Jonathan More joins Irwin Mitchell’s London office from chambers practice, Spencer West LLP, where he was the lead construction disputes partner.
His appointment takes Irwin Mitchell’s specialist construction team to 18, with four partners. The team is led by Mark Clinton and sits within the firm’s property division, which now numbers 28 partners and 147 qualified lawyers.
The law firm’s growth has been party driven by legal arguments about cladding works since the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire.
Before joining Spencer West, Jonathan More was a partner at Fenwick Elliott, where he worked on a variety of construction dispute related work. He also has eight years’ experience of working in-house. His work from 2009 to 2015 with Transport for London and Crossrail led to him becoming an expert on NEC contracts, with experience of all other major standard contract forms.
Mark Clinton, head of construction & engineering at Irwin Mitchell said: “Jonathan’s arrival will be a real boost to our national construction and engineering practice, particularly in London and will complement the arrival of construction partners Edward Davies and Richard Allan in Manchester just over 12 months ago.”
“Our team has been inundated recently, supporting clients dealing with ‘the cladding crisis’, which shows no sign of abating in the short term. Jonathan’s appointment comes just at the right time and we will benefit from his great experience and strong reputation. His entrepreneurial skills will help us as we drive forward the growth of our contentious practice.”
Jonathan More said: “I am very excited to be joining Irwin Mitchell. The continued growth the firm has achieved in recent years is evidence of its success and entrepreneurial approach in the provision of legal services. The opportunity I have been given to join and help grow the firm’s construction team from London is unique and one which I am certain will see us continue to thrive in a sector that is so important to day-to-day life.”