Irwin Mitchell adds three partners to private client group

Irwin Mitchell has expanded its family practice in the north-west with the hire of two partners in Manchester and one in Leeds.

Fiona Turner joins Irwin Mitchell from London family firm CKFT in Manchester along with former Pannone partner Louise Halford. Former DWF partner Carol Grundell joins the family group in Leeds. 

Turner’s client base focuses on high-net-worth individuals while Halford specialises in cases involving foreign jurisdictional problems. Grundell, who was a partner for DWF for five years, specialises in divorce and complex financial cases, including pre and post-nuptial agreements

Irwin Mitchell family practice head Martin Loxley referred to significant growth in the team in recent years. 

The family team has doubled its partner count over the past three years and is now home to 10 partners and 35 fee-earners in total.

In 2011 the firm added Ros Bever from Mace & Jones to the Manchester office (2 May 2011) and John Nicholson from Speechly Bircham in London (27 June 2011). Alison Hawes joined the Bristol office from TLT Solicitors in 2010 (26 October 2010

Loxley added that the latest hires supported Irwin Mitchell’s aim to become the leading firm in complex divorce cases in the UK. In particular he highlighted the addition of “their extensive experience and expertise in dealing with international family law issues to the skills we already have here.”

In recent month’s Irwin Mitchell has been bulking up its business legal services regional offices with various lateral hires, including four commercial property partners from DLA Piper together with a team of 10 lawyers and staff in a significant boost for its Manchester office in January (16 January 2013).

It signed up former DLA Piper Birmingham managing partner Chris Rawstron as head of its business legal services team in the city in March (6 March 2013).