Irwin Mitchell Bristol Receives Official Ranking In Legal 500

Growth Of Office Recognised In Guide

26.09.2011

The impressive growth of law firm Irwin Mitchell’s Bristol office has been officially recognised with new rankings in the Legal 500; an independent guide to law published this week.

Irwin Mitchell, which opened its Bristol office in May 2010 and celebrated its first anniversary earlier this year, has received excellent ratings for both its Clinical Negligence and Family practice areas in the latest tables published by the Legal 500.

Nationally, the firm has also won the Rehabilitation Initiative of the Year award for the fourth year in a row.

Jonathan Peacock, Regional Managing Partner for Irwin Mitchell in Bristol, said: "We are delighted that this prestigious legal guide has recognised the meteoric rise and rapidly growing expertise of our Bristol office.

“It is testament to the commitment we have in putting our clients’ interests first that we have been ranked highly in both Clinical Negligence and Family practice areas by Legal 500. It is an incredible honour to have the hard work of the Bristol team officially recognised in this way.”

Jonathan Peacock, who also leads the Personal Injury team at Irwin Mitchell in Bristol, is recognised by Legal 500 as being ‘very confident and experienced.’

Julie Lewis, who heads Clinical Negligence, is described as both ‘motivated and diligent’ and ‘an inspiration and a joy to work with.’ The guide makes special mention of the team’s recent £9.2 million case on behalf of a deaf child with cerebral palsy.

The Bristol office’s Head of Family, Alison Hawes is also singled out for special praise by Legal 500, describing her as ‘pre-eminent’ in her field of expertise.

Since opening its Bristol office in May 2010 with a pledge to offer an unrivalled level of legal service across Bristol and the South West, the company has taken an additional 3,510 sq ft of office space in Bristol city centre’s Castle Park development to cope with increased demand for its services. In the past year it has also appointed seven additional solicitors and eight support staff.

Jonathan added: “Although we have already achieved so much here in Bristol in a little over a year, this is just the start, with more to come in the future.

“We will continue to pioneer the development of our multi-disciplinary approach to injury litigation, but we don’t want to stop at that. We’re looking, in time, to build a full corporate and private client practice in Bristol – that is very much on the agenda here – and build on our already strong reputation for continuous improvement and professional excellence.

“We will also be looking to expand our role in the business and community life of the region.”