.L /Trilogy Property

Real Estate Investors PLC

Clugston Estates Limited

BNP Paribas Real Estate Advisory and Property Management UK Limited

Shelter

New Era Development (UK) Limited

Redwood (Light Industrial) Propco SARL (part of Logicor Group)

Thorntons Limited

River Island Clothing Co Limited

Jones Lang LaSalle Limited

RGIS Inventory Specialists Limited

The University of Sheffield

Sheffield Hallam University

Henry Boot Developments Limited

Hallam Land Management Limited

Keepmoat

Lloyds Pharmacy Limited

Dobbies Garden Centres Limited

A&J Mucklow PLC

Peveril Securities Limited

Devonshire Green (Broomgrove Road) Limited (part of City Estates Group)

M&M Asset Management

Sheffield International Venues Limited/Sheffield City Trust

Sheffield Methodist Church Circuit

Orkney UKCO Limited

Countrywide Residential Lettings Limited

Dyson Industries Limited

Persimmon Homes

Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation

Transport Tier 2

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

Testimonials

‘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.

Administrative and public law Tier 3

The team at Irwin Mitchell has a depth of experience in bringing judicial review challenges against local authorities concerning the provision of public services, such as in relation to special educational needs provision, healthcare reconfigurations, and hospital and library closures. The team handles public law challenges concerning human rights such as the Supreme Court application challenging the blanket ban on assisted dying (handled by Yogi Amin, senior associate Anne-Marie Irwin and associate Faith Salih). A diverse client base of charities, individuals and campaign groups instructs the team on public law challenges, with other mandates involving challenges to decisions made by the Crown Prosecution Service, applications against the Department for Work and Pensions and applications against a number of NHS trusts.

Practice head(s):

Yogi Amin

Other key lawyers:

Anne-Marie Irwin; Faith Salah

Key clients

Noel Conway – Dignity in Dying

Kian Hollow and others

Bower and Jackson – ‘Hands Off HRI Hospital’ campaign

Roger Nettleship- ‘Save South Tyneside Hospital Campaign’ group

Alexander Maximus Howard Drewelus and others

WX

Gurpreet Kaur, by her litigation friend and mother, Satnam Kaur Juttla

Sienna Scott, by her mother and litigation friend  Emma Turner

Liam Thomas Murphy, by his mother and litigation friend  Angelina Sclafani Murphy

A university treatment research facility

Asset based lending Tier 3

Led by the ‘exceptional' Jon Bew out of the firm’s Birmingham office, Irwin Mitchell’s three-partner team has strong ties with the ABL arms of commercial and clearing banks, as well as independent providers of finance, which it advises on new money transactions, the development of new products, litigation and restructuring. Although it is active on cross-border mandates, the firm has a strong presence in the domestic market, particularly on bilateral deals arising from invoice discounting transactions. The firm is also well versed in handling restructuring and insolvency matters where the ABL product formed a central part of the original financing; Stephen George is particularly noted for work in this area.

Practice head(s):

Jon Bew

Other key lawyers:

Stephen George; Andrew Watson; Amy Keogh

Testimonials

The team understands the ABL products and market deeply and provides sound advice‘.

Jon Bew is an exceptional individual with a great reputation‘.

Key clients

Hitachi Capital

Arbuthnot Commercial Asset Based Lending

ABN AMRO Commercial Finance

Bibby Financial Services

Close Invoice Finance

HSBC Bank Plc

IGF Business Credit

Shawbrook Bank

Investec Bank

Woodsford Tradebridge

Banking and finance Tier 3

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.

Testimonials

‘First class legal advice and customer service at sensible prices.’

‘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

Commercial property: Hampshire Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell's Southampton team regularly works with the firm's broader real estate team in the Chichester and Gatwick offices to provide a wide range of expertise to clients. Its varied practice covers real estate finance, regeneration/mixed-use schemes, corporate occupier work and portfolio acquisitions and disposals. One of the key figures in the team is Tina Webster, who excels in complex residential and commercial development projects, large corporate relocations and land promotion. David Fanchi, who has a first-rate reputation in real estate finance, has built up a notable following of lender clients. Philip Gray and Robert Stangroom are also names to note.

Practice head(s):

David Fanchi; Tina Webster

Other key lawyers:

Philip Gray; Robert Stangroom; Richard Purcell

Testimonials

A strong team with a clear cross-practice banking & finance element‘.

Sound legal knowledge and high quality of work‘.

David Fanchi is experienced, knowledgeable, affable and takes a commercially-driven yet risk-aware approach‘.

Key clients

Micheldever Tyre Services

Berkeley Strategic Land

Hanbury Properties

Artisan Real Estate Investors

Seaward Properties

North Street Quarter

Store Property Investments

Hendy Group

Chichester College

Lambeth College

Greater Brighton Metropolitan College

South Essex College

Idverde SAS

Topcon

Aventier

Pallant Homes

Generator Strategic

Welbeck Strategic Land

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 3

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.

Practice head(s):

John Flathers

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great partner contact – we see more from this Leeds partner in our London offices than we see from our other lawyers working round the corner’

‘The Irwin Mitchell property team is extremely experienced and has a fantastic depth of knowledge to deal with. Irwin Mitchell’s approach to solving problems and issues is first class. They are very commercial in their approach which enables the principle points of a negotiation to be focused upon’

‘Easy to work with, commercial and efficient. They are proactive and do what they can to get a transaction over the line on time and on budget’

‘Irwin Mitchell in Leeds have an outstanding property team who have been a pleasure to deal with. They are highly professional, approachable and efficient and I could not recommend them highly enough’

‘John Flathers and Max Nesbitt both stand out and have been absolutely superb. We were involved in a challenging deal and John and Max’s knowledge, professionalism, tenacity and clarity was key to the deal going through’

‘John Flathers is a standout partner, always approachable and helpful’

‘James Knowles is extremely diligent and very committed to his practice and role and addresses the majority of issues before reporting them to the client’

Key clients

Henry Boot Developments

Clugston Estates

Rula Developments

Jones Lang LaSalle

Caddick Land

Gravity Fitness

Craig & Rose

National Grid

Newitt & Co

Country Style Foods

Christeyns

Construction Tier 3

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.

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 3

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

Testimonials

‘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

Camfil

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

Corporate and commercial: Sheffield, South Yorkshire Tier 3

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.

Practice head(s):

Laurence Gavin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team has significant accumulated knowledge and is pro-active in applying it.

The individuals have significant in-depth knowledge of the sector.

Key clients

Electronic Data Processing Plc

Barnsley College

British Chambers of Commerce

Biovation UK Ltd

Bruker UK

Builders Merchants Federation

Cadbury College

Cepac Limited

Downstream Fuel Association

Havant and South Downs College

Key Fund

Westfield Health Limited

Maltby Learning Trust

Peak Indicators

South Essex College

Telford College

Whitby Seafoods Limited

Sheffield City Trust

Sheffield Futures

P.A. Jewellery Limited

Employment Tier 3

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

Testimonials

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

RGIS

GMS Group of Companies

Hadley Industries Plc

Whitworth

Canal & River Trust

Family: Hampshire Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell's family team is supported by the expertise of practitioners in the firm's other private wealth divisions, including residential property and trusts, tax and estates. Post-nuptial wealth protection mandates make up the bulk of the firm's work, with the majority of clients seeking to ring-fence inherited assets. Practice head Katharine Shaw is a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Katharine Shaw

Other key lawyers:

Jelena Korobkova

Testimonials

Irwin Mitchell comprises a wide range of different disciplines and therefore members of the firm are able to share their legal knowledge and experience when presented with problems outside their particular field.  It  has an enviable reputation‘.

Katherine Shaw is an unflappable character who always gets quickly to the nub of a case.  She provides well thought out solutions which more often than not are such that a settlement on very good terms is reached by her client‘.

Financial services: contentious Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell represents a range of companies and senior executives ranging from IFA networks, banks and hedge funds, to asset managers, traders and stockbrokers. The firm has expertise in serious and complex fraud, as well as regulatory work, and has increasing experience in the pensions sector. The practice is known for its knowledge of the FCA’s regulatory powers and also acts in SFO investigations. Sarah Wallace leads the team and handles matters including money laundering, pensions, fraud and internal investigations.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Wallace

Testimonials

‘It is very much a team approach with every step considered and thought through before taking any action’

‘Approachable and easy to talk to’

Healthcare Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell is 'a well respected practice' known for acting on behalf of claimants against NHS trusts, CCGs and other health and social care providers, as well as for developing the jurisprudence in 'right to life' matters, challenging the law on assisted dying and taking on complex national human rights cases relating to healthcare. Public law expert Yogi Amin has broad-ranging expertise in the fields of medical ethics, access to NHS healthcare, medical care and social care, and mental capacity, among others.  Senior associates Mathieu Culverhouse and Anne-Marie Irwin frequently support Amin in judicial review cases.

Practice head(s):

Yogi Amin

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

North Staffordshire Pensioners’ Convention and individual patients

Hightown Parish Council

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

At Irwin MitchellDoug 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.

Practice head(s):

Doug Robertson; Tom Paton

Testimonials

To find such a specialised team in a city like Sheffield that you turn to time and time again is great. It’s knowledge on personal insolvency issues is second to none‘.

The group is hugely capable across the knowledge spectrum with practical and cost effective advice that is given in an easily digestible form and a timely manner‘.

Tom Paton continues to grow following his deserved promotion to partner. He is already well versed in his craft and will soon be a leader in the field‘.

Tom Paton always impresses and never ceases to amaze and delight with his ability to see his way through a complex problem‘.

Doug Robertson has a strong commercial awareness and is a highly experienced litigator and property lawyer‘.

Key clients

KPMG

RSM

FRP

Begbies Traynor

Quantuma

Mazars

Wilson Field

Griffins

EY (Belfast)

Bridgewood

PWC (London)

Intellectual property Tier 3

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.

Practice head(s):

Alex Newman; Joanne Bone

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team is tenacious and dogged, approaching substantial pieces of work with unwavering determination. It is able to understand and simplify complex issues and focus on the overriding objectives.

Alex Newman is able to alter his approach to fit the needs of the specific issue. He is a firm but fair litigator and is able to see the bigger picture to deliver results for his clients.

Key clients

Pirtek Europe Group

TransUnion

Gravity Fitness Limited

Natural Instinct Limited

Intersnkrs Limited

Ayrshire Metal Products PLC

BB Brands Limited

BetterYou Limited

JCC Lighting Limited

London Pottery Company Limited

SKA Organisation

IT and telecoms Tier 3

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

Testimonials

‘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

IT and telecoms Tier 3

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.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Bone; Alex Newman

Key clients

Mamas & Papas (Holdings) Limited

Lhasa Limited

Strata Homes Limited

Joy Global UK Limited (Part of Komatsu Mining Corp. Group).

Professional discipline Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell 'undertakes a large range of matters' and 'the practice has an impressive depth of knowledge of the many regulatory frameworks in which professional disciplinary proceedings arise'. It covers financial services, medical, healthcare, legal, accountancy, police and law enforcement, along with actuaries, osteopaths and education; its work also includes the criminal, regulatory, employment and public law aspects of investigations. Shah Qureshi heads up the employment and professional discipline team in London. Associate director Paul Haycock and Yogi Amin in Sheffield are also key contacts, while the senior associates to note are Emma Windle and Craig Weston. Team changes include the arrival of Shazia Khan and Emilie Cole from Bindmans LLP, and the departure of Sarah Wallace for Constantine Law Limited in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Shah Qureshi; Yogi Amin; Paul Haycock

Testimonials

The team combines unrivalled experience of big-ticket white-collar fraud litigation with a deserved reputation in the professional discipline field, and it is not fazed by large and complex professional discipline cases brought by a wide range of regulators‘.

The team is particularly good at client care and can calm the nerves of even the most stressed subject of a disciplinary investigation; it inspires trust and confidence as well as the respect of regulators‘.

Shazia Khan is really on the ball and provides sound strategic and legal advice; her interpersonal skills are sensitive to clients, and she also maintains an approach to cases that is suitably robust‘.

Senior associate Craig Weston is hardworking and has excellent judgement‘.

Key clients

Futures trading head at an Australian bank

Fund manager

Energy trader

Solicitor

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 4

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.

Practice head(s):

Alex Newman

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

James Laycock is a good lawyer and is well-respected in Leeds.

Irwin Mitchell has an excellent ability to look at the problems from all angles.

Emma Yates is a tenacious solution finder.

Key clients

Christeyns UK Limited

Transcal Holdings Limited

Pirtek (UK) Limited

WYG Plc

Rullion Group

Taskmaster Resources Limited

Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 4

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

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 4

Irwin Mitchell has a strong national offering through its offices in six locations nationwide. The team in London under the direction of Claire-Marie Cornford advises on a broad range of trust disputes for trustees and beneficiaries. It regularly advises on cross-border matters and acts for a wide range of clients, such as individuals, entrepreneurs, banks, executors, trustees, charities and beneficiaries.

Practice head(s):

Claire-Marie Cornford

Testimonials

Claire-Marie Cornford is clever, experienced and runs the team with enormous energy‘.

Claire-Marie Cornford is exceptionally talented and experienced. Fantastic and personal service. An extremely safe pair of hands‘.

Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 4

Irwin Mitchell's Gatwick team is headed by London-based Sybille Steiner. It provides a comprehensive range of advisory and disputes-related expertise and it can call on experts in areas such as immigration, regulatory, safeguarding and pensions in addition to corporate and litigation teams. Senior associate Charlotte Sloan heads the Gatwick division and together with Matthew Irvine and Sarah Burke, serves an impressive range of clients from large PLCs to smaller regional businesses and includes a strong involvement with the education sector.

Practice head(s):

Sybille Steiner

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 4

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 nonsenseGlenn 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.

Practice head(s):

Glenn Hayes; Jenny Arrowsmith

Testimonials

‘The practice has an excellent blend of good quality staff at all levels. When you ring for advice they can help you straight away. The qualified staff don’t have to refer things upwards before they can advise.’

‘Glenn Hayes is a sensible, no nonsense lawyer who offers practical and commercial advice. His staff follow in his footsteps.’

‘Glenn Hayes is a standout partner in respect of the profile the employment team has gained under his leadership.  As an employment lawyer Glenn fights vigorously for his clients and is a tough opponent to come across, particularly in litigious matters.’

Key clients

Capita Group Plc

Persimmon plc

Sky Betting and Gaming

Begbies Traynor

The Association of Colleges

Headway UK

Ligentia Group Limited

Family Tier 4

Ros Bever heads the team at Irwin Mitchell that handles multimillion-pound contentious financial remedy cases as well as difficult children cases. Many of the cases have an international element and its client base comprises UK and foreign businessmen and women, entrepreneurs, City professionals and their spouses/partners. The team frequently advises individuals from the entertainment industry and is skilled at keeping these details out of the press. The group has increasingly been advising on pre- and post-nuptial agreements and it was pleased to add Toby Hales to its ranks from Seddons.

Practice head(s):

Ros Bever

Other key lawyers:

Toby Hales; Nathaniel Groarke; Kathryn Evans

Testimonials

Irwin Mitchell is a firm with a national reach. It has the ability to see clients all over the country and to video link from one office to another. Its London family team is polished and pragmatic‘.

Nationally Ros Bever leads a committed and enthusiastic team who actively engage in each client’s case with dedication and determination to bring about the best possible outcome’.

Toby Hales’ hire is a great coup for Irwin Mitchell. He is a highly skilled lawyer both in finance and children work and is extremely knowledgeable‘.

Toby Hales is a big hitter who should take the department to lofty heights‘.

Nathaniel Groarke, partner in Manchester, is a lawyer of judgement, practicality and warmth. For clients it’s like having your best friend guide you through your divorce’.

Kathryn Evans has a very reassuring, calm manner with clients but behind it she is every inch a proper lawyer. She knows her stuff but – more importantly – she has excellent judgement‘.

The lawyers really do work as a team! So even when one individual is away or in a meeting there is always some who has knowledge of all the issues in the case‘.

Family team works incredibly well together. Each of the individual fee earners I have met is bright, hard working and enthusiastic. But collectively they seem determined to offer clients the very best service possible‘.

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime Tier 4

Irwin Mitchell advises corporates and individuals in relation to criminal liability, compliance and multi-jurisdictional investigations by organisations such as the SFO, FCA and HMRC. Other areas of expertise include preventative measures, insider dealing, internal investigations, bribery, corruption, fraud and financial crime. Key client sectors include consumer, education, financial services, manufacturing, real estate and TMT. Head of team Sarah Wallace left the firm for Constantine Law Limited.

Commercial property: development Tier 5

Irwin Mitchell's team of ‘highly professional, knowledgeable and responsive’ lawyers has a particular focus on residential and mixed-use development schemes, along with investment and development-related finance. The practice's offering is complemented by the wider firm's expertise in construction, planning litigation, leasehold enfranchisement and tax issues. International investors regularly instruct the team for residential purchases while the retail, office and industrial industries are among its sector specialisms. Ian Silverblatt joined Kingsley Napley LLP.

Contruction: non-contentious Tier 5

Irwin Mitchell's team advises on commercial investment projects, mixed use development and residential schemes, as well as PRS schemes. Gordon Anderson, who leads the team, has significant experience of retail and residential projects, and leads on much of the practice's key work, including advising Lab-tech on the construction contracts for the mixed use development of London's 101 Camley Street, including the construction of a bridge over Regent’s Canal.

Practice head(s):

Gordon Anderson

Key clients

Caudwell Properties

Lab-tech

Blackstone

Select Properties

Arora

Peel Holdings

Westeleven

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 5

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.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Bone; Gavin Maddison

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The corporate and commercial team at Irwin Mitchell is decisive and gets the job done.

Gavin Maddison makes sure his clients understand any pitfalls that might be around, but always gets the job done quietly and efficiently.

Joanne Bone is highly professional in her approach, whilst being easy to chat to. There is no problem to big or to small to discuss with her, she always has a friendly tone and is available whenever required. Her advice is thorough, concise and always on point.

Key clients

Mitchell Farrar Group

West Cumbria Mining

Mitre Group

Mamas & Papas (Holdings)

Lhasa

Strata Homes

Joy Global UK

NG Bailey

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 5

Irwin Mitchell draws on the strength of its private wealth practice to position itself as a go-to name for international pensions arrangements, including in relation to offshore holdings and associated tax issues. Penny Cogher and Martin Jenkins also provide broad advisory support to trustees and sponsors for issues including Section 75 liabilities, scheme redrafting and scheme rule updating exercises (including in the context of scheme mergers), defined contribution master trusts, bulk transfers, GDPR obligations and pensions issues arising from corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Penny Cogher; Martin Jenkins

Testimonials

‘The firm gives clear, practical advice, dealt helpfully and constructively with the other firms involved and was able to act swiftly when needed, making use of the resources within the team.’

‘Penny Cogher demonstrated relevant and practical knowledge of law. She was able to provide alternative ideas – we took her advice and were glad we did.’

‘We were reassured not only by Penny Cogher’s advice but by her willingness to take on a matter with some unusual features and to help us find a solution.’

Key clients

RPMI Limited – pension administrators of the Railway pension scheme

Pan Trustees – various schemes including Federated Pension Plan

Camfil AB

Planning Tier 5

Mixed-use regeneration schemes are a strong point for the team at Irwin Mitchell, with advice spanning all aspects of the planning process including section 106 negotiations, viability reports, affordable housing requirements, and brownfield land regulations. Practice head Carl Dyer has particular expertise with mixed-use and residential-led schemes, developments in the education sector, and retirement living projects. The team advises on high-end residential developments in central London and provides planning-specific expertise on financing agreements and portfolio acquisitions. James Pavey focuses on contentious planning work including planning appeals and statutory inquiries in the High Court.

Practice head(s):

Carl Dyer

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

One Lansdowne Road Limited

Lashbrook Properties Limited

Landlink Estates

Henry Boot Developers Limited

Employment: employers Tier 6

Irwin Mitchell assists an array of national and international businesses on all areas of employment law, pensions, tax and business immigration. Sybille Steiner - who regularly receives instructions from clients from German speaking countries on the full range of non-contentious and contentious employment matters - leads the team, which advises on matters including TUPE transfers, redundancies and restrictive covenants. Melanie Stancliffe  is another key member of the team, advising senior executives and corporates on executive terminations, boardroom disputes and high value tribunal claims, including those involving whistleblowing and discrimination. Shah Qureshi joined from Bindmans LLP in June 2018, and now leads the employment and professional discipline team in London - she joined alongside the 'exceptional' Shazia Khan and fellow partner Emilie Cole.

Practice head(s):

Sybille Steiner; Shah Qureshi 

Testimonials

‘The team acting for employers has a good range of skills and talents.’

‘The team at Irwin Mitchell works together very well. They have the insight to call in appropriate specialist assistance where indicated.’

‘Shazia Khan is exceptional. She is very knowledgeable, inspires confidence and above all, she is approachable. She gets straight to the salient points and does not beat about the bush..I am encouraged that she is on my side.’

Key clients

Brookfield Global Relocation Services Limited

Easyjet

National Grid

Association of Colleges

Nuffield Health

Market Securities LLP

Kyte Broking Limited

Nutmeg Savings and Investment

Kepler Cheuvreux S.A.

Beeline UK Accessories Limited

Intellectual property Tier 6

Irwin Mitchell is a key name to note for international brand management and IP strategy advice and litigation, with particular experience in the media and entertainment, professional and financial services, food and drink, and retail and leisure sectors. Practice head Georgie Collins handles a range of cross-border instructions relating to the full breadth of intellectual property rights, with a focus on risk and reputation management issues.

Practice head(s):

Georgie Collins

Testimonials

Irwin Mitchell is pragmatic and part of the client’s team, with sensible recommendations and timely reminders.

Key clients

Capita plc

White Winston Select Assets Funds, LLC

Sweaty Betty (Lady of Leisure Ltd)

Lily’s Kitchen Limited

Conan Doyle Estates Limited

British Chamber of Commerce

Giles Long/Lexicon Decoder Ltd

Beauty & the Boutique

International Broadcasting Convention

Globe Business Publishing (Apply 4 Law & Lexology brands)

Professional negligence Tier 6

Irwin Mitchell's professional negligence team is instructed by claimants in disputes against architects, accountants, lawyers, financial advisers, insurance brokers and surveyors. The London team works closely with the firm's national network of offices to advise on disputes.

Commercial litigation Tier 7

Irwin Mitchell's 'members are hardworking, pragmatic and driven to find  practical and workable solutions to clients' problems'. The disputes practice covers commercial contracts, supply chains, breach of directors’ duties, corporate warranties, shareholders and partnerships, IP and IT disputes, injunctions, regulatory issues, and professional negligence claims. Jonathan Sachs is recommended for professional negligence, international commercial litigation and fraud matters, and Jane Anderson (who relocated to London from the firm's Birmingham office in 2018) and Dominique Dolman are the senior associates to note. Sarah Wallace left for Constantine Law Limited in 2019.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Sachs

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Good at thinking outside of the box and pushing counsel to do likewise‘.

Jonathan Sachs and senior associate Dominique Dolman are both sensible, hardworking litigators who give clients frank advice and fight hard once they have instructions. They are a pleasure to work with and are excellent at analysing cases tactically‘.

Key clients

Sandi Haywood

Taray Investments and Bellevue Homes

Immigration

Irwin Mitchell's immigration department is regularly engaged by high-net-worth individuals on complex immigration mandates, working closely with the firm's international tax, trust and property experts to provide a full service. SMEs and corporate clients are also a key focus where the team is instructed by clients across the finance, manufacturing, construction and IT sectors. Department head Philip Barth, who joined in October 2018 from Withers LLP, has brought 'exceptional experience', particularly in advising high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals on complex immigration and citizenship cases. Barth is noted for his extensive expertise in handling Tier 1 (Investor) mandates.

Practice head(s):

Philip Barth

Other key lawyers:

Mandeep Khroud; Ben Xu

Testimonials

‘Philip Barth is very knowledgeable and his integrity is strong.’

Travel

Irwin Mitchell is home to a 'strong travel law team' which is based across the London, Birmingham and Manchester offices. The sizeable team is instructed by claimants in international personal injury claims and specialises in acting for claimants who have suffered catastrophic injuries and acting for the families of individuals who have been killed in incidents around the world.  Among the team, which has an 'outstanding reputation', Clive Garner, who operates across the Birmingham and London offices, handles fatal accident claims, and also represents individual clients who have suffered serious injuries. Garner also has experience of complex group action claims and is leading on claims for the families of the British and Spanish passengers who were killed in the 2015 Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps. Philip Banks heads the accident sub-team within the international personal injury teams in Birmingham and Manchester, while Demetrius Danas heads the London international personal injury team and specialises in complex, and high-value claims. Jennifer Lund, who is also based in London, handles a range of cross-border claims.

Practice head(s):

Neil Whiteley

Other key lawyers:

Clive Garner; Demetrius Danas; Jennifer Lund; Philip Banks; Suki Chhokar; Amandeep Dhillon; Elizabeth Tetzner; Rebecca Smith; Kylie Hutchison; Leane Shanks; Rachael Pavey; Cheryl Palmer-Hughes; Jatinder Paul; Clare Comiskey; Simon Prew; Clare Pearson; Amandeep Samra

Testimonials

Jennifer Lund is a standout lawyer.

Demetrius Danas and Leane Shanks are of top-quality.

Nationally acclaimed, future focused, innovative and supportive, Irwin Mitchell understands that whether it’s business or personal, everyone’s situation is different. When it comes to legal advice and support with financial planning they’re the expert hand, with the human touch.

Irwin Mitchell employs over 3,000 staff and has 15 offices throughout the UK. By offering personal and specialist services to national and international organisations and institutions, small and medium-sized businesses and individuals, they help to navigate life’s ups and downs.

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 £2.5m of charitable donations since its formation in 1997. In 2019, the IMCF donated more than £418,900 to 13 good causes around the UK, through Irwin Mitchell’s Charity of the Year programme.

Irwin Mitchell has the largest online market share for personal injury and medical negligence, and the greatest share of voice in legal editorial coverage in the UK media. Their reputation as a leading firm for litigation work has been acknowledged by the Lawyer magazine who named them as the third most active firm in the UK. They are the Official Legal Partner to England Rugby .

They’re recognised in The Times’ list of the best 200 law firms in England and Wales and are officially a Great Place to Work, ranking as number one in their industry. Some of their recent award wins include Employment Law Firm of the Year, Catastrophic Injury Team of the Year and Excellence in Client Service.

Priding itself on being diverse and inclusive, Irwin Mitchell was recently named as one of the most inclusive employers in Britain by LGBTQ equality charity Stonewall.

Market

As one of the largest law firms in the UK, Irwin Mitchell provides a wide range of legal and financial services to thousands of individuals and businesses. In these times of unprecedented change their focus remains the same; to support their colleagues, clients and communities. Their track record and expertise, coupled with a reputation as a litigation powerhouse makes them stand out from the crowd.

They understand that consumer needs are changing and combine the latest technology and excellent service to deliver impressive results, and build long lasting relationships. This was demonstrated perfectly by the way they reacted to the Covid-19 pandemic, temporarily closing 15 offices and moving to home working in a matter of weeks, so that they could continue to support their clients.

As the leading personal injury and medical negligence practice in the UK, they support thousands of families whose lives have been turned upside down by the unexpected. With a national public law team and the UK’s leading Court of Protection practice they work tirelessly so their clients have everything they need. Their in-house asset management division supports the work they do by providing tailored financial planning and investment advice.

Irwin Mitchell’s private client offering specialises in residential property, family, wills and tax, trusts and estate disputes. This is supported by experienced wealth management advisers that help people of all ages prepare for their current and future financial needs. Their prestigious client base includes high and ultra-high net worth individuals including business owners and entrepreneurs, corporate executives, investors and multi-generational families.

They offer a wide range of commercial services and have expertise in several other sectors including manufacturing, technology, finance, consumer businesses, education, media and sport. Their strength comes from offering so much more than legal advice. They understand the current climate and are committed to helping businesses grow while managing risk in a volatile market.

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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
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 Ailsa Anderson  photo Ailsa Anderson Associate
 Roy Beckett  photo Roy Beckett Roy is a partner in the real estate team in Manchester and…
 Jonathan Betts  photo Jonathan Betts Partner managing the serious injury team in the Manchester office of Irwin…
 Ros Bever  photo Ros Bever Ros is a Partner and heads up the Manchester Family Law team.…
 Richard Biggs  photo Richard Biggs Senior associate Expertise in: Brain Injury Spinal and complex orthopaedic injuries Spinal…
 Matthew Brown  photo Matthew Brown Has practiced exclusively in the field of catastrophic injury litigation since qualification,…
 Geraldine Coombs  photo Geraldine Coombs Geraldine joined Irwin Mitchell in January 2006 and was one of the…
 Mathieu Culverhouse  photo Mathieu Culverhouse Senior associate Specialises in court of protection, human rights, care, health and…
 Keith Cundall  photo Keith Cundall Senior associate
 Matthew Garson  photo Matthew Garson Matthew is a senior associate and has acted for clients in the…
 Steven Green  photo Steven Green Partner and head of costs team. The Irwin Mitchell costs team is…
 Nathaniel Groarke  photo Nathaniel Groarke Nathaniel is a partner specialising in all areas of private family law…
 Paula Hanlon  photo Paula Hanlon Senior associate
 Deirdre Healy  photo Deirdre Healy Deirdre is a brain injury specialist in the Serious Injury team in the…
 Gillian Hitchen  photo Gillian Hitchen Partner Gillian deals with all aspects of property and affairs work for…
 Damian Hodkinson  photo Damian Hodkinson Partner Damian acts as a professional deputy for people who have lost…
 Duncan Hope  photo Duncan Hope Duncan has considerable experience of advising clients on a varied caseload of…
 Ayse Ince  photo Ayse Ince Associate
 Kris Inskip  photo Kris Inskip Partner
 Adam Kaucher  photo Adam Kaucher Partner
 Dina Lambourne  photo Dina Lambourne Dina is a Senior Associate in the Medical Negligence department in Irwin…
 Catherine Leech  photo Catherine Leech Catherine is a solicitor specialising in claims for people who have had all…
 Katrina London  photo Katrina London Senior associate
 Amanda Marsh  photo Amanda Marsh Senior associate
 Geraldine McCool  photo Geraldine McCool National head of military claims. Geraldine works on serious personal injury claims,…
 Nazia Nawaz  photo Nazia Nawaz Senior associate
 Carole Nettleton  photo Carole Nettleton Senior associate
 Lucy Nicol  photo Lucy Nicol Partner Lucy acts as a professional deputy for clients who have received…
 Cheryl Palmer-Hughes  photo Cheryl Palmer-Hughes Senior associate Cheryl is a partner in Irwin Mitchell’s International Personal Injury…
 Heather Roberts  photo Heather Roberts Associate solicitor
 Margaret Ryan  photo Margaret Ryan Senior associate
 Kevin Saul  photo Kevin Saul Senior associate
 Hannah Saxe  photo Hannah Saxe Senior associate Hannah provides advice on all legal issues arising from relationship…
 Sarah Sharples  photo Sarah Sharples Associate
 Lara Tucker  photo Lara Tucker Associate
 Sharon Williams  photo Sharon Williams Senior associate
 Lindsay Wise  photo Lindsay Wise Head of department for medical law and patient rights at the Manchester…
Number of partners : 249
Number of other UK fee-earners : 1,500+

The Lex 100 Verdict

'One of the biggest full-service law firms in the UK,' 'its impressive credentials' and 'the vast number of personal legal services opportunities, in particular public law' are just some of the qualities that drew trainees to Irwin Mitchell. With 15 offices, Irwin Mitchell is widely distributed across the UK. One current trainee was attracted to Irwin Mitchell 'due to its strong focus on and reputation for claimant work and personal legal services. I knew that this was where I wanted to focus my career, and I felt that my values truly aligned with those of the firm'. The 'focus on client service and sense of community' was a common theme, as well as the ability for trainees to choose between a personal law or business law work stream within their training contract. One trainee 'chose this firm because I wanted to join a large firm while still being able to practise law working with individuals rather than corporate entities'. Respondents highlight that there can be a difference in the style and 'quality' of training in difference departments. There are also complaints about the pay and benefits being below some rivals. Yet the feedback is mixed; some trainees approve of the work/life balance and the quality of the supervision offered. As one trainee comments, 'the quality of the work is fantastic with exposure to exciting cases, some of which are at the forefront of legal developments'. If you are looking for a top-tier firm within your local area, odds are that Irwin Mitchell is there; with its reputation for both personal and business services, it's a strong candidate.