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Irwin Mitchell

BELMONT HOUSE, STATION WAY, CRAWLEY, WEST SUSSEX, RH10 1JA, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 01293 742700
Fax:
Fax 01293 742999
DX:
85715 CRAWLEY
Email:
Web:
www.irwinmitchell.com/

Sarah Birkbeck

Tel:
Work +44 (0)129 374 2478
Email:
Irwin Mitchell

Work Department

Commercial dispute resolution and IP.

Position

IP and IT dispute resolution and reputation management. Head of retail sector.

Career

DMH Stallard LLP 1997-2011 (partner 2005-11); partner Thomas Eggar LLP 2012 to present.

Languages

German, Luxembourgish, French.

Education

European School, Culham (European Baccalaureate); Southampton University; Guildford College of Law.


South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Within: Commercial litigation: Kent, Surrey, Sussex

Irwin Mitchell combines 'a good understanding of risk and commercial awareness with sound legal advice' according to one client and team head Robert Kenyon 'inspires confidence.' Sarah Birkbeck, who has 'excellent client management skills, and good judgement as to which arguments are going to get most traction', covers disputes in the IP and technology space; Martin Cross  is 'a good operator with a cool head'; and newly made-up senior associate Clementine Burch is 'highly efficient and dependable'. The team acted for the majority shareholder in a dispute with the minority shareholders of an accountancy firm in a complex matter in the High Court. It also acted for a high-profile individual in a dispute with HMRC and an action against an accountancy firm.

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South East: TMT

Media and entertainment

Within: Media and entertainment

Irwin Mitchell's team provides ‘prompt responses, clear advice and great support’, while being ‘very accommodating for clients in this sector’. Stuart Padgham heads the team and is primarily assisted by recently promoted senior associate Aurelia Butler-Ball, who is ‘personable and engaging’ with ‘excellent client engagement’. Padgham and Butler-Ball have been advising YouTube personality Em Ford on agreements with a major agency and a global cosmetic brand and continue to represent longstanding clients Lady Leshurr and the Conan Doyle Estate on the protection of their respective brands. Other clients of note include London Championships Limited, Wimpy Restaurants and The Sports Sphere. Sarah Birkbeck handles contentious matters in the media, technology and retail sectors and has advised clients on a range of claims, including for copyright infringement and for alleged breaches of post-termination restrictions. Tom Barnard was recently promoted to senior associate; he focuses on the entertainment and sports sector and regularly advises individuals, agents, clubs and commercial entities with interests in the sector.

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