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Irwin Mitchell

IMPERIAL HOUSE, 31 TEMPLE STREET, BIRMINGHAM, B2 5DB, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0121 212 1828
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Fax 0121 643 6021
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13030 BIRMINGHAM
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www.irwinmitchell.com

West Midlands

Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell  focuses on high profile personal injury incidents that occur across all areas of transport. Clive Garner  heads the practice and is known for working on international injuries suffered by British citizens. He represented 12 claimants affected by the Costa Concordia cruise disaster that occurred in 2012, including passengers and employees that were present during the incident.

Leading individuals

Clive Garner  - Irwin Mitchell

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West Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham
Corporate and commercial: Birmingham - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell¬†‚Äėpitches the work as clients like it, because they get a single point of contact who is knowledgeable¬†about their company and the way they conduct their business‚Äô. Nick Dawson¬†advised Turkish company Anatolia AŇě on purchasing Whitworths, with which it had a four-decade relationship as a supplier. He also advised Gravity Trampoline Parks on a ¬£5m partial sale to Guinness Asset Management. Separately, he advised Reconomy (which was owned by Bregal Investments) and its management on the sale of the company to EMK Capital. Sarah Riding¬† (who is noted for her ‚Äėgood client relationship skills‚Äô) acts for the National Grid on a range of matters, including subcontracting metering service. She also advised ATS Euromaster on a technology outsourcing, and advises the British Chamber of Commerce. Other clients include Thyssenkrupp, which the team advised on the purchase of Hytrac Lifts. Robert Laugharne left the firm to become director of group legal services at Hills Numberplates.

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West Midlands: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell has a particular strength in asset-based lending. Jon Bew and senior associate Natalie Barnes advised Whitworths on a £19m refinancing provided by Leumi ABL following the borrower’s merger with Anatolia, and Shawbrook Bank (a cornerstone client) as part of a syndicated £45m asset-based loan to the Arlington Group regarding its purchase of Magal Engineering. HSBC Invoice Finance is another client of note.

Leading individuals

Jon Bew - Irwin Mitchell

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell handles a range of work for bank creditors and insolvency advisers, with a particular strength in asset-based lending. Stephen George advises Grant Thornton as liquidators of Covpress, which supplies car parts to Jaguar Land Rover and Renault and was largely purchased by Liberty House Group, with the first ever rescue of a pension scheme out of the Pension Protection Fund. The team advised Shawbrook Bank as creditor and Duff & Phelps as administrator of Tasties of Chester, securing the sale of the company’s food-to-go-business to Street Eats Food. Senior associate Amy Keogh is also a key contact. Other clients include FRP Advisory, which the firm advised on its role as administrators of Uniting Ambition, IGF, which it advised as a creditor of Headley Brothers, and Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group.

Leading individuals

Stephen George - Irwin Mitchell

Next generation lawyers

Amy Keogh - Irwin Mitchell

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West Midlands: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

Birmingham-based Fergal Dowling  heads Irwin Mitchell 's national employment practice and has a strong reputation for handling employment tribunal claims. He recently defended a national telecommunications group against a whistle-blowing and constructive dismissal claim. Senior associates Elaine Huttley  and Helen Dyke  are also key figures.

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West Midlands: Insurance

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

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell  is 'one of the largest and most effective clinical negligence teams in the country' and 'attracts many of the biggest and most important cases'. The practice is led by Lisa Jordan, who has 'a huge wealth of experience' and 'is one of the foremost solicitors in this field'. Mandy Luckman focuses on birth injury and cosmetic surgery cases, and 'establishes a rapport even with the most difficult, damaged or suspicious clients'. Sara Burns specialises in brain, spinal or neurological injury cases. Jenna Harris posseses 'great tenacity' and is 'definitely a solicitor that a client would want in their corner'. Luke Daniels  is 'very experienced', and 'completely unphased by very difficult, complicated and high value cases'. Emma Rush was made partner in 2017 and 'prepares her cases exceptionally well' and has 'very good judgment when it comes to bringing them to a successful resolution'.  Associate solicitor Laura Daly 's 'legal analysis is second to none' and is 'entirely unafraid of a fight'. Fatal claims specialist Lindsay Tomlinson is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Lisa Jordan - Irwin Mitchell

Next generation lawyers

Emma Rush - Irwin Mitchell

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

Irwin Mitchell

For some, Irwin Mitchell in Birmingham is 'without doubt the pre-eminent personal injury firm'. Managing partner Stuart Henderson leads the personal injury division and has extensive experience in handling brain and spinal cord injuries. Stephen Nye heads the serious injury team and is 'a tough operator' and 'a great man to have in your corner'. Hilary Wetherell has a particular focus on brain injury and lack of capacity cases. Clive Garner has 'a well-deserved and leading reputation as one of the foremost international personal injury lawyers in the country'. He advised a number of claimants who suffered physical and psychological injuries from being involved in the Costa Concordia Cruise disaster of 2012. Philip Banks also works on international claims and is 'a calm and wise head in the most difficult and complex cases'. Public health specialist Amandeep Dhillon is 'a genuinely creative lawyer who thinks outside the box' and recently represented a widower whose wife died from consuming contaminated food at The White Horse restaurant in London. Another key figure is the healthcare-focused Luke Daniels , who  is 'very senior', 'very experienced' and 'completely unphased by very difficult, complicated and high value cases'. Suki Chhokar, Alida Coates, Satinder Bains and Elizabeth Tetzner are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Clive Garner - Irwin Mitchell

Next generation lawyers

Luke Daniels - Irwin Mitchell

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West Midlands: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell  is an 'excellent practice' working on claims pertaining to will validity, construction of wills and redemption. Gavin Faber is 'an outstandingly good litigation solicitor', with 'great confidence' and 'a good eye for detail'.  He is assisted by associate solicitor Ashleigh Carr, who is 'a truly smart cookie' with 'kindness coupled with sheer brilliance'. Also recommended is Michelle Chapman who is also experienced in will,trust and estate disputes.

Next generation lawyers

Ashleigh Carr - Irwin Mitchell

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Family: Birmingham
Family: Birmingham - ranked: tier 1

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell is 'a class act' with 'strength in depth across the team' and 'boasts a number of the most talented and knowledgable family lawyers in the West Midlands'. Clare Wiseman  leads the team and has 'a formidable reputation in the world of Birmingham family law'.  Her cases include representing a high profile sports professional on divorce proceedings worth an estimated £11m. Wiseman is assisted by recently promoted partner  Sarah Balfour , who is an expert in pre and post-nuptial agreements. Balfour acted before the Court of Appeal for Karen Hart in divorce proceedings over assets worth around £9m. Matrimonial specialist solicitor Mark Hands is 'extremely well organised','utterly dedicated to each case' and 'ridiculously hard-working'.

Next generation lawyers

Sarah Balfour - Irwin Mitchell

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West Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Birmingham
Commercial property: Birmingham - ranked: tier 4

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell‚Äôs team, which is headed by Ben Acheson¬† and handles a range of significant residential developments, is ‚Äėexcellent, with good knowledge and timely responses‚Äô. He advised Persimmon Homes on the conditional purchase of part of the former Longbridge site from St Modwen Properties for ¬£10.8m. Other clients include SECP, which he advised on the sale of land for ¬£11.8m after planning permission for 2,700 homes was granted, and Henry Davidson Developments, which he advised on purchasing development site on Faversham. He also advises tenants on high-profile office relocations.

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West Midlands: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell is led by Sarah Riding, who is an expert in technology deals. She recently advised the Canal and River Trust on an IT contract and assisted Restore Scan with its outsourcing arrangements. She is assisted by Charlotte Avery, who is an expert in IT and data protection matters.

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