Firm Grows Its Litigation Team with Appointment; A Round Up of News from the Region's Legal Sector in the Past Week

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Firm Grows Its Litigation Team with Appointment; A Round Up of News from the Region's Legal Sector in the Past Week


The Birmingham office of national law firm Irwin Mitchell has appointed solicitor Dee Kundi to its commercial litigation team.

Joining from HSBC, Ms Kundi has significant banking litigation experience which includes providing specialist legal support in relation to mortgage repossessions, professional negligence, data protection, and disputes concerning insolvency, lender service and consumer credit.

Ms Kundi, who is the latest addition to Irwin Mitchell's fast-growing business team, will support the continued expansion of the firm's existing banking litigation practice. She will also assist the wider team in relation to other commercial disputes.

Mark Elder, partner and head of commercial litigation at Irwin Mitchell in Birmingham, said: "Dee is another important addition to the team and I'm confident that her specialist and technical understanding of the banking sector, coupled with her client-focussed approach, will be extremely valuable as we look to build on our current caseload of contentious litigation work within the financial services sector."

Ms Kundi added: "Joining such an ambitious and innovative firm such as Irwin Mitchell presents me with a wonderful opportunity. The firm has made huge strides in establishing itself as a leading law firm within the commercial arena and I'm very exciting to be part of this continued development in the future."

Other recent appointments to Irwin Mitchell's business team in Birmingham include outsourcing specialist Mark Neale, real estate tax partner Alex Barnes, and property planning expert Holly Trotman.

Gateley wins award Law firm Gateley has been named 'Best Legal Adviser' in an independent report on client satisfaction.

The firm, which has offices in Birmingham, achieved the top score for personal/partner relationships in the Legal Week Intelligence Client Satisfaction Report 2011.

The report assesses client satisfaction levels within 75 law firms by surveying more than 1,000 senior in-house lawyers.

In the national category the firm also beat benchmarks for commercial and legal advice, IT/knowledge management and service delivery. Clients were most impressed with the firm's in-depth knowledge of their sectors, flexibility and approachable nature.

The news comes after Gateley broke through the pounds 2 billion barrier for aggregate value of corporate deal transactions.

This follows a successful year which saw the company post a record increase in turnover attributed to the opening of its Manchester office in July 2010.

The firm also entered the top 50 UK law firms by revenue for the first time and rose from a position of 20 to eight in the Experian Corpfin national league table of corporate deals.

Michael Ward the firm's senior partner and head of Gateley's corporate team, said: "2011 proved to be one of the most challenging years that law firms and their clients have faced in recent times and client satisfaction has never been more important.

"We pride ourselves on understanding our clients' businesses and aspirations and we look to provide commercial, legal advice that is relevant to our clients' needs. As reflected in the results of this survey, client care is a top priority for us and we 're delighted to have been recognised for our success in this area with such a high national position in a well regarded industry report. …

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