Firm Profile > Irwin Mitchell > Crawley, England

Irwin Mitchell
BELMONT HOUSE
STATION WAY
CRAWLEY, WEST SUSSEX
RH10 1JA
England

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 1

The rural business and estates team at Irwin Mitchell provides a full national coverage to its commercial and private clients, drawing on its network of offices across the UK. Within the South East, where it has bases in Southampton, Chichester, Reading, Newbury and Gatwick, it covers areas such as tax planning for trusts and high-net-worth individuals, strategic property advice, asset structuring, and proprietary estoppel cases for farming families. National rural business and estates head James Pavey - 'an excellent client-focused solicitor' - splits his time between the firm's London and Gatwick offices, handling all areas of property and estates law. Andrew Parry advises primarily on post-death tax and succession planning and trusts for owners of landed estates.

Practice head(s):

James Pavey

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Parry; Charlotte West

Testimonials

‘James Pavey is an excellent client-focused solicitor with a superb attention to detail. Very hard-working and an excellent way with words.’

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

The Chichester-based contentious trust and probate team at Irwin Mitchell provides full geographic coverage to both local and national clients on high-value and complex litigation regarding the full range of matters, including advice on wills and trusts, professional negligence claims related to defective trusts and wills, and proprietary estoppel claims. Team head Paula James is an experienced litigator, focusing on complex probate and trust disputes, frequently relating to international matters, and Paula Myers is a key resource regarding contesting wills and estate disputes. Senior associates Stephen Ireland and Margaret Windram are both experienced contentious trust and probate practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Paula James

Other key lawyers:

Paula Myers; Stephen Ireland; Margaret Windram

Testimonials

‘An extremely strong team of litigators in the core areas of private client practice, but in particular their work in 1975 Act cases is particularly good/noteworthy. They have unique skill in client management (particularly vulnerable clients) and in delivering good results in difficult situations. In particular, they are very robust litigators with a ferocious approach to advancing the interests of their clients which frequently delivers very positive results.’

Paula James is a well known presence in the Southern region/Southampton, who is well known for skill and subject knowledge in traditional chancery areas.’

‘Part of the excellent Irwin Mitchell firm. The contentious team based in Chichester, have a good reputation. The team works very well as a cohesive unit, to the best advantage of the client. ’

‘Margaret Windram can always be relied upon to do an excellent job on behalf of her clients. Her presentation is extremely thorough and she steers many cases to a successful conclusion. She is a dedicated member of the profession with a deep commitment to this difficult area of work. Paula James is very well known in her field and brings wisdom and strategic thinking to a difficult problem. ’

‘Extremely strong team, outstanding technical knowledge giving them the ability to deal with complex contentious wills and probate matters and disputes relating to high value estates and complex assets.’

‘It has considerable expertise, strength in depth and a proven track record with dealing with complex cases.’

‘Margaret Windram leads a first class team from the firm’s Chichester office. She has built a very effective group.’

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

From its Gatwick office, the Irwin Mitchell team offers a full service of corporate work and has expertise in M&A and equity transactions, in particular working with management teams. The team also has a strong private wealth offering. The commercial team benefits from the firm’s nationwide presence and frequently advises on commercial contracts matters. The corporate and commercial teams are led by Daniel Bastide and Stuart Padgham respectively. Faye Bargery has extensive corporate experience, supporting clients in the consumer industry, and Daniel Hedley is a specialist IT lawyer.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Bastide; Stuart Padgham

Other key lawyers:

Faye Bargery; Daniel Hedley; Andrew Tinker; Aurelia Butler-Ball

Testimonials

‘Great internal communication, multifuctional teamwork, ease and effectiveness of communication between team and client’

‘Ease of connection, communication style, levels of knowledge, appreciation of the outcome we are trying to achieve.

‘The team are focused on doing the job in hand – they advise on the practical approach, with regard to particular circumstances and deadlines.’

Key clients

Saga plc

Escape Hunt plc

Various Eateries plc

Envision Pharma Group

Hambledon Vineyard plc

Bluerock Diamonds plc

Health Partners (OH) Limited

Chesney’s Limited

The shareholders of Waterloo Group

Dualit

Tangmere Airfield nurseries

Bishops Move

GADF Holdings Limited

Real estate > Environment and planning Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell works closely with its national network of offices on various planning, environmental, highways and compulsory purchase matters. A diverse roster of leading regional clients - including housebuilders, local authorities, and higher education institutes - regularly turn to the team for assistance on regenerations, strategic site developments, and complex judicial reviews. Contentious planning matters and major retirement complex constructions are further key work streams. Nicola Gooch is the firm’s southern lead for environment and planning matters, handling mixed-use regeneration schemes for a wide variety of private sector entities. James Pavey chiefly focuses on disputes for clients involved in rural planning, and boasts a strong track record at the Supreme Court and High Court. Sejal Patel concentrates on strategic land and housing site developments, focusing particularly on retirement and care home living. All named lawyers are based in Gatwick.

Practice head(s):

Claire Petricca-Riding; Nicola Gooch

Other key lawyers:

James Pavey; Sejal Patel

Testimonials

‘The team is very good, well-resourced and has great communication. ’

‘Nicola Gooch is a brilliant lawyer with a great eye for detail. She does a fantastic job at simplifying complex legal issues and guiding clients through difficult tactical decisions. In doing so, Nicola has a great ability to think of creative ways to achieve the client’s objectives.’

Key clients

Artisan Bristol City Wall Limited

Roffey Homes

Chichester College

Macar Developments Limited

The Jaspar Group

Seaward Properties

Welbeck Land

Chase New Homes

Sussex County Cricket Club

Parkview Homes Limited

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell provides comprehensive advice to individuals across the media sector; the firm is instructed by international sportspeople, musicians, Youtube personalities and authors on reputation management, commercial agreements and IP protection. As well as working with private clients, the firm also assists television production companies, game developers and new companies. Senior associates Thomas Barnard and newly promoted partner Aurelia Butler-Ball are the names to note; the former, a commercial litigator, handles royalties and copyright infringement disputes, while the latter is known across the market as an expert in commercial agreements. Stuart Padgham leads the team, which is based in Gatwick.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Padgham

Other key lawyers:

Aurelia Butler-Ball; Thomas Barnard

Key clients

Conan Doyle Estate Limited

Lady Leshurr

Shot From The Street

Grandpa Productions Limited

HRVY

Phoenix Laoutaris

Lee Miller Estate

John Volanthen

Inner City Music Limited

Vernon Unsworth

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

The 'fantastic' and 'stand out' Southampton-based team at Irwin Mitchell undertakes a wide range of high-value and complex clinical negligence and personal injury cases. Regional managing partner Guy Darlaston is highly regarded for his experience of complex mesothelioma claims. He works with Nicola Maier, who heads up the asbestos disease team and made partner in 2020. Claire Howard, who was promoted to the position of equity partner, is the head of the serious injury practice. She is an expert in high-value litigation involving head and spinal injuries. Andrew Buckham has a specialism in acting for members of the armed forces and their families in complex serious injury claims and military inquests. Justine Spencer, who leads the medical negligence team, specialises in obstetric and neonatal neurological injuries. Associate solicitor Rebecca Brown deals with clinical negligence claims, particularly those relating to surgical negligence, amputations and oncology.

Practice head(s):

Guy Darlaston; Claire Howard; Andrew Buckham; Nicola Maier; Justine Spencer

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Brown

Testimonials

‘I feel what makes this practice unique is their patience, resilience & overall care for their clients. Their strengths are definitely their knowledge in their field, which is absolutely exceptional. No query is ever unanswered and everything has always been dealt with in such a calm & measured way.’

‘The Southampton team are absolutely fantastic. I have nothing but good things to say about every person I have ever come in to contact with. Rebecca is an exceptional person and has made the entire process of my claim so easy and stress free. She regularly keeps me updated via call and email and always has the answers to any query I have.’

‘The team helping me at Irwin Mitchell in Southampton are very professional, yet friendly and treat me with care and understanding. They are extremely conscientious and always make sure I understand the status of my case and what is next. They have a keen eye for detail and make sure everything relevant is included.’

‘Rebecca Brown was extremely polite and very descriptive in what the process entails. Rebecca keeps me informed all the way and replies the very same day in regards to any emails I send.’

‘Justine Spencer has been working with our family for a very long time. In that time, we have found her to be ethical and transparent in her dealings with us and she has gained our trust.’

‘Such nice kind, compassionate solicitors who made the whole process much easier. In particular Nicola Maier and her team who were so easy and nice to work with. Such excellent service from start to finish.’

‘Mr Darlaston has a very kindly sympathetic manner and he gave me feedback from all the all the work he did and subsequent replies.’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

In addition to the core client offering, the private client team at Irwin Mitchell  has a sub-team which acts on behalf of minor beneficiaries for life insurance policy trusts, and two trust companies and wealth management capabilities in-house. Caroline Shelton, Gatwick department head, specialises in advising clients on their wealth preservation and succession planning and Paula James heads the Chichester office. Darran Fawcett heads the trust administration and compliance team in Chichester and Rose Macfarlane joined the team in 2020 from Adams & Remers with expertise in approval for trustee decisions.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Shelton; Paula James; Paula Myers

Other key lawyers:

Darran Fawcett; Rose Macfarlane

Testimonials

‘Great communication skills, attention to detail. Really nice people to deal with, who seem to care about the client’

‘Always deliver 100% effort in responding in a time fashion and in a very professional manner. They clearly come across as wanting to make a difference for their clients.’

‘The service we have received from this team, led by Caroline Shelton, has been outstanding. As a private client I wanted a very high quality of service with professional and reliable advice. This Irwin Mitchell team have exceeded my expectations. There have been no weak links in an excellent team.’

‘Excellent collaboration and co-operation between departments. A one-stop shop for all aspects of legal advice. Clean, tidy and welcoming meeting rooms with refreshments always available. Always a warm welcome from the receptionist who has been made aware of your meeting before your arrival. An email and/or call from the senior partner several times a year, simply to keep in touch, is most welcome. Flexible meeting arrangements – different geographic locations, after hours, online – ensures matters are dealt with promptly and efficiently. Being able to call partners directly without a long wait on a switchboard is extremely helpful.’

‘Caroline Shelton quickly found solutions to complex family matters, is always well prepared for meetings and remembers family names and situations without reminding. She is always welcoming, reassuring and helpful with her analysis of complex family matters and offers well considered helpful advice.’

‘The team at Irwin Mitchell give an excellent, friendly and professional service. ’

‘They are experts in their field and provide clear, concise and pragmatic advice. They respond quickly and efficiently.’

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Sport Tier 1

Though able to advise various actors in the sector, Irwin Mitchell is best known for its work with individual sportspeople, whom it assists with medical negligence, serious injury and employment disputes. Gatwick- based Tom Barnard is one of the group’s key litigators, and co-leads the team alongside Hannah Clipston and tax adviser Michael Taylor, who operate from Southampton and Chichester respectively. In addition, the firm handles extensive non-contentious work which includes advising on commercial contracts, intellectual property and tax. Newly promoted partner Aurelia Butler-Ball in particular is recommended due to her work advising high-profile rugby players and cricketers on their media interests.

Practice head(s):

Hannah Clipston; Michael Taylor; Tom Barnard

Other key lawyers:

Aurelia Butler-Ball; Georgie Collins

Testimonials

‘They are all part of a large organisation but remain part of my extended team’

‘Attention to detail is excellent, great people and care about the client first and foremost’

‘Absolute quality, attitude, willingness to ensure the right outcome for client is fundamental in their thought process’

Key clients

Amy Tinkler

International Rugby Player

James Ellington

CXC

Giles Long / Lexicon Decoder Ltd

Sweaty Betty

Real estate > Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell advises clients on the full spectrum of commercial property matters, including commercial and corporate real estate, property finance, construction and planning, in particular handling complex development projects, regeneration and strategic land. In addition to its local expertise, the team also benefits from the firm’s nationwide presence. Guy Sackett leads the real estate department in Gatwick, as well as the firm’s retirement living and care sector group. Richard Purcell has extensive experience in transactions regarding residential development projects.

Practice head(s):

Guy Sackett

Other key lawyers:

Richard Purcell; Hannah Nix

Key clients

Micheldever Tyre Services Limited

Artisan Real Estate Investors

Infrastructure Investments Limited

North Street Quarter Limited

National Grid

Hendy Group

Balfe’s Bikes Limited

Welbeck Strategic Land Limited

Shellwin Limited

Landlink Developments 1 Limited

Real estate > Construction Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell’s South East construction offering takes on both contentious and non-contentious instructions from a range of investors, developers, and contractors. In addition to advising on mixed-use development projects and refurbishments for public bodies and retailers, the team handles an increasing volume of high-value adjudications related to project delays and cladding. Gatwick-based practice head Mark Clinton is an accredited adjudicator and arbitrator with more than three decades of experience in the construction and engineering sphere, whose recent mandates include mixed-use development schemes and capital projects in the education sector. Natalie Cane works with a broad range of developers and lenders on contractual appointments, concentrating particularly on collateral warranties. James Mapley works across contentious and non-contentious matters, assisting partners with adjudications and advising education and contractor clients on historical and ongoing building works.

Practice head(s):

Mark Clinton

Other key lawyers:

Natalie Cane; James Mapley

Testimonials

‘Strong, sector-relevant knowledge; flexibility of approach and appreciation of in-house requirements and pressures.’

‘Mark Clinton has excellent sector knowledge.’

‘Access to partners and senior associates is great. Flexibility of resource to support our company when demanded. ’

‘Takes a strategic, long view of the market.’

Private client > Family: Hampshire Tier 2

Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, the arrival of new department head, senior associate Kathryn Evans, and the combination of the firm’s Southampton and Chichester offices into a single South coast team Irwin Mitchell’s regional family law offering has remained active. In the past 12 months, the department has been engaged on a number of matrimonial finance and children law matters, often with a complex international element. Evans arrives from the firm’s London office, and  is experienced in both high-net-worth financial work and modern family matters regarding surrogacy and donor conception. She is also the key contact for the firm’s rural client base. Jelena Korobkova is also highly recommended.  Partner Katharine Shaw retired in summer 2020, while Vicki Rawlins left for Stowe Family Law in 2021.

Practice head(s):

Kathryn Evans

Other key lawyers:

Vicki Rawlins; Jelena Korobkova

Testimonials

‘They were understanding of my needs and provided information that was easy to understand.’

‘Jelena Korobkova was professional throughout and is a great ambassador for  the company.’

‘Treated like a person not a case. Friendly and approachable, easy to reach and returned emails quickly’

‘Kathryn Evans is just great; intelligent; pragmatic; and wiser than her years. I regularly recommend her to friends looking for a family solicitor.’

‘The team work together to make their service seamless, the professionalism is second to none and the way they conduct themselves with outside professionals sets them apart from other companies.’

‘Kathryn Evans is amazing! She really cares about her clients and thinks about how she can best help them and who that might mean involving from other professions’

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Andrew Walker is the national head of Irwin Mitchell's restructuring and insolvency practice, and he also leads the specialist team in Gatwick, which excels in litigation and advisory work. The firm is increasingly instructed in complex international mandates, as was evidenced recently when Walker and others acted for Mazars on the administration of Supremia International Limited. Other clients turning to the firm for advice on a wide range of distressed and insolvency scenarios include corporates, shareholders, private equity funds, banks and asset-based lenders.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Walker

Testimonials

‘Irwin Mitchell have an excellent nationwide team of partners and staff. They are perfectly placed to provide quality advice across a range of sectors.’

‘Andrew Walker is one of the standout partners in bringing knowledge and advice in the areas of business recovery and insolvency. Andrew provides concise advice on matters that are often particularly challenging. ’

‘Well rounded team, offering a good level of expertise and value for money.’

‘Andrew Walker – very knowledgeable with a good commercial attitude.’

Key clients

HSBC UK Bank PLC

National Westminster Bank PLC

Lloyds Bank PLC

RSM

Begbies Traynor

Close Brothers Invoice Finance

Mazars

Duff & Phelps

SME Invoice Finance (aka Metro Bank ABL)

FRP

BDO

Smith & Williamson

Menzies

Quantuma

Kreston Reeves

MHA McIntyre Hudson

KPMG

Arbuthnot Latham ABL

CVR Global Kent (now Begbies)

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell has a stellar list of clients from the legal, media and health sectors which it assists with the procurement and integration of IT services. The firm is also well-versed in data protection, most particularly in relation to AdTech and device fingerprinting. Many of the team have industry experience as well as legal expertise; as an example, Dan Hedley, having previously worked as an IT professional, is well-placed to assist with complex open source licencing issues. Stuart Padgham leads the national commercial team from the Gatwick office and has a specialism in large outsourcing projects.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Padgham

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Hedley; Chris Bridges

Testimonials

‘Dan Hedley is exceptional. He is extremely competent in advising on and negotiating IT and ad tech contracts. This combined with his competency in advising on data protection issues makes him invaluable. He is also very pragmatic and able to get the deal done with very little instruction. Can’t recommend him highly enough.’

Key clients

LzLabs

Nuffield Health

Saga plc

Snowplow Analytics Limited

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40 Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell‘s Thames Valley practice has specialisms in four sectors; owner-managers of businesses, senior executives and professionals; landed estates; later life clients, vulnerable clients and their families; and global wealth. Practice head Sarah Phillips predominantly advises business owners and professionals and has a particular interest in intergenerational wealth planning. Andrew Parry specialises in complex trusts and landed estates whilst senior associate Stewart Stretton-Hill‘s practice focuses on helping those who are preparing for or experiencing diminished mental and physical capacity. International wealth structuring specialist George Merrylees is also recommended. Associate Sarah Paton is ‘exceptional’.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Phillips

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Parry; George Merrylees; Stewart Stretton-Hill; Sarah Paton

Testimonials

‘We have been very impressed with the service. They are very clear in the advice they give. They make sure they understand why you are taking the action you are, advise whether it is the most effective way of achieving your stated aim, and then guide you through the relevant process to achieve that aim. ’

‘As a client, I have been very happy with the outstanding service this team has provided from the very first meeting and with ongoing affairs to date. I was recommended to this team as I was not happy with the services I was receiving from my lawyers at the time and can honestly say I have never looked back.’

‘This team have acted with compassion, at what was a very stressful time for me and my family by providing expert advice and guiding us initially through the legalities of the probate procedure and interpreting/understanding wills and more latterly with setting up trusts.’

‘Sarah Paton is exceptional in my opinion and the main reason I remain with Irwin Mitchell. She was my first contact at Irwin Mitchell and I found her to be approachable, knowledgeable, efficient but above all she listened and was kind and understanding. After our first meeting later that same day Sarah went to visit my father in the hospice, which surpassed my expectation of any lawyer.’

‘Very knowledgeable and experienced team. Good communication – they use language clients can understand. ’

‘Sarah Philips is outstanding. ’

‘Outstanding knowledge of, and sensitivity to, the particular challenges facing elderly clients with multiple vulnerabilities. A creative and proactive approach to solving complex family issues. Excellent collaboration with non-legal and non-financial senior life specialists and a very good understanding of when such external expertise is required. ’

‘Stewart Stretton-Hill – outstanding legal knowledge and a proactive collaborator with other experts to ensure not only the legal protection but also the well-being of his elderly clients. The team is responsive and has managed the challenges of Covid-19 restrictions extremely well.’

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Hampshire Tier 3

The commercial litigation team at Irwin Mitchell in Southampton acts on disputes for a range of clients across the financial services, manufacturing, tech, media and sports sectors. In recent months – owing largely to the pandemic – the department has taken on a number of business interruption claims, as well as cross-border shareholder disputes. Practice head Hannah Clipston is experienced in handling breach of contract claims and associated tortious claims, especially in the sports and leisure arena. Rob Coleridge concentrates on technical disputes related to design and engineering, while  Stephanie Reeves is recommended for her experience in professional negligence, shareholder disputes and risk management strategies.

Practice head(s):

Hannah Clipston

Other key lawyers:

Rob Coleridge; Stephanie Reeves

Key clients

Micheldever Tyre Services Limited

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex Tier 3

Hannah Clipston leads Irwin Mitchell’s commercial litigation team based in Gatwick, which has a focus on the manufacturing, financial services, technology, media and sports sectors, particularly regarding complex trust or company structures. The team is also increasingly handling international work. Sarah Birkbeck handles IP, media and technology disputes and senior associate Katie Byrne is skilled at advising clients in the context of FCA investigations.

Practice head(s):

Hannah Clipston

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Birkbeck; Katie Byrne; Tom Barnard

Testimonials

‘Irwin Mitchell have a calm, collected and measured approach to litigation. Their people can quickly comprehend complex matters.’

‘Irwin Mitchell’s commercial litigation team deal with a wide range of personal and business commercial claims, both domestic and international in focus, and many run into the millions of pounds. They are a pleasure to work with. ’

‘They really care about getting a good result for their clients. ’

‘Katie Byrne is outstanding. She provides very clear and straightforward advice and can absorb vast amounts of information and quickly understand complex international matters. You always get clear, straightforward and considered advice. ’

‘I trust Tom Barnard completely and am very impressed by his coverage of detail and his ability to step back and consider the case in the round. I am easily confident enough in him to make referrals, and have done so..

Key clients

The Executors of the Beryl Coulter Will Trust

Herbold Meckesheim GmbH

Brightbay Ltd

Maecenas Fine Art Limited

Micheldever Tyre Services Limited

Real estate > Commercial property: Hampshire Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell is noted for its experience in mixed use property and strategic land development schemes, advising a range of developers, landowners, and promoters on new garden village settlements and brownfield regeneration schemes. Practice head Tina Webster handles long-term strategic development agreements pertaining to greenfield sites, and is the lead for the firm’s education sector client base. Brian Dowling concentrates on large residential transactions for private sector developers and local authorities alike. In Chichester, Samual Knight has broad residential development and commercial property capabilities, and has become a key contact for a number of the firm’s occupier clients. All named lawyers are based in Southampton unless noted otherwise.

Practice head(s):

Tina Webster; Brian Dowling

Other key lawyers:

Samual Knight; Sejal Patel

Testimonials

‘‘Irwin Mitchell have a strong depth of talent in their real estate team who are quick to respond and available, when many firms seem unable to attend to work in a timely manner during the pandemic.’

‘They are commercially minded, good communicators, reactive and proactive in getting deals across the line. ’

‘An extremely competent team – led by Tina Webster – who found nothing, in my extremely complex transaction, too much trouble. I could not have asked for anything more’

‘Tina Webster – an extremely competent lawyer giving great guidance to both myself, my partners and her team. Samuel Knight – a very safe pair of hands and great team member. Sejal Patel – a very bright and approachable individual.’

Key clients

Option Two Developments Limited

Berkeley Strategic Land Limited

Idverde Limited

Seaward Properties Limited

Store Property Investments Limited

Artisan Real Estate Investors

Chichester College Group

Greater Brighton Metropolitan College

Langtons Farm Partnership LLP

Dorrington Estates PLC

North Street Quarter Limited

South Essex College

Aventier Limited

Pallant Homes

Landacre Developments Limited

Saabon Limited

Coolground Properties Limited

Shopland Gray Developments Limited

Hanbury Properties Limited

Heathco Country Homes Limited

Skeller Limited

Thesis Asset Management Limited

HTH Harrogate LLP

Employment > Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell advises clients in the education, financial, professional services, manufacturing, sport, leisure and technology sectors on restructurings, TUPE, restrictive covenants and terminations. The employment team also works closely with the immigration team to advise on matters regarding employment status. Sybille Steiner heads up the London and Southern employment teams in London, Gatwick and Southampton and is skilled at advising on all aspects of English and German employment law. Senior associate Charlotte Sloan leads the Gatwick-based team and has extensive experience in the education sector.

Practice head(s):

Sybille Steiner; Charlotte Sloan

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Irvine

Testimonials

‘They have an exemplary reputation, a wide range of disciplines and a willingness to understand our business that goes above the norm for the industry. Their people are skilled and expert in their field and most importantly for me they understand the commercial ramifications of the actions we might have to take and tailor their response to be supportive enabling us to be consistent in our approach to any matter. We feel like their top priority.’

‘One of their key strengths is that they get to know the individual rather than assuming they know the business. They have learned how I like to work and the nuances of how I will apply whatever information they provide me with and as such their response is tailored to my needs and therefore intuitively exactly what my organisation needs. As a consequence of their understanding of my company we use them across many different disciplines where they have shown that their additional expertise will put us in a better position to deal with our business.’

‘This practice, for me, is unique in their attention to detail, professionalism, guidance and associated risks in all matters that I have had to deal with them. They act in a timely manner and are always available for assistance when required.’

‘Charlotte Sloan is my number one go-to person at Irwin Mitchell; she is always professional, responds in a timely manner, helpful, patient and thoroughly knowledgeable. If Charlotte says she will do something she does.’

‘The team at IM are excellent both in terms of their customer service, their knowledge about the particular issues facing colleges and their administration. Their fees are reasonable considering that public sector organisations do not have a large budget.’

‘Charlotte Slone has been absolutely amazing in every respect. She was always available when I required advice and guidance. She was friendly, approachable and honest. Most importantly, she was knowledgeable not only in relation to the law but also the details of the various cases at hand. Very little time was spent recapping information, as she always seemed to remember the details.’

Key clients

Europa Worldwide Group Limited

Association of Colleges

Chichester College Group

Luton College

Kontron Limited

Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

The 'exceptionally strong' team at Irwin Mitchell is known for 'driving forward difficult cases to get fantastic results' in a wide arena of injuries. Highly respected partner Alison Eddy, who continues to maintain a caseload of complex matters, recently handed the reins over to 'hard working star' Auriana Griffiths, who now leads the department. With Griffiths at the helm, the practice is divided into sub-groups, which are in the hands of 'formidable leaders'. These include birth injuries specialist Ian Christian, brain injury expert Leena Savjani and Anita Jewitt, for whom spinal injuries are a particular area of focus. In other notable developments, Anne Kavanagh and Shivi Nathan made partner in May 2021.

Practice head(s):

Auriana Griffiths

Other key lawyers:

Alison Eddy; Ian Christian; Leena Savjani; Anita Jewitt; Anne Kavanagh; Shivi Nathan; Lauren Hurney; Richard Keyser

Testimonials

‘The clinical negligence team at Irwin Mitchell are all absolutely fantastic. They provide a consistently good all round service dealing really competently with a range of very difficult cases for clients who are traumatised and rely very heavily on their expertise, support and guidance. They are always ready to help with practical support for clients as well as providing the best advice and driving forward difficult cases to ultimately get fantastic results.’

‘Irwin Mitchell is one of the leading claimant clin neg firms. One of their strengths is that from partner to paralegal they all have in-depth knowledge of their cases and are exceptionally organised. They instruct the most highly qualified experts and I have never seen a case from IM that hasn’t been meticulously prepared.’

‘Auriana Griffiths and her team have been fantastic throughout the whole case. Incredibly professional, thorough and very supportive. The relationship between legal professional and client can be tricky & fraught with tension at times but Auriana and her team made me feel very confident that I could rely on them and their expertise and I could go to them with any concerns I had and know they would be dealt with swiftly.’

‘ Strength in depth is an old cliche but with IM it is a reality. They merit all the superlatives you can think of.’

‘Auriana Griffiths has been a hard working star since I first came across her some 20+ years ago. It was plain to me that she would rise through the ranks and lead from the front. Her clients adore her. She is organised and clear-minded. The best instructing solicitor bar none. She heads several teams with formidable leaders who include Ian Christian and Leena Savjani, both of whom are excellent lawyers as well as great communicators.’

‘Irwin Mitchell are leaders in their field. They are a large clinical negligence firm offering a national service to patients seeking representation for clinical negligence claims. They offer a nationwide service of the highest standard advocating strongly for their clients. They deal with all types of claims – from a claim with a modest value to the maximum severity claims. All clients, regardless of value of claim, receive a first class service.’

‘Ian Christian is committed to quality work in his practice and seeks to send out this message to NHS Trusts: “let’s get it right first time”. Auriana Griffiths is the lead partner in the London office but her clients remain her number one priority. Alison Eddy creates opportunities for the next generation of CN lawyers and has a legacy in diversity and inclusion whilst servicing her clients’ complex needs in her exemplary fashion. Anita Jewitt has a wide range of complex cases in her portfolio and she is not afraid to take on claims without guaranteed success. Totally dedicated to her clients and a star of the future. Leena Savjani is committed to her role in improving diversity and inclusion in the profession at large. Richard Keyser is a high octane performer with commercial acumen in spades. Lauren Hurney is an expert in spinal claims, a true specialist area within CN. Anne Kavanagh appeared in the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court in the same year and was victorious in both – that’s a claim to fame!’ 

‘Exceptionally strong team.’

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

The will, trust and estate disputes team at Irwin Mitchell is led by ‘hugely respected solicitor’ Paula Myers. Specialising in HNW matters, she oversees a team that handles matters for entrepreneurs, banks, executors, trustees and beneficiaries. In particular, it covers the complexities of contested wills (and lifetime gifts), the rectification of deeds and Court of Protection matters concerning allegations of financial abuse. The firm is also well-versed in family provision claims for spouses, cohabitees and dependants and has a strong track record in professional negligence claims arising from defective trust instruments. James Laycock, Richard Smaller and associate Carla Rist are key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Paula Myers

Other key lawyers:

James Laycock; Richard Smaller; Carla Rist

Testimonials

‘The team has the rare combination of huge size (and so capacity) and deep understanding and expertise. They are national leaders, able to handle even the largest litigation but not losing the personal touch and client-handling skills sometimes more associated with smaller firms.’

‘The team (Paula Myers and Richard Smaller) were focused on providing practical and pragmatic advice for their client and were able to guide him to a very good settlement of the claim. I have worked with Paula on a number of cases. She has a very good grasp of the law in relation to contentious trusts and estates, fights her corner hard, but is always focused on obtaining a good result for her clients.’

‘James Laycock is an excellent lawyer with the ability to understand complex matters quickly, identify key issues and devise strategy to progress the issues to a resolution. He has adopted a proactive approach with the solution always in focus. James is also an excellent communicator.’

‘Carla Rist is an excellent solicitor- good with clients and very knowledgeable. Paula Myers effortlessly combines legal knowledge and managerial skills to oversee the team.’

‘Paula Myers is fast achieving legendary status as a hugely respected solicitor and feared opponent. She has the clout to take on the biggest and toughest, and win her client a great result, generating extraordinarily high levels of client loyalty and satisfaction. She leads what is probably the largest team in the country doing this work, with a vast range of experience and huge ability. Carla Rist is an outstanding solicitor repeatedly obtaining exceptional results for her clients.’

‘Richard Smaller stands out for his tenacity, attention to detail, and out-of-the box thinking. He consistently delivers excellent results for his clients and this shows in the high value and complex cases he is entrusted with.

‘Richard Smaller and Carla Rist both balance great client care (always being willing to go the extra mile to deal with the client).’

Private client > Court of protection Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell has one of the largest and longest established court of protection teams in the country supporting more than 1,500 clients nationwide and in excess of 1,350 deputyships. It  has 'outstanding knowledge and experience'.  The group offers specialist advice in all COP matters from litigating ‘best interests’ disputes, trusts and powers of attorney through to property and affairs and welfare deputyships. It acts as professional deputy and trustee on many complex high-value cases and provides support in many personal injury claims. Julia Lomas is the national head of the court of protection department. Yogi Amin heads the public law unit and Niall Baker is the managing partner of both the court of protection and public law groups as well as the human rights department. 'The IM Court of Protection team is undoubtedly one of the leading teams in the country, at the forefront of game-changing decisions in the Court of Protection'.

Practice head(s):

Julia Lomas; Yogi Amin; Niall Baker

Other key lawyers:

Mathieu Culverhouse ;Joanna Grewer; Damian Hodkinson ; Lucy Bloom; Gillian Hitchen; Elizabeth Perry;Katie Strong; Charlotte Waite; Louisa Chadwick; Richard Jervis; Lucy Nicol; Helen Smith

Testimonials

There are few people in the COP world as good as Julia Lomas. She has the ability to be kind and considerate to clients whilst tough and demanding on suppliers. Whilst she challenges us as financial planners, it is always with her client’s best interests at heart. Charlotte Waite is a truly brilliant solicitor. She is compassionate with clients’ circumstances but confident to make the harder decisions as needed. Louisa Chadwick is also excellent with clients and very knowledgeable of the COP processes‘.

‘Probably the main player in the area – covering the most cases to greater effect. Yogi Amin‘.

‘First choice for Court of Protection matters. IM has a large number of hugely committed and very smart lawyers at every level. The breadth of the practice means it has access to wide pools of knowledge and support. Mathieu Culverhouse is fantastically bright. He sees all the angles in a case and gets some brilliant cases off the ground. He’s also endlessly enthusiastic and a real pleasure to work with‘.

Because it is a full service operation, it is possible to ensure that the interests of a person with impaired capacity are secured across the board by one team, which is rare, if not unique, amongst solicitors’ firm‘.

The Deputy team does an amazing job supporting its underlying clients, managing its varied and often challenging requests with ease. The team is well managed, with nominated individuals looking after specific clients and they really care about their clients. The lawyers are also innovative in how they manage their clients’ affairs. They ask all external investment managers to provide detailed performance information so that they compare advisors and therefore can be certain that the best advice is being provided for their clients for their long term benefit. Joanna Grewer is a delight to work with, she is personable and friendly but at the same time clear and focused in doing the best job for her clients. Individuals who have Joanna working as their Deputy should be very grateful indeed in having her on their side! Within the team Lucy Bloom, is great, easy to contact and clear in communication. It makes the firm very easy to deal with!‘.

‘An excellent and knowledgeable team that is client focused. Katie Strong – Knowledgeable senior professional with a good working understanding of client’s needs. Richard Jervis – Client focused service delivery and very approachable’.

‘Market leaders in the provision of Court of Protection services throughout the country. Lucy Nicol, Damian Hodkinson and Gillian Hitchen are the stand out candidates, all of whom provide an exceptionally personal service where they will always take the time to really understand a client’s needs and deliver a service that is precision guided to the client’s requirements‘.

You are treated as an individual not just an account. The right person/team can make all the difference enabling you to live the life you deserve. Elizabeth Perry encourages all in her team to have empathy for families, and to understand this isn’t just about being an account but about supporting the quality of clients’ lives and how they need to be lived to the best possible. Excellent in communication and listening skills, planning ahead and being multiskilled to adapt to what’s required of them‘.

 

 

Public sector > Education: individuals Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell‘s education law team acts in SEN and disability discrimination cases and judicial reviews, with experience in challenges against school transport policies, school closures and reorganisations. The group also advises on local authority funding issues relating to education costs for personal injury claims; the team has a strong track record in SEND appeals, securing specialist independent school placements and provisions for young people and children. Yogi Amin heads up the public law and human rights department, and has significant experience in cases concerning safeguarding, failure to provide education and SEN provisions. In September 2021 the firm made a notable hire with the addition of human rights and discrimination expert Angela Jackman.

Practice head(s):

Yogi Amin

Other key lawyers:

Erin Smart; Angela Jackman

Testimonials

‘Staff know the cases very well and have up to the minute knowledge of where details of the proceedings etc are up to. Excellent document organisation and secure and efficient systems for transfer of confidential information Excellent, efficient and caring administration staff providing back up for document sharing etc.’

‘Cheerful and positive attitudes at all time. Ongoing knowledge of cases. A genuine understanding of children’s educational special needs which means that on any given case they have an ability to understand the different priorities for a child or family and make good decisions about choice of professionals to act as expert witnesses.’

‘Irwin Mitchell is excellent. They have brilliant staff who will give you the best advice. They are well vested in the law and very honest. The lawyers are respectful and always available. I have used them successfully on two occasions and will always advise parents to use them. They are really first class. Not only will they win the case but will explain the law to you and give you some insight and knowledge regarding your case. Their billing is straight forward and sometimes reasonable. I will always go back to them after witnessing the excellent work done and great staff.’

‘Erin Smart has a good reputation.’

‘Angela Jackman is one of the best public lawyers out there. A real expert in education.’

Private client > Family Tier 1

With an emphasis on high-net-worth matrimonial casework, which often involves large property portfolios, private equity investments and family businesses, Irwin Mitchellcombines the firepower of a large firm with the personality of a boutique outfit‘. The team advises on pre and post-nuptial asset protection, matrimonial professional negligence claims and children’s law work, in both financial and criminal cases. Nicola Walker, formerly the head of the Birmingham family law practice, leads the growing team in Bristol, advising in both national and international cases involving pre-marital wealth. Recently promoted partner Erin Sawyer – a ‘star performer‘ – heads up the team’s unique offering for American nationals living in the UK.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Walker

Other key lawyers:

Erin Sawyer; Hayley Trim; Connie Smith; Lizzie Smith

Testimonials

‘This firm has a fabulous reputation all across the South West and indeed nationwide. It also has a strong team in other areas so it can cross-refer and stay within the firm.

‘Excellent all-round service’

‘Erin Sawyer is a star performer in the locality. A major force to be reckoned with. Rather have her on your team than be against her.’

‘Irwin Mitchell is a leading family practice, both nationally and locally. It combines the firepower of a large firm with the personality of a boutique outfit, offering clients the best of both worlds.’

‘Nicola Walker is hugely experienced, extremely shrewd and leads her team brilliantly. Erin Sawyer is exceptionally industrious and determined in her pursuit of the best possible outcomes for her clients.’

‘Nicola Walker is a partner and fantastic lawyer. She gives pragmatic, thorough and incisive advice. She also has a human touch which her clients appreciate. Connie Smith is also a first-class practitioner.’

‘Lizzie Smith was extremely professional and supportive at all times – she answered all my endless questions and queries.’

‘Lizzie Smith was approachable and objective and I appreciated her empathetic delivery of information.’

Private client > Family Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell is sought after by high-net-worth clients for its experience of handling family matters with international dimensions, such as complex, cross-border asset structures. The practice also routinely handles divorces involving complicating aspects such as substance addiction, allegations of abuse, and litigation in different jurisdictions. Ros Bever has a ‘tenacious approach to justice‘ and has previously handled litigation up to the Supreme Court level, while Nathaniel Groarke is accredited by Resolution as a specialist in international work. Senior associate Hannah Saxe is ‘astute and level-headed’ with a focus on matters involving children.

Practice head(s):

Ros Bever; Nathaniel Groarke

Other key lawyers:

Hannah Saxe; Lara Tucker

Testimonials

‘Nathaniel Groarke has always been my main contact. He is very approachable, with an honest and balanced approach. Lara Tucker who supports him has also always being professional and helpful.’

‘Ros Bever is hugely experienced, and rare in having taken cases to the Supreme Court from outside London.’

‘Irwin Mitchell are one of the best family law teams I have worked with. They manage to work cohesively together, but also have their own individual style and are well matched to their clients. They offer an outstanding service and it is always a pleasure to be instructed by them. You know you are getting a well prepared case where the client has been appropriately and sensibly advised – although they are definitely not afraid of a fight!’

‘Lara Tucker operates well above her qualification level, and could give many senior partners a run for their money. She has impeccable judgment and a fierce but pragmatic approach.’

‘Hannah Saxe is astute and level-headed. She fights hard for her clients whilst maintaining a realistic and pragmatic approach to the strategy of their matter. Her preparation and presentation is meticulous.’

‘Ros Bever is an exceptional leader and Nathaniel Groarke runs a tight ship in Manchester.’

‘The depth of the team at Irwin Mitchell ensures that they are able to deal with all aspects of financial remedy in house. The individuals ensure that this is not at the cost of the provision of a very personal service. ’

‘Ros Bever heads up the team with a tenacious approach to justice for her clients and, whilst she delegates within the team she is always accessible to them and the client and has an unrivalled hand on the tiller. Lara Tucker continues to out perform her peers with a staggering attention to detail coupled with an ability to focus on the real issues to try to limit costs and find a solution. ’

Private client > Family: Birmingham Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell has a large team that acts in a broad range of substantial and complex matters. It acts for a variety of clients including entrepreneurs, landed gentry, high-profile celebrities in addition to vulnerable clients who have received large personal injury settlements. The team under the leadership of Clare Wiseman receives a lot of plaudits. Zahra Pabani is recommended for her expertise in ultra-high-net-worth cases. Sarah Balfour has a particular niche in dealing with complex pre- and post-nuptial agreements while Mark Hands is sought after for his work with an international dimension. At associate level Fiona Farrell and Gemma Fenton garner praise. Senior associate Charlotte Clewes recently joined the team from Shakespeare Martineau LLP.

Practice head(s):

Clare Wiseman

Other key lawyers:

Zahra Pabani; Sarah Balfour; Mark Hands; Fiona Farrell; Gemma Fenton; Charlotte Clewes

Testimonials

‘This team has a range of expertise across all areas of family law. The lawyers deal with big money cases and simple child contact cases with the same level of attention to detail and fantastic client service. I have been impressed with the team’s ability to provide comprehensive and realistic advice to clients on a cost effective basis. ’

As one of the largest law firms in the UK, Irwin Mitchell provides a wide range of legal and financial services to thousands of individuals and businesses. Whilst all the lawyers are technically excellent they do not simply recite the law to you; they do not use legalistic jargon and do not sit on the fence when a decision needs to be made‘.

‘This family team have to be the absolute go-to firm not just in Birmingham but nationwide. The team contains so many standout practitioners together with a longstanding team of juniors who have the same ethos and approach to their work. It is unique because of the depth and breadth of talent. An unusual feature is the consistency of the team which I think shows what a great firm it is and how each member is chosen carefully to fit in with the ethos of the service they must provide to clients’.

Clare Wiseman leads this team with grace, calm with an underlying inner of steel. I imagine most opponents quake when they know she is on a case. Clients know that they are in the safest and strongest of hands. The team support she provides is immeasurable’.

‘The level of service is excellent and feedback to me, from my clients is always exemplary. I regularly work with Zahra Pabani who has the ability to work with all types of clients at a very difficult time. She ably assisted by Fiona Farrell who has extensive technical knowledge. These individuals stand out amongst the crowd in the wider business community’.

‘Sarah Balfour is a force to be reckoned with. She is super talented yet understated. She is a real powerhouse of legal talent but comes across in a caring and empathetic way to each of her clients. Her opponents must never be in doubt that they are faced with a formidable opponent but one who is always balanced and fair’.

‘Gemma Fenton was excellent and always kept the communication going. Good advice and follow up’.

‘Mark Hands exudes energy, talent and star quality. He has an infectious enthusiasm for his cases which starts from the moment he accepts a case until the moment it is concluded. He, like the others in the team, offers unrivalled support to his clients‘.

Private client > Family: elsewhere in Yorkshire Tier 1

Led by chartered legal executive advocate Zoe Round, Irwin Mitchell's Sheffield family law offering demonstrates 'vast wealth and depth of knowledge'. Offering collaborative law and ADR when required, the team's breadth of experience incorporates particular strengths in complex HNW financial matters and children cases. Tthe firm's opponents are often based outside of the region due to the complex nature of cases as well as its high number of cross-jurisdictional matters. Other important contacts include Helen Revill, James Henshall, Maisie Huynh, Melanie Hadwin and Emma Hubbard.

Practice head(s):

Zoe Round

Other key lawyers:

Helen Revill; James Henshall; Maisie Huynh; Melanie Hadwin; Emma Hubbard

Testimonials

‘My interactions with all parts of Irwin Mitchell have been managed professionally, with accuracy, individual attention and I feel the competency of employees in this firm is high. I have been impressed with the careful selection of external advisors such as barristers, tax experts and feel again that the individuals were carefully selected in every case. Billing has been accurate and timely and one query was sorted out speedily. Throughout the lockdown communication continued using different mediums and the wider team has stepped up when necessary. I have never felt unsupported.’

‘The experience and ability of the solicitors I have been interacting with is assured. I have total confidence in the advice and guidance I have been given at every step of my journey. I have always felt that the cost of the advice I receive has been worth it. I have developed what at times seems like a personal relationship with Melanie Hadwin who has taken over the management of my case as she has been promoted over time. Her diligence, accuracy and thoughtful approach is reassuring and her personable manner and humour is appreciated.’

‘It’s a very tight-knit team where the juniors are highly visible and take responsibility for their cases. Across the board all solicitors are good lawyers who will spot points which counsel might miss. It is also one of the warmest, friendliest teams in the country, without losing any toughness when required.’

‘Melanie Hadwin is a standout associate, who deals with much bigger cases than many of her peers would. She does so with skill and understanding, not just of the law, but the clients’ needs. She is hugely popular with clients and gets a lot of referrals. James Henshall is a rising star and a very good black-letter lawyer, who is one to watch.’

‘The Family Team at Irwin Mitchell in Sheffield have gained an excellent reputation for delivering successful outcomes for their clients both locally and nationally. They have a vast wealth and depth of knowledge and experience to call upon within the Team which means that they can ensure their clients are looked after every step of the process by the professional best suited to meet the clients needs.’

‘All of the individuals are prepared to go the extra mile although I would single out Maisie Huynh in particular who has always presented as professional, knowledgeable and reliable.’

‘Emma Hubbard – smart, dynamic and client focused. She commits to her case and her preparation is excellent. She has excellent judgment and as a result of that always offers the best advice to her clients.

Maisie Huynh – a tenacious representative for any client who has depth of experience in her field.’

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Praised by clients as 'the leading clinical negligence firm nationally and in East Anglia', Irwin Mitchell in Cambridge is noted for its 'unrivalled breadth and depth of experience'. All of the firm's practice heads - Neil Whiteley for personal injury work, Guy Forster for clinical negligence issues, Ruth Booy for serious injury claims, Rosemary Giles for workplace injury and asbestos-related cases and Simon Harrington for Ministry of Defence matters - are leaders in their fields. They are supported by a vastly experienced team of associates including Sarah Wealleans, Gurpreet Lalli, Sophie Bales, Alexander Davenport, Samantha Shaw and catastrophic injury specialist Justina Molloy.

Practice head(s):

Neil Whiteley; Guy Forster; Ruth Booy; Rosemary Giles; Simon Harrington

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Wealleans; Gurpreet Lalli; Sophie Bales; Alexander Davenport; Samantha Shaw; Justina Molloy

Testimonials

‘The team is brilliant. All areas of the case are dealt with and there has never been a day when I could not pick up the phone and get an answer or solution to a problem. Everyone (even in lockdown) has managed to keep up to date with the case.’

‘The leading clinical negligence firm nationally and in East Anglia. Unrivalled breadth and depth of experience for this type of work in this area of the UK.

‘Gurpreet Lalli is a rising star. Judgment and skill beyond her years. Guy Forster is very well respected. A safe pair of hands for high value claims.’

‘The industrial disease team is fantastic, very client focused with excellent people skills. Samantha Shaw and Rosemary Giles are both excellent.’

‘The military injury team in Cambridge is excellent and has significant knowledge in this area, which is second to none in the UK at the moment in my opinion. They are able to cater for all levels of client in this area, from private soldier to the senior commanding officer. They are also able to provide advice in areas not associated with contentious litigation in this area, namely the Specialist Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. The clinical negligence teams are also extremely skilled and knowledgeable and have the necessary bed side manner to ensure that all of their claimant clients feel listened to as well as being extremely ably advised. Their preparation is second to none.’

‘For military personal injury, Simon Harrington and Alex Davenport. The experience and knowledge of this area of work held by these individuals is second to none in my view. The think ahead carefully and tactically. For clinical negligence Guy Forster and Gurpreet Lalli. The team is led by Guy Forster who is extremely experienced in this area. Gurpreet Lalli is one of the up and coming stars of his team.’

‘Irwin Mitchell have strength in depth as one of the main players in the PI market nationwide. They have a number of very capable practitioners and a track record of achieving excellent results in the highest value cases. One of their biggest advantages is that they have the financial clout to run cases over long periods of time and carry large amounts of debt. This puts them in a position of strength in litigation.’

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

The widely recognised offering at Irwin Mitchell is divided into three distinct sub-groups; ‘exceptionally good leader‘ Francesca Mayes oversees the personal injury work, focusing particularly on catastrophic brain and spinal cord matters; Angela Kirtley heads up a ‘highly respected team of clinical negligence practitioners who have many years of experience under their belts‘; and Roger Maddocks brings his ‘unrivalled experience‘ to occupational disease claims, including those concerning a wide range of lung conditions. These practice heads are well supported by a group of more junior practitioners, including senior associate Jane Pyrah and associates Rebecca Maddock and Jennifer Craven.

Practice head(s):

Francesca Mayes; Roger Maddocks; Angela Kirtley

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Craven; Rebecca Maddock; Jane Pyrah

Testimonials

‘The unique qualities that Irwin Mitchell practitioners have are: age-old experience, sheer depth of talent, the highest level of professionalism with which everything is carried out, and their thoroughly thought through and tested practices and systems. Really very impressive.’

‘Francesca Mayes is an exceptionally good leader who has built an excellent department.’

‘There is all round excellence in the team. Cases are managed very efficiently. Client care is outstanding. They understand how to manage complex high value catastrophic injury litigation and deliver a first class service.’

‘Angela Kirtley is an exceptional clinical negligence practitioner. Before joining Irwin Mitchell, she had extensive experience acting for defendant professionals and their insurers. As a result, she has the unique strength of being able to see a case clearly from both sides and to predict the likely stance of the defendant’s representatives. This skill is allied to a compelling humanity and common sense. She unfailingly gets to the truth of a case and protects and promotes her clients’ interests by being realistic in the advice she provides. The end result is that she deservedly has a very large following. Her team reflect her philosophy and are equally assiduous.’

‘The team at Irwin Mitchell in the north is a real pleasure to work with, with huge experience and knowledge.’

‘Roger Maddocks is a leading claimant asbestos disease solicitor. He has a substantial caseload of mesothelioma and asbestosis cases from across the north. He knows every aspect of the cases he manages and has unrivalled experience of the area of law stretching back 40 years.’

‘A highly respected team of clinical negligence practitioners who have many years of experience under their belts.’

‘A really super team led by Angela Kirtley, who is just first-class and highly experienced.’

Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell maintains its reputation as ‘a market leader‘ in claimant personal injury work, and is noted especially for ‘the specialism within its teams‘ and the ‘excellence of its lawyers‘. National practice head Tracey Storey, London office managing partner Alison Eddy and core practitioner Ian Christian are all picked out by one client as ‘outstanding individuals‘. Other key senior names at the firm include Richard Geraghty and Demetrius Danas, who lead the national and international serious injury offerings in London, respectively. In terms of fields of particular strength, the group’s experience in traumatic brain injury work is seen as ‘second to none‘; Sarah Griggs has extensive experience in this area. For asbestos claims, Ian Bailey and Joanne Jefferies are recommended.

Practice head(s):

Tracey Storey; Alison Eddy; Ian Christian

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Griggs; Demetrius Danas; Richard Geraghty; Chani Dhaliwal; Laura Middleton-Guerard; Joanne Jefferies; Jennifer Lund; Ian Bailey

Testimonials

‘One of the best overall teams in the sector. Deep experience at all levels.’

‘They are a quite exceptional firm in respect of the quality of their people and the resources they are able to throw at a case. They have specialist help from their other teams which is always available.’

‘They stand out because of their willingness to take on difficult cases and cases that involve novel points of law that they are never afraid to challenge. Outstanding individuals in my view include Alison Eddy, Ian Christian and Tracey Storey.’

‘Irwin Mitchell is a market leader in claimant personal injury work. IM stands out within the field for the specialism within its teams and the excellence of its lawyers throughout. The opportunities that are given to trainees to engage with cases, including in conference, settlement meetings and at court offer fantastic training.’

‘Tracey Storey leads a huge team doing predominantly high-value work. She is a top quality leader and litigator. Richard Geraghty in London has superb knowledge and is one of the best in the business.’

‘The London team has experience in traumatic brain injury second to none.’

‘Sarah Griggs is outstanding. An extraordinarily empathetic and experienced solicitor. Just total class.’

‘Chani Dhaliwal is an excellent solicitor. He is wiling to run difficult legal points, has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law and the factual issues affecting those he represents and is robust with the defendant. I have been involved in a large number of cases for clients with very serious injuries. He has always pushed for the best result possible, more than the defendant was willing to initially offer. He is an excellent solicitor.’

Insurance > Product liability: claimant Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell has established itself as a go-to claimant firm in national and cross-border individual and group claims regarding defective products and personal injury as well as clinical negligence. It has particular experience in disputes in connection with electrical and consumer goods. The key contacts are consultant Clive Garner in Birmingham, and Sallie Booth and Tim Annett in Sheffield; all three have 'immense experience and are hugely respected in product liability work'. Associate Matthew Newbould, also based in Sheffield, is well versed in defective medical products, clinical negligence claims and consumer safety.

Practice head(s):

Clive Garner; Sallie Booth; Tim Annett

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Newbould; Natalie Truman

Testimonials

‘The whole team fully understood my problem and kept me fully informed through the whole process. The communication at all levels was excellent and the knowledge was first class.’

‘The partner I dealt with was Tim Annett. Tim was very knowledgeable about the issues I had. As well as his depth of legal knowledge he was compassionate and kept me fully informed about the process. Before making any decision he made certain that I fully understood the options.’

‘Matthew Newbould was efficient, friendly and approachable. He kept me fully informed throughout the process, explaining technical details clearly in phone calls, backed up in letter form. He pursued what turned out to be a stubbornly contested case with determination and diligence, eventually providing me with a justifiable outcome.’

‘Irwin Mitchell has an outstanding reputation in product liability for claimants,. It has been a pioneering firm in a number of relevant claims in this area. I have worked with Clive Garner, Sallie Booth and Tim Annett who all have immense experience and are hugely respected in product liability work. They fearlessly pursue the interests of the client.’

‘The firm has the resources to take on group actions and to fight vested interests and large insurers and corporates.’

Key clients

TVM

Various claims against Spinal Kinetics LLC

Sorin-Heater cooler claims

Nutribullet claims

Boeing 737 claims

Various claims arising from treatment provided by a surgeon

Lariam

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell is 'an exceptional law firm', whose team has 'unsurpassed knowledge' across the full scope of banking transactions.  Recent work has seen the group support borrower and lender clients with facility waivers, CBILS and CLBILS loan facilities and associated inter-creditor matters related to the Covid-19 pandemic. Paddy Sturman, who is 'respected by his peers', is an authority on syndicated and club financings, as well as bilateral facilities.  Senior associate Robert Farrell is a name to note for affordable housing finance transactions and  loan and security arrangements with charities.

Practice head(s):

Paddy Sturman

Other key lawyers:

Robert Farrell

Testimonials

‘Exceptional law firm, right up there with best worked with in 20 years. Knowledge is unsurpassed, ability to focus on salient points hugely helpful in matters being dealt with expediently and correctly. ’

‘Paddy Sturman has a reputation among banks that enables us (as his client) to negotiate the best possible arrangement. Respected by his peers and certainly the leading banking lawyer I have worked with.’

Key clients

HSBC UK Bank plc

Santander UK plc

National Westminster Bank Plc

ICG-Longbow

Bank J. Safra Sarasin (Gibraltar) Ltd, London Branch

Lloyds Bank plc

Octopus Property

ThinCats

HSBC USA

Deutsche Hypothekenbank

Public sector > Civil liberties and human rights Tier 2

With in-depth knowledge of human rights and administrative law, Irwin Mitchell works at the intersection between police forces, mental health services and social services. A particular specialism is acting for disability charities in claims under the Equality Act and Human Rights Act. The practice is also active in matters against the police, prison and immigration authorities, as well as bringing convention rights cases against providers of healthcare, social services and education. As a national firm, it can leverage its regional presence in the South West and Yorkshire to advise on issues across the country. Yogi Amin leads the team and focuses on public law and civil liberties work, including Court of Protection matters. He can call on the expertise of associate Gus Silverman, who has ‘extensive knowledge and experience in human rights litigation of all types’; and senior associate Fiona McGhie, who handles claims under the Human Rights Act against police forces and local authorities.

Practice head(s):

Yogi Amin

Other key lawyers:

Fiona McGhie; Gus Silverman; Juliet Spender

Testimonials

‘A willingness to take on difficult cases, push new points and get exceptional results for their clients’.

‘Gus Silverman – intelligent, excellent knowledge of the law, superb client skills, willing to seek and listen to advice when needed, determined, personable’.

‘Gus Silverman is a fantastic lawyer. Very knowledgeable on the law and dedicated to his clients’.

‘I am always extremely impressed by the quality of their work, which shows a striking level of dedication, expertise and attention to detail’.

‘Gus Silverman knows his cases inside out and back to front. The level of his attention to detail is extraordinary. He is also very knowledgeable about the relevant legal areas and extremely dedicated to his clients, to whom he provides an exemplary service. Has extensive knowledge and experience in human rights litigation of all types’.

‘Irwin Mitchell has a long history of delivering high quality Legal Aid work’.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Sheffield, South Yorkshire Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell's 'strong all-round team' acts for a range of local and national corporates in disputes and counts corporate governance disputes and insurance, retail, professional services, insurance, IT and manufacturing sector litigation among its specialisms. Insurance expert Steven Beahan and Dorrien Peters (who is particularly popular among manufacturing clients) jointly lead the practice, which includes 'fantastic' solicitors Keith Hague and Charlotte Peel.

Practice head(s):

Steven Beahan; Dorrien Peters

Other key lawyers:

Keith Hague; Charlotte Peel

Testimonials

‘Brilliant to work with – feels like we are all part of one team.’

‘Dorrien Peters loves to get to the detail, really wants to get inside the case and explore opportunities.

‘A strong all-round team with access to specialists when they need it. That is what makes them stand out in this segment of the market – the ability to source e.g. public law, pensions and IT advice when required.’

‘Dorrien Peters knows his stuff and does a good leadership job in Sheffield.’

‘Our solicitors were very informative and kept us up to date with regular progress reports.’

‘Keith Hague and Charlotte Peel were fantastic in our case they were always at hand for regular contact.’

‘I think the team is committed to detail, keeps the client informed and responds well to client input, guiding not dictating courses of action.’

Key clients

Westfield Health

Natural Instinct Limited

Laver Leisure

Janspeed Technologies Limited

Pegler Yorkshire Group

Herbold Meckesheim GmbH

Arc Legal Assistance Ltd

DAS

Aviva PLC

Allianz

Ask4 Limited

Capita

Paragon Law

Pryers Solicitors

The Kelham Island Brewery

Holland & Barrett

Real estate > Commercial property: Sheffield, South Yorkshire Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell is a reputable national name for all manner of land development, regeneration and mixed-use development schemes and finance work. Martyn Holland has over 30 years of experience in investment and development projects, as well as commercial landlord and tenant matters. Danny Revitt leads the contentious side. James Knowles and Michelle Beaumont are also recommended. Andrew Wallis departed for Clyde & Co LLP.

Practice head(s):

Martyn Holland; James Knowles; Michelle Beaumont

Other key lawyers:

Danny Revitt

Testimonials

‘Excellent availability, excellent knowledge of our sector and organisation, good responsiveness, particularly during the past year with the challenges of COVID and the restrictions on working.’

‘The team members I have worked with have all been responsive, very knowledgeable, thorough and commercial.’

‘In addition to all the qualities mentioned above all are approachable and build an excellent working relationship making communication simple and enjoyable.’

Key clients

Henry Boot PLC

Wilton Developments Limited

Rula Developments Limited

Furnival Quay Limited

Sheffield Hallam University

Vistry Partnerships (Yorkshire) Limited

Jones Lang LaSalle Limited

Newmarket Lane Limited

Gravity Fitness Limited

Magnum Homes

Rula Homes

Hartpury University

Caddick Land

Jackson and Jackson Limited

Micklegate Developments Limited

Fusion Global Management LLP

Dobbies Garden Centres Limited

Dyson Industries Ltd

HSBC Bank PLC

Thorntons Limited

Artisan Real Estate

Strata Homes (Yorkshire) Limited

Excel Parking Services Limited

Country Style Foods Ltd

Christeyns (UK) limited

Suon Group

MAF Students

St Paul’s Developments Ltd

Crescent Developments (York) Limited

Heworth Green Developments Limited

Boston College

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: fraud Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell's team of specialist white-collar crime litigators advises companies and boards on criminal liability issues, compliance work and multi-jurisdictional investigations conducted by authorities including the SFO, HMRC and FCA. The practice also handles bribery and corruption cases, internal investigations, sanctions, insider dealing issues, tax evasion matters and breaches of financial services regulations. Practice head Paul Haycock focuses on defending large, complex criminal and regulatory investigations and prosecutions.

Practice head(s):

Paul Haycock

Testimonials

‘All lawyers I have worked with at IM have an excellent grasp of the law and provide a very high service to clients.’

‘Depth of experience. IM have worked on many of the major fraud, financial services, cartel and money laundering cases and done so to an exceptionally high standard.’

‘They have an astounding ability to work through large volumes of material and prepare working schedules which make their cases accessible. They are very hard working and their criminal trial preparation more closely resembles what one would expect from a highly funded civil case.’

‘They will do everything needed on a case, are proactive and team players – they bring real value.’

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 2

The regulatory and criminal investigations group at Irwin Mitchell advises companies and boards on criminal liability issues and multi-jurisdictional investigations; it also regularly handles internal investigations, and has strength in managing criminal litigation risk. Practice head Paul Haycock has extensive experience in defending clients in large-scale financial and regulatory investigations.

Practice head(s):

Paul Haycock

Testimonials

‘The team at IM are very hard working. They are always very positive and are a pleasure to work with.’

‘IM have worked on many of the major fraud, financial services, cartel and money laundering cases and done so to an exceptionally high standard. Added to this experience, within the team is an almost unparalleled experience of defending murder, rape, drugs and organised crime cases over many decades. This means that they are not only able to bring to bear a depth of experience, but that they can provide a full service to corporate clients where individuals end up facing general crime allegations.’

Public sector > Education Tier 2

Irwin Mitchells' practice is jointly led by Jenny Arrowsmith and Michelle Beaumont, who are noted for their combined expertise in educational employment and property law matters. The practice is active in a wide range of matters, including complex PFI/PPP funding arrangements; charity regulation and governance matters. Other areas of expertise include student issues such as admissions, exclusions and parental complaints, and dispute resolution. Laurence Gavin left for Hemingway Solicitors in August 2020.

Practice head(s):

Jenny Arrowsmith; Michelle Beaumont

Testimonials

‘Jenny Arrowsmith and Michelle Beaumont have grown a solid practice in this area, with good relationships with academy trusts in particular.’

‘Michelle Beaumont – Property. Has brought to IM great expertise in the non-contentious side of education in particularly regarding FE colleges.’

‘Responsiveness, reliability and relationship of trust – plus they have taken the time to get to know us as clients and what our aims and ethos are. Rare with corporate bodies in our experience.’

‘Jenny Arrowsmith is our main contact and all of the items stated above embody what we get from Jenny – but she is also clearly an education specialist, she gets it.’

Key clients

Services 4 Schools Ltd

Association of Colleges

Inspire Trust

White Rose Academies

Leeds City College

Boston College

North Halifax Grammar School

Employment > Employees/unions Tier 2

Shah Qureshi leads Irwin Mitchell's employment and professional discipline team in London, which acts for employees (including senior executives and other professionals) in cases involving discrimination, bullying and harassment, whistleblowing and restrictive covenants, among various other matters. Qureshi is particularly well-known for his strengths in discrimination and whistleblowing cases against large companies and public bodies, and he also represents clients in regulatory matters before the General Medical Council and Financial Conduct Authority. In 2020, he assisted a senior employee of a well-known tech company with settling a disability discrimination claim. The firm recently recruited Deborah Casale and Danielle Parsons from Slater and Gordon, replacing Emilie Cole and Shazia Khan, who left to co-found Cole Khan Solicitors LLP. Casale led the national employment team at her previous firm.

Practice head(s):

Shah Qureshi

Other key lawyers:

Deborah Casale; Danielle Parsons

Testimonials

‘Irwin Mitchell has a superior suite of individual lawyers each of whom are excellent in the field of employment law. They are innovative in employment and discrimination law and not afraid to challenge and take on thorny issues including appealing novel areas of law.’

‘Shah Qureshi is a top lawyer, and has a terrific reputation in the industry.’

‘All communication and interaction with Irwin Mitchell was very efficient, with prompt replies. I was very impressed with the team, who communicated in a timely fashion.’

Employment > Employment: Sheffield and South Yorkshire Tier 2

At Irwin Mitchell, the employment practice has strength in the higher education and charity sectors and advises across the full range of contentious and non-contentious mandates. Practice head Kirsty Ayre in Sheffield (who is also active in the Leeds market) regularly appears before the Employment Tribunal in discrimination and unfair dismissal claims. The group is experienced in TUPE issues, restructuring matters, and large Covid-19 related furlough and redundancy mandates.

Practice head(s):

Kirsty Ayre

Other key lawyers:

Emily Weston

Testimonials

‘The team provides timely, commercial and practical advice in relation to employment law. This is not an academic team but a team which works assiduously to provide the right advice to achieve the best possible outcome for the clients.’

‘Kirsty Ayre is excellent. Very experienced and responds promptly to a request for advice. Very experienced and with a background of sitting on the employment tribunal, Kirsty is up to date with not only the law but with the view of the tribunal in relation to the applicability of the law to a particular matter.’

‘Very professional and experienced, with a high standard of customer service.’

‘Kirsty Ayre – Kirsty has been absolutely fantastic in assisting me with several difficult employment issues, and her kindness during such a stressful time, was very much appreciated. Always helpful and approachable, her calm good sense immediately puts you at ease.’

‘Good knowledge of HR/Employment law and practice, with quick response to queries when needed quickly.’

‘Our relationship is mainly with Emily Weston who I find to be approachable, knowledgeable and understands the context of the charitable sector when providing advice.’

Key clients

Association of Colleges

Henry Boot PLC

Tecomet Ltd

Capita PLC

DAS

Overgate Hospice

Westfield Health

Motorway Direct plc

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell counts asset-based lending as the core pillar of its practice and routinely advises on security issues, risk and credit reviews, option reviews for distressed businesses and every stage of related formal insolvency processes. Practice head Stephen George enjoys a prominent reputation for pensions deficit-led restructuring and insolvency assignments and is supported by Amy Keogh, an up-and-coming senior associate with a track record of acting for major corporates, institutional lenders, creditors and practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Stephen George

Other key lawyers:

Amy Keogh

Testimonials

‘Strong, all-round, joined-up advice’

‘Stephen George is an excellent partner who has a calm, balanced approach in all dealings coupled with commercial and practical application of the law.’

 

Key clients

PWC

Azets Restructuring & Insolvency

FRP

RSM Advisory

Grant Thornton

Mazars

Lloyds Banking Group

Shawbrook Bank Plc

Close Brothers Invoice Finance Ltd

Bibby Financial Services Limited

Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell's reputation for multi-jurisdictional transactional work makes the firm a strong choice for a varied roster of high-net-worth individuals, family offices, and private and listed companies. London corporate head Bryan Bletso also spearheads the firm's international group, with James Paton-Philip leading the firm’s Iberian offering and Debbie Serota heading up the Israeli desk. Bletso focuses on private company work for US and European entities, where he regularly works alongside Ben Gale. Paton-Philip concentrates on fast-growth technology enterprises, while Serota, who is experienced in both technology and corporate real estate issues, is a key contact within the firm's private client practice.

Practice head(s):

Bryan Bletso

Other key lawyers:

James Paton-Philip; Debbie Serota; Ben Gale

Testimonials

‘Always there to help, good breadth of all aspects of real world and the problems that go with it.’

‘So helpful and open to 24/7 queries. Really gets to know your business and the people that make it tick. If they don’t know the answer themselves always know who to go to. Bryan Bletso is first-class and so conscientious.’

‘Bryan Bletso – good overall partner management. Ben Gale – excellent senior associate, always on hand, very good lawyer and very hands on and personal,’

Key clients

Seattle Sperm Bank

CJK Group

IEP Financial Limited

2Excel Aviation

Bought by Many

Skybound Capital

Cube19

International Broadcasting Convention (IBC)

Goal Group

Gratte Brothers Group Limited

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell advises broadcasters, publishers, and labels within the television, music, and video games spaces, combining day-to-day commercial and corporate support with intellectual property and data expertise. During 2020, the practice worked with creative industry clients and bodies on Covid-19 response issues, particularly within the grassroots music industry. The practice is led by Laura Harper, who has a strong record in the video game industry, advising developers on worldwide publishing deals, as well as working with a range of music, entertainment and TV clients.

Practice head(s):

Laura Harper

Key clients

Saffron Cherry Productions

Needs More Robots Limited

Firesprite Limited

Grandpa Productions Limited

Dinosaur UK Limited

Sharp Futures CIC

Whispering Smith Limited

Louise Newson Medical Writer Ltd

Inner City Music Limited

Louder Than Words Festival Limited

Employment > Pensions Tier 2

The team at Irwin Mitchell is best known for its provision of a full advisory service to trustees and sponsoring employers of occupational pension schemes. The practice also stands out for its focus on documentation and technical expertise; recognised senior associate Kate Byers acts as the head of the pension documents offering, and is noted for her 'considerable presentation and communication skills'. Other recommended practitioners include London-based Martin Jenkins, who oversees the firm's national pensions department, and associate Lucy Herbert - the two 'make a winning team' and are singled out for their 'nuanced and pragmatic approach'. 

Practice head(s):

Martin Jenkins; Kate Byers

Other key lawyers:

Lucy Herbert

Testimonials

‘Martin Jenkins and Lucy Herbert make a winning team for my clients. They are always available at short notice and have a nuanced and pragmatic approach to delivering advice.’

‘From this practice we receive in-depth pensions knowledge and experience together with approachability and responsiveness.’

‘Our principle contact is Kate Byers who has a deep pensions knowledge together with many years experience of our scheme. She is always very thorough and responsive to our needs, displaying considerable presentation and communication skills.’

‘Kate Byers presents professionally, well researched and on time. She grasps issues and their political ramifications quickly and advises accordingly and promptly.’

‘The Irwin Mitchell team provides the best blend of price and performance. We receive expert advice from experienced professionals at appropriate levels at a price commensurate with their experience.’

‘Good, always well presented. Advice, training and documents delivered on time.’

Key clients

PAN Trustees UK LLP (and other companies within their corporate group)

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

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell is best known for its complex international tax and trusts estate work for clients who are predominantly high-net-worth individuals, families, trustees and family offices. It advises clients from all over the world who are entrepreneurs, business owners, owner-managed businesses and family-owned businesses. Another core area of expertise is advising senior executives and others such as hedge fund managers with complex remuneration structures. Alex Ruffel has a significant practice acting for clients based in the Gulf region and Eastern Europe and acting for trustees and wealth advisors who are based in the Channel Islands, Switzerland and Dubai in particular. Ruffel also acts for several crypto-currency entrepreneurs in respect of tax and succession matters. Nick Rucker is now at Ince.

Practice head(s):

Alex Ruffel – Head of London; Paula Myers – National Head

Other key lawyers:

Ashley Hill; George Merrylees

Testimonials

Above all I find its approach is pragmatic which is very much appreciated in the increasingly technical environment we have to operate in. The implementation of detailed planning is mapped out in advance and monitored and updated continuously by the team so that everyone keeps on track and knows what is required of them’.

‘I have dealt with Alex Ruffel for many years. Her approach and the quality of her advice has been consistent. She is easy to work with and always clear in her advice. She is empathetic with clients and other advisers and clearly has their respect and they value her counsel‘.

Alex Ruffel is a fantastic advisor. Very hands-on and experienced. One of my favourite tax and private client advisors in the UK. Very savvy’.

‘Ashley Hill, a partner in private clients is an exceptional tax adviser, being both technical and highly commercial in his solutions. Clients, and particularly those that could be classed as “tricky” are always happy to work with Ashley as he is able to cut through the complexity with straightforward language whilst also being highly personable and approachable. Ashley is the reason I have referred clients to Irwin Mitchell‘.

Great services, team very knowledgeable, reactive and pragmatic with respect to billing and budget relevant to the matters submitted. Mostly work with George Merrylees. George is a very good lawyer and advisor. He has great knowledge of UK tax law and international tax principles. His advice is to the point and very pragmatic. He speaks French very well which helps a lot with French clients when they are not so fluent in English, for explaining some aspects in their national language. George and his team are very reactive and available. A pleasure to work with them!‘.

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

At Irwin Mitchell, the key names are national tax, trusts and estates head Paula Myers and Leeds practice head Andrea Jones, as well as Sheffield-based partner Gillian Coverley, who focuses on client relationship management and business development for the wills and probate teams. Demonstrating expertise in business finance, the firm advises landed estates, trustees and executors on matters such as pre/post-death planning, intergenerational wealth structuring and preparations for care. The practice also handles cross-jurisdictional issues (including probate work from international sources), the tax elements of succession, wills, powers of attorney and Court of Protection applications. ‘Technically excellent‘ senior associate Katherine Wainman joined from Wrigleys Solicitors LLP in May 2020.

Practice head(s):

Paula Myers; Gillian Coverley; Andrea Jones

Other key lawyers:

Katherine Wainman; Thomas Wainman

Testimonials

‘When dealing with the firm I have always found them to be very approachable, professional and knowledgeable, which has given me absolute confidence and trust in the advice that I’ve been given. My latest interactions spanned the period from pre-lockdown into lockdown during the pandemic and I felt that the team coped very well with the situation, such that I did not feel that there had been any material diminution in the level of service that I received.’

‘Andrea Jones has built an impressive team in a short space of time and the team has worked hard to make itself known and to position itself as a leader in the Private Client field.

‘Gillian Coverley is extremely personable and always makes time to provide me with advice and nothing is too much trouble. She is happy to run through any scenario I may submit to her and will always come back to me if she can’t help immediately.

‘The first meeting was very professional and very informative. The knowledge displayed was excellent and I was given choices to make with no pressure given to take any one of them. I was assured that other departments would be contacted for the points raised in the meeting which was outside the departments area of expertise and they were. Communication was always very good, friendly and professional. I’m very pleased that I employed Irwin Mitchell. The key strengths are knowledge, friendly whilst staying professional, and completing the task in hand efficiently, chasing things up and letting nothing go. ’

‘Friendly staff and ready to explain technical jargon as appropriate. Although we have not finished our business with the firm due to delays during the pandemic, they have kept us updated as appropriate. I cannot compare with other firms as I have not used this type of service before. ’

‘Kat Wainman is technically excellent, willing to talk around subjects, outward looking, and I value her judgement. I would not hesitate to refer clients, friends or family to her. ’

‘Katherine Wainman is a strong addition to the team. Her enthusiasm for, and knowledge of, dealing with complex trust matters and cross-border work is excellent.’

Key clients

Age Co

Nationwide Building Society

Leeds Building Society

Macmillan Cancer Support

Apex Corporate Trustees (UK) Limited

Insurance > Professional negligence: claimant Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell's Sheffield professional negligence team acts for both corporate clients and individuals at local and national levels. Handling claims against a variety of professionals (including solicitors, barristers, construction professionals and insurance brokers), the team also acts on behalf of practitioners in issues arise out of insolvency estates. Key contacts include Steven Beahan and senior associate Natasha Guthrie.

Practice head(s):

Steven Beahan

Other key lawyers:

Natasha Guthrie

Testimonials

‘This team sits on the borders of construction, professional negligence and insolvency. These are areas that often go hand in hand but which are seldom treated in that way. A particular innovation for which this team is responsible is identifying professional negligence claims by insolvent companies and individuals against their former advisers. I’m not aware of another firm with such a specialism.’

‘Natasha Guthrie has been operating at partner level for a while now. She is great with clients and is absolutely steadfast when things get tricky.’

Key clients

Arc Legal Assistance Ltd

Aviva Insurance

Axa Insurance

Abbey Taylor Limited

Aegus Insurance

DAS UK Group Limited

ESure

Wilson Field Limited

Begbies Traynor LLP

LIM Insurance

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

At Irwin Mitchell, Sheffield-based partner Danny Revitt leads the national property litigation team, which provides 'quick and timely advice' to commercial property investors, developers, retailers and notable regional institutions, such as Sheffield Hallam University. Revitt has a keen focus on commercial and residential landlord and tenant litigation, and he also advises retailers and corporate occupiers on contentious issues arising from the management of national property portfolios. Senior associate Lisa Stratford acts for investors and developers in an advisory and risk management capacity, and is recommended for her expertise in nuisance, rights to light disputes and property-related insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):

Danny Revitt; Tim Rayner

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Stratford

Testimonials

‘Working with Irwin Mitchell is a pleasure. Their advice is sound and they are able to explain well in layman where necessary. They are conscientious and very knowledgeable, professional, efficient and thorough in their work and are friendly to deal with.’

‘Excellent advice to economically deal with the issue with a positive outcome.’

‘Danny Revitt (partner) – Danny has one of those attributes that is always positive. He is approachable, efficient, and always extremely helpful. Danny examines the matter in hand, quickly identifies any potential issues and offers solutions using his expert knowledge.’

‘Lisa Stratford provided us with an excellent service in what was not a particularly complex case but could have been damaging to our profile and reputation had it not been dealt with efficiently and appropriately.’

Key clients

Devonshire Green (Commercial Properties) Limited (part of City Estates Group)

Calthorpe Estates Limited

Keepmoat Homes Limited

Rullion Limited

Artisan Real Estate Investors

Rula Developments

Tobermory S.A.R.L /Trilogy Property

Real Estate Investors PLC

Godwin Developments

Suon/Tawnywood

BNP Paribas Real Estate Advisory and Property Management UK Limited

Shelter

Redwood (Light Industrial) Propco SARL (part of Logicor Group)

Thorntons Limited

River Island Clothing Co Limited

Jones Lang LaSalle Limited

RGIS Inventory Specialists Limited

Sheffield Hallam University

HBD (Henry Boot Developments)

Lloyds Pharmacy Limited

Dobbies Garden Centres Limited

A&J Mucklow PLC

Peveril Securities Limited

M&M Asset Management

Sheffield International Venues Limited/Sheffield City Trust

Sheffield Methodist Church Circuit

Countrywide Residential Lettings Limited

Dyson Industries Limited

Persimmon Homes

Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation

Kaleidoscope

Country Style

Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell represents individuals and groups in a wide range of legal challenges regarding important human rights and safeguarding issues, with a particular focus on the healthcare and education sectors. Group head Yogi Amin handles judicial reviews, human rights litigation and cases under mental capacity law. Oliver Studdert has a strong reputation in judicial reviews against the decisions of local authorities, in which he acts for charities, campaign groups and individuals. Associate Faith Salih is recommended for her expertise in legal challenges enforcing the rights of citizens to access healthcare services.

Practice head(s):

Yogi Amin

Other key lawyers:

Oliver Studdert; Faith Salih

Testimonials

‘Excellent experience with advice delivered in a practical commercial way.’

‘Irwin Mitchell are unique in offering genuinely national coverage for claimant public law. They are the only firm of which I am aware which has offices which cover every geographical area of England.’

‘Oliver Studdert is a highly experienced public lawyer who is excellent at formulating and bringing strategic challenges, often acting for NGOs. Ollie has outstanding judgment and always ensures that the evidence prepared to support a claim is entirely on point.’

‘Irwin Mitchell is a well known firm that has a firm handle on the complexities of complex circumstances that often result in complex cases.’

‘Oliver Studdert recently acted for me on a very sensitive and distressing case. I cannot imagine how many hours he gave me pro bono and I cannot thank him or Irwin Mitchell enough. His legal understanding of my case was excellent but his compassion, patience and the time he gave me surpasses any expectations I had.’

Key clients

Birthrights

St Margaret’s Church

Article 39

SXM

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell's team is led by landholdings expert James Pavey and contentious estates specialist James Laycock. Handling high-value tax planning for individuals and trusts, the offering also covers tax disputes and property advice for landowners in relation to development, transactions and agricultural tenancies. In addition, the firm assists clients with asset structuring and succession planning in relation to wills, trusts, intestacies, and partnerships. A recent highlight indicative of its strengths is its representation of the Green Lanes Environmental Action Movement in judicial review proceedings against Lake District National Park Authority, a case which pertains to a failure to stop public vehicular use of historic highways.  

Practice head(s):

James Pavey; James Laycock

Testimonials

‘The team is strong on all agricultural matters, and particularly strong on farming proprietary estoppel cases.’

Key clients

Green Lanes Environmental Action Movement

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell's commercial litigation team counts contractual, corporate, intellectual property and recruitment disputes among its areas of expertise. IP litigator Alex Newman leads the team, which includes James Laycock, who counts contract, shareholder and director litigation and restrictive covenant disputes among his area of experience. Senior associate Emma Yates specialises in reputational disputes, while associate Richard Payne focuses on contract disputes.

Practice head(s):

Alex Newman

Other key lawyers:

James Laycock; Richard Payne; Emma Yates;

Real estate > Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell is a go-to for regional and national commercial property work. James Knowles' practice focuses on development projects, corporate and retail lettings, property financing and investment acquisitions and disposals. In the public and social housing space, Michelle Beaumont is experienced in acting for developers, investors and occupiers on complex structures for both public and private sector clients, particularly those within student accommodation, housing and education. Senior associate Clare Davitt is recommended for landlord and tenant and financing.

Practice head(s):

James Knowles; Michelle Beaumont

Other key lawyers:

Clare Davitt

Testimonials

‘Michelle Beaumont leads a team of great lawyers, who provide pragmatic and commercial advice to ensure that our residential schemes are completed in line with our pipeline requirements. As such, we consider Michelle and her team the best in the region.’

‘We consider Michelle (Beaumont) to be part of our business. She integrates with our team as a colleague, and we rely on her as a much valued part of our team.’

Key clients

Henry Boot PLC

Wilton Developments Limited

Rula Developments Limited

Furnival Quay Limited

Sheffield Hallam University

Vistry Partnerships (Yorkshire) Limited

Jones Lang LaSalle Limited

Newmarket Lane Limited

Gravity Fitness Limited

Magnum Homes

Rula Homes

Hartpury University

Caddick Land

Jackson and Jackson Limited

Micklegate Developments Limited

Fusion Global Management LLP

Dobbies Garden Centres Limited

Dyson Industries Ltd

HSBC Bank PLC

Thorntons Limited

Artisan Real Estate

Strata Homes (Yorkshire) Limited

Excel Parking Services Limited

Country Style Foods Ltd

Christeyns (UK) limited

Suon Group

MAF Students

St Paul’s Developments Ltd

Crescent Developments (York) Limited

Heworth Green Developments Limited

Boston College

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

Under the leadership of senior associate Heather Roberts, Irwin Mitchell acts on claims made against estates, including Inheritance Act and proprietary estoppel claims as well as disputed wills on the grounds of forgery and undue influence. The Manchester practice draws on the experience of the national team, led by Paula Myers.

Practice head(s):

Paula Myers

Other key lawyers:

Heather Roberts

Testimonials

‘The service they provide is really personable and the results they achieve are excellent.’

‘Great team, attract good solid work and represent clients well.’

‘Exceptional service throughout.’

‘We mainly dealt with Heather Roberts. Our case was complex, messy and at times very distressing to us because of the behaviour of the opposing side. Heather impressed us from the start with her friendly and approachable manner, and clear grasp of the key issues. As the case went on her knowledge and understanding of the relevant law was apparent and she dealt with everything efficiently and thoroughly.’

‘Heather Roberts is simply brilliant.’

‘Heather Roberts is very approachable, friendly and knowledgeable in her area.’

‘Heather Roberts was the person I passed the client on to and the feedback I got was immediately great. She had listened and reassured, and understood exactly what the circumstances were. The result she got was way in excess of what the client expected at the start. She literally changed someone’s life with the result she got, but was also their to help the client and hold her hand all the way through.’

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Sheffield, South Yorkshire Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell’s corporate and commercial practice handles mid-cap acquisitions and sales for a large roster of clients made up of local corporates, SMEs, and third-sector organisations. The team also offers a holistic service across commercial litigation and competition law matters.

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: fraud Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell's team of specialist white collar criminal litigators has extensive national and international experience, which includes advising companies and boards on criminal liability, compliance and investigations by the SFO, FCA and HMRC. Also notable is that the group has expertise in internal investigations into theft, fraud and bribery, as well as matters relating to financial crime, sanctions, tax evasion and breaches of financial services regulations.  Associates Emma Windle and Jason Newall are the main contacts. Paul Haycock has retired.

Practice head(s):

Emma Windle, Jason Newall

Testimonials

‘The team are very professional and always deliver a full brief.’

‘Jason Newall – New head of department, is a strong solicitor and a good generator of work.’

‘Depth of experience. IM have worked on many of the major fraud, financial services, cartel and money laundering cases and done so to an exceptionally high standard. Added to this experience, within the team is an almost unparalleled experience of defending murder, rape, drugs and organised crime cases over many decades.’

‘Emma Windle – highly adept at dealing with cases with large amounts of evidence without ever losing focus. She is able to see the bigger picture and where the pieces come together in a case. A tactical and effective lawyer.’

‘The team is long-established and each member has a unique role to play that provides for a very efficient working environment. Emma Windle is one of the pillars behind the success of the team.’

Crime, fraud and licensing > Crime: general Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell's Leeds-based white-collar crime practice is now led by senior associate Emma Windle, following Paul Haycock's departure. Windle specialises in financial crime and commercial fraud investigations, as well as advising clients facing cash seizures and complex restraint and confiscation matters. The practice also advises companies and boards on criminal liability, compliance and multijurisdictional investigations.

Practice head(s):

Emma Windle

Testimonials

‘The team are very professional and always deliver a full brief.’

‘Impressive facilities, high standard of work and turnover. The team is strong and the work is to a high standard.’

‘Depth of experience. IM have worked on many of the major fraud, financial services, cartel and money laundering cases and done so to an exceptionally high standard. Added to this experience, within the team is an almost unparalleled experience of defending murder, rape, drugs and organised crime cases over many decades. This means that they are not only able to bring to bear a depth of experience, but that they can provide a full service to corporate clients where individuals end up facing general crime allegations.’

‘Emma Windle – highly adept at dealing with cases with large amounts of evidence without ever losing focus. She is able to see the big picture and where the pieces come together in a case. A tactical and effective lawyer.’

Employment Tier 3

Fergal Dowling at Irwin Mitchell leads a dynamic team that advises clients across a broad range of sectors such as retail, financial services, education, manufacturing and healthcare. Other strengths include the charitable and not-for-profit sector, healthcare as well as advising individual clients. The practice has particular expertise in advising on confidentiality and restrictive covenants and Dowling has a wealth of experience in tribunal litigation. Elaine Huttley has a broad practice and has a special interest in the employment aspects of shareholder/director management disputes. Donna Seferta was promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Fergal Dowling

Other key lawyers:

Elaine Huttley; Donna Seferta; Siobhan Mulrey

Testimonials

‘I find Irwin Mitchell to be very helpful and concise, I have dealt with them at solicitor and partner level and the service received has been equally satisfying. I see the team as the perfect solution to my business needs as it has expertise in all areas that I could ever need supporting’.

‘I deal with three different people at Irwin Mitchell from junior solicitor through to senior partner, and all of them are excellent communicators and knowledgeable. Contact is also prompt and concise for the non-legal understanding. The staff are polite and always return a call or email. Overall they are reliable and a trustworthy partner to my business for what I would consider a very reasonable fee’.

My dealings to date with Irwin Mitchell have been incredibly positive. Not only have we forged close working relationships with the lawyers with whom we have worked but the team has found the employment law updates and webinars incredibly accessible.  I very much value their collaborative approach and clear, practical, jargon free advice and would not hesitate to recommend them to others requiring such services’.

‘ I cannot speak highly enough of Elaine Huttley both in regards to the advice she provides, responsiveness and our overall working relationship. The organisation has undergone significant change and Elaine has played a pivotal role in supporting us through this change. She is very much seen as an extended part of our HR function and the positive feedback and praise for Elaine is consistent across all colleagues who have worked with her. Elaine is very responsive and where she is unavailable is always accommodating and ensures that time is scheduled to address any matters whether this be outside of core business hours. The advice she gives is clear, concise, practical and jargon free’.

‘I deal regularly with Elaine Huttley. Her advice is always considered and pragmatic; she really considers how we deal with people’.

‘Siobhan Mulrey provides timely, practical advice which is relevant to our organisation and specific needs. Various options are given with clear identification of their potential consequences’.

‘Having a dedicated team who you can contact, they know your business and can give advise based on business risk preference. Takes the time to understand the issue and desired outcome and how to achieve it. The lawyers understand we are experienced HR professionals and that when we need support it is to sense check our intention and they are open to listen to us and our thoughts/opinions’.

Key clients

Arc Legal Assistance

Association of Colleges

Restore Plc

Reconomy UK Limited

ThyssenKrupp

Gleeson Recruitment Group

Hadley Industries Plc

Wolverhampton Homes Limited

Petit Forestier Limited

The Hireman (London) Limited

Employment > Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell's employment practice is 'tenacious in the pursuit of clients' interests', and has strength across the education sector. Overseen by Glenn Hayes in Leeds, who also manages the Sheffield and Manchester offices, the team advises local and national clients on senior-level exits, TUPE issues, and regularly appears before the Employment Tribunal. Jenny Arrowsmith is a key member of the group and advises on strategic HR and governance matters, with an emphasis on the education sector; she has experience in successfully defending disability discrimination claims. At the associate level, Padma Tadi remains the contact for corporate immigration issues and Brexit advisory work.

Practice head(s):

Glenn Hayes

Other key lawyers:

Jenny Arrowsmith; Padma Tadi

Testimonials

‘The Irwin’s team are very responsive and can pick up complex cases and issues extremely quickly and with limited briefing – they understand our business and are pragmatic in the advice given. Their approach is therefore much more dynamic than other firms.’

‘Glenn Hayes and Jenny Arrowsmith are outstanding. Both have supported on some really complex and long-running cases and the support they give to the HR team, and Managers in helping them navigate the legal processes is really valuable and valued. Their approach goes beyond advice to supporting and explaining to ensure people feel as comfortable as they can dealing with the issues at hand. They also take the time to think through and advise on case strategies and tactics, which to a busy HR team is really helpful.’

‘I have dealt with the employment team at Irwin Mitchell for approaching 15 years and I have always found them not only extremely supportive, but also available to take calls and/or meet to discuss issues at hand. Their advice is always clear, unambiguous and pragmatic, delivered in a way that is easy to understand and without any feeling that questions cannot be asked or clarification sought.’

‘Glenn Hayes and Padma Tadi. Always available and prepared to listen and offer advice in a clear, unambiguous and pragmatic manner. Their approach is very inclusive in that I never feel that I cannot provide my own opinion or solution.’

‘The IM employment lawyers are an extremely capable team. They are highly client-focused, constantly seeking to ensure that they have identified and are addressing the needs of the businesses they serve. Their feedback is rapid, well-informed and apt for practical application. They are tenacious in the pursuit of their clients’ interests.’

‘Glenn Hayes is especially notable for getting to the heart of any matter with precision and great speed. Time is not wasted on peripheral issues. The core is addressed, assessed and a course determined. Glenn’s analysis and tactical judgment is especially strong.’

‘Glenn Hayes – Employment partner – deserves special mention. He exudes a quiet determination and confidence in the details of all the cases he does.’

Key clients

Association of Colleges

Begbies Traynor plc

Brown Shipley

Capita PLC

DAS

Davita International Limited

Firesprite Limited

Headway Group (National Brain Injury Association)

Leeds City College/White Rose Academies Trust

Services 4 Schools

Persimmon PLC

Private client > Family: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 3

With lawyers in both Leeds and Sheffield, Irwin Mitchell's family team in the region is led by senior associate chartered legal executive Helen Revill. Recognised for its work in complex, high-value financial matters, the firm is particularly adept at handling children law cases for heterosexual and LGBT clients. In addition, while demonstrating a reach beyond Yorkshire (the firm has both London-based and international clients), it is also expert in spousal maintenance, family businesses, high value pensions and tax matters upon relationship breakdown. Associates Scott Halliday and Roopen Kalirai are additional names to note.

Practice head(s):

Helen Revill

Other key lawyers:

Scott Halliday; Roopen Kalirai

Testimonials

‘As you would expect from this firm, they will pull out the stops and work around the clock to get results for their clients, but there is a young and enthusiastic dynamic to this team which makes them very fresh and innovative. They are keen to look at every option including newer areas such as arbitration to create a truly bespoke service for each client.’

Roopen Kalirai is an up and coming lawyer who is very determined to make her mark and go the extra mile for her clients‘.

‘Scott Halliday is a bright, engaging and committed solicitor. His enthusisam for his case is matched by his excellent legal judgment and hard work. A star of the future.

‘Fantastic firm. Even though it has a big national presence, it still offers a very much local service.’

‘Scott Halliday – the go to lawyer for all matters relating to LGBTQ+ family law issues. He is involved in cases that are at the cutting edge of family law.

‘Scott Halliday is one to watch and will be a star of the future (he, in fact, is already a star). Has expertise beyond his years in a wide range of family law areas already, but has a particular specialism in international cases and alternative family cases.

‘Irwin Mitchell is an excellent firm, head and shoulders above other firms in the region.’

Public sector > Healthcare Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell has a strong healthcare team representing clients across a wide range of work, including human rights law, end of life care, and major medical abuse and mistreatment allegations. Practice leader and 'dominant player in this area' Yogi Amin specialises in public law and civil liberties, with particular expertise in Court of Protection work. Patient rights partner Mathieu Culverhouse is 'clever and compassionate', and is an expert on mental capacity, deprivation of liberty, and other significant healthcare matters. Additionally, Oliver Studdert specialises in children's rights, public law, and Court of Protection work. The firm has seen a number of partner-level exits to breakaway public and human rights law firm Rook Irwin Sweeney LLP .

Practice head(s):

Yogi Amin

Other key lawyers:

Mathieu Culverhouse; Oliver Studdert

Testimonials

Great partners like Mathieu Culverhouse and Yogi Amin mean they get some of the best cases: the real headline grabbers that really make a mark.’

Mathieu Culverhouse is clever and compassionate. A joy to work with. Kirsty Stuart is quite brilliant and really goes the extra mile for her clients.’

Because they are a full-service operation, it is possible to ensure that the interests of a person with impaired capacity are secured everywhere by one team, which is rare, if not unique, amongst solicitors’ firm.’

Yogi Amin continues to be a dominant player in this area, and rightly so.

Key clients

Birthrights

Jayne Dawson

Hands Off HRI

Basma

Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell advises banks and asset-based lenders on all aspects of restructuring and corporate insolvencies. Doug Robertson in Leeds is noted for property insolvency and leads the fixed charge receivership offering. Tom Paton leads the Sheffield team and regularly acts for national accountancy firms in contentious insolvency matters.

Practice head(s):

Tom Paton; Doug Robertson

Testimonials

‘Great technical ability throughout the firm. Competitive fees. Contactable and efficient.’

‘Personable. Caring. Efficient. Communicate effectively. Detail orientated.’

‘The team at Irwin Mitchell always provide a professional and swift response on all matters they are dealing with for us.’

Key clients

KPMG LLP

RSM

Mazars LLP

FRP

Begbies Traynor

BDO

Duff and Phelps

Grant Thornton

Smith & Williamson

Wilson Field

Chamberlain & Co

Griffins

EY (Belfast)

Bridgewood

PWC (London)

Graywoods

Armstrong Watson

Quantuma

Manolete Partners plc

HSBC Bank plc/HSBC UK Bank plc

National Westminster Bank plc

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc

Metro Bank plc

SME Invoice Finance Limited

Close Brothers Invoice Finance

Lloyds Bank plc

Shawbrook

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 3

At Irwin Mitchell, the practice is known for its focus on national and cross-border litigation matters and is headed up by Alex Newman in Leeds. The team act for clients in the food and drink, consumer electronics, cosmetics, and telecoms sectors. Co-head Joanne Bone leads the non-contentious work, which includes advising brands on design protection issues, trade marks and copyright infringements. The team also has a specialist reputation management group, which deals with defamation, harassment and privacy matters.

Practice head(s):

Alex Newman; Joanne Bone

Key clients

Natural Instinct Limited

BetterYou Limited

Gravity Fitness Limited

Adare International Limited

The Janger Limited

Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 3

An ‘excellent, hardworking team with great commercial awareness', the practice at Irwin Mitchell covers contentious and non-contentious planning and environment matters. Led by environment and planning expert and ‘good tacticianClaire Petricca-Riding, the team has grown its client portfolio and continues to represent clients in environmental prosecution and advise on regulatory matters, as well as negotiating various section agreements for residential developer clients.

Practice head(s):

Claire Petricca-Riding

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Tym

Testimonials

‘Excellent, hardworking team with great commercial awareness.’

‘Claire Petricca Riding has fantastic client-facing skills and is a great communicator.’

‘The team has some big hitters, all with different strengths, which makes them a formidable firm.’

‘Claire Petricca-Riding is very client focused and a good tactician. She is good at thinking outside of the box.’

Stuart Tym is across every case he does. He really knows his stuff and doesn’t drop the ball.

Key clients

R Plevin and Sons Limited

Whitkirk Waste Solutions Limited

Alan’s Skip Hire Limited (Ash Waste Group)

Port of Heysham Limited (Peel Ports Group)

Trafford College Group

Real estate > Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 4

Irwin Mitchell is primarily active in the field of residential and commercial developments where department head Ben Acheson supports at every stage of the project lifecycle, from site assembly through to planning and disposal. The team is also regularly engaged for investment transactions and owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, has been particularly active in terms of supermarket acquisition work of late. Other workstreams include secured lending real estate finance matters and corporate occupier portfolio management.

Practice head(s):

Ben Acheson

Other key lawyers:

Gurpreet Hayer

Testimonials

‘Excellent customer service’

‘Ben Acheson and Gurpreet Hayer are recommended.’

‘Excellent client focus in terms of communication, clarity of advice and speed in turning matters around.’

‘Ben Acheson provides concise, commercial advice; he has a real client focus and is a pleasure to deal with.’

Key clients

A.C. Lloyd Holdings Limited

Henry Davidson Developments Limited

Persimmon Homes Limited

Owl Homes Limited

Lifestory Group

Godwin Developments Limited

Euro Property Investments Limited

W Wing Yip

LNT Care Developments

Court Collaboration

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 4

Irwin Mitchell has particular expertise in bringing and defending high-value financial provision claims under the Inheritance Act in addition to advising on a whole host of contentious trusts and court of protection matters for a range of high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals. It is adept at advising on significant trust structures and estates in the UK and internationally. Head of department Claire-Marie Cornford regularly acts in complex private wealth disputes for a broad range of clients from successful entrepreneurs to landed gentry and charities. Nicola Bushby is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Claire-Marie Cornford

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Bushby

Testimonials

‘The team has begun to be a really big player since Claire-Marie Cornford was recruited to head the team in London and now it appears in many of the big cases. Claire-Marie Cornford combines real expertise with excellent client handling and achieves good results for her clients while standing her ground when she needs to.’

‘The team has great experience in complex, high-value, multi-jurisdictional disputes about trusts and estates. One great advantage which the firm has is its breadth of specialisms, which gives the team the ability to call on first-rate in-house advice where there is a cross-over into other areas of law. This can be particularly valuable where contentious trusts or probate disputes have a tax or Court of Protection or corporate angle. Claire-Marie Cornford is an absolutely first-rate litigator. She is absolutely focused on getting the best possible result for her clients and takes a lot of time and care to understand from them what their objectives are. She never loses sight of the end-game. She is a very tough opponent and a pleasure to work with. She is supported by a strong team.’

This team can provide effective representation to a vast range of clients, including large disputes. It can resource more effectively than most due to its geographical spread and size. Claire-Marie Cornford brings considerable experience and confidence to the team; she is a quality litigator.’

Nicola Bushby is a very able solicitor, whose experience of litigation in other areas, including the rights of the mentally vulnerable, means that she is well on top of complex issues such as testamentary capacity and proving the testator’s true intentions.’

This is a small but strong practice with individuals who have extensive experience in this area and the support of the full service firm that is Irwin Mitchell. Nicola Bushby is outstanding. She brings a breadth of experience to her work, is extremely intelligent and astute. What makes Nicola stand out is her determination and drive to protect the vulnerable clients that she works with as well as her empathy and compassion in her work. It is a genuine pleasure to work with her.’

‘It is a strong team willing to take on both large and small cases. Its London office in particular shows real strength under the leadership of Claire-Marie Cornford, with the addition last year of rising star Nicola Bushby. Nicola Bushby stands out as a fearless litigator willing to go the extra mile for her clients and not afraid to argue novel legal points.’

‘Nicola Bushby – personable, excellent with clients, goes above and beyond.’

‘Strong working knowledge of trusts and probate law. Claire Marie Cornford – fights her client’s corner hard.’

Key clients

John Clitheroe

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 4

The corporate and commercial team at Irwin Mitchell is headed by Nick Dawson, a lawyer whose practice covers the full array of corporate transactions, especially M&A and private equity deals. His team caters to a diverse client roster of mid-market, growth business, large corporates and private equity-backed businesses with foremost expertise of the food and drink, financial institution, manufacturing and waste sectors. A clear point of distinction for the group is its private wealth practice which it leverages to provide a full-suite service to owner-managers and directors. Associate solicitor Matt Smith delivers an ‘optimal outcome’, ‘never missing a detail’.

Practice head(s):

Nick Dawson

Other key lawyers:

Matt Smith; Chris Rawstron; Emma Callow

Testimonials

‘Irwin Mitchell have a very customer-centric ethos, making life as simple as possible for us, as a client. They manage the relationship very efficiently, and with clear direction to the client. The down-to-earth approach that is part of the their culture is very different to other law firms that we’ve dealt with, and this encourages true collaboration and idea-sharing between client and advisor.’

‘Nick Dawson and Matt Smith have a pragmatic, down to earth approach, and can remain focused on the big picture, whilst ensuring that none of the details are missed. Their personable approach and dedication to getting the deal over the line were a key aspect in the success of our most recent transaction.’

‘Good, unequivocal advice briskly delivered. I like the team for a number of reasons: they are always there and respond quickly; their advice is always sensible and commercial; they are always looking for a quick, legally sound and pragmatic way of getting to the finishing line as quickly as possible. If there is a difficult issue or one they are not quite sure about, they will always admit it immediately, go and take advice elsewhere, and revert quickly with the best answer.’

‘Nick Dawson runs a very good group. He is always very quick in coming back, very honest with his assessment of what can be achieved and when it can be achieved and what cannot be achieved. He is very experienced and has a good sense of what is normal or market and what is not.’

‘Matt Smith works very long and hard, never misses a detail and is always courteous and polite to his clients and to the other side. He is always very, very honest if he doesn’t know the answer and will revert quickly once he has consulted with a more experienced colleague. I appreciate this honesty.’

‘Very proactive approach and easy to work with. Standard of work is always very high.’

‘We feel very well looked after by Matt Smith and appreciate his tireless efforts to achieve the optimal outcome for us.’

‘The practice is a valued partner to us as clients. Our relationship has deepened over several years and they have advised and assisted us on over a dozen acquisitions in the last three years. As a practice they provide a robust commercial and corporate offering to rival any of the bigger firms with a friendly and down to earth feel. Always available when needed and providing a sound broad base of advice.’

Key clients

Reconomy (UK) Limited

Drayton Manor Theme Park and Hotel

Motus Holdings (UK) Limited

Expromet Technologies Group Limited

Whittingham Riddell Partners

UBT (EU)

Shareholders of Arden Fine Foods

Management team of Easyfundraising

idverde UK Limited

Lexon (UK) Limited

Hadley Industries plc

Vulcain Services SAS

Lifestory Group Limited

Black Swan Data Limited

Dragonfly Technology Solutions Limited

Cavendish Learning Trust

South & City College Birmingham

Gravity Fitness Limited

Europa Worldwide Group Limited

Valpak Limited

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 4

With a strong focus on corporate and private equity transactions, the team at Irwin Mitchell advises a number of major local companies and investors, with notable sector expertise in real estate, financial services, and media. Victoria Zivkovic and Adam Kaucher head up the corporate team, and both offer significant experience in complex M&A and private equity deals, including cross-border transactions, while Laura Harper leads the commercial practice, advising clients in the sports, media, and entertainment sector on contracts and intellectual property issues.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Zivkovic; Adam Kaucher; Laura Harper

Testimonials

‘Adam Kaucher and Vicky Zivkovic are our key partner contacts in Manchester. Both different individuals in their own rights, meaning that a particular client is likely to gel with one more than the other. A great duo and flexible in their approach to a transaction.’

‘Adam Kaucher was key to concluding a transaction in the September 2020 alongside us. This was a challenging MBO but Adam’s technical ability and pragmatic approach helped us navigate a difficult transaction involving a number of advisors across Manchester.’

 

Key clients

Swansway Group

Fircroft Group

Brown Shipley & Co

Maven Capital Partners

Apis Assay Technologies

Praetura Ventures

Beringea

Whispering Smith Limited

Liverpool Chirochem Limited

Firesprite Limited

Newson Health Limited

Balance App Limited

J Hopkins (Contractors) Limited

Waterside Hotel

Autocoding Systems Limited

YFM Ventures

Park Homes (UK) Limited

FCF Holdings Limited

Manchester Rusk Company Limited

Private client > Family Tier 4

Irwin Mitchell 'responds quickly and efficiently to queries and has a well-respected team with good expertise across the spectrum of family work'. The practice frequently acts for entrepreneurs, landed gentry, senior executives and high-net-worth clients in complex matrimonial and financial matters. Practice head Toby Hales is predominantly based in London, but increasingly spends time in the Cambridge office, as does 'very sympathetic and understanding' senior associate Carmel Brown.

Practice head(s):

Toby Hales

Other key lawyers:

Carmel Brown

Testimonials

‘Transparent regarding various costs and provided comprehensive thorough advice. Responded quickly and efficiently to any queries.’

‘The people I have dealt with have always been very capable.’

‘Very personal approach and happy to go the extra mile.’

‘My dealings with this team were as a private client in a family matter over a period of 2+ years. What stood out was that all members of the team, of all levels, were always fully aware and cognisant of the relevant issues. The period of engagement spanned the pandemic and lockdown but the service received in terms of contact etc was totally unchanged and seamless. I think the strength of this team is that it is exactly that – a team. You never felt dependent upon a single individual.’

‘The main lawyer throughout the two years was Carmel Brown. Our experience of working with her was extremely good. She was very sympathetic and understanding of all the many issues my daughter raised, both over child custody issues and financial issues, but was always constructive and totally realistic in her responses.’

‘Well respected team, good expertise across the spectrum of family work.’

Private client > Family Tier 4

Irwin Mitchell fields a three partner team - the national head of department is  Ros Bever who divides her time between London and Manchester. Toby Hales  and Jenna Lucas are also recommended. It continues to focus on international and expatriate work frequently advising on high-value cases. The team is renowned for its work on modern families law and alternative dispute resolution. Hales conducts advocacy at all levels up to the High Court and his work spans all areas of family law including complex children cases. Lucas has a particular specialism in children matters that usually have an international dimension.

Practice head(s):

Toby Hales

Other key lawyers:

Ros Bever; Jenna Lucas; Kathryn Evans ; Deborah Levy; Carmel Brown

Testimonials

‘Jenna Lucas and Ros Bever are the stars of the team, showing leadership and legal acumen at all times’.

This team has one of the best reputations nationally for family work. This is a testament to (1) great leadership from Ros Bever, (2) the incredibly supportive team in London and (3) how incredibly hard they all work: this team evidently holds itself to a higher standard. Ros Bever: She has worked her way up the pecking order of the family law standouts over a long career and now sits right at the top of the tree. There is nothing that gets past her. Her clients quite rightly adore her. Jenna Lucas: I have never known someone so willing to put her heart and soul into every single case, every time. Her attention to detail and ability to think strategically from first instruction to final hearing puts her in a category of her own. One to watch‘.

‘National presence and solid brand – reliable and available. Toby Hales – a frustratingly creative solicitor to have as your opposition but he conducts all his cases with the genuine best interests of both parties and particularly any child at the forefront and minimises conflict where possible. A very unique character! Kathryn Evans – a robust litigator who refuses to take the easy way out of any situation‘.

It has wonderful people and are extremely efficient. I have worked with Jenna Lucas during my financial and child-related proceedings. It was a very stressful situation and I was extremely impressed with the time and care that Jenna gave to my case. She has great attention to detail, a very positive attitude and went above and beyond the normal expectations of care. I would highly recommend her to anyone going through a difficult divorce’.

The team can draw on experts in different areas of law when necessary beyond the area of family law as this is sometimes necessary in more complex cases. I appreciate the attention to detail and genuine commitment to the case. I also value the professional tone of the letters and the careful risk assessment when discussion strategic choices‘.

‘The family law practice combines a sensitive approach together with a knowledgeable and deep resource and a robust technology/billing platform. Kathryn Evans and Deborah Levy are examples of the integrated team based approach that combines comprehensive knowledge of relevant law together with a holistic view of client needs. Advice is provided in a commercial but sensitive manner‘.

‘Irwin Mitchell is a truly national firm, with reach across the country but also across all major practice areas. This can be crucial in complex matrimonial cases which very often touch on other areas of law. Efficiency, polish and good judgment. Deborah Levy is a consultant of experience and quality’.

‘The firm has an increasing reputation as one of the major players in the financial remedy world. It is a large firm with a wide range of solicitors to suit any case. Carmel Brown – her preparation is faultless, she anticipates every problem and covers every angle’.

 

 

Key clients

Families Need Fathers

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 4

At Irwin Mitchell, the Yorkshire IT team sits within the national practice and advises an array of domestic and international clients; including public and private sector bodies on matters including data protection and GDPR compliance. The group is jointly overseen by Alex Newman and Joanne Bone, and handles both non-contentious and contentious work, including IT disputes.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Bone; Alex Newman

Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 4

Pension partners Penny Cogher and Martin Jenkins lead the pensions team at Irwin Mitchell.  The firm is known for its private wealth offering and the team draws on this to deliver specialist expertise for UK and oversees pension schemes. With a client focus that also includes the education, charity, and manufacturing sectors, the team's full service pensions offering includes advice around funding, risk management and restructurings. The firm also has a strong track record in auto-enrolment, re-enrolment, contribution increases, salary sacrifice and the impact of TUPE transfers.

Practice head(s):

Penny Cogher; Martin Jenkins

Testimonials

‘Penny Cogher has been proactive, responsive, practical and good at simplifying complicated matters.’

‘A small but high class team whose individuals variously combine exceptional legal skills and knowledge and very wide industry knowledge and engagement. They are dynamic, willing to give proactive advice to clients if they consider that they can assist them’

 

Dispute resolution > Professional discipline Tier 4

Irwin Mitchell represents regulated professionals from the financial services, healthcare, legal, accountancy, police, actuaries, osteopaths and education sectors. Shah Qureshi is London employment and professional discipline leader, and senior associate Craig Weston is 'brilliant'. In May 2021, former partners Shazia Khan and Emilie Cole left to co-found Cole Khan Solicitors LLP.

Practice head(s):

Shah Qureshi

Other key lawyers:

Craig Weston; Tina Lakhani

Testimonials

A dynamic team with a broad skillset, particularly when assisting those that are the subject of regulatory investigation.

Great for depth of experience – the team draws on criminal litigation experience to an exceptionally high standard.

Every member of the professional discipline team prepares each case thoroughly, and has an astounding ability to work through large volumes of material and prepare working schedules that make their cases accessible.

They are very hardworking and their trial preparation more closely resembles what one would expect from a highly-funded civil case – this is the work model the team adopts no matter the case.

Irwin Mitchell has a very efficient and hardworking team.

Craig Weston is brilliant in terms of strategy and loyalty, and he is very, very clever.

Key clients

Police and Medical Appeals Boards

British Dental Association

Employment > Senior executives Tier 4

The employment and professional discipline group at Irwin Mitchell, led by Shah Qureshi, assists employees and senior executives with the gamut of discrimination cases, harassment claims and parental rights and has a focus on senior healthcare professionals in addition to its broader roster of clients. It combines this expertise with regulatory knowledge. Shazia Khan and Emilie Cole left the firm to set up Cole Kahn Solicitors, and Danielle Parsons and Deborah Casale joined from Slater and Gordon in April 2021, bringing valuable expertise in senior executive work, especially in the creative industries.

Practice head(s):

Shah Qureshi

Other key lawyers:

Danielle Parsons; Deborah Casale

Testimonials

‘Irwin Mitchell has a superior suite of individual lawyers each of whom are excellent in the field of employment law. For senior executives they are a good move. They are innovative in employment and discrimination law and not afraid to challenge and take on thorny issues including appealing novel areas of law.’

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 5

Irwin Mitchell's commercial dispute resolution practice has particular experience in commercial litigation in the financial services, retail, technology and manufacturing sectors. Led by 'standout commercial litigator' and 'formidable opponent' Duncan Hope, the group also has growing experience representing creative and digital sector clients, for whom associate Ailsa Anderson is a key contact.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Hope

Other key lawyers:

Ailsa Anderson

Testimonials

‘The team is easy to reach: communications with the matter partner are smooth and direct. Good sector knowledge was displayed.’

‘The team are extremely approachable and take the time to understand your business needs as well as the legal issue to ensure the advice given is tailored and appropriate.’

‘Duncan Hope is a standout commercial litigator, able to engage with the client and rapidly understand the context of their dispute. He communicates well, ensuring all members of the client team have the information they need to participate. He listens to advice and considers it in context, acting accordingly.’

‘Duncan Hope is a highly experienced and very focused company-commercial litigator. He has a wide range of experience in the Business and Property Courts and can be relied on to be a great solicitor and a formidable opponent.’

‘Communications are direct and professional; partners and associates work as a cohesive team; billing is automated, concise and easy to use.’

‘Duncan Hope, Partner, and Ailsa Anderson. Associate Solicitor, worked as a team which meant as a client I had 24/7 coverage for all situations that arose throughout my legal dispute. Not only were they both extremely professional, they were both very empathetic to my personal situation and really understood the motives and drivers behind the situation which meant they were always able to provide clear, concise and unbiased advice to me throughout the whole process. I was very impressed with both of them and would highly recommend them both individually and as a team.’

‘IM is about the team. They are a people practice with real values. They recruit and develop people for their values and abilities.’

‘Duncan Hope is the partner that stands out for me. He has a quiet unassuming manner but a brain that is agile, sharp and informed. He quickly gets to understand your problem and your angles and desires. You quickly trust that he has understood you and that he will give you the best advice that he can. He explains the good and the bad of the situation and the risks of the options available. I recommend him to anyone.’

Real estate > Commercial property: Manchester Tier 5

Irwin Mitchell's team is led by Roy Beckett, who deploys expertise in real estate development and investment transactional work for corporate clients and city councils. The 'excellent team, with youth, experience, strength and depth' has continued to effectively support its clients throughout the difficult Covid year, drawing from its broad base of competencies and Beckett's 'hugely in depth knowledge of the Manchester commercial real estate market'.

Practice head(s):

Roy Beckett

Testimonials

‘The commercial real estate team at Irwin Mitchell in Manchester has consistently provided us with excellent advice on property transactions starting with agreeing heads of terms right through to disposals. I’m always confident that Roy Beckett and his team have a clear undertsanding of our requirements and that they are going that extra mile to ensure that as a client we get the best possible outcome. ’

‘Roy Beckett at Irwin Mitchell has a hugely in-depth knowledge of the Manchester commercial real estate market and the transactions that have been done. This allows him to advise when to stand firm in lease negotiations and just as importantly when not to. His advice prior to heads of terms being agreed always proves invaluable. Roy is able to provide his advice and guidance in clear language that is understandable to those of us who don’t permanently work in this sector.’

‘An excellent team, with youth, experience, strength and depth. They represent great value for money and have consistently provided high quality advice and execution over a number of years.’

‘Roy Beckett heads up a fantastic and talented team.’

Key clients

Bruntwood Estates

Northwind 5s

Swansway Group

Northpoint Developments

The General Medical Council

Pilkington

Compass Minerals

Gazprom Retail

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 5

Irwin Mitchell's corporate practice is managed by Gavin Maddison in Leeds and handles M&A work for financial services and pharmaceuticals sector clients. Senior associate Catherine Hinchliffe advises on corporate finance issues. Data privacy and compliance work also feature in the workload.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Maddison

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Hinchliffe

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 5

Irwin Mitchell advises technology and life sciences clients on commercial IP issues, portfolio management, and enforcement, regularly acting on cross-border cases. Laura Harper heads up the team in Manchester, and has a strong record in complex IP matters within the creative industries.

Practice head(s):

Laura Harper

Key clients

Whispering Smith Limited

Balance App Limited

Firesprite Limited

Grandpa Productions Limited

Newson Health Limited

Dinosaur UK Limited

Apis Assay Technologies Ltd

Louise Newson Medical Writer Ltd

Saffron Cherry Productions

Good For Nothing Limited

Real estate > Planning Tier 5

Irwin Mitchell has a national planning and environmental team, which is led by Claire Petricca-Riding in Manchester, and includes lawyers from the Birmingham, Gatwick and London offices. The group advises clients on mixed-use regeneration schemes, strategic land, contentious planning and the rapidly growing retirement living sector. The 'extremely knowledgable and highly competent' Nicola Gooch is the key contact across London and Gatwick.

Practice head(s):

Claire Petricca-Riding

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Gooch; James Pavey; Sejal Patel

Testimonials

‘Great expertise, pragmatic, commercial and totally in control.’

‘Friendly and competent. No fuss in getting on with the job in a timely and efficient manner.’

‘Nicola Gooch is extremely knowledgeable and highly competent. Clare Petricca-Riding is of the same calibre.’

‘Sejal Patel is someone who goes the extra mile to get the work done when there are problems and pressures. She saves the client unnecessary extra costs without cutting corners to do so. She is friendly and reliable.’

Key clients

Anthology

Macar Developments

Jaspar Group

Coutts & Co

South London Church Fund and Southwark Diocesan Board of Finance

Glenmore Arms Limited

Edgware Ironworks Limited

The Congregation of the Sisters of Nazareth Charitable Trust

Tobermory Sarl

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 6

Irwin Mitchell handles commercial disputes involving civil fraud, contract breaches, supply chain issues, pensions, breaches of directors’ duties, corporate warranties and shareholders/partnerships, along with injunctions, regulatory issues and professional negligence. Senior associate Dominique Dolman has experience of domestic and multijurisdictional cases. In June 2021, Jonathan Sachs joined BDB Pitmans.

Practice head(s):

Dominique Dolman

Other key lawyers:

Jane Anderson

Testimonials

Easy to deal with and resilient litigators.

The practice’s strength in commercial litigation is to be able to provide an expert and focused service that remains personal and client-responsive.

Although they are a sizeable firm with a national reach, they are still approachable as individuals and as a team, while being able to draw on the broader resources of the firm.

Jonathan Sachs has an assured, high-level touch – deep experience and good instincts.

Jonathan Sachs has a very strong sense of strategy.

Senior associate Dominique Dolman is an experienced and able litigator who provides great, client-focused advice that is always grounded in commercial reality. I have never been less than impressed with her ability and commitment to achieving the best possible result for the client.

Dominique Dolman is bright and hard-working. I cannot think of an occasion when I have disagreed with her preliminary advice to clients.

Employment > Employers Tier 6

Under the stewardship of Shah Qureshi and Dr Sybille Steiner, the latter of whom is dual-qualified in German law, Irwin Mitchell differentiates itself through its extensive representation of German, French and Austrian clients. Redundancies, TUPE transfers, restrictive covenants and employment contracts are key strengths. Emilie Cole and Shazia Khan left the group in April 2021 to found their own firm, Cole Khan Solicitors LLP. In the opposite direction, it welcomed Danielle Parsons and Deborah Casale from Slater and Gordon in the same month.

Practice head(s):

Sybille Steiner; Shah Qureshi

Other key lawyers:

Natalie Flynn; Danielle Parsons; Deborah Casale

Testimonials

‘ The service has been superb and all the responses I needed have come in a timely manner reducing the costs.’

‘Sybille Steiner has worked with me at a level I can digest, explaining everything in a detail I can understand and work with. Sybille has been exceptional and honest on all the aspects I have sought guidance.

‘I like working with this team. They have provided alternate billing proposals and offer employee education sessions. Whilst most of the services are similar to other firms, their diverse experience means they have a wealth of knowledge which gives me great confidence in their advice.’

‘Natalie Flynn and Sybille Steiner are just great. Very detailled, easy to understand answers. Very quick return to all questions. Super helpful since day one.’

Key clients

Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts

Association of Colleges

Ruby Hotels

TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 6

Georgie Collins heads the IP offering at Irwin Mitchell, focusing on brand protection, exploitation and enforcement before the UKIPO. Primary sectors of focus include media, sports, professional services, retail and food and drink. The team often acts on copyright and trade mark infringement and passing-off disputes.

Practice head(s):

Georgie Collins

Testimonials

A small team headed by the energetic Georgie Collins.

Georgie Collins is enthusiastic, energetic, commercially minded, fights her client’s corner and has wide experience in the IP sector.

The IP team at Irwin Mitchell is exceptional.

Key clients

Capita Plc

Nestlé / Lily’s Kitchen Limited

Skysync Inc

Sweaty Betty (Lady of Leisure Limited)

Conan Doyle Estates Limited

The British Chamber of Commerce

Giles Long / Lexicon Decoder Ltd

Whispering Smith Limited

Beauty & the Boutique

Project Management Institute

Aqualution Systems Limited

Mo-Sys Engineering Limited

BetterYou Limited

Bought By Many Limited

Brighton Spirits Company

Choiceshops Limited

Micheldever Tyre Service

Worldgift.com Limited

Insurance > Clinical negligence and personal injury: claimant

Irwin Mitchell is in ‘a class of its own in terms of expertise and resources‘ and ‘deserves its reputation as a leader in its field‘. The medical negligence team is co-led by Julianne Moore in Sheffield and Sarah Coles in Leeds. Working with Tom Mather, Sarah Rowland, Rachelle Mahapatra and Rachel Roach, they offer huge expertise in complex, high-value claims and handle birth matters linked to cerebral palsy, spinal conditions, adult acquired brain damage and amputation. The team is described as ‘supremely client-facing, fighting fiercely for their clients but also being supportive and empathetic on a human level’. The ‘absolutely fantastic‘ personal injury team, which ‘handles the full range of cases from the individual to the most complicated group action‘ is jointly directed by Adrian Budgen in Sheffield and Sion Kingston in Leeds. Highly regarded for its work in asbestos cases, it has a substantive number APIL accredited individuals, including fatality experts. Other key members of the firm are Louise Jenkins, Carolyn Heaton, Rachael Aram, Tim Annett, Sallie Booth and Ian Toft.

Practice head(s):

Julianne Moore; Sarah Coles; Adrian Budgen; Sion Kingston

Other key lawyers:

Louise Jenkins; Carolyn Heaton; Rachael Aram; Tim Annett; Sallie Booth; Rachel Roach; Ian Toft; Tom Mather; Sarah Rowland; Claire Newstead; Helen Tomlin; David Withers

Testimonials

‘Julianne Moore is a brilliant leader and is top notch in her ability to engage with clients. She is tactically astute and fosters good working relationships with her opposite numbers.’

‘Rachelle Mahapatra has built up an impressive team by her professionalism and legal acumen, which now ranks as arguably the best in Yorkshire. She is highly approachable and always willing to give her time to help her junior colleagues develop their skills and specialism. Rachelle is recognised as one of the foremost practitioners in the area which has been built on an unending dedication to the interests of her clients. She consistently manages maximum severity litigation with adroitness indicative of a genuine seasoned professional – she is simply one of the best CN claimant practitioners in the country.’

‘Rachel Roach has vast experience  and laser-like intellect that identifies on a case quickly and effectively. She has a commanding presence and is a highly efficient negotiator who is not fazed by the tactics of defendant solicitors. Based on her specialism and broad knowledge, Rachel is a “lawyers’ lawyer”.

‘Louse Jenkins has huge experience and brings good humour and a light touch to all the cases she is involved in. David Withers is a new partner who is really innovative. He is always looking for new ways to bring and advance a claim, resolve difficulties and benefit his clients. He is a great motivator and a very good lawyer.’

‘Rachel Aram is absolutely dedicated to the welfare of everyone of her clients.  She has huge experience, and is a leader in her field.’

‘The catastrophic injury team led by Carolyn Heaton is absolutely fantastic – at all levels they outshine other teams and are completely dedicated to getting amazing results for clients. Carolyn is quite exceptional in how she nurtures the team and trains them to a really high standard in every aspect of the work. They are in a class of their own.’

‘Tim Annett is an outstanding lawyer who always made sure I understood the process and took the important decisions. He has an excellent knowledge on medical conditions and the complications that sometimes arise. Tim is compassionate, articulate and makes complex issues appear simple. He was by my side throughout the journey and provided valuable support.’

‘Helen Tomlin was always kind, sympathetic, patient and extremely professional in her dealings with us.’

Employment > Immigration

The 'hugely capable, down to earth and approachable' immigration team at Irwin Mitchell advises on corporate immigration and sponsor licences, British nationality cases (including those requiring discretionary treatment) and European freedom of movement law, as well as assisting high and ultra-high-net-worth individuals, particularly with tier 1 investor and entrepreneur visa applications. Following the departure of former practice head Philip Barth to Michelmores LLP in October 2020, 'excellent' senior associate Ben Xu now heads the practice. Senior associate Mandeep Khroud is also noted.

Practice head(s):

Ben Xu

Other key lawyers:

Mandeep Khroud

Testimonials

‘Bilingual services that attract clients from China. Flexible and considerate team. Services are outstanding.’

‘Ben Xu is extremely nice to clients, not to mention he can speak Chinese. His professional, considerate advice and up-to-date knowledge benefit clients a lot. He responds to clients’ queries at all times, which also leads to his standing out from competitors.’

‘The team is really amazing. They have a quick turnaround time and always act professionally.’

‘Ben Xu is excellent in delivering good work to clients. He is strong in his legal knowledge and able to give the right to-the-point advice to clients. He was able to deal with complicated legal cases and also act quickly.’

‘The immigration team are hugely capable, down to earth and approachable. Their multi-disciplinary approach to cases ensures practical advice and the best possible outcome for their clients. Their service is always of the highest standard and they leave no stone unturned, working collaboratively with their clients and counsel to ensure their service for clients is unparalleled.’

‘Ben Xu is not only an experienced lawyer but is also extremely approachable. He has a great working knowledge of immigration law and is committed to finding the best solution for his clients. He works collaboratively with counsel from the time he takes on a case, and his preparation is meticulous. He is a pleasure to work with and his tireless dedication to finding a positive solution always ensures his clients are satisfied.’

‘They are very efficient and professional. They manage things very well and are always very well prepared for every meeting. They can find the most appropriate person from other departments to respond to enquires, which saves lots of time.’

‘The individuals I have worked with are very efficient, and they respond very quickly to all my questions and enquires day and night. They can always provide professional feedback in a short period of time. In addition, they can communicate in multiple languages, which makes communication much easier.’

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

Irwin Mitchell‘s clinical negligence and personal injury departments are ‘exceptional across the board, with quality practitioners at all levels who achieve fantastic results for their clients‘. Jonathan Betts leads the personal injury practice; he works with Catherine Leech , who is a ‘go-to practitioner for spinal injuries‘. Senior associates Matthew Garson and Richard Biggs are also recommended. Kristofer Inskip heads the medical negligence team; Lindsay Wise has extensive expertise dealing with serious brain and spinal injury cases, while Jennifer Cawthorne is recommended for birth injury and delay in diagnosis of cancer claims. Senior associates Dina Lambourne and Margaret Ryan are noted for their stroke and birth injury, and delay of diagnosis claims experience respectively.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Betts; Kristofer Inskip

Other key lawyers:

Jennifer Cawthorne; Lindsay Wise; Catherine Leech; Dina Lambourne; Margaret Ryan; Matthew Garson; Richard Biggs; Amanda Marsh

Testimonials

‘Kristofer Inskip is a highly dedicated clinical negligence practitioner, with a keen sense of achieving the best outcomes for his clients. He sets a really good example to all in his group.’

‘Margaret Ryan is a rising star – she is a very strong performer in negotiating, who can take on forceful lawyers and ensure she will not be brow-beaten.’

Jonathan Betts leads by example. One of the best PI lawyers you will encounter. He is considered by his peers as being in the top few such litigators in the UK and that is an opinion held by defendant lawyers too. He is and remains at the top of the tree.’

‘Matthew Garson works tirelessly for his client, burning the midnight oil. He is now an acknowledged star in the PI field. I struggle to think of any comparators of his generation , he beats them all.

‘Richard Biggs has a clear empathy with all his clients but this is especially apparent in fatal cases. He was a star of the future and is now a star of the present.’

‘Dina Lambourne fights like a tiger for her clients.’

‘Standout partners include Lindsay Wise, who really is the the complete clinical negligence solicitor.’

‘Amanda Marsh is the encyclopaedia on Armed Forces Scheme work.’

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

Irwin Mitchell has market-leading offerings for both clinical negligence and personal injury. Luke Daniels heads the 'brilliant', large and 'forward thinking' clinical negligence team that specialises in the most complex, varied and high profile cases such as birth injury claims, stillbirths, neonatal deaths, cosmetic/dental surgery as well as spinal and brain injuries, cancers and mental health. The department is committed to rehabilitation and attempts to secure early interim payments for its clients. Lisa Jordan is highly regarded and has particular expertise in cerebral palsy claims. Emma Rush is another notable member of the team.  The personal injury department handles a substantial caseload of high-value claims supporting children and adults who have sustained brain injuries and those who have suffered spinal cord injuries, limb loss and multiple orthopaedic traumas. It is regularly instructed in cases involving fatalities, psychiatric injury, severe burns and loss of vision. The child abuse team is well-regarded and deals with cases against individuals, local authorities, schools, religious and other organisations. Its specialist mesothelioma and lung cancer team garners praise too. The dedicated industrial disease/workplace illnesses group is also recommended. In addition the practice has a large personal injury team that handles cases for those who have suffered serious injuries while abroad.

Practice head(s):

Luke Daniels; Stephen Nye; Alida Coates; Philip Banks

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Jordan; Sara Burns; Emma Rush; Lindsay Tomlinson; Mandy Luckman; Hilary Wetherell; Philip Banks; Tom Fletcher; Clive Garner; Jenna Harris; Rebecca Hearsey; Jatinder Paul; Iain Shoolbred; Hayley Hill

Testimonials

‘Luke Daniels is one of the smartest and most pragmatic lawyers that I work with. A real problem solver who is highly respected. Emma Rush is an outstanding partner, who has rightly risen to the top quickly. Works extremely hard. Tom Fletcher is a real rising star, who is clearly partnership material and increasingly taking on complex and high value work in his own right’.

Lindsay Tomlinson is very experienced, very able, particularly good in sensitive cases and fatal claims. Dedicated to her clients and always achieves a good result‘.

Sara Burns is a fearsome and experienced operator.’

‘Jenna Harris and Emma Rush are both exceptional lawyers with great attention to detail, fine analytical skills and are very popular with the clients. Mandy Luckman stands out as an exceptional person to deal with – she is a great communicator, organised, efficient and a pleasure to work with’.

‘The only claimant firm with the infrastructure capable of taking on large, high risk and important cases. Jatinder Paul is an expert in the travel litigation field with his finger on the pulse of developing case law’.    

Leaders in the West Midlands. Historically strong. Well resourced. Ultra professional.  Stephen Nye is a tough and seasoned litigator. He is the absolute best for the highest value catastrophic injury cases. A pitbull in negotiations and a tactical genius. There really is no-one better‘.

‘Philip Banks is extremely experienced and, as with his team generally, he adopts a pragmatic and sensible approach. Jatinder Paul in the travel sickness department has risen through the ranks to his current position due to his tenacity and hardworking ethos.  He is commercially and tactically savvy‘.

Irwin Mitchell Birmingham is amongst the best in the country for personal injury work. The lawyers conduct the most serious cases with great skill and adeptness. Its wealth of experience and expertise is practically unrivalled and it secures fantastic results. Rebecca Hearsey is the hardest-nosed claimant solicitor in personal injury. She tells is like it is and clients love her for it‘.

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence; claimant

The 'exceptional' clinical negligence practice at Irwin Mitchell is varied and backed up by a deep bench. Areas of expertise include claims involving negligent obstetric treatment, delayed cancer diagnoses, neurological injuries, complex fatalities and delayed diagnoses of meningitis, leading to brain injuries. The group is supported by a strong Bristol-based Court of Protection team that assists with financial deputyships and damages management. Legal services are often supplemented with advice on rehabilitation options and social care. The 'outstanding and very experiencedJulie Lewis heads the team, which includes senior associate and obstetric claims expert Kate Easy. The personal injury group is subdivided into a team dedicated to brain and spinal cord injuries and fatal accidents, led by James Davies and including brain injuries specialist Deborah Rose, and a separate industrial disease team focusing on asbestos-related claims, led by Virginia Chalmers, who is ably supported by senior associate Isabelle Selley.

Practice head(s):

James Davies; Virginia Chalmers; Julie Lewis

Other key lawyers:

Kate Easy; Luke Trevorrow; Isabelle Selley; Deborah Rose

Testimonials

Julie Lewis is an outstanding and very experienced clinical negligence lawyer, and a leader in her field. She is willing to take on difficult legal issues and cases and achieves excellent results.’

This is a brilliantly resourced, excellently run, forward-thinking outfit, which takes exceptional care of its clients and which enjoys a fearsome reputation amongst its opponents. It is exceptional in that it is the full package and has no obvious weak spots. Few other firms have such a consistent strength across all facets of practice.’

Julie Lewis is a very hands-on partner who takes exceptional care of her team and her clients. Her team work with her rather than for her and this supportive mentoring approach helps bring out the best in them. She is hard to beat in terms of first-class client care.’

Irwin Mitchell are a fantastic nationwide firm who have a strong presence in the West Country. They have a good selection of cases and get great results for their clients.’

The claimant team at Irwin Mitchell has vast experience of dealing with catastrophic injury claims. It also has a class-beating reputation and huge resources, meaning it can hold its own against any defendant firm or insurance company. This is important for claimants and ensures the best results are achieved. The team has strength in depth of staff and there is always a partner involved in catastrophic claims.’

James Davies is a very experienced litigator with great judgement and a sound reputation. He will go the extra mile for his clients. He is also very personable and someone in whom clients naturally have a lot of confidence. I rate him highly in this field of work.’

In the South West, the Bristol Irwin Mitchell office is the big beast in the claimant personal injury market. Part of a nationwide organisation of renown, it has a wealth of experience in dealing with catastrophic injury claims. Its approach is marked by joined-up thinking – appreciating and being skilled in dealing with rehabilitation, litigation and Court of Protection questions alongside each other.’

Highly organised. Excellent grasp of the law, underpinned by a good understanding of tactics and leavened with common sense.

Transport > Travel

With an extensive personal injury team, Irwin Mitchell is described as a ‘go-to for high-value cases with complex jurisdictional issues’. The team’s recent workload has included several high-profile cases involving injuries sustained abroad, including claims relating to the 2015 terrorist attack in Tunisia. Demetrius Danas is a key name and has handled cases in over 40 jurisdictions worldwide, including before the European Court of Justice. The team also draws upon the expertise of Jennifer Lund, who is a dual-qualified barrister and solicitor, and is noted for her strong command of Spanish and Latin American law, and senior associate Kylie Hutchison. It was joined by international serious injury solicitor Deborah Sayers, who arrived from BLM in April 2020. The firm’s Birmingham office is home to key figures such as Philip Banks, who particularly excels in claims concerning sustained illnesses suffered while abroad, including E. coli, salmonella and other infections, and consultant Clive Garner, who has a strong reputation for advising on cases relating to major accidents involving planes, boats and coaches.

Practice head(s):

Tracey Storey

Other key lawyers:

Demetrius Danas; Jennifer Lund; Philip Banks; Clive Garner; Cheryl Palmer-Hughes; Kylie Hutchison

Testimonials

‘The team are market leaders in claimant travel work: they provide the all-round service for all levels and types of claim. They are superb in larger cases, where they bring the full weight of the firm’s wider expertise in schedules of loss and expert evidence gathering to bear.’

‘Phillip Banks is wise and shrewd in making judgements on behalf of clients and capable of taking risks in appropriate situations. He has a laid-back style which encourages a strong client rapport but builds trust by being reliable in his decision-making and responsive to client needs.’

‘Jennifer Lund has strong foreign language skills and a deep understanding of civil law systems and procedures, which enables her to give carefully judged client advice in complex multi-jurisdictional disputes. Decisive in her judgement and clear in her communication, Jennifer leads her team confidently and with success.’

‘Irwin Mitchell is the go-to firm for high-value cases with complex jurisdictional issues.’

‘Phil Banks is an outstanding practitioner in this field of law, with the ability to make simple the most complex issues and provide a very practical solution for the most difficult problems. Cheryl-Palmer Hughes has an incredible knowledge of complex jurisdictional issues. Jennifer Lund has wide experience dealing with claims abroad, particularly in Spain, and knows the ins and outs of foreign laws, which is extremely helpful for clients who have been injured abroad.’

‘Irwin Mitchell are an outstanding firm in cross-border litigation and are habitually involved in difficult, complex cases. Their client handling is excellent and they achieve remarkable results.’

‘Demetrius Danas has vast experience in many jurisdictions and he is recognised as a leader in the field. His work is always to the highest standard, and he expects and exacts high standards from others. Demetrius has excellent judgement and good common sense. He excels in inter-client relationships.’

‘Clive Garner is an exceptional lawyer who really cares for the well being of his clients. He simply is excellent, passionate and trustworthy, and is well connected to litigation lawyers around the world. No case is too difficult for him.’

THE FIRM
Irwin Mitchell understands that whether it’s business or personal, everyone’s situation is different. When it comes to legal advice or support with financial planning they’re the expert hand, with the human touch.

Irwin Mitchell employs 3,000 staff and has 15 offices throughout the UK and recently posted its 11th consecutive year of turnover growth to £276m.

The firm is recognised as the number one Superbrand in the legal sector and has the largest market share for complex personal injury and medical negligence and a reputation as a leading firm for litigation work. They are also the Official Legal Partner to England Rugby and British Rowing.

They’re recognised in The Times’ list of the best law firms in England and Wales and are officially a Great Place to Work, ranking 15th nationally across all sectors. Some of their recent award wins include Employment Law Firm of the Year, Catastrophic Injury Team of the Year and Excellence in Client Service.

Irwin Mitchell also works with First Law International an established worldwide network of leading independent law firms, helping clients with a wide range of international legal issues. They have successfully taken cases to the highest courts in the UK and Europe on behalf of clients and have the skills, experience and insight to deliver expert advice in more than 80 jurisdictions throughout Europe, the Americas, and Asia.

Irwin Mitchell is committed to becoming a leading Responsible Business with a clear focus on embedding Sustainability and Inclusion in everything it does. The Irwin Mitchell Charities Foundation (IMCF), the firm’s independent registered charity, has also made over £2.5m of charitable donations since its formation in 1997.

Priding itself on being diverse and inclusive, Irwin Mitchell was recently named as one of the leading law firms for supporting women and has introduced a series of family friendly policies in recent months including its Flexible by Choice ways of working allowing all colleagues to choose where and when they work subject to role and client requirements.

Irwin Mitchell recently reorganised into two main teams: Client Services and Commercial Growth team to put clients at the heart of the business and accelerate growth.

MARKET
As one of the largest law firms in the UK, Irwin Mitchell provides a wide range of legal and financial services to thousands of individuals and businesses. In these times of unprecedented change their focus remains the same; to support their colleagues, clients and communities. Their track record and human touch, coupled with a reputation as a litigation powerhouse makes them stand out from the crowd.

As the leading complex personal injury and medical negligence practice in the UK, they support thousands of families whose lives have been turned upside down by the unexpected. With a national public law team and the UK’s leading Court of Protection practice they work tirelessly so their clients have everything they need. Their in-house asset management division supports the work they do by providing tailored financial planning and investment advice and has recently reached a milestone £1bn of assets under management

Irwin Mitchell’s private client offering specialises in residential property, family, wills, probate and tax, trusts and estate disputes. This is supported by experienced wealth management advisers that help people of all ages prepare for their current and future financial needs. Their prestigious client base includes high and ultra-high net worth individuals including business owners and entrepreneurs, corporate executives, investors and multi-generational families.

The firm also offers a wide range of commercial and corporate services for businesses and institutions and has expertise in sectors including manufacturing, technology, finance, consumer businesses, education, media and sport. Their strength comes from offering so much more than legal advice. They understand the current climate and are committed to helping businesses grow while managing risk in a volatile market.

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Group chief executive Andrew Tucker
Group chairman Glyn Barker
Chief operations officer Craig Marshall
Chief commercial growth officer Vicky Brackett
Chief finance officer Richard Allen
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 Faye Bargery  photo Faye Bargery Partner Faye has over seven years’ experience in corporate and banking law…
 Thomas Barnard  photo Thomas Barnard Senior associate
 Dan Bastide  photo Dan Bastide Partner  Principal areas of practice include MBOs and other leveraged transactions, acquisition…
 Sarah Birkbeck  photo Sarah Birkbeck Partner IP and IT dispute resolution and reputation management. 
 Alison Bruce  photo Alison Bruce Associate solicitor
 Clementine Burch  photo Clementine Burch Senior associate Clementine has considerable experience in high-value, complex and international disputes,…
 Aurelia Butler-Ball  photo Aurelia Butler-Ball Senior associate Expertise in the media and entertainment industries, advising individuals and…
 Katie Byrne  photo Katie Byrne Senior associate Katie has considerable experience in a wide range of domestic…
 Natalie Cane photo Natalie Cane Solicitor  Natalie is rapidly gaining experience in all aspects of construction law…
 Mark Clinton  photo Mark Clinton Partner Mark’s principal areas of practice include: construction and engineering law; advising…
 Daniel Hedley  photo Daniel Hedley Daniel is a specialist IT lawyer who worked in technical and service…
 Rose Macfarlane  photo Rose Macfarlane Senior Associate Solicitor Rose advises individuals and families of high net worth, sometimes…
 James Mapley photo James Mapley SolicitorJames is developing experience in preparing advice reports and offering dispute resolution…
 Hannah Nix  photo Hannah Nix Senior associate
 Stuart Padgham  photo Stuart Padgham Director. Stuart is a highly experienced commercial/ IT lawyer. His expertise includes…
 Robert Parks  photo Robert Parks Senior associate
 Sejal Patel  photo Sejal Patel Associate
 James Pavey  photo James Pavey James is a partner specialising in resolving and avoiding public and private…
 Lucy Samy  photo Lucy Samy Associate solicitor
 Caroline Shelton  photo Caroline Shelton Partner
 Charlotte Sloan photo Charlotte Sloan Senior associate
 Rebecca Walker  photo Rebecca Walker Senior associate
 Andrew Walker  photo Andrew Walker National head of restructuring and insolvency. Specialises exclusively in turnaround and insolvency…
Number of partners : 226
Number of other UK fee-earners : 1750

The Lex 100 Verdict

A major name in the personal service legal market, Irwin Mitchell has a lot more to offer. It is full-service, providing trainees with something different from other training contracts: with a ‘split training contract between business legal services and personal legal services’, the firm allows trainees to choose a stream, which has proven very popular. One trainee commented: ‘I liked that I could do the personal service stream and not have to risk doing any corporate or business seats’. Irwin Mitchell is a Lex 100 winner in six categories – job satisfaction, living up to expectations, client contact, work/life balance, social life and approachability of supervisors. Trainees commonly mention the firm’s ‘people’ and ‘ethos’ as well as ‘varied areas of expertise’, particularly in public law and medical negligence. The firm also has a ‘wide range of business legal service seats and this side of the business is growing – it’s an exciting time to be a trainee.’ In terms of training, the firm is described as having ‘more structure in place’ than competitors. A trainee adds, ‘there are defined seats and an expectation for the supervisor/trainee relationship. There are people in defined roles ready to help you with any issues you may have’. Negatives include the period of furlough some new starters experienced and the slow development of home-working IT systems. But highlights included ‘writing a letter of claim and getting very minor amendments from my supervisor and then sending it to the defendant who then awarded our client £100k’, ‘winning at trial’ and ‘completing an involved deal with a team that I really felt a part of’. A perennial winner of our awards, a diverse and unique structure and locations across the country, Irwin Mitchell is worth a second look.