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Irwin Mitchell

Clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

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.


‘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.’

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)

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

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.


‘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

Family: elsewhere in Yorkshire Tier 1

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.


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‘.

Personal injury: claimant Tier 1

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 experiencedRachael 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.


‘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)

Banking and finance Tier 2

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.


‘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)

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

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 – 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.


‘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

Commercial litigation: Sheffield, South Yorkshire Tier 2

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.


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

Commercial property: Sheffield, South Yorkshire Tier 2

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.

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

Crime: fraud Tier 2

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.


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.’

Crime: general Tier 2

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.


‘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.’

Education Tier 2

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.


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

Employment: Sheffield and South Yorkshire Tier 2

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.

Key clients

Capita Group Plc


Henry Boot plc

Skyscanner Limited

The Association of Colleges

Overgate Hospice

Westfield Health

South Yorkshire Housing Association

Family: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 2

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.


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‘.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

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.


‘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

Professional negligence: claimant Tier 2

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.'


‘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

Property litigation Tier 2

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.


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

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 3

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.


‘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


Construction Tier 3

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.

Corporate and commercial: Sheffield, South Yorkshire Tier 3

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.


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

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

At Irwin MitchellDoug 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.


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)

Intellectual property Tier 3

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.


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

IT and telecoms Tier 3

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.

Key clients

Mamas & Papas (Holdings) Limited

Lhasa Limited

Strata Homes Limited

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

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 4

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.


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

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 4

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 nonsenseGlenn 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.


‘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

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

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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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 Jenny Arrowsmith  photo Jenny Arrowsmith
 Steven Bate  photo Steven Bate
 Samantha Clark  photo Samantha Clark
 Sarah Coles  photo Sarah Coles
 Howard Davison  photo Howard Davison
 Robert Farrell  photo Robert Farrell
 Samuel Hill  photo Samuel Hill
 Andrea Jones  photo Andrea Jones
 James Knowles  photo James Knowles
 Katie McCann  photo Katie McCann
 Ross McWilliams  photo Ross McWilliams
 Claire Newstead  photo Claire Newstead
 Rachel Roach  photo Rachel Roach
 Paddy Sturman  photo Paddy Sturman
 Lisa Swales  photo Lisa Swales
 Padma Tadi  photo Padma Tadi
 Ian Toft  photo Ian Toft
 Zoe Williams  photo Zoe Williams
 Emma Yates  photo Emma Yates
Number of partners : 249
Number of other UK fee-earners : 1,500+

The Lex 100 Verdict

Unlike many other firms, national firm Irwin Mitchell offers two alternative training contract streams: Personal and Business Legal Services. This allows applicants to practise in areas of the law they enjoy most, proving that 'the firm really cares about its employees as well as its clients'. The firm's 'hours, work/life balance, size, and approachability' are but a few reasons aspiring solicitors applied to Irwin Mitchell. The firm's dedication to social responsibility is reflected in best moments like 'achieving settlement for a child' and being involved in a claim that improved the client's quality of life. Many respondents also enjoyed 'being heavily involved in high-value cases' with a 'high level of responsibility'. Client contact and 'exposure to high-profile litigation work' is on offer too. Attending client meetings and mediations were popular best moments, whereas 'the NQ process' and 'not being able to do the seat applied for' were common gripes. The 'unreliability of IT systems' was also a concern, and many agreed 'the pay could be better', however this is 'massively outweighed by other factors'. 'A good work/life balance', the firm's 'genuine passion for its clients', and friendly atmosphere' appeased trainees. There are 'many opportunities to get involved in extra-curricular initiatives, such as charitable work and learning development' and this is actively encouraged from day one. If you want to work for a firm with a community feel, the freedom to express ideas and 'London-quality work whilst generally getting to leave on time', then consider applying to Irwin Mitchell.