Irwin Mitchell > Sheffield, England > Firm Profile

Irwin Mitchell
RIVERSIDE EAST
2 MILLSANDS
SHEFFIELD
S3 8DT
England

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell leverages the substantial experience of its large team of clinical negligence specialists, with capabilities across a range of complex high-value claims, alongside a focus on securing immediate care for clients. Julianne Moore leads the Sheffield team, employing her medical background to represent clients particularly in birth injury claims. Other notable names from the same office include Tom Mather, who has substantial litigation experience; Sarah Rowland, who is similarly active in relation to birth injuries; and Tim Annett, who focusses on defective medical devices and clinical trials. Sarah Coles  heads up the Leeds practice, with expertise in cerebral palsy, brain injury, and amputation claims. Also based there are Rachelle Mahapatra, primarily active in birth injury cases, and Rachel Roach, who brings valuable experience working on the defendant side to the team. In team news, Ross McWilliams was promoted to partner in May 2023.

Practice head(s):

Julianne Moore; Sarah Coles

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Irwin Mitchell are experts in clinical negligence and work very well together as a team to achieve their goals. Ross McWilliams has been very compassionate and responsive when dealing with my case. All correspondence has been immaculate and accurate and I have found everyone very polite and approachable. I have been given clear information about procedures, costs and timeframes.’

‘The team at Irwin Mitchell have been exceptional to deal with. From day one they have been compassionate, understanding and accessible. They have also been honest and made sure we are fully aware of the difficulties and timescales involved with our case. We have been given clear and realistic expectations and kept updated every step of the way.’

‘Julianne Moore has been exceptional from the start. We began the process in the height of Covid, so we had video calls, where she never made us feel rushed and always had time to answer all our questions. I have always been grateful for her extensive knowledge, never feeling like I am being fobbed off with legal jargon; she has always left me confident that they have the expertise to navigate our case to a successful outcome, which is exactly what they have done.’

‘Julianne Moore is truly a force to be reckoned with, yet her caring nature and professionalism make her a pleasure to work with.’

‘Julianne Moore is an excellent solicitor, managing difficult cases with talent, enthusiasm and particular sensitivity to the client’s needs.’

‘Exceptional attention to detail in the preparation of cases.’

‘Julianne Moore sets the tone for her team. She is an excellent solicitor and is totally committed to her clients. I sense that they feel she understands and supports them. She works incredibly hard and I have been very impressed by her attention to detail in cases. She is firm in negotiations but her excellent client care skills do not prevent her giving difficult advice when it is necessary.’

‘IM Leeds are top drawer: experienced, professional and focussed on delivery for clients.’

Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell retains its eminent reputation through the combination of its large team of personal injury experts, its track record of securing excellent rehabilitation, and its strong and established local and national presence. Adrian Budgen leads the practice in Sheffield, specialising in asbestos and workplace illness, while Sion Kingston heads the team in Leeds and focusses on a range of catastrophic injuries. The significant depth of the wider team is illustrated by the preponderance of seasoned experts, including Louise Jenkins, who specialises in brain injuries; Carolyn Heaton, who leads on neurotrauma; Rachael Aram, who manages work in serious injury; Ian Toft, who works on life-limiting disease; Claire Newstead, who is in charge of polytrauma matters; and David Johnston-Keay, who focusses on occupational disease claims. David Withers works on high severity claims and has advocacy experience before inquests and trials.

Practice head(s):

Sion Kingston; Adrian Budgen

Testimonials

‘I have worked with the team for a number of years now, and in each case I have been involved in, regardless of who is handling the file, I have found the firm to be extremely diligent, forward thinking, and tenacious in their pursuit of justice for their clients.’

‘The individuals I have worked with from this team have all been diligent, honest, flexible, firm but fair, highly motivated, compassionate, sensitive and empathetic, and have operated with the highest level of integrity.’

‘The whole team were amazing and worked so well together. All were so helpful and understanding.’

‘Irwin Mitchell in my opinion are first class at personal injury claims. I would recommend this firm to anyone who needed their help.’

‘This is an excellent team that is pound for pound as good as any in the country. Exceptionally hard-working and well-prepared, very committed to clients, deep knowledge and experience, and excellently led.’

‘Carolyn Heaton is among the very best litigators and leaders of a team. She has outstanding ability. She is extremely ably assisted by Hema Rana (a very hard-working and caring lawyer who carries the heaviest of cases).’

‘The Sheffield and Leeds’ offices offer the perfect combination of a national reputation but local knowledge and regional pricing. Quality people, and great organisation.’

‘The quality of the team is maintained by frequent experience of difficult claims and difficult defendants and in-house training. I work with a number of other firms and, while they may have good individuals, they lack the overall quality, support and depth of expertise that IM are able to offer.’

Work highlights

  • Represented the claimant in a case relating to his exposure to asbestos during a limited 5/6 day period in 1987, with the defendant conceding liability.
  • Representing the family of Mrs Begum in a novel attempt to establish civil liability for the Smart Motorway network operators for her death on that network.
  • Secured a settlement for a PPO equivalent to a lump sum valued at 72.5% of £17.9m for a nine-year-old claimant pedestrian who suffered catastrophic brain injuries.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Paula Myers, national head and director of private client services, co-leads the team at Irwin Mitchell alongside head of the firm’s Leeds and Sheffield contentious trust and probate teams James Laycock. Both are highly recommended, Myers as ‘a national player of premier-league standard’ and Laycock an ‘estates and trusts litigation heavyweight’. The team deals with a variety of contested matters, from validity of wills and lifetime gifts to professional negligence claims arising from defective trust instruments and wills, in addition to Court of Protection work regarding financial abuse. Laura Pang joined the team February 2023 from Freeths LLP, bringing expertise regarding cross-border disputes and high value estates. Former Sheffield team head Carla Rist  has left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Paula Myers; James Laycock

Other key lawyers:

Laura Pang; Richard Smaller

Testimonials

‘Irwin Mitchell are one of the country’s most impressive estates and trusts litigation teams. They have the resources to tackle the full gamut from small Inheritance Act claims to large multinational trusts disputes.’

‘James Laycock is a estates and trusts litigation heavyweight. He has excellent judgment, client handling skills and academic knowledge. Richard Smaller is highly intelligent and has a natural and unfussy style which endears him to those with him and against him.’ 

‘The team has a national reputation: the team consists of an excellent mix of partners, senior associates, and associates, all of whom are real specialists in the practice area with a wide range of experience. The partners offer excellent leadership and strategic direction, whereas the senior associates and associates provide excellent value for money service to the clients. Because they all know the law and practice so well, they can offer concise, targeted advice at every stage of a dispute. They also all have excellent local knowledge of the north.’

‘Paula Myers is excellent at teasing out the facts from her clients and making them into something worth fighting for. Her knowledge of proprietary estoppel means she is the go-to litigator in this area. She is a fighter for her clients, but knows exactly when to settle.’

‘Paula Myers is very experienced in probate disputes and also manages nationally. Definitely somebody you want on your side.’

‘They have a truly national presence which guarantees a depth of experience and excellent training and career prospects for their solicitors.’

‘Laura Pang in Leeds has recently joined and will be an asset to the firm. Laura is tenacious and tough and gets excellent results for her clients.’

‘Paula Myers dominates the contentious trust and probate sector in Yorkshire, and is a national player of Premier League standard. She heads up the strong team and has been largely instrumental in gathering together the team, while still involving herself in the cut and thrust of litigation, taking no prisoners.’ 

Work highlights

  • Represented clients in a proprietary estoppel claim which went to trial and produced a successful judgement in their favour. The Yorkshire and wider National teams advise frequently in cases involving proprietary estoppel and constructive issues.
  • Continue to represent Kirsty Cadogan in litigation against her brother Kevin Cadogan relating to the estate of Veronica Cadogan.
  • Continue to represent client who successfully obtained judgment in the First Tier Tribunal which was subsequently upheld on appeal in the Upper Tribunal in respect of a fraudulent transfer by one of her sons of her property.

Private client > Family: elsewhere in Yorkshire Tier 1

Helen Revill leads the family team at Irwin Mitchell across both Sheffield and Leeds. The team advises on high-value financial remedy work alongside private client matters involving children. In addition, it has notable expertise regarding family work for LGBT+ clients, and offers a pro bono legal clinic for the Jewish community. Senior associate Maisie Huynh is recommended for her ‘excellent strategic insight’.

Practice head(s):

Helen Revill

Other key lawyers:

Maisie Huynh; Lara Tucker; James Henshall

Testimonials

‘The Yorkshire team remain the jewel in the crown of the Irwin Mitchell empire. They are the market leaders in Sheffield, leaving all other local teams in their wake; other national firms have failed to break into the market with any tangible success.’

‘Lara Tucker is a stand-out Senior Associate with knowledge, confidence and experience in spades. She is adept at dealing with complex financial matters (having recently been involved in Goddard-Watts in the Court of Appeal) through to modest matters. She is particularly knowledgeable about cases involving PI trusts.’

‘Irwin Mitchell is the leading family law firm in Yorkshire and nationally. The team has recruited candidates of the highest calibre at all levels and works well as a team – lawyers are well supported by paralegals and others – importantly not replacing the allocated lawyer but rather supplementing the work of that lawyer.’

‘They are all brilliant, Maisie Huyhn and Helen Revill in particular are very responsive and this is a massive selling factor when referring over to them. They are also extremely professional whilst still being warm and approachable.’

‘I have a long association with Irwin Mitchell in Sheffield. They have an impressive track record in successful litigation. The strength is the range of legal expertise employed. In the Family division, they employ caring and compassionate solicitors who are thorough in researching client issues. Advice is detailed and timely.’

‘Maisie Huynh is a prime example of the professionalism and dedication displayed by IM solicitors. She recently dealt with a client’s divorce proceedings and ensured the petitioners solicitors did not take advantage of the fact the client had been previously unrepresented. She acted on instruction, was diligent in ensuring the court proceedings were correctly observed which ultimately produced a favourable outcome saving the client considerable expense.’

‘James Henshall supported me with invaluable advice throughout my lengthy divorce process. It was clear he understood the challenges particular to the complexity of my situation and how to address these through the process; involving the advice of other colleagues from other specialist areas when required.’

‘Maisie Huynh: simply brilliant. Approachable and tenacious. She knows what is best for clients and does her best to achieve that. I know when I get a brief from Maisie that it will be in tip-top shape and the client will have received clear and quality advice.’

Work highlights

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

The lifetime and estate planning team at Irwin Mitchell is led by Paula Myers, director of private client services, and Andrea Jones in the Leeds office, while Gillian Coverley leads the team in Sheffield. The team has experiencing of dealing with a range of clients, from business owners to old and vulnerable clients, along with landowners and those with agricultural interests. Notably, the team works closely with the firm's medical negligence department, and offers expertise regarding disabled person’s trusts and personal injury trusts. Senior Associate Hollie Marcham's ‘considered and objective’ approach is appreciated; Katherine Wainman is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Paula James (Chichester); Paula Myers; Gillian Coverley (Sheffield); Andrea Jones

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Gillian Coverley was excellent in her approach. She clearly has an in-depth knowledge and was expert at explaining the options to us.’

‘I have worked almost exclusively with Gillian Coverley. My first contact was some 15 years or so ago and I was pleased to find she was still available when I needed their help again recently. Extremely approachable and knowledgeable, she tailors the advice to your specific requirements rather than a quick fix off the shelf and thus inspires confidence.’

‘Primarily, I have dealt with Hollie Marcham, ably supported by the team around her. Despite clearly having a significant workload, she always returns calls/ emails in a reasonable time. Hollie is considered and objective in her thinking and a keen advocate of true multi-disciplinary working, to help ensure the best outcome for her clients. Always enthusiastic and personable. I have referred close family, friends and important clients to Hollie and the team and the feedback I get is positive.’

‘Hollie Marcham is very pragmatic. Andrea Jones is diligent and compassionate.’

‘Excellence across all teams and sectors our firm has worked with, we are consistently impressed.’

‘Attention to detail, communication, down to earth and straightforward. Well thought-through advice.’ 

‘Gillian Coverley and Emma McCann have been outstanding in our partnership. I have admired their professionalism and willingness to test/trial new approaches. They have always been happy to get involved with our promotion of charity fundraising through supporters leaving a gift in their will.’

‘Katherine Wainman has a real understanding and knowledge of complex Trusts and Estates, both domestically and cross-border. I have found her input to be of real value.’

Key clients

Age Co

Nationwide Building Society

Stroke Association

Macmillan Cancer Support

Apex Corporate Trustees (UK) Limited

Finders

Santander UK

Work highlights

  • Providing support to Santander regarding vulnerable customers, including advice and guidance on all aspects of private client law.
  • Advising Finders International UK on estate administration matters, which often involve complex intestacies.
  • Supporting Macmillan Cancer Support with will writing services to their vulnerable supporters who often have life-limiting cancer diagnoses.

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell has ‘one of the leading teams in the clinical negligence world‘ and is equally adept in personal injury claims. Its Cambridge office is a key hub in its wider network and clients remark that ‘the expertise, knowledge, resources, back-up and standing are unrivalled‘. Head of serious injury Ruth Booy, head of clinical negligence Guy Forster, armed forces claims specialist Simon Harrington, director of PI legal services Neil Whiteley and asbestos-related disease expert Rosemary Giles are all acknowledged as standout practitioners. Senior associates Samantha Shaw, Sarah Wealleans and ‘A1 performer‘ Gurpreet Lalli, and associates Sophie Bales and Alexander Davenport constitute a formidable team of up-and-coming talent.

Practice head(s):

Neil Whiteley; Guy Forster; Ruth Booy; Rosemary Giles; Simon Harrington

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘One of the leading teams in the clinical negligence world.’

‘Gurpreet Lalli is very talented, a rising star of the clinical negligence world. Really pushes for her clients and supported by an excellent team at IM Cambridge.’

‘Quite simply, the ouststanding team to deal with high-value personal injury claims. The expertise, knowledge, resources, back-up and standing in the industry are unrivalled.’

‘Ruth Booy in the Cambridge office is focused entirely on getting the best outcome for clients.’

‘I work quite regularly for Ruth Booy dealing with catastrophic injury cases. She is exceptional and one of the most experienced solicitors in this field across the country. Her knowledge and commitment to clients is second to none.’

‘The team is highly motivated, good with clients, and has a broad range of experience.’

‘This IM team has quickly established itself as a major force in Cambridge and East Anglia and has made substantial in-roads into this market.’

‘Guy Foster is a partner who provides a wealth of experience and intelligence to the team, and who has extensive experience in cancer and cerebral palsy cases.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for a soldier who suffered injuries in the course of his service. The defendant, the MOD, chose to allege that our client had been fundamentally dishonest in the presentation of his injury and that his case should be struck out. The firm vigorously contested this and the matter proceeded to trial. The Judge dismissed the defence and awarded significant damages to the client, reflecting his very real losses.
  • Acting for the wife of a successful project manager who sadly died as a result of a missed opportunity to diagnose and effectively treat his cancer. The NHS trust has now admitted fault and are likely to now compensate his widow for her loss.
  • Recovered damages for the wife of a factory worker who although never working with asbestos herself was likely exposed through her husband’s work clothing and contracted mesothelioma. Despite all the difficulties of proving this, the firm secured a settlement for her.

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell fields ‘a first-class national practice with extensive experience‘, especially in claims involving brain injuries sustained at birth and neurological injuries in adults. The team’s support and rehabilitation coordinators are a key element of their practice, focusing on securing interim payments and facilitating rehab services for clients – an area in which Richard Kayser is particularly involved. Auriana Griffiths leads the team ‘from the front by her example of hard endeavour‘, predominantly handling birth injury claims including neonatal hypoglycaemia and cerebral palsy arising from birth asphyxia, an area in which Anita Jewitt also has notable experience. Claims involving spinal injury are another area of strength for the team, with Alison Eddy standing out particularly for her work in the field. Ian Christian has a sub-specialism in sporting injuries arising from substandard treatment provided by medical staff. Leena Savjani is noted for her ‘ability to navigate the complexity of the legal and medical issues with ease‘, and has specialist experience in inquest work and coronial law. Anne Kavanagh leads on the firm’s Maternity Matters training program nationally.

Practice head(s):

Auriana Griffiths

Other key lawyers:

Alison Eddy; Ian Christian; Anita Jewitt; Anne Kavanagh; Richard Kayser; Shivi Nathan; Leena Savjani; Alexandra Winch; Lauren Hurney; Rebecca Cherry; Kate Major; Tom Gough

Testimonials

‘Irwin Mitchell’s clinical negligence team is large and bursting with talent and enthusiasm.’

‘Auriana Griffiths leads from the front by her example of hard endeavour, bringing her clients with her at each step of the investigation and proceedings. She is a flag carrier for Irwin Mitchell with a national profile. She is pragmatic and focused with superb leadership skills.’

‘Anne Kavanagh is a standout solicitor. She is very calm under pressure, measured and precise. She has a very good rapport with her clients.’

‘A first-class national practice with extensive experience in all types of clinical negligence claims – from small claims to maximum severity. At the forefront of clinical negligence claims and achieve excellent results for their clients. A practice with numerous leaders in their field.’

‘Leena Savjani’s ability to navigate the complexity of the legal and medical issues with ease was clear and she quickly gained my total confidence in her capability as she fought throughout to get answers.’

‘Ian Christian has a fantastic reputation and caseload to match; he’s passionate about what he does, whilst always remaining calm and unflappable and putting the clients at the heart of everything he does. He’s got an encyclopaedic knowledge and great eye for detail and time after time, he achieves outstanding results for his clients. He’s also a total delight to work with.’

‘Anita Jewitt is a star. She is a class act – intelligent and analytical. She puts clients at ease and guides them patiently through the litigation process which can otherwise be stressful.’

‘Richard Kayser is extremely able. He has great forensic skills and is a safe pair of hands for even the most complex medical cases. He is bright and astute. He thinks through legal and medical problems. He leaves no stone unturned in pursuit of his clients’ cases.’

Work highlights

  • Handling proceedings arising out of an injury which the claimant suffered in 1999 when he was 3 months of age.
  • Acting in a case involving an admitted 6½ hour delay in diagnosis and treatment of meningitis when the claimant was 13 months old.
  • Acting in a claim involving a delay in diagnosis of rectal cancer whereby a polyp identified should have been removed.

Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell‘s personal injury team is ‘unparalleled in the scope of work’ it takes on. Headed up by London head of personal injury Richard Geraghty, who specialises in spinal cord and brain injuries as well as amputations; national serious injury leader, the ‘indomitableTracey Storey; and regional managing partner Alison Eddy, an expert in head injury cases, the team is ‘content to take on the most challenging cases‘, both within the UK and internationally. Demetrius Danas is the key senior contact for international serious work, and is additionally experienced in aviation and marine injury claims. Senior associate Leane Shanks is another notable name for international work. Sarah Griggs is particularly experienced in traumatic brain injury cases which involve capacity issues. The team also works in the asbestos-related disease field, supporting claimants with mesothelioma. Chani Dhaliwal is described by one client as being ‘as good as they get‘, and has particular strength securing substantial interim payments to fund care and neuro-rehabilitation.

Practice head(s):

Richard Geraghty; Tracey Storey; Alison Eddy

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Griggs; Leane Shanks; Chani Dhaliwal; Demetrius Danas; Jennifer Lund; Angela Batchelor; Laura Middleton-Guerrard; Sofie Toft; Kylie Hutchinson; Anna Pask; Peter Lorence.

Testimonials

‘The team are efficient, client-centred, thoughtful, and respectful of all involved in the claim process.’

‘Richard Geraghty is a really excellent personal injury solicitor, with a lot of technical expertise.’

‘Irwin Mitchell remain the market leader for personal injury. Boasting a big team of top lawyers across the entire country they are unparalleled in the scope of work they do. Top lawyers with expertise in every niche PI area means that there is no case they can’t handle.’

‘Irwin Mitchell stand out as a national personal injury firm of history and stature. By instructing Irwin Mitchell you are guaranteeing that your case will be conducted with accuracy and efficiency with the support and resources a nationwide firm can provide. They are therefore content to take on the most challenging cases which frequently push the boundaries of law in a claimant’s favour.’

‘Led by the indomitable Tracey Storey, the London team are a top premier league side with unequalled resources and depth of support.’

‘Sarah Griggs is superb. She combines a depth of knowledge with the rarer quality of empathy combined with solid judgment. Importantly, she also has a steely resolve if faced with an unreasonable stance by insurers.’

‘Irwin Mitchell has a remarkable number of talented individuals in the team. The firm attracts such high quality work that they are able to develop highly specialist teams. They have excellent connections with experts and barristers. They invest time and resource in cases and achieve results that other firms cannot compete with.’

‘Chani Dhaliwal is as good as they get. A technically superb lawyer who is passionate about his clients and achieving the best possible result for them. He is a delight to deal with.’

Work highlights

  • Representing the Olympic athlete and European Champion sprinter James Ellington who suffered leg injuries in a road traffic accident which ended his international sprinting career.
  • Representing a stuntman who suffered a career-ending brain injury in an accident that occurred on the set of the film “Fast and Furious 9” when a fight scene went wrong and a safety wire failed.
  • Successfully recovered substantial damages for a holidaymaker who had part of his arm ripped off by a lion when he was attacked whilst sleeping in a tent on a safari holiday in Tanzania.

Insurance > Product liability: claimant Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell has expertise in individual and group claims relating to defective products and group actions with a particular focus on medical negligence and abuse claims. The practice has been involved in several high-profile matters including claims against Boeing following the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302. Sallie Booth is well-versed in group litigation and co-heads the team with Tim Annett , who handles abuse claims and clinical trials. Catherine Slattery and Natalie Truman deal in claims arising from clinical negligence.

Practice head(s):

Sallie Booth; Tim Annett

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Irwin Mitchel were able to negotiate with individuals involved including legal insurers.’

‘Tim Annett and his staff have kept me up to date over the past 6 years and have been successful to date.’

‘We found the Irwin Mitchell team to be approachable, yet competent and professional and experienced in the area of product liability claims.’

‘Tim Annett was excellent at explaining to a lay person the various legal considerations and also providing advice, and we found it assuring that he has kept us informed and involved in the key decisions taken so far to progress the case.’

‘Irwin Mitchell provide a broad base of specialist lawyers who are skilled in a wide range of disciplines. This makes for an ideal “one stop” practice who can offer all the services required. Online access to secure emails is reassuring.’

‘Catherine Slattery has dealt with a medical negligence claim in a knowledgeable manner.’

‘Tim Annett/Catherine Slattery – dedicated, intelligence, engaged with detail of claims.’

‘Sallie Booth has vast experience gained over many years running a wide range of group actions. She is a master of strategy and of mapping out claims to help bring them home successfully and as efficiently as possible.’

Key clients

Trans-Vaginal Mesh Litigation

Boeing 737 Claims

Lariam

Sorin heater-cooler

Nutribullet

Advanced Bionics

Zimmer Biomet NexGen

Work highlights

  • Acted on claims arising from unnecessary pelvic floor treatment carried out in the Bristol area.
  • Acted for Lariam in claims against the Ministry of Defence.

Private client > Court of protection Tier 1

The ‘huge’ team at Irwin Mitchell has a ‘highly respected national offering’ across its ten offices. It supports in excess of 1,500 clients nationwide and has over 1,250 deputyships. The group offers expert advice on all COP matters, including litigated complex welfare disputes and deprivation of liberty safeguards. It also covers property, affairs and welfare deputyships. The agile team acts as professional deputy/trustee on many high-value cases involving multi-million-pound funds and manages in excess of £1.5bn of protected parties’ assets. Lucy Nicol frequently acts as a professional deputy and trustee for clients who have received multimillion pound damages as a result of medical negligence claims or serious injury. Yogi Amin undertakes a broad range of judicial review, human rights and mental capacity law cases. In addition, Amin is an Accredited Legal Representative for Mental Capacity welfare work. Damian Hodkinson is also highly regarded. Angela Jackman KC receives a steady of instructions from the Official Solicitor.

Practice head(s):

Lucinda Nicol; Yogi Amin

Other key lawyers:

Damian Hodkinson; Angela Jackman KC; Sean Atwood; Lucy Bazley

Testimonials

‘Irwin Mitchell’s Court of protection team is stellar! I have been working with Lucy Nicol who is absolutely brilliant, she is prepared to grapple with very tricky clients, she is approachable, extremely knowledgeable and absolutely first rate’.

‘The largest cross-country firm with offices local to most areas’.

‘Sean Atwood has a great deal of experience and understanding of their client’s needs’.

‘Extremely efficient with regard to access to funds. Organisationally very capable with big projects such as house extensions’.

Amazing individuals who make you feel respected and considered. We have built up a real relationship with those that we deal with. They show compassion and care and are also extremely capable and knowledgeable about their jobs’.

‘A real family feel which is so needed and appreciated. I find them caring, supportive, and empathic. They work as a really collaborative and fun empowering team. I am so grateful for their passion to get my son what he needs‘.

‘Lucy Nicol and Lucy Bazley -go the extra mile and really care, show compassion and empathy with what can be really difficult scenarios. They are always willing to listen and try. I appreciate them’.

‘Lucy Nicol heads up an exceptional team of hard working and really excellent lawyers, they genuinely care about their clients and go the extra mile. Lucy is exceptional, she is calm and efficient and very client friendly‘.

Key clients

Amy McLennan

ALF

GC

DY

LF v A NHS Trust & Ors

DN

CT

DC

CC

Work highlights

  • Represented Amy McLennan, mother of William Verden, in high-profile Court of Protection proceedings relating to whether it was in William’s best interests to undergo a kidney transplant.
  • Represented DC in Court of Protection proceedings in relation to a dispute over whether he should receive a Covid-19 vaccination and the associated boosters.
  • Represented the father of G, a 27-year-old woman who suffered from a serious degenerative neurological condition, in proceedings in the Court of Appeal concerning whether the Court of Protection has the power to make injunctions.

Public sector > Education: individuals Tier 1

The multidisciplinary education law team at Irwin Mitchell advises young people and their families on a wide range of discrimination, equality, and SEN issues under the leadership of experienced Sheffield-based human rights lawyer Yogi Amin. The practice is well-equipped to handle claims, disputes, and judicial reviews related to educational provisions and accommodations. London lawyer Angela Jackman KC (Hons) has a record of handling issues at the intersection of education and human rights law, having been instructed to deal with issues surrounding school placement, home tuition, and safeguarding. The team also benefits from the expertise of Bethany Parr, a specialist for SEN matters who regularly helps young people attain appropriate educational provisions and independent placements, and Rachael Smurthwaite, who regularly acts for families in disability discrimination claims and judicial review challenges and also assists with EHC assessment applications.

Practice head(s):

Yogi Amin

Other key lawyers:

Angela Jackman; Oliver Studdert; Rachael Smurthwaite; Bethany Parr; Esther Salter

Testimonials

‘Angela Jackman has a reassuring wealth of experience in discrimination and minority representation, which made her the perfect contact. She has a relatable manner and professional expertise. She secured a successful outcome for our case that and provided reassurance and guidance in uncertainty. In terms of clarity of service and client support, I hold Irwin Mitchell in high regard and do not hesitate to recommend them, and in particular Angela, to anyone. Their successful track record in SEND speaks for itself.’

‘The team is exceptionally compassionate, competitive and open to accept our opinions. I recommend the firm very highly.’

‘Bethany Parr was extremely helpful, friendly, and really knew her stuff. It was a relief to get Bethany on board, and her advice really helped us. Respectful, polite, and very professional.’

‘Esther Salter is a superstar SEND lawyer. She has pioneered the use of Exceptional Case Funding in SEND Tribunal proceedings. Really exceptional. Rachael Smurthwaite is a delight and very robust in discrimination matters.’

‘Angela Jackman really knows her stuff and does everything she can for the client.’

Work highlights

Transport > Travel Tier 1

The team at Irwin Mitchell, regarded as a ‘market leader on a national scale’ has a strong reputation for its international, high-stakes injury work for claimants and their families, which is regularly of the utmost sensitivity and severity. Tracey Storey heads up the national practice. Demetrius Danas, noted for his encyclopaedic knowledge of the field’, leads in London and is vastly experienced handling complex cross-border matters. The team’s workload consistently features catastrophic injury claims of high-value, including spinal and brain injury; clinical negligence claims; and fatalities, the scope of which London-based Jennifer Lund is experienced in. ‘Consumer champion’ Philip Banks leads in Birmingham and is experienced advising on the broad-range of cases, from road traffic to work-related accidents abroad. Senior associate Kylie Hutchison has unique expertise in sports-related injuries with in international contexts. Birmingham-based Jatinder Paul, who was promoted to partnership in May 2023 is noted as being ‘a genuine expert and star individual’. ‘Magnificent performer’ Cheryl Palmer-Hughes leads on complex international multi-party actions and fatal accident matters.

Practice head(s):

Tracey Storey

Other key lawyers:

Demetrius Danas; Philip Banks; Cheryl Palmer-Hughes; Jennifer Lund; Nick Cerezo; James Riley; Simon O’Loughlin; Jayne Murphy; Kylie Hutchison; Jatinder Paul; Leane Shanks

Testimonials

‘Philip Banks is a a consumer champion in that he is experienced litigating cases which have a meaningful impact in enhancing consumer rights; Cheryl Palmer-Hughes is known for her expertise in overseas medical negligence cases, particularly in the cosmetic surgery sector; and Nick Cerezo manages cases with skill and expertise in advance of his years.’

‘Philip Banks is among the most highly-regarded cross-border personal injury specialists working in the UK. James Riley is fast developing a reputation as one of the brightest young travel personal injury lawyers in the country; he has a real enthusiasm for the work.’

‘There are no weak links in this team. Philip Banks is an exceptional partner and knows everything there is to know in this area, Jatinder Paul is outstanding, as are Simon O’Loughlin and Jayne Murphy.’

‘The travel team at Irwin Mitchell is a market leader on a national scale.’

‘Jatinder Paul is a genuine expert and star individual in travel law with a great knowledge of group litigation. Philip Banks has huge experience in dealing with accidents abroad. The team is supported by some outstanding junior colleagues including Jayne Murphy, a robust litigator who has been working in the field for years.’

‘Philip Banks has super legal skills and he has the experience to deal with the most complex matters; James Riley is a rising star who takes a very practical approach, always aimed at finding a solution for his clients; Cheryl Palmer-Hughes is also a magnificent performer.’

‘This team is undoubtedly top tier – the London Team are brilliant at what they do, have a superb reputation in the market and excellent strength-in-depth and resources.’

‘Star practitioners are Demetrius Danas for his encyclopaedic knowledge of the field, Philip Banks for his phenomenal attention-to-detail and sound judgement, Jatinder Paul for his total dedication to achieving the best he can for his clients, and Leane Shanks for her meticulous approach to her cases and superb client skills.’

Work highlights

  • Represented the families of 22 British citizens who were killed during the Tunisian terror attack in 2015, as well as over 60 injured victims in legal action against TUI UK Ltd.
  • Represented 16 clients, being families that lost their loved ones, against The Boeing Company in the USA following the crash of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft operated by Ethiopian Airlines.
  • Acting for a Dutch foundation representing over 100k claimants against Trafigura Beheer B.V and Trafigura Limited for PI and consequential losses sustained as a result of their dumping of toxic waste in 2006.

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell has long held a place as one of the top firms in this arena, with practice head Kristofer Inskip having over two decades of experience in bringing medical negligence actions on behalf of claimants. Lindsay Wise specialises in matters involving serious brain and spinal injuries, while Jennifer Cawthorne is known for her expertise in birth injury cases and claims resulting from the delayed diagnosis of cancer. Margaret Ryan, also a specialist in wrongful birth claims, was promoted to partner in May 2022. At the senior associate level, key names are Dina Lambourne, who has first-hand medical experience having been a cardiac nurse, and oral cancer and cauda equina expert Kevin Saul. Cases of delayed diagnosis are one of the firm’s main areas of strength.

Practice head(s):

Kristofer Inskip

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Understands needs of clients.’

‘They know the best ways of providing appropriate legal advice for the benefit of the client.’

‘The Manchester clinical negligence team at Irwin Mitchell is the stand out department in the North West.’

‘Kristofer Inskip leads the team applying the highest of standards and giving real encouragement. His individual case load is handled with meticulous care.’

‘Irwin Mitchell have a deserved national reputation. The solicitors I work with are dedicated and extremely able, with a well-resourced team behind them.’

‘Jennifer Cawthorne and Kevin Saul: these practitioners are sharp and creative in their litigation, always promoting the client’s interest.’

‘The practitioners have outstanding experience in complex clinical negligence cases. There are fee earners with particular expertise. This means that clients get a solicitor with real experience of dealing with similar cases which is often invaluable in identifying the stand out experts etc.’

‘They have expertise in so many different types of clinical negligence. It is so important that a solicitor has dealt with similar cases.’

Work highlights

  • Represented a claimant in a claim relating to failure/delay in diagnosis of neurosarcoidosis.
  • Acted for a claimant in relation to a delay in diagnosis of a brain tumour, due to negligent reporting of a CT head scan.
  • Succeeded with a claim that involved negligent brain tumour surgery, where healthy tissue was removed instead of the tumour.

Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell‘s international claimant personal injury practice, based in Manchester, is led by Jonathan Betts, an APIL accredited brain injury specialist. Betts is supported by Matthew Brown, an experienced litigator with a strong record in liability and quantum disputes; cross-border serious injury claims specialist Cheryl Palmer-Hughes; and asbestos claims expert Geraldine Coombs. The firm is well known for its military injuries sub-group, key names within which include Amanda Marsh and Carol PurangMatthew Garson and Richard Biggs were both promoted to partner in May 2022 and 2023, respectively.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Betts

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘From an expert witness point of view, the firm is one of the best I work with in explaining exactly what they need from me and then giving me the tools in term of the background medical data and support in providing robust, CPR complaint reports.’

‘Carol Purang at Irwin Mitchell Manchester has a deep understanding of the issues surrounding noise and military induced hearing loss and of the impact that damage has on individuals. She is empathetic and leads a strong team well.’

‘Simply from start to finish everything was perfect and professional in every way.’

‘My dealings with the team leave me in no doubt that they have the claimants’ best interests at heart and as such their pastoral care is excellent.’ 

‘The team support the local charities relating to asbestos and in particular mesothelioma and last year all of them were involved in raising money for good causes. I was happy to support them as it means that the firm is not just about the business of personal injury but also has a vested interest in its clients stretching beyond the claim and helping to support others.’

‘Whilst each individual has unique qualities and abilities, collectively their main strength is their teamwork which is impressive and at a level I would describe as being outstanding.They all share and practice the company’s core values.’

‘Irwin Mitchell continue to be the dominant force in personal injury litigation as the pre-eminent firm with strength and depth. This applies more generally in the personal injury space but also in narrower specialised areas such as foreign accident/travel claims.’

‘I have longstanding experience of working with the military personal injury team and they have an in-depth specialism in this niche area of the law. They have excellent client care, particularly in relation to psychologically injury military personnel, and consistently achieve beneficial results.’

Private client > Family Tier 1

‘Consistently one of the best fits for family law on the Northern Circuit’, Irwin Mitchell possesses a client roster of high-profile domestic and international clients who turn to the team for assistance in divorce, financial remedy, and private children work. While wielding strong alternative dispute resolution expertise, the firm boasts an impressive track record in litigation, routinely representing clients in the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. ‘The team continue to thrive‘ under the leadership of Ros Bever, a leading individual in the market who provides trusted counsel to individuals regarding complex trusts, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, and proceedings involving cross-border assets. Nathaniel Groarke remains a go-to practitioner for businesspeople and entrepreneurs looking for wealth management guidance, as well as providing advice to an extensive list of international clients. Emma Benson, who joined from JMW Solicitors LLP in May 2022, has brought ‘technical expertise and judgement’ concerning complicated Court of Protection cases and cross-border family matters. Phillip Rhodes joined the practice in 2024.

Practice head(s):

Ros Bever; Nathaniel Groarke

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The family team are at the top of the market in Manchester in relation to high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth cases and have the expertise to deal with unusual or unique aspects of any case. The team are extremely personable and dependable.’

‘Emma Benson is exceptionally hard working and trustworthy. Through the mutual clients we have, I have witnessed her technical expertise and judgement in complex high-net-worth finance cases and she truly understands the needs of her clients. She has built very strong relationships with her clients, building their confidence and trust in her. I would definitely refer business to her and the wider Irwin Mitchell family team as I know I can rely on her to provide an outstanding client service and outcome.’

‘The team have a national profile and have a brilliant reputation. Although the team in Manchester is relatively small, it stands out for having exceptional individuals who are able to work collaboratively with the national team.’

‘The team at IM benefits from working nationally which allows members of the team to draw upon a very broad range of experience and expertise. Unlike most other firms, IM benefits from having taken a number of significant cases to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court. This litigation experience is invaluable.’

‘Irwin Mitchell is consistently one of the best fits for family law on the Northern Circuit. Always ahead of the game, investing in internal and external individuals as well as holding their clients’ interests at the forefront of all their decision making. Clients naturally feel very supported when using Irwin Mitchell. A family law firm with exceptional corporate structure and business aptitude.’

‘My feedback wouldn’t be complete without due recognition of Ros Bever – the team continue to thrive under her natural and effective leadership. Ros leads from the heart – super passionate about family law but a big believer in people and her team. She is a natural role model and you see the values and cultures cascade down to the team as a result of her behaviours. I have really enjoyed the ‘team’ working culture – not many firms encourage this but the client truly benefits from this approach.’

Key clients

Julia Goddard-Watts

Work highlights

  • Advised ex-wife of Screwfix millionaire in appeal proceedings raising a fundamental point of principle: Namely, if a party that has obtained an order, or two, through fraud be entitled to benefit from their fraud.

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell developed a stellar reputation supporting claimants in complex and high-value serious personal injury and clinical negligence claims. While regional head Francesca Mayes continues to lead the personal and serious injury teams in Newcastle, Sarah Coles handles the clinical negligence team together with new partner Samuel Hill who was promoted in May 2022 and has particular expertise in high value Cerebral Palsy claims alongside group action work. The medical negligence team is well-placed to support its clients’ birth injury claims and Article 2 inquest cases. Work place injuries are dealt with by regional lead Ian Toft, supported by senior associate Emma Bell. Newly promoted partner Laura Mcilduff specialises in adult and paediatric cases involving life changing injuries including brain, spinal cord and amputation injuries. Kate Nicklin joined the practice from Slater and Gordon in mid-2024, and Justina Molloy moved to the firm's Newcastle office from it's Cambridge base.

Practice head(s):

Francesca Mayes; Sarah Coles; Samuel Hill; Ian Toft

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Samuel Hill has been a constant member of the team who has steered us moving forward to what we hope a successful outcome. He consistently gives his time helping my son understanding issues owing to him having a brain injury and complex orthopaedic surgery. Sam managed to get my son a Court of Protection order to help the family budgeting and expenses We have also been assisted completing complicated benefit forms to claim sickness entitlements for my son’.

‘The standout partner is Fran Mayes. I have been working with her for at least 15 years. She is hugely experienced and knows exactly how to approach a claim. She is very good at dealing with difficult defendants. She is empathetic with her clients. Understands their problems and ensures that their needs are met.’

‘Ian Toft, Helen Jones and Emma Bell combine a wealth of experience with enthusiasm and efficiency in pursuing claims for asbestos induced diseases. Their clients, who mostly have life threatening diseases, are handled sympathetically and are generally very satisfied with the service they receive.’

‘The Irwin Mitchell teams have been, and continue to be, exceptional in every dealing I have had with them over the past 16 years. The individuals to whom I would give special mention are Fran Mayes, Jane Pyrah and Rebecca Maddock from the personal Injury Team. They are dynamic lawyers who are beyond capable, straight talking, approachable, dependable and who ensure they develop quality human relationships with their clients’.

‘The Teams are dedicated to providing the very best outcomes for their clients in word and in practice. They provide support for their clients above and beyond what one could reasonably expect. They are undoubtedly a ‘people firm’, caring equally for their staff as well as clients. The specialist knowledge displayed by individuals is impressive and evident in every team. I can say that the majority of our beneficiaries with a legal claim have been represented and supported by Irwin Mitchell and what I have personally observed over the past 13 of leading the Charity is total satisfaction and praise, especially for Fran Mayes and Jane Pyrah.’

‘Irwin Mitchell Newcastle provide a one stop service for those who have suffered serious personal injury. They have expertise in all fields and a strong focus on rehabilitation. I have acted in several cases involving those with severe brain injury for IM Newcastle. They have managed to maximise each clients claim and turn their lives around. IM has the great advantage of being one of the largest providers of PI for claimants in the country. This gives them a level of expertise that is often not found in other firms.’

‘Sarah Coles, our main contact is always extremely professional, friendly, supportive, and patient in her approach.’

‘The team at Irwin Mitchell are not only very knowledgeable and experienced but they are all extremely client-centred. They strive to support rehabilitation to ensure that the client makes the best possible recovery in addition to accessing the finance that will support them for the rest of their life. They have a good working relationship with all the relevant providers who their clients can access selectively based on their specific needs.’

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell's clinical negligence offering in the South East is led by Southampton head Justine Spencer, who specialises in highly complex obstetric and neonatal neurological injuries, working alongside Bristol practice head Julie Lewis, who focuses her practice on birth, neonatal and other brain injury claims. Senior associate Rebecca Brown handles the full suite of medical negligence issues, including spinal injury, general surgical negligence, sepsis, amputations and oncology. Obstetric cases leading to cerebral palsy is a core focus of fellow senior associate Kate Easy.

Practice head(s):

Justine Spencer; Julie Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Our experience with Irwin Mitchell’s team, led by Rebecca Brown, was extremely positive. We, as clients, were a family with a personal injury that impacted our daughter. Rebecca was the key strength in our case. Rebecca’s team understood our case, and she was very organised, and always on time with notifications, reminders and appointments. We always felt that we had enough time to review and comment on the documents, and that we were well taken care of.’

‘Rebecca Brown was my lead lawyer. She was excellent in both her professional ability but also her personality/client interface skills.’

‘Irwin Mitchell continually demonstrates a highly impressive level of competency. Everyone in Irwin Mitchell treats you with the utmost respect and dignity.’

‘Justine Spencer has an extreme level of expertise and sophistication. She effortlessly adjusts her explanations as appropriate to make you feel very heard, understood and in control.

‘Kate Easy is very professional and compassionate, which makes a vast difference when talking about such personal matters.’

‘Rebecca Brown is a particularly outstanding senior associate who does a brilliant job in difficult and complex cases .’

‘Rebecca Brown is an outstanding lawyer. Clever, hard working and fearless. Really goes the extra mile for her clients. A brilliant person to have in your corner.’

‘Justine Spencer sets the tone for the team. She is an excellent solicitor and is totally committed to her clients. She is intelligent, enthusiastic and able. Despite her responsibilities as head of the team, she has a large and loyal client following.’

Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell remains a market leader for high-complexity and critical seriousness personal injury cases, receiving praise as a an ‘entirely efficient and knowledgeable team’. Guy Darlaston leads the personal injury team and is known for his practice which handles complex mesothelioma claims. Regional head of serious injury Claire Howard  primarily represents clients who have suffered life-altering injuries. Nicola Maier  is the firm’s regional head of industrial disease and is a go-to name for all issues associated with diagnosis of an asbestos related disease. Andrew Buckham  is another important port of call for military injury claims.

Practice head(s):

Guy Darlaston; Claire Howard; Andrew Buckham; Nicola Maier

Other key lawyers:

Ruth Johnson; Lauren Haas

Testimonials

‘Irwin Mitchell continually demonstrates a highly impressive level of competency. Everyone in Irwin Mitchell treats you with the utmost respect and dignity.’

‘The team in Southampton has an extraordinary depth of expertise in asbestos claims.’

‘Nicola Maier is superb. She is a sharp intellect with an eye for detail, definitely someone you want on your team.

‘The team has a strong supportive approach. An excellent and highly personal service. Without exception, those with whom I have regular contact have outstanding people skills and are very conscientiousness.’

‘Ruth Johnson clearly has her clients’ best interests at heart.’

‘The lawyer that handled my claim was Guy Darlaston. He was extremely knowledgeable and professional at all times. He explained in detail each aspect of the claim throughout. His expertise with my type of claim was truly outstanding and he showed so much care and compassion from beginning to end.’

‘Discuss matters in an easy to understand manner for those with no legal knowledge’

‘Guy Darlaston was calm, understanding and took time to explain every step.’

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell routinely assists commercial, institutional, and private clients operating in the rural sector. Leeds-based James Laycock co-leads the team alongside James Pavey who splits his time between Gatwick and London and is adept in property transactions. Charlotte West -Withers is located in Gatwick and is seasoned in easement, first registrations and lender refinance work in addition to agricultural tenancies and residential occupations.

Practice head(s):

James Pavey; James Laycock

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte West-Withers; Nicola Gooch, Naomi Neville

Testimonials

‘The team has the support of the larger firm for specific specialist transactions.’

‘Charlotte West-Withers has been great with all of my transactions this year. She gets the best results for me as the client.’

‘Charlotte West-Withers has made every effort to learn our complex family dynamic, she gets things done and is great to work with.’

Key clients

Darwall v Dartmoor National Park Authority

Millwall FC

Andrew Sellick

Smith

Work highlights

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell assists clients with an array of contentious matters including professional negligence claims pertaining to defective trust instruments and wills. Paula James in Chichester is adept in trust and probate disputes with a multijurisdictional element, while Candy Stockton handles the day-to-day affairs of the teams newly founded Gatwick office. Samantha Ewing and Stephen Ireland are based in Chichester, the former often handles matters under the under the Inheritance Act, while the latter has been described as ‘highly knowledgeable.’

Practice head(s):

Paula James; Stephen Ireland; Candy Stockton

Other key lawyers:

Samantha Ewing; Margaret Windram

Testimonials

‘The team have wonderful interpersonal skills and keep me feeling like their most important client.’

‘The team’s expertise is evident in the way it prepares for mediations.’

‘IM is a national firm but has a local presence, giving practical advice backed by depth of knowledge and experience’.

‘I work with Candy Stockton who is approachable, kind and has a wealth of professional information and advice.’

‘Stephen Ireland is highly knowledgeable and has an excellent rapport with clients.’

‘Stephen Ireland brings a very experienced, balanced and commercially focused approach to cases. He is particularly pro-active when it comes to gathering evidence at an early stage, and always has the client’s wider interests to heart.’

‘Paula James and Samantha Ewing are technically very competent, pragmatic, and a pleasure to work with.’

Work highlights

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

The ‘brilliant’ lifetime and estate planning team at Irwin Mitchell offers advice to clients in the business wealth, rural business and private wealth spaces on all elements of tax, trusts and estate planning, including financial administration for individuals that lack capacity and Court of Protection work. Offering two trust companies and its in-house service, Irwin Mitchell Asset Management Limited, the team in Gatwick is led by the ‘fantastic’ and ‘exceptionally good’ Caroline Shelton, who acts for business owners as well as professional sportsmen and landowners with complex assets, wealth preservation issues and succession planning needs. Leading the Chichester office is Naomi Neville, who focuses on instructions from high-net-worth clients and handles probate and estate administration work for those with urban and rural businesses. Also co-heading the team is the national director of legal services for private clients Paula Myers, and national head Paula James. Rose Macfarlane is ‘a standout’ lawyer with a niche practice in non-contentious court applications for trustees.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Shelton; Naomi Neville; Paula James; Paula Myers

Other key lawyers:

Rose Macfarlane; Lucy Samy

Testimonials

‘Clear, concise, readily understandable advice is delivered promptly and efficiently by the team. Caroline Shelton is exceptionally good in terms of both expertise and responsiveness. She is a real pleasure to work with.’

‘The team is extremely hands on and responsive. They take pride in their work and in their dealings with clients. They are extremely savvy too. Lucy Samy is very dependable and easy to work with. She is extremely knowledgeable. Her response time is superb. She is a steady pair of hands and is very reassuring in her demeanour and manner of dealing. She goes out of the way to ensure the client’s needs are attended to.’

‘A brilliant team who really think about their clients and their circumstances. The team offers great technical flair for spotting opportunities that others would miss.’

‘Caroline Shelton is a fantastic asset to the team. She is responsive, client focused, and technically brilliant. She is one of my favourite people to work with across the industry.’

‘The team offers a wide range of services over a number of locations and good knowledge of the law and its implications.’

‘I have found the team to be incredibly responsive and knowledgeable in the field of UK tax. In addition, they are excellent with the underlying clients, able to explain complex tax points in an easily digestible manner, sensitive to an individual’s particular needs. They are now one of my go-to UK firms for tax advice.’

‘Rose Macfarlane is excellent and someone I rate both for her client manner as well as the exceptional quality of her advice. Truly a standout member of an excellent practice.’

Work highlights

  • Advised funeral plan policy trustees on steps needed, including the creation of new trusts, to achieve compliance of trust deeds and fund management in line with new FCA regulations.
  • Advising a family rural business and individual farmers on minimising their corporate and personal exposure to inheritance tax, through company restructuring, updates to business plans, improved will structures aligned with corporate documentation, and careful consideration of protective trust and corporate structure for the next generation.
  • Advising a husband with significant wealth, who is in a long-term second marriage to his wife with very limited wealth, in reframing his testamentary wishes to limit disputes and ensure that on his earlier death, his intention to pass all wealth to his own children is achieved.

Real estate > Environment and planning Tier 1

Assisting clients out of its regional centres in the South, the Midlands and the North, Irwin Mitchell’s planning and environment group - helmed by Claire Petricca-Riding - has considerable expertise in handling regeneration schemes, section 106 agreements, and strategic land developments. The firm has a particularly strong presence in the education sector, regularly assisting providers with capital projects, and advising landowners on air, water and energy matters. Gatwick-based Nicola Gooch leads the team, providing bespoke strategic planning advice to residential development clients, while James Pavey focuses on contentious planning and statutory inquiry work. Senior associate Sejal Patel is knowledgeable on drafting and negotiating highways and infrastructure agreements.

Practice head(s):

Claire Petricca-Riding

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Gooch; Pamela Chesterman; James Pavey; Tracy Lovejoy; Jill Crawford; Victoria Tague; Sejal Patel

Testimonials

‘Irwin Mitchell has an impressive and growing environment and planning practice. They are a respected industry voice in particular due to their frequent commentary on current issues. They are efficient and helpful and have a wide-ranging practice with local expertise in particular areas.’

‘Nicola Gooch’s knowledge, passion and insight in planning-related matters is unrivalled. She is a pleasure to work with and her understanding of the sector ensures she is able to deliver client objectives.’

‘James Pavey has a broad practice encompassing landowners, developers and campaigners engaged in all types of environmental, planning and property matters. James is able to get to the heart of complex legal issues in order to achieve results. He works tirelessly to deliver them.’

‘Tracy Lovejoy is very astute to the nuances of planning law and is able to cut through to the nub of a matter. I rate Tracy’s judgment very highly.’

‘Exceptional knowledge on their subjects.’

‘They come over as experts in their field.’

Key clients

Millwall Football Club

Chase New Homes Limited

Artisan Saltaire Limited

Chesterfield House Management Limited

Whitley Parish Council

Jaspar Group

Seaward Properties

Berkeley Eastern Counties

The Caravan Club

Welbeck Land

Work highlights

  • Advising Millwall Football Club on its application for a brand new football academy and training ground in West Kingsdown, Sevenoaks.
  • Advising Artisan Saltaire on plans to redevelop the former HMRC offices in Shipley, to create a mixed-use, residential-led, development within the Saltaire World Heritage Site Buffer Zone.
  • Advising Chase New Homes on its residential planning permission, granted directly by the Planning Inspectorate under s62A of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment Tier 1

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell’s multi-disciplinary practice acts for an assortment of significant clients including Olympic federations, rights holders, sports clubs and governing bodies. The team also assists cricketers, footballers, and golfers with endorsement deals, image rights, in addition to personal injury claims. Michael Taylor in Chichester is proficient in tax planning, while Hannah Clipston in Southampton and Tom Barnard in Gatwick are seasoned in contentious commercial matters; the latter is also a non-executive director at The London Football Association.

Practice head(s):

Tom Barnard; Michael Taylor; Hannah Clipston

Other key lawyers:

Ted Powell

Key clients

The Rugby Football Union (RFU)

British Rowing Limited

UK Athletics Limited

Premiership / International rugby player

Special Olympics Great Britain

British Wheelchair Basketball

Millwall Football Club

Work highlights

  • Advised a national governing body on a large policy review focused on improving governance within the community game.
  • Advised a governing body on the termination of a contract with one of its main suppliers.
  • Advised a Championship football club on development of an academy site.

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

The clinical negligence team at Irwin Mitchell, led by Julie Lewis, possesses extensive expertise in a variety of cases including negligent obstetric treatment, delayed cancer diagnosis, and brain and spinal injury claims, and group action litigation. Representing both children and adults who have suffered serious injuries, the practice is active across the firm’s Bristol, Southampton, and Cardiff offices. Obstetric cases are a particular area of expertise for senior associate Kate Easy, while associate Luke Trevorrow acts on behalf of claimants against private and NHS healthcare providers.

Practice head(s):

Julie Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team at Irwin Mitchell deliver exceptional professional medical negligence legal advice and support. Their medical experts are highly motivated and offer a friendly service.’

‘Julie Lewis has been exemplary in her advice and ease of contact when it is needed. She is very reassuring and very approachable which enhances her exceptional professional advice.’

‘Luke Trevorrow is very able, thorough, conscientious, fights hard for his clients, has great client manner.’

‘From the first phone call and for the duration of our case, the team have worked collaboratively to support us.’

‘Julie Lewis has a wealth of knowledge and is an expert in her field.’

‘I have always found the solicitors at IM in Bristol from whom I have received instructions to be very knowledgeable, practical and very approachable. They are really good with clients.’

‘Very good regional office of national firm.’

‘Julie Lewis is very experienced and able.’

Work highlights

  • Acted for a client, achieving settlement in a bowel perforation case.

Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

With a ‘highly professional, realistic, friendly and accessible service’, Irwin Mitchell‘s personal injury department counts serious injury, industrial disease, and cross-border claims among its core pillars of work. James Davies leads the serious injury team and has in-depth experience acting on behalf of adults and children in spinal cord and brain injury matters. The industrial disease group is headed up by Virginia Chalmers, who is qualified in Canada in addition to England and Wales, and is well versed in asbestos-related claims. Catastrophic injury matters form part of Deborah Rose‘s advisory portfolio.

Practice head(s):

James Davies; Virginia Chalmers; Philip Banks

Other key lawyers:

Deborah Rose; Rebecca Buxton; Alexandra Lausen

Testimonials

‘Amazing team – very professional and personable.’

‘I always feel as if I am well informed and that I have a whole team of people working hard for me to get me the best possible outcome for me and my future financial stability.’

‘Irwin Mitchell provided me with a highly professional, realistic, friendly and accessible service.’

‘I work with their asbestos team – highly experienced, they are very good lawyers.’

‘Virginia Chalmers – one of the best in the business, I would trust her with the most high value and complex cases.’

‘Ginny Chalmers is a fantastic lawyer who always goes the extra mile.’

‘Rebecca Buxton is brilliant – very clever and with a strong strategic sense.’

‘Alexandra Lausen – fights the corner for her clients.’

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

The ‘highly professional, outstanding, supportive and caring’ team at Irwin Mitchell is spearheaded by the excellent Luke Daniels . It is praised for its ‘fantastic resources, expert database and case managers’ as well for its ability to ‘achieve fantastic results for its clients’. The team has an abundance of talent with leading names such as Lisa Jordan  and Sara Burns . Emma Rush  and Lindsay Tomlinson  are vastly experienced in all aspects of medical negligence claims. Laura Daly  has considerable expertise in brain injury, oncology and fatal cases. Jenna Harris  has particular strength in adult neurological injuries. Senior associate, Tom Fletcher, is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Luke Daniels

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Jordan; Emma Rush; Sara Burns; Lindsay Tomlinson; Laura Daly; Jenna Harris; Christopher Hurlston; Tom Fletcher

Testimonials

‘Lindsay Tomlinson has supported us with kindness, keeping our son at the forefront and listening to us. They go above and beyond to ensure claimants are listened to, to talk through any worries we may have had and achieve positive outcomes. Lindsay made sure we understood each stage’.

‘Irwin Mitchell are a large, experienced Company and they have been able to devote a great deal of time to our case. It is always possible to contact relevant people and to receive very informative, useful replies in a timely fashion’.

‘Laura Daly -Highly professional. She made the whole drawn out process much less painful. I went through a difficult and painful process but always had this angel that I could count on’.

‘Sara Burns has a natural ability to show empathy and care particularly around sensitive matters. We have always felt reassured and in good hands under the leadership of Sara’.

‘Emma Rush – Words don’t do justice to how good she was. Professional and extremely competent. Her level of empathy with me during a 4 year case following my wife’s life-changing injury, was truly remarkable’. 

‘Emma Rush and Jenna Harris are the outstanding partners. Both get fantastic results, are knowledgeable and take on very difficult cases’.

‘Luke Daniels is head of department. He is highly respected, clever and hard working. Clients love him’.

‘Luke Daniels –  star individual, one of the very top clinical negligence solicitors in the country, extremely experienced and able, great manner with lay clients, fights hard. Christopher Hurlston – associate – very able and competent’.

Work highlights

  • Advised PE following a devastating spinal cord injury. Full admissions received and case progressed to settlement at mediation. Interim payments secured to provide early access to accommodation adaptation, case manager, therapies and aids/equipment. Client also assisted by IM Asset Management team.
  • Recovered £14.5m in damages for SXH who suffered a brain injury due to lack of oxygen at birth.
  • Obtained 1m in damages for the family following the death of CT as a result of a failure to diagnose cervical cancer.

Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

At Irwin Mitchell ‘the prevailing culture is one of high standards of service, commitment to progressing clients' cases and keeping them informed'. Stephen Nye deals with all types of serious injury cases from adult and paediatric brain injury to limb loss, chronic pain and fatal accident claims. Hilary Wetherell  specialises in brain injury, polytrauma and complex high-value fatal accidents and coronial law. Alida Coates  is another key individual who heads the Midlands workplace illness team. Luke Daniels is ‘always on top of the detail of each case’ and spearheads the firm’s abuse practice. Philip Banks heads the international serious injury team. The associates at the firm are also well-regarded.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Nye; Luke Daniels; Alida Coates; Philip Banks

Other key lawyers:

Christopher Hurlston; Tom Fletcher; James Riley; Jatinder Paul; Simon O’Loughlin; Rebecca Hearsey

Testimonials

‘Luke Daniels, the lead partner, is very knowledgeable and approachable. He is actively involved in quality assurance and ensures that staff have the resources, training and support they need to provide the high standards expected. This was particularly evident during lockdown’.

‘Across the range of cases (from the most complex, Supreme Court outings to County Court matters), probably the most important travel law personal injury practice in the country. A team comprising star partners and stars of the future with superb human resource. A justifiably large market share. Superb in every way’.

‘Philip Banks  is an established stellar presence with a calm gravitas that impresses and reassures lay clients and strikes fear in to the heart of opponents. He has seen it all, he has done it all and is as at home before the Supreme Court (and Court of Justice in Luxembourg) as he is in the High Court’.

‘James Riley is a rising star. He has great judgment and an infectious enthusiasm for cross-border personal injury work. A superb young lawyer. Jatinder Paul is also a Supreme Court veteran in cross-border personal injury work. Thorough, conscientious and a dedicated problem-solver’.

‘Simon O’Loughlin is adept at handling some of the most complex travel personal injury cases. The Defendant’s guns may be firing, but Simon keeps marching resolutely towards them. He is loved by his clients. Christopher Hurlston and Tom Fletcher are excellent practitioners. They are responsive and helpful when difficulties arise and have a lovely manner with clients’

‘Philip Banks and Stephen Nye – all know the work backwards and achieve great results for their clients. They are the best serious injury PI firm , by miles , in the Midlands. Irwin Mitchell is, undoubtedly, the premier league player in the West Midlands. Should be the only choice for seriously injured Claimants in that area. The resources and strength in depth is second to none’. 

‘Rebecca Hearsey is the definitive authority on fatal accident claims. Bereaved families would be well advised to look no further than Rebecca. This is a complex area in which many Solicitors have a limited understanding. Rebecca has an encyclopaedic knowledge and an empathetic approach to bereaved families, when they are at their most vulnerable’.

‘Stephen Nye is a rottweiler when fighting for his clients, who are individuals who have suffered the most serious and catastrophic accidents. The Solicitor who you would want in the trenches with you on the most difficult of cases‘.

Private client > Family: Birmingham Tier 1

The ‘simply amazingMark Hands  heads the team at Irwin Mitchell. Hands acts for very wealthy individuals and is often instructed by third  parties who need to intervene in Asian divorce situations. The Birmingham office is praised as ‘one of only a few firms outside of London which is capable of handling the very biggest cases’. Clare Wiseman  is a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers. Zahra Pabani is recommended for her skill at handling ultra-high-net-worth cases, while Sarah Balfour supports many vulnerable and older clients.

Practice head(s):

Mark Hands

Other key lawyers:

Clare Wiseman; Zahra Pabani; Sarah Balfour; Sabrina Powell; Charlotte Clewes; Rachel Baker; Lucy Todd; Tara Smith

Testimonials

‘Very client focussed, depth of experience and extremely personable. Sabrina Powell is a stand out associate. She goes above and beyond for her clients, is proactive on their behalf and always provides high quality advice‘.

Excellent team. Clare Wiseman and Mark Hands are “the go to partners” nurturing and leading Sabrina Powell, Charlotte Clewes, Rachel Baker, Lucy Todd and Tara Smith as future stars’.

‘The Team have dealt with the divorce proceedings in a considered and pragmatic fashion with the emphasis on being non confrontational towards the other party. In particular Mark’s approach has been to minimise petty fringe issues and concentrate on the substantive settlement issues‘.

‘Cohesive team, able to draw upon expertise from other offices, as required. Mark Hands is an exceptional Partner who was always willing and able to listen, encouraged a ‘no-nonsense’ approach to correspondence and engaged in building a good-team to progress the case. Lucy Todd – a detail-oriented, empathic and exceptional lawyer who leaves no stone unturned‘.

‘Great team- responsive with good strength in depth. Clare Wiseman. Exceptionally effective lawyer. Technically strong and very creative. Is able to pull together a responsive team who work well together and make the client feel safe’.

‘Mark Hands – He is the best family law solicitor I have come across. He is incredibly clever and strategic. His knowledge of the law is second to none. He handles cases involving £100s millions and goes toe to toe with the best in London and wins‘.

‘Sarah Balfour is also a first-class partner. Lucy Todd is a quite brilliant child law solicitor’.

‘The family team at IM are such a pleasure to deal with, and I have every confidence in their ability to work as a team and involve other members of their team in other fields if additional advice is required’.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

Paddy Sturman leads the Leeds-based banking and finance team at Irwin Mitchell, and also acts as the national client partner for a number of high-profile names from the banking sector. The team has long-established expertise working for both borrower and lender clients on issues including corporate banking, real estate investment and development, and cross-border finance. Clients benefit from the team’s national reach, and consequent ability to ‘utilise resources across difference offices’.

Practice head(s):

Paddy Sturman

Other key lawyers:

Mark Appleby

Testimonials

‘Great connectivity and everyone knows their role and the transaction inside out.’

‘Paddy Sturman is always available to discuss and is very approachable. Allows the junior members of the team to progress transactions but on hand to ensure a smooth process if issues come up.’

‘We use Irwin Mitchell in Leeds for a significant percentage of our lending activity. We get prompt and accurate quotes, and the team puts a lot of thought into getting scoping and pricing right. There is always transparency on costs and we get excellent value for money.’

‘The team are responsive and always give clear and accurate advice. Transactions are well resourced with the right amount of partner involvement. There is a relationship of trust and we can rely on the team for transactions that are on tight timescales or have a degree of complexity. They are one of the ‘go to’ teams on our panel and compare favourably to other firms.’

‘Paddy Sturman is personable and easy to get on with. He is always calm and measured and we have a high degree of trust in the advice that we are given. We can always rely on Paddy and his team to deliver on their commitments.’

‘The team will utilise resources across different offices depending on the deal.’

Key clients

HSBC UK Bank plc

Santander UK plc

National Westminster Bank Plc

ICG

Gravity Fitness

Lloyds Bank plc

ThinCats

Norddeutsche Landesbank

Hunters Property Group

Praxis

Work highlights

  • Advised National Westminster Bank and HSBC UK Bank on a sterling revolving credit facility of £75m (with a £35m uncommitted accordion) made available to a West Yorkshire-based manufacturer to assist with its growth plans.
  • Advised HSBC UK Bank on a £45m term loan and revolving credit facility to a Jersey-registered SPV company to facilitate its acquisition of a portfolio of over fifty properties in the healthcare sector.
  • Advised ICG on a term loan facility made available to a large national student accommodation business in relation to the refinancing of significant student accommodation schemes.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell‘s ‘excellent’ restructuring and insolvency offering is headed up by Doug Robertson in Leeds and Tom Paton in Sheffield. The Leeds team specialises in acting for banks and other lenders, with particular expertise in LPA/FCR work. In Sheffield, the team assists insolvency practitioners both locally and nationally with corporate restructuring and insolvency assignments. Andrew Walker leads the national practice.

Practice head(s):

Doug Robertson; Tom Paton; Andrew Walker

Other key lawyers:

Byron Massarella; Sophie McKelvey; Philip Middleton;

Testimonials

‘Excellent team with diverse skills in commercial and contentious insolvency litigation. Transparent billing and always available for advice/updates.’

‘Tom Paton and Byron Massarella and their support staff are a formidable team with keen knowledge of insolvency and related legislation and are a pleasure to work with.’

‘The team handles a high volume of excellent quality insolvency work. The work includes complex and challenging multi-party litigation including in relation to the litigation of tax avoidance schemes and cross-border matters.’

‘They are very client focused, delivering commercial outcomes tailored to the interests of clients and offering a range of fee options. The excellent reputation of the team among their peers and sensible commercial approach has also facilitated the swift settlement of claims on excellent terms for the clients.’

‘The team is brilliantly led by the popular and energetic Tom Paton. Tom manages a large caseload with the help of his very able team. Tom is available and on-hand to offer strategic advice based on his wealth of experience.

‘Byron Massarella’s command of the law and procedure is second to none and he works tirelessly for clients on his cases. He gives clear and detailed instructions to counsel and is particularly skilled at the tone of correspondence, including in challenging circumstances such as dealing with defaulting litigants in person.’

Key clients

Interpath

RSM

Mazars

FRP

Begbies Traynor

BDO

Duff and Phelps

Grant Thornton

Evelyn Partners (Smith & Williamson)

Wilson Field

Chamberlain & Co

EY

Bridgewood

PWC

Graywoods

Armstrong Watson

Quantuma

Opus

Manolete Partners plc

HSBC Bank plc/HSBC UK Bank plc

National Westminster Bank plc

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc

Metro Bank plc

SME Invoice Finance Limited

Close Brothers Invoice Finance

Lloyds Bank plc

Shawbrook

Alvarez and Marsal Europe LLP

BHP Corporate Solutions LLP

Asertis

Work highlights

  • Advised the joint administrators of Delicious Alchemy.
  • Advised the directors of a company on duties and actions to be taken in respect of creditors.
  • Represented Manolete Partners in the Edengate litigation.

Private client > Family: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 2

'A dedicated team who have a national presence’, the Leeds office of Irwin Mitchell is led by Helen Revill, who brings expertise regarding complex financial issues for high-net-worth clients, with particular strength regarding pre- and post-nuptial agreements. The team also has access to the firm’s wider national experts, and clients benefit from its full-service offering. Senior associate Scott Halliday is ‘an expert’ regarding LGBT+ family law, an area which in which the firm has notable experience, and is the national head of the firm’s complex children law team.

Practice head(s):

Helen Revill

Other key lawyers:

Scott Halliday; Roopen Kalirai; April Wood

Testimonials

‘Scott Halliday is a fantastic lawyer. He has a great legal brain and is an expert in his field. His cases are at the forefront of family law.’

‘Extremely capable family team which operates at London Magic Circle level whilst delivering that service nationally.’

‘Scott Halliday is at the forefront of all of the cutting-edge cases concerning LGBTQ families. Exceptional knowledge on the rights of LGBTQ parents.’

‘An excellent firm. I have recommended them to others, and they have delivered above and beyond what I expected.’

‘A standout solicitor is Scott Halliday. He’s an intellectual heavyweight who punches above his weight. He is extremely bright and fights hard to achieve the best result for his clients. He is a safe pair of hands. I would have no hesitation in recommending him to potential clients.’

‘Irwin Mitchell Leeds is a dedicated team who have a national presence. They work with dedication, ability, and care to represent all their clients from a broad client base.’

‘Scott Halliday takes no prisoners and really goes the extra mile to fight for his clients and is determined, focused, efficient, capable and persuasive.’

‘Helen Revill has helped many of my clients, and all have given glowing feedback and recommended her onto other friends and family. Having the knowledge and professionalism to be able to advise and help combined with a warm, caring personality make Helen really stand out.’

Work highlights

Public sector > Education Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell’s offering is helmed by highly regarded practitioner Jenny Arrowsmith, whose ‘ability to explain complex issues in an understandable and practical format and relate them to the regional context is invaluable’. Key areas of expertise include commercial matters, charity regulation and governance work, land and property issues, and student complaints. The firm fields a strong contentious practice and regularly acts in judicial reviews and challenges against public bodies. Recently, the team has been building its client roster, consisting of further education colleges and multi-academy trusts.

Practice head(s):

Jenny Arrowsmith

Testimonials

‘Jenny Arrowsmith’s breadth of knowledge, ability to explain complex issues in an understandable and practical format and relate them to the regional context is invaluable.’

‘Jenny Arrowsmith is not only very knowledgeable and skilled, but she is also very passionate about employment/HR/workforce-related issues and this shines through in our discussions and team meetings.’

Key clients

Association of Colleges

New College Durham

Services 4 Schools

Wickersley Partnership Trust

Work highlights

  • Advising an association of higher education facilities on all its matters.
  • Advising a provider of HR and other related needs to schools of all sizes throughout the North and Midlands on an ongoing basis.

Real estate > Commercial property: Sheffield, South Yorkshire Tier 2

The ‘extremely knowledgeable’ commercial property practice at Irwin Mitchell is noted for its portfolio management advice. Corporate clients and property developers regularly instruct the practice to handle the lettings and transactional aspects of property estates. The team also assists with flagship development projects, including major infrastructure and regeneration schemes. The practice is led by Leeds-based contact James Knowles, while the Sheffield office is home to key contacts Martyn Holland, who advises on real estate investments, and Ben Rogers, who is noted for his development expertise. Anastasija Beard is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

James Knowles

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent responses to general and specialist queries.’

‘Irwin Mitchell takes time to understand our organisation and overall direction.’

‘Guy Whitehead is on your side.’

‘They are extremely knowledgeable in their field. Always available to answer queries, big or small. Client portal is very useful. We have a great working relationship. If we need advice from other specialisms, it is always on hand.’

‘Anastasija Beard is an outstanding individual. Highly efficient and knowledgeable in her field.’

Key clients

Al Ain Holding LLC

Arcam Developments Management 1 Limited

Artisan Real Estate

Artium Group Limited

Boston College

Caddick Land

Christeyns (UK) limited

Country Style Foods Ltd

Crescent Developments (York) Limited

Dobbies Garden Centres Limited

EE Ventures Limited

Excel Parking Services Limited

Ferrero UK Limited

Furnival Quay Limited

Fusion Global Management LLP

Gleeson Homes

Gravity Active Entertainment

HSBC Bank PLC

Hartpury University

Henry Boot PLC

Heworth Green Developments Limited

Jaynic Properties Ltd

Jones Lang LaSalle Limited

Keepmoat Homes Limited

Magnum Homes

Manor Oaks Property Limited

Newham Sixth Form College

Newmarket Lane Limited

Pennine Property Partnership

Persimmon Homes Limited

Peveril Securities Limited

Rula Developments Limited

Rula Homes

Sheffield Hallam University

Strata Homes (Yorkshire) Limited

Summit Learning Trust

Suon Group

Swallowfield Homes Limited

The Dyson Group PLC

Thorntons Limited

University of Maryland

Vistry Partnerships (Yorkshire) Limited

Wilton Developments Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Dobbies Garden Centres Limited on the development of its new flagship garden centre in Tewkesbury, which opened its doors in November 2022.
  • Advised Rula Developments Limited on the conditional purchase of Plot 6 and Plot 6a comprising 18 acres of land at the former Hatfield Main colliery (currently known as Unity).
  • Advised Dobbies Garden Centres Limited on a network deal with strategic partner, CVS Group Limited, one of the largest integrated veterinary service providers in the UK.

Employment > Employees/unions Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell‘s employment and professional discipline team is well placed to advise on complex discrimination and whistleblowing claims, pay and bonus disputes, and restrictive covenants and post-termination restrictions. Clients include senior executives, employees and unions. Additionally, the team is well known for advising senior executives from the medical, banking and legal services sectors. Team head Shah Qureshi is equipped to handle contentious and non-contentious matters and is described as ‘a force of nature in the field of discrimination claims.’  Deborah Casale is well placed to advise on whistleblowing and equal pay issues, while acting for employees in relation to professional and regulatory and disciplinary proceedings stands out as a recent area of activity for Danielle Parsons. Shazia Shah is a further key contact.

Practice head(s):

Shah Qureshi

Testimonials

‘Great team, they get to the heart of the matter quickly and listen to the client’s instructions. You feel they are on your side and that they care about your case and you as a person’

‘Shah Qureshi is a force of nature in the field of discrimination claims. He gets to grips with the core of the matter with ease.’

‘Irwin Mitchell is a small but powerhouse team.’

‘Deborah Casale has carved an enviable niche in financial services work.’

Key clients

Over 30 forensic medical examiners

Royal College of Nursing

Work highlights

  • Issued claims in the employment tribunal  against Hampshire County Council and Ors for associative disability discrimination, whistleblowing detriment and constructive unfair dismissal.
  • Representing a group of over 30 forensic medical examiners in a group action against the Metropolitan Police Service to determine worker status and associated rights and benefits.
  • Instructed by the Royal College of Nursing to carry out an investigation into the actions of their currently suspended Chair of their Council David Dawes.

Public sector > Civil liberties and human rights Tier 2

An excellent team with real strength in depth’, Irwin Mitchell offers nationally recognised expertise in human rights, inquests and discrimination law, with crossover expertise in health and social welfare work and data protection law. Practice head Yogi Amin has over two decades of experience in the field, having previously handled successful cases before the Supreme Court, while Angela Jackman KC regularly represents major charities and NGOs.Fiona McGhie, who was promoted to partner in May 2023, is well versed in bringing claims under the Human Rights Act.

Practice head(s):

Yogi Amin

Other key lawyers:

Fiona McGhie; Juliet Spender; Angela Jackman KC; Andrew Arthur

Testimonials

‘Excellent team with real strength in depth.’

‘Strong commitment to clients and excellent legal skills, routinely obtain results for vulnerable clients.’

‘Juliet Spender is empathetic with sound judgement; excellent negotiator and litigtator.’

‘Irwin Mitchell have a great reputation in this area.’

‘The team’s commitment to obtaining the best result for their client is second to none. They have a collaborative style of working which is attractive and efficient.’

‘The team has a real strength of experience across the field and are fearless in pushing their cases forward.’

Key clients

HD and Others v Chief Constable of Wiltshire Police

Dr Robert Abrahart

Lesley Davison

Trevor Pilgrim

Lee Guy and others

Family of Sali Byberi

Work highlights

  • Acted for Dr Robert Abrahart in a successful civil action for disability discrimination against the University of Bristol arising from the suicide of his daughter, Natasha Abrahart.
  • Acted for four victims of child abuse arising out of police failings in an earlier investigation into the perpetrator.
  • Acted for a vulnerable adult in a claim for unlawful deprivation of liberty, which settled for £355,000.

Employment > Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell’s Gatwick-based employment practice regularly advises on litigation, IR35 issues and restrictive covenants across a range of sectors including the financial services and retail industries. The firm has recently expanded its work with a number of new clients in the education sector, offering advice on industrial relations as well as holiday pay and entitlement matters. The team is headed by English and German dual-qualified lawyer Sybille Steiner, who splits her time between London, Gatwick and Southampton and has experience advising UK-based and international businesses in the manufacturing and retail sectors. Charlotte Sloan joined Birketts LLP in June 2023.

Practice head(s):

Sybille Steiner

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Irvine

Testimonials

‘The team make themselves available at short notice, are approachable and professional. They provide advice which is understandable and provide commercial options to support with decision making.’

Key clients

Softcat PLC

HE Space Operations B.V.

Bedford College

Weymouth College

Chichester College Group

Eastleigh College

Reigate Leaning Alliance

Buckinghamshire College Group

Gatwick Airport Ltd

Association of Colleges

Bridgwater and Taunton College

Work highlights

  • Advising Gatwick Airport Ltd as the sole legal provider of employment law services on a range of employment matters.
  • Acting as the sole legal provider of employment law support to the Association of Colleges and providing a dedicated advisory service to over 300 AoC member colleges across the UK.
  • Advising HE Space on a range of employment law matters.

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

The ‘thoroughly meticulous‘ group at Irwin Mitchell displays ‘excellent strength in depth‘ when assisting asset-based lenders and clearing banks with investigations, actions brought by liquidators, and risk management issues. Andrew Walker leads the Gatwick-based practice with his broad experience in advising turnaround professionals and private equity funds.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Walker

Testimonials

‘Practical and hands on team with access to a wide range of expertise.’

‘Andrew Walker and his team have a wide base of insolvency expertise.’

‘Extremely professional high end firm.’

‘Thoroughly meticulous workforce.’

‘Strong team providing pragmatic, good value advice. Excellent strength in depth.’

Key clients

Interpath

PKF Smith Cooper

Azets

Coutts Finance Co

Cynergy Bank Ltd (Bank of Cyprus)

HSBC UK Bank PLC

Lloyds Bank PLC

National Westminster Bank PLC

RSM

Begbies Traynor

Mazars

FRP

BDO

Kreston Reeves

Menzies

Quantuma

Grant Thornton

Close Brothers Invoice Finance

Evelyn Partners

Work highlights

  • Advised on the use of the restructuring plan process to secure the future of an SME business in distress, in relation to short-term holiday lettings and property management business Houst Limited.
  • Advised Mazars on title and alleged validity of security interests and the impact that they may have on the sale of the respective properties.
  • Advised the directors of a Leeds Brewery on their duties in respect of creditors.

Private client > Family: Hampshire Tier 2

The much lauded practitioners comprising Irwin Mitchell’s family department are instructed by entrepreneurs, highly skilled professionals, and CEOs to handle the whole spectrum of family law matters. The team has recently introduced two new service lines- mediation and counselling- and continues to be noted for its strong links to the sports and media world. Hayley Trim heads up the team, splitting her time between Southampton and Chichester, and bringing extensive expertise on nuptial agreements and intergenerational wealth planning to the department. Associate Jelena Korobkova focuses on complex financial matters, while Hannah Braisted assists clients with care arrangements for children. Eugenie Taylor deals with offshore trust structures. Claire Wiseman strengthened the team on the ground with her arrival from the Birmingham office in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

Hayley Trim

Testimonials

‘Eugenie Taylor – dedicated, focused and efficient.’

‘Hannah Braisted delivers excellent client service.’

‘Eugenie Taylor is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Jelena Korobkova is a credit to the practice.’

‘After many changes of solicitor I have been given the best solicitor to deal with my long, drawn-out divorce: Jelena Korobkova. Jelena is the most genuine person and really seems to care. I have been kept informed at each step and that is greatly appreciated. If she says she will follow something up she will.’

‘The team at Irwin Mitchell strive to provide their best for their clients. They work collaboratively as a team and ensure that counsel has all the relevant information.’

‘Claire Wiseman, formerly a heavyweight in the Midlands, has recently moved to the team adding to their international experience and capabilities.’

‘Hayley Trim is a superb technical lawyer with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law, and knows how to deploy it to maximise her clients’ prospects of success.’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Hampshire Tier 2

Co-headed by Naomi Neville and Paula James, the Irwin Mitchell lifetime and estate planning department has considerable expertise in dealing with international tax issues, drafting complex wills, and handling estate disputes. Splitting her time between Southampton and Chichester, Neville regularly assists companies with their succession planning, while Chichester-based senior associate Laura Colville specialises in powers of attorney and probate matters. Amy Comins supports elderly and vulnerable individuals with property and financial affairs, and Emily Wentworth focuses on legal and beneficial co-ownership issues. Associate Nicola Hawkins is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Naomi Neville; Paula James; Paula Myers

Other key lawyers:

Darran Fawcett; Laura Colville; Amy Comins; Tanya Wadeson; Emily Wentworth; Nicola Hawkins

Testimonials

‘From both the team and the individuals we have felt a human touch to their work. Our work is in the charity sector, so this makes it particularly important for us.’

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

Sarah Phillips leads the Thames Valley private client offering at Irwin Mitchell and, as the point of contact for all things related to inter-generational wealth, has a robust track record for representing high-net-worth individuals, alongside business and C-suite executives. ‘Brilliant legal mind’ Stewart Stretton-Hill  focuses on advising high net-worth individuals on legal, tax and practical issues in diminished mental capacity cases – he is the firm’s national lead for Later Life and chairs the elderly and vulnerable client technical committee. Sarah Paton advises on complex wills, trusts and wealth protection matters.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Phillips

Other key lawyers:

Stewart Stretton-Hill; Sarah Paton; Alistair Robertson-Gopffarth

Testimonials

‘Everyone from the team with whom I have had contact, and who has worked on my behalf has been friendly, positive, encouraging and efficient.’

‘Sarah Phillips and her team have a breadth of knowledge and a well-resourced team. They are approachable, knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with delivering the best outcomes for our clients.’

‘Sarah Phillips and Stewart Stretton-Hill are not only lovely people but very much at the top of their game and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Excellent legal knowledge particularly of complex legal issues.’

‘Stewart Stretton-Hill has a brilliant legal mind combined with a rare compassion and understanding for his clients and of their wider welfare requirements.’

Work highlights

Real estate > Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell offers advice on development projects and commercial real estate matters, with its Chichester and Gatwick offices contributing to the commercial property department, which provides ‘professionalism and attention to detail’. The team regularly acts for M&A clients, developers and landowners on strategic land and corporate transactions and regeneration work. Specialising in property work in the retirement living, care home and education sectors is practice head Guy Sackett, who often acts for property development and investment companies as well as niche student accommodation developers on their asset portfolios. Sam Knight rejoined the firm in July 2022 and added expertise in environmental schemes involving nitrate neutrality and bio-diversity net gain matters. Tina Webster leads on corporate relocations and land promotions, while the ‘invaluable’ Hannah Nix leads on general transactional and asset management work.

Practice head(s):

Guy Sackett

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The professionalism and attention to detail. Doing what is needed on time. Their knowledge base is exceptional, and they can be trusted to ensure no delays occur.’

‘Having someone I can rely on like Hannah Nix is invaluable to my business. It means I can concentrate on other aspects of the deal. Hannah provides regular updates and is proactive and highly professional.’

Key clients

Artisan Real Estate Investors

Infrastructure Investments Limited

Legacy Habitat Banks Ltd

Hendy Group

Balfe’s Bikes Limited

Welbeck Strategic Land Limited

Shellwin Limited

Landlink Estates Limited

Option Two Developments Limited

Berkeley Strategic Land Limited

Elivia Homes (Southern) Limited

Seaward Properties Limited

Store Property Investments Limited

Chichester College Group

Greater Brighton Metropolitan College

Langtons Farm Partnership LLP

Dorrington Estates PLC

South Essex College

Junnell Homes Limited

Wooldridge Developments Limited

Landacre Developments Limited

Saabon Limited

Coolground Properties Limited

Shopland Gray Developments Limited

Hanbury Properties Limited

JH & FW Green Limited / Covers

Thesis Asset Management Limited

HTH Harrogate LLP

EC1 Residences Limited

XP Factory PLC (formerly Escape Hunt PLC)

Social Income LLP

Roffey Homes Limited

The Caravan Club Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for a group of landowners in West Sussex regarding land which is a mix of brownfield and agricultural land and is the subject of a proposed 1,500 residential unit scheme.
  • Acting for Welbeck, a land promoter, on the promotion and development plan for a large residential development site in East Grinstead for 550 residential units and a care village of 142 units.
  • Acting on the corporate share sale of KEW (Electrical Distributors) Limited which involved legal due diligence in respect of 28 sites and advice on property specific clauses and warranties in the share purchase agreement.

Real estate > Construction Tier 2

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 2

Private client > Family Tier 2

Praised for its ability to draw on the firm’s broader, national resources, Irwin Mitchell‘s ‘highly skilled family team’ regularly handles Court of Protection work and complex financial remedies for various wealthy individuals. Erin Sawyer leads the TOLATA team at the firm, where she acts primarily in property disputes for unmarried couples. Former practice head Nicola Walker has now retired.

Other key lawyers:

Erin Sawyer; Lizzie Smith; Jennifer Pollock; Connie Smith; Taler Kelly; Zoe Livadeas

Testimonials

‘Taler Kelly’s work ethic is astonishing. She has a real eye for detail especially with drafting.’

‘Irwin Mitchell have a highly successful family law team and are well known across all legal sectors. They deliver a first -class service for their clients.’

‘Jen Pollock is an exceptional solicitor, she is on top of all the issues, incredibly prepared and works hard for her clients.’

‘Highly skilled family team within a large multidisciplinary national firm. Stands out for the wraparound service given to clients – lot of strength and depth within the team and all the support you would expect from a large national firm.’

‘Connie Smith is methodical, analytical and provides clear and empathetic advice to her clients.’

‘Lizzie is efficient and resilient. She is well supported by younger team members.’

Work highlights

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Kamal Majevadia leads a ‘friendly sympathetic and professional’ team at Irwin Mitchell. Majevadia is skilled at handling high-value and complex disputes in multiple jurisdictions and is a full member of ACTAPS. In addition, he has particular expertise in dealing with estates that have company assets, family businesses or involve a partnership. The group acts for a broad range of UK and international clients including entrepreneurs, business people, farmers, trustees and individuals. At associate level, Michelle Chapman is well-regarded.

Practice head(s):

Kamal Majevadia

Other key lawyers:

Michelle Chapman; Marie Newton; Sabrina Morey

Testimonials

‘Kamal Majevadia is making waves as the new head of the team. He is wonderful with clients, excellent at mediations and seems to manage and motivate the team really well’.

‘Very responsive to customers circumstances. Michelle Chapman. Outstanding service. Grasped a very difficult case that had been poorly handled by a different firm. Obtained a result beyond the family’s hopes’.

‘The team were very pro-active and accessible to make a very complex case (with multiple parties) understandable. Michelle took ownership of all aspects of the case and gained our trust through not dropping any balls and always delivering on her commitments.’

‘Marie Newton has been extremely helpful and her communication and advice with myself has been excellent’.

‘Michelle Chapman is approachable but has strong legal knowledge and easily guides you through. Friendly, approachable and gets the job done’.

‘This is an amazingly well resourced team from top to bottom the lawyers are strong, experienced and well respected’.

Michelle Chapman is a very clever and experienced lawyer, with great instincts. She is warm and friendly, but really gets the job done‘.

‘Marie Newton is one of the most natural and effortlessly fantastic lawyers I have met. She builds wonderful rapport with people, but takes no nonsense. You can’t help but respect Marie’.

Crime, fraud and licensing > General crime and fraud Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell‘s regulatory and criminal investigations team is led by Jason Newall, who works across the firm’s Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester offices. The group's workload includes high-profile financial crime and fraud cases, alongside a core roster of serious and organised crime matters.

Practice head(s):

Jason Newall

Other key lawyers:

Kathryn Pitters

Testimonials

‘The team are always a pleasure to work with, they are very well briefed and always deliver a quality product.’

‘We work with Jason Newall who has a great knowledge of his area and a real passion for what he does.’

‘A polished, friendly and skilled team of solicitors, more than justifying their enviable position within the ecosystem of private white-collar criminal and regulatory firms.’

‘Jason Newall is all understated polish and unflappable charm, a steady hand on the tiller and a pleasure to be instructed by. It is always a pleasure to be briefed by Kathryn Pitters, who combines a steely-eyed realism with down-to-earth legal nous and easy charisma.’

‘The team are hardworking, efficient and very approachable. They have very good legal knowledge and are very pro-active in the preparation of cases.’

‘I would like to mention Jason Newall, who I am very impressed with. He is bright, hardworking and always prepares his cases extremely well. I am impressed by his calm approach to cases and his efficiency in dealing with issues that arise.’

‘The team are very responsive and well prepared. They are all very pleasant to deal with.’

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Sheffield, South Yorkshire Tier 3

Employment > Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell has impressive capabilities across both advisory work and in defending Employment Tribunal cases, possessing specialist knowledge of the education, financial services, manufacturing, retail and consumer, technology, and private wealth sectors. The practice has also grown with the promotion of Padma Tadi-Booth to partner in May 2022, and she has a focus on specialist status issues, as well as an increased amount of work in major settlements and industrial relation mandates. Glenn Hayes heads the team in Leeds with a specialisation in restrictive covenants and all matters relating to senior level employees. He works alongside Jenny Arrowsmith, who leads in the practice’s noteworthy education sector work.

Practice head(s):

Glenn Hayes

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

We feel that the team at Irwin Mitchell keep us safe. Always on hand to answer a general query and there to guide us through some of the trickier elements that arise in education.’

‘Our main contact is an employment specialist, but we know that any query sent will be passed on to colleagues in the relevant field.’

Jenny Arrowsmith is personable, helpful and professional. She understands the challenges that are faced in the education sector and we do not need to explain too much as she has normally come across a similar issue before.

‘Glenn Hayes’ team give sound and timely advice, always remaining professional and are just an extension of our HR team.’

Key clients

Amino Communications plc

Association of Colleges

Begbies Traynor Plc

Capita PLC

Cash Converters

Costa Coffee

DAS

ERS Medical

Floorbrite Group

Firesprite Gaming

Headway Group

Henry Boot PLC

Maher Limited

MJ Gleeson plc

New College Durham

Newson Health Limited

North Huddersfield Trust School

Overgate Hospice

Premex Services Limited

Pure Gym

Westfield Health

Work highlights

  • Advised a large number of Colleges on the impact of the Harpur Trust and Brazel holiday pay case for term-time workers.
  • Advised Capita plc on a £6m ten day Employment Tribunal claim for whistleblowing and race discrimination.
  • Advised a senior executive in the Formula 1 business and negotiated a six figure settlement to leave employment and a waiver of his restrictive covenants.

Employment > Employment: Sheffield and South Yorkshire Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell's Sheffield office is co-headed by Kelly Gibson, who acts for a number of major clients and provides employment support for the corporate team. Associate and co-head Sara Ellison has done a substantial amount of work in the charities sector, particularly in relation to HR and Employment Tribunal advice. Associate Holly Butterworth also assists in managing the practice, employing her previous experience as in-house HR for a range of businesses.

Practice head(s):

Kelly Gibson; Sara Ellison

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Our key contact is always available, responds quickly, and in her absence has colleagues who take over the baton.’

‘Responses are thorough, well worked out, and very helpful, and we can apply them instantly to whatever legal question we need to answer.’

‘The personal approach means we genuinely feel our queries are dealt with and the advice is highly personalised rather than providing generic feedback, something which we feel is wonderful.’

‘Kelly Gibson shows interest in what we do, gives professional and tailored advice, and she makes time to deal with our enquiries.’

Key clients

Amino Communications plc

Association of Colleges

Begbies Traynor Plc

Capita PLC

Cash Converters

Costa Coffee

DAS

ERS Medical

Floorbrite Group

Firesprite Gaming

Headway Group

Henry Boot PLC

Maher Limited

MJ Gleeson plc

New College Durham

Newson Health Limited

North Huddersfield Trust School

Overgate Hospice

Premex Services Limited

Pure Gym

Westfield Health

Work highlights

  • Advised a large number of Colleges on the impact of the Harpur Trust and Brazel holiday pay case for term-time workers.

Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 3

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 3

James Laycock  leads the agricultural offering at Irwin Mitchell across Leeds and Sheffield. The team advises on issues from high-value tax planning advice to land developments, with notable experience regarding nitrate neutrality schemes. The group works collaboratively with the firm’s wider private client offering, with particular experience in handling succession planning work for agricultural clients.

Practice head(s):

James Laycock

Other key lawyers:

Paula Myers; Laura Pang; Richard Smaller

Testimonials

‘Great team with the ability to draw upon other disciplines – great communication.’

‘Richard Smaller – great communication and understands really well the end point of a project, organising the team to achieve the goal.’

‘Many of the firm’s probate cases involve agriculture and estates and the lead partner is the excellent Paula Myers.’

‘Paula Myers is experienced and effective.’

‘Irwin Mitchell is a truly national firm but retains its local feel. Each local base can draw on the depth of experience throughout the company, ensuring that all clients receive a first-class service.’

‘Laura Pang is tenacious and can be relied upon to get the best possible outcome for her clients.’

Real estate > Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell‘s Leeds-based team, which frequently collaborates with the firm’s Sheffield office, is very active on development matters, advising property developer clients such as Rula and Henry Boot on a variety of residential, commercial, educational and mixed-use schemes and regeneration projects. The team is capable of assisting with the full cycle of development projects and is frequently instructed to handle financing, site acquisition, corporate leasing and contracting matters. Transactional real estate partner James Knowles heads up the Leeds office and advises on a number of long-term mixed-use development projects. Michelle Beaumont, who frequently works with developers, investors and occupiers, is also highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

James Knowles

Other key lawyers:

Michelle Beaumont; Clare Davitt

Testimonials

‘James Knowles provides a first-rate partner-led service.’

Key clients

Al Ain Holding LLC

Arcam Developments Management 1 Limited

Artisan Real Estate

Artium Group Limited

Boston College

Caddick Land

Christeyns (UK) limited

Country Style Foods Ltd

Crescent Developments (York) Limited

Dobbies Garden Centres Limited

EE Ventures Limited

Excel Parking Services Limited

Ferrero UK Limited

Furnival Quay Limited

Fusion Global Management LLP

Gleeson Homes

Gravity Active Entertainment

HSBC Bank PLC

Hartpury University

Henry Boot PLC

Heworth Green Developments Limited

Jaynic Properties Ltd

Jones Lang LaSalle Limited

Keepmoat Homes Limited

Magnum Homes

Manor Oaks Property Limited

Newham Sixth Form College

Newmarket Lane Limited

Pennine Property Partnership

Persimmon Homes Limited

Peveril Securities Limited

Rula Developments Limited

Rula Homes

Sheffield Hallam University

Strata Homes (Yorkshire) Limited

Summit Learning Trust

Suon Group

Swallowfield Homes Limited

The Dyson Group PLC

Thorntons Limited

University of Maryland

Vistry Partnerships (Yorkshire) Limited

Wilton Developments Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Wilton Developments on its purchase and development of a 180 acre site adjacent to junction 6 of the M18 at Thorne, Doncaster for up to 3.52m sq ft of logistics and industrial space.
  • Advised Rula Developments on the conditional purchase of land at the former Hatfield Main colliery (currently known as Unity) at J5, M18 as well as the forward fund to Blackbrook Capital of the development of the land as a 405,411 sq ft logistics facility.
  • Advised Vistry Partnerships on the acquisitions of three sites in Yorkshire and Humberside, which will deliver over 450 new homes, along with disposals to registered providers and single family PRS units.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

The Sheffield-based team at Irwin Mitchell is capable of advising standout manufacturers and property investors on a wide range of property litigation matters, from dilapidation and damages claims and leasing issues to rights of light and rights of way matters. The team frequently advises on these matters in the context of property portfolio management and is well versed in handling contentious development matters. Practice head Danny Revitt manages the contentious aspects of property portfolios for major landlords and tenants and acts across a broad range of contentious mandates. Thomas Freeman is a key contact for development disputes and is also active on lease renewal matters. Lisa Stratford departed the firm in December 2022.

Practice head(s):

Danny Revitt

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Tom Freeman is one of the best property litigators around. He researches the law effectively and is keen to ensure the best value for his clients.’

‘Understand the subject at hand and make sure the right people with the required knowledge are involved.’

‘Organised and thorough. Consider all eventualities and take action to put their client’s interests first.’

‘Excellent range of disciplines, from telecoms to public rights of way. Advice is always explained clearly despite how complicated it is in reality.’

‘Tom Freeman has been a great asset to us providing advice for varying different issues. He is patient and has a great ability to explain things in plain English.’

Key clients

Gleeson Homes

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

City Estates Group

Ferrero UK Limited

Keepmoat Homes Limited

Sheffield International Venues Limited/Sheffield City Trust

Jones Lang LaSalle Limited

Dobbies Garden Centres Limited

Sheffield Hallam University

A&J Mucklow Investments Limited

HBD (Henry Boot Developments)

River Island Clothing Co Limited

Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation

Michael Page International Recruitment

Suon/Tawnywood

Memory Recall

Countrywide Residential Lettings Limited

Ascend Estates Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised an international manufacturer on a significant dilapidation claim relating to a distribution centre.
  • Acted for a respondent in a Court of Appeal hearing on a previously undecided point of law relating to the standing of foreign executors in English proceedings.
  • Assisted an international property investment company with a seven-figure dilapidation settlement relating to multiple units on an industrial estate.

Private client > Family Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell is a key adviser to entrepreneurs, landed gentry, high-net-worth individuals, senior executives, and vulnerable clients in matrimonial matters. ‘Dependable and straight-talking‘ lead partner Carmel Brown works in both Cambridge and London, as does associate Alexandra Schippers. The firm has a large practice that is skilled in mediation, litigation, and financial settlements. ‘Clients get sound, pragmatic and commercial advice‘, says one market source.

Practice head(s):

Carmel Brown

Other key lawyers:

Alexandra Schippers; Taler Kelly

Testimonials

‘Knowledgeable on a range of subjects and advice given from the start to the final outcome was spot on.’

‘Excellent case preparation and understanding of individual client needs. All of the team go above and beyond for clients and counsel alike, which is evidenced in good results and happy clients.’

‘Alexandra Schipphers has excellent organisational skills and client handling.’

‘Taler Kelly goes above and beyond for clients and counsel. The knowledge and awareness of clients’ concerns is second-to-none. Fantastic interpersonal skills and client handling.’

‘Good all rounders with some standout lawyers.’

‘Carmel Brown is dependable and straight-talking.’

‘The team has internal resources that exceed those of any other firm.’

‘Irwin Mitchell is an approachable and practical practice. One of the firms who you are happy to have involved with a case as you know their client is getting sound, pragmatic, and commercial advice.’

Dispute resolution > Group litigation: Claimant Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell is known as a ‘genuine national leader for technical know-how and experience in group litigation’, with a pre-eminent practice in claims related to defective products, medical negligence, and travel illness. Cases undertaken are often highly publicised, with the team notable having acted on the Boeing 737 claims and Lariam claims brought against the Ministry of Defence. The leadership of the team is split four ways, with Tim Annett, Sallie Booth, David Johnston-Keay  and senior associate Jatinder Paul  all sitting at the helm of the practice. Also of note is Natalie Truman, who is commended for her clinical negligence work, and is ‘great in group claims’.

Practice head(s):

Tim Annett; Sallie Booth; David Johnston-Keay; Jatinder Paul

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Irwin Mitchell is a genuine national leader for technical know-how and experience in group litigation.’

‘The team, led by Jatinder Paul, is always willing to pursue difficult group cases and fight their clients’ corner.’

‘Jatinder Paul has a depth of experience and a breadth of knowledge in group claims.’

‘Irwin Mitchell have vast experience in group litigation internationally as well as domestically. They have the expertise and resourcing to convene very large group claims and they generally lead the litigation where other firms of solicitors are also involved. The spread of offices nationally is a great help to provide relatively local support to clients.’

‘Sallie Booth is a very experienced litigator, who is very streetwise and knows all of the tricks of the trade. Her knowledge of group litigation is exemplary. Whilst she has a clear vision for the whole of the claim, she also keeps each individual claimant in mind, and looks out for each of their interest. She knows her stuff, and how to get the best outcome for her clients.’

‘Natalie Truman is one to watch in this department. She does some clinical negligence work as well, but she is great in group claims as well. She has taken the lead in managing the on-the-ground running of a group claim, and her attention to detail is amazing.’

‘This is an absolute star claimant team. The solicitors combine an excellent awareness of case strategy with a compassionate approach to their injured clients. Evidence of their stellar approach is the recent settlement in the pelvic mesh litigation.’

‘Sallie Booth: brilliant, super-commercial, tactical and an original thinker. Tim Annett: compassionate, thorough, rigorous and imaginative. Natalie Truman: a rising star at the firm with an unparalleled understanding of pelvic mesh litigation.’

Dispute resolution > Costs lawyers Tier 3

Steven Green is the lead partner at Irwin Mitchell‘s Sheffield-based costs practice, holding 29 years’ experience and involvement in all areas of costs law. He is well known for his handling of high value claims arising from catastrophic personal injury and medical negligence cases, but also in commercial and solicitor/own client disputes.

Practice head(s):

Steven Green

Testimonials

‘The best costs team in the country. Professional, innovative and always prepared to go the extra mile.’

‘Steven Green – as partner in charge of the national Costs team, Steven is forward-thinking, intelligent and himself an excellent advocate.’

‘An excellent team with a complex and varied workload.’

Work highlights

  • Represented over 200 clients in a large group action for injuries suffered as a result of industrial diseases contracted whilst working for British Steel. Advised in relation to costs budgeting resulting in the approval of a budget worth over £2,000,000.00 and subsequently prepared and negotiated on a substantial claim for costs.
  • Advised over 80 clients in relation to the cost budgeting issues arising from litigation following the terrorist attacks which took place in Tunisia in June 2015, resulting in the approval of a Costs Budget of over £8,000,000.00.
  • Representing a client in a claim under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights following the death of a family member. Preparing a detailed Bill of Costs and pursuing the claim to a Detailed Assessment in the Senior Courts Costs Office, recovering over 90% of the costs claimed.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Claire-Marie Cornford and Paula Myers co-lead the practice at Irwin Mitchell, which advises on a broad range of private wealth disputes for high-net-worth clients. It frequently advises on contentious trust claims, disputed wills and on specialised Court of Protection applications and disputes. Clients include successful entrepreneurs and businesspeople, landed gentry, farmers, charities, trustees and individuals. There have been some recent changes to the team at a senior level. Sangita Manek joined the team from Blaser Mills Law while Nicola Bushby is now at Boodle Hatfield LLP.

Practice head(s):

Claire-Marie Cornford; Paula Myers

Other key lawyers:

Laura Gabrel; Sangita Manek

Testimonials

‘Irwin Mitchell are an enormous firm and have huge resources in this area. I know their London team well. They are very good.’

‘The team has strength in depth and a well-deserved reputation for expertise in the field. It is able to draw on cross-over expertise from other departments (such as tax, court of protection, corporate) where required.’

‘Claire-Marie Cornford is a very driven litigator, who is committed to delivering results for her clients. She is focussed, bright and tenacious, whilst all the time sensitive to her client’s needs and priorities.’

‘The team operate across various centres but very much operate as one team. They deal with large estates with confidence and specialist expertise. Sangita Manek has an exceptional hands-on approach which is second to none.’

‘Sangita Manek is a real fighter for her clients who leaves no stone unturned. Good knowledge of subject areas, and self-reliant in running litigation.’

‘Strong female-led team. The return of Claire-Marie Cornford from maternity leave will be a great boost for the team. Claire-Marie Cornford is a very strong litigator and someone you want on your side.’

‘The team is very competent, having hired in particular Laura Gabrel.’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Alex Ruffel leads an innovative team at Irwin Mitchell, which is best known for its cross-border tax advice. It frequently acts for UHNW families and family offices on an array of tax and succession planning matters for UK-based entrepreneurs. It is also skilled at advising on cross-border succession matters and probates. The group has developed a Sharia-compliant wills practice led jointly from its London and Leeds offices, and this is attracting clients with a Middle Eastern connection. Ashley Hill is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Alex Ruffel

Other key lawyers:

Helen Clarke; Yousafa Hazara; Ashley Hill

Testimonials

‘Alex Ruffel is my go-to tax lawyer for private client matters in the UK. Excellent, pragmatic, no ego issues, very thorough and highly reliable’.

‘Excellent knowledge of specialist subject and good communication’.

‘Helen Clarke & Yousafa Hazara are both exceptional at their roles’.

Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell is regularly instructed by a diverse range of individuals and organisations, including large campaign groups, in complex and high-profile judicial reviews challenging local authority policies and decisions, human rights abuses by public bodies, and wider public interest cases. Practice head Yogi Amin is well known for handling high-profile cases and strategic litigation, including policy challenges in a broad range of key sectors. Oliver Studdert is highly skilled representing children bringing judicial review proceedings under the Children Act 1989, while Rebecca Chapman’s practice focuses on community care and Court of Protection work. Associate Oliver Carter is developing a strong reputation, especially regarding cases against government departments, local authorities and NHS bodies.

Practice head(s):

Yogi Amin

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Studdert; Rebecca Chapman; Oliver Carter

Testimonials

‘Oliver Carter looks like a public law star of the future. Bright, knowledgable and committed to his clients.’

‘They are the big player on the scene in this area. They are good at what they do, and their associates know their stuff.’

‘Irwin Mitchell’s public law team has exceptional individuals at all levels of seniority. They excel in complex claims and work collaboratively and creatively to achieve excellent outcomes for their clients.’

‘Oliver Studdert is an exceptionally sharp lawyer with a wealth of experience in public law claims. He is creative and thoughtful in case preparation and exudes a calm confidence in his work.’

‘Oliver Carter is an excellent practitioner with a developing public law practice.’

‘The team’s commitment to obtaining the best result for their client is second to none. This includes the time and effort of carrying out FOI requests and data collection exercises in difficult challenges. They offer high quality services in pro bono cases.’

‘Very strong ethical practice, thorough and good access to barristers.’

‘My experience with Irwin Mitchell was 100% positive. Rebecca Chapman always listened to my concerns and responded appropriately. She always had genuine empathy with how I was feeling and dealt with everything I asked her to and more.’

Key clients

Survivors of the Manchester Arena Attack

Two social work managers working in the Children Services of a large Local Authority

Sarah Becker

Public sector > Healthcare Tier 3

The ‘efficient, hardworking and knowledgeable‘ team at Irwin Mitchell is known for handling cases against clinical commissioning groups and NHS trusts. Yogi Amin heads the practice, often acting in cases concerning the right to die. Mathieu Culverhouse is ‘impressively knowledgeable‘ when handling mental capacity and community care issues, while Oliver Studdert regularly appears in Court of Protection cases regarding children’s rights. Angela Jackman frequently acts for vulnerable individuals in deprivation of liberty matters, and associate Rebecca Chapman focuses on access to medical care issues.

Practice head(s):

Yogi Amin

Testimonials

‘The team is efficient, hardworking and knowledgeable, with several very talented practitioners.’

‘Mathieu Culverhouse is an excellent solicitor, impressively knowledgeable about his field. He has great client skills.’

‘Rebecca Chapman is comfortable with managing difficult, urgent cases before High Court judges.’

Work highlights

  • Represented the mother of a child in Court of Protection proceedings relating to whether it was in the child’s best interests to undergo a kidney transplant.
  • Represented a client in Court of Protection proceedings in a dispute over whether they should receive a Covid-19 vaccination and the associated boosters.
  • Represented the father of a 27-year-old woman who suffered from a serious degenerative neurological condition in proceedings in the Court of Appeal concerning whether the Court of Protection has the power to make injunctions.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 3

The corporate team at Irwin Mitchell acts on a range of mid-market M&A transactions and private equity investments in addition to restructurings and reorganisations. The firm’s specialist sectors include financial services, life sciences and interactive entertainment. Victoria Zivkovic advises clients on mid-market M&A and corporate restructurings. She oversees the practice with Adam Kaucher  who routinely works on private equity transactions and is supported by Gregory Mazgajczyk .

Practice head(s):

Victoria Zivkovic; Adam Kaucher

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘I could not speak more highly of the Irwin Mitchell Corporate team, whom acted for us on our transaction.’

‘The team took time to really explain the process and what was involved, which was greatly appreciated.’

‘All round excellent service at all times. Could not rate Vicky Zivkovic more highly.’

‘I was particularly impressed with Greg Mazgajczyk’s dedication & professionalism, helping us navigate through what was a complex process for the company and its founders. I’m extremely grateful for his support, positivity, and light-hearted approach, especially at times where the deal felt hard and tiring, as these things can. I would therefore have no issues whatsoever in recommending Greg.’

‘The team are very personable and tailor their advice to the situation rather than providing cookie cutter solutions. They are very proactive and responsive.’

‘High calibre partner led team which I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend in complex high value matters. Strong brand with good market recognition.’

‘The usual Irwin Mitchell lawyers I work with are technically brilliant, commercial, and value reciprocity. Vicky Zivkovic and Adam Kaucher – take a bow.’

‘Vicky Zivkovic is pragmatic, prompt and helpful.’

Key clients

Kingswood Group

Firesprite

Millwall Football Club

Maven Capital Partners

Apis Assay Technologies

Praetura Ventures

FCF Holdings

Kington Building Supplies

Liverpool Chirochem

Newson Health

Foilco

Plato Training Limited

Manchester Metrology Limited

YFM Private Equity

Risk Capital Partners

Merlin PCB Group

Care Management Systems

Una Health

Honister Slate Mine

Sparkbox

Fluid Business Solutions

Digerati Distribution

Work highlights

  • Advised Praetura Ventures on investments into Orka Tchnology Group, Percayso Inform, and Patchwork Health.
  • Advised YFM on investment into Relative Insight and further investment into Vypr.
  • Advised Millwall FC on its re-registration as a private company and consolidation of its share capital.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell‘s private client lawyers leverage expertise from their colleagues in the corporate, conveyancing and real estate teams to comprehensively act on complex estate administration matters. The department excel at advising UK domiciles on how their wills may affect their foreign assets, such as companies and properties, as well as possessing particular expertise establishing a variety of trusts such as personal injury and disabled persons interest trusts. The ‘incredibly knowledgeable’ Christine Thornley is an experienced name in succession planning and wealth protection work and has bolstered her capacity to provide a full service by developing a niche specialism delivering trust, will and Lasting Powers of Attorney advice to vulnerable and disabled children. Fiona Bushell counsels high-net-worth clients on estate administration and succession planning issues, while Danielle Burgess, who joined from Linda Myers in October 2022, is active on a wide range of practice matters.

Practice head(s):

Paula James

Testimonials

‘I wanted a solicitor that was approachable, professional, an expert in the probate field, easy to talk to, and able to explain in simple terms legal terminology. I wanted someone who I felt comfortable with and who I could trust. I found all of the above and more in Christine Thornley, a partner at Irwin Mitchell who heads up the Tax Trusts and Estate team in the firm’s Manchester office.’

‘From the moment I met Christine Thornley I was impressed by her warmth and her expert knowledge. She is a total professional yet extremely relatable. She explained some complex issues in a way that made it easier for me to understand and provided me with solutions to problems that I had been battling with for years. We corresponded by email regularly and she always answered my queries promptly, efficiently and effectively.’

‘The team has a good spread of experience. Additionally, the team is very closely linked with other parts of the firm. This enables a good flow of business to be introduced firm to firm.’

‘Christine Thornley is a huge credit to IM. She’s incredibly knowledgeable and experienced and is able to tailor the service dependent on the individual client needs. She’s incredibly empathetic which is also so important for many of our clients. In addition, she is very commercially aware which enables a mutual flow of work introductions.’

Work highlights

Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell‘s practice has strong capabilities in planning, namely on the compliance and regulatory aspects of matters involving mixed-use regeneration schemes, housing and strategic developments. In addition, it has notable experience in advising on both contentious and non-contentious environmental matters in such cases as contaminated land, and assisting developers in meeting ESG targets. Claire Petricca-Riding is at the helm of the Manchester team. Specialist partner in this area Pamela Chesterman, described as ‘engaging, efficient and extremely knowledgeable’, bolstered the north west team with her October 2022 arrival from Brabners LLP.

Practice head(s):

Claire Petricca-Riding

Other key lawyers:

Pamela Chesterman; James Pavey; Victoria Tague

Testimonials

‘Pamela Chesterman is available, knowledgeable, and her advice is trustworthy.’

‘Victoria Tague is excellent. She has a professional and reassuring manner which, coupled with her excellent knowledge of the planning regime in England, makes her a fantastic professional to work with. Her communication skills are first-rate as she provides clear and unambiguous advice.’

‘Pamela Chesterman has vast experience having previously worked for a local authority; she understands matters from both sides as a result and has significant insight – she is always there to give advice and 360 degree view.’

‘Pamela Chesterman is standout on all fronts, from delivery to client engagement! Having that experience of having worked for a local authority is invaluable.’

‘Pamela Chesterman is engaging, efficient and extremely knowledgeable of the law and the sector. Her enthusiasm and ability to assist with planning committees providing legal advice on a wide-range of planning-related topics makes her a firm favourite with committee members and officers. Pamela has the ability to adapt and communicate complex concepts so that they can be understood.’

‘Nothing is too much trouble for the responsive team.’

‘It is a helpful, friendly, personable and knowledgeable practice.’

Key clients

Realty Estates Limited (Boddingtons)

Tobermory S.A.R.L. (GNW)

Vistry Group

Henry Davidson Developments Limited

Artisan Developments Limited

BXB Cottam Limited

Whitkirk Waste Solutions Limited

Whitley Parish Council

Ledwyche Solar Limited

Artisan Developments

Rula Developments Ltd

Grants Pro Agri Limited

Reconomy

Vistry Group

Lifestory

Soho Estates

Initial Parking Limited

SGL Properties Limited

Bellway Homes (NW) Limited

Prosperity LLP

South Kesteven District Council

South Lakes Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Tobermory on its redevelopment of the Great Northern Warehouse in Manchester city centre.
  • Advising Soho Estates on its development portfolio and planning issues in relation to Ilona Rose House in Soho.
  • Advising Reconomy on its purchase of Casepak.

Insurance > Personal injury: pursuer Tier 3

Under the leadership of the ‘outstanding’ David Bell, Irwin Mitchell Scotland is regularly instructed to act on complex injury claims, including those pertaining to brain, spinal and polytrauma injuries. The team has particular strength in industrial disease claims, and continues to see an increase in instructions concerning fatal asbestos disease claims. This is complemented by expertise in military claims. Solicitor Nicola McCartney is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

David Bell

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Outstanding PI team focused on service delivery, rehab and client care. Exceptional knowledge of rehab services. IM delivers a service that is completely client-focused.’

‘Client care delivery is exceptional, the value of legal advice and focus on solution-based resolutions is outstanding. David Bell and Nicola McCartney are standouts.’

‘My experience with them has been very supportive, sympathetic and positive. The time, consideration and compassion I received enabled me to make decisions in my own time. I was never pressured, but constantly listened to in an understanding and caring manner.’

‘I cannot fault the level of attention I have received. I have been fully informed and kept up to date with all proceedings. I feel I have received a personalised service. They make me feel that I am a valued client, and have been very generous with their time when I needed support and reassurance. I appreciate what they are doing for me.’

‘I have dealt with this practice twice over the past few years for injury-related claims. In both cases, I have had a one-to-one relationship with the lawyer dealing with my claim. This has felt very personal and I felt (having no legal experience) looked after and guided very well. Excellent service.’

‘Everyone is excellent in the team and always willing to assist.’

‘David Bell shows complete dedication to his clients’ interests and is willing to go the extra mile to make things happen for them. He is ably assisted by the rest of the personal injury team.’

‘David Bell is the outstanding individual in the team. He is very reliable and also hands-on where necessary to take charge of any tricky situations or bumps in the road. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone who has suffered a personal injury.’

Work highlights

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 3

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Hampshire Tier 3

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex Tier 3

Advising household names, national and international companies and financial services institutions, the Gatwick-based commercial litigation team at Irwin Mitchell continues to be instructed in tax, insolvency, directors’ duties and shareholder-related disputes. Specialising in commercial contract, liability and professional negligence disputes is team head Katie Byrne, who often assists insurance companies and financial institutions. Recently promoted partner Thomas Barnard, who also leads the firm’s sports department, focuses on commercial disputes and risk advisory work in the sports, media and entertainment industries. Robert Parks offers experience in dealing with contractual, partnership and shareholder disputes, as well as knowledge of professional negligence issues, acting for private and corporate clients.

Practice head(s):

Katie Byrne; Thomas Barnard

Other key lawyers:

Robert Parks; Ted Powell

Key clients

Micheldever Tyre Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised 26 high-net-worth individuals, including high-profile city lawyers and investment bankers, in defending claims in excess of £7m concerning unpaid share capital allegedly owed by them.
  • Acted for a company in connection with a claim in the First-Tier Tax Tribunal for the repayment of more than £1m in overpaid customs duty.

Employment Tier 3

At the Birmingham office of Irwin Mitchell, Elaine Huttley  is recommended for her work on a wide variety of employment advisory matters and acts for high-street and household name clients. Huttley also has a special interest in advising on the employment aspects of shareholder/director management disputes. Donna Seferta  has a particular specialism in contentious matters and frequently advises on a wide range of tribunal claims such as discrimination actions, whistleblowing cases as well as unfair/constructive dismissal claims.

Practice head(s):

Glenn Hayes

Other key lawyers:

Elaine Huttley; Donna Seferta

Testimonials

‘Irwin Mitchell provided outstanding and experienced solicitors/teams who were specialised and had a deep understanding of the relevant laws and regulations. Irwin Mitchell focused on the needs and concerns of my case and provided an excellent service‘.

Key clients

AOC

Costa

Reconomy UK Limited

ThyssenKrupp

Arc Legal Assistance

Gleeson Recruitment Group

Correla

Work highlights

  • Provides independent legal advice to over 100 individuals who were offered enhanced redundancy terms under the terms of settlement agreements.
  • Represented the Claimant in two Employment Tribunal claims against NHS England and NHS Health Education England.
  • It has, once again, been appointed as the sole legal provider of employment law support to the Association of Colleges (AoC).

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 4

The Leeds-based IP practice at Irwin Mitchell regularly collaborates with partner offices across the country to advise on brand strategy and protection matters, including key disputes between large companies in the retail and consumer sectors. Led from London by nationwide head Georgie Collins, the practice regularly calls on the expertise of Joanne Bone to advise on IP licensing and filing matters. Key contact Amy Au is a specialist in IP dispute resolution and regularly handles defamation and infringement claims.

Practice head(s):

Georgie Collins

Other key lawyers:

Joanne Bone; Marcus Collins; Amy Au

Key clients

DAKY International Limited

Gravity Fitness Limited

HSNF Limited

NFL Properties Europe GmbH

NFL Properties LLC

Natural Instinct Limited

Reconomy (UK) Limited

Vet Box Limited (Many Pets)

Whispering Smith Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised NFL Properties LLC and NFL Properties Europe GmbH, which are responsible for the UK merchandising and trade mark licensing activities of the National Football League, on the management of its UK portfolio.
  • Advised Vet Box Limited on all of its intellectual property matters, which included advising on its international trade mark portfolio and providing associated legal services in respect of brand strategy and clearance, strategic portfolio advice, and enforcement of its IP rights and registry matters, including oppositions and objections.

Corporate and commercial > M&A: Smaller Deals, £10m-£100m Tier 4

Roundly praised by clients for its ‘national coverage’ and ‘international reach’, Irwin Mitchell‘s corporate team is well positioned to assist clients across the technology, insurance, real estate and fintech sectors. As an exclusive UK member of the First Law International, a global network of independent international law firms, the practice boasts a considerable international platform. ‘Commercial’ practice head Bryan Bletso focuses primarily on private company work on an international scale. Technology and real estate expert Ben Gale - who works closely with Blesto - is praised by clients for his ‘very knowledgable insights’. The team was recently strengthened by the arrival of Kate Featherstone and James Arnold, who both joined from Knights plc in February 2023.

Practice head(s):

Bryan Bletso

Other key lawyers:

Debbie Serota; Ben Gale; Richard Collins; Christian Vale; Ben Jones; Kate Featherstone; James Arnold

Testimonials

‘National coverage, international reach.’

‘Bryan Bletso – commercial, external perspective, international outlook.’

‘It’s the go to place for any legal-related aspect, as they cover a wide range of subjects and provide very quick and thoughtful advice.’

‘For us, they are more than a service provider. They are long time partners with a long relationship and track record with us. This enables the team, and Ben Gale in particular, to provide very knowledgable insights taking into account our own specificities.’

Key clients

ManyPets Limited

Daniel Joseph McGuire

The Source (Hastings) Holdings Limited

Weiss Technik GmbH

Combined Technical Solutions Limited

Selling shareholders of Combined Technical Solutions Limited

Amantys Power Electronics Ltd

Work highlights

  • Advised the majority shareholders in the sale of part of the issued share capital of Combined Technical Solutions Limited, a leading supplier of contractor management solutions to Apleona Limited.
  • Advised Dan McGuire on the disposal of his entire shareholding in cube19 Ltd, a recruitment technology company, as part of the wider sale of the entire issued share capital of the company to large US firm, Bullhorn Inc.
  • Acted for Weiss Technik GmbH on its acquisition from Varium Holdings Limited of the entire issued share capital of Ascott Analytical Equipment Ltd.

Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 4

Irwin Mitchell‘s non-contentious pensions practice is dually headed by Penny Cogher, who leverages her thirty years' experience in the pensions industry to advise clients on the full gamut of pension matters, and Martin Jenkins, who specialises in benefit review and de-risking matters. The practice recently welcomed Terry Saeedi and senior associate Matthew Ambler from Clyde & Co in April 2023.

Practice head(s):

Penny Cogher; Martin Jenkins

Other key lawyers:

Employment > Senior executives Tier 4

Irwin Mitchell handles a range of breach of contract proceedings, whistleblowing and harassment claims, and disciplinary actions. The team is spearheaded by ‘well-respected figure in the market’ Shah Qureshi, who advises on race discrimination under the 2010 Equality Act and also handles restrictive covenant work. Other key team members include Deborah Casale and Danielle Parsons, who provide senior executives with expertise in unfair dismissal claims.

Practice head(s):

Shah Qureshi

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Shah Qureshi is a fabulous lawyer with gravitas and a deep understanding of his niche practice.’

‘Irwin Mitchell is a small but powerhouse team specialising in senior executive work, particularly in financial services.’

‘Shah Qureshi heads the team and is a hugely experienced and well-respected figure in the market. Deborah Casale has carved out an enviable niche in financial services work in which she is a calm, level-headed and pragmatic adviser to senior executives.’

Work highlights

  • Representing a senior consultant surgeon in whistleblowing claims.
  • Representing a female senior executive in a race discrimination claim against an oil company.
  • Representing a senior executive director at an investment bank in whistleblowing claims with respect to the checks and controls within investment banks.  

Private client > Family Tier 4

Irwin Mitchell has a strong national profile and a number of excellent practitioners in London. Toby Hales attracts complex work in the finance and private law children arena. Fran Hipperson advises on divorce and complicated finances, pre and post-nuptial agreements, and children-related matters. Clare Filler’s focus is is on high-value cases that regularly have an international dimension.

Practice head(s):

Toby Hales; Fran Hipperson; Claire Filer

Other key lawyers:

Carmel Brown

Testimonials

‘The Irwin Mitchell team are approachable, understanding and extremely efficient. I felt the team genuinely cared about the outcome of my case and had my best interests at heart.’

‘A well-known family team set within the large enterprise that is Irwin Mitchell. A full-service law firm, whose size gives it valuable strength and depth.’

‘Claire Filer was excellent in understanding the detail and setting it out in a clear way. She is a hard-working and intelligent lawyer.’

‘Irwin Mitchell offers clients a full and expert service as one of the leading nationwide firms. With Fran Hipperson and Claire Filer, this team is really going places.’

‘Toby Hales is a wily and experienced lawyer who knows all the ins and outs of the family law industry. He has been there and done it all and knows exactly how to pitch a case. Clients really appreciate his dedication and focus to finding the right solution for them.’

‘A team with wide ranging experience covering all areas of family law for private clients. Toby Hales has years of experience, an excellent reputation and great client care.’

‘Within the Irwin Mitchell family team they have an enormous breadth of specialist knowledge. They work tirelessly for their clients and are deeply committed to achieving the best outcomes and addressing injustice. They are equally adept at appellate matters before the Court of Appeal and the more run-of-the-mill cases.’

‘Claire Filer and Fran Hipperson are excellent individuals and really easy to work with. Sensible and pragmatic.’

Real estate > Planning Tier 4

Irwin Mitchell advises clients across the country on both contentious and non-contentious planning matters. The team has expertise in environmental issues, including contaminated land and the regeneration of brownfield sites. Nicola Gooch is the lead partner for the South, handling large-scale, mixed-use developments and advising a number of developers. Sejal Patel was promoted to senior associate in May 2022, and has led on some of the team’s largest development projects. Practice head Claire Petricca-Riding is based in Manchester.

Practice head(s):

Claire Petricca-Riding

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Gooch; Pamela Chesterman; James Pavey; Sajel Pate

Testimonials

‘Excellent service, with their highest calibre planning lawyers carefully and simply describing all the key information to us.’

‘Their ability to carefully and simply describe all the key information to us.’

Key clients

Millwall Football Club

Artisan Saltaire Limited

Chase New Homes Limited

Chesterfield House Management Limited

Whitley Parish Council

Wilter Associates Limited

Berkeley Homes

Jaspar Group

EC1 Residences Limited

Soho Estates

Work highlights

  • Advised Millwall Football Club on their application for a brand new, state of the art, football academy and training ground in West Kingsdown, Sevenoaks.
  • Advised Chase New Homes on the first residential permission granted directly by the Planning Inspectorate under section 62A of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, after Uttlesford District Council was placed in special measures due to an unacceptable number of major planning decisions being overturned at appeal.
  • Advising Soho Estates on residual post-development issues involving their flagship development at Ilona Rose House.

Insurance > Medical negligence: pursuer Tier 4

Based in Glasgow, Irwin Mitchell Scotland's medical negligence group handles a diverse caseload covering birth injuries, ophthalmology, and spinal and brain injuries. Overseen by experienced senior associate David Bell, the team also includes accredited medical negligence specialist Kathleen Lang and solicitor Nicola McCartney.

Practice head(s):

David Bell

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent expertise.’

‘Extremely good client care and focus on getting rehab packages in place for clients, where possible. Standouts are David Bell and Nicola McCartney.’

‘Very honest with the position of a case, risks and costs. Provide significant information to make a decision on suitable ways to fund action.’

‘Honest and explain everything in detail so we know where we stand.’

‘Irwin Mitchell is a very organised, efficient team.’

Work highlights

Public sector Tier 4

Jenny Arrowsmith heads up Irwin Mitchell‘s national education sector group from Leeds, working with Esmat Faiz and Poppy Ford in the South East. Notable recent work examples include handling mergers, advising on the significant changes in law regarding holiday pay, and acting in trade disputes regarding pay and hours.

Practice head(s):

Jenny Arrowsmith

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team are very personable, and they present the information in ways which make sense to all. They’re always available and extremely happy to help, no matter the query.’

‘I immediately knew I would not be happy going anywhere else; the team being so readily available, easy to speak to and their knowledge of the legalities within our sector are second to none.’

‘Poppy Ford and Esmat Faiz have been outstanding with their support.’

Key clients

Bedford College

Weymouth College

Chichester College Group

Eastleigh College

Reigate Learning Alliance

Buckinghamshire College Group

Bridgwater and Taunton College

Work highlights

  • Appointed as the sole legal provider of employment law support to the Association of Colleges (AoC), with over 300 AoC member colleges cross the UK.
  • Supporting Chichester College Group with day-to-day employment law advice.
  • Supporting Reigate Learning Alliance with the full suite of employment law advice.

Real estate > Commercial property: Hampshire Tier 4

Based out of Southampton and Chichester, the Irwin Mitchell team offers a specialised service spanning complex development projects and refinancing of property portfolios. Guy Sackett and Tina Webster co-head the group, with the former regularly handling urban regeneration projects, and the latter focusing on strategic land transactions and planning permission matters. Samuel Knight joined from Coffin Mew LLP in July 2022, bringing in-depth expertise in assisting landowners, housebuilders, and land promoters with nitrate neutrality schemes to the team.

Practice head(s):

Guy Sackett; Tina Webster

Other key lawyers:

Hannah Nix; Samuel Knight

Testimonials

‘Great integrity, in-depth knowledge of their chosen profession, skillset.’

‘Tina Webster and Samuel Knight – pragmatic and confident. Well respected within the commercial property industry.’

Key clients

Artisan Real Estate Investors

Infrastructure Investments Limited

Andrew Sellick

Legacy Habitat Banks Ltd

Hendy Group

Balfe’s Bikes Limited

Welbeck Strategic Land Limited

Shellwin Limited

Landlink Estates Limited

Option Two Developments Limited

Berkeley Strategic Land Limited

Elivia Homes (Southern) Limited

Seaward Properties Limited

Store Property Investments Limited

Chichester College Group

Greater Brighton Metropolitan College

Langtons Farm Partnership LLP

Dorrington Estates PLC

South Essex College

Junnell Homes Limited

Wooldridge Developments Limited

Landacre Developments Limited

Saabon Limited

Coolground Properties Limited

Shopland Gray Developments Limited

Hanbury Properties Limited

JH & FW Green Limited / Covers

Thesis Asset Management Limited

HTH Harrogate LLP

EC1 Residences Limited

XP Factory PLC (formerly Escape Hunt PLC)

Social Income LLP

Roffey Homes Limited

The Caravan Club Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising a group of landowners in West Sussex on issues relating to a mix of brownfield and agricultural land which is the subject of a proposed 1,500 residential unit scheme.
  • Advising a group of landowners on a conditional contract sale to a national housebuilder for approximately 650 residential units in Hampshire, as well as assisting with bird mitigation proposals.
  • Advising Andrew Sellick on the establishment and ongoing credit sales of a nitrate mitigation scheme in Hampshire.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 4

Irwin Mitchell’s wide-ranging capabilities sees them working with a number of clients across the manufacturing, aerospace, software, tech, engineering, and retail sectors. Matt Smith is also recommended for the range of his corporate capabilities. Nick Dawson and Emma Callow left the firm in February 2024.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The Irwin Mitchell corporate team provides exceptional commercial support with our acquisitions. They are both competent and professional, but also easy to work with and provide focused advise. These qualities run across the team – both associates and partners – so we feel reassured whoever is acting on our transactions.’

Key clients

Motus Holdings (UK) Limited

Aerospares 2000 Holdings Limited

Shareholders of Clearvision (CM) 2005 Limited

Lee J McNeill and Liam Wiltshire as shareholders of Tebex Limited

Shareholders of Linea Research Holdings Limited

Phenna Group Holdings Limited

Knights Chemist Limited

Shareholders of Vernier Holdings Limited

Reconomy (UK) Limited

Gravity Fitness Limited

Expromet Technologies Group Limited

The KGJ Insurance Group Limited

Vision Global Growth Fund

Dains LLP

Black Swan Data Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Motus Holdings (UK) Limited on the £190m purchase of the entire issued share capital of Motor Parts Direct (Holdings) Limited.
  • Advised Acorn Growth Companies and Aerospares 2000 Holdings Limited in respect of the acquisition of Sentry Holding, Inc.
  • Advised Phenna Group Holdings limited on four acquisitions in the last 12 months as part of Phenna Group’s strategic drive to build a global portfolio of independent testing, inspection, certification and compliance (TICC) business that serve a variety of sectors.

Real estate > Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 4

Irwin Mitchell routinely undertakes work in the residential and commercial sectors under the leadership of Ben Acheson, who acts for various clients, including national developers, banks and corporate occupiers on an array of commercial property matters, including real estate financings. Senior associate Gurpreet Hayer‘s wealth of experience includes advising on investments, non-contentious commercial property matters and landlord and tenant work.

Practice head(s):

Ben Acheson

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Motus Group Limited

Lifestory Group Limited

Godwin Developments Limited

Gerald Eve LLP

Knight Frank LLP

Persimmon Homes Limited

A.C. Lloyd Holdings Limited

Owl Homes Limited

Henry Davidson Developments Limited

Euro Property Investments Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Motus Group, an existing client and one of South Africa’s leading automotive companies, on its £182m acquisition of Motor Parts Direct (“MPD”), a retailer of after-market car parts and accessories.
  • Advising Godwin Developments on the acquisition of one of the last remaining development sites in central London on the Thames. This is a flagship development that will deliver a buy to rent scheme with a value in excess of £250m and a building which is 20 storeys high.
  • Advised A.C. Lloyd on the acquisition, funding, development and sale of a former Severn Trent Water owned development site in Nottingham for six major industrial units, 12 trade units, a local centre, a pub, a hotel, a care home and other small uses.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 5

Irwin Mitchell’s ‘very responsive’ team is commended for its ability to ‘provide good quality solutions quickly’. Manchester team head Duncan Hope brings a wide range of experience, notably acting for Leeds City Council and FC United. At senior associate level, Ailsa Anderson is noted.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Hope

Other key lawyers:

Ailsa Anderson

Testimonials

‘They are very responsive and provide good quality solutions quickly’

‘DuncanHope  is very user friendly, capable of sorting out what is needed and the critical path needed.’

‘Duncan Hope is my go-to solicitor. He is capable and professional but has a very agile mind. He takes great pride in understanding the situation and clearly explains the problem from a legal point of view, the options open to us and balances the risk clearly and concisely. He listens and questions, and takes on board concerns too.’

Work highlights

  • Acting for a group of 27 high net worth individuals in connection with claims made against them for unpaid share capital. The client group includes high profile city lawyers and investment bankers and the total value of the claims exceeds £7 million.
  • Advising a large number of consumers in cross border disputes against banks, developers and law firms regarding the mis-selling of loans provided in relation to the purchase of overseas property.
  • Acting for circa 250 internationally based individuals in a Group Claim against several conveyancing solicitors who advised them in respect of a property investment scheme.

Real estate > Commercial property: Manchester Tier 5

Real estate regeneration and development specialist Stelios Coutsavlis, who has a focus on renewable energy and healthcare-related work, leads the practice at Irwin Mitchell following the May 2022 retirement of former head Roy Beckett. Senior associate Sarah Swann is experienced in acting for key corporate occupier clients.

Practice head(s):

Stelios Coutsavlis

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A very strong reputation within the sector.’

‘Strong customer service is provided by the team.’

Key clients

Athena Healthcare Group

Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Limited

Page Group

Bentley

The General Medical Council

Tatton Group

The Trafford College Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for Athena Healthcare on a range of acquisitions and financings of sites for a care home and accompanying development.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 5

Led by seasoned property litigator Tim Rayner, Irwin Mitchell has developed its Birmingham base and is regularly engaged on a number of commercial and residential disputes. The firm advises a diverse client roster, which includes commercial property investors, developers and corporate occupiers, across the TMT, investment, retail, development and asset management sectors. Alison Willis is a senior associate who recently joined the firm from Freeths LLP and who specialises in landlord and tenant law, particularly for commercial tenants and in matters relating to Covid rent arrears.

Practice head(s):

Tim Rayner

Other key lawyers:

Alison Willis; Sana Ikhlaq

Testimonials

‘Extremely thorough and give balanced advice. Always available and quick to respond. Very professional, whilst taking a commercial and legal view on matters.’

‘Available and quick to respond. Good advice and willing to listen to alternative ideas and discuss pros and cons to different scenarios and ideas.’

‘Commercially minded and have shown a strong desire to understand our business and work practices. Tim Rayner and Sana Ikhlaq demonstrate this when ever we require litigation advice.’

Key clients

Real Estate Investors PLC

BPG

Kout Capital

Calthorpe Estates

Persimmon Homes

Godwin

Work highlights

  • Acting for an international leisure operator on various issues, most notably in relation to an opposed renewal of one of its leases where the landlord is opposing on the basis of ground (f) of section 30(1) of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954.

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 6

Irwin Mitchell advises on a broad range of matters, from brand protection strategies to managing international trade mark portfolios, in addition to regular involvement in handling issues concerning reputation and crisis management. Practice head Georgie Collins, recommended by clients for her ‘excellent commercial sense’, assists an array of clients in protecting and managing their brands and reputations, while Marcus Collins joined the team in July 2022 from White & Case LLP, bolstering the practice’s trade marks’ expertise.

Practice head(s):

Georgie Collins

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Georgie Collins has huge experience and excellent commercial sense, as well international experience.’

‘The IP team at Irwin Mitchell are second to none. Highly knowledgable, friendly and supportive. They are a pleasure to work with.’

‘Georgie Collins is a stand-out lawyer and one that we feel lucky to work with.’

Key clients

Daky International Ltd

NFL

Nestlé Purina / Lily’s Kitchen

Now Health International

Millwall FC

Reconomy (UK) Limited

ManyPets Ltd (formerly Bought by Many Ltd)

Gravity Fitness Limited

Whispering Smith Limited

Paragon Finance plc

Work highlights

  • Acting for Daky International Ltd, who challenged the formerly famous retail store, Debenhams Retail Ltd, over their use of the letter ‘D’ and a settlement agreement was reached.
  • Acting for NFL Properties LLC and NFL Properties Europe GmbH who are responsible for the UK merchandising and trademark licensing activities of the National Football League.
  • Acting for Nestlé Purina / Lily’s Kitchen, handling its IP requirements in relation to its brands and enforcement of its UK IP rights, including issues of trade mark infringement and passing off, copyright and design right infringement as well as comparative advertising and marketing and advertising campaigns.

Employment > Employers Tier 7

Irwin Mitchell is recommended for international cross border employment matters, including post sales and acquisitions TUPE transfers. The firm also handles day to day HR support. Shah Qureshi leads the team jointly with Sybille Steiner, who is dual-qualified in the UK and Germany and recommended for advising German clients operating in the UK. The firm also serves a wider range of clients including Gatwick Airport and The Economist.

Practice head(s):

Sybille Steiner; Shah Qureshi

Testimonials

‘Extremely helpful and always there to support my needs’

‘The team at Irwin Mitchell are there to help no matter what time of day or how small or big my needs. My direct contact is so supportive and informative and explains it in a way I can always understand.’

‘Vast areas of expertise’

‘Dr Sybille Steiner, vast knowledge and experience in the field of employment law’

‘Pragmatic, quick responses, and German speaking.’

‘Having direct access to a highly qualified and extremely knowledgeable solicitor is a great resource for us. The most important feature for us is having an expert on both national and international law, which helps us as an international entity to perform in the UK context.’

‘Responsive and helpful. Communication is always easy to understand and jargon avoided.’

‘Sybille Steiner is very professional and always eager to help.’

Key clients

Association of Colleges

Gatwick Airport Ltd

Diesel Technic UK & Ireland

Costa Coffee

The Economist

Work highlights

  • Appointed as the sole legal provider of employment law support to Gatwick Airport.
  • Provides employment law support to the Association of Colleges (AoC), giving a dedicated advisory service for over 300 AoC member colleges across the UK.
  • Provides day-to-day employment adviceDiesel Technic UK & Ireland.

Corporate and commercial > Venture capital

Crime, fraud and licensing > Gaming and betting

In September 2023, Irwin Mitchell took on a team of regulatory lawyers from Ince & Co, acquiring a group with a 'depth of gaming industry knowledge, derived from collective decades of experience'. Key names include Philip Somarakis, who has joined as national head of regulatory, experienced senior associate Andrew Cotton, a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law, and Julie Dao, who has a focus on anti-money laundering compliance.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing

Irwin Mitchell secured a major coup in September 2023 with the recruitment of a team of seven regulatory lawyers from Ince & Co, led by Philip Somarakis, who has joined as national head of regulatory. He specialises in gambling, alcohol, and entertainment licensing.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

Irwin Mitchell  has been building up its national practice with a series of hires, including the Manchester addition of respected ex-Brabners LLP  practitioner Stephanie Kerr.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate

Led by Andrea Jones, the team at Irwin Mitchell is entering the North with a strong team of established practitioners which provides a comprehensive private client offering with a niche specialism in setting up trusts and providing tax advice in relation to awards for congenital defects at birth.

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant

UK insurance leader Irwin Mitchell launched in Cardiff in mid-2022; the firm's clinical negligence offering in South Wales is led by Julie Lewis, who splits her time between Cardiff and Bristol. The 'supportive, empathetic and patient' team has significant expertise in handling matters across the full spectrum of medical injuries, in particular birth and neonatal injuries, neurological injuries of the spine and brain as well as complex fatalities. Other key members of the wider team - which is able to draw on 'invaluable' support from the firm's extensive network of UK bases - include Rhian Hooton, who is praised as an 'outstanding individual', and the 'attentive, responsive' Eleri Davies.

Insurance > Personal injury: claimant

Irwin Mitchell opened in Cardiff in 2022, enabling its market-leading personal injury practice to service an existing South Wales client base with an on-the-ground presence. The 'exceptional' team focuses on serious and catastrophic injuries as well as fatal accidents, also covering industrial disease, claims against the Ministry of Defence, and international serious injury matters, drawing on support from the wider firm's network of offices. Key names include brain injury specialist Deborah Rose, who 'handles some of the biggest PI claims and is great with clients' and 'rising star' Rhys Dando.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate

Irwin Mitchell launched a non-contentious private client offering in the Midlands in early 2023, spearheaded from Birmingham by Ian Bond, the former head of wills and estates at Thursfields Solicitors.

North West > Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant

Irwin Mitchell has long held a place as one of the top firms in this arena, with practice head Kristofer Inskip having over two decades of experience in bringing medical negligence actions on behalf of claimants. Lindsay Wise specialises in matters involving serious brain and spinal injuries, while Jennifer Cawthorne is known for her expertise in birth injury cases and claims resulting from the delayed diagnosis of cancer. Margaret Ryan, also a specialist in wrongful birth claims, was promoted to partner in May 2022. At the senior associate level, key names are Dina Lambourne, who has first-hand medical experience having been a cardiac nurse, and oral cancer and cauda equina expert Kevin Saul. Cases of delayed diagnosis are one of the firm’s main areas of strength.

Practice head(s):

Kristofer Inskip

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Understands needs of clients.’

‘They know the best ways of providing appropriate legal advice for the benefit of the client.’

‘The Manchester clinical negligence team at Irwin Mitchell is the stand out department in the North West.’

‘Kristofer Inskip leads the team applying the highest of standards and giving real encouragement. His individual case load is handled with meticulous care.’

‘Irwin Mitchell have a deserved national reputation. The solicitors I work with are dedicated and extremely able, with a well-resourced team behind them.’

‘Jennifer Cawthorne and Kevin Saul: these practitioners are sharp and creative in their litigation, always promoting the client’s interest.’

‘The practitioners have outstanding experience in complex clinical negligence cases. There are fee earners with particular expertise. This means that clients get a solicitor with real experience of dealing with similar cases which is often invaluable in identifying the stand out experts etc.’

‘They have expertise in so many different types of clinical negligence. It is so important that a solicitor has dealt with similar cases.’

Work highlights

  • Represented a claimant in a claim relating to failure/delay in diagnosis of neurosarcoidosis.
  • Acted for a claimant in relation to a delay in diagnosis of a brain tumour, due to negligent reporting of a CT head scan.
  • Succeeded with a claim that involved negligent brain tumour surgery, where healthy tissue was removed instead of the tumour.

South East > Private client > Agriculture and estates

Irwin Mitchell routinely assists commercial, institutional, and private clients operating in the rural sector. Leeds-based James Laycock co-leads the team alongside James Pavey who splits his time between Gatwick and London and is adept in property transactions. Charlotte West -Withers is located in Gatwick and is seasoned in easement, first registrations and lender refinance work in addition to agricultural tenancies and residential occupations.

Practice head(s):

James Pavey; James Laycock

Other key lawyers:

Charlotte West-Withers; Nicola Gooch, Naomi Neville

Testimonials

‘The team has the support of the larger firm for specific specialist transactions.’

‘Charlotte West-Withers has been great with all of my transactions this year. She gets the best results for me as the client.’

‘Charlotte West-Withers has made every effort to learn our complex family dynamic, she gets things done and is great to work with.’

Key clients

Darwall v Dartmoor National Park Authority

Millwall FC

Andrew Sellick

Smith

Work highlights

The firm: We’re a full-service law firm with global reach. Whatever your situation and wherever you are, if you need legal and financial expertise we’re here for you. Our specialists offer a wide range of services, expertise and a personal approach based around your needs.

If you’re looking to move house, plan for retirement or need support after a life-changing injury then we can help. If it’s a merger or acquisition, commercial litigation, employment, real estate or banking and finance, we offer so much more than just advice to businesses as they grow and their needs change.

Delivering for our clients is about more than knowledge. It means understanding the people and businesses we work with and taking the time to listen to what you find valuable.

We put our clients at the heart of everything we do. We’re proud of our heritage, our growth, and our reputation as industry leading experts. Everything we do is built around your requirements, whether that means solving a problem efficiently and effectively, settling before trial or taking a case all the way to the Supreme Court. It’s why so many of our clients return and recommend us.

Our approach is based on building long-lasting, trusted relationships and we work flexibly to suit different needs at different times. We aim to be one step ahead and will anticipate what really matters to you now, and in the future.

Our commitment to being responsible goes further than the law. We work hard to make a positive impact in the communities we serve, the environment we care about and our people, who we need to achieve and grow.

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 human touch, coupled with a reputation as a litigation powerhouse makes them stand out from the crowd.

As the leading complex 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 and has recently reached a milestone £1bn of assets under management

Irwin Mitchell’s private client offering specialises in residential property, family, wills, probate 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.

The firm also offers a wide range of commercial and corporate services for businesses and institutions and has expertise in 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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Kirsty Ayre photo Kirsty Ayre Partner and head of the Sheffield employment team. Kirsty advises on all…
Jennifer Ayris photo Jennifer Ayris Senior associate
Niall Baker photo Niall Baker Managing Partner of Court of Protection and Public Law and Human Rights
Steve Beahan photo Steve Beahan Partner Experienced commercial dispute resolution lawyer. Since June 2011 has headed the…
Zoe Brodrick photo Zoe Brodrick Zoe is a Senior Associate team leader and an experienced case handler…
Adrian Budgen photo Adrian Budgen Partner Has a special interest in asbestos-related disease cases, particularly mesothelioma, and…
Stephen Cardinal photo Stephen Cardinal Senior associate Stephen specialise in health and welfare cases in the Court…
Jennifer Cawthorne photo Jennifer Cawthorne I have worked at Irwin Mitchell for over 22 years and have…
Rosie Charlton photo Rosie Charlton Senior Associate Solicitor
Charlotte Civico photo Charlotte Civico Associate solicitor
Karen Codling photo Karen Codling Associate director of special damages unit. Karen leads the special damages unit,…
Gillian Coverley photo Gillian Coverley Partner Gillian is the National Head of Partnerships, Wills and Probate within…
Kevin Cunningham photo Kevin Cunningham Partner Kevin has over 30 years’ experience of mergers and acquisitions, private…
Matthew Currie photo Matthew Currie Matthew is managing Partner for motor road traffic accident claims at Irwin Mitchell…
John Davies photo John Davies John has extensive experience in all types of investigations and prosecutions brought…
Chris Ellison photo Chris Ellison Chris specialises in the preparation of Wills, obtaining Grants of Probate and…
Kevin Fox photo Kevin Fox Partner Specialisms include: landlord, tenant leases and contracts. Kevin has particular expertise…
Laurence Gavin photo Laurence Gavin Advises clients in regulated sectors, particularly FCA-authorised firms, charities, healthcare and other…
Ben Gildea photo Ben Gildea Associate solicitor
Dean Gormley photo Dean Gormley Dean is a partner in the national banking and finance team. Dean…
Robert Grove-Smith photo Robert Grove-Smith I have over 10 years’ experience in the field of Tax, Trusts…
Natasha Guthrie photo Natasha Guthrie Natasha is an Associate Solicitor in the Commercial Litigation team in Sheffield,…
Melanie Hadwin photo Melanie Hadwin Associate solicitor
Scott Halliday photo Scott Halliday Senior Associate Solicitor
Simone Hardy photo Simone Hardy Senior associate
Paul Haycock photo Paul Haycock Paul is head of the Northern regulatory and criminal investigations group. Over…
Yousafa Hazara photo Yousafa Hazara Associate Solicitor Yousafa focuses on complex cross-border succession planning (including the drafting…
James Henshall photo James Henshall Solicitor James is a solicitor specialising in Family Law. This includes matters…
Amanda Holden photo Amanda Holden I am a paralegal in the Will, Trust and Estate Disputes team…
Martyn Holland photo Martyn Holland Partner Specialisms: retail and commercial property, real estate finance, landlord and tenant…
Georgina Houston photo Georgina Houston Senior associate
Emma Hubbard photo Emma Hubbard Emma independently handles complex divorce, finance and children matters. Emma is seen…
Helen Hutchison photo Helen Hutchison Partner
Maisie Huynh photo Maisie Huynh Maisie is a tenacious litigator. She has great commercial acumen and an…
Louise Jenkins photo Louise Jenkins Louise is a Partner in the Sheffield office and leads the Serious…
Hayley Johnson photo Hayley Johnson Whilst Hayley has a particular focus on real estate financing, she also…
David Johnston-Keay photo David Johnston-Keay Senior associate Specialisms:   Industrial Deafness Respiratory Claims RSI Claims VWF Claims…
James Laycock photo James Laycock I am a Partner in both the Will, Trust and Estate Disputes…
Emma McCann photo Emma McCann Senior associate solicitor Areas of expertise: Wills Administration of estates Tax planning…
Julianne Moore photo Julianne Moore Partner  
Jason Newall photo Jason Newall Senior associate
Matthew Newbould photo Matthew Newbould Matthew is a solicitor in Irwin Mitchell’s Medical Product Liability and Medical…
Dorrien Peters photo Dorrien Peters Dorrien specialises in commercial litigation and dispute resolution (including domestic arbitration and…
Claire Pilsworth photo Claire Pilsworth Senior associate
Mike Plews photo Mike Plews Solicitor Mike advises on EPC contracts, building contracts, professional appointments, collateral warranties,…
Andrea Prescott photo Andrea Prescott I’m an associate in the Public Law team. I specialise in various…
Danny Revitt photo Danny Revitt Heads the Yorkshire property litigation team based in Sheffield. Advises on all…
Carla Rist photo Carla Rist Senior associate
Zoe Round photo Zoe Round Zoe is an associate director and partner in the Sheffield family team…
Sarah Rowland photo Sarah Rowland Sarah is a Partner in the Medical Negligence department and leads a…
Helen Royles-Jones photo Helen Royles-Jones Helen is a Associate Solicitor specialising in medical negligence cases. She is…
Faith Salih photo Faith Salih Associate solicitor specialising in community care and health and welfare matters in both…
Emily Sinclair photo Emily Sinclair Associate solicitor
Lisa Stratford photo Lisa Stratford Senior associate She has substantial experience of dealing with complex landlord and…
Andrew Tucker photo Andrew Tucker Group chief executive of Irwin Mitchell, having taken over from John Pickering…
Graham Walker photo Graham Walker Senior associate legal executive
Guy Whitehead photo Guy Whitehead Senior Associate Guy has considerable experience in all real estate transactions, but…
Elizabeth Whitehead photo Elizabeth Whitehead Liz is a Senior Associate Team Leader within the serious injury team…
Darren Wilson photo Darren Wilson Darren is a Senior Associate within the serious injury Team in Sheffield.…
Emma Windle photo Emma Windle Emma advises both individuals and companies in relation to a range of…
Daniel Woolnough photo Daniel Woolnough Associate Daniel deals with the full range of real estate transactions, but…
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Sallie Booth photo Sallie Booth Partner
Tania Harrison photo Tania Harrison Tania is a Senior Associate Solicitor in the Medical Negligence team in…
Racheal  Harrison photo Racheal Harrison Solicitor in the Wills, Trusts and Estates team in Sheffield.
Ben  Lyon photo Ben Lyon I am a Solicitor in the Will, Trust and Estate Disputes. Day…
Tom Mather photo Tom Mather Partner
Helen Mycroft photo Helen Mycroft I’m an Associate Solicitor on the Tax, Trusts & Estates team in…
Laura Pang photo Laura Pang Senior Associate Solicitor
Thomas Pape photo Thomas Pape Thomas specialises in probate issues, inheritance tax and Probate Registry applications for…
Tom Paton photo Tom Paton Partner
Elizabeth Perry photo Elizabeth Perry Partner
Richard Smaller photo Richard Smaller Solicitor Richard specialises in disputes that arise when a person dies. I deal…
Anna Stacey photo Anna Stacey I qualified as a solicitor in 2018. I have over 20 years…
David Withers photo David Withers Partner
James  Wright photo James Wright I’m a Solicitor in the Will, Trust and Estate Disputes team in…
Number of partners : 226
Number of other UK fee-earners : 1750

The Legal 500 Future Lawyers Verdict

Irwin Mitchell offers the ‘ideal combination of working in a regional office while having the support of a large, national law firm’. The firm offers a ‘very wide range of legal services, meaning that you have the opportunity to work alongside other departments and gain an understanding of different areas of law as you train’. What’s more, because Irwin Mitchell is a full-service firm, staff ‘can discuss matters that come up between teams, across all practice areas’. Alongside the excellent work opportunities, ‘wellbeing is also important to the firm’ and supervisors ‘want to make sure that you have a good work/life balance’. Also commendable is the ‘firm’s dedication to CSR; all employees are encouraged to engage with the firm’s groups, including diversity and charity committees’. The people at Irwin Mitchell are ‘knowledgeable and approachable across the board’, and one of the best things about working at the firm is the ‘kindness of colleagues’. Trainees consider the worst things about Irwin Mitchell to be that ‘the IT is poor and the firm is slow to upgrade to better systems and technology’ coupled with ‘the ‘limited number of administrative staff’. Some trainees also find the high chargeable time targets stressful and think that the pay and benefits could be improved. Recruits did not look back fondly on times when there were ‘unrealistic expectations to go above and beyond, even when struggling with a big workload’, ‘being given too much responsibility in some circumstances and feeling overwhelmed due to court deadlines’ and ‘working late to meet deadlines for witness statements’. On the other hand, many of the best moments centred on client interaction, such as ‘several meetings where I have been given responsibility to communicate independently with clients’ and ‘visiting a client at home to run a meeting by myself’. For a large, national firm with lots of different practice areas to get your teeth stuck into,  consider Irwin Mitchell.