Paul Firth



Paul is the National Head of the Real Estate group at Irwin Mitchell. He has extensive development and mineral extraction experience and has advised many major property companies in both public and private sectors over many years. These include the likes of Keepmoat PLC, J F Finnegan Limited and Bolsterstone Group PLC.

He has also advised many major organisations in relation to their property portfolios, including Lafarge, Sibelco UK, Arnold Laver & Company, Manchester Airport Group and the University of Sheffield.

Paul has a number of external appointments including being Chairman of Creative Sheffield, the Economic Development Agency for the City of Sheffield and Chairman of the Children’s Hospital Charity.

Recent highlights:

  • Acting for Laver Leisure in relation to the redevelopment of a 450 acre quarry as an eco friendly leisure resort with solar energy and other renewable energy sources.
  • Advising Sibelco UK in relation to a major development in Newton Abbot for residential and mixed use schemes including several hundred homes and a new retail scheme.
  • Advising Arnold Laver and Bolsterstone Group PLC on a major residential and mixed use scheme in Bradford with a development value in excess of £100m.

Market view:

"National head of real estate Paul Firth has a strong standing in the local property market." One client says: "He is a good lawyer, very forthright and very amusing! He is at the top of his game and knows everybody in the property world. If he doesn't know something, he knows somebody who does." - Chambers & Partners 2016

Paul Firth is "very commercial, very good at pushing deals through and very dynamic." - Chambers & Partners 2015

Described as "charismatic" and "a businessman" - Chambers & Partners 2014

"Forthright, robust and decisive." - Chambers & Partners 2013

"a 'can-do' partner who puts his clients first." - Legal 500 2013

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    New Partner In London Real Estate

    “Claire’s promotion adds further to our national real estate team. We have 40 partners in our national team in eight offices across the UK, offering a full service across the sectors and are committed to building this up further. We are delighted Claire is taking this opportunity and wish her every success in her new role.”

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  • 18/10/2016
    Irwin Mitchell Sponsors Entrepreneur Festival MADE 2016

    "It’s important for entrepreneurs to get off to the best start with the right support as the lifeblood of the economy. "We are delighted to be supporting MADE for the third year running. It’s a fantastic event for those looking to start their own businesses looking for inspirational advice and support to push forward with their endeavours. “We’re particularly proud that Andrea will be sharing her financial advice and it will be lovely to see Hannah Cockcroft take to the stage, as we have been there for her every step to Rio Paralympics 2016 as her proud sponsor.”

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  • 04/08/2016
    Businesses Shrug Off Brexit Property Fears

    “The attractions of businesses to regions other than London has been highlighted for the first time since we began this survey, perhaps reflecting the still very high costs of doing business in the capital. That said businesses seem even more aware of the north / south divide and there is a strong call for infrastructure improvements and connectivity among regional cities to promote regional growth. But this needs to be funded. Businesses have made it clear they want Central Government to step in and help stimulate the economy by increased investment. Let’s hope that despite the change in Chancellor, the Northern Powerhouse maintains strong Government support.”

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  • 29/07/2016
    Plans To Make Sheffield A ‘Gateway To The North’ For Chinese Investors

    Figures from our latest UK Powerhouse report show that the economic gap between the north and south is growing. Encouraging inward investment from overseas, like Sheffield is currently managing to do, will help pave the way towards addressing economic rebalancing and could be a deal breaker for the Government’s Northern Powerhouse plans succeeding. Like the city leaders in Sheffield, we are also committed to helping to facilitate this kind of investment from China and welcome news of deals like the one announced with Sichuan Guodong Construction Group, last week. These are exciting times for Sheffield and we look forward to playing an integral part of building bridges between the city and China.

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