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Yorkshire and the Humber: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire
Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 5

Irwin Mitchell

Gavin Maddison and Joanne Bone head up Irwin Mitchell's corporate and commercial teams respectively; Maddison recently joined the firm from Ward Hadaway. On the commercial side, the group has particular expertise in data protection and IT sector contracts. The corporate team also includes senior associate Catherine Hinchliffe, who also recently joined from Ward Hadaway, and handles a range of mid-market corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):Joanne Bone; Gavin Maddison

Other key lawyers:Catherine Hinchliffe


'The corporate and commercial team at Irwin Mitchell is decisive and gets the job done.'

'Gavin Maddison makes sure his clients understand any pitfalls that might be around, but always gets the job done quietly and efficiently.'

'Joanne Bone is highly professional in her approach, whilst being easy to chat to. There is no problem to big or to small to discuss with her, she always has a friendly tone and is available whenever required. Her advice is thorough, concise and always on point.'

Key Clients

Mitchell Farrar Group

West Cumbria Mining

Mitre Group

Mamas & Papas (Holdings)


Strata Homes

Joy Global UK

NG Bailey

Work highlights

  • Advised Mamas & Papas on its GDPR compliance project.
  • Advising Lhasa on the drafting and negotiation of complex international licensing terms with leading pharmaceutical companies, and bespoke project agreements.
  • Instructed by Strata Homes on its GDPR readiness programme including carrying out a data protection audit and assisting with drafting its policies and privacy notices.
  • Advised Joy Global UK on its GDPR readiness programme.

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Corporate and commercial: Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Corporate and commercial: Sheffield, South Yorkshire - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell handles a range of instructions with particular experience in the education, manufacturing, not-for-profit and charity sectors at a regional and national level. Practice head Laurence Gavin has particular expertise in providing securities regulatory advice; transactional lawyer Gavin Maddison is another key name to note and regularly advises on acquisitions, disposals, reorganisations, shareholder arrangements and corporate governance issues.

Practice head(s):Laurence Gavin

Other key lawyers:Gavin Maddison


'The team has significant accumulated knowledge and is pro-active in applying it.'

'The individuals have significant in-depth knowledge of the sector.'

Key Clients

Electronic Data Processing Plc

Barnsley College

British Chambers of Commerce

Biovation UK Ltd

Bruker UK

Builders Merchants Federation

Cadbury College

Cepac Limited

Downstream Fuel Association

Havant and South Downs College

Key Fund

Westfield Health Limited

Maltby Learning Trust

Peak Indicators

South Essex College

Telford College

Whitby Seafoods Limited

Sheffield City Trust

Sheffield Futures

P.A. Jewellery Limited

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Electronic Data Processing on its £11m public takeover by Eagle Bidco 2018.
  • Advised Key Fund Investments on its legal funding documents.
  • Acted for Telford College of Arts and Technology on its merger with New College Telford.
  • Advised Cadbury College on its acquisition by Sandwell College.
  • Advised Downstream Fuel Association on a voluntary car wash scheme to assist with the prevention of modern slavery.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell is noted for its white-collar litigation practice, which handles criminal liability, compliance and multi-jurisdictional investigations for a range of corporate clients. Internal investigations, bribery and corruption issues are also key strengths of the team. Paul Haycock leads the department and excels in criminal and regulatory investigations.

Practice head(s):Paul Haycock

Other key lawyers:Emma Windle; James Newall


'Paul Haycock is an elder statesman of the fraud world. He is an obvious name to call on when in trouble, and conducts himself with honesty and integrity'.

'They have key expertise in this area and see the big picture.'

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

'Every member of the Irwin Mitchell crime team prepares each case thoroughly. They have an astounding ability to work through large volumes of material and prepare working schedules which make their cases accessible. They are very hardworking 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.'

'Paul Haycock, Emma Windle and John Davies will all do everything needed on a case, are proactive and team players - they bring real value.'

Leading individuals

Paul Haycock - Irwin Mitchell

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Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's regulatory and criminal investigations group focuses on defence work and has recently handled burglary cases, violent and sexual assault matters, historical sexual abuse, drug offences and road traffic incidents. Team head Paul Haycock divides his time between Sheffield and Manchester, while senior associate Emma Windle is a key name for white-collar crime.

Practice head(s):Paul Haycock

Other key lawyers:Emma Windle


'Irwin Mitchell work to an exceptionally high standard, and have almost unparalleled experience of defending 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 team prepares each case thoroughly. They have an astounding ability to work through large volumes of material and prepare working schedules which make their cases accessible. They are very hardworking 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.'

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 4

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell handles a range of commercial, corporate and contractual litigation. IP litigator Alex Newman heads the team, which includes James Laycock, who has particular expertise in contentious wills, trusts and estates; and senior associate Richard Payne, who has experience in breach of warranty, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of restrictive covenant disputes. The group's other specialisms include handling franchising disputes and construction sector claims.

Practice head(s):Alex Newman

Other key lawyers:James Laycock; Emma Yates; Richard Payne


'James Laycock is a good lawyer and is well-respected in Leeds.'

'Irwin Mitchell has an excellent ability to look at the problems from all angles.'

'Emma Yates is a tenacious solution finder.'

Key Clients

Christeyns UK Limited

Transcal Holdings Limited

Pirtek (UK) Limited


Rullion Group

Taskmaster Resources Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted for Christeyns UK in a claim for breach of fiduciary duty and conspiracy to injure against the former managing director and former sales director of Alex Reid (a subsidary of the client) and two other individuals.
Rising stars

Richard Payne - Irwin Mitchell

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Commercial litigation: Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Commercial litigation: Sheffield, South Yorkshire - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's team handles a range of commercial, contractual and corporate disputes including shareholder and derivative claims and restrictive covenant litigation. The group counts retail, professional services, insurance, IT and manufacturing companies as well as high-net-worth individuals among its client base. Steven Beahan heads up the team and has particular experience in insurance sector disputes, while Dorrien Peters focuses on IT, manufacturing, engineering and construction disputes.

Practice head(s):Steven Beahan

Other key lawyers:Dorrien Peters


'Dorrien Peters has extensive experience of heavy litigation and shows great coolness of thought under pressure, good judgment and excellent strategic analysis.'

'Dorrien Peters  is a quality lawyer.'

Key Clients

Westfield Health

Arc Legal Assistance Ltd


Natural Instinct Limited

Aviva PLC


Laver Leisure

Janspeed Technologies Limited

Pegler Yorkshire

National Grid

Work highlights

  • Represented an offshore investment fund in an expert determination worth over £2m.
  • Acted for a training provider in a complex claim involving allegations of fraud with a value of over £450,000.
Leading individuals

Dorrien Peters - Irwin Mitchell

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

With notable expertise in real estate finance work, Irwin Mitchell also advises on corporate banking, cross-border matters, mezzanine and leveraged finance work, and private equity funding issues. The group's client base encompasses lenders and borrowers at a local and national level. The 'no-nonsense' Paddy Sturman and Dean Gormley head up the teams in Leeds and Sheffield respectively; Gormley focuses on banking and debt finance transactions.

Practice head(s):Paddy Sturman; Dean Gormley


'Strong experience and expertise combined with effective technical abilities and personable employees'.

'Paddy Sturman is approachable, thorough and highly diligent'.

'Paddy Sturman's practical and no-nonsense approach gets the job done and makes him a standout name'.


Key Clients


Bank J. Safra Sarasin (Gibraltar), London Branch

Octopus Property

Santander UK

HSBC Bank and HSBC Invoice Finance

Lloyds Bank

The Royal Bank of Scotland

National Westminster Bank

Rothschild & Co.

ABN AMRO Commercial Finance

Close Brothers

New Era Development (UK)

Work highlights

  • Advised New Era Development (UK) on funding provided by Barclays Bank for the development of New Era Square, Sheffield.
  • Assisted National Westminster Bank with the provision of development funding to Citu (Low Fold).
  • Acted for HSBC UK Bank on its additional funding to Moorgarth Living.
  • Advised HSBC UK Bank on its funding of the management buyout of Atlas Leisure Homes.
  • Acting for Octopus Property on its development funding of a residential development in Isleworth.
Leading individuals

Paddy Sturman - Irwin Mitchell

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

At Irwin Mitchell, Doug Robertson and Tom Paton lead the Leeds and Sheffield teams respectively; Robertson focuses on property insolvency and Paton is a key name for personal insolvency work. The Leeds team is recognised for its strength acting for banks, asset-based lenders and restructuring professionals, and the Sheffield group has a substantial insolvency practitioner client base. The department also has notable corporate advisory expertise.

Practice head(s):Doug Robertson; Tom Paton


'To find such a specialised team in a city like Sheffield that you turn to time and time again is great. It's knowledge on personal insolvency issues is second to none'.

'The group is hugely capable across the knowledge spectrum with practical and cost effective advice that is given in an easily digestible form and a timely manner'.

'Tom Paton continues to grow following his deserved promotion to partner. He is already well versed in his craft and will soon be a leader in the field'.

'Tom Paton always impresses and never ceases to amaze and delight with his ability to see his way through a complex problem'.

'Doug Robertson has a strong commercial awareness and is a highly experienced litigator and property lawyer'.

Key Clients




Begbies Traynor



Wilson Field


EY (Belfast)


PWC (London)

Work highlights

  • Acting on the accelerated sale of a company in a distressed situation including share transfers.
  • Acting for a bank in a security dispute and the related administration.
  • Advising a bank on the administration of a large national manufacturing business.
  • Assisting Graywoods Insolvency Practitioners as administrator in the administration of Blair Installations and the related pre-pack sale of the company's business and assets.
  • Acting for the joint trustees in the bankruptcy of a high-net-worth individual.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Human resources

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 4

Irwin Mitchell

The employment team at Irwin Mitchell handles national work for a variety of FTSE listed companies and household names in Leeds. The firm attracted several new clients during 2018 as a result of its sector focus and effective use of innovative products and services. The 'sensible, no nonsense' Glenn Hayes, who heads up the employment teams across Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester, is an experienced employment tribunal advocate and has taken cases to the higher courts in England and Scotland . Recently promoted partner Jenny Arrowsmith works with clients across a range of sectors, including extensive experience of advising employers of all sizes.

Practice head(s):Glenn Hayes; Jenny Arrowsmith


'The practice has an excellent blend of good quality staff at all levels. When you ring for advice they can help you straight away. The qualified staff don\'t have to refer things upwards before they can advise.'

'Glenn Hayes is a sensible, no nonsense lawyer who offers practical and commercial advice. His staff follow in his footsteps.'

'Glenn Hayes is a standout partner in respect of the profile the employment team has gained under his leadership.  As an employment lawyer Glenn fights vigorously for his clients and is a tough opponent to come across, particularly in litigious matters.'

Key Clients

Capita Group Plc

Persimmon plc

Sky Betting and Gaming

Begbies Traynor

The Association of Colleges

Headway UK

Ligentia Group Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Learners First School Partnership on matters such as managing absence issues, changing terms and conditions or implementing growth plans, managing performance disciplinary and grievance investigations.
  • Advising Capita on 149 holiday pay cases.
  • Advising Capita Plc in relation to a key case on sex discrimination which has attracted press interest and which is seen as a case of public policy importance.
  • Advised Begbies Traynor on TUPE issues relating to the administration of The Great Northern Envelope Company.
  • Advising Leeds Mind in relation to a complex TUPE transfer of certain staff to a third party provider, Touchstone Leeds, in relation to the provision of services to Leeds University.

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Employment: Sheffield and South Yorkshire
Employment: Sheffield and South Yorkshire - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

The employment team at Irwin Mitchell is instructed by a high-profile client roster including national and international companies and household names, which it advises on a range of non-contentious matters and employment tribunal claims. The group has particular experience assisting clients in the healthcare, education and insurance sectors. Kirsty Ayre heads up the practice and has particular expertise in industrial relations and trade union law.

Practice head(s):Kirsty Ayre

Other key lawyers:Jennifer Walton

Key Clients

Capita Group Plc


Henry Boot plc

Skyscanner Limited

The Association of Colleges

Overgate Hospice

Westfield Health

South Yorkshire Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Acted for Skyscanner on the design and delivery of its diversity training.
  • Advising a regulated employer on the disputed exit of its chief executive.
  • Assisting a long standing chief executive with his exit and sale of shares.
  • Acted for a national building company in a test case on the employment status of sub-contractors in the construction sector.
  • Represented an airline in one of the first claims under the Civil Aviation Working Time Regulations.
Leading individuals

Kirsty Ayre - Irwin Mitchell

Rising stars

Jennifer Walton - Irwin Mitchell

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

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

Irwin Mitchell

The Yorkshire region is established as a clinical negligence stronghold for Irwin Mitchell. The national firm's Leeds and Sheffield offices, headed by Sarah Coles and Julianne Moore respectively, enjoy an enviable reputation and a large and varied workload. A total of 59 case handlers from both locations deal with high value cases relating to births, brain and spinal injuries, amputations and mental health, while a dedicated mini-team in Sheffield handles lower value cases from around the country. The department collaborates with charities and organisations to raise awareness of specific conditions and encourage early diagnosis and fast treatment. Rachel Roach, one of three team leaders in the medical negligence team in Leeds, is a key member of the practice.

Practice head(s):Rachelle Mahapatra; Julianne Moore

Other key lawyers:Rachel Roach; Lisa Swales


'First class in every respect and definitely recommendable.'

'The team is professional and organized, but more importantly approachable and with a personal touch.'

'An excellent clinical negligence team at the heart of the firm's national operation. The team has strength in depth in Sheffield with very high standards and simply a vast amount of experience over many decades in all types of clinical negligence. The team is a market leader in its region and, of course, has the firm's national resources to draw on.'

'Irwin Mitchell have been extremely caring, efficient, thorough and easy to talk to. We have been kept informed and each stage has been explained to us. Their legal expertise and persistence has been very impressive.'

'I have nothing but praise for the whole team, especially Ross McWilliams. Always available, excellent knowledge, friendly and helpful.'

'The clinical negligence teams in Sheffield and Leeds are particularly strong when compared with their peers in other firms undertaking the same work. They are excellent with client care, which is all the more important with claimant clinical work and they have an extremely wide breadth of experience and knowledge to call upon where it is required.'

'Irwin Mitchell is the go-to firm in the Sheffield area. The team provides an excellent and highly personal service. Without exception, those with whom I have regular contact have outstanding people skills and are very conscientiousness.'

'I was very fortunate to choose Irwin Mitchell as they were first class in every respect and I would definitely recommend them.'

'Rachelle Mahapatra is very experienced, robust and fearless in the representation of her clients.'

'Julianne Moore is a terrific, very hardworking and hugely experienced and practical lawyer. She recently achieved a fantastic result for a catastrophically injured client with cerebral palsy.'

'Lisa Swales has excellent client care skills, is a pleasure to work with and takes a flexible approach to dispute resolution.'

Key Clients

Janet Booth in her capacity as administratrix of the Estate of Craig Booth (deceased) and on behalf of all dependants

Katie Burgess

Charlie Scales

Group B Strep Support

UK Sepsis Trust

Back-Up Trust

Child Brain Injury Trust (CBIT)

Work highlights

  • Advised on a case involving child and adolescent mental health service failures, which resulted in a 17-year-old with a short history of self-harm inflicting a catastrophic brain injury to himself.
  • Advised on a case involving a delay in diagnosis of a fatal brain tumour.
Leading individuals

Julianne Moore - Irwin Mitchell

Rachelle Mahapatra - Irwin Mitchell

Next Generation Partners

Rachel Roach - Irwin Mitchell

Rising stars

Lisa Swales - Irwin Mitchell

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

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell has a strong presence in Yorkshire with two personal injury claimant teams based in Sheffield and Leeds. With a focus on high value and complex cases, covering brain and spinal cord injuries, amputations and disease, the firm stands out as a true national leader in this field. Adrian Budgen, head of the Sheffield office, specialises in asbestos disease and mesothelioma cancer cases, while his Leeds counterpart Sion Kingston leads the neuro trauma, criminal injuries, polytrauma and multi-track motor teams. In Sheffield, Louise Jenkins leads the 'amazing' serious injury team, while the 'hugely experienced' Rachael Aram is a specialist in brain and spinal cord injuries. In Leeds, the 'truly exceptional' Carolyn Heaton leads the neuro team and the national children’s serious injury group, while up and coming partner Ian Toft heads the asbestos disease team.

Practice head(s):Adrian Budgen; Sion Kingston

Other key lawyers:Carolyn Heaton; Rachael Aram; Louise Jenkins; Ian Toft


'The key strengths of team are communication, legal knowledge and ultimate care and attention given to the client.'

'They establish good relationships with clients and professionals alike.'

'The partners and associates take an active interest in the rehabilitation and quality of life of their clients and do not purely concentrate on the litigation process. They are true advocates and champions for their clients whilst also being realistic.'

'Claire Newstead is an astute and experienced litigator. An excellent tactician - able to progress cases to settlement extremely efficiently.'

'Carolyn Heaton has exceptional experience in this field and has consistently over many years achieved success for those who are the most catastrophically injured. She leads her department with great skill but has not lost her eye for critical detail in an individual case.'

'Hema Rana is incredibly hard-working and committed to her clients. She is operating at the highest level, representing clients in multi-million pound, complex cases.'

'David King is a very strong member of this team - his contribution to the team is exceptional.'

'Carolyn Heaton is emotionally intelligent and an excellent communicator - she has a strong work ethic, works collaboratively, has great attention to detail, easily develops trusting and productive relationships with clients and experts, always knows what questions to ask to get to the heart of the matter, and is creative in solving problems.'

'Louise Jenkins is a very experienced partner with huge empathy for her clients.  She manages a wide and diverse team with great aplomb.'

'David Withers is an up and coming star who is willing to take on and fight the most difficult cases to obtain a result for his client. Despite this difficult case load he is almost always successful, obtaining great outcomes for his client despite the difficulties he faces.'

'Claire Pilsworth is an associate who is willing to tackle complex and difficult cases. She is unafraid of difficult points and always produces excellent results for her clients.'

'Carolyn Heaton is a truly exceptional partner who is very popular with everybody she works with, extremely conscientious and really delightful to work with. She gets brilliant results for her clients.'

'The serious injury team based in Sheffield under the direction of Louise Jenkins are just amazing - it is hard to find the right words to describe the dedication and care shown by the whole team, they are a credit to Irwin Mitchell.'

Key Clients

James Casey

SARAG South Yorkshire Asbestos Victims Support Group (Sheffield & Rotherham Asbestos Group)

Back-Up Trust

Child Brain Injury Trust (CBIT)

Work highlights

  • Helped client to secure access to vital mesothelioma therapies.
  • Advised on multimillion-pound pedestrian case.
  • Represented a client in multimillion-pound claim involving a complex accident at work.
Leading individuals

Adrian Budgen - Irwin Mitchell

Carolyn Heaton - Irwin Mitchell

Louise Jenkins - Irwin Mitchell

Rachael Aram - Irwin Mitchell

Next Generation Partners

Ian Toft - Irwin Mitchell

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Professional negligence: claimant
Professional negligence: claimant - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's professional negligence department in Sheffield delivers 'fantastic results', drawing on the firm's national brand and collaborating with lawyers in the firm's London and Manchester office. The practice represents both corporate clients and individuals against solicitors, barristers, construction professionals, financial advisers and accountants. Particular focus is put on claimant (non-lender) insurance tax, rather than more regional and traditional commercial litigation work. Natasha Guthrie, who supervises all instructions in Sheffield, is lauded for her 'excellent manner with clients.'

Practice head(s):Steven Beahan; Natasha Guthrie


'Great technical knowledge and ability to progress claims efficiently.'

Key Clients

Arc Legal Assistance Ltd

Aviva Insurance

Axa Insurance

Abbey Taylor Limited

Aegus Insurance

DAS UK Group Limited


Wilson Field Limited

Begbies Traynor LLP

LIM Insurance

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

The 'extremely professional'¬†charities and not-for-profit team at Irwin Mitchell¬†is based in the firm's Sheffield office, from where it serves a national client base of specialist charities of varying sizes across all sectors ‚Äď from leisure to religious, heritage, education and health charities. Laurence Gavin¬†leads the practice, which has lately been particularly busy advising education charities during mergers. Other areas of intense activity include corporate governance and compliance.

Practice head(s):Laurence Gavin


'Irwin Mitchell is able to respond to any legal issue that a charity may need to take into account.'

'The whole team at Irwin Mitchell are extremely professional - we would commend Anna Ai and Elizabeth Cook, Chloe Eyre and Amy Hollins.'

Key Clients

Sheffield City Trust

Helen’s Trust

Cathedral Archer Project Limited

Sheffield Theatres Trust

Cadbury College

National Children’s Bureau (NCB)

Telford College

Wentworth Woodhouse

Work highlights

  • Providing general corporate governance advice and specific charity sector advice to Sheffield City Trust as and when required.
  • Assisting Helen’s Trust in expanding their operations, both through contractual arrangements and changes to its corporate structure.
  • Assisted Cathedral Archer Project Limited with a governing documents review to ensure that the charity could maximise its operations within the scope permitted by its charitable objects and by charity law generally.
  • Providing Sheffield Theatres with general advice relating to the operation of the charity, regularly advising on issues concerning governance and contract issues.
  • Advised Cadbury College on its acquisition by Sandwell College.
Rising stars

Graham Walker - Irwin Mitchell

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

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's will, trust and estate disputes department provides a comprehensive service on both a regional and national level. Litigators routinely work closely with non-contentious lawyers on will validity challenges, rectification and construction of wills claims, maladministration and breach of trust matters. There is a 'real focus on client care', with the firm's lawyers aiming to ensure that the client is involved and fully participating in decisions around all matters. This is underpinned by the 'great soft skills' of key figures within the team, such as national head of contentious probate Paula Myers , who is described as a 'strategic and brilliant' litigator and a 'patient and focused' negotiator.

Practice head(s):Paula Myers

Other key lawyers:James Laycock


'A very strong team.'

'The strongest team in the North of England with a real depth of experience.'

'A well-structured team which benefits from a robust leadership - they take a logical and practical approach to problem solving.'

'A sincere, experienced and highly educated team who are friendly and down to earth – which makes the client feel at ease and comfortable.'

'The quality and consistency of support is heart-warming.'

Key Clients

Viscount Jonathan Durival Rochdale

Louise Miller

Matthew and James Wills

Age UK Legal Services

Work highlights

  • Advised Viscount Jonathan Durival Rochdale on a high profile will validity challenge alongside various breach of trust allegations, all of which were successfully resolved at mediation.
  • Defended a will validity challenge involving an interim injunction application by the claimant.
  • Defended a proprietary estoppel claim brought by two brothers who had dedicated most of their working lives to a farm.
  • Representing a trust in a breach of trust claim pertaining to the trust’s shares in the multimillion-pound family business.
  • Representing a client in respect of two matters – a will validity challenge and a challenge to his beneficial entitlement to the proceeds of an investment bond.
Leading individuals

Paula Myers - Irwin Mitchell

Rising stars

Julia Burns - Irwin Mitchell

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Family: Elsewhere in Yorkshire
Family: Elsewhere in Yorkshire - ranked: tier 1

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell focuses on high-net-worth financial and divorce cases, often with national and international aspects and additional complexities including family businesses, private equity elements and property portfolios. The team also draws upon the firm's national private wealth strength to handle wealth protection matters, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and cohabitation agreements. Zoe Round and Alison Fernandes jointly lead the practice; both are noted for their high-value financial case expertise, Round is experienced in same-sex marriage issues and Fernandes handles matters involving pre-marital wealth and trust assets.

Practice head(s):Zoe Round; Alison Fernandes


'The Irwin Mitchell family team in Sheffield is a very efficient and friendly team, which offers extremely good advice across the board'.

'Irwin Mitchell Sheffield offers the professionalism and service of a large corporate organisation, but also continues to be warm and approachable'.

'The team's breadth of family knowledge and expertise is matched by the resources to deliver a quality service in a timely manner. It has the ability to deal with complex and high-value financial cases and private children matters proactively and effectively, and isn't phased by anything unusual or extraordinary'.

'Zoe Round is approachable, pragmatic and straight-talking. Clients value her competence and common sense to get the job done. She is fair and balanced in her search for solutions and always goes the extra mile to add value'.

'Alison Fernandes is a partner who is up there with the very best the firm has produced over the years. She is positive, practical and solution focused, and provides realistic outcomes and time frames in a very pleasant, respectful and collaborative manner'.

Work highlights

  • Handling an international children case in which there were several contested interlocutory applications.
  • Acting for an individual in a high-net-worth finance case involving a maintenance pending suit application compromised from capital.
  • Representing an individual in a cross-jurisdictional finance case, securing matrimonial assets and maintenance that is currently secured in Dubai.
  • Handling a complex application for a change of residence.
  • Acting in a cross-border finance cases involving a complex trust property.
Leading individuals

Alison Fernandes - Irwin Mitchell

Zoe Round - Irwin Mitchell

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Family: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Family: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

In Irwin Mitchell's Leeds office, Katie McCann now heads up the family practice following the departure of Teresa Davidson. McCann, who relocated from the firm's Manchester office, specialises in matrimonial work for high-net-worth individuals and has niche expertise in reputation management matters and wealth protection work. The team also handles pre- and post-marriage financial planning and asset protection, trust and tax arrangements, Court of Protection matters, cohabitation cases and international child abduction issues. Senior associate David Lister is the key contact for children work, while solicitor Scott Halliday has expertise in LGBTQ+ family law.

Practice head(s):Katie McCann

Other key lawyers:David Lister


'The team at Irwin Mitchell has really developed this year with the addition of Katie McCann. It is really working well together now and has some dynamic ambitious people on board'.

'Irwin Mitchell's Leeds team offers a personal approach to family law, which a client might not otherwise expect to find in a large firm. It is committed to its clients and cases and has a desire to help and find a solution. It is able to deal with even the most challenging of cases and constantly gives rock solid advice'.

'Katie McCann brings a huge amount of experience to the team and is keen to develop it into new areas - she is a real asset. David Lister punches above his weight in terms of the work he is taking on at this stage in his career. His clients love him; he makes them feel very much looked after and at the same time is always pragmatic and realistic'.

'David Lister is a rising star, both in the region and nationally. He genuinely cares about his clients, loves his job and aspires to do everything he can to achieve a good result'.

'David Lister is born to do this job. He excels at everything he does and goes well beyond the extra mile for his client. He is a real people's lawyer who will go far'.

Rising stars

David Lister - Irwin Mitchell

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell’s tax, trust and estates team is 'expanding and enthusiastic', with senior associate Andrea Jones joining from Ward Hadaway in early 2018 to build up the firm's offering in Leeds and support Gillian Coverley's team in Sheffield. They now often work in unison, advising a growing client base on matters of wills and estate planning, elderly and vulnerable clients, probate, tax compliance and advisory and trust administration. The firm also prides itself in educating members of the Yorkshire community by delivering seminars, attended by national experts, to financial advisers and wealth managers.

Practice head(s):Gillian Coverley; Andrea Jones; Paula Myers (National Head of tax, trusts and states)

Other key lawyers:Emma McCann; Andrea Jones


'Good experience, professional and knowledgeable.'

'Andrea Jones has a quiet confident manner, shows great understanding of problems and gives excellent advice.'

'Andrea Jones is understanding, patient and tentative to client needs.'

'Andrea Jones is fantastic to work with, she is attentive to clients, her technical skills are exceptional and clients love working with her.'

'Gillian Coverley gives clear, cogent and to-the-point advice.

'Andrea Jones has consistently made an excellent impression on referrals I have made to her, to the extent that our family used her for power of attorney and wills. She is my automatic choice if asked to provide a legal referral for high net worth individuals.'

'Gillian Coverley always has time to provide guidance and leads her team by example.'

'Paula Myers is a leader in the field, and Andrea Jones is one to watch.'

Key Clients

Age Co

Nationwide Building Society

Leeds Building Society

Macmillan Cancer Support

Link Corporate Trustees Limited

Lord Clarke Limited

Work highlights

  • Administration of UK trust for non-domiciled individual worth over £3m.
  • Advised on double estate administration which involved complex IHT and CGT issues.
  • Handled estate planning and structuring advice for clients with US implications and Italian assets.
  • Provided estate planning advice for French property.
  • Proving English will of client where there was a later Barbadian will, which involved detailed negotiation with Barbadian lawyers.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Public sector

Education - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

At Irwin Mitchell, the Sheffield-based Laurence Gavin leads the further and higher education group, while Leeds-based employment specialist Jenny Arrowsmith heads up the schools group. Clients include single and multi-academy trusts, higher education institutions and further education colleges which the department advises on transactions, employment law, charity regulation issues, property work, student issues, reputational risk work, freedom of information and data protection requests, and litigation. Michelle Beaumont joined in 2019 from Pinsent Masons LLP and handles real estate matters.

Practice head(s):Jenny Arrowsmith; Laurence Gavin

Other key lawyers:Michelle Beaumont


'Clients receive an excellent service from Jenny Arrowsmith and her team, which builds strong relationships with the establishments it advises. Jenny understands her clients and doesn't just respond to points of law (although she also does this very effectively). The group really does become an invaluable part of the team'.

'The team is responsive and reliable and puts its relationships with clients at the heart of the organisation'.

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

Cadbury College

Telford College

Work highlights

  • Advising Services 4 Schools Ltd on its human resources, payroll and other school improvement services.
  • Acting as sole legal adviser to the Association of Colleges, assisting with employment law issues.
  • Providing employment law advice to Learner First Schools Partnership.
  • Assisting Cadbury College with its merger with Sandwell College.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Real estate

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell has a broad real estate practice, with a focus on commercial development and regeneration, strategic land and site assembly, student accommodation and PRS, education, real estate finance, corporate occupiers and investment and management. The team is led by the 'stand out' and 'absolutely superb' John Flathers. Also notable is James Knowles, who has recently led on several major developments. Michelle Beaumont, who has a broad range of real estate transaction experience, joined the firm from Pinsent Masons LLP in late 2018.

Practice head(s):John Flathers

Other key lawyers:James Knowles; Michelle Beaumont


'Great partner contact - we see more from this Leeds partner in our London offices than we see from our other lawyers working round the corner'

'The Irwin Mitchell property team is extremely experienced and has a fantastic depth of knowledge to deal with. Irwin Mitchell's approach to solving problems and issues is first class. They are very commercial in their approach which enables the principle points of a negotiation to be focused upon'

'Easy to work with, commercial and efficient. They are proactive and do what they can to get a transaction over the line on time and on budget'

'Irwin Mitchell in Leeds have an outstanding property team who have been a pleasure to deal with. They are highly professional, approachable and efficient and I could not recommend them highly enough'

'John Flathers and Max Nesbitt both stand out and have been absolutely superb. We were involved in a challenging deal and John and Max's knowledge, professionalism, tenacity and clarity was key to the deal going through'

'John Flathers is a standout partner, always approachable and helpful'

'James Knowles is extremely diligent and very committed to his practice and role and addresses the majority of issues before reporting them to the client'

Key Clients

Henry Boot Developments

Clugston Estates

Rula Developments

Jones Lang LaSalle

Caddick Land

Gravity Fitness

Craig & Rose

National Grid

Newitt & Co

Country Style Foods


Work highlights

  • Acted for GNW Estates on the £6m development of a Travelodge in Mansfield.
  • Acted on behalf of Henry Boot Developments in connection with the £200m purchase of 85 acres of land.
  • Acting on behalf of Rula Developments on the £100m promotion of three prime sites.
  • Acted on behalf of Henry Boot Developments on the £6m acquisition of land from Derbyshire County Council.
  • Acting for FRP Advisory on the terms of their new Manchester, Leeds and Teeside offices.

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Commercial property: Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Commercial property: Sheffield, South Yorkshire - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's Sheffield team handles the full range of property issues, with substantial experience in strategic land and site assembly issues, investment and management work, student accommodation matters, real estate finance and development, while the team also has strength in the retail, local authority, education, charity and care sectors. Andrew Wallis heads up the group and also leads the firm's national housing, student accommodation and private rented sector team; Steven Richardson focuses on residential developments, Martyn Holland handles investments and development projects, and Kevin Fox specialises in the manufacturing and education sectors.

Practice head(s):Andrew Wallis

Other key lawyers:Steven Richardson; Martyn Holland; Kevin Fox

Key Clients

Henry Boot Developments Ltd

Sibelco UK Limited

Fusion Global Management LLP

Hallam Land Management Limited

Sheffield Hallam University

Select Property Group

Suon Group

The University of Sheffield

Commercial Estates Projects Limited

Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust

Keepmoat Homes Limited

Strata Homes Limited

Persimmon Homes Limited

WP Carey

J F Finnegan Limited

Bolsterstone Plc

Dobbies Garden Centres Limited

Laver Regeneration Limited

Dyson Group Limited

Larkfleet Homes Limited

The International Mutual Fund

Thorntons Limited

Sheffield City Trust

Logicor Group

River Island Clothing Co Limited

Lloyds Pharmacy

Countrywide Residential Lettings

MBM Asset Management

St Paul’s Developments


Outokumpu Stainless Limited

Madecorn LLP

Memory Recall

Arora Group

Work highlights

  • Advising Fusion Students on its acquisition of a £100m development site in Sheffield.
  • Assisting New Era Developments with its £100m development of Sheffield's new 'China town' district.
  • Acted for Arora Hotels on the £40m sale of Premier Inn Gatwick Airport and Holiday Inn  Stanstead Airport.
  • Acting for a retirement living developer on the transfer of a living apartment scheme to an operator company.
Leading individuals

Andrew Wallis - Irwin Mitchell

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Construction - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

Key sectors for Irwin Mitchell include commercial property, retirement living, student accommodation and education, with the practice handling both contentious and non-contentious mandates. Notable practitioners include consultant Mike Plews, who has experience in high-profile schemes, and associate Zoe Williams, who focuses on construction disputes relating to payment issues, defects, time extensions and professional negligence matters.

Other key lawyers:Mike Plews; Zoe Williams


'Irwin Mitchell really listens to the client's needs, and Mike Plews understands that clients don't have a limitless budget, so provides first-class advice within those constraints'.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell's specialist team, which acts for a range of both local and national clients, has notable expertise in property portfolio management-related work and is increasingly acting for landlords. The group's client roster also encompasses investors, developers, retailers, corporate occupiers, local institutions, banks, estate agencies and charities. The 'extremely impressive' Danny Revitt heads up the department and focuses on landlord and tenant disputes, while senior associate Lisa Stratford handles national property portfolio management mandates.

Practice head(s):Danny Revitt

Other key lawyers:Lisa Stratford


'Danny Revitt heads up a very successful nationwide property litigation team, which has broad experience in disputes of all kinds, gets on with it in a proactive way and gives clients confidence in the decisions being made'.

'The team is extremely knowledgeable and sets out its advice and tactics in an ordered and logical way, which makes it easy to make decisions on the next steps and the way forward'.

'Danny Revitt is extremely impressive and is to be highly recommended. He is an excellent communicator, extremely thorough and a true pleasure to work with'.

'Danny Revitt understands the client's business and quickly gets to grip with risks and the problems being presented'.

Key Clients

Artisan Real Estate Investors

Tobermory S.A.R.L /Trilogy Property

Real Estate Investors PLC

Clugston Estates Limited

BNP Paribas Real Estate Advisory and Property Management UK Limited


New Era Development (UK) Limited

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

Thorntons Limited

River Island Clothing Co Limited

Jones Lang LaSalle Limited

RGIS Inventory Specialists Limited

The University of Sheffield

Sheffield Hallam University

Henry Boot Developments Limited

Hallam Land Management Limited


Lloyds Pharmacy Limited

Dobbies Garden Centres Limited

A&J Mucklow PLC

Peveril Securities Limited

Devonshire Green (Broomgrove Road) Limited (part of City Estates Group)

M&M Asset Management

Sheffield International Venues Limited/Sheffield City Trust

Sheffield Methodist Church Circuit

Orkney UKCO Limited

Countrywide Residential Lettings Limited

Dyson Industries Limited

Persimmon Homes

Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation

Work highlights

  • Acting for a global professional services business in successfully exercising a break option in an office lease.
  • Representing Clugston Estates Limited in the exercise of a break option to obtain vacant possession of a large serviced office complex.
  • Acting for BNP Paribas Real Estate and Advisory UK Limited on issues arising from the relocation of its city centre office.
  • Represented an international property investment company in opposing an attempt by a beneficiary of a covenant from restricting the use of premises on a business park by a retailer.
  • Advising a national retailer on compliance by its franchisees in its network of premises.
Next Generation Partners

Lisa Stratford - Irwin Mitchell

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Yorkshire and the Humber: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

The commercial team at Irwin Mitchell has particular experience assisting clients with data protection and privacy matters, both in the context of compliance projects and IT contracts, and also has IT litigation expertise. Joanne Bone, who stands out for her data protection specialism, also handles a range of non-contentious IT issues and jointly heads the practice with IP disputes partner Alex Newman.

Practice head(s):Joanne Bone; Alex Newman

Key Clients

Mamas & Papas (Holdings) Limited

Lhasa Limited

Strata Homes Limited

Joy Global UK Limited (Part of Komatsu Mining Corp. Group).

Work highlights

  • Assisting Lhasa with drafting and negotiating international licensing terms with pharmaceutical companies, and advising on bespoke project agreements.
  • Acted for Strata Homes on its GDPR compliance project, which included a data protection audit and advice on new policies and privacy notices.
  • Advised Joy Global UK on its GDPR readiness.
  • Advising a leading supplier of advanced technology software solutions on its contractual arrangements with its customers, including amendments to existing contracts in order to make them compliant with GDPR.
  • Acting for a software developer and service provider in a series of claims against a co-founder, shareholder and former director relating to his operation of a competing software business.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

The intellectual property team at Irwin Mitchell has the capacity to handle a range of dispute resolution and strategic advisory work. The group is particularly active in the IT, retail and manufacturing sectors. Alex Newman and Joanne Bone jointly head the practice and specialise in contentious and non-contentious matters respectively. Senior associate Emma Yates also has notable experience in IP litigation and reputation management work.

Practice head(s):Alex Newman; Joanne Bone

Other key lawyers:Emma Yates


'The team is tenacious and dogged, approaching substantial pieces of work with unwavering determination. It is able to understand and simplify complex issues and focus on the overriding objectives.'

'Alex Newman is able to alter his approach to fit the needs of the specific issue. He is a firm but fair litigator and is able to see the bigger picture to deliver results for his clients.'

Key Clients

Pirtek Europe Group


Gravity Fitness Limited

Natural Instinct Limited

Intersnkrs Limited

Ayrshire Metal Products PLC

BB Brands Limited

BetterYou Limited

JCC Lighting Limited

London Pottery Company Limited

SKA Organisation

Work highlights

  • Assisted TransUnion with a number of trade mark oppositions and also formulated an international branding strategy.
  • Acting for Natural Instinct in a multi-jurisdictional trade mark dispute against a global competitor.
  • Defended RN Ventures in patent and registered design infringement claims brought by L’Oreal SA and L’Oreal UK Limited.
  • Represented a software developer and service provider in a £70m copyright infringement dispute.
  • Advised a developer and provider of software to the travel industry on a matter involving copyright infringement, misrepresentation and various breaches of duty claims against a former founder and current director and shareholder of the company.

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