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Irwin Mitchell are giving you the chance to win a signed England shirt

England Rugby’s official legal partner, Irwin Mitchell, are giving a lucky fan the chance to win a signed shirt to kick off their partnership.

  1. The Promoter of the competition is Irwin Mitchell Solicitors. The competition is open to individuals resident in the UK. Employees and their families of Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, their associated companies, advertising and promotional agencies are not eligible for entry.
  2. Employees and their families of England Rugby are not eligible for entry.
  3. Entrants must be over 18 and only one entry is permitted per person.
  4. Entry to the competition is made by a person sharing in a few words their most memorable rugby moment. Entries can only be made by writing a rugby memory on Irwin Mitchell’s competition posts on Twitter and Facebook.
  5. Names of the people who share their rugby memory will be collated and the winner will be chosen from those entrants at random.
  6. Any entries containing offensive or inappropriate content will be removed from Irwin Mitchell social media channels where possible, and will not be included in the random draw.
  7. Entrants must be willing to submit their contact details including phone number and postal address if necessary, if they are successful.
  8. Entries to the competition must be made no later than midday on 12 October 2019. Any entries submitted after this time will not be included.
  9. The prize is a signed England rugby shirt.
  10. The winner will be notified by @IrwinMitchell on Twitter or Facebook during week commencing 14 October 2019.
  11. Losing entries will not receive a notification via Twitter, Facebook or by any other means
  12. The winner will receive their prize at their agreed postal address.
  13. No cash alternative to prizes is available and prizes are non-transferable.
  14. If the promoter receives no response from the prize winner within 14 days, the prize will be forfeited.
  15. By entering this promotion all participants will be deemed to have accepted and be bound by these terms and conditions.
  16. Promoter: Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, Riverside East, 2 Millsands, Sheffield S3 8DT. 17. Irwin Mitchell respects your privacy and will not pass on your personal data to any third party.

If you would like to find out more information, please visit: https://www.irwinmitchell.com/

Irwin Mitchell announce partnership with England Rugby

We are proud to be England Rugby’s official legal partner and play our part in helping to grow the game across the country.

England Rugby’s good work doesn’t stop with the men’s and women’s senior teams we see competing around the world. The Rugby Football Union (RFU) is the national governing body for grassroots and elite rugby in England with over a thousand community clubs nationwide.

We also support UK sports with our Don’t Quit, Do It campaign, and we’re ranked number one for sports law in the independent Legal 500 rankings.

Our solicitors even helped the Rugby Players Association develop concussion guidelines to help protect players from serious injury.

That’s why we think Irwin Mitchell and England Rugby is a great fit.

A successful rugby team is full of highly skilled specialists, united by a single purpose. It’s the same for us – a wide range of legal experts working together to help you through all life’s ups and downs.

In our role as official legal partner, we’re thrilled to be helping the RFU and its community clubs with their own legal issues. It’s also great to see our partnership help young players involved in rugby.

Supporting Youth Rugby

We know that the shift to adult rugby can be tricky for young players, particularly with coping with the increased demands of modern life. Finding the balance between studying and training isn’t easy. Neither is dealing with the unique and growing pressures on young people in the modern world.

So we’re working with England Rugby to help young players stay involved with the sport for longer and to help more people benefit from the great values that this unique sport teaches. We hope that by helping these players make the next step, the sport can continue to grow in years to come.

Our programme:

  • Will support over 35,000 14-18 year old players, with mentors across 750 clubs
  • Aims to keep more youngsters interested in rugby, enhancing the retention of youth players
  • Aids the transition for youth players through to adult rugby

“We are delighted to partner with Irwin Mitchell and deliver this exciting, new mentoring programme,” said Steve Grainger, Rugby Development Director at the RFU. “Any opportunity we have to keep young people engaged in the game for longer is crucial. Having this community of mentors across the country will be invaluable for the players and will only help to grow the game further.”

Our Other Sports Initiatives

Wooden Spoon

We’re the official headline sponsor for Wooden Spoon, a children’s rugby charity based in Hampshire.

The charity works to change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people with disabilities, through organising various rugby projects throughout the year. We work closely with the charity to support their growth and sponsor their events.

Don’t Quit, Do It

Don’t Quit, Do It is our ongoing campaign to help disabled people enjoy sport. We’ve seen first-hand how powerful sport can be during recovery from a serious injury.

Our partnership with Paralympic gold medallist Hannah Cockroft MBE and wheelchair tennis superstar Alfie Hewitt has helped us raise the profile of disability sport in the UK.

The campaign includes a variety of sports, including wheelchair rugby – another reason we’re excited to work with England Rugby.

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Irwin Mitchell Charities of the Year 2019

The 12 month annual programme sees employees in each of our 13 UK offices vote for a good cause in the local vicinity to support through a range of fundraising events and voluntary work.

The initiative is part of the work of the Irwin Mitchell Charities Foundation (IMCF) an independent charity founded in 1997 which has since raised over £1.8 million for charities in the UK and abroad.

About Irwin Mitchell Solicitors:

Irwin Mitchell is unlike any other law firm. Nationally acclaimed, with a strong international capability, we offer a broad range of legal services to national and international organisations and institutions, small and medium-sized businesses and private individuals.

The firm was founded in 1912 by Walter Irwin Mitchell. With a concentration on criminal law, he aimed to provide the highest quality legal services to the general public from his small legal practice in Sheffield.

Today, Irwin Mitchell is the 11th largest law firm in the UK with one of the five largest Private Wealth teams in the country, operating out of 14 UK offices including a consulting office in Middlesbrough.

We currently employ over 2,500 members of staff, including over 1,000 legally trained personnel and have helped over one million clients in our 100 year history.

The Business Legal Services division is also the fastest-growing area of the firm, with an increasing number of global, national and regional companies choosing to work with us.

In 2012, we became one of the first companies to be approved as an Alternative Business Structure (ABS), allowing us to plan for growth and take advantage of the opportunities created by the changing legal landscape.

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Meet the BYPY 2018 Winners

Laura Thursfield took the overall title of Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY) on Thursday 24th May as guests from the city’s business and professional services sector attended BPS Birmingham Future’s flagship awards ceremony at the ICC.

Each year BYPY celebrates the city’s finest talent across six award categories, with one category winner taking the highly-coveted title of Overall BYPY Winner. For the second time, 2018’s winner also received an Executive MBS from Aston University worth £20,000.

In addition to category winners, BYPY also recognised an exemplary figure and role model within the professional community with its Inspiring Leader award. Lorna Gavin, Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Corporate Responsibility at Gowling WLG, received this award.

The Aspiring Talent category, which recognises exceptional individuals aged between 16 and 24, was named as Daniel Goddard, Trainee Solicitor at Trowers & Hamlins LLP.

BYPY 2018 Winners

Overall Winner and Winner in the Finance category
Laura Thursfield, Mazars

HR, Recruitment & Training
Gishan Abeyratne, BCL Legal

Legal
Chrissie Wolfe, Irwin Mitchell

Marketing & Comms
Tru Powell, Alternative Events

Property & Construction
Kuli Bajwa, RPS Group

Technology
Sarah Mullett, Legal & General

Aspiring Talent
Daniel Goddard, Trowers and Hamlins LLP

Inspiring Leader
Lorna Gavin, Gowling WLG

For more information about BYPY, please visit: http://bpsbirmingham.co.uk/bypy/

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Linklaters bows to pressure and restates gender pay gap figures

Linklaters has revealed the gender pay gap within its partnership, amid growing calls for law firms to be more transparent about pay disparities among their senior ranks.

The firm, which last month became the first of the magic circle to file its gender pay gap report, revealing a pay gap of 23% for non-partner employees, has now announced that when including partners, the overall gender pay gap for all employees and lawyers rises to 60.3%.

However, when looking at partners in isolation, the pay gap is just 2.2% in favour of men.

The move comes after fellow magic circle firm Clifford Chance (CC) became the first magic circle firm to include partners in its pay gap reporting earlier this week, while Allen & Overy (A&O) is among a number of other firms now considering restating their figures to include partners.

In a statement, Linklaters said: “We appreciate the need to be as transparent as possible. Ensuring gender equality and achieving gender balance is a global strategic priority. It is embedded in our strategy and reinforced by our gender targets, which this year we exceeded, in appointing 37% new female partners. We will work hard to keep up the momentum on achieving this, and our other diversity goals.”

Linklaters’ decision to issue revised pay gap figures comes after CC revealed that the mean gender pay gap for the whole of its London workforce, including all partners and employees, is 66.3% in favour of men. The firm said that it hoped that other firms would ”demonstrate their commitment to addressing gender issues by adopting an equally transparent approach”.

Of the other magic circle firms, both Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May have told Advisory Excellence they will not release partner data.

Pinsent Masons also recently restated its figures to include partners, and said that it would be “engaging with the Law Society and other City law firms to seek their support in making representations to government to make changes” to what law firms are required to disclose.

Linklaters’ initial pay gap report was published in early February, and, like many of the other law firms to report early, did not include partner data. The report revealed that male staff received on average 58% more in bonuses than women, although marginally more women (78%) than men (76%) received a bonus in the year to April 2017.

There is no statutory requirement for law firms to include partners in their gender pay gap reporting, but a growing number have now made the decision to, including Dentons, Eversheds Sutherland, Reed Smith, Irwin Mitchell and Norton Rose Fulbright.

A&O and CMS have confirmed to Advisory Excellence that they are also considering issuing revised figured.

The big four accounting firms led the way by restating their figures to include partner earnings following criticism from high-profile figures such as Conservative MP Nicky Morgan, who said that by not including partners, firms were “taking advantage of a loophole” and “abiding by the letter of the law, but not the spirit”.