Firm Profile > Irwin Mitchell > Bristol, England

Irwin Mitchell

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

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

Family Tier 1

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

Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

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


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

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

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

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

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

Each communication is treated with complete dignity.

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

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

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
 Kate Easy  photo Kate Easy
 Marjha Golding-Evans  photo Marjha Golding-Evans
 Fiona McGhie  photo Fiona McGhie
 Erin Sawyer  photo Erin Sawyer
 Isabelle Selley  photo Isabelle Selley
 Gus Silverman  photo Gus Silverman
 Polly Sweeney  photo Polly Sweeney
 Luke Trevorrow  photo Luke Trevorrow
 Hayley Trim  photo Hayley Trim
 Charlotte Waite  photo Charlotte Waite
 Nicola Walker  photo Nicola Walker
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.