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London: Corporate and commercial

Financial services: contentious
Financial services: contentious - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

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

Practice head(s):Sarah Wallace


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

'Approachable and easy to talk to'

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M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

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

Practice head(s):Bryan Bletso

Other key lawyers:James Paton-Philip


'Highly reliable and dependable'

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

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

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

Key Clients

Bought By Many Ltd

Uniplaces Limited

Maxtube Group

Gratte Brothers Group Limited

Selling shareholders of Thomas Exchange Global

Thermeon Worldwide Limited


Sellers of Interactive Digital Media GmbH

C.P. Hart

Sellers of iCasework Group

Sellers of Derivexperts SAS

Union Solutions Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the principal shareholders of Thomas Exchange Global Limited, on the sale of the entire issued share capital in the group to Fexco Limited.
  • Advised two individuals on the sale of iCasework to Civica UK.
  • Advised the principal shareholders of Red Rooster Holdings on the sale of the entire issued share capital to Claranet Limited.
  • Represented C.P.Hart via its acquisition vehicle of Charco 2010 on the strategic acquisition of two companies - European Bathrooms Ltd and European Bathrooms (Amersham) Ltd.
  • Acted for Thermeon Worldwide on the sale of its business to Valsoft Corporation .

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London: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 7

Irwin Mitchell

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

Practice head(s):Jonathan Sachs

Other key lawyers:Jane Anderson; Dominique Dolman


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

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

Key Clients

Sandi Haywood

Taray Investments and Bellevue Homes

Work highlights

  • Represented the respondent in the Supreme Court in an employment-related breach of contract claim.

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Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

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

Practice head(s):Shah Qureshi; Yogi Amin; Paul Haycock

Other key lawyers:Shazia Khan; Emilie Cole; Emma Windle; Craig Weston


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

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

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

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

Key Clients

Futures trading head at an Australian bank

Fund manager

Energy trader


Work highlights

  • Acted for a senior consultant cardiologist in relation to an investigation into allegations made against him.

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London: Finance

Asset based lending
Asset based lending - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

Led by the ‚Äėexceptional'¬†Jon Bew¬†out of the firm‚Äôs Birmingham office,¬†Irwin Mitchell‚Äôs three-partner team has strong ties with the ABL arms of commercial and clearing banks, as well as independent providers of finance, which it advises on new money transactions, the development of new products, litigation and restructuring. Although it is active on cross-border mandates, the firm has a strong presence in the domestic market, particularly on bilateral deals arising from invoice discounting transactions. Recently promoted to partner, the 'excellent'¬†Natalie Barnes¬†is gaining a strong reputation in the domestic market and has recently handled a significant number of deals for new market entrant Arbuthnot Commercial Asset Based Lending.¬†The firm is also well versed in handling restructuring and insolvency matters where the ABL product formed a central part of the original financing;¬†Stephen George¬†is particularly noted for work in this area.

Practice head(s):Jon Bew

Other key lawyers:Stephen George; Andrew Watson; Natalie Barnes; Amy Keogh


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

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

'Natalie Barnes has rightly been promoted to partnership'.

Key Clients

Hitachi Capital

Arbuthnot Commercial Asset Based Lending

ABN AMRO Commercial Finance

Bibby Financial Services

Close Invoice Finance

HSBC Bank Plc

IGF Business Credit

Shawbrook Bank

Investec Bank

Woodsford Tradebridge

Work highlights

  • Advising the administrators and senior lenders on the sale of the business and assets of Cardinal Security Limited, in an extremely tight timescale, in order to maximise realisations and ensure the continuation of the business.
  • Advising IGF Business Credit on the receivables and inventory facility made available to Penta Foods Limited.
  • Advising Arbuthnot on a £5m ABL facility to Morris Angel & Son Limited. The transaction was unusual as it constituted a term and a revolving loan facility on the same class of assets.
  • Advising ABN Amro on a £16m receivables finance facility with Affinity Workforce.
  • Advising Arbuthnot on a £6.5m ABL facility being made available to the Fluorocarbon group.
Leading individuals

Jon Bew - Irwin Mitchell

Next Generation Partners

Natalie Barnes - Irwin Mitchell

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London: Human resources

Employment: employees/unions
Employment: employees/unions - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

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

Practice head(s):Shah Qureshi

Other key lawyers:Emilie Cole; Shazia Khan


'Exceptional experience of claimant work and high-quality judgement'

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

'Emilie Cole is excellent - always calm, well prepared and strategic'

Key Clients

Judge Claire Gilham

Mohamed Al-Obaidi

Lynnette Pratt

Sir Nicholas Mostyn and five other High Court judges

Meena Argarwal

Pauline Leonard

Independent Workers Union of Great Britain

Trustees of Hattron Pension Group Plan

Work highlights

  • Representing Judge Gilham in an appeal against the decision that judges are not workers and therefore do not benefit from whistleblowing protection.
  • Acting for Lynette Pratt in her disability and sex discrimination and harassment claims against the Marylebone Cricket Club, the world’s oldest cricket club.
  • Acted in the successful age discrimination challenge to the government’s judicial pension scheme reforms, which were held to unjustifiably discriminate against younger judges.
  • Represented a claimant in an age discrimination claim after it transpired that older managers’ contracts were being terminated in favour of younger managers under the guise of restructuring.
  • Acting for a female associate solicitor in her sex and disability discrimination claims against a leading City law firm.
Leading individuals

Shah Qureshi - Irwin Mitchell

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Employment: employers
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 6

Irwin Mitchell

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

Practice head(s):Sybille Steiner; Shah Qureshi 

Other key lawyers:Melanie Stancliffe; Shazia Khan; Emilie Cole


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

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

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

Key Clients

Brookfield Global Relocation Services Limited


National Grid

Association of Colleges

Nuffield Health

Market Securities LLP

Kyte Broking Limited

Nutmeg Savings and Investment

Kepler Cheuvreux S.A.

Beeline UK Accessories Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Nutmeg Savings and Investment on the fintech business's workforce, including employment tax, immigration and pensions auto-enrollment matters.
  • Assisted Kepler Cheuvreux with a complaint followed by complex litigation involving alleged protected disclosures and alleged discrimination.
  • Supporting Epita and Eptica UK's international HR director with cross-border employment issues, reorganisations, employment tax, high value hires and departures.
  • Advising Beeline UK Accessories Limited on investigations, disciplinary and grievance matters, as well as health and safety implications, and the redrafting of contracts, policies and procedures.

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Employment: senior executives
Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

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

Practice head(s):Sybille Steiner; Shah Qureshi

Other key lawyers:Melanie Stancliffe; Shazia Khan; Emilie Cole


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

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

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

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Immigration: business - ranked: tier 5

Irwin Mitchell

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

Practice head(s):Philip Barth

Other key lawyers:Mandeep Khroud; Ben Xu


'Philip Barth is very knowledgeable and his integrity is strong.'

Leading individuals

Philip Barth - Irwin Mitchell

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Pensions (non-contentious)
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 5

Irwin Mitchell

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

Practice head(s):Penny Cogher; Martin Jenkins


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

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

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

Key Clients

RPMI Limited – pension administrators of the Railway pension scheme

Pan Trustees – various schemes including Federated Pension Plan

Camfil AB

Work highlights

  • Handled the pensions aspects of Camfil AB's £6m acquisition of Bushbury Holdings.
  • Assisted a US corporate with updating its UK pension scheme rules to reflect an earlier scheme merger.
  • Advising a global conglomerate on UK pension questions.
  • Advising trustees on an enhanced transfer exercise and a pensioner buy out.
  • Advising on defined contribution master trust arrangements.

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London: Insurance

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

Irwin Mitchell

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

Practice head(s):Alison Eddy

Other key lawyers:Auriana Griffiths; Ian Christian; Leena Savjani; Anita Jewitt; Anne Kavanagh


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

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

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

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

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

'Alison Eddy is a stellar performer with great judgement.'

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

'Anne Kavanagh analyses cases expertly.'

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


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

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of a young female in a multi-million pound clinical negligence claim against Barts Health NHS Trust, in relation to a severe brain injury sustained as a result of anaesthetic errors at birth.
  • Representing claimant in liability and quantum claims regarding the negligent delay in the treatment of an infection and avoidable brain injury following an ear operation at the Tunbridge Wells Hospital.
  • Acting on behalf of the claimants in a wrongful birth claim, relating to the alleged negligence of the defendant’s sonographer in missing a defect in an  anomaly scan at the Princess Royal University Hospital.
  • Acting for a 64-year-old claimant who is now paraplegic in a £4.8 claim for injuries and losses against Barts Heath NHS Trust, in relation to negligent care and delayed treatment.
  • Represented claimant in XX v Whittington Hospital NHS Trust in seeking the costs of surrogacy, after the client was left infertile following a delayed diagnosis of cervical cancer.
Leading individuals

Alison Eddy - Irwin Mitchell

Auriana Griffiths - Irwin Mitchell

Next Generation Partners

Anita Jewitt - Irwin Mitchell

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

Irwin Mitchell

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

Practice head(s):Tracey Storey; Alison Eddy

Other key lawyers:Demetrius Danas; Richard Geraghty; Ian Bailey; Sarah Griggs; Chani Dhaliwal; Laura Middleton-Guerard


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Work highlights

  • Achieved £3.375m for a claimant who sustained a traumatic brain injury, and significant cognitive and psychiatric impairments after being hit by a car at a pedestrian crossing.
  • Settled a claim at a joint settlement meeting for £2.7m for a claimant who sustained catastrophic facial injuries and traumatic brain damage following an accident at work.
  • Reached £11m settlement for a claimant who suffered a severe brain injury, leg fractures and neuro-behavioural complications following a road traffic collision.
  • Obtained judgment for interim payments to access private treatment for a claimant suffering from mesothelioma.
  • Acted in a group action arising from the 2015 terrorist attack in Tunisia, representing the bereaved families at the inquests into the deaths of the British nationals, and subsequent civil claims.
Leading individuals

Alison Eddy - Irwin Mitchell

Tracey Storey - Irwin Mitchell

Next Generation Partners

Sarah Griggs - Irwin Mitchell

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Product liability: claimant
Product liability: claimant - ranked: tier 1

Irwin Mitchell

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

Practice head(s):Sallie Booth; Tim Annett; Clive Garner

Other key lawyers:Matthew Newbould


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

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

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

Work highlights

  • Representing multiple claimants in a group action against Johnson & Johnson arising from the use of its pelvic organ prolapse products.
  • Acting for various claimants in a group action against DePuy International regarding its Pinnacle metal-on-metal hip implants.
  • Handling new claims on behalf of individuals (or their families) who have developed Creutzfeldt Jakob Disease; the claims are brought against the Department of Health and concern a contaminated human growth hormone.
  • Representing serving and ex-military personnel in claims brought against the Ministry of Defence for negligent medical treatment involving the incorrect prescription of the antimalarial drug, Lariam.
  • Acting for a range of individual claimants injured by exploding lithium ion batteries used in e-cigarettes.
Leading individuals

Sallie Booth - Irwin Mitchell

Tim Annett - Irwin Mitchell

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 6

Irwin Mitchell

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


Jonathan Sachs is fantastically knowledgeable about professional negligence law; he is particularly great at running difficult cases in such a way that the defendant is brought to the table.

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London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

Irwin Mitchell

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

Practice head(s):Claire-Marie Cornford


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

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

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Court of Protection
Court of Protection - ranked: tier 1

Irwin Mitchell

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

Practice head(s):Julia Lomas; Yogi Amin; Niall Baker

Other key lawyers:Polly Sweeney


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

'Irwin Mitchell has a very substantial Court of Protection department.'

'It is a very responsive and supportive team.'

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

'Julia Lomas is well-regarded.'

'I have a huge amount of respect for Polly Sweeney.'

Work highlights

  • Acted for the child who had sustained severe neurological injuries as a result of substandard treatment afforded to his mother during delivery.
  • Appointed as deputy for C but his rehabilitation has been so successful through his own determination that he has had his capacity restored and the team now manages his finances through a trust.
  • Acted for AK who was severely injured as a result of clinical negligence at birth and suffers from cerebral palsy, cognitive impairment and epilepsy.
  • Advised on an urgent application to the Court of Protection to request the Court’s authority to transfer a family property.
  • Represented a client under the Mental Capacity Act 2005, in order to challenge the standard authorisation depriving him of his liberty at a residential care placement.
Leading individuals

Julia Lomas - Irwin Mitchell

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Family - ranked: tier 4

Irwin Mitchell

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

Practice head(s):Ros Bever

Other key lawyers:Toby Hales; Nathaniel Groarke; Kathryn Evans


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Leading individuals

Toby Hales - Irwin Mitchell

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

Irwin Mitchell

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

Practice head(s):Nick Rucker

Other key lawyers:Alex Ruffel; Helen Clarke; George Merrylees


'Alex Ruffel can distil complex matters well.'

'Helen Clarke provides a very good service to clients.'

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

'George Merrylees works particularly well on international matters.'

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

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

Practice head(s):Yogi Amin

Other key lawyers:Anne-Marie Irwin; Faith Salah

Key Clients

Noel Conway – Dignity in Dying

Kian Hollow and others

Bower and Jackson - 'Hands Off HRI Hospital' campaign

Roger Nettleship- 'Save South Tyneside Hospital Campaign' group

Alexander Maximus Howard Drewelus and others


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

Sienna Scott, by her mother and litigation friend  Emma Turner

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

A university treatment research facility

Work highlights

  • Represented Noel Conway in the application to bring a judicial review challenging the law on assisted dying.
  • Represented Kian Hollow and others (children with special educational needs) in a judicial review concerning Surrey County Council’s decision to cut £20m from its SEN budget.
  • Represented Rachel Nettleship of the 'Save South Tyneside Hospital Campaign' in a judicial review of the decision to reconfigure hospital services at South Tyneside Hospital to move to Sunderland.
  • Acted for Alexander Maximus Howard Drewelus and others in a judicial review of Hackney Council's provision of SEN funding.
  • Represented the claimants in a judicial review concerning Northamptonshire County Council’s decision to close 21 libraries.

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Civil liberties and human rights
Civil liberties and human rights - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

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

Practice head(s):Yogi Amin; Fiona McGhie

Other key lawyers:Gus Silverman; Andrew Arthur; Juliet Spender; Oliver Carter


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

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

Key Clients

The Loney family

Artur Netyks

Douglas and Carole Shipsey

Noel Conway – Dignity in Dying

Daniel Faulkner

Brad Foster

Douglas Oak

Work highlights

  • Instructed by the daughters of Leocardo Loney, an elderly man with dementia, to represent them at the inquest into his death.
  • Acted for the family of Michal Netyks, a Polish national who was detained at HMP Altcourse and who died on 7 December 2017.
  • Acted for the parents of Bethany Shipsey in a judicial review challenge to the suicide conclusion reached by the senior coroner for Worcestershire at the inquest into Bethany's death.
  • Acted for a mother and her British baby in their claim against the Home Office for unlawful detention.
  • Acted for Daniel Faulkner in a judicial review of the Legal Aid Agency’s decision to apply the statutory charge to damages awarded following a previous test case.
Leading individuals

Yogi Amin - Irwin Mitchell

Rising stars

Fiona McGhie - Irwin Mitchell

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Education: individuals
Education: individuals - ranked: tier 1

Irwin Mitchell

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

Practice head(s):Polly Sweeney; Yogi Amin

Other key lawyers:Caroline Barrett; Steven Baylis; James Betts

Work highlights

  • Acted for the parents of a 14-year-old boy with cerebral palsy to enable their child to be homeschooled to meet his individual health and education needs.
  • Bringing a challenge to the Chancellor of the Exchequer and/or Secretary of State on behalf of severely disabled children who have been affected by the education system being significantly underfunded.
  • Advised the parents of a child with profound disabilities and helped them secure a package of education tailored to his individual needs and split between an independent school and the home.
  • Challenged Somerset County Council’s proposal to reduce SEN funding and re-allocate the funds to support high-value residential placements.
  • Challenged a local authority's decision to move a child with severe health and learning difficulties from a specialist school that supports children with cerebral palsy to a different special school which would not be set up to cater to her individual needs.

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Healthcare - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

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

Practice head(s):Yogi Amin

Other key lawyers:Yogi Amin; Mathieu Culverhouse

Key Clients

North Staffordshire Pensioners' Convention and individual patients

Hightown Parish Council

Work highlights

  • Continuing to represent Mr Conway, who has been supported by Dignity in Dying, in the widely publicised “right to die” judicial review against the Secretary of State for Justice, arguing that section 2 of the Suicide Act is incompatible with his right to a private life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
  • Acted for two hospital users in a judicial review of the decision to reconfigure hospital services across two hospitals in the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust leading to the loss of acute services and A&E provision at one of the hospitals.
  • Represented claimants in a judicial review of the decision to reconfigure hospital services at South Tyneside Hospital.
Leading individuals

Yogi Amin - Irwin Mitchell

Rising stars

Anne-Marie Irwin - Irwin Mitchell

Mathieu Culverhouse - Irwin Mitchell

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: development
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 5

Irwin Mitchell

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

Other key lawyers:Gordon Anderson; Ayesha Hasan; Chris Baker


'Chris Baker is very approachable and sensible.  He has great expertise in this area.'

'Ayesha Hasan is a standout partner and is very experienced and talented in her specialist areas which include insolvency and core real estate roles.'

'Highly professional, knowledgeable and responsive - the firm also has a very fair approach to fee negotiation'.

'Nikki Link is very professional and approachable and excellent to work with.'

Key Clients

Cauldwell Properties Limited

Goethe Institut Ev

National Union of Journalists

Wombats Hostels

Coutts & Co

HSBC Bank plc

Arbuthnot Latham Co., Limited

Black & Gold Developments Limited


Resolution Property plc

Belimo Automation (UK) Limited


HSBC UK Bank plc

Coinford Limited

West eleven


Work highlights

  • Acting for Wombats London Limited in lease extension and development work.
  • Acting on the purchase of a development site in Brighton on behalf of Black & Gold Developments Limited.
  • Acting for Coinford on the set up of a residential development.
  • Advising Lab-tech on the construction contracts for the mixed–use development of 101 Camley Street incorporating the construction of a pedestrian bridge over Regent’s Canal.
  • Advising Westeleven on the development of 39 residential units over 14 storeys and a new sports hall for the neighbouring Harris Academy.

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Contruction: non-contentious
Contruction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 5

Irwin Mitchell

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

Practice head(s):Gordon Anderson

Key Clients

Caudwell Properties



Select Properties


Peel Holdings


Work highlights

  • Advising Westeleven on the development of 39 residential units and a sports hall for the Harris Academy.
  • Advising on the fitting-out of Blackstone’s headquarters in London, 40 Berkeley Square.
  • Advising Peel Holdings on the redevelopment of Doncaster Sheffield Airport, including new terminal buildings, by dealing with the construction contracts with contractors and engineers.
  • Advising Lab-tech on the construction contracts for the mixed–use development of 101 Camley Street incorporating the construction of a pedestrian bridge over Regent’s Canal.

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Planning - ranked: tier 5

Irwin Mitchell

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

Practice head(s):Carl Dyer

Other key lawyers:James Pavey

Key Clients

One Lansdowne Road Limited

Lashbrook Properties Limited

Landlink Estates

Henry Boot Developers Limited

Work highlights

  • Negotiated the section 106 agreement for a £68m flagship regeneration scheme in Trafford.
  • Provided CIL advice and negotiated the section 106 agreement for the £600m One Lansdowne Road flagship regeneration scheme in Croydon.
  • Negotiated and drafted a section 278 highway agreement deed of variation for Landlink Estates.
  • Negotiated a section 106 planning agreement for Lashbrook Properties' residential development.
  • Negotiated and settled the section 106 agreement for Henry Boot Developers' residential development.

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London: Risk advisory

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime
Regulatory investigations and corporate crime - ranked: tier 4

Irwin Mitchell

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

Other key lawyers:Craig Weston; Tina Lakhani; Katie Byrne


‘An understated team that provides top notch defence’.              

‘Very good in financial services crime cases’.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 6

Irwin Mitchell

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

Practice head(s):Georgie Collins


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

Key Clients

Capita plc

White Winston Select Assets Funds, LLC

Sweaty Betty (Lady of Leisure Ltd)

Lily’s Kitchen Limited

Conan Doyle Estates Limited

British Chamber of Commerce

Giles Long/Lexicon Decoder Ltd

Beauty & the Boutique

International Broadcasting Convention

Globe Business Publishing (Apply 4 Law & Lexology brands)

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Capita to manage its global trade mark portfolio and brand and reputation management worldwide.
  • Assisted Sweaty Betty with its global trade mark portfolio and handled brand and reputation management issues worldwide.
  • Acting for Lily’s Kitchen on a range of intellectual property matters including the clearance of new product names and designs, trade mark and design registrations, brand protection work and enforcement issues.
  • Instructed to advise Beauty and the Boutique on brand protection and enforcement matters including strategic website take downs and the removal of offending online content.
  • Advising the International Broadcasting Convention on all aspects of the protection of its intellectual property, particular brand and digital content matters.

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London: Transport

Travel: personal injury - ranked: tier 1

Irwin Mitchell

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

Practice head(s):Neil Whiteley

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


Jennifer Lund is a standout lawyer.

Demetrius Danas and Leane Shanks are of top-quality.

Work highlights

  • The team is acting for more than 70 clients, including claims for the families of 22 people who were killed, on claims relating to a terrorist attack at a hotel in Sousse, Tunisia.
  • The team is advising on a claim for a tetraplegic client, and others, following a high profile bus crash in Malta.
  • The team represents the families of 26 passengers killed in a plane crash in Nigeria.
  • The team advised an individual on a catastrophic injury claim relating to a road accident in Portugal.
  • The team is advising an individual who suffered a brain injury in Tenerife.
Leading individuals

Clive Garner - Irwin Mitchell

Demetrius Danas - Irwin Mitchell

Philip Banks - Irwin Mitchell

Next Generation Partners

Jennifer Lund - Irwin Mitchell

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