Irwin Mitchell

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IM LLP Logo 2015Irwin Mitchell is passionate about the law and in providing our clients with the very best legal advice and guidance.

We believe in putting our clients first. Our client care is second to none and this, underpinned by our promise to ‘exceed your expectations’, has helped the firm to grow to become one of the UK’s most successful and respected law firms.

Today we employ over 2100 people in 7 UK and 2 Spanish offices.

We understand that each client is different and believe that our expertise, combined with our experience ensures that we can quickly understand your needs and provide advice and solutions that are tailored to your individual circumstances.

Experts in Professional Negligence

Whether you are a claimant or a defendant in a professional negligence case, it can be a distressing and disruptive time for your business. Your choice of legal partner is crucial.

Irwin Mitchell is the UK’s leading firm in this specialist legal sector, currently acting in cases worth in excess of £23m. We believe litigation should be a last resort. Not just because of its financial cost but because it can be crippling in terms of management time and lost business as well.

Irwin Mitchell supports clients all the way through the process – with sensitive counsel gained through a wealth of experience in this specialist area of the law. We work closely with clients from initial instruction, using active case management to maximise recovery or minimise liability.

With experience across all areas of professional negligence, we are highly skilled in negotiating swift, conciliatory agreements between both parties in any kind of commercial dispute.

The Irwin Mitchell professional negligence team deals with disputes involving all manner of professionals, including:

  • Accountants
  • Architects
  • Barristers
  • Engineers
  • Financial advisers
  • Insurance Brokers
  • Solicitors
  • Surveyors
  • Tax consultants

Our approach begins by putting together two plans with you – an action plan and a cost plan. We will select the right people to work on your case from beginning to end. Finally, and importantly, we will take full responsibility for the advice we provide.

The Professional Negligence team has always been proactive in seeking to develop and offer creative fee structures. We are transparent in relation to costs, are willing to the share the risk with our clients, and look always to deliver outstanding value for money. Underpinning this approach, for the last two years we have operated a CFA scheme which has been specifically tailored to professional negligence cases.

Irwin Mitchell offers commercially-focused expertise, delivered in clear language. Our guidance is designed to be assimilated by your business seamlessly and transparently. And our clients value the proactive, straightforward approach, creativity and high level of senior involvement that make Irwin Mitchell one of the country’s most successful and respected law firms.

Experts In Professional Regulation And Discipline

Being investigated or prosecuted for alleged breaches of professional rules can be a distressing experience.

As experts in this field, Irwin Mitchell will provide advice if you are concerned that you may be the subject of an investigation or a compulsory request to provide information. We will also advise and defend you if an investigation, prosecution is launched against you by your regulator.

We also work with individuals and companies who wish to review or improve their compliance procedures, so as to minimise the risk of intervention or enquiry by regulators.

Professional and regulatory bodies have powers to reprimand, fine, suspend or strike off individuals and bodies for regulatory breaches – and some bodies will prosecute individuals and companies for criminal offences. The impact on the reputation or livelihood of a professional can be devastating, so it is important not to delay obtaining advice.

Our Professional Discipline Team can advise and represent you whatever your profession.

Experts In Data Protection

Should you require data protection advice or information, our lawyers can advise, defend and represent you (in an individual or corporate capacity) in relation to alleged Data Protection breaches – whether criminal or regulatory.

We have specialist lawyers who provide a nationwide network through our offices in Birmingham, Leeds, London, Manchester and Sheffield and we can also advise in relation to the use of Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) powers.

Data, its use and preservation is a key issue for individuals and organisations, however large or small, whether in the public or private sector.

The main legislation is:

The Data Protection Act 1998, which governs the way in which organisations collect and use information about individuals. It applies to some paper-based information as well as computer-held material. The legislation creates an obligation for organisations to appoint a data controller, who must be registered by way of a notification to the ICO.

The Freedom of Information Act, which applies to all public authorities and to companies which are wholly owned by public authorities. The Act is designed to give the public a right of access to information held by public authorities.

Both pieces of legislation place obligations on organisations to put in place and follow strict procedural requirements. Both acts give individuals the right to request and have access to information. The Data Protection Act offers a complaints procedure for individuals who do not believe that an organisation is complying with the obligations provided for under the Act.

The regulatory framework created by the legislation is enforced by the ICO, which has the power to investigate complaints against organisations, either by their own volition or by reference from an aggrieved party. Ultimately it can take enforcement action, which can result in organisations having to take specified steps to ensure compliance with the law. The ICO’s powers include the ability to obtain a warrant to search and enter premises in furtherance of an investigation.

The ICO also has the power to investigate and prosecute those who commit criminal offences. The offences prescribed by the Data Protection Act are in relation to the processing of data by someone who is not registered as a data controller.

Our lawyers specialise in ICO Investigation and Enforcement actions, and can assist those who are at risk of (or under) investigation by the ICO’s Enforcement or Compliance Divisions for alleged breaches of legislation. Our solicitors advise on regulatory and criminal investigations and litigation brought by the ICO.

We also help clients who wish to review their compliance procedures to reduce the risk of legislative breaches or ICO investigation. Our lawyers can help deal with the powers and procedures used by the ICO in an investigation or enforcement action, as well as defending and mitigating their position.

We are sensitive to the fact that you may become aware of an investigation at any time of the day or night. We are available and accessible 24 hours a day 7 days a week to deal with urgent requests, and you can trust us to defend and protect your position with investigators, prosecutors and the media.

If you have received formal or informal notification of an ICO investigation or regulatory interest – or you have been arrested – contact our lawyers as soon as possible. Our solicitors have great experience and expertise in these investigations, whether against a company or any individual within that company – and we are able to represent both parties.