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Irwin Mitchell

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell fields 'a team of specialists with real strength in depth' that represents victims of medical negligence in complex claims and often multi-million pound settlements. The practice demonstrates particular expertise acting on behalf of brain damaged babies and adults left with life-changing neurological injuries. Team head Alison Eddy, who counts with more than 30 years of experience in the field, continues to focus on the implementation of early rehabilitation wherever possible. Auriana Griffiths specialises in maximum severity injuries sustained at birth, while Anita Jewitt has a particular interest in brain and spinal cord injury cases.

Court of protection Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell has one of the largest established Court of Protection teams with over 100 members nationally that supports more than 1,500 clients nationwide and has in excess of 1,350 deputyships. The team advises on all aspects of Court of Protection matters including areas such as litigated ‘best interests’ disputes, trusts, powers of attorney as well as property and affairs and welfare deputyships. Many of its Court of Protection partners regularly appear as advocates on complex matters in the Court of Protection or in the High Court as expert witnesses. In addition the public law and human rights team helps clients with a variety of Court of Protection matters such as where a person should live and issues surrounding serious medical treatment. Julia Lomas is the national head of Court of Protection while Yogi Amin is the national head of public law and human rights. Niall Baker is the managing partner of the Court of Protection and public law and human rights teams.

Education: individuals Tier 1

The 'excellent' education law team at Irwin Mitchell is led by public law specialist Polly Sweeney and undertakes a considerate amount of matters pertaining to SEN, disability discrimination and judicial review. The practice group also provides personal injury expertise to clients, with Sweeney being particularly experienced in community care and healthcare. Other team members include Cambridge-based Caroline Barrett, who acts for disabled adults and children in judicial review proceedings; Steven Baylis, who also represents families in SEN tribunals, and Manchester-based James Betts.

Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell 's personal injury team is 'never afraid to push the envelope and do what is right for its clients', recognising that rehabilitation is as relevant as the preparation of litigation. It fields a team of lawyers who have vast expertise in handling accidents at work and road traffic collision cases as well as cases involving severe neurotrauma, spinal cord injuries, amputations, abuse and asbestos-related diseases. Alison Eddy, who regularly negotiates multimillion-pound settlements for children and adults suffering from catastrophic spinal and brain injuries, leads the medical negligence team, while Tracey Storey, whose expertise spans cases involving serious injury and child abuse, heads up the serious injury team. Demetrius Danas leads the international personal injury team, handling complex cross-border matters; while Ian Bailey is among the leading practitioners for asbestos law. Sarah Griggs has particular expertise in cases involving traumatic brain injury and capacity issues. Ian Christian leads the overall London personal injury department.

Product liability: claimant Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell has a highly regarded practice, which is experienced in representing individuals and groups in claims relating to defective products and group actions. One area of expertise is medical negligence claims but the team has also noted an increase in work relating to claims arising from electrical and other consumer goods. Sallie Booth and Tim Annett are regularly instructed to handle pharmaceutical and life sciences cases. Birmingham-based Clive Garner, who jointly heads the team with Booth and Annett, is an expert in group actions. Associate Matthew Newbould is also noted. Named individuals are based in the firm's Sheffield office unless otherwise stated.

Civil liberties and human rights Tier 2

The 'excellent' team at Irwin Mitchell handles a wide range of civil liberties matters, focusing on judicial review, human rights, prison law and healthcare. Senior associate Fiona McGhie, who splits her time between London and Bristol, is skilled in bringing claims under the Human Rights Acts, particularly Articles 2 and 3, and in deprivation of liberty matters. Her fellow practice head, Yogi Amin, specialises in judicial review claims and public inquiries. Public law experts Andrew Arthur and Gus Silverman are also core members of the team.

Employment: employees/unions Tier 2

The Irwin Mitchell team has strengthened its offering recently with the hiring of several partners, including practice head Shah QureshiShazia Khan and Emilie Cole, who arrived from Bindmans LLP in June 2018. The newly fortified team advises employees on a range of matters including whistleblowing, discrimination, harassment, parental rights, restrictive covenants, unfair dismissal and redundancy. The team has an especially strong reputation for advising senior executives and professionals in the medical and healthcare, banking and financial services, and legal professional services sectors.

Employment: senior executives Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell assists an array of national and international businesses on all areas of employment law, pensions, tax and business immigration. Sybille Steiner - who regularly receives instructions from clients from German speaking countries on the full range of non-contentious and contentious employment matters - leads the team, which advises on matters including TUPE transfers, redundancies and restrictive covenants. Melanie Stancliffe  is another key member of the team, advising senior executives and corporates on executive terminations, boardroom disputes and high value tribunal claims, including those involving whistleblowing and discrimination. Shah Qureshi joined from Bindmans LLP in June 2018, and now leads the employment and professional discipline team in London - she joined alongside the 'exceptional' Shazia Khan and fellow partner Emilie Cole.

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell handles a significant volume of M&A deals in the smaller market space, and takes on international mandates as part of an overseas network of connected firms. The corporate practice is intrinsically linked to the firm's private client practice, and the teams offer a holistic service spanning both public and private. Bryan Bletso heads both the London corporate team and the firm's international offering, and is primarily engaged in private company work. Debbie Serota was hired from Darlingtons Solicitors, and is heavily active in the technology and real estate sectors.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Nick Rucker heads the team at Irwin Mitchell that focuses on complex and high-net-worth clients. It acts for clients from all over the world and has particular strengths in advising clients from Continental Europe, the Middle East, China, CIS and Russia. It works regularly with wealth creators (private equity and serial entrepreneurs), business owners including family-managed businesses and owner-managed business clients. Alex Ruffel has a focus on UK and international tax and trusts and regularly acts for non-UK nationals and non-UK domiciliaries who wish to relocate to or exit from the UK. Helen Clarke joined the team from BDB Pitmans.

Administrative and public law Tier 3

The team at Irwin Mitchell has a depth of experience in bringing judicial review challenges against local authorities concerning the provision of public services, such as in relation to special educational needs provision, healthcare reconfigurations, and hospital and library closures. The team handles public law challenges concerning human rights such as the Supreme Court application challenging the blanket ban on assisted dying (handled by Yogi Amin, senior associate Anne-Marie Irwin and associate Faith Salih). A diverse client base of charities, individuals and campaign groups instructs the team on public law challenges, with other mandates involving challenges to decisions made by the Crown Prosecution Service, applications against the Department for Work and Pensions and applications against a number of NHS trusts.

Asset based lending Tier 3

Led by the ‘exceptional' Jon Bew out of the firm’s Birmingham office, Irwin Mitchell’s three-partner team has strong ties with the ABL arms of commercial and clearing banks, as well as independent providers of finance, which it advises on new money transactions, the development of new products, litigation and restructuring. Although it is active on cross-border mandates, the firm has a strong presence in the domestic market, particularly on bilateral deals arising from invoice discounting transactions. Recently promoted to partner, the 'excellentNatalie Barnes is gaining a strong reputation in the domestic market and has recently handled a significant number of deals for new market entrant Arbuthnot Commercial Asset Based Lending. The firm is also well versed in handling restructuring and insolvency matters where the ABL product formed a central part of the original financing; Stephen George is particularly noted for work in this area.

Financial services: contentious Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell represents a range of companies and senior executives ranging from IFA networks, banks and hedge funds, to asset managers, traders and stockbrokers. The firm has expertise in serious and complex fraud, as well as regulatory work, and has increasing experience in the pensions sector. The practice is known for its knowledge of the FCA’s regulatory powers and also acts in SFO investigations. Sarah Wallace leads the team and handles matters including money laundering, pensions, fraud and internal investigations.

Healthcare Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell is 'a well respected practice' known for acting on behalf of claimants against NHS trusts, CCGs and other health and social care providers, as well as for developing the jurisprudence in 'right to life' matters, challenging the law on assisted dying and taking on complex national human rights cases relating to healthcare. Public law expert Yogi Amin has broad-ranging expertise in the fields of medical ethics, access to NHS healthcare, medical care and social care, and mental capacity, among others.  Senior associates Mathieu Culverhouse and Anne-Marie Irwin frequently support Amin in judicial review cases.

Professional discipline Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell 'undertakes a large range of matters' and 'the practice has an impressive depth of knowledge of the many regulatory frameworks in which professional disciplinary proceedings arise'. It covers financial services, medical, healthcare, legal, accountancy, police and law enforcement, along with actuaries, osteopaths and education; its work also includes the criminal, regulatory, employment and public law aspects of investigations. Shah Qureshi heads up the employment and professional discipline team in London. Associate director Paul Haycock and Yogi Amin in Sheffield are also key contacts, while the senior associates to note are Emma Windle and Craig Weston. Team changes include the arrival of Shazia Khan and Emilie Cole from Bindmans LLP, and the departure of Sarah Wallace for Constantine Law Limited in 2019.

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 4

Irwin Mitchell has a strong national offering through its offices in six locations nationwide. The team in London under the direction of Claire-Marie Cornford advises on a broad range of trust disputes for trustees and beneficiaries. It regularly advises on cross-border matters and acts for a wide range of clients, such as individuals, entrepreneurs, banks, executors, trustees, charities and beneficiaries.

Family Tier 4

Ros Bever heads the team at Irwin Mitchell that handles multimillion-pound contentious financial remedy cases as well as difficult children cases. Many of the cases have an international element and its client base comprises UK and foreign businessmen and women, entrepreneurs, City professionals and their spouses/partners. The team frequently advises individuals from the entertainment industry and is skilled at keeping these details out of the press. The group has increasingly been advising on pre- and post-nuptial agreements and it was pleased to add Toby Hales to its ranks from Seddons.

Regulatory investigations and corporate crime Tier 4

Irwin Mitchell advises corporates and individuals in relation to criminal liability, compliance and multi-jurisdictional investigations by organisations such as the SFO, FCA and HMRC. Other areas of expertise include preventative measures, insider dealing, internal investigations, bribery, corruption, fraud and financial crime. Key client sectors include consumer, education, financial services, manufacturing, real estate and TMT. Head of team Sarah Wallace left the firm for Constantine Law Limited.

Commercial property: development Tier 5

Irwin Mitchell's team of ‘highly professional, knowledgeable and responsive’ lawyers has a particular focus on residential and mixed-use development schemes, along with investment and development-related finance. The practice's offering is complemented by the wider firm's expertise in construction, planning litigation, leasehold enfranchisement and tax issues. International investors regularly instruct the team for residential purchases while the retail, office and industrial industries are among its sector specialisms. Ian Silverblatt joined Kingsley Napley LLP.

Contruction: non-contentious Tier 5

Irwin Mitchell's team advises on commercial investment projects, mixed use development and residential schemes, as well as PRS schemes. Gordon Anderson, who leads the team, has significant experience of retail and residential projects, and leads on much of the practice's key work, including advising Lab-tech on the construction contracts for the mixed use development of London's 101 Camley Street, including the construction of a bridge over Regent’s Canal.

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 5

Irwin Mitchell draws on the strength of its private wealth practice to position itself as a go-to name for international pensions arrangements, including in relation to offshore holdings and associated tax issues. Penny Cogher and Martin Jenkins also provide broad advisory support to trustees and sponsors for issues including Section 75 liabilities, scheme redrafting and scheme rule updating exercises (including in the context of scheme mergers), defined contribution master trusts, bulk transfers, GDPR obligations and pensions issues arising from corporate transactions.

Planning Tier 5

Mixed-use regeneration schemes are a strong point for the team at Irwin Mitchell, with advice spanning all aspects of the planning process including section 106 negotiations, viability reports, affordable housing requirements, and brownfield land regulations. Practice head Carl Dyer has particular expertise with mixed-use and residential-led schemes, developments in the education sector, and retirement living projects. The team advises on high-end residential developments in central London and provides planning-specific expertise on financing agreements and portfolio acquisitions. James Pavey focuses on contentious planning work including planning appeals and statutory inquiries in the High Court.

Employment: employers Tier 6

Irwin Mitchell assists an array of national and international businesses on all areas of employment law, pensions, tax and business immigration. Sybille Steiner - who regularly receives instructions from clients from German speaking countries on the full range of non-contentious and contentious employment matters - leads the team, which advises on matters including TUPE transfers, redundancies and restrictive covenants. Melanie Stancliffe  is another key member of the team, advising senior executives and corporates on executive terminations, boardroom disputes and high value tribunal claims, including those involving whistleblowing and discrimination. Shah Qureshi joined from Bindmans LLP in June 2018, and now leads the employment and professional discipline team in London - she joined alongside the 'exceptional' Shazia Khan and fellow partner Emilie Cole.

Intellectual property Tier 6

Irwin Mitchell is a key name to note for international brand management and IP strategy advice and litigation, with particular experience in the media and entertainment, professional and financial services, food and drink, and retail and leisure sectors. Practice head Georgie Collins handles a range of cross-border instructions relating to the full breadth of intellectual property rights, with a focus on risk and reputation management issues.

Professional negligence Tier 6

Irwin Mitchell's professional negligence team is instructed by claimants in disputes against architects, accountants, lawyers, financial advisers, insurance brokers and surveyors. The London team works closely with the firm's national network of offices to advise on disputes.

Commercial litigation Tier 7

Irwin Mitchell's 'members are hardworking, pragmatic and driven to find  practical and workable solutions to clients' problems'. The disputes practice covers commercial contracts, supply chains, breach of directors’ duties, corporate warranties, shareholders and partnerships, IP and IT disputes, injunctions, regulatory issues, and professional negligence claims. Jonathan Sachs is recommended for professional negligence, international commercial litigation and fraud matters, and Jane Anderson (who relocated to London from the firm's Birmingham office in 2018) and Dominique Dolman are the senior associates to note. Sarah Wallace left for Constantine Law Limited in 2019.


Irwin Mitchell's immigration department is regularly engaged by high-net-worth individuals on complex immigration mandates, working closely with the firm's international tax, trust and property experts to provide a full service. SMEs and corporate clients are also a key focus where the team is instructed by clients across the finance, manufacturing, construction and IT sectors. Department head Philip Barth, who joined in October 2018 from Withers LLP, has brought 'exceptional experience', particularly in advising high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth individuals on complex immigration and citizenship cases. Barth is noted for his extensive expertise in handling Tier 1 (Investor) mandates.


Irwin Mitchell is home to a 'strong travel law team' which is based across the London, Birmingham and Manchester offices. The sizeable team is instructed by claimants in international personal injury claims and specialises in acting for claimants who have suffered catastrophic injuries and acting for the families of individuals who have been killed in incidents around the world.  Among the team, which has an 'outstanding reputation', Clive Garner, who operates across the Birmingham and London offices, handles fatal accident claims, and also represents individual clients who have suffered serious injuries. Garner also has experience of complex group action claims and is leading on claims for the families of the British and Spanish passengers who were killed in the 2015 Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps. Philip Banks heads the accident sub-team within the international personal injury teams in Birmingham and Manchester, while Demetrius Danas heads the London international personal injury team and specialises in complex, and high-value claims. Jennifer Lund, who is also based in London, handles a range of cross-border claims.

The firm Nationally acclaimed, and with strong international capabilities, Irwin Mitchell is one of the few law firms that provide a diverse range of legal services to businesses and private individuals. It has a strong customer facing culture, and impressive client retention levels.

The company, which employs over 3,000 staff, operates out of 15 locations in the UK and has a modern, agile workforce with more than 400 staff adopting formal flexible working patterns and a dress-for-your-day policy among other popular initiatives.

Irwin Mitchell has won 15 awards in the past 12 months, including a LawWorks pro-bono award, best training contract for a national firm, firm of the year at the British Wills and Probate Awards, corporate lawyer of the year at the Insider South East Dealmakers Awards, excellent in client service awards for both business and private clients at the Birmingham Law Society Awards and personal injury team of the year at the Northern Law Awards 2019.

On top of its commitment to reducing its environmental impact and providing pro bono legal advice to those who cannot afford access to justice, the Irwin Mitchell Charities Foundation (IMCF), the firm’s independent registered charity, has made over £2m of charitable donations since its formation in 1997. In 2018, the IMCF donated more than £280,000 to 13 good causes around the UK, through Irwin Mitchell’s Charity of the Year programme.

PRINCIPAL areas of work One of the largest law firms in the UK, Irwin Mitchell provides a wide range of legal and financial services to individuals and businesses.

The firm was the third most active litigation firm in the UK courts in 2018 and is ranked as one of the most active deal-making law firms for corporate M&A by Experian.

Its legal and financial services are complemented by an extensive client feedback programme which helps refine the offer to provide what clients truly value. This is one of the reasons that clients are increasingly using more than one legal service line from the firm across both business and personal teams.

Personal Injury: The firm continues to be the market-leading personal injury and medical negligence litigation team in the UK. It offers a wide range of services covering all of the key injury types, from road traffic accidents and international personal injury claims, to product liability claims and catastrophic brain and spinal injury cases. The firm also has a national public law team and the UK’s leading Court of Protection practice.

Private Wealth: Irwin Mitchell advises on a full range of private client matters including ultra-high-value family and divorce law, international tax and trust work, succession planning, rural estates matters, and high-value residential property financing and sales. Its prestigious client base includes high and ultra-high-net-worth individuals including business owners and entrepreneurs, high-level executives, investors and multi-generational families.

Services to Businesses: The firm offers a wide range of commercial services. Areas of expertise include banking and finance, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, construction and infrastructure projects, corporate and commercial, employment, environmental, insolvency, international, investigations and prosecutions, pensions, planning, real estate, recoveries, restructuring and tax. The firm also has strength in several sectors including manufacturing, TMT, financial services, consumer businesses, education, media and sport.

Subsidiaries: Irwin Mitchell’s investment management business (IM Asset Management Ltd) provides specialist fund management services for private individuals. It acts for a wide range of clients including high-net-worth individuals and personal injury claimants. IM Wealth Management, which is part of and owned by IM Asset Management, provides expert financial planning, helping clients of all ages prepare for their current and future financial needs.

Irwin Mitchell owns a full service DCA (debt collection agency), Ascent Performance Group Limited, which covers all types of debt across the UK and Northern Ireland.

Coris UK Ltd, part of the Coris Group, is also part of the Irwin Mitchell Group, providing a worldwide network of services to a range of independent clients in the travel and insurance industries.

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Group chief executive Andrew Tucker
Group chairman Glyn Barker
Chief executive, personal legal services Craig Marshall
Chief executive, business legal services Vicky Brackett
Group finance director Richard Allen
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Number of partners : 249
Number of other UK fee-earners : 1,500+