Firm Profile > Irwin Mitchell > Newcastle upon Tyne , England

Irwin Mitchell
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36 GALLOWGATE
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
NE1 4TD
England

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

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

Leading individuals

Testimonials

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

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

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

Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

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

Testimonials

‘Good team work and all interests are covered.’

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

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

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

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

Pensions Tier 2

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

Next Generation Partners

Testimonials

‘The firm takes a practical and pragmatic approach’

‘Reasonably competitive on price and build good client relationships’

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

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

Key clients

PAN Trustees Limited

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Department Name Email Telephone
Group chief executive Andrew Tucker
Group chairman Glyn Barker
Chief executive, personal legal services Craig Marshall
Chief executive, business legal services Vicky Brackett
Group finance director Richard Allen
Photo Name Position Profile
 Jennifer Craven  photo Jennifer Craven
 Emma Crowther  photo Emma Crowther
 Laura Gabbey-Cristofini  photo Laura Gabbey-Cristofini
 Lindsey Henderson  photo Lindsey Henderson
 Rebecca Maddock  photo Rebecca Maddock
 Andrew McGowan  photo Andrew McGowan
 Jane Pyrah  photo Jane Pyrah
 Debbie Schofield  photo Debbie Schofield
 Katie Thackray  photo Katie Thackray
Number of partners : 249
Number of other UK fee-earners : 1,500+

The Lex 100 Verdict

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