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Irwin Mitchell

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Martin Loxley

Work 0370 1500 100
Irwin Mitchell

Work Department

Personal legal services.


Partner at Irwin Mitchell and head of the national family law department. Specialises in the financial aspects of relationship breakdown particularly, but not exclusively, those with larger assets and incomes. Has always been a family lawyer. Enjoys working with, and still gains satisfaction from, helping a client resolve what can be a very emotionally draining experience. Specialist in high-value ancillary relief cases involving substantial assets including pensions, cohabitee disputes (including same-sex) and international issues, as well as premarital agreements and private children issues. Often instructed in complex financial cases. Sat on the management board at Irwin Mitchell 2009-10. Now a member of the divisional executive board. Leads the national family law and contentious probate teams with responsibility for 40 lawyers. Regular author on financial provision in family law. Has also had articles published in ‘Family Law’. Regular lecturer to other lawyers on family law related issues, with a financial bias. Frequently asked to contribute to the media on topical and high-profile stories.


Articled Irwin Mitchell; qualified 1980; solicitor family law, Irwin Mitchell 1980-81; partner 1981; partner family law 1981-86; head of department family law since 1986; head of private client services 1993-2000; member of management board of IM Nov 2009 to May 2010; Resolution-accredited specialist in ‘Pension and Substantial Assets’; former national committee member of Resolution; former chair of Procedure Committee; qualified family law arbitrator.


Professional Negligence Lawyers Association; Resolution; The Institute of Family Law Arbitrators.


High Storrs School, Sheffield; Trent Polytechnic (now Nottingham Law College) (1977 BA Law).


Golf, racketball, music, Sheffield Wednesday Football Club, family.

Yorkshire and the Humber: Private client

Family: elsewhere in Yorkshire

Within: Family: elsewhere in Yorkshire

'One of Yorkshire’s leading family law firms', Irwin Mitchell  has a 'formidable presence in Sheffield'. The 'highly capable' and 'good value for money' team handles the full spectrum of family mattes and has particular expertise representing high-net-worth individuals in financial cases which often incorporate businesses with private equity investment and large property portfolios. Zoe Round and Alison Fernandes have taken over as joint practice heads from 'star practitioner' Martin Loxley who remains at the practice as a consultant and arbitrator. Round is instructed in financial matters and children cases, while Fernandes, who is 'down to earth but disarmingly bright', focuses on financial settlement claims, with a specialism for non-matrimonial, pre-acquired and inherited wealth issues. The 'exceptional' Maisie Huynh was recently promoted to associate and is praised for being 'very prompt, knowledgeable and supportive'.

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