Ian Gilbert



I am a team leader within the Costs Management team, dealing with both the recovery of the firm's contentious legal costs and opposing claims for costs. In particular, I work closely with the multi-party action teams across the firm and specialise in group litigation costs generally. I have been involved in advising the Claimant Solicitor Steering Groups in both the British Coal respiratory disease and vibration white finger litigations, which are the largest class actions to date in this country.  I am a qualified costs draftsman and attend hearings on behalf of the firm in the County Court.

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

The law was something that had always intrigued me and so I chose to study it at university, at the end of the course I started to look around at career options, I had always enjoyed working with numbers and so a position that combined both the law and figures seemed ideal.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

Being the last part in a team effort and bringing a case to its final conclusion for a client is very rewarding.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

I like working for a professional, forward looking firm where I truly believe the client comes first in all things. Due to the diverse nature of the firm, I get to work on a wide variety of files and consequential costs issues, it also means that I get to be involved at the forefront of an ever changing area of law.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

A young family takes up most of my time out of the office, but I do find time to follow the Sheffield Tigers speedway team whenever possible.

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