TLT raids Irwin Mitchell in Manchester for 30-strong team including six partners

Irwin Mitchell has lost six partners and a team of 24 lawyers and support staff after being raided by TLT in Manchester.

Consultation is ongoing regarding the exact terms of the departures, which is expected in coming months. The team includes Irwin Mitchell property partner Andrew Bell; employment partner Ed Cotton; corporate partner Jon Close; financial litigation partner Tom Seabrook; and commercial litigation partners John Lord and Julien Luke.

Confirmation of the moves comes after news broke of Irwin Mitchell commercial litigation chief John Lord’s departure for TLT last month (22 October 2013).

TLT opened in Manchester in July having brought in commercial lawyer Stuart Campbell from DLA Piper and Pinsent Mason’s legal director Emma Flower as founding partners. The firm then hired IP specialist Graeme Orchison, also from DLA and Dan Sweeney from Hill Dickinson (20 June 2013).

Pester said: “The next few months will involve further integration and development of the office in Manchester”, adding, “for a truly national footprint, while we don’t need to be everywhere, we needed to be more joined up and Manchester offered real opportunities”.

In a statement Irwin Mitchell cited its intention to grow nationally and the addition of five partners, including Roy Beckett who took over from Lord (16 January 2013) and insolvency lawyer John Vickery who joined the firm from DLA Piper in Manchester.