Firm Profile > Irwin Mitchell > London, England

Irwin Mitchell
40 HOLBORN VIADUCT
LONDON
EC1N 2PZ
England

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell is a 'firm of choice' whose 'strength lies in the consistency of the talent'. The team makes full use of its national presence when handling a caseload of high-value and complex claims, mostly for brain damaged babies and adults left with severe neurological injuries. Practice head Alison Eddy has been leading on the landmark Supreme Court case XX v Whittington Hospital NHS Trust, with which senior associate Anne Kavanagh is also involved. 'Top quality partnerIan Christian has a sub-specialism in sporting injuries arising from substandard treatment provided by medical staff, while Auriana Griffiths regularly handles maximum severity injuries sustained at birth, including neonatal hypoglycaemia and cerebral palsy cases. Also notable is Anita Jewitt, who focuses on representing children who have suffered serious neurological and physical injuries caused by meningococcal septicaemia.

Practice head(s):

Alison Eddy

Other key lawyers:

Auriana Griffiths; Ian Christian; Leena Savjani; Anita Jewitt; Anne Kavanagh; Lauren Hurney

Testimonials

They are a firm of choice and have the lion’s share of the high-value claims in the market.

Alison Eddy is a big name in clinical negligence and has been at the top of her game for decades.

The Irwin Mitchell clinical negligence team is in the premier league of all such teams and it has a national presence.

The team’s strength lies in the consistency of the talent.

Alison Eddy is superb, and she has consistently attracted the best young (and not so young) solicitors and associates to work in her team.

One of the largest and best firms of solicitors in this field in the country.

Ian Christian is a top quality partner with great experience and ability.

Court of protection Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell has one of the largest and most established Court of Protection practices in England, and remains a 'groundbreaking team that has played a lead role in almost every top-tier Court of Protection case in the last decade'. The team advises on the full range of matters, from litigated ‘best interest’ disputes to property and affairs and welfare deputyships. In addition, it acts as a professional deputy or trustee on many complex, high-value cases. The public law and human rights team also assists in Court of Protection disputes, including advising on questions of whether an individual has capacity and issues surrounding serious medical treatment. The powerhouse practice is headed by Julia Lomas, Yogi Amin and Niall Baker. The team has seen some recent changes at a senior level with the departures of Alex Rook, Polly Sweeney and Anne-Marie Irwin to set up a new practice and the arrival of Oliver Studdert from Simpson Millar LLP.

Practice head(s):

Julia Lomas; Yogi Amin; Niall Baker

Other key lawyers:

Katie Thackray; Oliver Studdert; Lucy Nicol; Elizabeth Perry; Rachael Adams; Caroline Barrett; Mathieu Culverhouse; Damian Hodkinson; Gillian Hitchen; Sean Attwood

Testimonials

Irwin Mitchell remains one of the best by virtue of its size and ability to deal with the contentious and non-contentious realms’

‘This team cares – it is in its culture. Katie Thackray is very responsive to the needs of other lawyers in the litigation team as well as the clients themselves’

‘Niall Baker has an abundance of down-to-earth, practical common sense, a pleasant bedside manner, and an infectious sense of humour, which are – believe it or not – essential qualities in this area of the law and practice’

‘The whole team is excellent but Julia Lomas is exceptional. She has the ability to convey complex information to her clients in a way that makes them understand and feel involved. Julia Lomas and Niall Baker have an encyclopaedic knowledge of the practice area, and are excellent at supporting their teams and bringing out the best in their staff

It is a huge firm that can take on a range of cases. It has local offices around the country, meaning it has good local knowledge of the courts and public services. Yogi Amin is very well known in the sector

‘Yogi Amin is exceptionally good at seeing the wider picture, and being alive to the relevant political sensitivities (including institutional sensitivities)’

‘The team has huge experience in managing very large awards in personal injury claims, as well as dealing with other Court of Protection issues such as welfare. The lawyers have been at the forefront of this area of the law for many years

A very accessible team, always willing to discuss issues. Knowledgeable, approachable and very client centred. Caroline Barrett is knowledgeable and insightful – she is really good at helping me unpick the issues at hand and always able to offer practical solutions to often complex problems’

Key clients

Michael Davies

 

AP (instructed by the Official Solicitor)

CW (instructed by the Official Solicitor)

RSBH – 58 year old male of Jamaican heritage with diagnosis of Korsakoff’s dementia

MH

PS

YD, on behalf of her sister DD.

Education: individuals Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell, which is one of the 'best education firms in the UK', is a first port of call for many clients in SEN matters, disability discrimination claims and judicial reviews. Its work covers matters arising from school closures, reorganisations and transport policies, among other areas. The practice is led nationally by human rights specialist Yogi Amin in Sheffield. Cambridge-based Caroline Barrett is singled out for her expertise in health and social care, as well as her Court of Protection practice. Associate James Betts in Manchester acts for children across various areas of community care and has conducted a number of cases challenging local authority decisions. Former practice head Polly Sweeney left the firm along with two other individuals to form specialist education law firm Rook Irwin Sweeney LLP.

Practice head(s):

Yogi Amin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Irwin Mitchell is one the foremost and best education firms in the UK acting for individuals, and increasingly, for schools. The strength in depth in the team is outstanding with knowledge across the education sector, and also in related health and social care issues.’

‘The Education Team at Irwin Mitchell presents as an able efficient and exceptionally helpful group of individuals. It is always responsive to questions. It is a highly professional team.’

‘James Betts combines a first-class knowledge of education law with a warm and engaging personality. Clients love him for this. He has increasingly worked on major judicial review cases in the education sector, such as on SEN funding cuts.’

‘Caroline Barrett – Her education expertise is excellent, and is a real asset when combined with her expertise in health and social care. She is able to deliver excellent legal advice on complex issues involving overlap between areas.’

‘I appreciated Caroline Barrett’s calm manner, patience, and willingness to go the extra mile to ensure that we had everything we needed for our tribunal and that we understood the process.’

Key clients

L – an infant

C – a young person over the age of 16

S – parent of a child under 16

Kirstine Drexler

Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell offers 'enormous experience and resources' and fields 'star individuals' who are 'simply the best at catastrophic work'. The firm is known for handling a wide variety of PI work, including serious brain and spinal injuries, limb losses, and abuse and industrial disease cases. Newly promoted national team lead Tracey Storey 'provides strong leadership but also demonstrates compassion' when dealing with severely injured clients, supported by London managing partner Alison Eddy, who frequently obtains multimillion-pound settlements for children and adults who have suffered accidents resulting in permanent and profound disability. Also of note is the asbestos team, which is a 'leader in the field'; Ian Bailey and Joanne Jeffries are the key names in this area. The practice's international work is led by Demetrius Danas.

Practice head(s):

Ian Christian; Tracey Storey

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

Simply the best at catastrophic work with star individuals and enormous experience and resources.

Their asbestos team is a leader in the field.

No-one can match them in the right case.

Tracey Storey provides strong leadership but also demonstrates compassion to ensure the best possible outcomes for her team’s clients.

Irwin Mitchell is plainly a top-tier claimant PI firm.

Product liability: claimant Tier 1

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

Practice head(s):

Clive Garner; Sallie Booth; Tim Annett

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team at Irwin Mitchell are very knowledgeable when it comes to dealing with product liability cases. They deal with clients in a very kind way.’

‘We have been dealing with Tim Annett and I just cannot express enough how wonderful he is to deal with. He makes sure we understand the process along the way and is very quick to let us know of any developments. I feel that Tim handles cases in a very methodical and knowledgeable way and shows compassion to those he deals with.’

‘Very professional in the way they conduct themselves; high levels of empathy and understanding in sensitive situations. Sense of passion and commitment for what they do.’

‘Tim Annett – dedicated, hard-working to try to do everything possible to get a favourable outcome. Calm, empathetic, tenacious.’

‘This is a team with depth of experience. They are willing to take on difficult cases. One of the leaders in this field.’

‘The product liability team in Sheffield are one of the few true specialist teams in this field. They handle these cases every day and as a result i think have more in depth knowledge than more generalist lawyers.’

‘Matthew Newbould at the Sheffield office. He has a deep understanding of the unique issues raised by product liability law. I find him to be intellectually and technically very strong. He is good to work with because he gives a lot of thought to his cases and is strategic.’

‘Irwin Mitchell benefits from a brilliant and dedicated team with exceptional individual practitioners, and can fairly be regarded as one of the strongest players in the claimant product liability world.’

‘Sallie Booth combines pragmatism and common sense with a brilliant depth of knowledge of product liability law and practice. Her conduct of the vaginal mesh cases has been incredibly impressive. Tim Annett is compassionate and thorough, leaving no stone unturned to achieve results. His work in the hip cases was inspirational.’

Civil liberties and human rights Tier 2

Described as 'always on the ball and well-prepared', the civil liberties practice at Irwin Mitchell handles a range of human rights matters with an emphasis on claims against the police, prison law, and immigration mandates. Led by Yogi Amin, the team blends public law expertise with its focus on handling complex inquests cases; experienced practitioner Oliver Carter is a key name for the latter. Senior associates Fiona McGhie and Gus Silverman both have experience in bringing claims against the authorities. The team also handles referrals from NGO's including Inquest and The Public Law Project.

Employee/unions Tier 2

The employment and professional discipline team at Irwin Mitchell focuses on acting for employees, senior executives and professionals, with particular expertise in discrimination, victimisation and harassment, whistleblowing, pay and bonus disputes, restrictive covenants and post-termination restrictions, unfair dismissal and redundancy as well as settlement and mediation. The team combines employment law advice with professional discipline expertise enabling it to advise regulated professionals on overlapping employment and professional discipline issues. The practice head, Shah Qureshi, has an excellent reputation in pursuing discrimination and whistleblowing cases against large corporations and public bodies. Shazia Khan acts in particular for senior executives, focusing on complex high-value discrimination and sexual harassment, whistleblowing and contractual disputes whilst Emilie Cole  focuses on representing professionals in high value and complex whistleblowing actions and is regularly instructed by solicitors.

Practice head(s):

Shah Qureshi

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

A team which has gone from strength to strength since the arrival of three stellar partners: Shah Qureshi, Emilie Cole and Shazia Khan. Operates at the cutting-edge of employment law and is adored by clients.

Key clients

Judge Claire Gilham (v Ministry of Justice)

Mohamed Al-Obaidi (v Frimley NHS Foundation Trust)

Matthew Weston (v Eurogroup Consulting)

Charles Raw (v JLT Re & Guy Carpenter)

British Dental Association

Judge Kumrai (v Ministry of Justice)

Meena Agarwal (v Cardiff University & another)

Pauline Leonard (v the Whittington Hospital NHS Trust & others)

Mr AG Bailie –v- ADM Investor Services International Limited & Others

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 2

International work has been a big area of growth for Irwin Mitchell's corporate team, which recently became the main UK member of First Law International, a global network of over 85 law firms. The international group is led by Bryan Bletso who also heads the London corporate department and works primarily on private company work. The team has a strong reputation in the smaller deals space, working in close partnership with the firm's private wealth group to service a range of owner managers and directors. Leading the Iberian desk is James Paton-Philip, who works with private and public companies and has a particular focus on fast growth tech while Debbie Serota manages the Israeli desk and specialises in joint ventures, equity fundraisings and shareholder agreements.

Practice head(s):

Bryan Bletso

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Irwin Mitchell have a laser focus on long-term relationships. Partners look after clients exceptionally well and delegate to teams of people who are well briefed.’

‘Bryan Bletso has been a trusted adviser since 2007. He understands my business inside and out and is able to provide fast, effective advice at any time of the day or night. He is excellent at building a team around him and it is an equal pleasure to deal with his colleagues on all matters. I couldn’t even consider working with another firm while Bryan is at Irwin Mitchell.’

The team stands out for their pragmatic guidance throughout. What stood out most for me was the individuals absolute consistency in terms of demeanour and quality and quantity of work even when under pressure.

I have been dealing with the team for the best part of 18 months on a complex cross-border transaction involving multiple jurisdictions and sellers. I couldn’t recommend and praise them enough. They were at all times extremely professional while being personable and a pleasure to deal with. They always ensured someone (with suitable knowledge of the transaction) was available to deal with urgent issues and would give me the nudge when I was the one holding things up. The quality of the advice was outstanding and the team took all complexities (of which there were many) into account in providing it.

Key clients

Goal Group Limited

Bought By Many Ltd

Uniplaces Limited

Arctic Innovations Limited

Gratte Brothers Group Limited

2 Excel Aviation Limited

Borrow A Boat Ltd

Snowplow Analytics Ltd

Cube19 Limited

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Nick Rucker heads the 'excellent' team at Irwin Mitchell, which has been continuing to attract new work, including new clients in the cryptocurrency world as well as a wealthy Arab family. Other notable clients include individuals, families, trusts, trustees, family offices and other entities in the UK and internationally. The team has strong links in the key international financial centres of the Channel Islands, Switzerland and the Caribbean, and has particular expertise in advising clients from continental Europe, the Middle East, China, Africa and Russia. Rucker, the 'outstandingAlex Ruffel and George Merrylees in particular are skilled in providing complex tax and wealth structuring advice. Ashley Hill joined the team as a partner from BDO.

Practice head(s):

Nick Rucker

Other key lawyers:

Alex Ruffel; George Merrylees; Helen Clarke; Ashley Hill; Kate Caldwell

Testimonials

‘An excellent team. Highly professional and very responsive

Exceptional skill-set, clearly joined up and operationally effective, and very presentable. A great, easy to work with team

Alex Ruffel, in particular, is an outstanding lawyer. She is totally dedicated to her clients and contacts, and the advice she gives is always relevant and easy to understand. She is also very responsive. The best I have come across, quite frankly

Alex Ruffel is extremely bright, pragmatic and good with clients

Alex Ruffel is very capable, approachable and easy to work with. She is very good technically, responsive and practical. She is ably assisted by a small team providing nimble and timely support

Helen Clarke is an excellent technician, very personable and always tries to go above and beyond

Kate Caldwell is very competent and ably supports Alex

Senior executives Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell offers a wide range of services in employment law, and is distinguished by its work for international clients, particularly those from German or French-speaking countries. Dr Sybille Steiner heads up the national firm’s southern employment team across London, Gatwick and Southampton; she is also dual-qualified in German law. She has recently been advising a number of significant German corporate clients on the implications of Brexit. Shah Qureshi leads the London-based employment and professional discipline team, which has a strong reputation for advising senior executives from the healthcare, financial and professional services sectors. In this area, the team’s expertise includes whistleblowing, bonus disputes, unfair dismissal and restrictive covenant matters.

Practice head(s):

Shah Qureshi

Other key lawyers:

Shazia Khan; Emilie Cole; Sybille Steiner

Testimonials

‘This is a large firm which handles the service package with first class organisation. It is able to respond in high profile cases, offering an effective interface with the media.’

‘A team which has gone from strength to strength since the arrival of three stellar partners: Shah Qureshi, Emilie Cole and Shazia Khan. Operates at the cutting-edge of employment law and adored by clients.’

 

Key clients

Judge Claire Gilham (v Ministry of Justice)

Matthew Weston

Charles Raw (v Guy Carpenter Reinsurance)

Mohamed Al-Obaidi (v Frimley NHS Foundation Trust)

Meena Argarwal (v Cardiff University & Anor)

Mr AG Bailie –v- ADM Investor Services International Limited & Others

Nawal Kumrai v MOJ

Trustees of Hattron Pension Group Plan

D –v- DEFENCE UNLIMITED INTERNATIONAL LIMITED AND OTHERS

Administrative and public law Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell’s public law and human rights department brings judicial review challenges against local authorities, NHS bodies and other pubic bodies. Practice head Yogi Amin and Birmingham-based solicitor Oliver Carter are regularly engaged by charities, campaign groups and individuals, with recent matters involving challenges to service reconfigurations and hospital closures. Claims under the Human Rights Act and the Equality Act are a strong point for Amin and associate Faith Salih, including headline litigation concerning assisted dying. Mathieu Culverhouse leads on Court of Protection matters, with a focus on patient rights, community care and mental capacity law. Though the firm lost recommended partner Anne-Marie Irwin, it gained a high-profile hire in Oliver Studdert, previously Simpson Millar LLP’s practice head.

Practice head(s):

Yogi Amin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Yogi Amin, Mathieu Culerhouse and new recruit Oliver Studdert have many years of top-flight experience.

They have been the best in the business when it comes to health and social care judicial review and public law for decades. No one else comes close.

They are particularly good in being able to draw upon their cross-overs into other areas, e.g. Court of Protection.

I would give a particular mention to Caroline Barrett and Oliver Carter, both of whom I have worked with recently, and both of whom have wisdom and legal understanding far beyond their years of practice.’

Yogi Amin is still relatively young and is more responsible that anyone for making the team what it is today. Faith Salih and Caroline Barrett are two really first-class associates with big futures ahead of them. Oliver Studdart’s recruitment is a big coup for the firm as Oliver has loads of experience and is very well respected.

Oliver Carter is great to work with, hugely personable, really dedicated and it is clear that he cares a lot about his clients.

Yogi Amin is consistently excellent, and unflappable.

Key clients

Bower and Jackson

North Staffordshire Pensioners’ Convention

Healthcare Tier 3

The 'unique' team at Irwin Mitchell litigates on behalf of clients across a wide range healthcare cases, touching on issues such as human rights violations concerning end of life care, medical mistreatment and abuse allegations. Based in Sheffield, practice leader Yogi Amin handles public law and civil liberties matters, with expertise in mental capacity, safeguarding vulnerable adults, medical ethics, and access to NHS healthcare. Located in Manchester, Mathieu Culverhouse was promoted to partner in 2019 and specialises in patient rights and mental capacity law. While a trio of lawyers left to form Rook Irwin Sweeney LLP in April 2020, 'stand-out individualOliver Studdert joined from Simpson Millar LLP in 2020.

Practice head(s):

Yogi Amin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

My experience of Irwin Mitchell has always been excellent. have found all of the individuals I have worked with to be perceptive, proactive, and efficient. They are fully deserving of their stellar reputation.’

I would single out Irwin Mitchell employees for their thoroughness with cases, legal knowledge, and excellent tactical advice.’

Yogi Amin, Mat Culverhouse and Ollie Studdert are all top players in the field of healthcare law. They lead one of the strongest teams in the country.

Ollie Studdert is a stand-out individual here. Irwin Mitchell pulled off a real coup in recruiting him. His experience and expertise is second to none.

The practice is unique in that they make the legal process very accessible to communities that are disempowered by very powerful interests who are trying to ride roughshod over hospital and community health care services. We have found Irwin Mitchel very professional and approachable and user-friendly.’

We have been impressed by their proactive approach to our case. Even when our case has had setbacks from the court, they have not been fazed and have outlined the legal arguments that exist in the current law but are also prepared to push the envelope on law which has no precedent. We think this is very important because it shows that they have a deep interest in fighting for the enrichment of public law for the interests of all. We think their work is exceptional.’

Key clients

Noel Conway – Dignity in Dying

Tafeeda Raqeeb v. London NHS Trust

Bower and Jackson

North Staffordshire Pensioners’ Convention

R on the application of AA v Rotherham MBC

Gail and Matthew Rich (in relation to their children Nicole and Jessica Rich)

Aamir Mazhar

Professional discipline Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell's team is 'prompt and responsive to queries, and builds trust from the beginning'. It is best known for its advice to regulated professionals in the financial services, medical, healthcare, legal, and accountancy sectors. In addition, other areas of activity include police and law enforcement, actuaries, osteopaths and education. Clients benefit from the team's ability to assist with criminal, regulatory, employment and public law issues, as well as professional disciplinary matters. Shah Qureshi heads the London employment and professional discipline team. Also recommended is Shazia Khan, who acts for regulated senior healthcare professionals at consultant level. Another notable individual is Emilie Cole, who is regularly instructed by solicitors in SRA matters. Barrister and senior associate Craig Weston focuses on senior financial services and medical professionals.

Practice head(s):

Shah Qureshi

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team are always available to speak to and attract a very high level of client. Hard workers under the leadership of Paul Haycock, they are also very well respected.’

The team, run by Paul Haycock, has a friendly, calm and reassuring approach, which belies their steely resolve to get the best result for their clients. Preparation is the key with no stone being left unturned.’

The team were prompt and responsive to queries. The team were honest. That built trust from the beginning. The team were efficient in the manner in which they worked. The team were professional, but with a personal touch, which meant a lot to me – something that is truly unique!

Shazia Khan is a great human being. She seems to care and was always contactable and had patience and time, each time I did. She also had an immediate grasp of my case, was able to guide me through it and gave me hope, when I felt isolated and bashed up, by my employers. Her fees were transparent and it was always clear what I was paying for.’

The team at IM are able to draw upon a great deal of experience in complex criminal and regulatory cases involving large amounts of evidence, often technical and expert evidence. They are conspicuously thorough in their preparation.’

Key clients

Mohamed Al-Obaidi

Hanif Motiwala

Omer Karim

Terry Farr

Head of Futures Trading at an Australian bank

Solicitor

Wealth Planners

Doctor

Chief Risk Officer and Actuary

Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 4

Irwin Mitchell has 'a solid mid-market dispute resolution offering and is highly client focused'. The department handles a wide range of commercial disputes, involving commercial contracts, supply chains, pensions, breach of directors' duties, corporate warranties, and shareholders and partnerships. Other areas of strength are IP and IT disputes, injunctions, regulatory issues, and professional negligence claims. Jonathan Sachs is a specialist in professional negligence, commercial litigation and fraud. Professional negligence expert Jane Anderson and Dominique Dolman, who handles large-scale commercial disputes, are experienced senior associates.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Sachs

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

A good dispute resolution firm for all needs.

Jane Anderson is an exceptional litigator. Able to drive the team to its goal and charismatically lead the team and the client.

 

I regularly recommend Irwin Mitchell to clients that have approached me on a direct access basis. My own dealings with Irwin Mitchell and the experience of clients of mine that have worked with IM are: (1) IM are extremely approachable, client friendly and client focused; (2) Clients are generally very satisfied with the quality of service they get from IM; (3) IM have solicitors at various levels of seniority and are thus particularly able to tailoring their service to a client’s budget; (4) They are Rottweilers when they need to be but can play nicely too. The result is they can get the best out of opponents. (5) Cases are always beautifully prepared and everyone that is involved in a case is always entirely on top of things.

Jonathan Sachs is one of the most approachable and decent people I know. He identifies with the client to the extent that he really works to get the best results but remains sufficiently intellectually detached that he is able to give sensible advice. Most of the clients that we have in common trust JS to an extent that is unusual and he is able to speak to them with a frankness that few solicitor can. He has been around for a while and knows most of his opponents (counsel and solicitors), their foibles and has a phenomenal understanding of what will fly in court.

Dominique Dolman is one of the most easy to work with solicitors I know. DD is always on top of the cases. She is amazing at dealing with clients (probably the best client skills I have seen), fantastically aware of best litigation tactics and determined (more so than many of her peers) to get the best and most commercially sensible outcome for the client.

Jonathan Sachs is an extremely competent litigator who combines commercial acumen with a warm and engaging personality. One can see why his clients trust his advice.

Irwin Mitchell’s commercial litigation team is well able to operate at a level expected of city firms, significantly punching above its weight. Its smaller size (and regional offices) enable it to operate more flexibly than its bigger competitors without any dilution in the very high quality of service it is able to provide.

Dominique Dolman is an exceptionally good lawyer with wide-ranging experience of commercial disputes and a client-friendly touch, more than capable of managing high-value claims (in my own recent experience a number of claims valued well into 8 figures).

Samantha Leung is a very bright and detail-focused associate with a great future.

Bags of experience across the full spectrum of commercial dispute resolution. Responsive approaches to funding and a real appetite for pursuing appropriate resolution.

Jonathan Sachs – strong commercial acumen and not to be bullied.

Jonathan Sachs is a very savvy lawyer. He is legally knowledgeable (particularly in the prof-neg area) but his years of experience have given him an exceptional feel for how claims are likely to unfold and where the other side’s pressure points are likely to be. Every penny of value is eked out for the benefit of his clients with the settlement point usually right at the top end of the range for the cases concerned.

 

Key clients

Taray Investments Limited

Bellevue Homes Limited

Karen Jackson

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 4

Under the leadership of Claire-Marie Cornford, the team at Irwin Mitchell advises on a variety of national and international private wealth issues for high-net-worth clients, such as contentious trust matters, disputed wills and Court of Protection cases involving incapacity and financial abuses. Other strengths include advising on beneficial interest claims and proprietary estoppel matters, as well as high-value claims under the Inheritance Act 1975. The strong national offering advises clients ranging from successful entrepreneurs to landed gentry, charities, individuals and trustees.

Practice head(s):

Claire-Marie Cornford

Other key lawyers:

Kate Harris

Testimonials

Claire-Marie Cornford has established a team in London quickly and is involved in interesting cases. She is clearly developing the business at a pace. I enjoyed working with Claire-Marie and her team and found them to be effective and good to work with

Claire-Marie Cornford is a brilliant lawyer, as is her associate Kate Harris

Irwin Mitchell’s contentious private client practice is formidable. Claire-Marie Cornford is fantastic: she is very bright, dedicated to going the extra mile for her clients, and sensible in her approach to matters

‘Irwin Mitchell has a really experienced contentious trusts and probate team headed up by the very experienced and bright Claire-Marie Cornford. The firm has all the benefits of a large multi-office practice, whilst really retaining a personal touch

Claire-Marie Cornford leads from the front and is a focused and tenacious litigator. She has great experience with heavyweight private client litigation and is not afraid of a fight. She is very well supported by an excellent team. In particular, Kate Harris has really impressed me with her pragmatic and calm approach to difficult issues and aggressive opponents

‘Claire-Marie Cornford leads a dynamic and very capable team. Both she and Kate Harris inspire great confidence in their clients

‘Led by the very talented Claire-Marie Cornford in London, this is a busy team involved in lots of big litigation. It has the strength of being a nationwide team which is very much on the up in terms of attracting the big cases’

‘Claire-Marie Cornford is an excellent lawyer who is a real expert in this area. She has the skills and experience to deal with really big litigation and her client-handling skills are excellent

Claire-Marie is not only commercially minded but also technically strong. She has a lovely yet firm manner and deals well with difficult situations’

Family Tier 4

Irwin Mitchell has particular strength in international cases and alternative dispute resolution, as well as modern families matters. National team head Ros Bever has a particular specialism in complex high and ultra-high-net-worth cases, often involving trust assets and international issues. The highly experienced Toby Hales leads the London team on a day-to-day basis and is particularly known for his advocacy skills at all levels of court. The team also continues to attract complex work in the finance and private law children arena. Jenna Lucas has been promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Ros Bever; Toby Hales

Other key lawyers:

Jenna Lucas; Deborah Levy

Testimonials

‘Irwin Mitchell is one of the top all-round firms in the country and, as such, has access to expertise on virtually every area of law which touches on a matrimonial practice. This can be enormously useful in more difficult cases. Cases are always polished and well prepared. It is one of the few firms with a truly national reach’

‘A very experienced team of out-of-the-box thinkers who excel when the going gets tough and manage cases very professionally. Toby Hales is calm, grounded, extremely knowledgeable and articulate, and can get the message across in a very sharp and yet delicate way

Ros Bever is a natural leader who manages an impressive caseload alongside various management roles in the firm. She is a very talented lawyer and gives absolutely everything in every single case. I wish she would tell me how she fits it all in!

‘The private client team at Irwin Mitchell is first class. It is a strong team that consistently achieves excellent results for clients. The lawyers are a thoroughly nice bunch of people who are a joy to work with

Although great litigators, the lawyers also work hard with a view to limiting tensions if possible to ensure sensible agreements can be reached. The team has strength in depth and remains accessible. Jenna Lucas is a pleasure to work with

‘Jenna Lucas is a standout solicitor. She is tactically excellent, justifiably confident in her own abilities and extremely hardworking. She is always completely on top of her cases and misses nothing. Clients love her’

Deborah Levy is vastly experienced and her judgement is impeccable. Clients trust her and know she will get results’

Deborah Levy is very collaborative, solutions focused, knowledgeable and knows what she is doing

Key clients

Patrick Sheridan

Construction: non-contentious Tier 5

Irwin Mitchell's non-contentious practice is led by Gordon Anderson, who 'has a solution for all outcomes'. The practice acts on residential schemes, mixed-use developments and fit-out projects. Clients include law firms, property developers and private equity houses. Anderson's expertise lies in development work in London with a primary focus on co-working schemes.

Practice head(s):

Gordon Anderson

Testimonials

‘The team is experienced and well-informed on current developments and case law – they give objective and measured advice consistent with my generally risk averse sensibilities.’

‘Gordon Anderson is a very specialist construction lawyer and has a solution for all outcomes. He not only understands the law but he also understands our business, which is useful when trying to find pragmatic solutions. Gordon always responds to emails quickly and even though he is our lawyer, he is regarded as our team member.’

‘I have worked with Gordon Anderson over recent years and find him very in tune with our preferred approach which is clear and concise. He has a logical and considered approach and is very adept at explaining any particular issue in a succinct and readily understandable manner.’

Key clients

Caudwell Properties

Blackstone

LabTech

PJT Partners

Liberty

Lombard

Arora

Peel Holdings

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 5

Irwin Mitchell’s IP and media team is retained by clients across the sports, technology, financial services and FMCG sectors for trade mark, copyright and design protection and enforcement issues. Practice head Georgie Collins regularly handles EUIPO opposition proceedings, recently for Conan Doyle Estates in relation to the Sherlock Holmes brand. Online infringement is also a strong point for the team, including website suspension and domain name disputes.

Practice head(s):

Georgie Collins

Testimonials

Georgie Collins is always deeply committed to her clients’ cause, hard-working, determined, commercially minded and with loads of experience across the sector.

Key clients

SkySync, Inc

Lily’s Kitchen Limited

Sweaty Betty (Lady of Leisure Ltd)

Whispering Smith Limited

Conan Doyle Estates Limited (Sherlock Holmes)

Capita plc

Giles Long/Lexicon Decoder Ltd

The British Chambers of Commerce

Beauty & the Boutique

Globe Business Publishing (Apply 4 Law & Lexology brands)

Industrie Clothing

International Broadcasting Convention

Cotton On

Bombas

Project Management Institute

Micheldever Tyre Services

Worldgift.com

Simply Brands

Uniplaces

Stevie Wonder

Waterloo Air Products plc

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 5

National pensions head Martin Jenkins and Penny Cogher lead the pensions team at Irwin Mitchell. With an emphasis on clients in the education, charity and manufacturing sectors, the firm utilises its private wealth knowledge to deliver specialist expertise in matters such as pensions tax. In addition, clients can draw on the firm's strong track record of advising on auto-enrolment, re-enrolment, contribution increases, salary sacrifice and the impact of TUPE transfers. For developing areas of law, it is increasingly working on DB risk management (buy outs, guarantees and funding agreements), DC governance and mastertrust issues.

Practice head(s):

Penny Cogher; Martin Jenkins

Testimonials

I have found the team both technically very knowledgeable and very responsive to the requirements of the particular client. They are constructive and tactful in dealing with difficult situations‘.

Penny Cogher was very readily available when necessary as a result of tight deadlines‘.

Key clients

Pan Trustees

Brown Shipley

Guinness Mahon

Owners of the Waterloo Group Ltd

Planning Tier 5

Irwin Mitchell's London planning team works closely with the national firm's other lawyers around the UK to deliver a service known best for its work on mixed-use regeneration schemes. Retirement living has also been a recent strength and area of client growth. Recently promoted partner Nicola Gooch is the key contact across London and Gatwick following the retirement of former practice head Carl Dyer; Claire Petricca-Riding now leads the newly combined planning and environment department from Manchester.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Gooch

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Irwin Mitchell’s planning team are an incredibly adept and proactive set of staff, with complementary areas of expertise.’

‘Nicola Gooch is an outstanding lawyer to deal with, with the ability to give sound legal advice in a commercial and strategic way. Her sensible, clear and pragmatic advice is easy to digest, underpinned by a robust understanding of planning law and the legal system. Nicola works hard to make sure she is always on hand to provide informal or formal advice rapidly, which is incredibly valuable, and has an excellent talent for making you feel like her only clients. Nicola’s professional qualities are complimented by her personable and friendly approach which make an absolute pleasure to work with.’

Key clients

Welbeck Land

Grange Bedfont Limited

The Congregation of The Sisters Of Nazareth

Jaspar Group

Octopus Property

HSBC UK Bank Plc

Employers Tier 6

Irwin Mitchell offers a wide range of services in employment law, and is distinguished by its work for international clients, particularly those from German or French-speaking countries. Dr Sybille Steiner heads up the national firm’s southern employment team across London, Gatwick and Southampton; she is also dual-qualified in German law. She has recently been advising a number of significant German corporate clients on the implications of Brexit. Shah Qureshi leads the London-based employment and professional discipline team, which has a strong reputation for advising senior executives from the healthcare, financial and professional services sectors. In this area, the team’s expertise includes whistleblowing, bonus disputes, unfair dismissal and restrictive covenant matters.

Practice head(s):

Sybille Steiner; Shah Qureshi

Other key lawyers:

Shazia Khan; Emilie Cole

Professional negligence Tier 6

Irwin Mitchell's London team works alongside lawyers in the national firm's other UK offices to aid claimants in disputes against a range of professional services firms. The team has experience advising on claims against  architects, accountants, lawyers, financial advisers, insurance brokers and surveyors.

Immigration

Key areas of work at Irwin Mitchell include corporate immigration and sponsor licence cases, British nationality cases and cases requiring discretionary treatment, European freedom of movement law and assisting high net worth individuals with citizenship cases. The team regularly acts for clients in the finance, manufacturing, construction, engineering, education, travel and IT sectors. Highly regarded practice head Philip Barth has extensive experience in complex citizenship matters and right to work legislation.

Practice head(s):

Philip Barth

Other key lawyers:

Mandeep Khroud; Ben Xu

Testimonials

‘The team are very professional and efficient.’

‘The senior immigration team is exceptional – they know what they are doing.’

‘Ben Xu is a delight to work with – approachable, responsive, a brilliant legal mind, always thinks outside of the box, and to say that he goes extra miles for his clients is just an understatement.’

‘Ben Xu is responsive and pragmatic – he has an excellent grasp of the complexities in his area of practice.’

‘Philip Barth and Mandeep Khroud have a large knowledge in the field, they are objective and deliver what was agreed.’

Travel

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

Practice head(s):

Neil Whiteley

Other key lawyers:

Clive Garner; Philip Banks; Demetrius Danas; Cheryl Palmer-Hughes; Jennifer Lund; Suki Chhokar; Kylie Hutchison; Clare Pearson; Amandeep Samra; Jatinder Paul; Mandy Pahal; Sarita Sharma,

Testimonials

‘The leaders of the pack. If you get injured overseas, this is who you want on your side.’

‘Demetrius Danas – unflappable, knows his stuff, knows his opponents. Jennifer Lund – hard fighter, excellent judgement.’

‘Philip Banks is a partner with long experience of dealing with international injury claims – specialising in catastrophic injury or multiple injury cases. Jatinder Paul is a solicitor with great experience and knowledge of this area of law.’

‘Demetrius Danas has an encyclopedic knowledge, fantastic judgment and lives and breathes international personal injury law.’

Key clients

Boeing Max

Sousse

Trafigura

Dana Air

Germanwings

Airbus Helicopter

Agriculture and estates Tier 1

The rural businesses and estates team at Irwin Mitchell advises private, commercial, and educational clients on matters such as high-value tax planning advice, the development of land, transactional property work, agricultural tenancies, and property management work. Supplementing the Newbury office's work, the firm opened a new Reading base in 2019, increasing its national reach. Practice leader James Pavey advises on large rural landholdings, environmental issues, and property transactions, amongst other areas. Partner Andrew Parry specialises on inheritance issues, probates, and family trusts.

Practice head(s):

James Pavey

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The firm has a fine reputation for its strong brand of legal services. Having a number of offices means they are able to offer a wide-ranging service in convenient locations.

James Pavey is always totally committed to the clients and their needs. He goes the extra mile and has an outstanding knowledge of countryside law.’

Key clients

Green Lanes Environmental Action Movement

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Acting both regionally and nationally, the team at Irwin Mitchell deals with a wide spectrum of contested matters concerning the validity of wills and lifetime gifts. As well as advising on the construction and rectification of wills, the practice also acts in family provision claims for spouses and dependants, and handles Court of Protection matters concerning instances of financial abuse. Under the leadership of Paula Myers, the group has handled an increasing number of farming partnership and family business disputes, particularly those involving proprietary estoppel and succession upon death issues. Also key to the practice is James Laycock, who regularly handles cases involving allegations of breach of trust.

Practice head(s):

Paula Myers

Other key lawyers:

James Laycock; Richard Smaller

Testimonials

An absolute behemoth, they have a truly national team of sector-leading experts.

An experienced lead in the form of the formidable Paula Myers.

James Laycock is charming and highly skilled.

The partners are extremely experienced and knowledgeable, while the associates are efficient and practical with a lot of common sense.

Paula Myers leaves no stone unturned for her clients. She also heads up a brilliant team, who are very well trained to drill down into the detail.

Richard Smaller is an impressive associate whose determination and diligence help to secure excellent results for his clients.

They are focused on providing solutions to problems, and are happy to be flexible in finding the approach which best fits any given case.

James Laycock is an outstanding lawyer – his strategic and tactical brain is up there with the best of them.

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

The team at Irwin Mitchell litigates on behalf of individuals, banks, trustees, and charities in complex and high-value matters concerning the validity of wills and lifetime gifts, proprietary estoppel claims, and Court of Protection matters concerning financial abuse. Practice leader Paula James specialises in litigation involving both national and international complex trust and probate disputes. Senior associate Stephen Ireland focuses primarily on wills, trust, and estate disputes, while senior associate Margaret Windram represents clients on complex trust disputes and Court of Protection disputes.

Practice head(s):

Paula James

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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

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.’

Paula James is extremely responsive, knowledgeable, and a pleasure to deal with.’

There is strong leadership from the top: you can see that the team works really well together.

Paula James has the experience. I refuse to believe that there is anything Paula has not seen and dealt with before.’

Corporate and commercial: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell advises clients on matters ranging from  collaboration deals, share disposals, mergers and acquisitions, and investments from venture capital and private equity. The corporate side of the team is led by Daniel Bastide, who also leads the small cap group, while Stuart Padgham  leads on commercial matters, advising on issues  including  outsourcing and other commercial contracts. Another key contact is Faye Bargery, who is experienced in advising private equity clients on corporate transactions. The team is based in Gatwick but works alongside Irwin Mitchell's offices in Birmingham and London.

Practice head(s):

Dan Bastide; Stuart Padgham

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Key clients

Nuffield Health

Saga Group

LzLabs GmbH

Destiny Pharma

Marco Limited

Air Partner

Micheldever Tyre Services

Birkenstock

Dualit

Environment and planning Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell has a strong track record in promoting mixed-use regeneration schemes involving former brownfield land, and the team is also currently seeing more work within the retirement living sector. Former Brabners LLP practice head Claire Petricca-Riding joined in late 2019 to lead the national practice from Manchester; in Gatwick, newly promoted partner Nicola Gooch is a regeneration project specialist, while James Pavey handles significant contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Claire Petricca-Riding

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The planning team work well together, which makes them very responsive, and enables them to address matters quickly and efficiently.

I have worked with Nicola Gooch on a number of planning judicial reviews. She is extremely diligent and particularly adept at communicating with her clients, being able to step into her clients’ shoes with ease and think of creative solutions.

Key clients

Artisan Bristol City Wall

Greater Brighton Metropolitan College

Chichester College

Macar Developments

The Jaspar Group

Seaward Properties

Welbeck Land

GLEAM

Save our Valleys

Family Tier 1

The family team at Irwin Mitchell focuses on high-value matrimonial finance matters, but also has expertise in children law, including child abduction cases. Team head Nicola Walker, who arrived from the firm's Birmingham office in 2017, has overseen considerable growth in the firm's South West offering. Her areas of expertise include handling complex, high-value financial disputes for high-net-worth individuals. Other strengths of the team include pre and post-nuptial settlements, as well as professional negligence matters arising out of matrimonial work. A notable area of work is advising US nationals in the UK, where associate Erin Sawyer is particularly experienced.

Practice head(s):

Nicola Walker

Other key lawyers:

Hayley Trim; Erin Sawyer; Marjha Golding-Evans

Testimonials

This team gives realistic and sensible advice. They charge a reasonable fee for it. They are extremely able lawyers.

Nicola Walker is an extremely wise person and an excellent lawyer. She gives realistic advice and provides robust representation.

Irwin Mitchell somehow offer clients the best of both worlds. A small specialist family team offers a very high standard of personal service and considerable expertise in the field. Access to colleagues in other parts of a large firm enables the family team to draw quickly and easily upon the experience of others when necessary. I would not hesitate to recommend them.

Nicola Walker is a good lawyer and a good leader. She is calm under fire. She is quick to understand the legal, factual and emotional complexities of a case. She is brilliant at reassuring and supporting her clients. Erin Sawyer has a ‘no nonsense’ approach which is to be highly commended. She gives clear, frank advice and is a staunch advocate of her client’s case.

Erin Sawyer is a brilliant lawyer who works collaboratively but is also a highly competent litigator. Her strategic skills are excellent and she consistently gives her clients measured and sensible advice. Erin is a great team player and excellent to work with. Her cases are very well prepared.’

Family Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell is instructed on a diverse range of work in the family space and specialises in sensitive, high-value work with a cross-border component. International prenuptial agreements, defamation issues, and media work to obtain High Court injunctions to prevent adverse publicity and disclosures relating to children are notable areas of strength. The team is headed up by Ros Bever, who has an enviable track record of Supreme Court successes, attracting an assortment of high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth clients. Nathaniel Groarke, one of the only Resolution accredited international specialists in the North West region, and senior associate Hannah Saxe, an international surrogacy expert, are further names to note.

Practice head(s):

Ros Bever; Nathaniel Groarke

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Exceptional service akin to a London City law firm. Straight-talking yet empathetic with excellent advice. The go-to Manchester firm.’ 

‘Exceptional interpersonal abilities whilst fighting clients’ corners.’ 

‘It’s a well-established practice with a wide range of expertise. My circumstances were extremely complex and unusual. These were dealt with appropriately but required skill and expertise which was available in the firm.’

‘Hannah Saxe was the stand out star in the whole process. She went the extra mile time and time again. Her assertive diplomacy ensured that the other side (as it were) were held to account at all times. Her advice was accurate and realistic.’ 

‘The family team at Irwin Mitchell, led by the inimitable Ros Bever, is remarkably strong for a regional team. They are by a distance the strongest team that I have worked with outside of London, with strength in depth at each level, from Partner to junior associates.’ 

‘Ros Bever is a force of nature. Those attracted by her reputation for dealing with high profile cases will not be disappointed.’ 

‘The team is very much viewed as a market leader by all and rightly so. They have an in-depth knowledge of all practice areas which they cover which, in turn, not only makes life easier for Counsel when instructed but also secures great outcomes for clients.’ 

‘Ros Bever has a reputation as a ‘rock star’ both within the firm and amongst financial remedies practitioners nationally, if not internationally.’ 

Family: Birmingham Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell has a large family law team that continues to attract numerous cases away from London. The team is regularly instructed in High Court matters in excess of £10m and is particularly recommended for its work on wealth protection, with a particular focus on the Asian market as well as clients in the sports arena. Other strengths lie in its children and modern families work. Head of department Clare Wiseman specialises in dealing with international clients, often with a celebrity status. Sarah Balfour has significant experience of assisting clients who have suffered personal injury or clinical negligence injuries with divorce proceedings and pre-nuptial agreements. Zahra Pabani  joined the team from Shakespeare Martineau LLP. Pabani has a particular specialism in dealing with the financial aspects on marriage and relationship breakdown for wealthy individuals. Mark Hands has been promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Clare Wiseman

Other key lawyers:

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

Testimonials

Irwin Mitchell has an outstanding family team. The lawyers are receptive to change, responsive, thorough, well-informed and personable‘.

The family department is a leader in the field in this area. It is able to provide exceptional service to clients in a personal and sensitive way. The team is very well established and it offers fantastic support to each other from root to tip, enabling a top-class service to clients from all members of the team‘.

Clare Wiseman is a very capable lawyer and leads a very good team – Zahra Pabani should be a great addition to the team. Sarah Balfour is very efficient and Mark Hands will rise through the ranks quickly‘.

I like the fact that Zahra Pabani is direct, no nonsense and a ball of energy. Completely fabulous. You will never leave a conversation with Zahra not knowing where you stand‘.

Mark Hands is funny, responsive, extremely thorough as well as having an encyclopaedic knowledge of the law. He writes concise, detailed, clear letters of instruction and makes our life easier as a result‘.

The team has a range and depth of experience, and some unique areas of expertise, with great leadership. The partners are all approachable and “hands-on”. Sarah Balfour – sensible, proactive advice‘.

Clare Wiseman and Sarah Balfour are extremely competent. Mark Hands is extremely bright – clever beyond his years. He gives realistic advice but is extremely tough. I have seen him go toe to toe with the best in London and win‘.

Key clients

Kenny Brack

Family: elsewhere in Yorkshire Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell covers the full breadth of family law work with a particular focus on high-net-worth financial cases. The team also specialises in alternative dispute resolution including collaborative law expertise. Notable developments include a price certainty offering for financial cases and nuptial and cohabitation agreements handled at a fixed-fee rate. Zoe Round, who took over as practice head in 2019 from the retired Martin Loxley, specialises in complex high-value financial cases involving property portfolios, businesses and trusts.

Practice head(s):

Zoe Round

Other key lawyers:

Helen Revill; James Henshall; Maisie Huynh

Testimonials

The team were able to offer me a full legal package from family advice to assisting me with company matters and potential tax issues that may arise from my divorce. I’m not sure a smaller firm would be able to offer all the advice in-house. There was always a member of the team available to advise me on pressing matters that arose quickly and needed dealing with instantly.

Helen Revill led the whole team very professionally and delegated works according to the timescales that were imposed on me. Helen made sure all documentation and advice was submitted and given on time whenever required. I always felt my matters were dealt with quickly and professionally and I had total faith in all advice given.

IM were absolutely brilliant in the way they supported me. The overall impression of the firm is professional, confident, experienced and full of vibrant staff. The building itself is impressive, and it seems to be able to accommodate all meeting sizes, and can cater for all visitors and staff extremely well.

Zoe Round and James Henshall were amazing. They were kind and thoughtful, as well as being really competent and effective. Zoe always answered my calls and texts, and James always seemed to be at work, even after 6pm on Friday nights, and nothing was too much trouble. They made me feel comfortable, relaxed and valued at all times. I feel lucky to have met them.

Depth of knowledge and expertise with empathy towards clients and their situation.

Maisie Huynh is outstanding – her approach to my case and diligence was exemplary. The support she has given me and my family is above and beyond what I would have expected.

Media and entertainment Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell's media and entertainment team includes sector specialists Aurelia Butler-Ball and Thomas Barnard, as well as team lead Stuart Padgham, a noted expert in commercial contracts. Catering for social influencers and music industry figures, the practice also advises clients in the film, advertising and digital fields. The team handles complex matters such as estates management and exploitation rights, while clients can also benefit from the firm's disputes expertise (with an emphasis on employment issues) as well its strong track record in risk and reputation management.  

Practice head(s):

Stuart Padgham

Testimonials

The team is very commercial – they look for practical solutions‘.

Always available as a sounding board‘.

Key clients

Lady Leshurr

Rose and Rosie

Conan Doyle Estate Limited

The Sports Sphere

Knee Deep In Life

DK Music Management

Planet Eat Media

Rev Fitness

Hologramica 1 Y

Estate of Lee Millar

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell is widely considered as one of the 'leaders in the field' for both clinical negligence and personal injury matters. The Southampton team is overseen by office managing partner and mesothelioma expert Guy Darlaston. The clinical negligence group, which is headed by Justine Spencer, handles brain and spinal cord injuries with a specialism in neonatal injury, negligent spinal surgery, and catastrophic neurological injuries. Rebecca Brown is the recommended contact alongside Spencer and has vast experience in representing clients in claims relating to injuries during childbirth. Elsewhere, Claire Howard leads the serious injury team which comprises Andrew Buckman who has expertise on armed forces claims and other military-related matters. Asbestos disease matters are overseen by senior associate Nicola Maier.

Practice head(s):

Claire Howard; Justine Spencer; Andrew Buckham; Guy Darlaston

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Brown; Nicola Howard

Testimonials

‘A national market leader that has built its reputation on personal injury litigation.’

All members of the team show an excellent depth of legal knowledge and client management skills from partner level down. They are real specialists in this area and it shows in their approach to their cases. The good client care they have is vital since these are almost always highly distressing cases involving fatalities or shortened life expectancy.’

‘Guy Darlaston is a class act with huge knowledge about mesothelioma cases. He has clear expertise in the most difficult and valuable cases and is able to spot novel lines of argument where others would miss them.’

‘I have worked with Justine over many years and have never failed to be impressed by her work ethic and dedication to a case. Always on top of the detail and picks up on those arguments that others would often miss.

Terrific PI and clin neg team – true leaders in the field!’

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell has an outstanding and large team. On the clinical negligence side it continues to specialise in the most complex, varied and high-profile cases including birth injury cases, stillbirth, neonatal deaths, cosmetic/dental surgery as well as spinal and brain injuries as a result of negligence, cancers and mental health. Led by six partners, the department is committed to rehabilitation and the ongoing care needs of clients and attempts to secure early interim payments for its clients. The personal injury team also handles a substantial caseload of high-value claims dealing with children and adults who have sustained brain injuries, spinal injuries, limb loss and multiple orthopaedic traumas. The practice is regularly involved in cases involving fatalities, psychiatric injuries, severe burns and loss of vision and is made up of two partners. The child abuse group is well respected and has ten lawyers who specialise in dealing with cases against individuals, local authorities, schools and religious organisations. The public health team handles group claims in relation to food poisoning and other illnesses throughout England and Wales and the specialist mesothelioma and lung cancer team is highly recommended. Its large international personal injury team is also well-regarded for clients who have suffered serious injuries while abroad.

Practice head(s):

Luke Daniels; Sara Burns; Mandy Luckman; Lisa Jordan; Lindsay Tomlinson; Emma Rush; Alida Coates; Satinder Bains; Stephen Nye; Hilary Wetherell; Clive Garner; Philip Banks

Other key lawyers:

Tom Fletcher; Jenna Harris; Rosalie Reading

Testimonials

The leading firm in the country for PI and clinical negligence. Vast resources. Highly motivated and highly skilled teams. Exceptionally well led by a team of highly competent and experienced partners’.

The best in Birmingham. Very strong individuals, great resources. Emma Rush – brilliant, dedicated, hardworking – difficult to imagine a better solicitor‘.

The clinical negligence team is efficient and shows huge attention to detail –  leaves no stone unturned in its pursuit to achieve the very best outcome for clients. Although there are many different personalities who work at Irwin Mitchell the key characteristic is that there is a cohesion within the firm to work towards a set of deeply embedded shared values woven into the fabric of the company‘.

The industrial injuries team is an extremely competent and friendly group of solicitors in the traditional centre of manufacturing in the West Midlands. The experience this team has enables it to have built up a detailed knowledge of industry. Alida Coates and Satinder Bains deserve a special mention‘.

Luke Daniels is extremely able, bright, thorough, really cares for his clients and fights hard to get them the best result he can. Instils those same virtues into the rest of his team. Tom Fletcher – disarmingly relaxed solicitor who is at the top of his game in clinical negligence‘.

You never feel as though you are just a file when you speak to Sara Burns. Sara has not only extensive legal knowledge but she conveys a genuine interest in her clients and their outcomes. One of Sara’s strongest qualities is that she is able to explain the legal position of a case well‘.

The whole department fields very strong teams who all very much work together as a team. Hilary Weatherill is very experienced and Stephen Nye is excellent‘.

Jenna Harris – hardworking, great judgement, practice beyond her years. Rosie Reading has excellent people skills and is an asset to the Irwin Mitchell team‘.

Key clients

Masen Rushton-Walley

Jack Robinson-Morris

Robert Walker Deceased

Claimant male aged 7

Catherine Hartley

32 year old female

Chelsie Thomas

Sarah Haywood

Kathryn Corbin

Jenson Francis

Mr J

AC

KG

JS

Brian Greaves

Claims for families against Boeing following the crash of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft operated by Ethiopian Airlines (Flight ET302)

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Cambridge is a key centre of the national personal injury and clinical negligence practices of Irwin Mitchell, which has offices across the country. The firm has a pre-eminent reputation for serious brain, spinal, amputee and other complex injuries, as well as having niche expertise in armed forces and asbestos disease cases. Neil Whiteley and Guy Forster are the practice heads. Head of serious injury  Ruth Booy and Ministry of Defence claims specialist Simon Harrington are highly recommended. Sarah Wealleans, Gurpreet Lalli, Alexander Davenport, Samantha Shaw and Sophie Bales are a few of the firm's highly regarded associates in the region.

Practice head(s):

Neil Whiteley; Guy Forster

Testimonials

This is one of my favourite teams that I enjoy working with. The whole team is a pleasure to work with. They have good cases. Their Letters of Instruction are detailed and are really good in telling one what they want from me.

I have worked with Guy Forster for many years now. Guy understands the medicine and gives clear and precise instructions so one knows what is required on each case. Guy puts his clients at the centre of his work and leads his team exceptionally well. He is an excellent role model to his team.

An excellent team throughout without exception, providing efficient, polite and rapid responses.

The team is uber-professional – quick and efficient in all areas. Irwin Mitchell stands out from the crowd.

My experience of this team is in personal injury claims involving members of the HM armed forces. This team has very in-depth knowledge of the military and that, married with an expert understanding of personal injury law, results in me, as counsel, being given extremely helpful instructions, as well as assistance during conference.

I work predominately with Alexander Davenport and have done so for a couple of years. He is head and shoulders above his competitors in his fine-grain understanding of the military and PI law. He is professional, rigorous and empathetic; he is quick to establish a bond of trust with his clients who appreciate his frank advice delivered sensitively.

The team has, I think, a strong supportive approach. The team has both medical and legal experience and extensive contacts with experts and counsel. There is usually “hands-on” partner involvement in all cases. From my perspective, the team provides an excellent and highly personal service. Instructions are always well prepared and the documentation carefully collated, sorted and presented.

The team has good experience and expertise of the underlying medical issues. Without exception, those with whom I have regular contact have outstanding people skills and are very conscientiousness. Hand in hand with this is an insistence on high standards from me as counsel and from all the experts instructed on the client’s behalf. Clients also get early sensible advice. If the claim has no merit or the prospects of success are remote the client is told that at the outset. Again this is not always the case with other firms.

Guy Forster sets the tone for the team. He is an excellent solicitor and is totally committed to his clients. Clients routinely comment to me on his warmth and dedication. I sense that they feel he understands and supports them. He works incredibly hard and I have been very impressed by his attention to detail in a number of cases. He is firm in negotiations but his excellent client care skills do not prevent him giving difficult advice when it is necessary.

I was extremely impressed by Guy Forster’s handling of one particularly difficult client who, although very disappointed, nevertheless respected the advice she was given by him. He is intelligent, enthusiastic and able. Despite his responsibilities as head of the team, he has a large and loyal client following. This is reflected in the sources of his new work which include recommendations from counsel, other solicitors, AvMA and former clients.

I rate Sarah Wealleans very highly. She is sympathetic with clients and tough with opponents. I respect her judgement and have taken on cases with her which I would have declined from a solicitor in whom I had less trust. She is a good and determined negotiator often taking on and succeeding with claims which other solicitors have refused. She has first class client care skills and many of her clients are clearly devoted to her. She is patient with demanding clients but importantly does not shy away from doing or saying difficult things. Being caring and honest also helps her retain the confidence of her clients.

The military PI team in the Cambridge office is one of the best in the country, with a great depth of knowledge and insight into military life, training, kit, equipment and operations which helps the efficient and effective running of a military PI case. They are also extremely good at the tactical side of the litigation. They do a great job for their clients.

The clinical negligence team at the Cambridge office is extremely good and has a great breadth of experience. They are used to handling the most complex of cases and those of the highest value and in every case ensure that the client is at the centre and is well looked after. I would say that this is the best clinical negligence team in the region.

Simon Harrington knows more about military injuries and life than most solicitors in this area in the country. He is extremely knowledgeable, very impressive and great tactically. Clients love him. Alex Davenport is another very knowledgable solicitor in this area who runs complex cases and puts clients at ease.

Guy Forster is extremely experienced, able and approachable. He manages the most complex and high-value clinical negligence cases.

Sarah Wealleans is an up-and-coming associate solicitor with a fabulous beside manner. She is one to watch.

Gurpreet Lalli is a new associate who already manages complex cases with ease. Impressive.

Irwin Mitchell is a national player in personal injury and clinical negligence. The Cambridge team has developed strongly in recent years and is now a field leader in the region. The clinical negligence team is led brilliantly by Guy Forster, who is a star on the national stage. Guy has built a strong team of excellent lawyers who manage to combine empathy for their client with consummate skill in dealing with opponents and experts.

Guy Forster is the star of the show. He makes himself available for his team at any time, and seems to have detailed knowledge of every case in the office. He is feared and respected by opponents, and loved by his clients. An absolutely terrific all-rounder in any sort of serious clinical negligence claim.

Gurpreet Lalli is a recently appointed associate who takes immense care and consideration for her clients and makes very good decisions.

Amie Minns is a rising star.

Sophie Bales is our main solicitor and she is a very caring person, sensitive to our difficult situation, and she has always come to us whether at home or in hospital. She is easy to reach and communicate with. Others who have been helpful are Sean Attwood, solicitor, who also visited us at home.

Irwin Mitchell in Cambridge offers the status, resources and excellent personnel of a nationwide firm but in a local context. They still conduct work of the highest quality yet practitioners have the benefit of living locally in beautiful Cambridge. The team has strength in depth with the benefit of seasoned partners providing leadership and assistance.

Ruth Booy is an excellent steady hand in the personal injury team. Well used to conducting high value and complex cases, Ruth is unrelenting in her desire to achieve an excellent outcome for her clients.

Justina Molloy has worked closely with Ruth Booy and different firms over a number of years. She shares Ruth’s tenacity to achieve maximum damages for her injured clients.

The PI and clinical negligence teams are both highly committed and expert in their respective areas of the law. I am instructed by both and the quality of the instructions is commendable and well informed. Both teams are highly committed to the clients and are sensitive but firm in handling the expectations of badly injured and so vulnerable people. They regularly undertake high-value work and the fact that IM has established itself in East Anglia so quickly is testament to its high quality.

I deal with the Cambridge office, with Simon Harrington, Alex Davenport, Patrick Nelly and Ben Nicholls. I have seen them at work with clients first hand and they provide a personalised and ethical service. They are always on top of things and their logistics are impressive. They always keep me informed of the progress of the cases.

Totally professional and reassuring in dealing with my personal injury claim.

Being kept informed and guided every step of the way, answering any queries I may have in a concise and informative manner.

Excellent teamwork, a focused approach and reliable application delivering results. I have nothing but admiration for this practice.

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell's Newcastle medical negligence team is led by Angela Kirtley, and covers a wide range of work, including birth injury and cerebral palsy claims and medical misdiagnosis. Clients also benefit from the specialist medical knowledge of former radiographer and senior associate Lindsey Henderson. On the personal injury side, the firm has a strong track record of work on brain and spinal injury claims. The key name to note for this area is team lead Francesca Mayes. Other key figures include workplace injury and occupational disease head Roger Maddocks, and senior associate Emma Crowther, who focuses on matters relating to abuse and assault.

Practice head(s):

Francesca Mayes; Roger Maddocks; Angela Kirtley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

A very strong across-the-board presence.

Angela Kirtley is a veteran of clinical negligence work, nothing fazes her, and she has a sure touch.

They have experienced and knowledgeable personnel and well managed teams. They achieve excellent results for clients.

Angela Kirtley stands out as a practitioner with the ability to see both sides of an issue, the intellect to cut through the immaterial and the personality to deliver the right answer for her client.

Emma Crowther is very effective, tenacious and achieves excellent outcomes for clients. Not afraid to take on difficult claims and see them through to a successful conclusion.

Lindsey Henderson is a great lawyer with medical knowledge.

Roger Maddocks knows everything in this  area. Clever and precise, with an excellent reputation.

Broad team able to benefit from national coverage and many specialist colleagues.

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

Irwin Mitchell's sizeable tax, trusts and estates team is spread across the firm's offices in Gatwick and Chichester. The practice advises high-net-worth individuals, particularly business owners, entrepreneurs, and landowners. Matters handled of late included acting in disputes with HMRC in the Supreme Court, tax and succession planning, and Court of Protection work. The practice is led by Caroline Shelton; other key contacts include the 'outstanding' inheritance tax specialist Anthony Nixon and Kelly Greig, who is an 'industry leader' in later life planning. Michael Taylor heads the Chichester office and Catherine Angel retired in December 2019.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Shelton; Michael Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Irwin Mitchell are in my opinion the strongest private client team in the south-east. They can boast access to high levels of technical resource, can draw on specialist services from other lawyers within their firm and are headed up by the very impressive Caroline Shelton. They are a formidable team for others to follow. They set the standard.’

‘The team has has a breadth of knowledge and an agile way of assessing issues that generates workable solutions. They have the ability to identify keys to unlocking a solution that are not always immediately apparent and to generate unique solutions.’

‘Anthony Nixon is outstanding. He has the intellect to pick through the knottiest of problems and come up with an easy to follow solution.’

‘Caroline Shelton has a high level of knowledge with an approachable and fluent way with clients. She is always patient when explaining complex matters.’

‘Caroline Shelton is an excellent private client lawyer. Personable, technical and able to communicate complex matters with ease. Any young private client lawyer looking to join a firm, if able to have Caroline as a mentor should look no further.’

‘Anthony Nixon for his wealth of knowledge and experience and total client satisfaction. Kelly Greig as an industry leader in later life planning and specifically helping with matters where there may be issues of Court of Protection and undue influence. Hannah Willis at the non-partner level is also notable in this area. Paula James and Paula Myers stand out for their knowledge and help in Contentious Probate.’

‘Anthony Nixon stands out for his exceptional technical expertise and the ability to apply solutions across the board – drawing out seemingly unconnected ideas to solve a problem.’

‘Naomi Neville has consistently shown professional excellence.’

Sport Tier 1

Irwin Mitchell's sports team has three dedicated leads: Hannah Clipston (Southampton) Tom Barnard (Gatwick) and Michael Taylor (Chichester). Respectively, they specialise in international work, dispute resolution and representing industry personalities. More broadly, the firm covers matters such as immigration, medical negligence and rehabilitation from injury. In addition, clients can draw on the wider firm's experience in corporate matters, real estate and wealth planning services. Senior associate Aurelia Butler-Ball has a first rate reputation for her knowledge of media and sponsorship interests. Georgie Collins is recommended for strategic protection, breach of confidence and brand infringement.

Practice head(s):

Hannah Clipston; Tom Barnard; Michael Taylor

Key clients

Nuffield Health

Greenwich Leisure Limited

Sheffield City Trust

7 Hills Leisure Trust

Giles Long /Lexicon Decoder

Sweaty Betty

Amy Tinkler

Jessica Breach

Banking and finance Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell handles a combination of national and regional financing matters from its Sheffield and Leeds offices, acting for major banks and corporate borrowers. Highlights include acquisitions, private equity transactions and construction financing work including secured and asset-based lending mandates. The practice is jointly headed up by Paddy Sturman, who primarily acts on real estate matters for major bank lenders, and Dean Gormley, who is active on borrower and lender development work across Sheffield and South Yorkshire. Senior associate Hayley Johnson specialises in corporate and asset financing deals.

Practice head(s):

Paddy Sturman; Dean Gormley

Other key lawyers:

Hayley Johnson; Robert Farrell

Testimonials

‘Speed of response allied to a good understanding of our needs. Allied to this availability with clear legal opinion which allows for well reasoned and reliable advice.

Robert Farrell has provided some excellent guidance and practicable commercial facing support.

Key clients

ICG-Longbow

Bank J. Safra Sarasin (Gibraltar)

HSBC Bank and HSBC Invoice Finance

Lloyds Bank

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc/National Westminster Bank

Rothschild & Co

ABN AMRO Commercial Finance

Close Brothers

Santander UK

Octopus Property

New Era Development

ThinCats

Shawbrook

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell has a strong presence in charity law and provides a wide offering to clients. The group advises on sports and leisure charities, religious and education charities, state aid matters, and funding issues. Practice head Laurence Gavin is 'extremely knowledgeable', and senior associate Graham Walker is also noted and specialises in advising charities on real estate matters.

Practice head(s):

Laurence Gavin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

A true understanding of all the complexities involved regarding governance issues at a charity which is incorporated under a Royal Charter. Excellent knowledge of charity law combined with an understanding of the complications which arise with the charity also being a corporation.’

We have been advised by Laurence Gavin for some years. His personal knowledge and experience of charity law and the Charity Commission are second to none. He responds very quickly when we have an urgent need for advice and at all times meets whatever deadlines we have agreed.’

The team has a lot of charity specific knowledge and is proactive in providing advice. They are strong on the charity law implications of what seem to be ‘normal’ decisions and transactions. They are proactive on implications of charity law on property transactions. The team has depth.’

Laurence Gavin is extremely knowledgeable. His advice is well considered and explained with a view of options and potential consequences.’

Key clients

Sheffield City Trust

Sheffcare Limited

7 Hills Leisure Trust

Cyrille Regis Legacy Trust

The Athlone Trust

Schools and Universities Polo Association Ltd

South Downs Planetarium

Meadowhall Education Centre

Boccia England

The Cathedral Archer Project

Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust

Mesothelioma UK

Site Gallery

The Corn Exchange (Newbury) Trust

PRASAG CIC

Commercial litigation: Sheffield, South Yorkshire Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell’s commercial litigation department has developed a reputation in the student accommodation sector; practice co-head Dorrien Peters represents property owners In disputes arising from development and refurbishment projects. The team also has a national footprint in the manufacturing sector, handling disputes along the entire supply chain; the group also acts in shareholder disputes and breach of covenant matters. Co-head Steve Beahan is the go-to name for insurance litigation and barrister Yvonne Simpson is engaged by food and drink companies in claims involving food safety standards.

Practice head(s):

Steve Beahan; Dorrien Peters

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team is very proactive and responsive.

The individuals we worked with at Irwin Michell were extremely competent. I found their tactical and strategic thinking to be outstanding, leading to very satisfactory resolutions for the problems we were dealing with.

Dorrien Peters has an excellent way with clients and advisers. He is very knowledgeable on complex financial issues and has the ability to explain them clearly to non experts. Very impressed with his work.

Key clients

Westfield Health

Natural Instinct Limited

Laver Leisure

Janspeed Technologies Limited

Pegler Yorkshire Group

Arc Legal Assistance Ltd

DAS

Aviva PLC

Allianz

Ask4 Limited

Capita

Paragon Law

Pryers Solicitors

The Kelham Island Brewery

Holland & Barrett

Commercial property: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell's commercial property team underwent a significant internal reorganisation in 2019, with Richard Purcell moving from Southampton to the Gatwick office and becoming practice head following the departure of Balbit Thandi. The firm handles matters including regeneration, strategic land, the management of property portfolios, and corporate support. Many of the team's clients have long-term relationships with the firm. In addition to Purcell, Guy Sackett and James Pavey are the other key contacts in Gatwick.  James Letchford left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Richard Purcell

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘They do what they say they will. I never have to worry about their work being the reason anything has been held up. Always professional and a pleasure to work with.’

‘Guy Sackett is a highly competant lawyer, easy to work with, technically brilliant and a strong negotiator. Most lawyers I work with are strong in areas but very few are strong in all.’

‘One of the key strenghts of the team is their willingness to try and resolve issues without always coming back to me. They understand how I operate and what I will accept and not accept in transactions. They do not hassle me with every little detail. A pragmatic approach to negotiation and can genuinely come up with alternative solutions.’

Key clients

Micheldever Tyre Services

Artisan Real Estate Investors

Infrastructure Investments

North Street Quarter

National Grid

Hendy Group

Aventier

Supported Accommodation

Welbeck Strategic Land

Shellwin

Sussex County Cricket Club

Commercial property: Sheffield, South Yorkshire Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell advises clients in Sheffield and at a national level on a range of matters, with particular expertise in retail-to-residential and mixed-use property redevelopments. The group's client roster encompasses national developers and financiers; the team also receives referrals from international firms. Practice head Andrew Wallis specialises in residential developments and transactions in the student sector, and also advises on major property and land sales and acquisitions. Steven Richardson focuses on strategic land matters, while senior associate Jennifer Ayris is noted for her landlord and tenant work.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Wallis

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The IM commercial property team are extremely diligent and provide commercially-focused, targeted advice.

Andrew Wallis and Kevin Fox are particular stand-outs, being consistently available as required.

Good knowledge of the sector and detailed nuances. Responsive and flexible to needs of our business.

Very flexible to our way of working. Understands our resources and constraints.

Key clients

AESSEAL

Arora Group

Bolsterstone

Canal Road Urban Village

City Estates

Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation

Commercial Estates Projects

Countrywide Residential Lettings

Dobbies Garden Centres

Dyson Group

Ferrero UK

Furnival Quay

Fusion Global Management

Hallam Land Management

HDD Group

Henry Boot Developments

HSBC UK Bank

J F Finnegan

Keepmoat Homes

Larkfleet Homes

Laver Regeneration

Lloyds Bank

Lloyds Pharmacy

Logicor Group

Madecorn

MBM Asset Management

Memory Recall

Millington Estates

National Westminster Bank

Natural Instinct

Outokumpu Stainless

Persimmon Homes

Peveril Securities

River Island Clothing Co

Select Property Group

Sheffield City Trust Group

Sheffield Hallam University

Sibelco UK

St Paul’s Developments

Strata Homes

Suon Group

Tawnywood

The International Mutual Fund

Thorntons Limited

Urban Regeneration

Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust

WP Carey

Construction Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell's construction group is best known for its longstanding experience as advisers to the education sector, having worked on some of the largest projects in further education. Its lawyers deal with contentious and non-contentious matters, and frequently carry out due diligence work for funders, as well as advising on standard form and bespoke contracts for developers. Mark Clinton is the national head of construction and engineering and is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a TeCSA accredited adjudicator.

Practice head(s):

Mark Clinton

Testimonials

Very quick, responsive and commercially pragmatic team headed up by Mark Clinton, as seasoned campaigner who has built up an unrivalled amount of industry knowledge over the years.

Mark Clinton – perceptive, quick, pragmatic and commercially astute.

 

Crime: fraud Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell’s white-collar crime practice advises companies and boards on criminal liability, compliance and multi-jurisdictional investigations by authorities such as the SFO, FCA and HMRC. The team has extensive experience in handling internal investigations concerning internal theft, fraud and bribery and corruption. Areas of expertise also include sanctions, insider dealing, tax evasion and breaches of financial services regulations. Paul Haycock leads the team and focuses on defending complex criminal and regulatory investigations and prosecutions.

Practice head(s):

Paul Haycock

Testimonials

‘The team always go above and beyond and are always very helpful and transparent in the work they do.’

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

Crime: fraud Tier 2

The highly experienced Paul Haycock heads up the Irwin Mitchell team in Sheffield, representing both individuals and corporates in regulatory investigations involving the SFO, FCA, and HMRC, as well as advising on regulatory compliance. The practice draws on the wider firm's full service capabilities, acting for a broad range of clients across sectors including consumer goods, education, financial services, real estate and TMT. Haycock handles major national investigations, including a recent high-profile trial at Southwark Crown Court which was the first of its kind to have human defendants following a deferred prosecution agreement.

Practice head(s):

Paul Haycock

Testimonials

Irwin Mitchell’s regulatory team contains a number of able, motivated and very hard working lawyers who are passionate about the results they achieve for their clients. What sets them apart from other solicitors working in this area is the attention to detail they give to cases, and their client care.

Emma Windle is a meticulous lawyer who is passionate at achieving the best outcome for clients. She will go above and beyond other lawyers I have worked with, and works collaboratively with other legal professionals and colleagues.’

‘Paul Haycock has a wealth of experience in fraud cases. He leads his team from the front and is a reassuring face for clients.

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

‘Every member of the crime team prepares each case thoroughly. They have an astounding ability to work through large volumes of material and prepare working schedule which make their cases accessible. They are very hard working and their criminal trial preparation more closely resembles what one would expect from a highly funded civil case. This is the work model the team adopts no matter the case.I have worked closely with Paul Haycock, Emma Windle and John Davies and know that all of them will do everything needed on a case, are proactive and team players – they bring real value.

Crime: general Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell is known for its white collar criminal litigators; the team advises companies and boards on criminal liability, compliance and multi-jurisdictional investigations. Key areas of work include internal investigations, bribery and corruption, compliance and managing criminal litigation risk. The practice has a good deal of experience in the education, financial services, manufacturing, real estate and TMT sectors. Paul Haycock heads the team, and focuses on defending criminal and regulatory investigations and prosecutions.

Practice head(s):

Paul Haycock

Testimonials

‘The team is very hard working and transparent. Always very helpful and deliver a very well researched and thorough set of instructions. Very highly thought-of among competitors.’

Crime: general Tier 2

Led by Paul Haycock and assisted by senior associate Jason Newall, the team at Irwin Mitchell advise on a wide range of criminal cases, including manslaughter, assault and affray, drug possession and supply, dangerous driving and sexual misconduct, representing private clients across the UK, alongside legal aid cases in the Yorkshire area. The practice also acts for personal and corporate clients in areas where they could face criminal liability, including environmental regulation violations and health and safety cases.

Practice head(s):

Paul Haycock

Other key lawyers:

Jason Newall; Emma Windle

Testimonials

Irwin Mitchell has have a well-deserved reputation for excellent client care and expert legal representation and advice. Their approach to cases, irrespective of the size, is always professional. They are specialists in criminal regulatory work in particular, health and safety prosecutions. The unique selling point of the firm is that they are able to combine their considerable experience of criminal defence work with genuine commercial acumen.

Emma Windle is a very experienced criminal defence lawyer. She is the kind of instructing solicitor that barristers always want. Her expertise on matters of law and trial tactics is always on point and is always welcome. She provides sensible and timely advice to her lay clients and clearly places their best interests at the heart of the case.

Education Tier 2

At Irwin Mitchell, Laurence Gavin and Michelle Beaumont are partner leads for further and higher education, while Jenny Arrowsmith is partner lead for schools. The firm has a dedicated team of lawyers with education expertise covering schools, further education and higher education across all areas of law, including mergers, academy conversions, PFI/PPP funding, employment, commercial matters, property, student issues, GDPR, social media and judicial reviews against public bodies. Clients include single and multi-academy trusts as well as higher education and further education providers across a wide geographical area.

Practice head(s):

Laurence Gavin; Jenny Arrowsmith; Michelle Beaumont

Testimonials

“We have been provided with excellent service by Jenny Arrowsmith and her team for a number of years. Particular strengths include; responsiveness, clear and concise guidance and advice, clear understanding of us and our business and expertise in the education sector – we trust Jenny and the team and value their contributions to the success of our Trust.”

Key clients

Learners First School Partnership

Services 4 Schools Ltd

Association of Colleges

Inspire Trust

White Rose Academies

Leeds City College

Boston College

North Halifax Grammar School

Sandbach High School

Maltby Learning Trust

East of England Broadband Network

South Essex College

Employment: Sheffield and South Yorkshire Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell’s employment team provides advice across contentious and non-contentious mandates with a focus on acting for local and national SMEs and corporates. Practice head Kirsty Ayre regularly acts for clients in the Employment Tribunal in discrimination, unfair dismissal and flexible working claims. The team also handles staff restructuring projects, TUPE transfers, settlement agreements for senior exits and trade union negotiations including collective redundancy issues.

Practice head(s):

Kirsty Ayre

Testimonials

Excellent regional firm. Punches above its weight.

Kirsty Ayre has a very good commercial understanding of the matters in hand. Personal service. Very efficient at work and returning of calls, responses to e-mails etc. No matter too small or too large.

The team have been absolutely fantastic in assisting with several difficult employment issues, and their kindness and understanding during stressful times is always very much appreciated. They are very professional, conscientious and thorough and respond quickly to requests for help.

Always helpful and approachable, Kirsty Ayre’s calm good sense immediately puts you at ease. She really listens and doesn’t overwhelm you with irrelevant information. You always feel that however busy she is, you have her total attention and support. Her experience and knowledge, excellent work, professionalism and understanding are directly responsible for many positive outcomes we have achieved.

The team at Irwin Mitchell are always welcoming and accommodating of any requests for support, and the application of their legal knowledge and attention to detail ensures our organisation continues to be legally compliant. Their approach also ensures we take an appropriate risk-based response to some of the challenges we face; this is important for us as sometimes it means we can step outside of what is comfortable to achieve what we need to. This is all only possible with their support.

Key clients

Capita Group Plc

Persimmon Homes Plc

DAS

Henry Boot plc

Association of Colleges

Westfield Health

Skyscanner

Overgate Hospice

Family: Hampshire Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell's family team advises on a range of matters including divorce, children, court of protection work and surrogacy cases. The practice is an integral part of the firm's private wealth group and leverages those resources to provide advice on residential property and trusts, tax and estates. Katharine Shaw leads the practice and has a particular reputation for her work involving farms, trusts and estates, while Vicki Rawlins works principally on pre/post nuptial and cohabitation agreements.

Practice head(s):

Katharine Shaw

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

This firm attracts work of the highest quality and is a big player in high net worth divorces. The breadth of knowledge which the firm offers enables quick advice to be obtained whatever problem arises in any case.

Katharine Shaw is a star performer and absolutely unflappable under pressure. Fights hard for clients but always gives pragmatic advice so that clients have a full grasp of the merits of their case.

They give the full “Rolls Royce” service.

Katharine knows her stuff. She is very good and is prepared to go the extra mile.

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

At Irwin MitchellStephen George and senior associate Amy Keogh are the main contacts in the restructuring and insolvency team in Birmingham, which has particular expertise in advising asset-based lenders on security, restructuring and formal insolvency matters. It also generates work from insolvency practitioners, corporates, directors and pension scheme trustees, among other clients. George has been involved in a number of the most high-profile insolvencies seen in the Midlands market over the last 30 years.

Practice head(s):

Stephen George

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Grant Thornton

Baldwins Restructuring & Insolvency

FRP

RSM Advisory

PWC

Shawbrook Bank Ltd

Lloyds Banking Group

IGF Invoice Finance Limited

Close Brothers Invoice Finance Ltd

Bibby Financial Services Limited

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell's 'very engaged and proactive' insolvency and restructuring team has a proven track record of advising clients, particularly corporates and stakeholders such as shareholders and banks, on a range of insolvency matters. In 2019, the firm continued to expand its presence in the financial services and energy sectors, including advising on the first administration of a consumer energy company. Andrew Walker leads both the Gatwick and national insolvency teams, and is a 'strong tactician and astute negotiator' with experience in cross-jurisdictional insolvencies. Associate Rebecca Walker is also highly praised by clients as an 'excellent technical solicitor', with a specialism in solvent restructurings and liquidations.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Walker

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘A coordinated national practice that works well across the country with areas of specialism. Strong, experienced team that can deal with all types of assignments.’

‘Rebecca Walker is an excellent technical solicitor, very responsive and knowledgeable. Excellent understanding of insolvency and restructuring and a go to lawyer for technical queries.’

‘Andrew Walker leads a very engaged and proactive team who have been extremely supportive of our business and have an excellent understanding of the market and its dynamics.’

‘Andrew Walker is very commercial and has been willing to provide significant support with security reviews, in the knowledge that costs are unlikely to be covered but realising that this is the way to build a network and advocates. A strong tactician and astute negotiator. He is also proactive in bringing new developments to our attention.’

‘Excellent depth of resource. Pragmatic approach.’

‘Andrew Walker stands out as he is always helpful and knowledgeable. Irrespective of the size of business or experience of individuals, Andrew has a knack of being able to speak to them all on their level. ‘

Key clients

HSBC UK Bank

National Westminster Bank

Royal Bank of Scotland

Lloyds Bank

KPMG

IGF Commercial Finance

RSM

Mazars

FRP

Begbies Traynor

BDO

Smith & Williamson

Quantuma

Kreston Reeves

Menzies

BM Advisory

Kallis & Co

CVR

Parker Andrews

IT and telecoms Tier 2

With a track record of work on high-value tech, outsourcing and commercial matters, the IT & telecoms team at Irwin Mitchell is led by outsourcing specialist Stuart Padgham. Advising clients in the financial and professional services industries, it deals in areas such as data privacy, AdTech, real-time bidding and device fingerprinting. Overflow issues are also catered for with the firm regularly supporting in-house teams at a variety of mid-to-large corporates. Daniel Hedley, who has a focus on contracts and compliance, is known for his experience with media firms. Chris Bridges is similarly recommended for the healthcare sector.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Padgham

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Dan Hedley and his colleagues offer an excellent service‘.

Rock solid understanding of the subject matter that is relevant to us – very good business acumen, which helps a lot when closing a deal‘.

Dan Hedley is really on top of his subject and is always a pleasure to work with as he understands the commercial imperatives I work under as an in-house lawyer. Can’t recommend highly enough‘.

Key clients

LzLabs

Nuffield Health

Saga plc

Pensions Tier 2

Kate Byers is at the helm of the pensions team at Irwin Mitchell in Newcastle, while Martin Jenkins leads the firm's national practice from London. Byers also heads the pension documentation offering and advises on all aspects of pensions law and the regulatory environment within which registered schemes operate, focusing particularly on drafting pension scheme documentation and providing technical support. Clients from a wide range of sectors, including chemical, manufacturing, education, and construction, instruct the practice. The team has particular expertise in providing a legal advisory service for trustees and sponsoring employers of occupational pension schemes.

Practice head(s):

Martin Jenkins; Kate Byers

Key clients

PAN Trustees Limited

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

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

The tax, trusts and estates department at Irwin Mitchell, which is led by Paula Myers at a national level, with Gillian Coverley and Andrea Jones leading in Sheffield and Leeds respectively, is a part of the firm's private wealth offering, which advises business families and high-net-worth individuals on all aspects of estate planning. The team advises on the legal and tax elements of wealth and succession planning issues including wills, trusts, power of attorney matters, pre- and post-death inheritance tax, capital gains tax, Court of Protection applications and probate issues. Within the wider practice, the group has two notable areas of expertise: acting for owner managers of businesses, senior executives and professionals, and assisting later life clients, vulnerable individuals and their families.

Practice head(s):

Paula Myers; Gillian Coverley; Andrea Jones

Testimonials

The team provide both a positive and professional experience at all times.

Paula Myers is a market leader.

I have professionally known Andrea Jones for nearly 10 years and would recommend her to any of my clients.”

Gillian Coverley has been exceptionally responsive, patient and supportive in the successful completion of complex matters relating to trusts.

This team are thoughtful, courteous, knowledgeable and above all approachable. They work brilliantly as a team and I feel confident contacting any one of them.

Paula Myers has built a market leading team.”

I have been exceptionally pleased with the service provided by Irwin Mitchell.

Key clients

Age Co

Nationwide Building Society

Leeds Building Society

Macmillan Cancer Support

Apex Trustees Limited

Lord Clarke Limited

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

Having opened a Reading Office in 2019, Irwin Mitchell's tax, trust and estates team is able to advise private clients on wills, trusts, powers of attorney, pre and post death inheritance tax matters, capital gains tax, Court of Protection applications and probates. Practice head Sarah Phillips handles issues pertaining to homemade wills, international assets and capacity issues. George Merrylees is noteworthy for his cross-border work, frequently acting for French-speaking clients who have settled or are looking to settle in the UK. 'Exceptionally knowledgeable' Andrew Parry  is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Phillips

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team are pro-active and always readily available. They are very willing to discuss issues on a no-name, no-fee basis to give an initial steer and build relationships, even if the matter may not produce fee earning instructions.’

Andrew Parry is excellent. He is immensely experienced and I know from his days at Hunters that he has vast experience of landed estates and similar and associated tax. Thoroughly recommended.’

Very efficient. They gave me confidence with what I asked of them.’

 

Professional negligence: claimant Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell utilises its national network of offices to act for corporate clients and individuals bringing claims against a variety of professionals including solicitors, financial advisers and accountants. A particular specialism for the team is representing insolvency practitioners in claims which arise out of insolvency estates, as well as claims relating to the construction industry. Senior associate Natasha Guthrie is the key practitioner in Sheffield; Jonathan Sachs leads the national professional negligence practice from London, and Steve Beahan is head of the Sheffield commercial litigation team.

Practice head(s):

Natasha Guthrie; Steve Beahan; Jonathan Sachs

Testimonials

The team has carved out a special niche in running professional negligence claims in insolvency situations, where, for example, a company has had negligent advice in the period before liquidation.’

Natasha Guthrie is really terrific – running complex claims at partner level.

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

Property litigation Tier 2

Irwin Mitchell acts for residential developers, higher education providers, banks, charities and an increasing portfolio of commercial clients on matters spanning commercial occupier insolvencies, trespasser evictions, mediations, and right-to-light disputes. The Sheffield-based team acts on a national basis, working closely with the real estate team in Sheffield and the UK-wide property litigation team. National co-head Danny Revitt leads the team, while senior associate Lisa Stratford acts in general property litigation matters, including breaches of covenants and easements, alongside a noted focus on insolvency and risk management issues.

Practice head(s):

Danny Revitt

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Stratford; James Walters; Guy Whitehead; Jennifer Ayris; Ben Gildea

Testimonials

Strong all round legal knowledge and practical prompt efficient approach to achieving objectives. Well structured, well led, flexible teams. Proportionate activity to the commercial tasks.

Danny Revitt is a very pleasant approachable leader with a good grasp of the world of property litigation and options available to solve legal issues. His team especially James Walters deliver a comprehensive service. Guy Whitehead and Jennifer Ayris are very approachable, responsive competent conveyancing solicitors who get the tasks done with the least fuss in a pleasant firm manner.

Always provide sensible, well thought out, cohesive advice. They understand our aims and objectives.

They just get what we want. Quick and efficient advice without over complicating matters. Nothing ever seems too much trouble. And they are top people too.

James Walters was polite, calm, concise. Very well organised young man. Is realistic with expectations and is very responsive with email and letter writing. James is very professional but yet showed considerable empathy towards our situation and that helped us to relax when dealing with him. He was excellent in preparation for HC Challenge and was successful in achieving a good outcome without going into court. we have been very happy to work with him.

Irwin Mitchell provide strong, timely advice in a format that enables me as client to make an informed decision on the matter in hand. It is this over-riding principle that guides the various instructions they have with us.

Danny Revitt has provided clear, consistent advice in respect of this instruction for over a decade. He is attentive in providing advice within the required timescales and delivers with a clear conclusion. Ben Gildea is thoroughly practical and very well thought / considered sharing similar working characteristics to Danny.

Key clients

Devonshire Green

Artisan Real Estate Investors

Tobermory S.A.R.L /Trilogy Property

Real Estate Investors

Clugston Estates

BNP Paribas Real Estate Advisory and Property Management UK

Shelter

New Era Development

Redwood

Thorntons Limited

River Island Clothing Co

Jones Lang LaSalle

RGIS Inventory Specialists

Sheffield Hallam University

Henry Boot Developments

Hallam Land Management

Keepmoat

Lloyds Pharmacy

Dobbies Garden Centres

A&J Mucklow

Peveril Securities Limited

M&M Asset Management

Sheffield International Venues Limited/Sheffield City Trust

Sheffield Methodist Church Circuit

Countrywide Residential Lettings

Dyson Industries

Persimmon Homes

Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation

Country Style Foods

Transport Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Clive Garner

Other key lawyers:

Philip Banks; Suki Chokkar

Testimonials

The transport team at Irwin Mitchell consists of very committed and skillful lawyers who know every trick of the trade. They are used to dealing with very difficult cases and do not shy away from any challenges.

The king of cross-border litigators is Clive Garner whom I have known for over 20 years. He won the most difficult cases for his often severely injured clients and he really cares about them. Similarly, Philip Banks is on the top of the game, a dedicated tenacious lawyer who always gets the best for his clients.

In-depth knowledge of the sector and expertise in the legal position. Tenacity and willingness to pursue meritorious cases to conclusion notwithstanding firm defence positions.

Jatinder Paul is highly knowledgeable and expert, approachable, commercially minded and with good sense of client care.

There are a number of standout practitioners. The team is led by the extraordinarily knowledgeable and highly respected Clive Garner, who has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the field. I have the very greatest of respect for Phil Banks who has a fantastic case load, is wonderful with clients and opponents alike and is a joy to work with. Rising stars are Jatinder Paul and Chrissie Wolfe, who are ones to watch going forward.

The team has a long-standing presence in the aviation and cruise line (personal injury) sectors. There is considerable strength and depth on a UK-wide basis. The transport team work very efficiently alongside the well-established and market-leading international travel litigation group.

Julie Straughan, senior associate, is a brilliantly talented lawyer now deploying her considerable cross-border skills to the aviation market. She is ably assisted by team player Nicola Southwell.

Key clients

Boeing Max

Sousse

Trafigura

RB

Wendy Brown

Shoreham

Dana Air

Airbus Helicopter

Wahid family

Ronald Jervis

Katie Dawson

Agriculture and estates Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell handles high-value tax planning, development and strategic property work alongside asset structuring and succession planning issues. Joint practice head James Pavey specialises in advising large rural landholdings, high-net-worth individuals and institutional landowners. James Laycock also leads the practice and has notable experience in the contentious wills, trusts and estates arena.

Practice head(s):

James Pavey; James Laycock

Testimonials

Irwin Mitchell have an incredibly large private client department and although it spans many geographical locations, it works very well as a coherent unit. This provides an unparalleled depth of expertise and also enables different fee earners to carry out different tasks to keep costs down. They have regular “away days” which means that each member of the team knows the other members even though they are in different cities, which allows for a free and easy flow of information.’

Key clients

Green Lanes Environmental Action Movement (GLEAM)

Banking and finance Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell's banking and finance team acts for both lenders and borrowers. The team is led by Daniel Webster, who works across the firm's Gatwick and London offices. Webster is specialised in real estate and acquisition financing.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Webster

Commercial litigation: Hampshire Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell's disputes team frequently acts on cases with a multi-jurisdictional element. Hannah Clipston handles commercial litigation cases involving breach of high value/complex contracts and associated tortious claims within the consumer, sport and media sectors. Stephanie Reeves is active within the financial services and consumer sectors and is recommended. The team is able to leverage resources across its national offices, primarily in Gatwick, to draw on the complementary expertise of IP, IT and banking lawyers, providing a multi-disciplinary approach to clients when necessary. Partners  Martin Cross, Robert Kenyon and Andrew Jackson left the practice in 2019. 

Practice head(s):

Hannah Clipston

Other key lawyers:

Stephanie Reeves; Rob Coleridge

Testimonials

Hard working and committed.

Stephanie Reeves is intelligent and perceptive.

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey and Sussex Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell's disputes practice frequently acts alongside the firm's offices in Manchester and Leeds in representing clients. The team handles matters including shareholder disputes and wrongful termination of commercial agreements. The practice is led by Victoria Brackett, who also sits on the firm's executive board. Sarah Birkbeck is the key partner in the Gatwick office, and focuses on advising clients in the IP, media and technology sectors, while Robert Parks is an experienced litigator with a particular specialism in professional negligence cases. Robert Kenyon departed the team in May 2019 to join PDT Solicitors while Martin Cross retired in March 2019.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Brackett

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

The Executors of the Beryl Coulter Will Trust

Brightbay Ltd (a company registered in Jersey)

Atpac

Commercial litigation: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell counts franchising, IP, IT and construction disputes among its areas of specialism. Practice head Alex Newman is particularly strong for contentious IP and IT sector matters, while James Laycock is a name to note for contractual, shareholder and restrictive covenant disputes. Senior associate Richard Payne has a focus on breach of fiduciary duty claims, breach of warranty issues and recruitment sector disputes.

Practice head(s):

Alex Newman

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Christeyns UK Limited

Transcal Holdings Limited

WYG Plc

Rullion Group

Taskmaster Resources Limited

Site Masters Plc

Commercial property: Hampshire Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell is best known for advising developers, landowners and promoters in relation to complex strategic land development schemes. The team is also experienced in regeneration projects and also acts for a number of privately owned mixed property investment and development companies. A niche specialism  is college capital projects and the team regularly advises clients in the education sector. Tina Webster and Brian Dowling, who both moved from the Chichester office, now jointly lead the practice.

Practice head(s):

Tina Webster; Brian Dowling

Other key lawyers:

Peter Green; Samuel Knight

Testimonials

The Property and Planning teams have given me total and undivided support over the recent months and achieved results that seemed impossible/extremely unlikely in the timescale indicated at the outset of the tasks.

Tina  Webster worked all hours including weekends to motivate and  encourage her various teams to complete very complex and challenging projects.  She took control  from the outset and ensured/achieved  results from other professionals outside her own practice.

Samuel  Knight faced continual changes to his task but took them all in his stride.

The work that I have seen from them has been top notch – comprehensive, accurate, but easy to understand and very commercial and sensible in its outlook and recommendations.

Tina Webster gets to grip with the issues very effectively; spots the difficulties coming down the line, and asks all the right questions; very easy work with.

Peter Green is very experienced, reliable and not inclined to score points for the sake of it.  Samuel Knight is very professional and good at getting to grip with the details, he understands why something is important and follows through.

There is excellent teamwork amongst the property team and where specialist advice is needed, an individual will confer with an appropriately experienced colleague to come back with good advice. I find Tina Webster extremely experienced and she gives excellent advice.

Key clients

Berkeley Strategic Land

Seaward Properties

Store Property Investments

Artisan Real Estate Investors

Chichester College Group

Greater Brighton Metropolitan College

Langtons Farm Partnership

Hallam Land

Micheldever Tyre Services

Dorrington Estates

North Street Quarter

South Essex College

NESCOT

Aventier

Pallant Homes

Landacre Developments

Domusea Developments

The Collinson Group

Between the Lines

Vvast

Stance (Europe)

Bosham Sailing Club

Coolground Properties

Condor Ferries

Shopland Gray Developments

Hanbury Properties

Heathco Country Homes

Maddoxwood Developments

Skeller

Thesis Asset Management

HTH Harrogate

Commercial property: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell acts on a number of high-value matters relating to strategic land acquisitions, residential and commercial developments (a key area of growth for the firm), corporate occupier issues, and real estate financings. Joint practice heads James Knowles and Michelle Beaumont specialise in development projects and university sector work respectively, with expertise encompassing industrial and commercial developments, care sector projects, education spaces, and student accommodation mandates. The team advises a number of major regional and national developers, universities and public sector entities - most notably the National Grid.

Practice head(s):

James Knowles; Michelle Beaumont

Testimonials

They know your business and the industry very well. They’re not just lawyers, they make themselves part of your business. Having worked with other law firms in Leeds, we view Irwin Mitchell’s property team as exceptional.’

Michelle Beaumont is standout. Her attention to detail is second to none, and her ability to understand perspectives from all party sides enables us to place our business in the best negotiation position possible. We view Michelle as an invaluable “add on” to our business.’

Key clients

Henry Boot Developments

Pennine Property Partnership

Excel Parking Services

Country Style Foods

Clugston Estates

Jones Lang LaSalle

Gravity Fitness

Rula Developments

Christeyns

National Grid

Caddick Land

Hartpury University

Vistry Partnership (Yorkshire)

Jackson and Jackson Developments

Wilton Developments

Micklegate Developments

Crescent Developments

Construction Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell advises on contentious and non-contentious matters relating to its sector focuses, which span the commercial property, education, student accommodation, and retirement housing industries. Contentious matters are a growing source of work for the practice. The team, which is led in Yorkshire by consultant Mike Plews, works on projects within the region and nationally, as part of a nationally coordinated construction practice headed up by Mark Clinton.

Practice head(s):

Mark Clinton; Mike Plews

Key clients

Henry Davidson Developments

Select Property Group

HSBC

NatWest Bank/Royal Bank of Scotland

Natural Instinct

New Era

N G Bailey

Sheffield Hallam University

Jones Lang LaSalle

Bolsterstone

Arora Group

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 3

At Irwin MitchellNick Dawson heads up the corporate group in Birmingham, and also leads the firm's national private equity practice. In 2019, the team was strengthened by the arrival of Emma Callow from Pinsent Masons LLP. Callow was the lead adviser to Reconomy (UK) on its acquisition of Advanced Waste Solutions, as well as its acquisition of Nationwide Services Group. Chris Rawstron runs the corporate team nationally. The commercial group in Birmingham is led by Sarah Riding.

Practice head(s):

Nick Dawson (corporate – Birmingham); Sarah Riding (commercial – Birmingham); Chris Rawstron (national head of corporate – main base is in Birmingham)

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Nick is very experienced, very energetic and well organised. His team has taken on all of these characteristics

Nick Dawson:  experience, well connected, reasonable, able to take a firm line with his client (me!) and never loses his temper. he is everything you want in a lead partner at a law firm

Matt Smith: Matt is the perfect lieutenant. He works very long and hard, he is intelligent and experienced, yet when he is unsure of a point, he will always refer back to Nick. And he is not too proud to admit that he needs to do this. I am quite certain Matt will be a partner at the firm shortly

The main individual I worked with was Matt Smith. I valued his professional and knowledgeable approach. He was also very efficient and did not waste time, which I have known to be the case with some competitors

I work with Charlotte Avery. She is very supportive and professional. Her great strength is her attention to detail and overall understanding of any commercial challenges we face, not just the legal aspects

I think the strength of the team came from its timely responses, very organised approach and knowledge of the service I required

Key clients

Hadley Industries Plc

Norchem Limited

Lexon (UK) Limited

Reconomy (UK) Limited

thyssenkrupp UK Plc

National Grid Plc

Jaywing Plc

Gravity Fitness Limited

The British Chambers of Commerce

Restore Plc

Camfil AB

Nuffield Health

Whitworths Limited

ATS Euromaster Ltd

Xoserve Ltd

idverde Holdings Limited

Mizuno Corporation

Motus Holdings (UK) Limited

NG BaileyEuropa Worldwide Group

Acorn Growth Companies

Corporate and commercial: Sheffield, South Yorkshire Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell’s corporate and commercial practice head Laurence Gavin advises a broad roster of fund managers, third-sector clients and local corporates. The team's strong regulatory knowledge is applied to fund administrations, FCA compliance issues and corporate reorganisations; it also handles mid-cap share acquisitions and sales. Clients also take advantage of the firm’s competition law knowledge on complex merger clearance work.

Practice head(s):

Laurence Gavin

Testimonials

‘The team if very responsive and able to quickly turn work around. They are succinct and able to focus on the key points which is vital in an in house role which often needs to provide a high level response to the business with the legal detail to follow behind the scenes.’

‘Regardless of how large or small the work is Laurence Gavin provides a prompt service and ensures we feel we are a valued client.’

 

Key clients

British Chambers of Commerce

Biovation UK Ltd

Bruker UK Ltd

Cepac Limited

Key Fund

Maltby Learning Trust

Meadowhall Education Centre

Peak Indicators

South Essex College

Sheffield City Trust

Sheffield Futures

Sheffield International Venues Limited

P.A. Jewellery Limited

Motorway Direct plc

Thesis Asset Management Limited

Westfield Health

Whitby Seafoods Limited

Employment Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell operates across a wide range of sectors with new and longstanding client relationships in retail, financial services, education, healthcare and manufacturing. With Fergal Dowling at the helm the practice is especially rated for its depth of experience in acting for both employers and senior employees in executive severance situations. Recently it has successfully negotiated several complex and high-value severances. In addition the team is known for its strength in confidentiality and restrictive covenants. Elaine Huttley was recently promoted to the partnership.

Practice head(s):

Fergal Dowling

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Xoserve

Association of Colleges

Babcock International Group

Jaywing

Restore plc

Reconomy UK Ltd

RGIS plc

Fedex

ThyssenKrupp

Hadley Industries plc

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell’s employment practice is headed up by Glenn Hayes, who advises large national clients on senior terminations and the related unfair dismissal claims, and TUPE restructurings. Jenny Arrowsmith has a focus on the education sector, handling issues ranging from discrimination claims to mental health and wellbeing work. The group also provides regulatory advice concerning the gig economy arena and offers a Bank of Hours product and other fixed-fee options for general advisory services. Senior associate Padma Tadi handles corporate immigration issues.

Practice head(s):

Glenn Hayes

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

We have been provided with excellent service by Jenny Arrowsmith and her team for a number of years. Particular strengths include responsiveness, clear and concise guidance and advice, clear understanding of us and our business and expertise in the education sector- we trust Jenny and the team and value their contributions to the success of our trust.

In recent years the team has grown to become a major player in the Leeds owner-managed business sector. Their prevalence in the market place means that we frequently act against them in contentious matters and they have developed a reputation for fighting their clients’ corner without compromise. Given the structure of their team they are able to adapt to the size and complexity of any given matter with relative ease, combining a breadth of experience with technical excellence.

Glenn Hayes is the stand-out partner in the Leeds team and is one of the few lawyers I hear rated by fellow solicitors and mutual clients alike. He has built up a well-deserved reputation for being an expert in his field and a trusted adviser.

Key clients

Capita Group Plc

Persimmon Homes Plc

Begbies Traynor Plc

Headway Group (National Brain Injury Association)

D.A.S

ACAS

Brown Shipley

Nationwide Crash Repairs Centre

Leeds City College and White Rose Academies Trust

Ligentia Group Ltd

Services 4 Schools Ltd (S4S – Education)

Burnley Football Club

Bradford Grammar School (Education)

Hesketh Barlow Ltd

Kinderstons Limited

Hague Computer Services Ltd

The Cellar Trust

Audacia Consulting Limited

Praxis Management Limited

Orthoplastics Ltd

Language Empire Ltd

Technology Sourcing Ltd

Family: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell's Leeds team specialises in complex high-net worth financial matters and private children work, and fields team members with a range of international expertise in jurisdictions including Spain, the US and Australia. Sheffield-based Zoe Round and senior associate Helen Revill lead the team, which handles high-value asset disputes, pension sharing arrangements, child abduction issues, and financial disputes resolution hearings. Associate Scott Halliday specialises in LGBT+ marriage work across multiple jurisdictions. Katie McCann is now with Knights plc, and David Lister joined Simpson Millar LLP.

Practice head(s):

Helen Revill; Zoe Round

Other key lawyers:

Scott Halliday; James Henshall; Melanie Hadwin

Testimonials

Excellent advice and representation.

Melanie Hadwin is a stand out senior associate. Her advice is excellent. She works incredibly hard.

Very dedicated team – always going the extra mile to ensure cases are fully prepared and sensitive and thorough advice is given. A platinum service.

A leader in the family law world in Yorkshire and beyond.

Scott Halliday- Scott has specialist knowledge in all matters concerning LGBTQ issues in family law. He is an expert when it comes to trans parenting issues. James Henshall – James is a bright lawyer. He gives clear solid advice. It is clear he is a partner in the making. Zoe Round – the doyenne of the family law world in Yorkshire.

The Irwin Mitchell family team in Leeds is an excellent team. They are very efficient and offer extremely sound advice across the board. They are head and shoulders above other firms in the region.

A standout associate at the firm is Scott Halliday. Scott is technically excellent and absolutely diligent in his approach. He is a good strategist and very intellectually sound.

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

Real estate specialist Doug Robertson and personal insolvency expert Tom Paton jointly head up Irwin Mitchell's Yorkshire operation, which advises lenders and receivers, including a number of national and London-based banks and other financiers, as well as insolvency practitioners. The practice, which acts at a national level, focuses on personal insolvency debt collection via Section 127 orders and corporate insolvencies, and has particular expertise in real estate insolvencies with a number of high-value portfolio disposal matters for commercial and light industrial occupiers.

Practice head(s):

Doug Robertson; Tom Paton

Testimonials

Tom Paton leads the team and provides a clear and capable key point of contact. His team are cost effective and knowledgeable – who knew that Sheffield contained such a gem?

Tom Paton has grown into the role of partner leading a very capable and engaged team. Tom is approachable, knowledgeable and (despite his advancement) excellent value for money.

Key clients

KPMG

RSM

Mazars

FRP

Begbies Traynor

BDO

Duff and Phelps

Wilson Field

Chamberlain & Co

Griffins

EY (Belfast)

Bridgewood

PwC (London)

Graywoods

Armstrong Watson

Quantuma

Intellectual property Tier 3

Alex Newman leads Irwin Mitchell’s national IP practice out of Leeds with a focus on litigation for a solid roster of global clients in the food and drink, consumer electronics, cosmetics, telecoms and medtech sectors. Recent highlights include copyright infringement claims, trade mark infringement claims before the IPEC, revocation proceedings and patent litigation against household-name retailers. Joanne Bone leads the non-contentious offering, covering global brand and design protection issues, trade mark filing services and oppositions.

Practice head(s):

Alex Newman; Joanne Bone

Testimonials

The team has a great understanding of what the client needs and how best to obtain the desired outcome.

Alex Newman is exceptional. His strategic thinking and focus on the key elements is a real asset. Alex assesses IP matters and looks for the commercial solution while keeping options open for trial. Overall, Alex’s ability to understand IP cases quickly and to plan for the long-term case management is marvellous.

Key clients

Adare International Limited

Mizuno EMEA

Natural Instinct Limited

The Janger Limited

Transunion LLC

JCC Lighting Limited

Whitby Seafoods

Flair Global Limited

Gravity Fitness Limited

IT and telecoms Tier 3

From its Birmingham office, Irwin Mitchell's practice, which is led by Sarah Riding, acts on a broad range of IT mandates for a mix of customer and supplier clients. Key areas of expertise include outsourcing projects, e-commerce issues, software developments, licences and cloud computing matters. The firm also advises clients on innovative data sharing arrangements and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Riding

Key clients

National Grid plc

British Chamber of Commerce

Eurostar Global

Jaywing plc

NG Bailey

MAM Software

Media and entertainment Tier 3

The arrival of Laura Harper from Shoosmiths LLP has significantly bolstered the practice at Irwin Mitchell; she brings a proven track record in advising businesses in both the creative industries and digital sector. A notably broad range of clients rely on the group including gaming, film and TV companies, YouTubers, musicians and sport stars.

Key clients

Firesprite Limited

Good For Nothing Limited

Fabrik Limited

Newson Health Limited

Keeley Forsyth

Louder Than Words Festival

Whispering Smith Limited

Balance App Limited

Dinosaur UK Limited

Sharp Futures CIC

Planning and environment Tier 3

Irwin Mitchell hired Claire Petricca-Riding from Brabners LLP in October 2019, which has seen its clients benefit from her 'outstanding industry experience'The firm advises on contentious planning matters, mixed-use regeneration schemes and a wide ambit of environmental issues, among other areas.

Practice head(s):

Claire Petricca-Riding

Testimonials

‘Claire Petricca-Riding is one of the leading solicitor practitioners in this specialism in the North West. She has more than a decade of specialist experience, initially with niche firms and now bringing her experience to larger commercial firms. Her recruitment was a great addition for Irwin Mitchell and I know that it has expanded the range of services they are able to offer.’

‘Claire Petricca-Riding has outstanding industry experience. Claire understands the clients’ businesses in the specialist waste industry. She has in-depth knowledge of waste regulation, and also experience as a litigator.

Key clients

R Plevin and Sons Limited

Whitkirk Waste Solutions Limited

Port of Heysham Limited (Peel Ports Group)

Trafford College Group

Artisan Bristol City Wall Limited

Greater Brighton Metropolitan College

Chichester College

Macar Developments Limited

The Jaspar Group

Seaward Properties

Welbeck Land

Felicity Irving

GLEAM

Save our Valleys

Banking and finance Tier 4

Irwin Mitchell's practice has a broad range of expertise covering structured and leveraged financing transactions in addition to private equity funding work. The team is also 'knowledgeable about ABL' with practice head Dean Gormley experienced in the ABL market; he has also acted in real estate lending mandates. Associate Hayley Johnson is also notable with experience acting for funds on real estate lending work.

Practice head(s):

Dean Gormley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very personable which makes them easy to deal with. Knowledgeable about ABL. Happy to spend time – never feel like they are rushing off the phone. Dean Gormley in particular is great.’

‘I like the personal style that Irwins bring. Always feels quite personal to the team to achieve the required outcome for us.’

Key clients

Select Property Group/Vita Group

Arora Group

Lloyds Banking Group

HSBC Bank UK plc/HSBC Invoice Finance UK Limited

National Westminster Bank/Royal Bank of Scotland

Cole Waterhouse

ThinCats

Shawbrook Bank

Brown Shipley

Arbuthnot Latham

Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 4

At Irwin Mitchell, Ben Acheson advises on all aspects of real estate work including investment and development transactions for commercial and residential projects, and issues for landlords and tenants relating to commercial occupier work. Other key areas of work include strategic land issues, site assemblies and real estate financings.

Practice head(s):

Ben Acheson

Testimonials

‘Always quick to respond and keen to be of service.’

Key clients

A.C. Lloyd Holdings Limited

Henry Davidson Developments Limited

Persimmon Homes Limited

Owl Homes Limited

HSBC Bank plc

Godwin Developments Limited

Employment: Kent, Surrey, Sussex Tier 4

Irwin Mitchell's employment practice is led by London-based Dr Sybille Steiner and Gatwick-based senior associate Charlotte Sloan. The firm's client base reaches across the South East, with a particular strength in the education sector. The Gatwick and London offices work closely together to advise clients on both contentious and non-contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Sybille Steiner; Charlotte Sloan

Testimonials

‘A speedy professional response. Flexible and have been evening working to accommodate me and my needs. Great working relationship and understanding of my needs.’

‘Down to earth, approachable and do not talk to you in jargon.’

Key clients

Association of Colleges

Family Tier 4

Irwin Mitchell's Cambridge office joins the ranking this year, as it is a key point of contact for the firm's London-based family law practice. Though mainly operating from London, lead partner Toby Hales who joined from Seddons, senior associate Kathryn Evans (who is 'a very sensible, competent solicitor who can manage clients well with a deft touch of humour') and solicitor Rachel Frost-Smith frequently work from Cambridge. The firm handles the full range of family law work, including complex and high-value financial matters, often including substantial business assets, and children cases.

Practice head(s):

Toby Hales

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

An honest firm that doesn’t try to rip off its clients and has great solicitors with a lot of experience, giving extraordinary service.

Toby Hales is one of the BEST solicitors/barristers I have dealt with. He represented me in an extremely complicated case both on child arrangements and financials – five cases in total, all of which he won. He provides amazing customer service, great knowledge and the ability to stir the case into the direct direction. He has always been fair on his advice and same with charging.

I have been instructed by Kathryn Evans, who is a very sensible, competent solicitor who can manage clients well with a deft touch of humour. She gives honest, proper advice to enable clients to consider their position with knowledge of all the facts. Good judgement. Very organised and helpful to counsel.

Kathryn Evans is a very competent solicitor with excellent judgement and a reassuring manner with clients. The firm does not lead its clients up the garden path: it gives them an honest appraisal of their case and its weaknesses. This is in stark contrast to some solicitors who string clients along and leave counsel to give them the bad news at the door of court. Kathryn is easy to work with and down to earth. Clients like and trust her.

The member of staff that works with us is empathetic and very much understands how to give advice to our clients in the Law Clinic. She is also extremely effective in working with our students, sharing her knowledge and experience.

Rachel Frost-Smith stands out amongst our volunteer lawyers in our law clinic as she is always willing to go the extra mile for clients and she is happy to spend the time explaining things to students and involving them in the advice process. She truly understands what we are trying to do in the law clinic and she is a great example of a lawyer who is committed to pro bono and to bringing on the next generation of lawyers.

The firm offers a comprehensive family law service to its clients with the added benefit of multiple supporting teams with expertise in other areas of the law.

Rachel Frost-Smith’s corporate tax background caters for high-net-worth individuals with offshore assets. A rising star who, whilst being a strong and experienced litigator, will also adopt a collaborative approach where appropriate. Calm and confident. A welcome addition to the Cambridge community!

Rachel Frost-Smith in Cambridge is very professional, competent, enthusiastic and determined to give a first-rate service. She goes the extra mile with her clients.

I think that the family team at Irwin Mitchel provides an excellent, professional service to its clients. Cases are well and cost-effectively managed and the quality of work is first-rate. There seems to be a real team spirit amongst the individual members who take collective pride in doing the best possible job for the people they represent.

Kathryn Evans is terrific. She has a wonderful manner with clients (who all love her) but a sharp legal mind to go with it. I think she is intensely pragmatic too – she is quick to identify the problem and work out a solution that is client-focused and effective.

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

Irwin Mitchell's practice handles various matters including CVAs, administrations and bankruptcy cases for clients across the UK. The firm's practitioners sit on several bank panels including those of HSBC, Co-Operative Bank and Santander.  John Vickery sits at the head of team.

Practice head(s):

John Vickery

IT and telecoms Tier 4

Irwin Mitchell’s commercial team advises on GDPR compliance matters, buy and sell-side IT system transactions, IT procurements and software licensing arrangements. Recent work for key contact Joanne Bone included assisting with the supply of knowledge-based software platforms, issues relating to cloud storage and data licensing matters. Dispute resolution partners are the key names for IT-related disputes.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Bone

Key clients

Mamas & Papas (Holdings) Limited

RPC UK Limited

Strata Homes Limited

Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 5

The commercial litigation team at Irwin Mitchell has particular financial services, retail, technology and manufacturing sectors experience. Practice head Duncan Hope 'is the person to go to in complicated company law matters', while associate Ailsa Anderson counts shareholder disputes, breach of contract claims, fiduciary duty issues and restrictive covenant cases among her areas of focus.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Hope

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Duncan Hope is an experienced and very capable commercial litigation solicitor – he is the person to go to in complicated company law matters.

Ailsa Anderson has an exceptionally good grasp of the detail of her cases and knows how to deploy this in evidence for the benefit of the clients.

Strong across the board, decent professionals who look after their clients well and deal respectfully with their opponents.

The team’s strengths were: to assimilate the brief quickly, understand the salient points, be readily available for discussion.

Duncan Hope and Ailsa Anderson are professional, caring, respectful, balanced and dispassionate, a pleasure to work with.

Commercial property: Manchester Tier 5

Irwin Mitchell has a 'experienced and dedicated' team which is 'unafraid to give the right advice.' It is led by Roy Beckett, who has an 'exceptional knowledge of the Manchester property market' and acts on investment transaction matters as well as corporate real estate occupier work. He has a record of work for local authorities and developer clients.  

Practice head(s):

Roy Beckett

Testimonials

‘Experienced, dedicated and unafraid to give the right advice.’ 

‘An unrivalled in depth knowledge of the commercial property market in Manchester and an exceptional level of attention to detail to ensure that even from the point at which heads of terms are being discussed, the client is guided to get the best terms.’

‘Honesty, dedication, perseverance and valued opinions.’

‘Roy Beckett has an exceptional knowledge of the Manchester property market and is able to provide advice on terms ensuring the client has the best available deal. He will review each lease in great detail to make sure that his client’s interests are best served. All of this is done in a positive and open manner where all options are clearly explained to the client.’

Key clients

Bruntwood Estates

Goals Soccer Centres

Swansway Group

Northpoint Developments

General Medical Council

Pilkington

Bridgewater Road Holdings

National Grid

Gazprom Retail

Select Property Group

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

Irwin Mitchell has an increasing presence in the corporate field under the leadership of Gavin Maddison. Maddison and senior associate Catherine Hinchliffe advise on M&A transactions for owner-managed businesses and, increasingly, large corporates. Joanne Bone heads up the commercial offering with a focus on data privacy compliance work.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Bone; Gavin Maddison

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very strong at partner and associate level.’

‘Both Gavin Maddison (partner) and Catherine Hinchliffe (associate) very accomplished operators, and work well together as a team, they know each other’s strengths and weaknesses.’

 

Key clients

Mamas & Papas (Holdings) Limited

RPC UK Limited

Strata Homes Limited

Mitchell Farrar Group

West Cumbria Mining

AAK AB

The Saville Group

Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 5

Irwin Mitchell's Manchester corporate and offering was launched in late 2017 with the double hire of Victoria Zivkovic and Adam Kaucher from PwC LLP and Addleshaw Goddard respectively. The team has since continued to grow, winning new clients in the region, and in 2019 was joined on the commercial side by former Shoosmiths LLP partner Laura Harper, a media and entertainment specialist. The team focuses on mid-market private company M&A, venture capital, private equity and restructurings and re-organisations.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Zivkovic; Adam Kaucher (corporate); Laura Harper (commercial)

Other key lawyers:

Greg Mazgajczyk

Testimonials

‘Partner-led. Timely. Plenty of common sense. Commercial.’

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

Clinical negligence and personal injury: claimant

Irwin Mitchell leads the market for personal injury and medical negligence, fielding a large Yorkshire team across offices in Leeds and Sheffield. The personal injury offering, led by Adrian Budgen in Sheffield and Sion Kingston in Leeds, features a raft of APIL accredited specialists for brain injury, spinal injury and fatal cases, as well as for asbestos and occupational disease matters, and regularly handles cases of the highest complexity. The medical negligence teams, which are headed by Julianne Moore in Sheffield and Sarah Coles in Leeds, deal with the full gamut of cases, focusing on complex, high-value claims including birth injury, maternal injury, spinal injury, brain injury, sepsis, delays in diagnosis or amputation cases. A client liaison manager is present in each office, working closely with the case managers to ensure practical assistance and additional needs of clients are met and delivered quickly and efficiently. The firm is praised for being 'incredibly knowledgeable, with the resources to make sure claimants are put in the best possible position.' Other key lawyers include Louise Jenkins, who heads the the serious injury team in Sheffield, while the 'truly excellent' Carolyn Heaton leads the neurotrauma team in Leeds. Senior clinical negligence litigator Tom Mather is highly recommended, as is his clinical negligence colleague Sarah Rowland.

Practice head(s):

Adrian Budgen; Sion Kingston; Julianne Moore; Sarah Coles

Other key lawyers:

Louise Jenkins; Carolyn Heaton; Rachael Aram; Tim Annett; Sallie Booth; Rachel Roach; Ian Toft; Tom Mather; Sarah Rowland

Testimonials

‘Irwin Mitchell’s Sheffield office has a small team of dynamic lions running high value injury claims. They run those claims with skill and care, as would be expected from the country’s premier personal injury law firm.’

‘Client centred, friendly, efficient and well organised. They liaise well as a team and keep up to date with developments so as to maintain standards and I have found that whoever the case handler is, the approach and efficient preparation of the case is the same.’

‘Sion Kingston remains a dogged litigator and will tread where other partners would not dare.’

‘They work hard to achieve the best outcome for their clients, whilst being fair and approachable. The cases appear well prepared and based on a sound assessment of the current law and the facts. At all levels they impress as a firm.’

‘Carolyn Heaton is a brilliant lawyer and meticulous in everything she does – she spots problems coming and deals with them and then gets brilliant results. I cannot recommend the team more highly.’

‘An excellent team of dedicated personal injury lawyers doing catastrophic injury work. A joy to work with and brilliant with clients, case managers and experts and make the traumatic experience for families of dealing with personal injuries as easy as it reasonably can be.’

‘This team is probably one of the strongest in the Irwin Mitchell set. The irrepressible Rachelle Mahapatra is a dynamic force of legal nature. She is ably assisted by Sarah Coles. Both have created a team that consistently succeeds in getting impressive settlements over a spectrum of cases, but particularly in higher value brain injury, genetic birth injury and oncology cases.’

‘The team is friendly and professional. I always felt in safe hands.’

‘An impressive performer is Rachel Roach, who takes on and succeeds in high value complex cases. The team overall is really professional and dedicated but always seem to demonstrate a real appetite for this area of the law and they love a challenge (and a good legal scrap!). I rate this team as one of the most tightly knit and effective clinical negligence outfits in the area of claimant clinical negligence.’

‘Highly experienced team who are always well prepared and work hard to get the best result for their clients.’

‘In my view, this clinical negligence team is the standout team in the whole country. The work is invariably high quality and excellent from all viewpoints.’

‘There are many fantastic individuals in the team, including the brilliant and tactical Sallie Booth; Julianne Moore, who has fantastic judgement, and Tim Annett, who is compassionate and incredibly thorough.’

‘Tom Mather is very professional, knowledgeable and trustworthy. Exceptionally well organised and strives for the best possible outcome. Highly recommended.’

‘Sarah Rowland sets the tone for her team. She is an excellent solicitor and is totally committed to her clients. She is firm in negotiations but her excellent client care skills do not prevent her giving difficult advice when it is necessary. She is intelligent, enthusiastic and very able. Despite her responsibilities as head of her team, she has a large and loyal client following.’

Clinical negligence and personal injury: claimant

Led by Bristol managing partner Julie Lewis, the clinical negligence team at Irwin Mitchell handles cases across Bristol, the south west and south Wales. Areas of expertise include negligent obstetric treatment, delayed cancer diagnoses and delayed meningitis diagnoses that led to significant brain injury. The group is also noted for cases involving brain and spinal injuries. Senior associate Kate Easy has a focus on obstetric cases and late diagnoses, while associate Luke Trevorrow's experience encompasses claims against NHS and private healthcare providers, including group action litigation. The personal injury department is jointly led by James Davies, who heads the serious injury team, and Virginia Chalmers, who leads on industrial disease. Core areas of expertise for the serious injury group are brain and spinal cord claims, while the industrial disease lawyers focus on asbestos-related claims, advising both individuals and the charities that support them. Senior associate Isabelle Selley is noted for solid experience in asbestos claims.

Practice head(s):

Julie Lewis (clinical negligence); James Davies; Virginia Chalmers (personal injury)

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

Irwin Mitchell is widely regarded as a 'market leader' in clinical negligence and personal injury, and is particularly known for its offerings relating to serious brain and spinal injuries and birth trauma, asbestos-related diseases, the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and its international serious injury team. Jonathan Betts heads the Manchester personal injury offering, while Kristofer Inskip leads on the medical negligence side. Jennifer Cawthorne, Lindsay Wise and associates Dina Lambourne and Margaret Ryan are noted for their clinical negligence work; Catherine Leech and associates Richard Biggs and Matthew Garson are recommended for personal injury matters; Amanda Marsh leads the Armed Forces Compensation scheme.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Betts; Kristofer Inskip

Testimonials

‘They are the best clinical negligence outfit in the country. Everything is covered and no stone is left unturned.’

‘A team made up of individuals who are dedicated in attaining the very best outcome for their clients. There is considerable strength in depth, with practitioners at all levels demonstrating excellent knowledge and skills.’

‘Lindsay Wise is hugely experienced and lives up to her surname.

Richard Biggs handles high value work with great sensitivity and commercial acuity.’

‘Jennifer Cawthorne always goes the extra mile for her clients.’

‘Dina Lambourne is a risen and yet still further ascending star.’

‘Cathy Leech is a stand-out solicitor who has oodles of experience and is capable of handling cases of the greatest severity and highest complexity.’

‘Jonathan Betts: the client is always at the centre of everything he does. A very engaging personality. Gets great results.’

‘Matthew Garson: an outstanding litigator and formidable tactician who leaves no stone unturned in pursuit of the best results for his clients.’

Nationally acclaimed, future focused, innovative and supportive, Irwin Mitchell understands that whether it’s business or personal, everyone’s situation is different. When it comes to legal advice and support with financial planning they’re the expert hand, with the human touch.

Irwin Mitchell employs over 3,000 staff and has 15 offices throughout the UK. By offering personal and specialist services to national and international organisations and institutions, small and medium-sized businesses and individuals, they help to navigate life’s ups and downs.

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 £2.5m of charitable donations since its formation in 1997. In 2019, the IMCF donated more than £418,900 to 13 good causes around the UK, through Irwin Mitchell’s Charity of the Year programme.

Irwin Mitchell has the largest online market share for personal injury and medical negligence, and the greatest share of voice in legal editorial coverage in the UK media. Their reputation as a leading firm for litigation work has been acknowledged by the Lawyer magazine who named them as the third most active firm in the UK. They are the Official Legal Partner to England Rugby .

They’re recognised in The Times’ list of the best 200 law firms in England and Wales and are officially a Great Place to Work, ranking as number one in their industry. Some of their recent award wins include Employment Law Firm of the Year, Catastrophic Injury Team of the Year and Excellence in Client Service.

Priding itself on being diverse and inclusive, Irwin Mitchell was recently named as one of the most inclusive employers in Britain by LGBTQ equality charity Stonewall.

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 expertise, coupled with a reputation as a litigation powerhouse makes them stand out from the crowd.

They understand that consumer needs are changing and combine the latest technology and excellent service to deliver impressive results, and build long lasting relationships. This was demonstrated perfectly by the way they reacted to the Covid-19 pandemic, temporarily closing 15 offices and moving to home working in a matter of weeks, so that they could continue to support their clients.

As the leading 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.

Irwin Mitchell’s private client offering specialises in residential property, family, wills 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.

They offer a wide range of commercial services and have expertise in several other 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
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
Photo Name Position Profile
 Gordon Anderson  photo Gordon Anderson Partner Gordon has over 12 years’ experience in construction law, with a…
 Andrew Arthur photo Andrew Arthur Associate Andrew specialises in bringing claims for clients who have been the…
 Ian Bailey  photo Ian Bailey Partner Heads of the asbestos disease team, helping to recover compensation for…
 Chris Baker  photo Chris Baker Partner
 Adrian Barlow  photo Adrian Barlow Partner and national Head of Real Estate Adrian has considerable experience in…
 Philip Barth  photo Philip Barth Partner
 Bryan Bletso  photo Bryan Bletso Partner Bryan has considerable experience in all corporate transactions, but has a…
 Carmel Brown  photo Carmel Brown Senior associate Specialisms Divorce Children law Civil Partnerships Cohabitation/Living Together Pre and…
 Nicola Bushby  photo Nicola Bushby Partner Nicola specialises in trust and estate litigation for high and ultra-high…
 Sarah Cardew  photo Sarah Cardew Partner
 Rebecca Cherry  photo Rebecca Cherry Senior associate Secialisms: spinal injuries and birth injuries
 Ian Christian  photo Ian Christian Has specialised in clinical negligence litigation since qualification. Divides his caseload between…
 Penny Cogher  photo Penny Cogher Penny has considerable experience in all pension matters, with a particular focus…
 Emilie Cole  photo Emilie Cole Partner Emilie has considerable experience in all aspects of employment law and…
 Georgie Collins  photo Georgie Collins Partner Georgie advises on the protection, exploitation and infringement of IP rights…
 Claire-Marie Cornford  photo Claire-Marie Cornford Partner Claire-Marie is the lead Partner for the Will, Trust and Estate…
 Demetrius Danas  photo Demetrius Danas Demetrius has more than 20 years’ experience in the field of international…
 Dominique Dolman photo Dominique Dolman Senior associate
 Alison Eddy  photo Alison Eddy Managing partner of the London office. Ranked as a leader in the…
 Kathryn Evans  photo Kathryn Evans Senior associate
 Louise Forsyth  photo Louise Forsyth Senior associate
 Richard Geraghty  photo Richard Geraghty Partner Richard has over 20 years of experience in serious injury litigation.…
 Auriana Griffiths  photo Auriana Griffiths Partner specialising in complex clinical negligence cases. Auriana heads up one of…
  Sarah Griggs  photo  Sarah Griggs Partner
 Toby Hales  photo Toby Hales Partner Toby represents a wide range of people in a variety of…
 Ayesha Hasan  photo Ayesha Hasan Ayesha has particular expertise in real estate investment, real estate finance and…
 Ashley Hill  photo Ashley Hill Partner
 Lauren Hurney  photo Lauren Hurney Partner
 Kylie Hutchison  photo Kylie Hutchison Senior associate. Specialisms: Accidents arising overseas, international travel, travel litigation.  
 Joanne Jeffries  photo Joanne Jeffries Partner
 Martin Jenkins  photo Martin Jenkins Martin is a very experienced practitioner who has been dealing with pension…
 Anita Jewitt  photo Anita Jewitt Partner Anita has particular expertise in birth injuries leading to cerebral palsy.…
 Marian Joseph  photo Marian Joseph Partner in the personal injury team in London office, dealing with both…
 Edward Judge  photo Edward Judge Edward has extensive experience and knowledge of all areas of contentious and…
 Shazia Khan  photo Shazia Khan Partner Shazia has considerable experience in all aspects of employment and professional…
 Mandeep Khroud  photo Mandeep Khroud Senior associate
 Tina Lakhani  photo Tina Lakhani Senior associate Specialism: corporate crime.
 Deborah Levy  photo Deborah Levy Deborah has a wealth of experience having practised Family Law in London…
 Nikki Link  photo Nikki Link Associate solicitor
 Julia Lomas  photo Julia Lomas National head of Court of Protection. Has a team of people who…
 Jenna Lucas  photo Jenna Lucas Partner
 Jennifer Lund  photo Jennifer Lund Partner
 George Merrylees  photo George Merrylees Partner George acts for entrepreneurs, individuals, companies, private banks, family offices, non-UK…
 Laura Middleton-Guerard  photo Laura Middleton-Guerard Partner
 Shivi Nathan  photo Shivi Nathan Senior associate
 James Paton-Philip  photo James Paton-Philip Partner James is experienced in working with private and public listed companies…
 Shah Qureshi  photo Shah Qureshi Shah is head of the Employment and Professional Discipline team at Irwin…
 Jeremy Raj  photo Jeremy Raj National Head of Residential Property
 Alex Rook  photo Alex Rook As a partner specialising in community care, mental capacity, disability discrimination, human…
 Nick Rucker  photo Nick Rucker Partner and national head Expertise in asset protection, charity and philanthropy, international…
 Alex Ruffel  photo Alex Ruffel Partner Alex’s areas of expertise include advising high-net worth individuals, families, their…
 Jonathan Sachs  photo Jonathan Sachs Jonathan specialises in professional negligence, commercial litigation and fraud. He has particular…
 Leena Savjani  photo Leena Savjani Partner
 Deborah Sayers  photo Deborah Sayers Solicitor
 Leane Shanks  photo Leane Shanks Senior associate legal executive. Specialisms: accidents abroad, sickness abroad, holiday complaints, road…
 Leigh Shapiro  photo Leigh Shapiro Partner
Dr Sybille Steiner  photo Dr Sybille Steiner Partner and head of employment team; also qualified and admitted as a…
 Tracey Storey  photo Tracey Storey Specialises in a range of PI work, including amputation, serious injury and…
 Oliver Studdert  photo Oliver Studdert Oliver is a solicitor specialising in children’s rights, community care, public law…
 Daniel Webster  photo Daniel Webster Daniel is a finance partner who joined the firm from King Wood…
 Craig Weston  photo Craig Weston Senior associate barrister Craig advises on and defends FCA enforcement and supervision…
 Diana Wright  photo Diana Wright International commercial dispute lawyer advising on international trade and sales of food,…
 Ben Xu  photo Ben Xu Associate solicitor
Number of partners : 249
Number of other UK fee-earners : 1,500+

The Lex 100 Verdict

'One of the biggest full-service law firms in the UK,' 'its impressive credentials' and 'the vast number of personal legal services opportunities, in particular public law' are just some of the qualities that drew trainees to Irwin Mitchell. With 15 offices, Irwin Mitchell is widely distributed across the UK. One current trainee was attracted to Irwin Mitchell 'due to its strong focus on and reputation for claimant work and personal legal services. I knew that this was where I wanted to focus my career, and I felt that my values truly aligned with those of the firm'. The 'focus on client service and sense of community' was a common theme, as well as the ability for trainees to choose between a personal law or business law work stream within their training contract. One trainee 'chose this firm because I wanted to join a large firm while still being able to practise law working with individuals rather than corporate entities'. Respondents highlight that there can be a difference in the style and 'quality' of training in difference departments. There are also complaints about the pay and benefits being below some rivals. Yet the feedback is mixed; some trainees approve of the work/life balance and the quality of the supervision offered. As one trainee comments, 'the quality of the work is fantastic with exposure to exciting cases, some of which are at the forefront of legal developments'. If you are looking for a top-tier firm within your local area, odds are that Irwin Mitchell is there; with its reputation for both personal and business services, it's a strong candidate.