Minster Law to acquire Irwin Mitchell’s FT Personal Injury business

The move will see over 80 Irwin Mitchell staff TUPE transfer to Minster Law

Minster Law has entered into an agreement with Irwin Mitchell, which will see Minster acquiring the firm’s back book (WIP) of fast-track road traffic accident (RTA), employer liability (EL) and public liability (PL) injury claims. 

The agreement with Minster Law follows Irwin Mitchell’s strategic decision earlier this year to focus its personal injury services on helping those who have suffered serious injury and have complex needs. This is alongside Irwin Mitchell growing both its wider private client and business services teams.  

It also revealed that Matt Currie, currently partner of Irwin Mitchell and head of Irwin Mitchell’s volume personal injury department will join Minster Law’s executive management team and board as chief legal officer (CLO). 

In addition, over 80 Irwin Mitchell staff will TUPE transfer to Minster Law.

Three other partners in Irwin Mitchell’s Fast-Track teams, Sally Risbrook, Andrew Russell and Robert Watson, will also transfer to Minster Law, and the staff will move from Irwin Mitchell’s Leeds and Sheffield offices to Wakefield (Minster Law’s HQ), with agile and remote working to continue.  

Minster Law currently settles around 4,000 cases each month and has an “ambitious growth agenda” to become the pre-eminent provider of legal services to insurers and their policyholders. 

In June and July Minster Law were appointed as motor legal service provider to both LV= and esure insurance. The firm said the new agreement with Irwin Mitchell adds to that growth and “further strengthens” the Minster Law team and their service proposition for customers, insurers and brokers.

Shirley Woolham, Minster Law CEO, hailed the deal as “the third landmark success in as many months” for the Yorkshire-based law firm.

She said: “With Irwin Mitchell choosing to step away from fast-track personal injury work, we are the partner of choice to manage their outstanding WIP and step in to serve new fast-track PI customers from the Autumn.

“The EL and PL portfolios are a significant addition to Minster Law’s existing capabilities in these claims, and will accelerate business growth in this market.”

She added: “Across the whole of our business, we have built a winning proposition on the back of our investment in digital expertise (technology and people), and our willingness to work collaboratively with our partners to improve the customer experience.”

Irwin Mitchell partner Matt Currie said: “After more than 25 years at Irwin Mitchell this is an exciting new challenge for me. I’ve had a number of conversations with Shirley and her board and it is clear that Minster Law has a clear strategy to deliver quality legal services to the insurance sector in a post CLA environment. 

“I am looking forward to working alongside Shirley and my new colleagues to help Minster Law achieve its strategic ambitions.” 

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