Firm Profile > Irwin Mitchell > Chichester, England

Irwin Mitchell
THOMAS EGGAR HOUSE
FRIARY LANE
CHICHESTER
PO19 1UF
England

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.

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

'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.

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.’

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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 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'.

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

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.

Key clients

Artisan Real Estate Investors

Lambeth College

Brighton & Hove 6th Form College

Paula Rosa Manhattan

Jackson Rowe Group

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.’

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.

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

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.

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‘.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Department Name Email Telephone
Group chief executive Andrew Tucker
Group chairman Glyn Barker
Chief executive, personal legal services Craig Marshall
Chief executive, business legal services Vicky Brackett
Group finance director Richard Allen
Photo Name Position Profile
 Catherine Angel  photo Catherine Angel
 Brian Dowling  photo Brian Dowling
 Darran Fawcett  photo Darran Fawcett
 Peter Green  photo Peter Green
 Kelly Greig  photo Kelly Greig
 Stephen Ireland  photo Stephen Ireland
 Paula James  photo Paula James
 Anthony Nixon  photo Anthony Nixon
 Dipal Patel  photo Dipal Patel
 Richard Purcell  photo Richard Purcell
 Guy Sackett  photo Guy Sackett
 Michael Taylor  photo Michael Taylor
 Tina Webster  photo Tina Webster
Number of partners : 249
Number of other UK fee-earners : 1,500+

The Lex 100 Verdict

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