36 leading individuals added to 2019 list

Irwin Mitchell's Clare Wiseman

36 lawyers representing 22 firms have been added to the Legal 500’s leading individuals list in the West Midlands this year.

Irwin Mitchell led the way, with five additions in 2019, while Gowling WLG contributed four new names.

14 of the 36 lawyers are female – a marked improvement on the previous two years. In 2018 only six of the 26 new faces were women while in 2017 it was just eight of the 40 additions.

Legal 500 2019 Leading Individuals – the new additions


Corporate and commercial

Matthew Williams, Fieldfisher

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham
Matthew Williams – Fieldfisher LLP

Dispute resolution

Banking litigation
Chris Busby – Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP
Neville Gray – Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP


Insolvency and corporate recovery
John Jeffreys – DLA Piper UK LLP

Human resources

Jane Fielding, Gowling WLG

Rachel Broughton – Averta Employment Lawyers LLP
Jane Fielding – Gowling WLG
Linda Jones – Pinsent Masons LLP
Tim Jones – Higgs & Sons
Charlie Rae – Shoosmiths LLP
David Sykes – Averta Employment Lawyers LLP

Health & Safety
Ruth Armstrong – Gateley Plc
Andrew Litchfield – Gowling WLG

Paul Carberry – Gowling WLG
Michael Collins – Gateley Plc


Emma Rush, Irwin Mitchell

Clinical negligence: claimant
Kay Kelly – Lanyon Bowdler
Emma Rush – Irwin Mitchell

Personal injury: claimant
Luke Daniels – Irwin Mitchell
Andy Shaw – Higgs & Sons
Hilary Wetherell – Irwin Mitchell

Personal injury: defendant
Richard Stallard – DAC Beachcroft LLP
Ken Young – Keoghs LLP

Professional negligence
Julian Smart – BLM

Private client

Karen Moores, Sydney Mitchell

Charities and not-for-profit
Jenny Smith – Thursfields Solicitors

Contentious trusts and probate
Gavin Faber – Irwin Mitchell

Family: Birmingham
Karen Moores – Sydney Mitchell LLP
Zahra Pabani – Shakespeare Martineau LLP
Jas Tamber – Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP
Clare Wiseman – Irwin Mitchell

Family: Elsewhere in the West Midlands
Tracy Cross – Band Hatton Button LLP

Personal tax, trusts and probate
Lesley Davis – Shakespeare Martineau LLP

Public sector

Amardeep Gill, Trowers & Hamlins

Richard Freeth – Browne Jacobson LLP

Local Government
Amardeep Gill – Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Real estate

Commercial property: Birmingham
Amanda Hanmore – Trowers & Hamlins LLP

Commercial property: Elsewhere in the West Midlands
Kevin Styles – George Green LLP

David Hull, Squire Patton Boggs

TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Mark Daniels – Browne Jacobson LLP

David Hull – Squire Patton Boggs

Giles Clifford – Gowling WLG