Irwin Mitchell acquires PI specialists MPH Solicitors

Irwin Mitchell has acquired Manchester personal injury boutique McCool Patterson Hemsi (MPH) Solicitors.

The five-director firm, which has bases in Manchester and Newmarket, will become a subsidiary of Irwin Mitchell, which became the first multiple-licensed ABS last August (20 August 2012). 

All five directors of MPH will join Irwin Mitchell, along with a team of 24 lawyers and support staff, contributing specialisms in serious injury, clinical negligence and armed forces work to the firm’s personal injury offering.

Group chief executive John Pickering said in a statement: “We have developed clear plans to expand our business across the markets we operate within, both in the UK and internationally. This deal is one example of that but we will continue to work to find other opportunities to grow Irwin Mitchell into a very significant presence in the legal sector.” 

MPH Solicitors’ director Geraldine McCool added: “The synergies between the two firms in niche areas such as MOD claims, asbestos-related work and clinical negligence, with clients such as the Communication Workers Union and the commitment to pro bono work is compelling; we look forward to the future together.”

Irwin Mitchell has had a growth spurt since the start of the 2012/13 financial year. In June it hired three family partners – Fiona Tucker from CKFT in Manchester, former Pannon partner Louise Halford, and former DWF partner Carol Grundell (20 June 2013).  

Just last month it brought in Pinsent Masons’ former disputes head Nigel Kissack as commercial litigation chief (17 October 2013) replacing partner John Lord who quit to join TLT, following the firm’s May launch in the city (22 October 2013).

In September, Irwin Mitchell sold off its offices in Madrid and Marbella to Spanish firm Cremades & Calvo-Sotelo, with the two firms signing an alliance to work together in the future (1 October 2013). Meanwhile, the firm’s debt collection company Ascent has acquired three firms since the end of last year.