Irwin Mitchell boosts London commercial litigation team with new partner appointment

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27 May 2015

IM LLP Logo 2015Leading national law firm, Irwin Mitchell, has added to its fast-growing business division with the appointment of commercial litigation partner Donna Goldsworthy.

Donna, who specialises in international commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution, moves to Irwin Mitchell from Cozen O’Connor where she was a partner in the international litigation and arbitration group.

She is the ninth partner to join the firm’s Business Legal Services (BLS) team since the start of the year and her appointment marks the latest stage in the firm’s on-going investment in expanding its commercial offering across the UK.

Prior to joining Cozen O’Connor, Donna was at Fox Williams LLP and previous to that  at US firm Paul Hastings LLP where she helped set up the litigation practice from a standing start which rapidly developed into a profitable practice area.  She began her legal career at Linklaters.

Donna  is an expert in large-scale international commercial litigation and arbitration focusing on corporate disputes, anti-corruption and finance litigation. Her client base is in the energy / natural resources, healthcare, financial services and sports sectors.

Niall Baker, partner and chief executive at Irwin Mitchell, said:

“Donna is the ninth Partner to join BLS since the start of 2015 which is testament to our commitment to attracting high-calibre individuals. We are committed to investing in the growth of our business team and although we are pleased with the progress we have made already this year, we are committed to further investment and look forward to making further recruitment announcements soon.”

Earlier this month the firm announced the arrival of planning partner, Martha Grekos, from Eversheds. Other senior lateral hires into the London office have been Corporate Partner Simon Griffiths, who heads up the firm’s Capital Markets division.

Donna joins a team headed by Nigel Kissack who was previously head of litigation at Pinsent Masons. Commenting on the firm’s latest senior hire, Nigel said:

“We have continued to add significantly to the breadth and depth of our commercial litigation team over the last few years and I am delighted to announce the recruitment of Donna to our growing London team. She adds significant international expertise and experience across a number of key sectors.

Other partner hires in 2015 are Yorkshire-based Employment specialist, Kirsty Ayre and leading corporate partner, Philip Goldsborough, who both moved to Irwin Mitchell from Pinsent Masons.

Restructuring partner, Stephen George, real estate partner Ben Acheson and commercial litigation specialist, Simon Ellis, have also arrived at the Birmingham office Irwin Mitchell since the turn of the year.


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