By: 14 November 2013

Irwin Mitchell has bought out MPH Solicitors as it looks to maintain its position as one of the country's leading personal injury firms.


With rivals such as Slater & Gordon circling firms in the UK, the move signals Irwin Mitchell's intent in the PI market.


The firm, which became a multiple-licensed ABS last year, has taken MPH on as a subsidiary. All five directors from the Manchester firm will move across to Irwin Mitchell along with 24 lawyers and support staff. MPH specialises in serious injury, clinical negligence and armed forces work.


John Pickering, Irwin Mitchell’s group chief executive, said that MPH's very strong reputation in the PI market made the firm a valuable addition to his own firm's already very experienced expert team.


"MPH’s focus on client care matches ours and will help us offer even more people the high quality legal services they require,” he said.


Geraldine McCool, a director and one of the founders at MPH Solicitors, said that the firm attributed its success was down to striving to it striving to put its clients at the centred of everything it did.


"We are rewarded with high levels of client satisfaction and loyalty.," she said. "We are delighted to be joining a firm that shares that ethos."


“The synergies between the two firms in niche areas such as MoD claims, asbestos-related work and clinical negligence, with clients such as the Communication Workers Union and the commitment to pro bono work is compelling. We look forward to the future together.”