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Irwin Mitchell

Riverside East
2 Millsands
S3 8DT

Tel: 0870 1500 100
Fax: 0114 275 3306



Irwin Mitchell was formed in 1912 in Sheffield and has steadily grown to cover the whole of the UK. We now operate from a network of 7 offices - Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle & Sheffield – and have 110 Partners and 2,300 staff. Recent press coverage described Irwin Mitchell as “a legal powerhouse”.

This is not to say that we rest on our laurels. Our current 3 year strategy “Towards a Positive Future” sets out our vision of “exceeding every client’s expectations” and ensuring we remain “renowned for innovative and responsive solutions and for providing value to all clients”.

Irwin Mitchell is proud to have won The Lawyer’s National Law Firm of the Year Award for 2007 – proving that, not only are we the UK’s fourth largest law firm and fifth largest litigator, the UK’s predominant personal injury firm, the leading provider of commoditised legal services AND the first full-service UK law firm to operate from offices in both England and Scotland… we’re very good at what we do!

The Public Sector Law Team

For public sector law, Irwin Mitchell has built a strong team of dedicated specialists. The Associate Director in charge of the team, Michael Longden, has many years of experience advising clients on - and enabling - joint ventures, procurements, outsourcings, corporate deals, negotiations and disputes in - and in relation to - anything to do with the public and voluntary sectors and their complex and ever changing regulatory frameworks. Michael is ably supported by his team and by the rest of the firm, allowing him to draw in resources from specialist departments as and when required.

Some examples of experience:

  • De-privatisation projects for railways.
  • PFIs for various NHS trusts and other institutions. 
  • Constitutional, funding, building and usage agreements for finance stabilisation and major new developments at various charities and public bodies & institutions. 
  • Establishment of and procurements for many Grids for Learning and Universities, Metropolitan Area Networks and Councils, along with negotiations of successive collective contracts with UKERNA. 
  • Substantial commercial exploitation of intellectual property leading to multi-million pound capital returns for multiple Universities and Colleges. 
  • Establishing and advising on science parks, campus hotels and similar facilities at Cambridge, York, Leeds, Nottingham, Liverpool, Daventry and Sheffield, and advising on museum and leisure trusts at Sheffield, Scarborough and other locations. 
  • Major urban regeneration projects such as the Doncaster Education City initiative, the Rotherham Westgate regeneration project and the Liverpool Anglican/Catholic Kensington project. 
  • Acting to establish and advise a number of hub companies and, since joining UFI, advising UFI on a wide range of procurement, outsourcing, charity law and constitutional matters. 
  • Mergers of colleges including for Ealing and Keighley, downsizing of colleges including for Park Lane College Leeds, Nottingham, Ealing, Keighley; major building and infrastructure approval and financing for Sheffield Hallam, Leeds College, Nottingham Trent, Newham College, Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Wide range of expertise

Irwin Mitchell is able advise on all matters, from Property, Human Resources, & Employment through to Intellectual Property, Environmental, Contracts and virtually any other area of law that may arise.

We also employ our own in-house Insolvency & Recoveries teams and have bespoke processes in place for dealing with all manner of debts – large or small.

A 24 hour legal helpline is another service we offer – enabling us to provide advice outside of working hours, 365 days per year.

Whatever your legal needs, please contact us and we will put you in touch with an experienced, qualified member of our team.

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