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Mariel Irvine


In 2002 Mariel established the firm at the suggestion of a client.


The practice is focused on the needs of a small number of organisations and individuals.  We provide a highly responsive and dedicated personal service.


Our areas of expertise are complementary and enable us to examine a dispute or issue from a number of standpoints. 


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Mariel regularly gives presentations at external conferences and seminars, and in house to clients, such as​​​

  • Podcast for charities on GDPR compliance on behalf of Gallagher Basset, March 2018

  • Online GDPR training programme for expert witnesses on behalf of Bond Solon, February 2018 

  • Seminar on GDPR compliance in association with Sedcom, IT support, September 2017

  • In-house seminar for Aspen Insurance on vicarious liability, January 2017

  • Presentation at Royal and Sun Alliance Rail Forum on terrorism and liability claims, October 2016

  • In-house training on inquests for B and M Care Homes, July 2016

  • Seminar on Inquests: Civil and Criminal Liabilities, March 2016

  • Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015: seminar for brokers and insurers, November 2015

  • Cognitive interview techniques and witness statements for NHS Wales, September 2015

  • Assault claims seminar for insurers, police and prison governors, July 2015

  • Fatalities and Inquests workshop for police, emergency and custodial services, March 2015

  • Bullying and harassment workshop for insurers and employers, February 2015

  • Webinar on Worboys for Central Law Training, November 2014

  • Seminar on assault claims for Central Law Training, October 2014

  • In house seminar for Lloyds syndicate on harassment, bullying and assault claims in nightclubs, July 2014

  • CARS Auto Recycling Conference at Motorhog in Doncaster, June 2014

  • In house seminar for Lloyds syndicate on bullying, harassment and assault claims in colleges and the implications of Operation Yewtree, April 2014

  • Joint conference with 3 Raymond Buildings on the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013, in Birmingham, January 2014

  • In house presentation for scrap metal dealer and its suppliers on the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013, December 2013

  • Two Local Government Association conferences on The Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013, in London and Leeds in April and July 2013

  • Second ACPO Conference on Metal Theft, March 2013



Mariel Has written two books: 

a Practical Guide to Vicarious Liability (2018) and a Practical Guide to the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013 (2019). She is writing a third on data breach litigation.

The 2022 annual edition of Rail Professional published her article on the data protection implications of CCTV on the railway.


Westlaw invited her to submit an extended article on the 2013 Act to Westlaw Insight, an online encyclopedia of UK law. She has contributed to Tolley’s Manual on Health and Safety Law.

Mariel has written a number of articles on defending occupational disease claims and also disease group litigation. They have been published in Post Magazine, the International Insurance Law Review, Railway Strategies and other periodicals.

Post Magazine’s feature on Metal Theft 28 March 2013 quoted Mariel at length.



"She is honest, realistic and positive...She did not tell me what I wanted to hear, more what I needed to know."

Chambers and Partners 2018


"The quality of her work is superb and she is always at the end of the phone for quick advice."

Chambers and Partners 2017

She is praised for “offering very sound advice and offering an impartial view”

Chambers and Partners 2016


“She gives the kind of advice that senior police officers like – she is really sensible, and doesn’t pull her punches.”
Chambers and Partners 2015


“Skilled at assimilating complexity and able to brief others in understandable language… delivers a dedicated personal service.”    

Chambers and Partners 2014


“Mariel Irvine heads boutique firm Mariel Irvine Solicitors, which advises police authorities on a broad range of matters, including insurance and employment issues.”

Chambers and Partners 2013


“She is absolutely devoted to her clients. She is clever, quick and efficient.”

Chambers and Partners 2012


“…always approachable and available and understands police bureaucracy.”

Chambers and Partners 2011


“Diplomatic efficient and sensitive to clients needs”

Chambers and Partners 2002


“One major client praises Irvine’s legal judgement, stating that she has not lost a single case since she began working for the company.”

Legal 500 2002

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