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regionalrival Challinors Lyon Clark.The seven-strong team, which includes partnersRichard Follis and LisaJordan, joins the clinical negligence unit at Irwin Mitchell'sBirminghamoffice to more than double its size.The move makes Irwin Mitchell the leadingmedical negligence practice inthe Midlands, and with 10 partners working in the fieldnationally, itbecomes one of the most significant firms.The move is a blow to ChallinorsLyon Clark. Rated the leading medicalnegligence firm in the Midlands, it is now leftwith just one partner andtwo associates operating in that practice area.Follis hit theheadlines earlier this month when he won u2.6m for a braindamaged child in a casesettled before trial. The award was one of thehighest ever given for brain damage atbirth."We are delighted to join forces with Irwin Mitchell," he says. "Bycombining, wecan offer specialist representation to claimants who findthemselves pitted against asmall number of highly specialist NHS panelfirms."The team's clients have been given theopportunity to follow, and asignificant number of cases will be moving with thepartners.Irwin Mitchell has been involved in several high-profile cases includingCJDactions and the on-going BSE inquiry. The firm now has a team of 10partners, 12solicitors and eight medical research staff spread over itsoffices in London, Leeds,Sheffield and Birmingham.John Pickering, national head of personal injury at the firm,
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