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Irwin Mitchell
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Partner in the personal injury division and head of Irwin Mitchell’s international personal injury, product liability and aviation law teams. Clive specialises in acting for the victims of severe brain and spinal injury arising overseas and in complex fatal accident and mass tort claims arising in the UK and overseas following aviation, marine, road traffic or other incidents. Clive has successfully represented thousands of victims in more than 300 group actions arising in numerous countries around the world. He has also acted in several precedent setting cases both in England and overseas and has won record awards of damages for a number of clients and for the families of those killed in fatal accidents. Author of several published articles and a contributor to several legal textbooks on international personal injury. Clive has chaired numerous international events and has regularly presented at International conferences and conventions across Europe and the US. He has been consulted on law reform issues by the European Parliament and the European Commission, The Law Society, The Consumers Association and the Ministry of Justice. He is a regular commentator in the media. Winner of the Birmingham Law Society ‘International Lawyer Of The Year 2013’.


Trained Irwin Mitchell 1990; qualified 1992; partner 1997.


UK Governor of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), member of AAJ International Relations Committee and past chairman of its International Practice Section; secretary and executive board member of the Pan-European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL); fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL); fellow of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies; member of the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA); past executive board member of the Institute of European Traffic Law (IETL); member of the Travel and Tourism Lawyers Association (TATLA); member of the British Spanish Lawyers Association.


Kingston University 1985-1988 (LLB); University of Manchester 1989 (MA); Nottingham Law School 1997 (LLM).


Music, cinema, travel.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Insurance > Product liability: claimant

Irwin Mitchell is regularly instructed by claimants in cases relating to medical negligence issues, defective electrical device claims, and cosmetic and other consumer goods matters. The team has substantial experience in individual and group claims, often with cross-border elements. In Birmingham, Clive Garner‘s practice also includes international aviation and marine cases. From the Sheffield office, Tim Annett specialises in defective medical devices, while Sallie Booth is well versed in proceedings relating to foods and pharmaceuticals products. Associate Matthew Newbould is another name to note.

London > Transport > Travel

(Hall of Fame)

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Irwin Mitchell‘s large national team is ‘particularly strong on large multi-party actions where it has streamlined systems to take instructions from multiple claimants‘. It acts for claimants who have suffered catastrophic injuries, as well as families of individuals who have been killed in incidents around the world, pursuing cases up to the level of the European Court of Justice. Working across its London, Birmingham, and Manchester offices, the team includes Clive Garner, ‘a tenacious claimant lawyer‘ who is acting in claims against Boeing for the families of the British victims of the 2019 Ethiopian Airlines flight ET302 crash, which is expected to be the most expensive air accident of all time. Philip Banks heads up the accident sub-team in the international personal injury teams in Birmingham and Manchester, while the ‘unflappableDemetrius Danas heads up the London international personal injury team. Cheryl Palmer-Hughes, who leads the Manchester international serious injury team, was made partner in mid-2020. London-based Jennifer Lund is another name to note, Neil Whiteley in Cambridge leads the wider practice, and senior associate Kylie Hutchison is recommended.

West Midlands > Transport

(Leading individuals)

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Irwin Mitchell‘s market-leading international personal injury team, which is led by Clive Garner, is notably strong in representing victims and families in claims arising from road traffic, marine and aviation incidents occurring globally. It has an outstanding track record in individual and group action claims. In 2019, Philip Banks assisted an individual with settling a claim against a French insurance company following his involvement in a road accident in Greece.

West Midlands > Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

(Leading individuals)

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