The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Irwin Mitchell

BELMONT HOUSE, STATION WAY, CRAWLEY, WEST SUSSEX, RH10 1JA, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01293 742700
Fax:
Fax 01293 742999
DX:
85715 CRAWLEY
Email:
Web:
www.irwinmitchell.com/

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and Commercial: Hampshire
Corporate and Commercial: Hampshire - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

In addition to undertaking mid-market M&A, Irwin Mitchell's team also handles joint ventures and corporate restructurings. The team works across offices, enabling it to draw on firm-wide expertise in private equity transactions. Dean Drew is the name to note.

Practice head(s):John Riddick

Other key lawyers:Dean Drew

Key Clients

The Hendy Group

Spire Financial

Ross Holdings

Hectic Europe

Emerson Process Management

Trant Engineering

David Lindley & Co

Compleat Food Network UK

Corvia

Portland Bunkers

Work highlights

  • Assisted The Hendy Group with its acquisition of Unbeatable Cars.
  • Assisted Ross Holdings with its acquisition and subsequent refinancing of Yarm Developments.
  • Assisted Spire Financial with its joint venture with UK-listed entity JUST Group.
  • Assisting the minority shareholder and angel investors with the sale of the entire issued share capital of Corvia.
  • Assisted the shareholders with the sale of Compleat Food Network.

[back to top]

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 1

Irwin Mitchell

In addition to M&A mandates from private businesses and smaller PLCs, Irwin Mitchell attracts a range of private equity and venture capital work, with Dan Bastide leading the small cap group. Regional managing partner Faye Bargery, who 'runs a tight ship', is highly experienced in corporate and commercial matters, especially where private equity is concerned; Stuart Padgham overseas the commercial work and has a background in the IT industry, and Dan Hedley is well rated by technology clients.

Practice head(s):Dan Bastide; Stuart Padgham

Other key lawyers:Faye Bargery; Stuart Padgham; Dan Hedley 

Testimonials

'The team has very profound knowledge in the IT sector.'

'Their in-depth familiarity and first-hand experience of IT matters helps a lot. They have shown an outstanding ability to manage complex customer, partner and supplier relationships, a strong business acumen and therefore good capability to stay pragmatic on legal matters while keeping an eye on what the business actually needs.'

Key Clients

Nuffield Health

Saga Group

LzLabs GmbH

Destiny Pharma plc

Marco Limited

Air Partner plc

Micheldever Tyre Services

Work highlights

  • In a matter valued at £15m, the firm advised Gamfook Jewellery plc on its admission to trading on the NEX exchange. The client is the Jersey holding company of a Hong Kong-based  business and the team also co-ordinated the group reorganisation and due diligence and the disclosure process across Jersey, Hong Kong and China.
  • Advised VC fund Toba Capial on an investment of $18.5m into Seal Software Group.
  • Advised Chesney’s on investment from the Business Growth Fund.
  • Advised in connection with a fundraising by way of the issue of £1m warrants and £500,000 equity.  
  • Advised a logistics service aggregator on the provision of its services and technology platform to a household name retailer.

[back to top]

South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Hampshire
Commercial litigation: Hampshire - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell, which is highly active in matters with a cross-border component, is highly regarded by high net worth individuals, multinational companies and other household name clients. It has a notable focus on the sports, media, manufacturing, technology and financial services sectors. Hannah Clipston is an expert in breach of contract cases and associated complex tortious matters, with an industry specialism in sport and leisure. Associate Stephanie Reeves is also recommended.

Practice head(s):Hannah Clipston

Other key lawyers:Rob Coleridge; Stephanie Reeves

Testimonials

'The team were very dedicated and went the extra mile to ensure a successful outcome'.

'Simply excellent service'.

'Stephanie Reeves is thorough and thoughtful'.

'Stephanie Reeves negotiates in a calm and authoritative manner; her tenacity was vital to our success'.

Key Clients

Topcon GB

Id Verde UK

Work highlights

  • Supported a US owned technology company with a multi-million pound complex breach of confidence claim in the Business and Property Courts of England and Wales.
  • Acting for a limited company in respect of a multi-party, multi-jurisdictional contractual dispute.
  • Acted for a limited company in respect of a difficult shareholder dispute involving allegations of underpaid dividends by the Company in excess of £1.6m by an individual shareholder.
  • Acting for a large group of companies in relation to their dispute risk management issues and strategies on an ongoing basis.
  • Acting for a limited company in relation to various claims brought against it by a former officer.
Rising stars

Stephanie Reeves - Irwin Mitchell

[back to top]

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex
Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell has outstanding expertise in the financial services, manufacturing, tech, media and sports sectors and offers a strong national network of offices, thus being able to harness expertise in a range of practice areas. Robert Kenyon has many years of experience of High Court litigation and commercial disputes and Sarah Birkbeck specialises in IP, media and technology disputes. An impressive team of associates includes senior associate Robert Parks who is highly valued for his technical ability and commitment to his clients.

Practice head(s):Robert Kenyon; Sarah Birkbeck; Martin Cross

Other key lawyers:Robert Parks; Katie Byrne

Testimonials

'Irwin Mitchell's Crawley team is a rare beast: a firm doing City of London work at out-of-London rates. Since they merged with Thomas Eggar, this commercial litigation boutique has benefited from the manpower and resources that come with being part of a larger firm. The best of both worlds.'

'The team provide a reliable, consistent level of service always ensuring that a team member is available to support you through any process. The practice had guided us through the minefield of dispute resolution which has been a new aspect of our particular business.'

'Robert Parks is a committed and dedicated commercial lawyer with remarkable focus and attention to detail. He rolls up his sleeves and gets to grips with knotty technical points and really understands the client's business and their commercial needs.'

'I have rated them as excellent to exceptional on everything where I am in a position to comment.'

'Robert Parks and Sabrina Goran are excellent to work with. They are detailed, provide options and solutions to all issues, always checking that we have a full appreciation of both possible positive and negative outcomes.'

'A high level of trust has been developed since the business relationship commenced. Tom Barnard and Clemmie Burch have been a real pleasure to work with, as has partner Martin Cross. They are all extremely responsive and approachable, as well as being highly practical and with sound grasp of details.'

'Robert Kenyon provided practical and helpful advice, and was always available and happy to talk through issues in detail.'

Work highlights

  • Acting  for the Executors of a Will Trust in respect of an appeal to the Supreme Court relating to a determination by HMRC that inheritance tax is payable arising out of a legacy charitable gift to a charity based in Jersey.  
  • Acted for a very high-profile individual in relation to a potential defamation claim.
  • Acted for the defendant in a complex claim for breach of contract relating to the design and build of a bespoke machine to clean tapestries.
  • Advising an investment company based in Europe in respect of a complex, multi-jurisdictional dispute which arises from a multi-million pound investment into a property development in England.  
  • Defending a high-value product liability claim which also involves advising on insurance coverage issues.
Rising stars

Robert Parks - Irwin Mitchell

[back to top]

South East: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell focuses mainly on lenders, but also acts for borrowers, assisting clients with general commercial banking matters and secured lending to businesses. Expertise includes complex financings including real estate and development finance transactions. The team is well known for its specialism in the education sector. Daniel Webster heads the practice from the Gatwick office.

Practice head(s):Daniel Webster

Testimonials

'The team has an excellent understanding of the requirements of both the banks and the clients and comes up with a solution that works well for both sides.'

'The key strength is the proactive way in which they approach their work and the speed at which they execute the work they are involved with.'

'I find the team to be service orientated and easily approachable. As ever with most of the work we do prompt and pragmatic responses are required. These are always forthcoming from Irwin Mitchell.'

'Daniel Webster has always been pragmatic and helpful when I have asked questions and raised queries. He is happy to look at the issues from both sides and provide a solution which works all round.'

Key Clients

National Westminster Bank plc/RBS

HSBC Bank plc

Lloyds Bank PLC

RBS Invoice Finance Limited

Arbuthnot & Latham

Artisan Real Estate Investors

Chichester College

Coutts & Co

DWP Housing

Lambeth College

Work highlights

  • Acted for Lambeth College on the £10m refinancing of its existing facilities.
  • Acted for Artisan Real Estate Investors Limited on its borrowing facilities to fund the development of a substantial site in Bristol.
  • Advised NatWest on its £1.5m financing of the acquisition by Visual Data Media Services of Premier PR’s digital-media delivery and packaged authored-media services division.
  • Acted for Royal Bank of Scotland on the provision of a loan facility to Queen’s College Oxford.
  • Advised Arbuthnot Latham & Co on its provision of a facility to Archer House Residence.

[back to top]

Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's restructuring and insolvency team in Gatwick comprises  dedicated restructuring and insolvency lawyers who carry out the full-range work in the practice area. The team is headed by Andrew Walker who deals with both contentious and non-contentious matters, advising on high value and complex restructuring work. He has particular experience in restructurings involving defined benefit pension schemes and work involving banks and asset based lenders.

Practice head(s):Andrew Walker

Other key lawyers:Rebecca Walker

Testimonials

'The exceptional player in the Gatwick market. With excellent technical knowledge and a personable team, it is always a delight to deal with the Gatwick team.'

'Rebecca Walker - a stand-out senior associate who is surely heading for bigger things. Her technical knowledge is second to none and her approachable personality means she is always a pleasure to deal with.'

Key Clients

KPMG

Begbies Traynor

FRP

Quantuma

Mazars

CVR

Smith & Williamson

BDO

RSM

Kreston Reeves

Rising stars

Rebecca Walker - Irwin Mitchell

[back to top]

South East: Human resources

Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 4

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's Gatwick team is headed by London-based Sybille Steiner. It provides a comprehensive range of advisory and disputes-related expertise and it can call on experts in areas such as immigration, regulatory, safeguarding and pensions in addition to corporate and litigation teams. Senior associate Charlotte Sloan heads the Gatwick division and together with Matthew Irvine and Sarah Burke, serves an impressive range of clients from large PLCs to smaller regional businesses and includes a strong involvement with the education sector.

Practice head(s):Sybille Steiner

Other key lawyers:Charlotte Sloan; Matthew Irvine; Sarah Burke

Work highlights

  • Provides all day to day HR and employment law advice to the Association of Colleges - this dedicated advisory service cover over 300 colleges across the UK which are member colleges of the Association.

[back to top]

South East: Insurance

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

Irwin Mitchell

'An excellent office in a stellar national firm', the clinical negligence team at Irwin Mitchell has a particular specialism in high-value and high-profile birth injury, stillbirth, and neonatal death matters, and is led by Southampton based Justine Spencer, 'a go-to in the region'. Rebecca Brown is 'thorough, tactical and senior beyond her years' and has particular expertise in spinal injury and general surgical negligence, as well as group litigation. The team also benefits from the firm's public law practice group.

Practice head(s):Justine Spencer

Other key lawyers:Rebecca Brown,

Testimonials

'Irwin Mitchell is one of the pre-eminent clinical negligence claimant firms in the country and unsurprisingly, the Southampton office is no exception. The firm has unrivalled strength in depth and an exemplary resource base but never loses sight of the importance of providing a client-focused, compassionate service.'

'The team is a leader in the field in clinical negligence. They have an impressive pool of experience and knowledge to call upon in order to ensure that their clients obtain the best quality and realistic advice.'

'Justine Spencer is a fantastic lawyer. She is dedicated, tenacious, knowledgeable and wonderfully empathetic: a standout who leads the team from strength to strength.'

Next Generation Partners

Justine Spencer - Irwin Mitchell

Rising stars

Rebecca Brown - Irwin Mitchell

[back to top]

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

Irwin Mitchell

The 'fantastic' personal injury team at Irwin Mitchell has 'a wealth of knowledge' in of brain and spinal cord injury claims, orthopaedic injury matters and fatal accidents. Key figures in the team include Claire Howard, who leads the serious injury group, Andrew Buckman, who specialises in claims related to the armed forces, and Nicola Maier, who heads the asbestos disease team. Managing partner Guy Darlaston has particular expertise in representing mesothelioma patients.

Practice head(s):Claire Howard; Andrew Buckham; Nicola Maier

Other key lawyers:Guy Darlaston

Testimonials

'Andrew Buckham is an excellent partner in the military personal injury field, with a wealth of experience. He is strategic in his approach to the way in which his cases should be advanced and resolved.' 

'Guy Darlaston is incredibly knowledgeable and thoughtful when dealing with very sensitive situations. He is outstanding during the claims process, and well-liked and respected.'

'Irwin Mitchell has an excellent team, working incredibly hard for clients, and have a wealth of knowledge and recourses.'

'The individuals within the team are highly professional, very approachable and responsive. They provide clear instructions and guidance on requirements and pay in a timely manner for the services.'

Next Generation Partners

Andrew Buckham - Irwin Mitchell

[back to top]

South East: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 1

Irwin Mitchell

The team at Irwin Mitchell provides specialist advice to private, commercial and institutional clients in the rural sector. Clients’ needs are dealt with 'under one roof’ on work which includes high-values tax planning advice and routine tax compliance work, trusts and strategic property advice. It also undertakes tenancies and property management work and assistance on asset structuring and succession planning.  James Pavey heads the practice in Gatwick. Iain MacLeod and James Letchford are also recommended.

Practice head(s):James Pavey 

Other key lawyers:Iain MacLeod; James Letchford 

Testimonials

'The team has expertise in almost all areas, is of a sufficient size to cope with all types of work, however large or small and can call on other teams as and when required across the whole spectrum of legal services ensuring a seamless service is provided'.

'Experience and knowledge base that is both broad and deep when required with good contacts across relevant other professional sectors such as surveyors etc.'

'James Pavey is extremely capable, very attentive to the matter in hand, and someone you need on-side for your client, particularly if contentious'.

'James Pavey and James Letchford are incredibly quick to respond to urgent requests, provide clear, detailed advice and get the job done with the minimum of fuss in a sensible time frame'.

'James Pavey especially is a very dedicated partner who is accessible for advice on a nearly 365 day a year basis and has an extremely level head and a clear view of navigating complex legal roads on behalf of his clients'.

'Iain MacLeod and James Letchford are highly competent and fulfilled their briefs admirably'.

Work highlights

  • Multi-faceted approach to stopping development of greenfield site adjacent to valuable country property.
  • Advisory work and trusteeship for a family and rural estate worth approximately £15m.
  • Property litigation relating to valuable residential property.
  • Advising on a charity established by landed family (landlord) in property dispute with a public sector body (tenant).
  • Securing registration of ownership of an unregistered private road through highways presumptions to facilitate £10m development.
Leading individuals

Iain MacLeod - Irwin Mitchell

James Pavey - Irwin Mitchell

[back to top]

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell assists clients with multijurisdictional tax issues, family businesses and governance matters. Asset protection and succession work also drive activity. In addition, the firm handles a steady flow of Inheritance Act claims, challenges to will validity, professional negligence claims and proprietary estoppel claims. Practice head Paula James specialises in complex trust and probate disputes, which usually have cross-border issues.

Practice head(s):Paula James

Leading individuals

Paula James - Irwin Mitchell

[back to top]

Family: Hampshire
Family: Hampshire - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's family team is supported by the expertise of practitioners in the firm's other private wealth divisions, including residential property and trusts, tax and estates. Post-nuptial wealth protection mandates make up the bulk of the firm's work, with the majority of clients seeking to ring-fence inherited assets. Practice head Katharine Shaw is a key contact.

Practice head(s):Katharine Shaw

Other key lawyers:Jelena Korobkova

Testimonials

'Irwin Mitchell comprises a wide range of different disciplines and therefore members of the firm are able to share their legal knowledge and experience when presented with problems outside their particular field.  It  has an enviable reputation'.

'Katherine Shaw is an unflappable character who always gets quickly to the nub of a case.  She provides well thought out solutions which more often than not are such that a settlement on very good terms is reached by her client'.

Work highlights

  • Assisting a client who wishes to end or restrict his maintenance obligations to his ex-wife and child so that he can embark on a second marriage without long-term obligations to his first family.
  • Assisting a client ring-fence as much of the asset based he expects to receive by way of gift from his father in the context of a post-nuptial case.  
  • Assisting a business man active in the financial services sector with selling his business at the time of his divorce.
  • Assisting a wealthy and successful professional client keen to protect his inherited wealth and income.
  • Advising a client who owns a financial services business on how the divorce may influence the future direction of the business and the possibility of a sale.

[back to top]

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 1

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's private wealth team is known for its ability to handle complex instructions. 'Exceptional in all aspects of her work'  Caroline Shelton leads the Crawley group and 'measures up to all that would be expected of a good private client partner'. This substantial group is home to experts in every aspect of private client work; the creation and restructuring of trusts, high-level trust administration and exceptional tax expertise. It advises trustees and on a range of high-value estates with UK and international assets. matters  and also advises national corporates on pension death benefit in service cases. Anthony Nixon is expert in inheritance tax and trusts and 'stands head and shoulders above any other tax lawyer'. Head of later life, Kelly Greig is highly rated for her abilities in dealing with complex issues of tax and succession, mental capacity and applications in the Court of Protection. Non-lawyer, tax specialist Michael Taylor  is also a highly rated member of the team.

Practice head(s):Caroline Shelton

Other key lawyers:Michael Taylor; Anthony Nixon; Kelly Greig; Catherine Angel

Testimonials

'All the work they have done for us has been carried out to a high standard.'

'The advantage of Irwin Mitchell is their extensive knowledge of law in varying areas; something which we have not found with local lawyers. We have always found the private client team approachable and at the same time totally professional.'

'If we are dealing with particularly complex matters we will refer to IM. My usual contact is Anthony Nixon but if he is not available I deal with other members of the team. They are always quick to respond and deal with any referral efficiently. They have excellent breadth of knowledge and provide good value for money. I am always confident that if I refer a client on they will be well looked after.'

'The private client team demonstrate a holistic approach to their clients problems and do not just act as order takers. They proactively discuss the clients issues and proactively provide the right solutions. They understand the full picture regarding not just legal matters but taxation, and potential client needs both now and in the future.'

'Caroline Shelton has the ability to explain the relevant tax provisions clearly to the more simple minded and has been efficient in producing the relevant documents.  She has also kept me up to date on relevant changes in taxation.'

'Nicola Midgley does our tax returns very efficiently and I consider Michael Taylor to be an effective head of department.'

'John Bunker's knowledge of trusts and trust taxation is extensive and we would generally turn to him for more complex advice. Likewise Lucy Samy has provided us with efficient, reliable and accurate work which we value greatly.'

'Anthony Nixon stands head and shoulders above any other tax lawyer I have dealt with (counsel included). He has a fantastic ability to immediately get to the heart of the issue and provide clear and concise advice.'

'Kelly Greig in particular demonstrates an holistic approach, and involves professionals from other disciplines in order to provide a full solution. She does not expect the clients to know the answers and will question them to establish exactly what is required.'

 

Next Generation Partners

Caroline Shelton - Irwin Mitchell

[back to top]

Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40
Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell’s private client practice combines expertise in trusts, wills and estate planning with in-house complementary tax advisory and compliance services. International tax specialist George Merrylees, who has recently joined the Newbury team from the London office, is experienced in advising on French tax and succession matters and is the key contact for Francophone clients. Practice head Sarah Phillips has a strong track record advising entrepreneurs, business managers and senior executives on protecting their business interests including advising on inheritance and capital gains tax and also advises on Court of Protection matters. Andrew Parry has expertise in tax and succession planning, with substantial experience of advising on matters affecting owners of landed estates and rural businesses. Senior associate Stewart Stretton-Hill is recommended for mental incapacity and Court of Protection work.

Practice head(s):Sarah Phillips

Other key lawyers:George Merrylees: Andrew Parry; Stewart Stretton-Hill

Testimonials

'Sarah Phillips and Stuart Stretton-Hill keep me informed of progress and are always happy to answer speculative queries and to offer guidance and next steps prior to client engagement.'

[back to top]

South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Hampshire
Commercial property: Hampshire - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's Southampton team regularly works with the firm's broader real estate team in the Chichester and Gatwick offices to provide a wide range of expertise to clients. Its varied practice covers real estate finance, regeneration/mixed-use schemes, corporate occupier work and portfolio acquisitions and disposals. One of the key figures in the team is Tina Webster, who excels in complex residential and commercial development projects, large corporate relocations and land promotion. David Fanchi, who has a first-rate reputation in real estate finance, has built up a notable following of lender clients. Philip Gray and Robert Stangroom are also names to note.

Practice head(s):David Fanchi; Tina Webster

Other key lawyers:Philip Gray; Robert Stangroom; Richard Purcell

Testimonials

'A strong team with a clear cross-practice banking & finance element'.

'Sound legal knowledge and high quality of work'.

'David Fanchi is experienced, knowledgeable, affable and takes a commercially-driven yet risk-aware approach'.

Key Clients

Micheldever Tyre Services

Berkeley Strategic Land

Hanbury Properties

Artisan Real Estate Investors

Seaward Properties

North Street Quarter

Store Property Investments

Hendy Group

Chichester College

Lambeth College

Greater Brighton Metropolitan College

South Essex College

Idverde SAS

Topcon

Aventier

Pallant Homes

Generator Strategic

Welbeck Strategic Land

Work highlights

  • Advised Micheldever Tyre Services on the property aspects of its £10m share acquisition of Bathwick Tyres.
  • Assisted Idverde UK with several leasehold transactions and securing premises to enable the client to perform its contract services.
  • Assisting Trant Group with its property portfolio.  

[back to top]

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex
Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell  provides a full real estate service that includes finance, construction and planning and has access to a national network of offices. It also attracts regeneration and mixed-use projects. Tina Webster is the highly rated team head who also heads the firm's education group - she deals with complex development projects, corporate re-locations and land promotions. The 'technically brilliant' Balbit Thandi  includes property investment companies and funds in her client roster, while associate Samual Knight is noted for 'getting good results'.

Practice head(s):Balbit Thandi; Tina Webster

Other key lawyers:Guy Sackett; James Letchford; Samuel Knight

Testimonials

'The team has a good depth of knowledge, they are always efficient and a pleasure to work with.'

'A partner-led approach - they personally get involved in most of the projects and they are very commerial,  appraochable and effective.'

'They have an excellent breadth of expertise in all matters to do with commercial property. A well-resourced team with excellent cover and support.'

'Tina Webster gives us 100% commitment at all times, with a real eye for detail and for protecting our interests at all times. She is very friendly and personable to deal with and has excellent depth of knowledge.'

'Associate Sam Knight is calm, friendly, knowledgeable and very good at getting results.'

'Balbit Thandi is brilliant technically, reliable and an  all round wonderful person to work with.'

Key Clients

Micheldever Tyre Services

Berkeley Strategic Land

Hanbury Properties

Artisan Real Estate Investors

Infrastructure Investments

Dorrington Estates PLC

Seaward Properties

North Street Quarter

Store Property Investments

National Grid

Hendy Group

Chichester College

Lambeth College

Greater Brighton Metropolitan College

South Essex College

Idverde SAS

Topcon (GB)

Aventier

Glenchi Property

Pallant Homes

Generator Strategic

Welbeck Strategic Land

Work highlights

  • Advised on a proposed acquisition of a  large commercial estate for over £8m. The sellers are trying to procure the construction of nine industrial units.
  • Advising on a strategic exit by the company/pension scheme in relation to a large mixed-use industrial estate. The balance of the site is to be sold for over £11m.
  • A multi-disciplinary team acted on the acquisition of a complicated property; part of it comprises a listed William Morris designed façade and it abuts a famous church and crypt, and also includes an adopted highway that runs over parts of the building. The matter is valued at £16m.
  • Acting on a complex financial structuring of a city centre mixed-use development through a long income funding commitment from Canada Life. The deal involved real estate, banking , corporate, construction and regulatory advice and is valued at £50m.
  • Advising a client on a call option over a greenfield site. The complex option agreement included a number of ancillary documents - a deed of easement,  a legal charge, planning overage deeds and turn overage deeds.

[back to top]

Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's 'responsive and thorough' construction and engineering team acts for clients across a wide range of sectors, including manufacturing, energy, public sector and residential development. In addition, the firm's specialist expertise in the education sector attracts numerous complex instructions from higher education institutions. Dispute resolution is an area of recent growth for the team. Practice head Mark Clinton has more than 30 years of construction law experience.

Practice head(s):Mark Clinton

Key Clients

Artisan Real Estate Investors

Lambeth College

Brighton & Hove 6th Form College

Paula Rosa Manhattan

Jackson Rowe Group

Work highlights

  • The firm is acting for Artisan Bristol City Wall Limited on the negotiation of the development funding agreement and the preparation and negotiation of the professional appointments and building contracts for its proposed landmark development at Nat West Court in Bristol.
  • Advised a client on the provision of finance on a high profile project turning a brownfield site into a green, mixed-use neighbourhood comprising low energy homes.
  • Advised a client on a dispute with a contractor responsible for building a new hospitality centre.
  • Acting for a client in an adjudication against a contract administrator for a claim with a value of over £2 million.
  • Advised a client on a five year lucrative contract for surveying services on an offshore windfarm.

[back to top]

Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Irwin Mitchell

The planning practice at Irwin Mitchell is particularly highly reputed in mixed-use regeneration schemes involving former brownfield land, where it expertly bridges the gap between planning and development. The group, which is led by Carl Dyer, has recently had an increase in work from clients in the retirement living sector. James Pavey has expertise in contentious planning matters. Another key figure is Nicola Gooch, who is knowledgeable about the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and town and village green issues.

Practice head(s):Carl Dyer

Other key lawyers:Nicola Gooch; James Pavey

Key Clients

One Lansdowne Road Limited

Hanbury Properties (Chichester) Limited

Roffey Homes

Globalrange Limited

Landlink Estates Limited

Welbeck Strategic Land II LLP

Store Properties

Retirement & Care Village Partners

Seaward Properties Limited

Jaspar Group

Work highlights

  • Provided Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) advice and negotiated a s106 agreement for One Lansdowne Road Limited – a £600m flagship regeneration scheme in Croydon.
  • Providing strategic highways and planning advice to Hanbury Properties (Chichester) Limited, including on expansion of the site and CIL, as well as negotiating the planning agreement.
  • Advising Roffey Homes on its flagship redevelopment of 'Bayside', a key gateway development site in Worthing.
  • Advising Globalrange Limited on the CIL strategy for the site, negotiating the s.106 Agreement and assisting with due diligence and other matters following the grant of planning permission.
Leading individuals

Carl Dyer - Irwin Mitchell

Nicola Gooch - Irwin Mitchell

[back to top]

South East: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell  provides clients with a range of commercial IT advice, and is particularly adept at handling business-critical procurements in highly regulated industries. Stuart Padgham heads the practice, and has a strong track record in the areas of high-value IT contracts. In addition to Padgham, the team is made up of individuals with substantial technical experience, including former IT professional Dan Hedley and software developer Chris Bridges.

Practice head(s):Stuart Padgham

Other key lawyers:Dan Hedley; Chris Bridges

Testimonials

'The team we are working with has shown very profound knowledge with  regard to software license agreements and all kinds of IT contracts.'

'They go the extra mile to ensure matters are completed on time and to budget.'

'The team that I have worked with have excellent knowledge and ask the right and difficult questions to the internal team and to the lawyers on the other side.'

'Dan Hedley has a wealth of knowledge and has excellent experience with the IT contracts that we are dealing with.'

'Dan Hedley is a fantastic lawyer, who understands the needs of the business.'

'They have shown an outstanding ability to manage complex customer, partner and supplier relationships, a strong business acumen and therefore good capability to stay pragmatic on legal matters while keeping an eye on what the business actually needs.'

'Stuart Padgham is excellent and always provides thoughtful and considered advice.'

'Chris Bridges has provided excellent support to our data protection team throughout the year.'

Key Clients

Nuffield Health

Saga Group

LzLabs GmbH

Work highlights

  • Advised a major online and offline publisher on its agreements with various ad tech vendors.
  • Advised a global engineering consultancy on its software/tech IP strategy.
  • Advised a global law firm on tech matters concerning its various household name clients.
  • Advised a fintech startup on the procurement of its core technology platform.
  • Advised a software company in the mainframe migration space on deals with various financial institutions and multinational corporates.

[back to top]

Media and entertainment
Media and entertainment - ranked: tier 1

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell acts for a wide range of clients across the media sector, specialising primarily in commercial contracts work, including branding and sponsorship deals, as well as the sale of media rights. The firm's client list includes large media estates and digital agencies, alongside a substantial base of private, high-profile individuals. Stuart Padgham heads the team, which includes senior associate and fellow commercial contracts specialist Aurelia Butler-Ball, and senior associate Thomas Barnard, who focuses on commercial litigation in the media sphere.

Practice head(s):Stuart Padgham

Other key lawyers:Aurelia Butler-Ball; Thomas Barnard

Testimonials

'The firm treats small customers like big ones'

'They really know their stuff'

'The Irwin Mitchell trademark team is outstanding and dedicated to providing a very high level of advice in a cost and time-effective manner.'

 

Key Clients

Lady Leshurr

Rose and Rosie

Conan Doyle Estate Limited

The Sports Sphere

Beth Tweddle

Alec Steele

Sleeper

VOSH Ltd

UK divers who rescued Thai boys from cave

Charnley Communications

Work highlights

  • Represented the seven UK divers who saved a youth football team and their coach from a flooded cave in Thailand in a major film deal with US financier.
  • Represented six of the UK divers who saved a youth football team and their coach from a flooded cave in Thailand in a TV rights deal.
  • Advise the Conan Doyle Estate on their exploitation of the Arthur Conan Doyle/Sherlock Holmes 'Seal of Approval' in various rights deals.
  • Advised media company Charnley Communications, which works with numerous high-profile influencers such as Joe Sugg and Casper Lee on their commercial contracts.
  • Represented major label grime artist Lady Leshurr in a number of high value brand deals including Footlocker and Skoda.
Rising stars

Aurelia Butler-Ball - Irwin Mitchell

Thomas Barnard - Irwin Mitchell

[back to top]

Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 1

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's cross-practice team advises sport sector clients that include private individuals, companies, associations and governing bodies and the firm's private client team assists prominent sports figures and managers. Its comprehensive offering ranges from disputes and medical negligence to contracts, IP and wealth planning. Outside of the realm of professional sports the firm also acts for clients in the leisure facilities industry.  Dispute resolution specialist Hannah Clipston heads the team, while Michael Taylor is a key contact for tax, trusts and estates matters.

Practice head(s):Hannah Clipston; Tom Barnard; Michael Taylor

Testimonials

'Michael Taylor has excellent attention to detail and client care.'

'The team is specialised, knowledgeable, and accessible.'

Key Clients

Nuffield Health

Greenwich Leisure Limited

English Table Tennis

British Association of Sport & Exercise

British Athletics Commission

Sheffield City Trust

7 Hills Leisure Trust

International Netball Federation

Giles Long MBE

Jess Varnish

Julia Regis (founder of Cyrille Regis Legacy trust)

Work highlights

  • Represented a national governing body in a disciplinary matter and subsequent overhaul of its policies and procedures.
  • Represented a sports agency in a dispute with a departing employee and former client.
  • Acting for a former England Womens rugby player challenging a decision of the RFU to “capture” her for England.
  • Acting for sports personalities in a dispute with the trustees of various pension funds.
  • Advising Julia Regis on the creation of the Cyrille Regis Legacy Trust and associated endorsements and licensing to protect Cyrille’s name and likeness.

[back to top]


Further information on Irwin Mitchell

Please choose from this list to view details of what we say about Irwin Mitchell in other jurisdictions.

East Anglia

Offices in Cambridge

London

Offices in London and Reading

North

Offices in Newcastle upon Tyne and Middlesbrough

North West

Offices in Manchester

Scotland

Offices in Glasgow

South East

Offices in Chichester, Newbury, Southampton, and Crawley

South West

Offices in Bristol

West Midlands

Offices in Birmingham

Yorkshire and the Humber

Offices in Sheffield and Leeds

Legal Developments in the UK

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • Court of Justice rules on source of income for Derivative Residence applications

    On 2 October 2019, the Court of Justice delivered its judgment in Bajratari v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Directive 2004/38/EC) Case C-93/18 which concerns Chen applications and the source of funds for self-sufficiency. 
  • End of the ‚Äėcentre of life test‚Äô in Surinder Singh cases?

    In the recent case of¬† ZA (Reg 9. EEA Regs; abuse of rights) Afghanistan ¬† [2019] UKUT 281 (IAC ), the Upper Tribunal found that there is no basis in EU law for the centre of life test, as set out in Regulation 9(3)(a) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (the ‚ÄúRegulations‚ÄĚ). It further found that it is not to be applied when Judges assess ¬†Surinder Singh ¬†cases that appear before them.
  • Terms of employment as a sole representative

    In this article we examine the working arrangements of sole representatives, looking at the terms and conditions of employment that the Home Office will expect a sole representative to have in order to qualify as a representative of an overseas business.  
  • Can Sole Representatives Be Shareholders?

    The Immigration Rules require that an applicant for a¬† sole representative visa ¬†is not ‚Äúa¬† majority shareholder in the overseas business‚ÄĚ.
  • Immigration Skills Charge - A Guide for Employers

    As a Sponsor, you may be required to pay the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) each time you sponsor a migrant in the  Tier 2 General  or  Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Long-term Staff  subcategory.
  • 5 FAQS about paragraph 320(11)

    In applications for entry clearance where the applicant has a negative immigration history in the UK, the application may be refused under the general grounds for refusal, which are found in part 9 of the Immigration Rules. Where an applicant has ¬†‚Äėpreviously contrived in a significant way to frustrate the intentions of the Immigration Rules‚Äô,¬† the application could be refused under paragraph 320(11). In this post we look at five frequently asked questions about paragraph 320(11).¬†
  • Multiple nationality and multiple citizenship (including dual nationality and dual citizenship)

    British nationality law permits multiple nationality and multiple citizenship, including dual nationality and dual citizenship.
  • Applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the Exceptional Talent or Promise Category

    The  Exceptional Talent  and Exceptional Promise categories are for individuals who are recognised leaders or emerging leaders in their field of expertise. There are a number of endorsing bodies for lots of different fields of work, including  artists and musicians ,  architects ,  digital experts ,  scientists  and  academics . While there isn’t an endorsing body for every expert, the growing list means that many individuals could enjoy the flexibility that this category has to offer. 
  • PARALLEL PROCEEDINGS ‚Äď CIVIL AND CRIMINAL

    Syedur Rahmanconsiders the factors that determine when civil proceedings can go ahead before,or at the same time as, criminal proceedings relating to the same circumstances.
  • Rights of appeal after the Immigration Act 2014

    The Immigration Act 2014 (‚Äúthe 2014 Act‚ÄĚ) reduced the circumstances in which the refusal of an immigration application will give rise to a right of appeal.¬†The¬† explanatory notes ¬†to the 2014 Act state that the Act was intended to restructure rights of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal. Previously, a right of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal existed against any of the 14 different immigration decisions listed in s.82 of the¬† Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 ¬†(‚Äúthe 2002 Act‚ÄĚ). As explained below, whether or not the refusal of an immigration application currently generates a right of appeal depends on the subject matter of the application rather than its categorisation.