Irwin Mitchell bolsters fraud group with Withers hire

Irwin Mitchell has recruited Withers’ former head of its fraud, trust and tracing group as a boost to its regulatory and investigations practice.

Jonathan Wheeler, a specialist in civil fraud, asset tracing and international trust litigation, will work closely with Irwin Mitchell’s London managing partner Peter Wylde in the civil division of the firm’s regulatory and investigations group.

Wylde said Wheeler’s arrival reflected the firm’s growing presence in fraud and corporate crime.

The firm is currently defending Mohammed Abacha, son of the late General Sani Abacha, on charges of misappropriating funds. It is also acting for three former directors of the generic drugs manufacturer Norton in the Serious Fraud Office’s pharmaceutical inquiry.

“Strategically we want to be doing more of this kind of work,” said Wylde. “It fits very well with our strengths in civil litigation and criminal defence.”