Mike Napier has been at the centre of core changes in the delivery of legal services, law reform and access to justice issues whilst also leading Top 20 law firm Irwin Mitchell.
A pioneer of group actions for consumers in disasters of all kinds – financial, transport and product liability – he was instrumental in many landmark cases, e.g. Equitable Life, the Herald of Free Enterprise and Marchioness sinkings, the Kings Cross fire, Piper Alpha oil rig explosion, Lockerbie air disaster and Benzodiazepine product liability.
He was President of the Law Society and chaired the Civil Justice Councel working parties which developed the Code of Conduct for third party litigation funders and the implementation of contingency fees recommended by Lord Justice Jacksons report on civil litigation costs. Voted Lawyer of the Year 2012 by Legal Business, Michael retired from Irwin Mitchell in 2012, a firm which he transformed during 30 years as senior partner.