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Irwin Mitchell has proposed axing its police prosecutions department in Sheffield. In light of the Government's plans for a legal aid overhaul, senior management began talks with staff regarding the issue last week, which are due for completion by the end of the year. Irwin Mitchell is the first major UK firm to respond to the proposed Government changes. However, the firm will continue to offer publicly funded criminal defence services for individuals facing serious charges for customs and fraud offences.