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Minster Law has entered into an agreement with Irwin Mitchell, which will allow Minster to acquire the Company’s File (WIP) of Accelerated Traffic Accident (RTA), Employer Liability (EL) and Third Party Liability ( PL).
The deal with Wakefield-based Minster Law follows Irwin Mitchell’s strategic decision earlier this year to focus his personal injury services on helping people who have suffered serious injuries and have complex needs.
This is accompanied by the growth of the company both in its extended teams of private clients and business services.
Matt Currie, currently a partner at Irwin Mitchell and Head of Volume Personal Injury Department at Irwin Mitchell, will join Minster Law’s management team and board of directors as Chief Legal Officer (CLO).
In addition, more than 80 Irwin Mitchell staff will be transferred to Minster Law.
Three other partners of Irwin Mitchell’s Fast-Track teams, Sally Risbrook, Andrew Russell and Robert Watson, will also move to Minster Law, and staff will move from Irwin Mitchell’s offices in Leeds and Sheffield to Wakefield, although the work agile and remote continues.
Minster Law currently resolves approximately 4,000 cases each month and has an ambitious growth agenda to become the leading provider of legal services to insurers and their policyholders.
In June and July, it was appointed as an automotive legal services provider for both LV = and esure insurance.
Shirley Woolham, CEO of Minster Law, hailed the latest victory as “the third historic success in as many months” for the firm.
She added, âWith Irwin Mitchell choosing to move away from Expedited Work for Personal Injury, we are the partner of choice to manage their exceptional WIP and step in to serve new Expedited PI clients starting in the fall.
âThe EL and PL portfolios are a significant addition to our existing capabilities in these claims and will accelerate the company’s growth in this market.
âAcross our business, we’ve built a winning proposition thanks to our investment in digital expertise (technology and people) and our willingness to work collaboratively with our partners to improve the customer experience.
âIt was widely predicted that whiplash reforms would lead to a consolidation of personal injury, and I have already said that Minster Law intends to acquire business volumes where they add value and meet our longer-term strategic goals.
“With this Consolidation Agreement, Minster Law strengthens our position at the heart of the IP industry and supports our strategy to lead consolidation in the market.”
Craig Marshall, COO of Irwin Mitchell, said: âIn response to the legislative reforms to the Liability Act (CLA) implemented in May of this year, we have made the decision to no longer take covers lesser value accelerated bodily injuries. work which is a small part of our activity.
âAs a full-service legal and financial services firm, we will continue to focus on helping clients with complex personal and business issues, including those suffering from serious injuries, occupational illnesses and medical negligence. , as well as the growth of our teams of commercial and private clients. .
âThis agreement protects both our customers and our colleagues in the accelerated IP area of ââour business.
âMinster Law’s focus on client outcomes and providing new opportunities for our employees has made it the natural fit for our business. We wish our colleagues the best of luck in their future careers at Minster Law. “
Currie added: âAfter more than 25 years with Irwin Mitchell, this is an exciting new challenge for me.
âI have had a number of conversations with Shirley and her Board of Directors and it is clear that Minster Law has a clear strategy for providing quality legal services to the insurance industry in a post CLA environment.
âI look forward to working alongside Shirley and my new colleagues to help Minster Law achieve their strategic ambitions. “