Irwin Mitchell > Crawley, England > Firm Profile

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

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell‘s Southampton-based team has an longstanding reputation as one of the leading firms for both clinical negligence and personal injury. Southampton managing managing partner Guy Darlaston acts exclusively for victims of both personal injury and asbestos related diseases; he works alongside Nicola Maier, who leads the asbestos disease team. Claire Howard heads the serious injury team in Southampton, while Andrew Buckham fronts the military injury claims team. Justine Spencer leads the Southampton medical negligence team. The firm also supports clients by offering a support and rehabilitation co-ordinator service, staffed by individuals with a background in nursing, occupational therapy and social work.

Practice head(s):

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

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Brown; Ruth Johnson; Lauren Haas

Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell has a network of bases across the South East, with offices in Southampton, Chichester, Reading, Newbury and Gatwick, which operate as part of an integrated national practice. Rural business and estates head James Pavey divides his time between Gatwick and London; his focus is on contentious matters. Reading and Newbury managing partner Sarah Phillips provides specific expertise with regards to tax and succession planning, while Nicola Gooch offers planning advice from the Gatwick base. Andrew Parry retired in May 2021 and was replaced in August 2021 by Thomas Wainman from Wrigleys Solicitors LLP.

Practice head(s):

James Pavey

Other key lawyers:

Sarah Phillips; Nicola Gooch; Charlotte West-Withers

Testimonials

‘This practice has continued to give us good service. As the team has evolved, new lawyers have been brought in to maintain the excellent service we have received in the past.’

‘Their communication is excellent and have a team working on each matter so all information isn’t held with one individual. Their electronic signing function has assisted finalise leases more quickly.’

‘Charlotte West-Withers has been very dutiful throughout all her instructions. At one point she had four or five leases on the go and kept everything moving quickly. Her advice is always considered and practical.’

Key clients

Cedardrive Ltd

Langtons Farm Partnership

Bowen & Others v Isle of Wight Council

Work highlights

    Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

    Irwin Mitchell ‘s Chichester-based team – ‘a regional powerhouse when it comes to private client litigation’ – is led by Paula James, a ‘canny and tenacious’ partner ‘who represents a serious alternative to a specialist from a London firm’. The national practice is led from Leeds by Paula Myers – other key names in Chichester include highly regarded senior associates Stephen Ireland, Margaret Windram and Samantha Ewing, who joined from Charles Russell Speechlys LLP in May 2022. The team was also recently strengthened by the arrival of former TWM Solicitors practice head Candy Stockton.

    Practice head(s):

    Paula James

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Stephen Ireland – The best of the best. A straight talker and extremely supportive throughout. Having dealt with many solicitors, I found Stephen was the most dynamic and determined to defend his client and the deceased.’

    ‘Irwin Mitchell is a regional powerhouse when it comes to private client litigation. The team have experience of litigating literally hundreds of claims under the 1975 Act which provides members of the team with the ability to provide highly credible and robust advice. The team consist of many robust litigators who achieve good outcomes in representing Claimants under the Inheritance Act 1975.

    ‘Hannah Worricker is an excellent solicitor with a genuine flair for litigating claims under the 1975 Act. Great depth and breadth of subject knowledge, and a robust advocate for her clients’ interests.’

    ‘Well regarded team in the region.’

    ‘Paula James is quietly effective.’

    ‘This firm has a good reputation in this field, which is growing. They have an impressive case load, and are often against the well-established, traditional firms in this area. Their size, and with it many locations, lawyers and resources they are able to deploy on cases, is impressive to behold.’

    ‘Samantha Ewing – delightful to work with and always on top of the detail.’

    ‘Stephen Ireland brings a very experienced, balanced and commercially focused approach to cases. He is particularly proactive when it comes to gathering evidence at an early stage, and always has the client’s wider interests to heart.’

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

    Irwin Mitchell’s tax, trusts and estates team has extensive experience advising high-net-worth clients on their estate and tax planning issues, trusts, wills, business/rural/agricultural asset arrangements and succession matters. Caroline Shelton heads up the Gatwick office and is praised for being ‘professional, committed to client care and personable and pleasant to deal with’. Paula James leads the Chichester office, which focuses on tax, trust compliance and accounting mandates, and senior associate Rose Macfarlane handles estate planning work. The firm’s two trust companies as well as non-legal regulated services in-house such as Irwin Mitchell Wealth Management Limited further strengthen the team’s experience.

    Practice head(s):

    Caroline Shelton; Paula James

    Other key lawyers:

    Naomi Neville; Rose Macfarlane; Lucy Samy

    Testimonials

    ‘They are able to articulate legal jargon in an easy to understand manner for the lay person. Their service is of high quality and their people are top class’

    ‘Caroline Shelton is technically proficient and goes out of her way to provide the best customer service. Her team give her good support.’

    ‘Caroline Shelton has been a consistent and valuable adviser and she goes out of her way to help my entire family. She also enables introduction to other experts and this is helpful in the continuity and connectivity.’

    ‘Friendliness and the ability to relate with my needs. Caroline Shelton is particularly good in this respect.’

    ‘Rose Macfarlane is an absolute professional, she is fast, knowledgable and an absolutely capable and kind human being. She combines extreme professional insight with kindness and efficiency. She has helped my family navigate heartbreaking negotiations with supreme skill and warmth. I fully trust her advice. She goes above and beyond at all times and I cannot recommend her more highly.’

    ‘Rose Macfarlane is a first class adviser on estate planning, wills and trusts and has advised me and my family for well over 10 years. She has a deep well of experience to draw on.’

    ‘Naomi Neville has great empathy with her clients and has the ability to simplify complex matters in a clear and concise manner. Highly accomplished and very personable and knowledgeable manner.’

    ‘I have a great relationship with Lucy Samy. I have no hesitation referring clients to Lucy. Lucy is very personable and explains things in a simple-to-understand manner for clients. Lucy is also great at bringing in specialists across Irwin Mitchell to address client needs and to ensure clients can benefit from cross-functional expertise where necessary.’

    Work highlights

    • Advised national lottery winners on estate planning including wills, lasting powers of attorney, gifting, and trusts following a win.
    • Advised professional and lay family trustees of complex and interwoven family trusts on the momentous termination of the trusts by sale and appointment of the co-owned commercial assets of the trusts, involving complex tax and legal advice and including the preparation of more than 30 separate and multifaceted deeds of appointment.
    • Advised business owners in the lead up to the sale of their successful business on the options available to them to ensure protection of proceeds the sale for the longterm benefit of their family, including advice on business property relief and the use of multiple trusts to reasonably limit the family’s tax exposure over time.

    Real estate > Environment and planning Tier 1

    Irwin Mitchell‘s planning and environment team works across the firm’s offices in the South East and beyond to provide a full-spectrum service to clients, with a particular focus on large, mixed-use regeneration and development projects. Nicola Gooch heads the South East planning offering from the Gatwick office, and has experience in areas including contentious planning and judicial review, nitrate and nutrient neutrality, permitted development and conversion, and the community infrastructure levy. James Pavey leads on rural matters, where he focuses on contentious work, with experience appearing before the high court and Supreme Court, as well as acting as an advocate at hearings and inquiries. He is especially well known for his work in rural planning, heritage buildings, and farm diversification. Associate Sejal Patel, meanwhile, is building a strong reputation with a broad practice covering urban regeneration and redevelopment, complex planning agreements, and strategic land and housing sites.

    Practice head(s):

    Claire Petricca-Riding; Nicola Gooch

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Great and responsive team. I really enjoyed collaborating with them in a way which gave the whole team working on the project confidence. I liked their timely and efficient responses. I thought they were excellent at negotiating matters well during highly time pressured environments.’

    ‘Nicola Gooch is an excellent lawyer, strategically minded, offering practical solutions to complex problems. I look forward to working with her again in the near future.’

    ‘We feel that the practice have a genuine interest in ensuring our business succeeds, in helping us to navigate the various legal challenges whilst also having in mind the needs of our business.’

    ‘Sejal Patel and Nicola Gooch are both excellent, nothing is ever too much trouble and no question from us is ever considered stupid! They always have the success of our business in mind, are efficient and quick to deal with matters and speak in a very open and honest way at a level we can understand.’

    Key clients

    Artisan Developments

    Jaspar Group

    Chase New Homes Limited

    Seaward Homes

    HSBC UK Bank PLC

    Lifestory

    EC1 Residences

    Henry Davidson Developments Limited

    Persimmon Homes Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advising on the conversion of the former Everard’s Print Works, a historically significant building in Bristol, into mixed use development scheme comprising a 255 bed hotel, residential units and flexible use commercial space.
    • Advising on a complex s.106 Agreement for the large mixed use development of a former golf course within the High Weald AONB, which is to be determined at Appeal.
    • Advising on the regeneration of a former retail site in Leeds to form a mixed-use development comprising 263 residential units and flexible commercial floorspace.

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

    Irwin Mitchell is a go-to firm for media clients from various sectors, representing both companies such as Firespite, Flourish Management, and talent, including Lady Leshurr and HRVY. Deeply embedded in the creative community, practice co-head Laura Harper  focuses her practice in Manchester on interactive entertainment studios. Fellow co-head Aurelia Butler-Ball has recently made partner and continues to be a key figure in growing the firm’s client list. In a recent highlight she advised Stabl on its negotiations with Spotify. Thomas Barnard is also noted.

    Practice head(s):

    Aurelia Butler-Ball; Laura Harper

    Other key lawyers:

    Georgie Collins; Thomas Barnard

    Key clients

    Lady Leshurr

    Flourish Management

    Adrift Entertainment Limited

    Jaywing plc

    Protelum Partners Limited

    Stabl Limited

    Work highlights

    • Advised Flourish Management on a range of commercial contracts with high-profile talent and brands.
    • Advising Jaywing Plc on a wide range of commercial and employment matters.
    • Representing the interests of grime artist Lady Leshurr, including contract negotiations with Channel 4, BBC, and major brands.

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

    Irwin Mitchell is deeply entrenched in the football industry, acts for governing bodies in rowing and rugby, advises individual athletes as well as sportswear brands, and in a recent highlight represented a successful rugby player in a case concerning clinical negligence. The practice is led by Tom Barnard, who counsels clients on contractual and regulatory matters, Michael Taylor , who advises athletes in their capacity as private client, and Hannah Clipston , a seasoned litigator. Aurelia Butler-Ball has recently made partner and her practice focuses on the media and sponsorship side of sports.

    Practice head(s):

    Tom Barnard; Michael Taylor; Hannah Clipston

    Other key lawyers:

    Aurelia Butler-Ball; Ted Powell; Naomi Findlay

    Testimonials

    ‘Clear, well considered and knowledgeable advice, delivered in a timely and professional manner.’

    ‘Thomas Barnard – exceptional in all areas.’

    Key clients

    The Rugby Football Union (RFU)

    British Rowing Limited

    Premiership / International rugby player

    Special Olympics Great Britain

    Sweaty Betty

    British Wheelchair Basketball

    Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

    Irwin Mitchell in Cambridge is ‘a market leader in the East Anglian region and there is a good balance in the team that is highly focused on achieving the best results for its clients‘. The firm is unique in the region in that its PI practice combines expertise in serious injury claims with a market-leading military claims practice. ‘The clinical negligence team has scaled unbelievable heights in terms of the quality‘, according to one client. Head of serious injury Ruth Booy, head of clinical negligence Guy Forster, Ministry of Defence specialist Simon Harrington, lead clinical negligence partner Neil Whiteley and head of workplace injury and asbestos-related disease Rosemary Giles are all acknowledged experts in their fields. Senior associate Samantha Shaw and associates Sophie Bales, Alexander Davenport Sarah Wealleans and the ‘intellectually top-drawerGurpreet Lalli are highly recommended by clients.

    Practice head(s):

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

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Irwin Mitchell has developed a high-quality clinical negligence and personal injury team in a relatively short time, and it is now a market leader in the East Anglian region. The team is highly specialised and undertakes high value and complex cases. There is a strong collegiate ethic within the team that is well-organised under its head, Guy Foster.’

    ‘There is a good ethnic and gender balance in the team that is highly focused on achieving the best results for its clients. In a relatively short time since it opened in Cambridge his team has now made IM the team to compete against in East Anglia.’

    ‘Guy Foster has led the development of the team from early on following its opening and he has now built up a formidable team in the East Anglian area. He is a strong leader with a keen sense of building a team in which all members feel they are valued. He ensures the focus of client care and welfare is always a paramount feature for all members of the team. He also takes on his own caseload and manages to combine his undoubted skills as an experienced clinical negligence practitioner with deft management of the team overall.’

    ‘Sarah Wealleans is an  associate and she handles a diverse and heavy caseload of clinical negligence cases. She is highly intelligent with good clients skills, and moreover is able to identify legal and practical issues in a case quickly and efficiently. She is a rising star in claimant clinical negligence practice.’

    ‘Gurpreet Lalli- is an associate solicitor who manages complex and high value clinical negligence cases with both aplomb and proficiency. She is intellectually “top-drawer” and consistently obtains highly beneficial results for her clients. Gurpreet is a fearless negotiator who can hold her own against the visisitudes of strong-willed defendant practitioners and overall, she has tactical acumen that should see her at partner level in the near future. She is definitely “one to watch”.’

    ‘Simon Harrington is a partner who undertakes personal injury cases, with an emphasis on military personal injuries. Over the past 15 years Simon has focused on the niche area of representing injured service personnel and he is an acknowledged expert, with vast experience. He regularly handles high value and complex cases of service personnel injured in the UK and overseas and is second to none in his tactical ability and legal knowledge. He is one of the main “go to” solicitors in the UK for claimant military personal injury cases.’

    ‘Neil Whiteley is an excellent practitioner whose experience shines through. It is a joy to work with him. He’s great with the clients, he always knows the case inside out and can always see the bigger picture. An incredibly talented solicitor.’

    ‘Ruth Booy is outstandingly good. I work for pretty much all of the leading catastrophic injury firms and i would rate Ruth in the top tranche of catastrophic injury practitioners nationwide. She has unparalleled levels of experience and is unwavering in her commitment to clients. She has also got a superb ability to connect with defendant solicitors to get the best outcome to cases on a collaborative basis.’

    Work highlights

    • Elderly client who had previously worked as a carpenter diagnosed with Asbestosis. Disease was contracted whilst working for a local employer who had passed in 2015 leading the team to trace executors of the employers estate.
    • An individual born with severe brain damage due to mistakes in the client’s maternity care. The client had initially brought a claim for damages to cover long term care of their child. Unfortunately the child in question passed away weeks after the delivery. An investigation was launched that was mismanaged. As part of the settlement, mediation was made available for the family to explore patient issues giving further reassurance. The mediation was attended by Jeremy Hunt MP and Clinicians from the trust.

    Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

    The clinical negligence team at Irwin Mitchell is led by Auriana Griffiths, who is described as being ‘at the top of her game’. The team specialises in unique and highly complex matters, which by their nature are of significant value. Its caseload often includes claims involving such factors as severe neurological injury in adults and babies; multiple such cases recently worked on by the team have reached £30m plus in value. The group is also recognised for its sub-team of expert support and rehabilitation workers – the ‘outstanding’ Anita Jewitt is heavily involved with this aspect of the practice. The size and breadth of the team overall allows for collaboration across a breadth of sub-specialisms and, as such, a well-rounded service. Recently promoted partner Anne Kavanagh is known for her work on behalf of women and children, while Leena Savjani 'takes no prisoners' in her representation of clients' best interests. Richard Kayser, who has represented numerous clients at the High Court in recent years, and 'force to be reckoned with' Alison Eddy are also noteworthy individuals. At senior associate level, Punam Sood is the key name.

    Practice head(s):

    Auriana Griffiths

    Other key lawyers:

    Alison Eddy; Ian Christian; Anita Jewitt; Anne Kavanagh; Richard Kayser; Shivi Nathan; Leena Savjani; Alexandra Winch

    Testimonials

    ‘Alison Eddy, Ian Christian, Anita Jewitt, Anne Kavanagh, Richard Kayser, Shivi Nathan, Leena Savjani are all excellent partners with whom I have worked on some really difficult cases and they are all outstanding.’

    ‘One of the best teams in London. The team is young, progressive, hard-working and gets great results. They have great quality work and do a fantastic job. It has an impressive track record and some outstanding court awards in high-value cases. Extremely well-resourced.’

    ‘Auriana Griffith is at the top of her game – one of the best clinical negligence lawyers in London. She pushes hard to get the very best results and doesn’t leave a stone unturned. Punam Sood is a great lawyer too – switched on, proactive and really easy to work with.’

    ‘Leena Savjani is focused, driven and committed – she takes no prisoners. Anne Kavanagh is very experienced and a great team player.’

    ‘Irwin Mitchell’s clinical negligence team is definitely one of the best in the London area. They are a large national team delivering a consistently high service to their clients. They really do have strength and depth in delivering for their clients. I see them investing in diversity, technology and innovation, and they care both about their clients and their people.’

    ‘Leena Savjani was the main solicitor on my case and a constant over the years the case ran. I was always kept updated. She understood at times how hard certain aspects of the case were and gave support. She knows all my family and felt like a friend and was always on call to ask any question, it was never too much trouble. Going through a case like this is hard enough but having a solicitor like Leena made it so much easier from the support she gave dealing with the case.’

    ‘I regard Irwin Mitchell as the ‘go-to’ firm for claimant clinical negligence. The department has very experienced senior practitioners to call on; Alison Eddy is a force to be reckoned with. The work ethos in the department is second-to-none, and the teams deliver a high quality of service. They ensure that their clients’ voices are heard and their claims assiduously investigated. The department’s caseload includes high-value matters of the utmost complexity, including multi-million pound cerebral palsy and spinal injury claims. Further, Irwin Mitchell has excellent contacts with leading medico-legal experts who can be called on to assist their clients.’

    ‘Anita Jewitt has a calming, reassuring manner which helps clients who are often stressed by the litigation process. She has excellent judgment and gives clear advice. She fights her client’s corner. Richard Kayser is a very talented lawyer with sharply-honed powers of analysis. He rises to the challenge that difficult cases can pose. He thinks through problems and presents clients with straightforward advice.

    Work highlights

    • Recovered £35.5m on a capitalised basis (with a retained lump sum element of £13.85m) on behalf of a child, who sustained a brain injury at the time of his birth.
    • Recovered just shy of £31m for a child who sustained a brain injury at the time of her birth.
    • Recovered £30m on behalf of a child who sustained a brain injury as a result of the failure to follow a specific plan for the management of the pregnancy, which led to premature birth and extraordinarily burdensome behavioural problems, which required investigation, suitable compensation and rehabilitation.

    Insurance > Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

    The majority APIL-accredited personal injury team at Irwin Mitchell is co-led by heads of serious injury Richard Geraghty and Tracey Storey, and regional lead partner Alison Eddy, who specialises in adult and childr brain and spinal catastrophic injury claims. The team’s workload consists of legally and emotionally complex claims of value in the multi-millions, with the Tunisian terror attack multi-party action being one recent example of this. Demetrius Danas, who has significant experience of litigating abroad, having pursued cases in over fifty jurisdictions worldwide, leads the sub-team which focuses specifically on international claims. Additionally, there is a sub-team specialising in workplace disease and asbestos claims, helmed by Ian Bailey and lead partner on the recent landmark Court of Appeal case Rix v Paramount Shopfitting, Joanne Jefferies. Extensive rehabilitation and financial support services are offered to clients both pre- and post-settlement, in the form of the dedicated support and rehabilitation co-ordination service. Sarah Griggs, Leane Shanks and the ‘superb’ Chani Dhaliwal are also noteworthy members of the team.

    Practice head(s):

    Richard Geraghty; Tracey Storey; Alison Eddy

    Other key lawyers:

    Demetrius Danas; Ian Bailey; Sarah Griggs; Chani Dhaliwal; Demetrius Danas; Jennifer Lund; Angela Batchelor; Laura Middleton Guerrard; Sofie Toft; Kylie Hutchinson; Anna Pask; Peter Lorence; Leane Shanks

    Testimonials

    ‘They are the creme de la creme for claimants – they take the risky cases that others won’t touch and they fight them hard. They are the leaders of the pack on the claimant side.’

    ‘Chani Dhaliwal is a partner of great ability and tenacity. He is sympathetic with his clients. He understands the problems caused by their injuries and is willing to work with them to achieve important outcomes via litigation. He is a master tactician and unafraid to take matters to court. All in all an outstanding solicitor.’

    ‘Anna Pask has a terrific eye for detail and prepares her cases meticulously, achieving outstanding results for her clients.’

    ‘Richard Geraghty is a talented lawyer with many years of experience. He is really personable but also a shrewd operator. He runs a tight ship with the serious injury team and has a great team of lawyers who are easy to work with and serious about getting the best possible outcome for their clients.’

    ‘Laura Middleton-Guerrard is a first class lawyer who leaves no stone unturned on behalf of her clients. She is empathetic, always on top of detail, builds relationships of trust with clients and opponents alike but will stand her ground and gets great results for her clients.’

    Tracey Storey is the real deal; capable, confident, personable, empathetic and a great lawyer.’

    ‘Peter Lorence is a very capable lawyer who is conscientious, knowledgeable and easy to work with. He will go far.’

    ‘Richard Geraghty is simply one of the most experienced, even-headed claimant personal injury solicitors practicing, with superb practical judgement.’

    Insurance > Product liability: claimant Tier 1

    Irwin Mitchell‘s group actions and product liability team is pre-eminent in handling individual and group claims relating to defective products, including those with cross-border elements. The firm also has considerable experience in handling high-profile medical negligence claims. Tim Annett has particular expertise in claims related to defective medical devices while Sallie Booth is experienced handling group litigation. At the associate level, Catherine Slattery and Natalie Truman are both important figures handling defective products, abuse and clinical negligence.

    Practice head(s):

    Tim Annett; Sallie Booth; Clive Garner

    Testimonials

    ‘Major player in the product liability field. Very well resourced and led. Able to deploy teams of lawyers to the big claims when required. Always pragmatic in their approach and consequently achieve realistic, quality outcomes for their many clients. Able to take on claims against the biggest corporates with the deepest pockets and achieve excellent results.’

    ‘Sallie Booth: Vastly experienced partner; highly respected by all in the product liability field. Despite her seniority still very much hands on with clients and they all seem to love her! As with many at her level a keen eye for strategy and how to bring multi-party litigation to a successful conclusion.’

    ‘Natalie Truman and the team have been outstanding in their sensitivity and understanding of a very personal issue with my case. They have always kept me up to date with how my case is proceeding and explained very clearly anything I have not understood.’

    ‘Tim Annett & Catherine Slattery have been extremely supportive and always ensured a great level of communication, which is very helpful.’

    ‘There is no firm which can match IM for experience in claimant PL claims save for perhaps Leigh Day. They have vast experience of group actions and highly complex claims whether through air accidents, medical devices or pharmaceuticals. They have the people and resources to take on large numbers of clients and to litigate against large corporations. At the same time there is a personal touch from the partners and fee earners involved.’

    ‘Sallie Booth – she is extremely experienced in this field with a very impressive track record on large scale group Product Liability claims. She is fierce when needed, with very sound judgment, and gets good results for her clients.’

    ‘Quite simply one of the best Claimant product liability teams in the UK. The team has excellent judgment and demonstrates sound common sense in case selection and tactics. This is one of the only firms capable of taking on the deep-pocketed Defendant teams in this hard fought area of law.’

    ‘Sallie Booth stands out for her commercial acumen and judgment. Tim Annett stands out for his compassion and understanding of his clients’ cases. Natalie Truman is a rising star.’

    Key clients

    Boeing 737 Max claims

    Trans Vaginal Mesh Litigation

    Lariam claims

    Sorin heater-cooler claims

    Nutribullet claims

    Advanced Bionics cochler implant claims

    Work highlights

    • Acting for all 4 UK-based families in claims arising from Boeing 737 Max crash in Ethiopia. Litigation is ongoing in the USA and has the potential to be one of the largest aviation disater claims in history.
    • Lead solicitors in the Trans-Vaginal Mesh litigation relating to claims against Johnson & Johnson for pelvic organ prolapse products
    • Representing individuals who have suffered injury due to alleged defective cochlear implants with claims against Advanced Bionics

    Private client > Court of protection Tier 1

    Irwin Mitchell fields a large and long established team that ‘provides excellent client care’ in both property and affairs as well as health and welfare matters. Lucy Nicol and Yogi Amin lead a team of ‘high quality individuals’ that supports more than 1,500 clients nationwide and in excess of 1,250 deputyships. It is ‘full of talented individuals’ who advise on all aspects of court of protection from litigated best interests disputes to powers of attorney. In addition it acts as professional deputy or trustee on many complex high-value cases involving multi-million pound funds and manages in excess of £1.5bn of protected parties assets. Its public law and human rights team helps clients on many issues such as where a person should live or serious medical treatment matters. Angela Jackman KC joined the team from Simpson Millar LLP. The firm ‘deserves its excellent reputation in this area as clients receive a comprehensive, efficient and highly professional service’, not least from experienced practitioners Damian Hodkinson and Joanna Grewer.

    Practice head(s):

    Lucinda Nicol; Yogi Amin

    Other key lawyers:

    Angela Jackman KC; Mathieu Culverhouse; Kirsty Stuart; Damian Hodkinson; Gillian Hitchen; Katie Thackray; Elizabeth Perry; Katie Strong; Charlotte Waite; Helen Smith; Joanna Grewer

    Testimonials

    ‘Irwin Mitchell is undoubtedly the leading Court of Protection team in the Country. They are pioneering in the way in which they streamline the service and support they give to clients. Their structure enables them to manage every aspect of their client’s affairs in a cost-effective manner’.

    ‘The Court of Protection team at Irwin Mitchell in Birmingham is exceptional. They look after their underlying clients with care and compassion, ably supporting them as they navigate the challenges of their individual situations. Jo Grewer is a compassionate Deputy on behalf of individuals, whilst also being an expert in her field and being very efficient in how she handles cases’.

    ‘Irwin Mitchell has a large team doing welfare cases throughout their network of offices. This is a huge asset and means the team is able to share expertise and help each other out in a way that is far more difficult for those in smaller practices.’

    ‘I work with several of IM’s Court of Protection welfare specialist lawyers: Mat Culverhouse is really experienced and level headed when dealing with his complex case load. Kirsty Stuart is passionate and incredibly hardworking. She’s fantastic at both spotting challenges others would not, and communicating with lay clients’.

    ‘National capability to service clients throughout England. Wide level of expertise and industry experience. Lucy Nicol, Gillian Hitchen and Damian Hodkinson are the stand out individuals. They serve their clients with expertise and compassion which is invaluable in assisting clients through what can be very difficult times’.

    ‘The COP team at IM works collaboratively within other professionals working with the client to ensure a consistent approach. Katie Thackery – is open, honest and very efficient. She values and respects the advice from the professionals working with the client’. 

    ‘The are proactive, approachable and very experienced in the work that they do. Beth Perry – is approachable and client focused’.

    ‘Katie Strong is a charismatic and talented lawyer. Clients warm to her instantly and value her sensible well thought out advice. Charlotte Waite is a highly experienced and empathetic lawyer. Clients trust Charlotte implicitly to make decisions in their best interests. She is a calm reassuring presence‘.

    Key clients

    Amy McLennan

    Respond Charity

    Institute of Registered Case Managers

    Lawrence Knight

    Work highlights

    • Represented Ami McClennan in high profile proceedings concerning the issue of whether it was in the best interests of her son, William Verden, to undergo a kidney transplant.
    • Represented the charity Respond in the Supreme Court case of JB, concerning the test for capacity to engage in sexual relations.
    • Represented the Institute of Registered Case Managers in the Court of Appeal case of Secretary of State for Justice v A Local Authority & Others, concerning the issue of whether it is lawful for care workers to assist clients in securing the services of sex workers.

    Public sector > Education: individuals Tier 1

    Irwin Mitchell has expertise with regards to special educational needs, disability discrimination and judicial reviews. Part of the practice’s work as a result has involved challenges to school transport policies, home education and exam awards. Head of public law and human rights Yogi Amin advises on policy matters and conducts tribunal and judicial review cases regarding school closures, education transport and safeguarding children. Angela Jackman specialises in mental capacity, education and human rights cases, and was appointed as an honorary QC in 2021 - she joined from Simpson Millar LLP in September 2021.

    Practice head(s):

    Yogi Amin

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Very knowledgeable and thoughtful about clients’ needs in a holistic sense’

    ‘Led by giant in the field Yogi Amin, with Angela Jackman in strong support, the IM civil liberties team is one of the strongest. They offer a friendly and thorough service backed by an organisation which exudes a solid competence.’

    ‘Each member of this team brings a different style and expertise which gives this team a real breadth of coverage.’

    ‘Really strong team, great claimant education lawyers. On top of the law and knowledgeable about the sector and specific challenges.’

    ‘Great team with huge experience and talent in this field.’

    ‘The education team at Irwin Mitchell provide excellent support to families throughout the SENDIST appeal process. They are one of a handful of firms I can feel confident will manage the necessary steps behind the scenes ahead of a hearing, without needing to be prompted or checked on. These cases involve a lot of client management, and I have found the team to be consistently excellent at working with clients.’

    ‘Irwin Mitchell has a very longstanding reputation in Education Law. It generally acts against public bodies, but has a growing practice acting for schools.’

    ‘Irwin Mitchell hold a strong position in the education law market, in particular for SEND Tribunal work and judicial review claims which involve education and linked areas of work, such as social care. They also have strong teams in areas such as mental capacity, which dovetails well with their education law offering.’

    Transport > Travel Tier 1

    Tracey Storey leads the international serious injury team nationally at Irwin Mitchell, working on a range of high-value, cross-border claims. The diversity of the team allows them to communicate in various languages, lending support to the practice's cross-jurisdictional focus. Key team members include Demetrius Danas, who represented bereaved families and those injured in the Tunisia terrorist attack in 2015, and has vast experience in international litigation. Senior associate Kylie Hutchison has also been part of the team representing individuals affected by the Tunisian attack with their claims against tourism group TUI. Jennifer Lund  is another respected partner; a dual-qualified solicitor/barrister with linguistic capabilities to cater to Spanish and Latin American clients. Notably, the team has been acting on behalf of sixteen claimants against Boeing following the Boeing 737 crash in 2019.

    Practice head(s):

    Other key lawyers:

    Testimonials

    ‘Irwin Mitchell are leaders in cross-border litigation. The team’s travel law knowledge and expertise outshines that of many of their competitors. The team are often involved in the leading cases in this area, demonstrating their expertise in this field. Their knowledge of the law and their client-handling skills place them at the top of their field.’

    ‘Demetrius Danas has vast experience; he has sound judgement with good common sense. He obtains spectacular results and has been involved in a large number of the leading cases in this field and has been instrumental in the development of this sphere of work. He rightly enjoys his reputation as being the leading solicitor in England in international travel cases.

    ‘Jennifer Lund is outstanding. She has much experience in this field and secures exceptional results. Her client-handling skills are of the highest. She works hard on her cases. She is able to see the central issues in complex litigation.  She is multi-lingual and puts this to good effect in her international cases. An exceptional lawyer.

    ‘Jatinder Paul is one of the top solicitors in travel litigation. His expertise in this area is simply second to none. He is hardworking, intelligent, and provides astute legal advice. He consistently achieves fantastic results in his cases. He offers a level of service to his clients that puts him above his competitors.

    ‘Cheryl-Palmer Hughes is outstanding. She often deals with complex, tricky cases, yet consistently manages to secure excellent outcomes. She continually strives to get the best results possible for her clients, and often does.’

    ‘Philip Banks is a partner with tremendous experience of all aspects of travel litigation.’

    ‘Leane Shanks has great technical experience extending over many years. She is fluent in Spanish & French. She has good Portuguese & German. She works to a high standard in international claims. She is a most reliable practitioner. Her client skills are excellent.’

    ‘Irwin Mitchell are undeniably the market leader for large firms in this field – they have a huge presence, backed up by strength in depth in the sector. They are prepared to take on difficult cases and have won some excellent results, through tenacity and strong strategic thinking.’

    Key clients

    Tunisian Terrorist attack (Sousse)

    X v Kuoni

    Stichting Victmes des Dechets Toxiques Côte d’Ivoire

    Butt & 5 Ors v D’Amato & Ors

    Peter Griffiths v TUI UK Limited

    Boeing MAX

    Indianna Maddison v TUI UK Ltd

    Patrick & Brigitte Fourgeaud v Africa Travel Resource Ltd

    Various clients v Dana Airlines Ltd

    Carl Duffy v Centraal Beheer Achmea

    Horton (Trustee in Bankruptcy of MK)

    Shoreham Air Show 2015

    Mr Miguel Serra (by his son and Litigation Friend, Feliu Serra) v Margot Holdings Limited

    Mr William Marsh v TUI UK Limited

    Work highlights

    • Represented the families of 22 British citizens who were killed during the Tunisian terrorist attack, as well as over 60 injured victims, and took legal action against TUI UK Ltd (Thomson Holidays) on behalf of the families of the deceased and those injured.
    • Acted for X, who brought a claim in accordance with the Package Travel Regulations 1992 following her rape and sexual assault whilst she was on a package holiday with Kuoni in Sri Lanka in 2010. The claim was heard in the High Court, Court of Appeal, and the UK Supreme Court before a successful reference to the CJEU.
    • Claimed for 16 clients against The Boeing Company in the USA following the crash of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft operated by Ethiopian Airlines (Flight ET302).

    Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

    Irwin Mitchell’s clinical negligence team, led by Kristofer Inskip, specialises in dental negligence claims and supporting members of HM Forces where poor medical care has been received. Lindsay Wise is recommended for handling matters involving serious brain and spinal injuries, while Jennifer Cawthorne and senior associate Dina Lambourne offer expertise in birth injury claims. Senior associate Margaret Ryan handles an array of matters, including cases involving delayed meningitis treatment. Catherine Leech  is another key member of the team. On the personal injury side, Jonathan Betts’ team acts for clients with serious brain and spinal injuries and asbestos-related diseases. The practice also deals with claims for military personnel under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, with Amanda Marsh recognised for her expertise in this niche. Deirdre Healy handles severe brain, spinal, amputation and other complex injuries. Matthew Brown and senior associate Richard Biggs  are other key team members, specialising in brain and spinal cord injuries. Matthew Garson  is recommended for his work on child claims.

    Practice head(s):

    Kristofer Inskip; Jonathan Betts

    Other key lawyers:

    Lindsay Wise; Jennifer Cawthorne; Dina Lambourne; Margaret Ryan; Amanda Marsh; Deirdre Healy; Catherine Leech; Matthew Brown; Richard Biggs; Kevin Saul; Matthew Garson

    Testimonials

    ‘Matt Brown really stands out from the crowd, with his deep legal knowledge, particularly sympathetic and understanding manner with seriously injured clients, and his willingness to fight very very hard for the best result.’

    ‘Deirdre Healy stands out as being extremely knowledgeable and professional, always striving to seek the best for her clients. Deirdre has provided excellent training to my team and is always happy to advise and share her skillset.’

    ‘Richard Biggs is a fantastic member of the team, he is always reliable, skilled and approachable.’

    ‘Kris Inskip is a stand-out performer. He mixes strong intellect with a calm persona and now has the experience to take on all types of case. He has settled numerous high-value birth injury cases this year.’

    ‘Dina Lambourne has a medical background which is very helpful in the complex cases she handles and spots lines of enquiry which would not be obvious to many others.’

    ‘Catherine Leech is probably the best spinal injury solicitor in the country.’

    ‘Margaret Ryan has “human touch” with a well pitched sense of humour whilst always retaining professionalism. She is extremely understanding of the different pressures faced by clients, is always accessible, honest, thorough and responsive.’

    ‘Amanda Marsh is skilled tactician with an encyclopedic knowledge of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. Amanda delivers outstanding and life changing results.’

    Key clients

    JEJ (A Protected Party) v Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

    JC (Executrix of NC deceased) v MOD

    LP as Executrix of CMC deceased v Salford Royal Hospital NHSFT

    Stichting Victmes des Dechets Toxiques Côte d’Ivoire

    Daniel Colley v MIB and Secretary of State for Transport

    Will Partington

    Billy “Sunshine” Stephens

    David O’Driscoll

    Rishi Kumar

    WALKER v Smith

    Frank Cuomo

    Work highlights

    • Acted on claim relating to a failure to restart anticoagulants following gynaecology surgery in late 2018.
    • Advised on negligence claim relating to delay in diagnosis and treatment of individuals melanoma prior to his death.
    • Advised on clinical negligence claim relating to surgery to remove a brain tumour in February 2015.

    Private client > Family Tier 1

    Irwin Mitchell advises high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals and families on complex matrimonial matters, particularly involving issues with an international element. The team is especially strong regarding alternative dispute resolution and religious and cultural-specific divorce. Ros Bever leads the national team and is noted for her litigation expertise, as well as for her expertise in pre- and postnuptial agreements. Nathaniel Groarke is a key contact regarding prenuptial agreements and alternative dispute resolution for international clients. Senior associate Hannah Saxe is noted for her work on complex international children cases.

    Practice head(s):

    Ros Bever; Nathaniel Groarke

    Other key lawyers:

    Hannah Saxe; Emma Benson

    Testimonials

    ‘This is an outstanding firm which attracts some very good (medium to big money) work. All partners I have worked with at Irwin Mitchell have been excellent and all of them have been very supportive of their clients.’

    Ros Bever is very tenacious. Ready to fight, but equally able to set out all options for a client.’

    ‘Nathaniel Groarke is extremely reliable, supportive to his clients, very good at strategy and has great judgement.’

    ‘Market leaders nationally for financial remedy work at a high level. Trying to be innovative in terms of legal services for women and minorities.’

    ‘Ros Bever is the stand-out managing partner of the Manchester office and head of the family team. Exceptional.’

    Work highlights

      Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

      Irwin Mitchell’s team covers an array of complex and high-volume claims, notwithstanding some changes on the senior level. Francesca Mayes continues to lead the serious injury subgroup, which has grown and gained a new partner with the promotion of Jane Pyrah in May 2021. Senior associate Laura Mcilduff is ‘tenacious and brilliant’. With Angela Kirtley ’s departure to Ward Hadaway LLP in August 2021, Sarah Coles now heads the medical negligence practice from both Leeds and Newcastle, supported by senior associate Samuel Hill and several new associate hires. Taking the place of Roger Maddocks, who retired in April 2022, as head of workplace injury is Ian Toft who moved from Leeds to Newcastle.

      Practice head(s):

      Francesca Mayes; Sarah Coles; Ian Toft

      Other key lawyers:

      Jane Pyrah; Samuel Hill; Laura McIlduff

      Testimonials

      ‘The team at Irwin Mitchell are friendly, professional and supportive. Being able to contact them 24/7 provided reassurance for myself. I was assigned one solicitor for my case who I had throughout the whole 5 years, this allowed the process to run smoothly and for myself to feel guided by someone who knew all the details of my case. Every interaction I had with the team was pleasant and informative, they provided me with all the necessary information throughout the case without overwhelming me. Irwin Mitchell made me feel like my case was not about money or fees for them, but rather justice for the client.’

      ‘Of particular note are the managing partner, Fran Mayes, who has a huge amount of experience and knowledge and an up and coming star, Laura Mcllduff, who is tenacious and brilliant.’

      ‘Got a young team of excellent lawyers. They are very switched on, work hard and get excellent results. Good with clients, positive and proactive.’

      ‘Laura McIlduff – fabulous with difficult clients, hard working and extremely tenacious. Rebecca Maddock – committed, efficient and effective.’

      ‘Francesca Mayes – Partner at Irwin Mitchell’s Newcastle office. Fran’s client care is outstanding, she understands client’s needs and ensures this is considered in the advice and services she provides. Not only is Fran very proactive and knowledgeable, but she is also calm under pressure and great to work with. The litigation process can be a difficult time for clients, especially those who have suffered injury. Fran, and her team, take the time to develop excellent relationships with clients and support them through the litigation process. Fran has built a great team around her at the Newcastle office.’

      ‘Their dedication to their injured clients shines through in everything they do and their pragmatic and collaborative approach to claims helps to ensure their clients get the right result.’

      ‘Jane Pyrah (PI – Newcastle) – completely dedicated to fighting for the best results for clients. Very well respected by all. Sarah Coles (Team Leader – Newcastle) – accomplished lawyer and wonderful mentor / leader to the team.’

      ‘A wonderful team with strength in depth from partner to paralegal and a dedication to their clients, consistently going above and beyond to get the best results possible. Head and shoulders above the rest for serious injury litigation in the north east.’

      Work highlights

      • Medical negligence claim against the Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust. Negligent hernia repair surgery resulting in a stoma and permanent TPN causing loss of employment, need for care and impact on life expectancy.
      • Medical negligence claim – Delay in diagnosis and treatment of a subarachnoid haemorrhage resulting in a brain injury.
      • Settled a road traffic accident claim where the Claimant sustained a spinal injury for £11.5m

      Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence; claimant

      Irwin Mitchell‘s personal injury team is instructed across a broad range of high-value, complex claims in this space, including cases involving neurological and spinal injuries resulting from road traffic accidents and workplace injuries. The practice is also adept at handling industrial disease claims, with Virginia Chalmers heading this team; Chalmers has deep experience in asbestos matters, including working with asbestos family support groups throughout the South West. Senior associate Isabelle Selley has also specialised in this space for over a decade. James Davies leads on serious injuries and fatal accidents and is supported by Deborah Rose, who was promoted to partner in May 2021. The pair stand out for their work representing clients who have suffered catastrophic brain injuries as a result of road traffic accidents and incidents at work. In the clinical negligence sphere, the practice is instructed to represent children and adults who have suffered a range of serious injuries, including life-changing brain and spinal damage. Birth injuries, delayed cancer diagnosis, errors in surgery and failure to correctly diagnose strokes are all areas handled by practice head Julie Lewis. Lewis frequently collaborates with the firm’s Southampton office on cases and is also supported by a strong bench of associates in the Bristol office, with senior associate Kate Easy particularly standing out for her expertise in obstetric cases. Associate Luke Trevorrow is also well-regarded and ‘fights hard for his client.’ The practice draws on the wider firm’s Court of Protection expertise to act for clients who lack capacity as a result of their injuries.

      Practice head(s):

      Virginia Chalmers; James Davies; Julie Lewis

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘I am treated with respect and understanding, particularly by Luke Trevorrow, who is the associate solicitor dealing with my case. I have not dealt with other firms so cannot provide comparison. I have not had any direct contact with the partners at the firm.’

      ‘I have had full trust in the firm to handle my child’s obstetric injury. They are very professional and knowledgable, managing to secure legal aid when this was not certain.’

      ‘The team are knowledgeable, super friendly, approachable, professional and all around wonderful. They have always gone the extra mile and nothing is ever too much. Julie Lewis and Kim Andrews have both been excellent! They have pushed the case forward with calm and controlled pressure on stakeholders and I feel I have been fully informed every step of the way.’

      ‘Kate Easy has been so supportive listening to me, seems to understand also explains everything at my level. Kate has made this process easy for me.’

      ‘Irwin Mitchell provided me with an excellent service and support. Their excellent professional skills in a number of areas would be difficult to beat. In particular, their excellent communication skills keeping me updated with advice and progress on the clinical negligence claim was of the highest order. They showed a lot of empathy and support regarding the case, something which I was very grateful for over a period of over 2 years.’

      ‘From the point of view of a barrister, I find that the team is knowledgeable, approachable and genuinely cares about their clients.’

      ‘One of the best specialist clinical negligence sets in Bristol on a background of a national presence. Very experienced. As a clinical negligence silk who lives near to them, they are the firm I recommend to any friend or lay person who asks me for a recommendation for a clinical negligence solicitor.’

      ‘Julie Lewis is extremely experienced and very capable. Associate Luke Trevorrow is very experienced, fights hard for his client, a rising star.’

      Key clients

      Amelia Goodrum

      AG

      FH

      MW

      Work highlights

      • Handled a medical negligence claim involving the negligent management of the mother’s labour.

      Private client > Family Tier 1

      Irwin Mitchell's team of 'highly respected family law specialists' deals mainly with high net worth financial cases as well as Court of Protection matters and matrimonial settlements. Nicola Walker heads the practice; her expertise lies within business and trust interests; while Erin Sawyer  oversees the TOLATA team - they are described as 'consummate professionals whose work is recognised far and wide.' The team has been strengthened with the arrival of senior associate Lizzie Smith from Clarke Willmott LLP; she is an expert in financial remedy matters.

      Practice head(s):

      Nicola Walker

      Other key lawyers:

      Erin Sawyer; Lizzie Smith; Jennifer Pollock; Aysha Chouhdary

      Testimonials

      ‘They have both been helpful and given good advice.’

      ‘Irwin Mitchell’s reputation precedes them and they are undoubtedly at the top of their game. They are simply excellent in their dynamic approach to family litigation, balancing tenaciousness with the sensitivity required in family law.’

      ‘Lizzie Smith is a brilliant solicitor – interested in clients and cases, efficient, thoughtful, good value and level-headed.’

      ‘They have a diverse range of talent within the family team covering many specialist areas. They see the benefit in collaborating with other professionals and advocate interdisciplinary working.’

      ‘IM Bristol’s family team are highly respected family law specialists with a wealth of experience in dealing with legal and factually complex cases.’

      ‘Erin Sawyer is peerless in her determination to secure the best of possible outcomes for her clients.’

      ‘Lizzie Smith is a real pleasure to work with. Not only is she lovely but she is extremely efficient, very knowledgeable and unflappable.’

      ‘Nicola Walker – very, very experienced. Has the ability to accurately predict the outcome of cases from the very start. A power of strength for her clients.’

      Work highlights

        Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

        Irwin Mitchell provides ‘a personal touch and is genuinely driven to get the best results for its clients’. Luke Daniels leads the ‘superlative‘ team which specialises in the most complex medical negligence cases that span birth injury cases, stillbirth, neonatal deaths and cosmetic/dental surgery. Other core areas of focus include spinal and brain injuries, cancers and mental health. Sara Burns  has extensive experience in all aspects of medical negligence work while Lisa Jordan  has particular expertise in cerebral palsy claims. Emma Rush advises on cerebral palsy, brain injury, spinal cord injury and amputation cases. Lindsay Tomlinson  frequently handles a variety of complex and high-value claims meanwhile Jenna Harris was promoted to the partnership. On the personal injury side, the team handles a substantial caseload of high-value claims supporting children and adults who have sustained brain and spinal cord injuries, limb loss and multiple orthopaedic traumas. Stephen Nye  handles all types of serious injury cases and Hilary Wetherell  specialises in brain injury, polytrauma and complex high-value fatal accident work cases and coronial law. Alida Coates  has a wealth of experience in asbestos disease cases with Philip Banks serving as head of the international personal injury team. Senior associate Jayne Campbell joined the department from Slater and Gordon.

        Testimonials

        ‘Luke Daniels -head of department – the complete package – supremely able, fights hard, great tactical skills, fantastic manner with clients, achieves results. A complete star. Lindsay Tomlinson – senior partner – very able and experienced, great judgment on difficult cases, fights hard for clients, great manner with clients’.

        ‘I work regularly with Lisa Jordan, Sara Burns, Luke Daniels, Lindsay Tomlinson, Jenna Harris and Emma Rush , Chris Hurlson and Rosalie Reading and they are all excellent. They show a good balance between letting me deal with things in my time and gentle reminders if something is overdue. Their choices of barristers are good, and conferences are supported by excellent documentation and administration’.

        ‘Emma Rush, my solicitor, is so passionate about what she does. She’s very caring & compassionate, treading sensitively knowing that things being dredged up again can still be very raw. She works long hours & is always quick to respond to any queries, giving reasonable timelines where needed. She worked so hard with the team, fighting tooth & nail to win my case, I cannot thank her enough!’

        ‘Unrivalled expertise in serious injury claimant work. Led by the remarkable Hilary Wetherell, the team is close knit and committed to achieving the best outcomes for their clients. Terrific firm to work for. Hilary Wetherell is an inspirational leader and brilliant leader Rebecca Hearsey – associate – feared by opponents, nobody better on a fatal case’.

        Philip Banks is a brilliant lawyer with unmatched experience. He is enormously popular with clients. He has an excellent bedside manner and great judgment. James Riley is an up-and-coming lawyer with bags of enthusiasm and a real passion for cross-border personal injury work in particular‘.

        ‘One of the largest teams in the country dealing with claims arising out of child sexual abuse and neglect. Luke Daniels and Tom Fletcher are very able and have considerable experience in the field‘.

        ‘The lead partner, Luke Daniels, supports the team and has established a culture of responsiveness to clients and colleagues alike. All members of the team I have worked with, without exception, have been knowledgeable and committed to ensuring their clients’ interests by progressing matters keeping them informed. They include the following: Chris Hurlston, Richard Sweetman Tom Fletcher and Hilary Weatherall’.

        ‘I would highlight in particular Laura Daly, who is excellent to work with, incredibly smart, very personable, clients love her and she is never ruffled by the ups and downs of running the serious and heavy caseload she does‘.

        Work highlights

        • Advised a client in respect of an injury to his spinal cord caused during a surgical procedure. The claim settled for £4.25m
        • Advised a client following brain damage caused during elective surgery to remove a brain tumour. Secured a liability admission and claim value over £5m.
        • Advised a client and secured judgment in respect of negligent medical management leading to an avoidable stroke. Matter valued over £10m.

        Private client > Family: Birmingham Tier 1

        The ‘amazing team‘ at Irwin Mitchell receives garners praise for its ‘strong ethos of client care‘, acting under the leadership of Clare Wiseman . Clients include entrepreneurs, sports professionals and CEOs. Zahra Pabani  specialises in ultra-high-net-worth cases meanwhile Sarah Balfour is adept at supporting older clients and their families. Mark Hands  is sought after for his expertise in cases involving overseas trusts and frequently represents Asian families and professional football players. Fiona Farrell works on substantial financial cases and difficult children cases, including those involving parental alienation, whereas Gemma Fenton  is a go-to for complicated corporate structures, trust assets and pensions.

        Practice head(s):

        Testimonials

        ‘Clare Wiseman- a super strong leader who is such a talented lawyer. She is modest and calm but has an inner steel. Zahra Pabani- a strong personality and a force of nature. Very strong approach to her cases which no-one is under any illusion will be a fight to the last‘.

        ‘Sarah Balfour- I think the most talented solicitor I have ever worked with. I would want Sarah to be my solicitor if I ever needed one. Such a calm, measured but incisive approach to work. A super bright lawyer who never misses a point but also has a charming personality. Her clients get 24 hour/7 day week care’.

        ‘Mark Hands- a wonderful example of how to be a cheerful, likeable solicitor but at the same time be a powerhouse who is feared across the world of family law. He is an amazing tactician and always sees ahead to the end of the case when advising his clients. Lucy Todd- a special unique solicitor. Lucy brings a real energy to her cases with a fresh eye for really difficult emotional cases. She is a lovely person so clients really like her but they also see that she is a really clever and dedicated lawyer. A great combination to have in the world of family law‘.

        ‘It has real strength in depth with a large team and a number of very qualified and capable lawyers. The client care is excellent. The lawyers provide realistic and accurate quotes and keep you updated throughout the matter. The service that Sarah Balfour gave was first class. Her technical ability was superb and her advice was given in clear and easy to understand terms. As well as having excellent technical skills, her client care was also brilliant. She showed real and genuine care and helped us through a difficult process’.

        ‘Mark Hands was very caring and sensible and fitted me in as I was probably a typical high net worth demanding client. He understood financial and children issues’.

        ‘The family team has consistently provided excellent advice in navigating me through a financial settlement agreement and divorce. A quick response to any queries I have had has always been forthcoming, I believe this can be attributed to the team approach to supporting me. Gemma Fenton used her excellent legal knowledge and experience to counsel and guide me through the process. Always approachable, realistic, supportive and able to clearly set out the options every step of the way, you know that Gemma has your very best interests at the core of her work’.

        ‘IM leads the way in terms of diversity as can be seen from its people and also from how it leads in the market place in terms of pushing diversity internally and externally. It led the way when it came to technology in COVID as it delivered all meetings on teams – was able to attend all hearings remotely – the lawyers just made it an easy journey for the clients and continue to do so. They are truly innovative and forward thinking as a team and very much the go to family team in Birmingham and beyond’.

        ‘ I regularly work with Mark Hands. He is the stand-out partner in the area of family law in Birmingham and the West Midlands and beyond. He is extremely clever, strategically brilliant and generally wise well beyond his years. His client care skills are amazing. I have recently been involved with him in very high value cases (measured in the £100s million) and cases involving professional sports people and celebrities. He goes toe to toe with the best in London and wins. His ability to understand very complex corporate structures is second to none‘.

        Key clients

        Kenny Brack

        Work highlights

        • Advising Kenny Brack, an elite sportsman, on complex financial remedies addressing the full spectrum of claims and involving complicated tax advice due to the client’s non-resident status for tax purposes.

        Insurance > Clinical negligence and personal injury: claimant

        Irwin Mitchell is ‘the best in the business for looking after clients, on both a human and a legal level’. Based in Sheffield, Julianne Moore co-leads the medical negligence practice with Sarah Coles in Leeds. The group has extensive experience handling the gamut of complex, high value negligence claims, specialising in birth injury, spinal injury and amputation cases. The team includes Rachelle Mahapatra, Rachel Roach, Tom Mather, Sarah Rowland and Tim Annett, who work together to provide ‘an excellent and highly personal service’. Adrian Budgen and Sion Kingston jointly lead the personal injury practices in Sheffield and Leeds, respectively. The firm continues to be highly regarded for asbestos disease cases, with Ian Toft noted for his work relating to immunotherapy. The Yorkshire team has a substantial number of APIL accredited specialists, including Rachael Aram and Louise Jenkins . Carolyn Heaton is also recommended.

        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; Rachelle Mahapatra

        Testimonials

        ‘Irwin Mitchell’s PI team have a wealth of experience, they are approachable and friendly to clients and professionals.’

        ‘Carolyn Heaton leads a really exceptional team – they are all very committed, enthusiastic and thorough. I highly recommend them all.’

        ‘IM’s serious injury team in Sheffield is, in my view, one of the best in the country.’

        ‘The best in the business for looking after clients, on both a human and a legal level.’

        ‘True leaders in the clin neg field. Highly accomplished in pursuing and succeeding in complex cases.’

        ‘Sarah Coles – outstanding in her own work and in mentoring and bringing on others in the team.’

        ‘Sallie Booth stands out for her commercial acumen and judgement. Tim Annett stands out for his compassion and understanding of his clients’ cases.’

        ‘The outstanding partners are Rachael Aram and David Withers. Rachael’s technical knowledge of the law and her area of injury are second to none. She is utterly committed to her clients and will always work assiduously to ensure the best outcome for them. David is a force of nature. He has huge energy and despite all of the competing demands on his attention, manages his workload and makes bold but correct tactical decisions.’

        Work highlights

        • Medical negligence bilateral below knee amputation case – delay in diagnosis and treatment of sepsis
        • Cerebral palsy case in which Mum always had concerns about sons disabilities but had accepted that was how life was caring for him for 23 years, however 7 years ago became concerned for his future as she got older and instructed us to investigate a case.
        • Case involving a misinterpretation of CTG trace during labour which led to a failure to carry out an earlier delivery by C-section. Client suffered cerebral palsy as a result of this delay.
        • Deceased presented to hospital with chest pain in April 2015. Misdiagnosed as musculoskeletal pain instead of angina. 3 weeks later he died following cardiac arrest whilst driving a lorry. With diagnosis and treatment, death would have been avoided.
        • Staff failed to recognise that during pregnancy the baby needed delivering as an emergency and was left to full term. The Claimant as a result was subjected to chronic intrauterine hypoxia, causing diplegic Cerebral palsy, learning difficulties and additional needs for care and therapy and equipment.

        Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

        The team at Irwin Mitchell is co-headed by Paula Myers, who is national head and director of private client services, and the ‘truly excellent’ James Laycock , who is lead partner for the Leeds and Sheffield private wealth disputes teams. It deals with a range of disputes, including but not limited to validity of wills and lifetime gifts, construction and rectification of wills and trusts, family provision claims, Court of Protection matters concerning financial abuse, and proprietary estoppel claims.

        Practice head(s):

        Paula Myers; James Laycock; Carla Rist

        Other key lawyers:

        Richard Smaller; Jodie Buck

        Testimonials

        ‘The heft and resources a huge national firm but with the agility of a small and specialised team. In-depth expertise from partners to trainees, with real insight and feel for the practice area.’

        ‘James Laycock is a truly excellent lawyer with a deep strategic understanding of litigation in this area. He has a real knowledge of the law but also the commercial drivers for clients and opponents alike. He handles dispute resolution excellently both pre-action and post-issue. Paula Myers is nationally renowned and respected. She is a real leader in the sector and exceptionally good at handling clients in very often highly emotionally-charged circumstances, fighting their corner to achieve excellent results.’

        ‘Paula Myers is unflappable under pressure and very efficient. James Laycock is very knowledgeable, calm, and tactically strong. The standout associate is Richard Smaller – extremely hardworking, very organised, knowledgeable, and a good sense of the broader strategic picture.’

        ‘Irwin Mitchell are a national team but with a local feel – they work cohesively as a team regardless of geography and this results in a first class service for their clients.’

        ‘Extremely user-friendly, with lawyers who combine excellent technical knowledge and client-care skills.’

        ‘Richard Smaller provides excellent instructions and is always available to talk points through.’

        ‘Carla Rist in the Sheffield office is very approachable and is excellent with clients.’

        ‘Paula Myers is an incredibly experienced litigator and team leader who pursues her clients’ cases with passion, persistence and perception. She is ably assisted by Jodie Buck who is self-assured and able.’

        Work highlights

          Private client > Family: elsewhere in Yorkshire Tier 1

          The team at Irwin Mitchell is led by Helen Revill and covers the breadth of family law work, particularly high-net-worth financial matters involving the division of assets – including disputes regarding lack of capacity and exploitation – and complex children matters. Many of its matters are international in nature, and the national reach and collaborative potential within the firm allows the team to gain expertise across the board to provide its clients with a well-rounded service. ‘Robust and dedicated’ solicitor Edward Allan and ‘diligent’ senior associate Melanie Hadwin are both noteworthy team members.

          Practice head(s):

          Helen Revill

          Other key lawyers:

          Melanie Hadwin; Maisie Huynh; James Henshall; Edward Allan; Emma Hubbard

          Testimonials

          ‘This company seems to have talent and experience in depth. In my many years of dealings, if my main contact has been away the wider team have picked up on the threads of the case with alacrity and careful attention. Their work is accurate and detailed and targeted to me as an individual.’

          ‘Melanie Hadwin is a diligent, caring and experienced solicitor. She is totally dedicated to me as a client and worked beyond the confines of what would be a normal working day. Her work was always accurate, thorough and detailed and she provided all the information requested by my barrister. Her personable approach made a stressful experience much easier to tolerate. It takes a lot to garner my respect and Melanie has earned it in spades.’

          ‘The team that dealt with my case were always readily available. All members that I had dealings with knew about the case inside and out and so I didn’t feel like I had to repeat myself at any point. They were always very courteous and pragmatic with their advice.’

          ‘The national firm works as an integrated team. I have been impressed with the value for money Irwin Mitchell offers. Clients get the benefit of the wide pool of knowledge that comes with a larger firm together with the more personal approach which comes from smaller offices, which is very important for private clients. They are great value in that they provide lawyers who are easily a match for their London colleagues without charging the same fees.’

          ‘In Sheffield I’d recommend Edward Allan in particular. Although still a junior member of the team, I found his work to be the easy equal of many partners in other firms I work with. He’s personable and dedicated to his work, whilst robust with advice and realistic about outcomes. I would highly recommend Edward.’

          ‘Irwin Mitchell are the go-to firm in South Yorkshire. The level of polish and precision in their management of cases is unrivalled. They have a team of talented, hard-working professionals who keep the standards as consistently high as they have always been. They also have the benefit of access to departments dealing in other areas of law.’

          ‘Melanie Hadwin is one of the best senior associate solicitors anywhere. James Henshall is a rising star, who has a strong grasp of the academic side of the job.’

          ‘Edward Allan is an up and coming associate in family team.’

          Work highlights

            Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

            The tax, trust and estates team at Irwin Mitchell is co-led by national private client head Paula Myers  in Leeds, Sheffield head Gillian Coverley and Leeds head Andrea Jones. The team, which is praised for being 'technically excellent and also very personable' has expanded in recent months with a series of hires from other strong firms, including Thomas Wainman and associate solicitor Elizabeth Pearson, who both joined from Wrigleys Solicitors LLP.  Key areas of strength include asset protection, wealth structuring and powers of attorney - typical clients range from owner-managers of businesses and senior executives to vulnerable clients, including those holding significant assets abroad.

            Practice head(s):

            Paula Myers; Gillian Coverley; Andrea Jones

            Other key lawyers:

            Thomas Wainman; Emma McCann; Katherine Wainman; Hollie Marcham;  Elizabeth Pearson; Helen Dawson; Chris Ellison

            Testimonials

            ‘We found both Gillian Coverley and Chris Ellison so very helpful.’

            ‘Hollie Marcham has great energy and passion.’

            ‘I recommend Katherine Wainman for technical trust matters and Thomas Wainman to clients who have business interests.’

            ‘The team provides a personal service, particularly Andrea Jones.’

            ‘Extremely professional and knowledgeable. Always open to discuss any potential clients and how they may be able to help them. If someone in the team can’t help with the specific query, they always bring someone in from the relevant team to help out, who can advise on the specifics.’

            ‘I have worked with Elizabeth Pearson and rate her highly for knowledge, speed of response and being very pleasant and helpful at all times.’

            ‘All are excellent technically and are also personable. I have also been a member of the STEP Yorkshire committee with Paula Myers and Andrea Jones and have been impressed by them. I would have no hesitation in referring clients to them.’

            Work highlights

              Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 2

              Irwin Mitchell’s corporate team at Gatwick is led by Dan Bastide, who is highly experienced in supporting mid-market companies with their corporate legal needs. Faye Bargery has extensive experience working with private equity management teams. The commercial team is led by the ‘highly capable, amenable and astuteStuart Padgham, who is also Irwin Mitchell’s national head of commercial. Dan Hedley is a specialist IT lawyer, having worked in technical and service delivery roles in the IT industry for many years before retraining as a lawyer. Aurelia Butler-Ball  has been working with a growing set of influencers.

              Practice head(s):

              Daniel Bastide; Stuart Padgham

              Other key lawyers:

              Faye Bargery; Daniel Hedley; Aurelia Butler Ball; Kate Sun

              Testimonials

              ‘Responsive lawyers who are easy to work with. They understand our business and our commercial requirements but, as you’d expect, have a solid grasp of the legal issues and requirements.’

              ‘A strong corporate and commercial offering with a first-class track record and blue-chip clients.’

              ‘Stuart Padgham – highly capable, amenable and astute. Collaborative and great to work with. Proactive where required and always responsive.’

              ‘Kate Norris – strong legal skills and highly diligent. A pleasure to work with.’

              ‘Dan Bastide works extensively in the listed markets, on private equity deals and with OMBs. A very bright technically capable lawyer who “gets it” very quickly. Dan offers practical legal and commercial advice and is a go to lawyer for our firm.’

              Key clients

              Saga plc

              XP Factory plc (formerly Escape Hunt plc)

              Various Eateries plc

              The shareholders of The SAS Group of Companies

              Hambledon Vineyard plc

              Bluerock Diamonds plc

              Fargro Limited

              iSmash UK Trading

              Dualit

              Work highlights

              • Advised XP Factory plc of the acquisition of Boom Battle Bar for £18m.
              • Advised the shareholders of The SAS Group of Companies on its disposal to, Livingbridge portfolio company, Fluid One.
              • Advised leading UK tech repairs specialist iSmash on a new investment round led by TELUS Ventures, the strategic investment arm of world-leading Canadian communications technology company, TELUS Corporation.

              Employment > Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 2

              Irwin Mitchell’s employment team advises clients on complex restructuring as well as tribunal work. Sybille Steiner, dually qualified as English solicitor and German Rechtsanwältin, leads the Southern employment team which is spread across London, Gatwick and Southampton. Charlotte Sloan leads the Gatwick employment team. The firm was recently appointed as the sole legal provider of employment law support to Gatwick Airport. The team’s strong specialism in the education sector is evidenced by its retainer with the Association of Colleges, where the firm acts for a number of colleges on a private basis.

              Practice head(s):

              Sybille Steiner (Head of Southern Employment Team); Charlotte Sloan (Head of Gatwick Employment Team)

              Other key lawyers:

              Matthew Irvine

              Key clients

              Gatwick Airport Limited

              Association of Colleges

              Micheldever Tyre Services Limited

              Chichester College Group

              Reigate Learning Alliance

              Buckinghamshire College Group

              Motor Data Solutions Ltd

              Balfe’s Bikes Ltd

              Work highlights

              • Acting as the sole legal provider of employment law support for Gatwick Airport.
              • Acted as the sole legal provider of employment law support for the Association of Colleges and provided a dedicated advisory service for over 300 member colleges across the UK.
              • Advising Micheldever Tyre Services Ltd for many years.

              Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

              Work highlights

                Private client > Family: Hampshire Tier 2

                Irwin Mitchell’s combined family team operates across the South Coast, with lawyers split into smaller ‘teams of excellence’ to focus on specific areas of family law. Team lead Hayley Trim, who splits her time between the firm’s Bristol and Chichester offices, heads up the pre- and post-nuptial agreements sub-team, and brings a particular focus on wealth protection. In recent years, the team has complemented its broader family law offering with an increase in work relating to Court of Protection and serious injury cases. Associate Jelena Korobkova is especially recommended for her work in this area, and works out of Southampton. Eugenie Taylor, also in Southampton, recently joined from Paris Smith LLP, bringing experience in complex financial remedies.

                Practice head(s):

                Hayley Trim

                Other key lawyers:

                Testimonials

                ‘During a very difficult time in my life the team at Irwin Mitchell were so understanding, reassuring, compassionate, helpful and professional , always available to listen, talk and advise. They dealt with my divorce and financial order with minimal fuss or stress.’

                ‘The team prides itself on its client care. They have also set up Teams of Excellence – an initiative to allow colleagues to develop and hone their knowledge and skills in a particular area of family law so that other team members can approach them and tap into that knowledge.’

                ‘The team is an enthusiastic and energetic team with a passion for ensuring client satisfaction.’

                ‘Irwin Mitchell have a strong national presence, who pride themselves on the service they provide. Due to their size, they are able to use their wealth of knowledge across the team. They are developing their presence in family law in the area.’

                ‘The team is a pleasure to work with. They are organised and prepare cases well. Briefs are always well time and include everything you need. The advice given to clients is always sounds and means the case is on the best possible footing it can be.’

                ‘All my work with the Hampshire office has been with Eugenie Taylor; I can’t recommend Eugenie highly enough. She’s particularly good with difficult clients in that she’s empathetic, always willing to listen but then doesn’t shy away from providing robust (but always realistic) advice. She also has a great skill for setting out a client’s perspective in correspondence so that even the most dubious points sound reasonable. If I had a friend who was very nervous about the prospect of consulting a family lawyer I’d have no hesitation in sending them to her!’

                ‘Eugenie Taylor is extremely hard working and diligent. All of her cases are prepared to a high standard and nothing is ever missed. Her care and attention to detail results in clients having full confidence in her.’

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

                Irwin Mitchell advises later life and vulnerable clients as well as business owners on planning out their personal wealth; a focus point of head of team Sarah Phillips is the intergenerational aspect of the practice. Senior associate Sarah Paton handles wills and trusts as part of a wider tax planning for her clients. Recently, associate Alistair Robertson-Göpffarth has joined the department. Previously at Moore Barlow, he is a notary public and chartered tax advisor and brings with him particular expertise in advising clients in the armed forces.

                Practice head(s):

                Sarah Phillips

                Other key lawyers:

                Testimonials

                ‘Stewart Stretton Hill has a brilliant legal mind, is personable and dedicated to protecting the best interests of vulnerable clients. A committee member of the local branch of Solicitors for the Elderly.’

                ‘Exceptional knowledge of trusts, deputyships and attorneyships.’

                ‘The stand-out partner who has been my absolute saviour over the past year is Sarah Philips. She has been continually positive, upbeat, helpful, and friendly, and I could not have done without her help and advice.’

                ‘The experience that I have had with Irwin Mitchell is that as a team the practice works together extremely well, there is always someone to refer to, or support to be offered if the person I am trying to contact is unavailable at the time.’

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

                Irwin Mitchell’s Chichester and Gatwick real estate teams offer a specialised service in complex development projects and strategic land, as well as a full service in commercial and corporate real estate, finance, construction, and planning. Guy Sackett , head of the Gatwick team, has particular expertise in the strategic land, later living and student accommodation sectors. Tina Webster, head of the Chichester team, has a particular specialism for groups of landowners and developers entering into long term strategic development agreements over large green field estates.

                Practice head(s):

                Guy Sackett; Tina Webster

                Other key lawyers:

                Richard Purcell; Hannah Nix

                Key clients

                Artisan Real Estate Investors

                Balfe’s Bikes Limited

                Berkeley Strategic Land Limited

                Chichester College Group

                Coolground Properties Limited

                Dorrington Estates PLC

                EC1 Residences Limited

                Greater Brighton Metropolitan College

                Hanbury Properties Limited

                Hendy Group

                HTH Harrogate LLP

                Idverde Limited

                Infrastructure Investments Limited

                Landacre Developments Limited

                Landlink Estates Limited

                Langtons Farm Partnership LLP

                National Grid

                Option Two Developments Limited

                Roffey Homes Limited

                Saabon Limited

                Seaward Properties Limited

                Shellwin Limited

                Shopland Gray Developments Limited

                Skeller Limited

                Social Income LLP

                South Essex College

                Store Property Investments Limited

                Thesis Asset Management Limited

                Welbeck Strategic Land Limited

                Wooldridge Developments Limited

                XP Factory PLC (formerly Escape Hunt PLC)

                Work highlights

                • Advising in connection with the sale of Phase 2 of its Saltbox Business Park in Bognor Regis to Kier PGIM Logistics Propco 1 Limited (the first deal of a newly formed JV between Kier and PGIM).
                • Advising EC1R on all aspects of obtaining planning consent for and dealing with refinancing and ongoing development issues ahead of the redevelopment of its trophy student accommodation premises.
                • Acting on the acquisition by AIM listed XP Factory PLC of Boom Battle Bar. The team advised on the property aspects of the acquisition which included multiple sites.

                Real estate > Construction Tier 2

                National head of construction and engineering Mark Clinton leads Irwin Mitchell‘s South East construction team from the firm’s Gatwick office. The team acts for clients predominantly based in London and the Home Counties in sectors including education, manufacturing, energy, and housing. Cladding has been a significant focus in recent years, including Clinton’s work leading a group of freeholders and managing agents in negotiations with government over the terms of the Building Safety Fund. He is assisted in this by associate Natalie Cane, also based in the Gatwick office. Cane also boasts broad experience in non-contentious work, in particular drafting contracts and advising on appointments and funder warranties. James Mapley, who works out of Southampton, is also recommended.

                Practice head(s):

                Mark Clinton

                Other key lawyers:

                Key clients

                HomeGround Management Ltd (part of Longharbour)

                East Sussex College Group

                Rydon Group

                NG Bailey Group

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

                Focused on IT procurement and data protection, Irwin Mitchell handles matters for professional services, IT, and media companies. Particularly proficient in AdTech, Daniel Hedley undertakes data privacy, open source licensing, and general IT contractual work. Stuart Padgham heads the firm’s national commercial practice, including the IT team, and as such leads the department on technology outsourcing matters.

                Practice head(s):

                Stuart Padgham

                Other key lawyers:

                Daniel Hedley; Chris Bridges

                Testimonials

                ‘Business acumen, in-depth technological understanding and pragmatism, that gives their client requirements the highest priority. Very good team work and collaboration.’

                ‘Understanding of our business and business needs is pretty exceptional.’

                ‘Strong, capable lawyers who are responsive, efficient, and diligent.’

                ‘Daniel Hedley – sharp as a tack and knowledgeable in his field. Good to work with. Chris Bridges – very capable and a rising star. Good, motivated team that works hard and is thorough and responsive.’

                Key clients

                LzLabs GmbH

                BuzzFeed, Inc.

                Saga plc

                Nuffield Health

                Global Freight Solutions

                Employment > Employees/unions Tier 2

                The employment and professional discipline team at Irwin Mitchell acts for employees, senior professionals and executives on high-profile discrimination and whistleblowing cases as well as disciplinary actions, unfair dismissal claims and pay and bonus disputes. The group is particularly active in the healthcare, banking and finance, and legal services segments. Handling both contentious and non-contentious work, practice head Shah Qureshi  covers the full range of employment and discrimination law matters. Also recommended are Deborah Casale, who is ‘a senior executives lawyer par excellence’, and Danielle Parsons, who is specialised in acting for senior executives working in the creative industries.

                Practice head(s):

                Shah Qureshi

                Other key lawyers:

                Testimonials

                ‘Irwin Mitchell has expanded its team in recent years and built up its expertise and knowledge in the sector.’

                ‘Shah Qureshi leads the team delivering expertise in a fantastically calm and unflappable manner. Clients want him on their side and appreciate his support and brilliant judgement in delivering cost / benefit legal solutions.’

                ‘Deborah Casale is a senior executives lawyer par excellence. She supports executives in their most difficult moments and looks to exit them or negotiate deals at the highest level. She is a very tough negotiator and achieves excellent results for her clients. Where necessary she is not scared to litigate and will do so both tactically and strategically for the best outcome.’

                Work highlights

                • Represented a special educational needs teacher and mother of a child with Down’s Syndrome in Marie Hirst v Hampshire County Council & Others, an associative disability discrimination and whistleblowing claim against a local authority, school and head teacher.
                • Acted for Jason Payne-James and 30 other forensic medical examiners  in a group action against the Metropolitan Police Service to determine worker status and associated rights and benefits, such as holiday pay.
                • Successfully represented the former female managing director of a FTSE 100 in a £1.8m  whistleblowing and sex discrimination claim against the company.

                Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

                Alex Ruffel who is praised for her ability to provide ‘concise advice’ leads a ‘proactive team’ at Irwin Mitchell. It frequently advises on complex cross-border tax and trust matters. In addition the agile team also acts for non-British UHNW families and family offices and another core area of expertise is providing succession planning advice for UK-based entrepreneurs. The group also has an established family office practice and has continued to develop a new area of focus on cryptocurrency and digital assets including non-fungible tokens. Helen Clarke is another key member of the team while George Merrylees has left the practice and is now at Wedlake Bell.

                Practice head(s):

                Alex Ruffel

                Other key lawyers:

                Helen Clarke; Ashley Hill

                Testimonials

                ‘IM has a great depth of experience in all matters connected to private clients. They have a friendly intelligent approach to their dealings with clients and intermediaries. Alex Ruffel is very knowledgeable and personable. Alex provides clear and concise advice and is accessible when needed’.

                ‘Excellent client service and depth of knowledge, ability to respond to all of client’s needs. Helen Clarke is an extremely accomplished and experienced practitioner in tax trusts and estates. She gets to the heart of the issue and provides sound advice to her international client base of UHNW. Really refreshing to see Helen developing the practice and getting the recognition she truly deserves’.

                ‘Excellent multi disciplinary law firm. I work with the private client team and the court of protection team. Helen Clarke’.

                ‘The team has a huge depth and breadth of expertise and experience in cross-border tax and international wealth structuring and they have quietly built up an extremely impressive international client base including single family offices and UHNW individuals, particularly in the Middle East and Europe who clearly trust them implicitly. We have worked with them on more than one of these clients’.

                They are strongly collaborative and pleasure to work with due to their professionalism and professional and openness – they always put the client at the centre of the work. They are particularly experienced and strong project managing complex matters involving multiple issues or jurisdictions‘.

                ‘Very straightforward manner, friendly and reassuring to clients across the team’.

                ‘Alex Ruffel leads the team and is excellent’.

                ‘Alex knows her subjects inside out and is able to get to the heart of a matter quickly and pragmatically. She is technically excellent, particularly on cross-border tax and complex trust structuring, while remaining accessible. Alex has a great manner with clients – her honesty and clarity mean clients trust and respect her and she is great to work with as a fellow professional. Ashley Hill is akin to a Wikipedia of cross-border tax – down to earth, responsive and trusted by clients’.

                Public sector > Civil liberties and human rights Tier 2

                At Irwin Mitchell, the group is able to leverage the strength of ten city centre offices focusing on health and social care work to carve out a strong reputation for itself at the intersection of mental health and social services issues with human rights; this specialised offering is particularly attractive to disability charities referring claims under the Equality and Human Rights Acts. Within the firm, ‘each member of the team brings a different style and expertise‘ – from ‘giant in the fieldYogi Amin, who heads up the practice, to ‘standout‘ associate Gus Silverman, to noted senior associate Fiona McGhie. The arrival of Angela Jackman from Simpson Millar LLP in September 2021 served to further shore up the department’s capabilities.

                Practice head(s):

                Yogi Amin

                Other key lawyers:

                Fiona McGhie; Gus Silverman; Juliet Spender; Angela Jackman; Andrew Arthur

                Testimonials

                ‘The team are amongst the best in this area; extremely knowledgeable, good strategic sense, they obtain excellent results for their clients through being tenacious and committed, without being aggressive.’

                ‘Juliet Spender is an excellent lawyer and deeply committed to her clients. She has secured superb results by combining tenacity with good judgment. She is particularly skilled at providing effective representation for clients with vulnerabilities.’

                ‘Led by giant in the field Yogi Amin, the IM civil liberties team is one of the strongest. They offer a friendly and thorough service backed by an organisation which exudes a solid competence.’

                ‘Each member of the team brings a different style and expertise which gives a real breadth of coverage.’

                ‘Hard working lawyers who are happy to take on difficult cases and push boundaries.’

                ‘Gus Silverman – excellent with clients, a pleasure to work with, really gets to grips with the law, unafraid of big challenges.’

                ‘Gus Silverman is a a standout practitioner. He is notable for his meticulous preparation, legal acumen, combined with first-class client skills.’

                ‘Excellent depth of experience, especially as regards high value and complex claims.’

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

                Irwin Mitchell’s media and entertainment team advises global broadcasters, publishers and artists on projects relating to the television, interactive media and communications law space.  The practice is also active in thought leadership projects in the north west. Laura Harper heads the team, with considerable experience acting for television production companies as well as clients in the video games and music industries, respectively.

                Practice head(s):

                Laura Harper

                Testimonials

                ‘Highly responsive specially in urgent matters. Very professional, with high level of expertise in different areas of law related to marketing, advertising, branding, product liability.’

                 

                Key clients

                Saffron Cherry Productions

                Balance App

                Firesprite Limited

                Grandpa Productions Limited

                Louder Than Words Festival Limited

                Project Rome Limited

                Louise Newson Medical Writer Ltd

                Inner City Music Limited

                Work highlights

                • Appointed by Saffron Cherry Productions Limited as TV production lawyers for Channel 5 Milkshake! and S4C’s “The World According to Grandpa” TV series.
                • Advised on the high profile deal which saw games studio Firesprite Limited being acquired by Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe Limited (SIEE).
                • Provided all contractual, commercial and regulatory legal advice to Inner City Music to enable them to establish and deliver the national Passport Back to Our Roots project and gigs together with the Music Venue Trust. The project features bands including Elbow, The Pet Show Boys and Everything Everything.

                Employment > Pensions Tier 2

                With senior associate Kate Byers leading the team in Newcastle together with London-based national head of pensions Martin Jenkins , the practice at Irwin Mitchell provides a full range of advice to trustees and employers. Byers is described as ‘extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of pensions law’, with expertise including drafting pension scheme documentation. Associate Lucy Herbert also plays a key role with experience in a range of matters, from governance compliance to restructuring projects.

                Practice head(s):

                Martin Jenkins; Kate Byers

                Other key lawyers:

                Testimonials

                ‘The service we receive as trustees is professional, proactive, pragmatic and delivered in a distinctive personal style. We are always able to place total reliance on the advice given and the work carried out.’ 

                ‘The IM team are readily available at a senior level and provide informed, experienced advice to help on all our pensions projects. They are clear and pragmatic and have helped to diffuse many potentially difficult situations and prevented unnecessary escalation of work. Their fees are very competitive and represent the best combination of price and performance.’

                ‘Martin Jenkins, Lucy Herbert and Kate Byers. They are an extraordinary team capable of managing any pensions project requiring their input and advice. They have a nuanced way of dealing effectively with the different personalities of their clients to ‘read the room’ so they are helpful at all times. They are the only firm where I truly feel they never find problems to increase fee-time. But they do find all the hidden risks and highlight how they could be dealt with. I would highly recommend them.’

                ‘Kate Byers at Irwin Mitchell has been the legal advisor for our pension scheme trustees for a number of years now, and we have retained her services as she moved between law firms (previously she worked for DWF). Kate provides our trustees with an exemplary service, she is extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of pensions law and is very accessible when required. Kate has advised our trustees on a number of complex pension matters and always explains things in a straightforward and easy to understand way.’

                ‘Collaborative in developing a deed register and timelines for balance of powers that helps immensely when dealing with pre and post scheme change queries. I know that I can rely on my partner to provide sound advice with the ability to translate it into a more non legal narrative.’

                ‘My experience of working with Kate Byers has been developed over a significant period that has allowed her to understand how our Trustees work, what the priorities are and I view the engagement as a partnership that provides a lot of mutual trust.’

                Key clients

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

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

                Work highlights

                • Provided the trustee board of a pension scheme for the non teaching staff of a Russell Group university with detailed legal, technical and tax analysis in order to assist them as they put in place proposals to ensure the trustee board meets its obligation to equalise for the unequal effect of GMPs.
                • Acted for the newly appointed trustee board of a DB Master Trust in negotiating all of its global agreement with the master trust plan provider, including actuarial, administration, data sharing and investment agreements; and template deeds and agreements for use by incoming employers.
                • Advised the employer of a pension scheme in the manufacturing sector on the impact of a potential group restructure on their pension scheme and their obligations as scheme sponsor and participating employers.

                Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

                With close ties to the firm’s banking and finance team, the restructuring and insolvency team at Irwin Mitchell are specialists in asset based lending with an emphasis risk and credit reviews, security issues and option reviews for distressed businesses. Team head Stephen George  is known for an expertise in non-contentious insolvency and a specialism in dealing with pension related restructuring. He is supported by recently promoted partner Amy Keogh .

                Practice head(s):

                Stephen George

                Other key lawyers:

                Amy Keogh

                Key clients

                PWC

                Deloitte/Teneo

                Kpmg/Interpath

                Azets Restructuring & Insolvency

                FRP

                RSM Advisory

                Grant Thornton

                Mazars

                National Westminster Bank Plc

                Lloyds Banking Group

                Shawbrook Bank Plc

                Close Brothers Limited

                Alvarez & Marsal Holdings LLC

                Work highlights

                • Advising Grant Thornton as administrators of £400m turnover NMCN PLC and its subsidiaries on complex security, intercreditor priority and enforcement issues and strategies to protect the value in various subsidiary companies and part completed projects to maximise returns to creditors.
                • Advising Alvarez and Marsal Holdings LLC as administrators of Igloo Energy Supply Limited (In administration) in relation to the validity of security in favour of lenders and connected parties, the rankings of distribution to different creditors, and reviewing potential antecedent transactions.
                • Advising FRP as administrators over Priority Area Playgroups, a company limited by guarantee and registered charity, involved in providing early-years education to children in the Birmingham Area.

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

                Irwin Mitchell impresses with notable expertise in the insurance, retail, professional services, insurance, IT and manufacturing sectors. The team handles cases spanning corporate governance disputes, restrictive covenant litigation, injunctive relief work, and shareholder and derivative claims, among others. Dorrien Peters, who is ‘calm and unflappable in the face of pressure‘, and Steven Beahan jointly lead the team.

                Practice head(s):

                Steven Beahan; Dorrien Peters

                Other key lawyers:

                Chloe Eyre

                Testimonials

                ‘Irwin Mitchell Sheffield are able to offer a full commercial litigation service on a par with medium-sized London city firms without the costs. The team is well led and able to draw on support from Irwin Mitchell’s other offices around the country.’

                ‘Dorrien Peters – partner and head of team: Dorrien is calm and unflappable in the face of pressure, and an experienced and able leader of the commercial litigation team in Sheffield. He has in my experience shown his adaptability in seamlessly stepping in to oversee work of other more junior fee earners offices at short notice.’

                ‘Dorrien Peters is a commercially minded lawyer. He is excellent to work with and exceptionally practical and knows when a deal should be struck.’

                ‘The team was very knowledgeable and communicated extremely well. They brought in colleagues from other disciplines as appropriate.’

                ‘Chloe Eyre was responsive and effective.’

                Key clients

                Pegler Yorkshire Group

                Westfield Health

                Natural Instinct Limited

                Herbold Meckesheim GmbH

                Arc Legal Assistance Ltd

                DAS

                Aviva PLC

                Allianz

                Sheffield International Venues

                Tandem Properties

                Reusch Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

                McCalls Special Products Limited t/a Macalloy Limited

                ATG Ceylon (Pvt) Ltd

                Work highlights

                • Represented a manufacturer of construction products in relation to a product liability claim valued by the claimant at c£33m.
                • Instructed to act on behalf of Tandem Properties Limited concerning the failed Heart of the City project to redevelop Sheffield City Centre.
                • Acting for a property consultant in respect of a claim for over £10m regarding the fee payable under a property development agreement regarding a residential property development in North Yorkshire.

                Employment > Employment: Sheffield and South Yorkshire Tier 2

                Irwin Mitchell has a strong track record advising clients in the education sector, particularly Multi Academy Trusts and Further Education colleges. Associates Kelly Gibson and Sara Ellison are the key contacts in Sheffield, joining the firm in mid 2021 from Taylor Emmet and Banner Jones Solicitors, respectively. The pair have experience representing clients in Employment Tribunal litigation. Practice head Glenn Hayes is the Northern lead responsible for the teams in Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester. Former practice head Kirsty Ayre  left in September 2021 to become a full time employment judge.

                Practice head(s):

                Glenn Hayes

                Other key lawyers:

                Testimonials

                ‘Really appreciate the packages available – all of which are flexible for the customer.’

                ‘I cannot thank Sara Ellison enough for her support, experience, knowledge and service. As well as having an excellent relationship, feel comfortable to go through situations totally open and honestly. Sarah is understanding, patient and leads us to successful outcomes at all turns, whilst ensuring our company and employees are treated fairly and with legal requirements.’

                Key clients

                Arches Housing

                Association of Colleges

                Capita PLC

                Carl Stahl Evita

                DAS

                Henry Boot PLC

                Inova Consultancy Limited

                Maher Limited

                Motorway Direct plc

                Overgate Hospice

                Tecomet Ltd

                Westfield Health

                Work highlights

                  Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

                  Irwin Mitchell advises both lenders and borrowers on the full spectrum of banking and finance matters, including real estate investment and development, mezzanine finance and private equity funding. The group has seen an increase in instructions on CBILS and CLBILS loan facilities and associated inter-creditor matters. Practice head Paddy Sturman  has extensive cross-border expertise and regularly handles syndicated and club financings. Robert Farrell left the team in November 2021 to join offshore law firm, Loeb Smith Attorneys.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Paddy Sturman

                  Key clients

                  HSBC UK Bank plc

                  Santander UK plc

                  National Westminster Bank Plc

                  ICG

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

                  Lloyds Bank plc

                  Thincats

                  Deutsche Hypothekenbank

                  Hunters Property Group

                  Praxis

                  Work highlights

                  • Advised HSBC UK on the provision of £62m of syndicatable investment term loan facilities to a South-East based care home group, involving a complex group re-organisation and inter-creditor agreements.
                  • Advised Deutsche Hypothekenbank as Arranger, Agent and Original Lender on the refinance of £53.35m term loan facilities made available to a Jersey-based borrower in relation to a shopping centre in South Wales.
                  • Acted for Lloyds Bank plc in its role as agent and original lender on its provision of a syndicated sterling revolving credit facility to a listed property developer, and also provided limited advice to Santander UK plc in their capacity as an original lender in the syndicate.

                  Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

                  Irwin Mitchell acts primarily for banks and lenders, with a focus on asset-backed lenders. The group has experience advising boards of directors from contingency planning in the early stages of distress through to insolvency. In Leeds, practice co-head Doug Robertson specialises in property insolvency and has significant expertise in LPA/FCR work, while in Sheffield, co-head Tom Paton frequently handles contentious insolvency work. Andrew Walker is the national head.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Doug Robertson; Tom Paton; Andrew Walker

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Byron Massarella

                  Testimonials

                  ‘This is a busy team which handles a wide range of high-quality work.’

                  ‘They have built an excellent reputation with a number of high-profile insolvency practitioners.’

                  ‘They are able to offer flexible fee solutions to take account of the different financial circumstances of companies in liquidation.’

                  ‘Tom Paton is a superb leader of the team and an extremely knowledgeable solicitor. He takes an active participation in cases and has a valuable strategic input.’

                  ‘Byron Massarella is an associate with a very bright future. He is organised and thorough and is a vital cog in the team.’

                  Key clients

                  Interpath

                  RSM

                  Mazars

                  FRP

                  Begbies Traynor

                  BDO

                  Duff and Phelps

                  Grant Thornton

                  Smith & Williamson

                  Wilson Field

                  Chamberlain & Co

                  EY

                  Bridgewood

                  PWC

                  Graywoods

                  Armstrong Watson

                  Quantuma

                  Opus

                  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

                  Alvarez and Marsal Europe LLP

                  BHP Corporate Solutions LLP

                  Work highlights

                  • Acting for Manolete on a £1.2m misfeasance and transaction at an undervalue claim against the former director and third parties of Edengate Homes.
                  • Acted for the Joint Liquidators on the restructuring of Genesis Capital, including a share sale and equity loan note assignment.
                  • Acted for Begbies Traynor as the Joint Administrators on their appointment, and on the sale of the company’s business and assets.

                  Public sector > Education Tier 2

                  Irwin Mitchell often acts for further educations institutions and multi-academy trusts, as well as their CEOs and headteachers. Led by Jenny Arrowsmith, the team covers a range of services but is particularly strong in matters with employment law connections; it handles employment tribunal claims, GDPR issues and subject access requests, as well as student matters including special educational needs work, safeguarding mandates, admission and exclusion issues, and parental complaints. Yogi Amin is knowledgeable in contentious matters.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Jenny Arrowsmith

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Testimonials

                  ‘The team have been a trusted partner to our organisation covering all aspects of employment. They understand the industry trends and issues and provide a pragmatic and solutions focused service. They have supported the resolution of some complex issues.’

                  ‘Jenny Arrowsmith is a pleasure to work with. She provides practical advice and solutions to complex issues.’

                  ‘Our experience is that they absolutely know the challenges faced in schools – they understand the limitations that we need to work in, and importantly are able to react to changes in order to support us.’

                  ‘Our main point of contact is Jenny Arrowsmith. The relationship between Jenny and us is a good one – Jenny has been on hand and responds quickly to our needs – even if this is outside of normal hours. This has been valuable to us as unfortunately needs must, and when we need support it tends to have an element of immediacy. The work undertaken by Jenny’s colleagues on her behalf is also of quality and conducted in a timely fashion.’

                  Key clients

                  Services 4 Schools Ltd

                  Association of Colleges

                  Inspire Trust

                  Minerva Learning Trust (Sheffield)

                  Nexus Academies Trust

                  The Diocese of Sheffield Academies Trust

                  North Halifax Grammar School

                  Maltby Learning Trust

                  Bradford College

                  Stoke on Trent College

                  New College Durham

                  Work highlights

                  • Acting as the sole legal provider of employment law support to the Association of Colleges.
                  • Advising Services 4 Schools on employment law.

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

                  Irwin Mitchell’s ‘client and transaction-focused’ team in Sheffield has demonstrable experience across the care and assisted living, student accommodation and education sectors, and counts strategic land mandates, regeneration and mix-used development schemes and real estate finance matters in its workload. Leeds-based James Knowles oversees the practice, which includes key contact Martyn Holland, who is noted for his expertise in the retail sector and handles investment and development projects, in addition to commercial landlord and tenant work. Ben Rogers, who joined from DLA Piper in October 2021, handles matters arising out of the housing and student accommodation sectors.

                  Practice head(s):

                  James Knowles

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Testimonials

                  ‘Strong knowledge of charity-related property issues.’

                  ‘Very much client and transaction-focused.’

                  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

                  Micklegate Developments Limited

                  Fusion Global Management LLP

                  Dobbies Garden Centres Limited

                  Dyson Industries Ltd

                  HSBC Bank PLC

                  Thorntons Limited

                  Ferrero UK 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

                  Newham Sixth Form College

                  Summit Learning Trust

                  University of Maryland

                  Jaynic Properties Ltd

                  EE Ventures Limited

                  Persimmon Homes Limited

                  Keepmoat Homes Limited

                  Peveril Securities Limited

                  Pennine Property Partnership

                  Arcam Developments Management 1 Limited

                  Manor Oaks Property Limited

                  Work highlights

                  • Acted on the acquisition of the second phase of a site for 315 houses at Holdingham, Sleaford.
                  • Assisted Dobbies Garden Centres with the roll out of its urban-based “Little Dobbies” initiative.
                  • Acted on surrendering leases for Thorntons Limited as part of the closure of their retail portfolio in the UK.

                  Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

                  Praised for its ‘first-class technical knowledge’, the national real estate disputes team at Irwin Mitchell counts commercial property investors, developers, retailers, corporate occupiers and Sheffield-based institutions among its key roster of clients. Danny Revitt 'provides great practical advice' and is noted for his work advising commercial landlords and tenants on portfolio management matters. Other key members of the team include senior associates Lisa Stratford, who focuses on property disputes funded by legal expenses insurers, and Thomas Freeman, who joined from Knights plc in January 2022.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Danny Revitt

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Testimonials

                  ‘Thoroughly professional approach with multiple services offering a one stop shop for all legal matters.’

                  ‘Danny Revitt is highly approachable and thoroughly professional. Danny is a credit to the firm that he represents.’

                  ‘The team has a wealth of experience in property litigation.’

                  ‘Danny Revitt provides great practical advice and demonstrates a willingness to move matters along. Good at staying in touch and very accessible.’

                  ‘The property litigation team is responsive, reliable and gives clear commercial advice. We know that we will get good advice reflecting first-class technical knowledge and an understanding of our needs, coupled with a commercial view.’

                  ‘Danny Revitt is technically sound, commercial, responsive and a good understanding of our business.’

                  ‘The level of knowledge is excellent and the team are a pleasure to deal with, which makes a dry subject easier to digest.’

                  Key clients

                  Michael Page International Recruitment

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

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

                  Keepmoat Homes Limited

                  Tobermory S.A.R.L/Trilogy Property

                  Jones Lang LaSalle Limited

                  Dobbies Garden Centres Limited

                  Sheffield Hallam University

                  A&J Mucklow PLC

                  HBD (Henry Boot Developments)

                  Persimmon Homes

                  Artisan Real Estate Investors

                  River Island Clothing Co Limited

                  Thorntons Limited

                  Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation

                  Calthorpe Estates Limited

                  Godwin Developments

                  Real Estate Investors PLC

                  Peveril Securities Limited

                  Suon/Tawnywood

                  Countrywide Residential Lettings Limited

                  Work highlights

                  • Acted for a national retailer in successfully opposing attempt by administrators of another national retailer to assign concession leases in nationwide stores to the buyer of the business, culminating in agreement being reached to terminate all of the leases.
                  • Acted for a local property investor in obtaining summary judgment for rent arrears against a leisure operator tenant and its three guarantors.
                  • Assisting a London law firm with a multi-party dispute in relation to its claim for substantial damages for water ingress at their commercial offices and also with defending a claim by their former landlords regarding a break option.

                  Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Hampshire Tier 3

                  Irwin Mitchell‘s large commercial dispute resolution team works across the firm’s offices in Gatwick and Southampton. Hannah Clipston leads the Southampton offering, where she has particular experience acting on high-value and complex contract and tortious claims, especially in the sports and leisure sectors. Senior associate Stephanie Reeves acts predominantly for clients in the financial services industry, with specialist expertise in professional negligence, directors’ and shareholders’ disputes, reputation management issues, and commercial contract claims. Naomi Findlay is also recommended

                  Practice head(s):

                  Hannah Clipston

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Key clients

                  Micheldever Tyre Services Limited

                  Work highlights

                  • Advised Micheldever in respect of the repayment of more than £1m in overpaid customs duty.
                  • Instructed by a bank client to advise in relation to a highly sensitive senior leavers’ dispute.
                  • Advising a global class action recoveries practice in relation to a dispute with its auditors concerning the way in which the client holds client money.

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

                  Irwin Mitchell’s Gatwick commercial litigation team handles a wide range of disputes, with a particular focus on clients in the financial services, manufacturing, tech, media and sports sectors. The team caters to client needs by offering a range of pricing options including conditional fee agreements, discounted conditional fee agreements, litigation funding and fixed fees. Team head Katie Byrne, promoted to partner during 2022, focuses on international and financial services (including insurance) disputes. Sarah Birkbeck specialises in IP, media and technology disputes and has a particular interest in reputation management.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Katie Byrne

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Sarah Birkbeck; Robert Parks; Clementine Burch; Tom Barnard; Sabrina Goran; Ted Powell

                  Testimonials

                  ‘Very professional service. Quick response times and clear advice.’

                  ‘Katie Byrne and Clementine Burch are excellent. They grasp the issues at hand, regardless of complexity, very quickly.’

                  I have been immensely impressed with the commercial litigation team at Irwin Mitchell. They effortlessly handle really large and complex pieces of work, and are very thorough in their approach. They are  commercially minded – they can see the wood for the trees – and detail-orientated. I would strongly recommend them.

                  ‘Tom Barnard is phenomenal. I very much trust his instincts and analysis. He is also thoroughly pleasant and easy to work with. Sabrina Goran is also brilliant.’

                  ‘Partners and staff are very knowledgeable, approachable and friendly. You are left feeling there is a genuine interest in the business and addressing what ever issue we have approached them over.’

                  Key clients

                  Herbold Meckesheim GmbH

                  Micheldever Tyre Services Limited

                  Work highlights

                  • Acted for Herbold in defending a claim brought against it and its UK distributor by a purchaser of one of its products for damages of around £3.7 million.
                  • Acting for a group of 26 high net worth individuals in connection with claims made against them for unpaid share capital.
                  • Acted for a client in respect of the repayment of more than £1m in overpaid customs duty.

                  Corporate and commercial > M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 3

                  Irwin Mitchell’s corporate practice is described as a ‘pragmatic, client focussed team that understands private company businesses’. In addition to being the exclusive UK member firm of First Law International, a global network of independent law firms covering over 80 countries, Irwin Mitchell recently further expanded its international reach by joining the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council, the business arm of the official Commonwealth body of 54 countries. Team head Bryan Bletso  has over 25 years’ experience, with a track record of work on cross-border matters. Debbie Serota specialises in M&A, joint ventures, equity fundraisings and shareholder agreements.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Bryan Bletso

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Debbie Serota; Ben Gale; Richard Collis; Christian Vale

                  Testimonials

                  ‘Experts over a large range of issues’

                  ‘I really enjoy working with the members of staff. They are people’s people. They don’t use to much jargon and someone is always available’

                  ‘Pragmatic, client focussed team that understand private company businesses’

                  ‘Ease of access, clear responses’

                  ‘Theirs is a very personal service with genuinely invested, talented individuals, who offer tremendous skills and knowledge. When this is coupled with their calm efficient approach and slick process management, it makes for a very productive combination.’

                  ‘Although we worked with a talented team our main contact and anchor was Bryan Bletso. Bryan is a very professional individual, an excellent communicator and a genuinely nice person to work with. What ever challenge we faced you always knew that you were very safe in Bryan’s hands.’

                  Key clients

                  The Source (Hastings) Holdings Limited

                  Seattle Sperm Bank LLC

                  Daniel Joseph McGuire

                  United Safety & Survivability Corp

                  Bought By Many Ltd

                  Ascent Performance Group Limited

                  Zafin Labs Americas Incorporated

                  Borrow A Boat

                  Work highlights

                  • Advised The Source (Hastings) Holdings Limited (the world’s leading omni-channel BMX retailer) on an investment into the company by British Growth Fund and others, by way of a mixture of equity and loan notes.
                  • Advised Seattle Sperm Bank LLC, a US fertility business, on its strategic acquisition of a UK based laboratory, Brighton Fertility Associates.
                  • Advised Dan McGuire on the disposal of his entire shareholding in cube19 Ltd, a recruitment technology company, as part of the wider sale of the entire issued share capital of the company to large US firm, Bullhorn Inc.

                  Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 3

                  Irwin Mitchell has an ‘extremely attentive’ team under the leadership of Claire-Marie Cornford. It is adept at handling a broad range of contentious trust and probate matters including high-value, complex and multi-jurisdictional disputes as well as other issues relating to contentious Court of Protection matters. Nicola Bushby is also well-regarded for her work on high-value private wealth litigation with a particular emphasis on claims involving breaches of trust and estate disputes for domestic and international clients. It is a ‘strong team’.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Claire-Marie Cornford

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Nicola Bushby; Katherine Reed

                  Testimonials

                  ‘The team has a very strong presence nationwide in contentious trusts and probate. It is led by the very experienced and talented Claire-Marie Cornford. Nicola Bushby is excellent. They understand completely the pressures and stresses of this sort of litigation and are wholly committed to guiding their clients through to a successful resolution. They are ably supported by a strong group of associates, such as Katherine Reed’.

                  ‘This team has really built up its reputation in recent years particularly in London where it is seen in many of the big cases. It has recruited some highly experienced and excellent lawyers’.

                  ‘Claire Marie Cornford is highly experienced in these disputes and in many of the big cases. She knows this area of law backwards and fights very hard for her client. Nicola Bushby is an excellent litigator-very clever and calm’.

                  ‘Very knowledgeable team, who are experts in their field –  they also have a wealth of resources and contacts which allow you to get the best possible result’.

                  ‘Nicola Bushby is excellent. Lovely to deal with and very capable. Katherine Reed is a rising star’.

                  ‘Nicola Bushby is simply excellent. She is technically very able and has a wonderful manner with clients and is incredibly hardworking. It is a strong team’.

                  ‘Claire-Marie Cornford is a strong litigator and someone you would like to have on your side’.

                  ‘The London team, headed by Claire-Marie Cornford, seems to be growing apace both in numbers and profile. They have the advantage of being able to act for clients at both ends of the wealth spectrum, making use of their regional offering where London rates might be prohibitive’.

                  Key clients

                  John Clitheroe

                  Public sector > Administrative and public law Tier 3

                  Irwin Mitchell is regularly involved in complex cases invoking the Human Rights and Equality Acts, acting against public bodies and challenging secondary legislation brought in as a result of Covid-19. Yogi Amin is the national head of the public law team, specialising in judicial review, Human Rights Act cases and mental capacity law. Oliver Studdert specialises in children’s rights, community care and Court of Protection cases. Rebecca Chapman is experienced in mental capacity law, assisting to alleviate the issues clients experience with accessing appropriate medical care.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Yogi Amin

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Oliver Studdert; Rebecca Chapman; Oliver Carter

                  Testimonials

                  ‘We experienced real care, concern and expertise. IM staff understood the appalling circumstances we were all in and their reassurance and professional service allowed us to get through even when at our lowest ebb. Emails and calls were dealt with efficiently and we felt there was someone there that we could rely upon.’

                  ‘Oliver Carter – undoubtedly the lead person we relied upon. He was so supportive, understood the case brilliantly and worked so hard to see it through. When he was on leave, he left the case with Oliver Stoddart who held the fort admirably until Oliver Carter returned and it reached its conclusion.’

                  ‘The team is top notch. Briefs are always thoroughly prepared and instructions clear. The groundwork is done properly and there is rarely any need to seek further clarification or for further steps to be taken before counsel can get going.’

                  ‘Oliver Studdert is a fantastic public law partner. He is legally and strategically brilliant. He gives time to his cases and is available to thrash out ideas to ensure that all options have been considered and the best course for the client determined. He is also compassionate and has a wonderful manner with clients. My go to public law partner.’

                  ‘Each member of this team brings a different style and expertise which gives this team a real breadth of coverage.’

                  ‘They have handled the matter in a very clear and comprehensive way with compassion. They keep us informed of all developments and are always on hand to respond to us whenever we have needed to discuss any issue. I am extremely pleased with the service provided. We feel we are always in great hands and have received excellent service at all times.’

                  ‘Oliver Studdert is an excellent partner in the firm. He is extremely passionate, diligent and trustworthy. We have found him to be someone with the highest level of integrity and excellent command of the law and someone who is extremely thorough, honest and very measured in all that he does. I cannot overstate the high regard we hold him in and he has proved that to be justified time and time again. We could not expect anymore from our legal representative.’

                  Work highlights

                  • Representing charity Article 39 in a case which resulted in the Court of Appeal unanimously declaring that the Secretary of State for Education acted unlawfully in failing to consult the Children’s Commissioner for England and other children’s rights organisations before making changes to legal protections for England’s 78,000 children in care.
                  • Acted for Claire Mercer to investigate bringing a public law claim against Highways England in respect of the decision to implement and to continue to use Smart Motorways.
                  • Advising charity Birthrights on the legal position concerning the recording or streaming of the ultrasound examination at antenatal scan appointments.

                  Public sector > Healthcare Tier 3

                  The public law and human rights department at Irwin Mitchell is heavily involved in a range of disputes over medical care issues, including medical treatment decisions, right to life, Court of Protection disputes, physical and psychological abuse and funding disputes. Yogi Amin leads the team and specialises in equality duties, medical ethics, mental capacity and safeguarding. Mathieu Culverhouse specialises in patient rights and community care, while Oliver Studdert  specialises in children's rights. Angela Jackman recently joined the team and has expertise in mental capacity, education and human rights.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Yogi Amin

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Mathieu Culverhouse; Oliver Studdert; Angela Jackman; Rebecca Chapman

                  Testimonials

                  ‘The team has stand-out knowledge and experience in this sector. They are totally committed and really understand the needs of their clients.’

                  ‘Yogi Amin is a leading partner. He has excellent with clients as well as on strategy.’

                  ‘Led by giant in the field Yogi Amin, with Ollie Studdert and Angela Jackman in strong support, the IM healtcare team is one of the strongest claimant public law teams around. They offer a friendly and thorough service backed by an organisation which exudes a solid competence.’

                  ‘Each member of this team brings a different style and expertise which gives them a real breadth of coverage. All have strong public law health experience and expertise. Their standout is being part of the much bigger IM health and clinical negligence team.’

                  ‘From day one, the team at Irwin Mitchell ensured my family and I were regularly updated as to how our legal case was progressing. The team displayed empathy and compassion in what was an extremely distressing and anxious time for my family and I. From an early stage, I felt very confident that the practice was extremely experienced and knowledgeable in the area of law in which I was pursuing a legal case.’

                  ‘Rebecca Chapman and Robert Atkins were very caring and diligent in the way our legal case was managed. Despite not meeting them face to face due to COVID 19 restrictions, they both ensured they were accessible and responsible via telephone, email and virtual meetings. I felt listened to throughout the legal process This ultimately helped to alleviate some of the stress and anxiety I experienced whilst pursuing the legal matter.’

                  Work highlights

                    Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 3

                    Irwin Mitchell‘s practice has been growing rapidly since its formation in 2017, providing ever more complex transactional and project management advice to a growing roster of clients; the firm’s highly regarded expertise in the media and creative industries has aided this development. Victoria Zivkovic and Adam Kaucherwork exceptionally well as a team‘ to lead on the corporate side. Laura Harper, who oversees the commercial offering, was recently joined by Suzanne Thompson, formerly of Bromleys Solicitors LLP.

                    Practice head(s):

                    Victoria Zivkovic; Adam Kaucher; Laura Harper

                    Other key lawyers:

                    Testimonials

                    ‘The Irwin Mitchell team has been steadily improving its profile in the Manchester region. The ability of Victoria Zivkovic and Adam Kaucher to work together on a transaction, with each bringing different points and skills to bear, is significant.’

                    ‘Adam Kaucher and Victoria Zivkovic are my key contacts. They have increased their profile over recent years completing a number of high-profile transactions in the last 12-24 months which shows their development as an M&A Team. Both very good lawyers, but with slightly different and overlapping skill sets – they work exceptionally well as a team.’

                    ‘Advice, availability and pragmatic approach.’

                    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

                    Econocom Group

                    Work highlights

                    • Advised the shareholders of AutoCoding Systems on its sale to JBT Corporation.
                    • Advised Park Homes (UK) on the acquisition of EachStep Care, an elderly care business comprising 15 sites.
                    • Advised YFM Private Equity on its investment into Vypr Validation Technologies.

                    Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 3

                    At Irwin Mitchell, the environmental and planning team handles the full spectrum of matters in this space. The team is frequently engaged to provide due diligence on transactions, and also advises developers and private clients on planning proposals. The practice is also active in representing clients challenging planning decisions as well as defending against similar appeals. Claire Petricca-Riding leads the team.

                    Practice head(s):

                    Claire Petricca-Riding

                    Other key lawyers:

                    Stuart Tym

                    Testimonials

                    ‘The team is led by a first rate lawyer and operator.’

                    ‘Claire Petricca-Riding – excellent technical abilities combined with a pragmatic outlook. Excellent people skills and good to deal with.’

                    Key clients

                    Artisan Developments

                    Jaspar Group

                    Chase New Homes Limited

                    Seaward Homes

                    HSBC UK Bank PLC

                    Lifestory

                    EC1 Residences

                    Henry Davidson Developments Limited

                    Persimmon Homes Limited

                    Trafford College Group

                    Work highlights

                    • Advised a client on environmental and planning matters for the bidding process for the sale of ABC Leisure Group Limited.
                    • Advised Reconomy (UK) Limited on environmental and planning matters relating to the acquisition of GAE Smith Group Limited and its subsidiaries.
                    • Advised Bentley Motors Limited on the planning and environmental feasibility elements for adding additional capacity solar panels to its solar power system.

                    Insurance > Personal injury: pursuer Tier 3

                    At Irwin Mitchell Scotland, the personal injury practice has a steady stream of complex serious injury claims and fatal cases. Senior associate David Bell leads the practice from Glasgow and is ‘consistently impressive’ according to clients, and is the key name for fatal asbestos disease matters and military claims. The group also covers road traffic accidents and serious injury claims.

                    Practice head(s):

                    David Bell

                    Testimonials

                    ‘Irwin Mitchell treated us with ultimate respect and dignity during the entire procedure. They took the time to understand what was important to us.’

                    ‘David Bell was the lead on our case. Throughout the entire process he kept us very well informed. David was completely open and honest with us and went to great lengths to manage our expectations. Equally, David was extremely empathetic and really took the time to understand what our motivation was and what was most important to us.’

                    ‘I have worked professionally as an expert witness for Irwin Mitchell for over fifteen years and have found them to be extremely thorough, caring and professional in all their dealings both with me and with their clients. They have a programme of engagement with their expert witnesses which has helped develop excellent relationships with the firm.’

                    ‘David Bell has been my main link to the firm and has shown exceptional care and attention to detail in his instructions and accompanying papers. This has made my job as an expert witness much easier and ensured that my reports are as thorough as possible. It is clear that he has both extensive experience and expertise in the field and I commend him on his approach to personal injury cases.’

                    ‘I have dealt with the firm in relation to several high-profile and difficult fatal accidents and other cases involving serious injuries. The team are well organised and thoroughly prepared. They are able to make challenging cases as straightforward as possible for the clients and prepared to go the extra mile to keep clients informed about what is happening and what is ahead for them in the litigation. An excellent personal injury firm.’

                    ‘David Bell is Senior Associate and Team Leader for PI in Scotland. He is an outstanding solicitor who goes out of his way to guide clients through the litigation journey. He is dedicated and knowledgeable about the ins and outs of personal injury litigation. He shines in particular with his clear and concise advice to clients about the steps which they need to take along the way.’

                    Work highlights

                      Employment Tier 3

                      The team at Irwin Mitchell is particularly strong on confidentiality and restrictive covenants and continues to act for employers and senior executives across a wide range of sectors. Fergal Dowling  heads the department which also works closely with its corporate and corporate recovery teams on a myriad of complex employment matters. In addition, the practice is also home to specialist knowledge in acting for leading insurance companies on various employment tribunal claims and other contentious matters. Elaine Huttley  is a prominent member of the team along with Donna Seferta .

                      Practice head(s):

                      Testimonials

                      Clear and reasonable pricing structure. It is usually always possible to speak to someone within 24 hours of making a request. Siobhan Mulrey is concise, fair and balanced in her advice‘.

                      Laura Willis has always been very quick to respond to our requests for advice and her advice has always been clear, well laid out, easy to understand, well-reasoned and easy to apply in practice. Following her advice has consistently led us to get the outcome we were looking for and with a minimum of stress‘.

                      ‘Laura Willis is our dedicated solicitor and over the past two years we have developed a good working relationship. We find her very approachable and knowledgeable with clear and comprehensive advice which can sometimes be for very complex situations. Laura goes out of her way to ensure she is advising you in accordance with the law but to ensure that we understand the reasons behind the advice‘.

                      ‘Siobhan Mulrey and Laura Willis are my points of contact. They give detailed guidance. They always mention what to look out for and have taught us to think deeper into situations such as why an employee may have acted in a certain way, question if it may be a disability related for instance – ensure that any decision has been thought about carefully and not to make rash incorrect decisions’.

                      Key clients

                      Arc Legal Assistance

                      Association of Colleges

                      Reconomy UK Limited

                      ThyssenKrupp

                      Gleeson Recruitment Group

                      Hadley Industries Plc

                      Dains Accountants

                      Motus Aftermarket Parts

                      Vision Global Growth Fund

                      Intelexvision

                      Expromet Technologies Group Limited

                      Work highlights

                      • Assisted a client in the financial services sector with a significant restructure and redundancy exercise which involved collective consultation. The project had to be completed to incredibly tight timescales which allowed no room for delay/slippage. As part of the support that the team provided, one of its solicitors was seconded to the client to provide on the ground support and assistance. The project was delivered on time, within budget and resulted in no disputes or claims.
                      • Advised Dains Accountant on their investment by Horizon Capital. With almost 200 staff based in 5 locations across the Midlands, Dains provides audit, tax and business advisory services to 4,000 fast-growth companies, international organisations and high net worth individuals. The investment from Horizon capital will facilitate the expansion of these capabilities.
                      • Instructed by Capita in relation to a tribunal claim pursued by a former senior executive. In addition to defending the claim the team also advised Capita in relation to a counter claim against this former executive for his breach of contract, including the submission of falsified expense claims.

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

                      Irwin Mitchell advises on the full spectrum of employment law issues. It has a strong track record in the education sector, acting for several large multi-academy trusts and further education colleges; Jenny Arrowsmith oversees client relationships in this area. Glenn Hayes heads up the Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester teams and specialises in the enforcement and defence of restrictive covenants as well as advising on senior level appointments and exits.

                      Practice head(s):

                      Glenn Hayes

                      Other key lawyers:

                      Jenny Arrowsmith

                      Testimonials

                      ‘The team have provided support to our People Services team on a number of complex ER cases and projects in a very timely and professional manner.’

                      ‘Having access to experts for different issues and projects is very beneficial.’

                      ‘Jenny Arrowsmith is a trusted and competent employment partner who provides a solutions focused service. She has advised on some difficult cases that have been successfully resolved at minimum cost to the organisation.’

                      Key clients

                      Amino Communications plc

                      Association Of Colleges

                      Begbies Traynor Plc

                      Boccia England

                      Bradford College

                      Capita PLC

                      Cash Converters

                      Da Vita International Inc

                      ERS Medical

                      Firesprite Gaming

                      Headway Group (National Brain Injury Association)

                      New College Durham

                      Newson Health Limited

                      Persimmon plc

                      Premex Services Limited

                      Work highlights

                      • Advised Firesprite Limited on its acquisition by Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE).
                      • Advised a housing developer on the acquisition of 15 care homes (housing over 1500 residents and 1100 staff) across the North of England.
                      • Advising a healthcare provider in proceedings for a claim against a transferor following the failure to provide accurate TUPE Employee Liability Information.

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

                      The Leeds-based family team at Irwin Mitchell is led by wealth protection specialist Helen Revill, who also heads up the firm's Middlesbrough, Newcastle & Glasgow teams, working out of Leeds and Sheffield. The team’s workload consists mainly of advising on complex, high-value financial matters, including managing pre and post-nuptial agreements, as well as advising on complex children matters. The team aims for non-contentious resolution for its clients, but is also well-equipped to litigate on such technical matters as pension sharing orders, family business valuations, liquid capital and tax. Associate solicitor Scott Halliday is a key member of the team.

                      Practice head(s):

                      Helen Revill

                      Other key lawyers:

                      Scott Halliday; April Wood; Roopen Kalirai

                      Testimonials

                      ‘Extremely well-respected family law team across Yorkshire with very experienced lawyers.’

                      ‘Irwin Mitchell LLP is an outstanding firm characterised by exceptional client service, high levels of professionalism, and unmatched efficiency. Instructions from this firm are synonymous with excellent quality work and detailed preparation. I should add that this firm is exceptional in the level of preparation and training that it affords its trainees and paralegals, whose competency and professionalism far outweighs that which is seen in other firms.’

                      ‘The firm is spoilt for choice in relation to outstanding individuals. I have worked with Roopen Kalirai recently in a finance case, where her pragmatism, attention to detail and client care have truly impressed me.’

                      ‘Helen Revill is an outstanding partner. She is thorough, efficient, pleasant to work with and extremely experienced. I am always pleased to receive instructions from Helen, as I know that I will receive excellent quality work from her.’

                      ‘The team offers a bespoke family service. Whilst being a national firm the regional offices have a personal approach to representing their clients. They offer realistic advice and tenaciously pursue their clients’ cases. The firm also has a progressive approach to social inclusivity to make their work accessible.’

                      ‘Scott Halliday approaches each case with enthusiasm. His briefs are always thorough and focused. He is happy to involve counsel from the early stages of the case. He is responsive to suggestions and leaves no stone unturned.’

                      ‘April Wood – is sympathetic to clients and attuned to their needs. She ensures that counsel is fully briefed and that the clients’ case is prepared thoroughly. When her cases are before the court, they are prepared to a standard that is second to none.’

                      Key clients

                      A leading national UK charity, which supports fathers, mothers and grandparents through establishing contact and meaningful relationships with their children, following separation.

                      Work highlights

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

                        Irwin Mitchell’s Leeds and Sheffield team advises on regeneration and mixed-use development projects for clients including Henry Boot, Rula and Artisan Real Estate. Elsewhere, the team handles strategic land and site assembly mandates, and has demonstrable experience across the leisure and retail, education and care sectors. Noted for his experience in development projects, practice leader James Knowles advises on corporate and retail lettings, property financing and investment acquisitions and disposals. National head of the firm’s housing sector team, Michelle Beaumont, is praised as one of ‘the best in the business’ and focuses on education, housing and student accommodation developments.

                        Practice head(s):

                        James Knowles

                        Other key lawyers:

                        Michelle Beaumont; Ben Rogers

                        Testimonials

                        ‘The team is very proactive and knowledgeable. They are able to hone in on the issues immediately, and cut through what other lawyers would ordinarily take some time over. We consider Michelle Beaumont and her team part of our business.

                        ‘Michelle Beaumont is an experienced practitioner, whose vast experience and pragmatic approach enables us to meet our internal deadlines. Michelle is quite simply the best in the business.’

                        Key clients

                        Henry Boot PLC

                        Wilton Developments Limited

                        Rula Developments Limited

                        Furnival Quay Limited

                        Sheffield Hallam University

                        Vistry Partnerships

                        Jones Lang LaSalle Limited

                        Newmarket Lane Limited

                        Gravity Fitness Limited

                        Magnum Homes

                        Rula Homes

                        Hartpury University

                        Caddick Land

                        Fusion Global Management LLP

                        Dobbies Garden Centres Limited

                        Dyson Industries Ltd

                        HSBC Bank PLC

                        Thorntons Limited

                        Ferrero UK 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

                        Newham Sixth Form College

                        Summit Learning Trust

                        University of Maryland

                        Jaynic Properties Ltd

                        EE Ventures Limited

                        Persimmon Homes Limited

                        Keepmoat Homes Limited

                        Peveril Securities Limited

                        Pennine Property Partnership

                        Arcam Developments Management 1 Limited

                        Manor Oaks Property Limited

                        Work highlights

                        • Advised Newmarket Lane Limited on their 200 acre industrial and logistics scheme adjacent to junction 20 of the M62 in Yorkshire.
                        • Advised Artisan Kirkstall Leeds Limited in relation to its acquisition of a site known as Kirkstall Place from Tesco and Leeds City Council.
                        • Advised Rula Developments Limited in connection with the acquisition of land, sale and forward fund, and development with the benefit of grant funding of a 125,000 sq ft distribution warehouse at Tankersley.  

                        Dispute resolution > Costs lawyers Tier 3

                        Leading lightSteven Green heads up the costs management team at Irwin Mitchell, which excels in serious injury and clinical negligence claims, commercial litigation, and family and Court of Protection work. Beyond costs litigation, the group also advises on contractual issues, the preparation of budgets and cost recovery matters. Clients also praise associate David Wright as ‘outstanding’.

                        Practice head(s):

                        Steven Green

                        Other key lawyers:

                        Testimonials

                        ‘A market-leading costs team involved in the leading cases which shape the development of costs law. Composed of some of the country’s leading costs advocates – for example, Steven Green. Excellent knowledge of costs law.’

                        ‘The cost team led by David Wright are right on top of all costs developments.’

                        ‘David Wright is an outstanding cost lawyer. His advocacy and preparation in cost budgeting hearings is second to none.’

                        ‘Steven Green. Leading light in the costs world and one of the country’s leading costs advocates. Unrivalled in the market when it comes to reputation and knowledge of the sector. Steeped in costs law.’

                        ‘Steven Green heads up a stellar team of costs professional. The team is at the forefront of test cases intending to lead to clarity in matters of solicitor client retainer issues and fights hard to ensure that the budgeting process leads to a proper understanding of the issues to be funded and that the opponent carries that party party costs burden.’

                        Work highlights

                        • Advised over 80 clients in relation to the cost budgeting issues arising from litigation following the terrorist attacks which took place in Tunisia in June 2015.
                        • Prepared a large and complex Court of Protection Bill of Costs for General Management.
                        • Pursued a claim for costs for the family of a young child following a successful claim relating to the failure to diagnose meningitis, resulting in a serious brain injury, recovering over 94% of the Bill of Costs as claimed at Detailed Assessment in the Senior Courts Costs Office.

                        Crime, fraud and licensing > General crime and fraud Tier 3

                        Jason Newall  leads Irwin Mitchell’s local regulatory and criminal investigations group, splitting his time between the Sheffield, Leeds and Manchester offices; his team is equipped to support on financial crime, fraud, criminal liability, compliance and cross-border investigations.

                        Practice head(s):

                        Jason Newall

                        Other key lawyers:

                        Kathryn Pitters

                        Testimonials

                        ‘Jason Newall leads a very strong team with, in my experience, particular emphasis of financial crime and financial services regulation. They are well established and considered to be the leading practice in this area of work in the north east.’

                        ‘A strong, knowledgeable but approachable team, with a real depth of experience and talent.’

                        ‘The team are well led by Jason Newall and always give a thorough product to counsel as well as providing a quality service to lay clients.’

                        ‘Jason Newall is always a pleasure to work with, bringing with him a combination of attention to detail and solid, reassuring and diligent client care. I have never felt less than confident and supported when working alongside him.’

                        Work highlights

                          Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 3

                          Based in Sheffield, the professional negligence team at Irwin Mitchell acts for both individuals and corporate clients on claims against a range of professionals. It is recognised for its expertise in construction-related negligence disputes and has a particular specialism in representing insolvency practitioners in claims arising out of insolvency estates. Senior associate Natasha Guthrie is the key practitioner in Sheffiled; Duncan Hope sits as national practice head in Manchester while Steven Beahan is head of Sheffield’s commercial litigation team. Legal executive Joe Dunne is also recommended.

                          Practice head(s):

                          Natasha Guthrie; Steven Beahan; Duncan Hope

                          Other key lawyers:

                          Testimonials

                          ‘Particular expertise in property professional negligence matters.’

                          ‘Joe Dunne handles a wide range of professional negligence matters on behalf of insured claimants, to a very high standard.’

                          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

                          Trinity Claims

                          Work highlights

                            Real estate > Commercial property: Hampshire Tier 4

                            Irwin Mitchell fields a Southampton commercial property offering from its office in Chichester. Tina Webster is a key contact, with experience in large developments and regeneration schemes in both the commercial and residential sectors. She is especially well known for her work for clients in the education sector.

                            Practice head(s):

                            Tina Webster

                            Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 4

                            At Irwin Mitchell, pensions lawyers are based across the London and Newcastle offices, with a service that is particularly strong for higher education, outsourcing contractors, charity and manufacturing sector clients. The group is well-versed in pensions tax for UK and overseas schemes, as well as specialising in auto- and re-enrolment issues, schemes for new employers, contribution increases, salary sacrifice and TUPE transfers. In London, Penny Cogher  (with a 'depth of technical knowledge') heads the group, advising trustees and employers, on all aspects of pensions issues pertaining to defined benefit and defined contribution schemes, including buy-ins and buy-outs, master trusts and GMP equalisation; while Martin Jenkins  is an expert in benefit reviews and de-risking.

                            Practice head(s):

                            Penny Cogher

                            Other key lawyers:

                            Martin Jenkins

                            Testimonials

                            ‘I am aware that clients have particularly valued receiving clear and helpful communications from Penny Cogher. It is not always easy to give comprehensible advice on pensions matters to lay clients. I am impressed by the depth of Penny’s technical knowledge of the area.’

                            ‘Penny Cogher was responsive to email communications and good at ensuring client timescales were met.’

                            Employment > Senior executives Tier 4

                            Focusing on acting for employees, senior executives and professionals, Irwin Mitchell’s strengths encompass the key areas of discrimination, harassment, whistleblowing and pay disputes, unfair dismissals and restrictive covenants, as well as advising on a range of regulatory matters. Shah Qureshi spearheads the practice.

                            Practice head(s):

                            Shah Qureshi

                            Other key lawyers:

                            Deborah Casale

                            Testimonials

                            ‘Irwin Mitchell have expanded their team in recent years and built up their expertise and knowledge in the sector.’

                            ‘Shah Qureshi leads the team delivering expertise in a fantastically calm and unflappable manner. Clients want him on their side and appreciate his support and brilliant judgement in delivering cost / benefit legal solutions.’

                            ‘Deborah Casale is a senior executives lawyer par excellence. She supports executives in their most difficult moments and looks to exit them or negotiate deals at the highest level. She is a very tough negotiator and achieves excellent results for her clients. Where necessary she is not scared to litigate and will do so both tactically and strategically for the best outcome.’

                            Work highlights

                            • Act for the former North America of Chairman JLT Re in his High Court breach of contract proceedings against the world’s largest insurance company.
                            • Act for the head of human capital and communications/HR at Bank of Africa UK Plc, a multi-national investment bank.
                            • Successful in representing an FCA regulated employee against his employer, a global Financial Services Company, in respect of a disability discrimination claim.

                            Private client > Family Tier 4

                            Toby Hales at Irwin Mitchell covers all aspects of family law and is known for conducting complex national and international children cases. Hales has been involved in several cases recently in the High Court involving the international abduction and movement of children. There have been changes to the practice at senior level. Clare Filler and Fran Hipperson have joined the team from B P Collins LLP while Jenna Lucas is no longer at the firm. The team continues to focus on international and expatriate work often working on wealth protection matters.

                            Practice head(s):

                            Toby Hales

                            Other key lawyers:

                            Clare Filer; Fran Hipperson

                            Testimonials

                            ‘A very highly regarded firm in its field which attracts cases of the highest calibre.’

                            ‘Irwin Mitchell uses its vast machinery and resourcing to deliver a highly personalised and always top quality service to clients.’

                            ‘I can only comment on new recruits Fran Hipperson and Claire Filer. They are both excellent lawyers with a good eye for detail. They are very client friendly and try to resolve any issues without increasing the animosity’.

                            ‘Toby Hales is a terrific lawyer and much underrated.’

                            ‘Toby- clever, understated and settlement minded’.

                             

                            Real estate > Planning Tier 4

                            Irwin Mitchell‘s national planning team is led by Claire Petricca-Riding in Manchester. The team provides ‘good, down-to-earth but highly knowledgeable advice’ for an array of clients including developers and banks, and regularly provides contentious and non-contentious advice on transactions relating to the regeneration of brownfield sites and contaminated land. The ‘thoughtful, smart’ and ‘exceptionally hardworking’ Nicola Gooch is the key contact for London and Gatwick, and handles mixed-use developments. Associate Sejal Patel has a particular interest in strategic land and housing site mandates.

                            Practice head(s):

                            Claire Petricca-Ridding

                            Other key lawyers:

                            Nicola Gooch; Sejal Patel; Tracy Lovejoy; Jill Crawford

                            Testimonials

                            ‘The team is well-known nationally for providing good, down-to-earth but highly knowledgeable advice.’

                            ‘Nicola Gooch is thoughtful, smart and a delight to work with.’

                            ‘An excellent team working in the planning and infrastructure area. They have a wide ranging expertise and work on many national projects. They are always at the forefront of the issues at large and a joy to work with.’

                            ‘Nicola Gooch – exceptionally hard working. Highly diligent and cares about her clients and her work immensely. It is always a joy to collaborate with her.

                            ‘Claire Petricca-Riding; leads a team which is working at the forefront of a highly complex and quickly changing environment.’

                            Key clients

                            Macar Developments

                            Jaspar Group

                            Chase New Homes Limited

                            Cedardrive Limited

                            HSBC UK Bank PLC

                            Lifestory

                            EC1 Residences

                            Coutt & Co

                            Cynergy Bank Limited

                            Far East Orchard Limited

                            Work highlights

                            • Advising Lifestory on the planning aspects of the refinancing of several properties across the UK.
                            • Advising EC1 Residences on all aspects of obtaining planning consent for, and dealing with refinancing and ongoing development issues ahead of, the redevelopment of its trophy student accommodation premises.
                            • Advising Cedardrive Limited on the s.106 Agreement for a large mixed-use development on a former golf course within the High Weald AONB.

                            Insurance > Medical negligence: pursuer Tier 4

                            At Irwin Mitchell Scotland, the medical negligence group is spearheaded by experienced senior associate David Bell and is active across mid-market matters spanning birth injuries, cerebral palsy, brain injuries and ophthalmology. The Glasgow-based practice also features accredited medical negligence specialist Kathleen Lang and Nicola McCartney.

                            Practice head(s):

                            David Bell

                            Other key lawyers:

                            Testimonials

                            ‘I undertake limited work for pursuer personal injury cases. In this firm my work has been with David Bell, who is excellent. I have nit undertaken any medical negligence work with him.’

                            ‘David Bell has a breadth of experience in his field second to none. he encourages his team and supports them superbly. He brings this unrivalled experience to each case without loss of enthusiasm.’

                            Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 4

                            Leveraging its national network of offices, Irwin Mitchell is instructed both by SME clients and high-profile corporates on the full gamut of corporate and commercial matters. The Birmingham practice is chaired by M&A specialist Nick Dawson, who also serves as head of the firm’s national private equity group. Emma Callow is most active in the manufacturing, recycling, technology, and food and drink sectors, working with various UK companies on acquisitions and outsourcing agreements. Associates Matt Smith and Charlotte Avery are also integral to the offering.

                            Practice head(s):

                            Nick Dawson

                            Other key lawyers:

                            Key clients

                            Reconomy (UK) Limited

                            The KGJ Insurance Group Limited

                            Vision Global Growth Fund

                            Knights Chemist Limited

                            Motus Holdings (UK) Limited

                            Intelex Vision Ltd

                            Vulcain Engineering UK Holdings Limited

                            Lexon (UK) Limited

                            Expromet Technologies Group Limited

                            Dains LLP

                            Phenna Group Holdings Limited

                            Acivico Limited

                            Hadley Industries PLC

                            Gravity Fitness Limited

                            Black Swan Data Limited

                            Work highlights

                            • Advised Reconomy (UK) Limited on the acquisitions of Eurokey Recycling, Kingscote Limited, GAESystems, Casepak and Oceala.
                            • Advised The KGJ Insurance Services Group Limited on its sale to NFP.
                            • Advised Dains LLP and its Partners on its investment from Horizon Capital into Dains Accountants.

                            Real estate > Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 4

                            Irwin Mitchell is a strong choice for a mix of residential and commercial developers, institutional lenders, and corporate occupiers, ranging from national retail chains to real estate consultancies. Practice chair Ben Acheson , who also serves as national head of the strategic land team, has a wide-ranging practice that encompasses refinancings, site acquisitions, and development joint ventures. Senior associate Gurpreet Hayer notably advises investor clients on a spectrum of real estate assets and financing transactions across the office, industrial, and retail sectors. Stuart McDonald is also recommended.

                            Practice head(s):

                            Ben Acheson

                            Other key lawyers:

                            Testimonials

                            ‘Using the acquisition side of the business is a pleasure and their commerciality helps on both sides of the deal.’

                            ‘Ben Acheson and Stuart McDonald are always at the other end of the phone, and you do not feel you need to chase for answers.’

                            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

                            Work highlights

                            • Advised A.C. Lloyd on the acquisition and funding of a former Severn Trent Water owned development site in Nottingham for 6 major industrial units, 12 trade units, a local centre, a pub, a hotel, a care home and other small uses.
                            • Acting for the Lifestory Group developer, Anthology, on the bespoke refinancing of two high quality residential schemes in Wembley and Deptford.
                            • Acting for Persimmon on the conditional acquisition of phase 1 of a strategic land site at Caverswall Lane, Stoke and on the collaboration agreement to ensure that the joint development of the wider site continues without delay.

                            Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 4

                            TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 4

                            The Leeds-based practice at Irwin Mitchell, which has demonstrable experience across the food and drink, consumer electronics, software and healthcare sectors, is led by Joanne Bone, following the departure of Alex Newman to Mills & Reeve LLP in April 2022. Bone has experience in non-contentious IP matters, such as brand and design protection issues, while senior associate Emma Yates focuses on soft IP contentious cases and reputation management work.

                            Practice head(s):

                            Joanne Bone

                            Other key lawyers:

                            Emma Yates; Amy Au

                            Testimonials

                            ‘The team at Irwin Mitchell is highly knowledgeable in their field and has a lot of resources to provide detailed, accurate information and legal advice within a short period of time. The staff are very approachable, professional and easy to deal with.’

                            ‘Emma Yates is a highly experienced senior associate in the commercial litigation team at Irwin Mitchell in Leeds with particular expertise and interest in intellectual property and reputation management. She has been pro-active in educating business owners, particularly in the SME sector, about the value of IP as a commercial asset and how best to protect it.

                            ‘I felt like I was dealing with experts who kept me up to date via email and calls throughout the process. They made sure I knew what was going on at every stage.’

                            ‘Amy Au has been brilliant throughout the process, ensuring not only that I’m up to date on proceedings, but also that we fully understood the position we were in and made suggestions on other areas we should be considering to give us the best outcome. The level of client care we received was fantastic.’

                            Key clients

                            Karcher AG

                            Natural Instinct Limited

                            Gravity Fitness Limited

                            Reconomy Limited

                            HSNF Limited

                            NG Bailey Group

                            Fast Software Group Limited

                            Motus (Holdings) Limited

                            Work highlights

                            • Advised Fast Software Limited in a copyright infringement claim brought by Microsoft in respect of the allegedly infringing resale of software keys for MS Office products.
                            • Advised Natural Instinct Limited in its ongoing, Europe-wide trade mark dispute with Agrolimen, regarding the registration and use of various trade marks incorporating the word “INSTINCT”.
                            • Advised Karcher AG in relation to several UK trade mark oppositions.

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

                            Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 5

                            Irwin Mitchell is known for acting in a range of heavyweight commercial disputes, with a particular focus on clients in the financial services, technology and manufacturing sectors. ‘First class litigatorDuncan Hope leads the team, supported by ‘super savvy‘ associate Ailsa Anderson. Shareholder disputes, breaches of contract, fiduciary duty and restrictive covenant cases all make up part of the firm’s regular workload.

                            Practice head(s):

                            Duncan Hope

                            Other key lawyers:

                            Testimonials

                            ‘A well-rounded team providing a quality service.’

                            ‘Duncan Hope is very responsive and gives quality advice.’

                            ‘Ailsa Anderson is super commercial and super savvy. Nothing gets past her, for sure.’

                            ‘The strength and depth of the Irwin Mitchell team provides a robust skillset to meet constantly evolving legal and business challenges. The approach is thorough and collaboration both within the team and with their clients is well balanced to reflect the individual diversity and belief of the client in how they are represented. Billing is transparent, well explained and cordially addressed effectively and efficiently on a monthly basis.’

                            ‘Duncan Hope has consistently provided objective advice and retained a professional approach to eloquently lead a consistent and robust strategy whilst maintaining dignified and respectful approach to the other party and their representatives.’

                            ‘Ailsa Anderson – an exceptional lawyer who stands out both in her firm and in that market.’

                            ‘Duncan Hope is a first class litigator who clients value for a commercial approach to their legal problems. He has an eye for detail and keeps calm in even the most fraught situations.’

                            ‘People in the team are very approachable and take the time to understand the business and its needs to give tailored and commercial advice.’

                            Work highlights

                            • Representing an expert accountant in a dispute arising out of the contingent element of a company sale and purchase worth over £70m.
                            • Advising a large number of consumers in cross-border disputes against banks, developers and law firms regarding the mis-selling of loans provided in relation to the purchase of overseas property.
                            • Representing a manufacturer in a contractual dispute relating to the supply of materials with a value of over £20m.

                            Real estate > Commercial property: Manchester Tier 5

                            Following Roy Beckett 's retirement, leadership of Irwin Mitchell's real estate team was taken over by renewables specialist Stelios Coutsavlis. The practice continues to handle real estate development and investment transaction work, while expanding into renewable energy and healthcare sectors.

                            Practice head(s):

                            Stelios Coutsavlis

                            Key clients

                            Athena Healthcare Group

                            Bruntwood Estates

                            CorEnergy

                            Gazprom Retail

                            The General Medical Council

                            PageGroup

                            Tactus Group

                            Tatton Group

                            The Trafford College Group

                            Bentley

                            Work highlights

                            • Advised Athena Healthcare Group on the acquisition of a site at Congleton. Involved checking the title and ensuring it is fit for development and dealing with the site contraints sufficient to ensure that it is satisfactory for development.
                            • Advised Athena Healthcare Group on the refinancing of a site at Lytham for care home development with RM Funds and working constructively with the lender to ensure that the site is satisfactory for development.
                            • Acted for the landowner Pointon and JCM Holdings (UK) Limited on the option for the grant of leases of a solar farm conditional upon planning.

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

                            Irwin Mitchell handles a diverse range of IP work for clients, including copyright, trade marks, patents and design issues. Practice head Laura Harper leads the team and is recognised for her work advising clients within the creative industries and digital sectors on complex IP matters.

                            Practice head(s):

                            Laura Harper

                            Testimonials

                            ‘Far from the robotic of formulaic advice, Laura Haper’s team offers real world consultancy.’

                            ‘Approachable and knowledgeable individuals who take the time to appreciate what is required and the best way to achieve an optimum outcome taking into account some of the commercial options.’

                            Key clients

                            Whispering Smith Limited

                            Good For Nothing Limited

                            Firesprite Limited (A PlayStation Studio)

                            Grandpa Productions Limited

                            Newson Health Limited

                            Supply Retail Ltd t/a Wonder & Awe

                            Dinosaur UK Limited

                            Louise Newson Medical Writer Ltd

                            Oddbug Studios Limited

                            Work highlights

                            • Advised Firesprite on the filing and management of the its international trade mark portfolio.
                            • Advised Whispering Smith, the UK’s largest creator, importer, wholesaler and distributor of fashion clothing on all intellectual property matters advising on its extensive worldwide trade mark portfolio and strategic management of the same.
                            • Filed and managed Balance App Limited’s trade mark portfolio and advised in relation to all opposition and infringement matters.

                            Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 6

                            Irwin Mitchell‘s key commercial disputes figures are recently promoted Katie Byrne in Gatwick, who acts in high-value international and financial services (including insurance) disputes; and London-based solicitor Samantha Leung, who is ‘hardworking, diligent and extremely able‘. Providing additional partner-level support are Manchester-based Duncan Hope and Dorrien Peters in Sheffield.

                            Practice head(s):

                            Duncan Hope; Dorrien Peters; Katie Byrne

                            Other key lawyers:

                            Testimonials

                            The service provided to clients is of the highest quality.

                            The London office has the advantage of being able to draw on expertise from other offices, and does so – in particular from Sheffield and Crawley/Gatwick, under the able leadership of Dorrien Peters‘.

                            The team has a number of individuals, who are excellent and able to provide great service to clients, particularly Samantha Leung, who is hardworking, diligent and extremely able, and has a calmness that belies her experience.

                            Employment > Immigration Tier 6

                            Irwin Mitchell advises a range of corporate and high-net-worth clients. Private client head Alex Ruffel leads the London offering following practice head Ben Xu ‘s departure to Armstrong Teasdale, while Paula Myers heads up the firm’s national practice from Leeds. Senior associate Mandeep Khroud is also a key contact.

                            Practice head(s):

                            Alex Ruffel

                            Other key lawyers:

                            Testimonials

                            ‘Irwin Mitchell’s team was always available to support us on our queries, every time we needed them. They are amazing.’

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

                            The IP offering at Irwin Mitchell is trusted by a number of global brands for their IP protection and enforcement mandates. The team is led by Georgie Collins, who has extensive expertise in cross-border strategic brand protection and digital copyright work. Key sectors of expertise for the team include the food and drink, media and sport, retail and leisure, and professional and financial services industries.

                            Practice head(s):

                            Georgie Collins

                            Key clients

                            Nestlé Purina / Lily’s Kitchen Ltd

                            Project Management Institute Inc

                            Gravity Fitness Limited

                            Bombas LLC

                            Derry Moore 12th Earl of Drogheda

                            Giles Long / Lexicon Decoder Ltd

                            Whispering Smith Ltd

                            Mo-Sys Engineering Limited

                            Bought By Many Limited

                            The British Chambers of Commerce

                            Adopt a Grandparent Ltd

                            Apex Automobile Parts Inc

                            Aqualution Systems Ltd

                            Arch Street Capital Advisors LLC

                            Arun Estate Agencies Limited

                            BEAUTY & THE BOUTIQUE Ltd

                            BIM-UK LIMITED

                            Black Swan Data Limited

                            ChoiceShops Limited

                            Colman Greig Lawyers (Australia)

                            Condor Ferries Limited

                            Cube 19 Limited

                            ‘DeMellier Ltd

                            Dinosaur UK Limited

                            Farm Traders Limited t/a Parson’s Nose

                            Finexos Group Holdings Limited

                            Firesprite Limited

                            Florence Nightingale Hospitals

                            Fox Rothschild LLP

                            Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz

                            Freedom Brewery Ltd

                            FRSH Scents Limited (HK)

                            Goal Group Limited

                            Good for Nothing Limited

                            Grandpa Productions Ltd

                            Gratte Brothers Group Limited

                            Gratte Brothers Security Control Systems Ltd

                            Gravity Fitness Limited

                            Greenwich Leisure Limited

                            HD Sports Limited

                            HQLABS (GLOBAL) LTD

                            HSNF Ltd

                            Inn Churches

                            International Broadcasting Convention (A partnership)

                            Intersnkrs Limited

                            JR Pet Products Limited

                            Kip Candle Co

                            Kurz Pfitzer Wolf & Partner Rechtsanwälte mbB

                            Leon A Rolle

                            Lumeon Ltd

                            MBM Intellectual Property Law (Canada)

                            Micheldever Tyre Services Limited

                            MindSauce Limited

                            N G Bailey Group Limited

                            Newson Health, Research and Education Limited

                            Odd Bug Studios Limited

                            Onebright Bidco Limited

                            Paragon Finance Plc

                            Primary Group (UK) Limited

                            PT Mega Marine Pride (Indonesia)

                            Randa Accessories UK Limited

                            Random42 Limited

                            Reconomy (UK) Limited

                            Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld LLC

                            Rutlands Limited

                            Simply Brands (Asia) Ltd.

                            Story Server Ltd

                            TE- TECH PROCESS SOLUTIONS Ltd

                            The BIG Network Limited

                            The Source (Hastings) Holdings Limited

                            TransUnion International UK Limited

                            Tropical Sky Limited

                            Venable LLP

                            VetBox Ltd

                            W & H (UK) Limited

                            Whispering Smith Limited

                            Whitby Seafoods Ltd

                            Wolf Laundry Limited

                            Worldgift.Com Limited

                            Your Management Solutions

                            Zafin Labs America Incorporated

                            Zump Limited

                            Work highlights

                            • Acting for Nestlé Purina/Lily’s Kitchen in protecting, managing and enforcing UK IP rights.
                            • Acting for Gravity Fitness Limited on managing its trade mark portfolio and advising in relation to brand strategy, protection and enforcement relative to the fast growth of its business.
                            • Acting for BCC on protecting, managing and enforcing IP rights as well as reputational advice and general commercial advice relative to the BCC and its 53 Accredited Chambers.

                            Employment > Employers Tier 7

                            A favourite among German-speaking and US-based employers, Irwin Mitchell is known for its developing education employment practice, and its expertise in the financial services, insurance and technology markets. Dual qualified head of practice Sybille Steiner is qualified to advise on employment issues under English and German law.

                            Practice head(s):

                            Sybille Steiner

                            Testimonials

                            ‘Impressive advice received from Irwin Mitchell.’

                            ‘Always informing and taking the best approach in the best interest of the client.’

                            ‘Wonderful experience. Very professional and always at the entire disposal of the client.’

                            ‘Sybille Steiner is a great professional, with full and deep acknowledge about Employment UK laws and, most importantly, always searching the best approach in client’s interest and benefits.’

                            ‘Sybille Steiner is extremely easy to deal with, very professional and willing to help. Sybille has a great ability to explain complex details in a real world scenario. A pleasure to work with.’

                            ‘Sybille Steiner – Profound knowledge of both British and German employment law.’

                            ‘Sybille Steiner is very competent and committed. I have trust in Sybille and her team. The regular webinars are informative and helpful.’

                            ‘Sybille Steiner is friendly and approachable. She is extremely knowledgeable and very responsive.’

                            Key clients

                            Association of Colleges

                            Ruby Hotels

                            The Economist

                            Klingel Group

                            Diesel Technic UK & Ireland

                            Looping Group International

                            Gatwick Airport

                            Work highlights

                            • Advising German headquartered, Ruby Hotels in relation to all of its day-to-day employment matters.
                            • Advising Looping Group International in relation to employment matters.
                            • Sole legal provider of employment law support to the Association of Colleges (AoC) until 2022 – provide a dedicated advisory service for over 300 AoC member colleges across the UK.

                            Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

                            Public sector > Education: institutions

                            Public sector > Education: schools

                            Yorkshire and the Humber > Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

                            The team at Irwin Mitchell is co-headed by Paula Myers, who is national head and director of private client services, and the ‘truly excellent’ James Laycock , who is lead partner for the Leeds and Sheffield private wealth disputes teams. It deals with a range of disputes, including but not limited to validity of wills and lifetime gifts, construction and rectification of wills and trusts, family provision claims, Court of Protection matters concerning financial abuse, and proprietary estoppel claims.

                            Practice head(s):

                            Paula Myers; James Laycock; Carla Rist

                            Other key lawyers:

                            Richard Smaller; Jodie Buck

                            Testimonials

                            ‘The heft and resources a huge national firm but with the agility of a small and specialised team. In-depth expertise from partners to trainees, with real insight and feel for the practice area.’

                            ‘James Laycock is a truly excellent lawyer with a deep strategic understanding of litigation in this area. He has a real knowledge of the law but also the commercial drivers for clients and opponents alike. He handles dispute resolution excellently both pre-action and post-issue. Paula Myers is nationally renowned and respected. She is a real leader in the sector and exceptionally good at handling clients in very often highly emotionally-charged circumstances, fighting their corner to achieve excellent results.’

                            ‘Paula Myers is unflappable under pressure and very efficient. James Laycock is very knowledgeable, calm, and tactically strong. The standout associate is Richard Smaller – extremely hardworking, very organised, knowledgeable, and a good sense of the broader strategic picture.’

                            ‘Irwin Mitchell are a national team but with a local feel – they work cohesively as a team regardless of geography and this results in a first class service for their clients.’

                            ‘Extremely user-friendly, with lawyers who combine excellent technical knowledge and client-care skills.’

                            ‘Richard Smaller provides excellent instructions and is always available to talk points through.’

                            ‘Carla Rist in the Sheffield office is very approachable and is excellent with clients.’

                            ‘Paula Myers is an incredibly experienced litigator and team leader who pursues her clients’ cases with passion, persistence and perception. She is ably assisted by Jodie Buck who is self-assured and able.’

                            Work highlights

                              Yorkshire and the Humber > Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery

                              Irwin Mitchell acts primarily for banks and lenders, with a focus on asset-backed lenders. The group has experience advising boards of directors from contingency planning in the early stages of distress through to insolvency. In Leeds, practice co-head Doug Robertson specialises in property insolvency and has significant expertise in LPA/FCR work, while in Sheffield, co-head Tom Paton frequently handles contentious insolvency work. Andrew Walker is the national head.

                              Practice head(s):

                              Doug Robertson; Tom Paton; Andrew Walker

                              Other key lawyers:

                              Byron Massarella

                              Testimonials

                              ‘This is a busy team which handles a wide range of high-quality work.’

                              ‘They have built an excellent reputation with a number of high-profile insolvency practitioners.’

                              ‘They are able to offer flexible fee solutions to take account of the different financial circumstances of companies in liquidation.’

                              ‘Tom Paton is a superb leader of the team and an extremely knowledgeable solicitor. He takes an active participation in cases and has a valuable strategic input.’

                              ‘Byron Massarella is an associate with a very bright future. He is organised and thorough and is a vital cog in the team.’

                              Key clients

                              Interpath

                              RSM

                              Mazars

                              FRP

                              Begbies Traynor

                              BDO

                              Duff and Phelps

                              Grant Thornton

                              Smith & Williamson

                              Wilson Field

                              Chamberlain & Co

                              EY

                              Bridgewood

                              PWC

                              Graywoods

                              Armstrong Watson

                              Quantuma

                              Opus

                              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

                              Alvarez and Marsal Europe LLP

                              BHP Corporate Solutions LLP

                              Work highlights

                              • Acting for Manolete on a £1.2m misfeasance and transaction at an undervalue claim against the former director and third parties of Edengate Homes.
                              • Acted for the Joint Liquidators on the restructuring of Genesis Capital, including a share sale and equity loan note assignment.
                              • Acted for Begbies Traynor as the Joint Administrators on their appointment, and on the sale of the company’s business and assets.

                              Thw 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 BargeryPartner Faye has over seven years’ experience in corporate and banking law…
                              Thomas Barnard photo Thomas BarnardSenior associate
                              Dan Bastide photo Dan BastidePartner  Principal areas of practice include MBOs and other leveraged transactions, acquisition…
                              Sarah Birkbeck photo Sarah BirkbeckPartner IP and IT dispute resolution and reputation management. 
                              Alison Bruce photo Alison BruceAssociate solicitor
                              Clementine Burch photo Clementine BurchSenior associate Clementine has considerable experience in high-value, complex and international disputes,…
                              Aurelia Butler-Ball photo Aurelia Butler-BallSenior associate Expertise in the media and entertainment industries, advising individuals and…
                              Katie Byrne photo Katie ByrneSenior associate Katie has considerable experience in a wide range of domestic…
                              Natalie Cane photo Natalie CaneSolicitor  Natalie is rapidly gaining experience in all aspects of construction law…
                              Mark Clinton photo Mark ClintonPartner Mark’s principal areas of practice include: construction and engineering law; advising…
                              Daniel Hedley photo Daniel HedleyDaniel is a specialist IT lawyer who worked in technical and service…
                              Rose Macfarlane photo Rose MacfarlaneSenior Associate Solicitor Rose advises individuals and families of high net worth, sometimes…
                              James Mapley photo James MapleySolicitorJames is developing experience in preparing advice reports and offering dispute resolution…
                              Hannah Nix photo Hannah NixSenior associate
                              Stuart Padgham photo Stuart PadghamDirector. Stuart is a highly experienced commercial/ IT lawyer. His expertise includes…
                              Robert Parks photo Robert ParksSenior associate
                              Sejal Patel photo Sejal PatelAssociate
                              James Pavey photo James PaveyJames is a partner specialising in resolving and avoiding public and private…
                              Lucy Samy photo Lucy SamyAssociate solicitor
                              Caroline Shelton photo Caroline SheltonPartner
                              Charlotte Sloan photo Charlotte SloanSenior associate
                              Rebecca Walker photo Rebecca WalkerSenior associate
                              Andrew Walker photo Andrew WalkerNational head of restructuring and insolvency. Specialises exclusively in turnaround and insolvency…
                              Number of partners : 226
                              Number of other UK fee-earners : 1750