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Irwin Mitchell

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Bristol serious injury team.


Head of the serious injury team at Irwin Mitchell’s Bristol office. Specialises in representing children and adults who have suffered catastrophic brain and/or spinal cord injuries, amputations or multiple trauma. He has extensive experience in obtaining substantial interim payments to fund treatment, rehabilitation and other professional support for clients, as well as securing adapted accommodation and specialist equipment where this is needed. Notable cases: Smith v St Regis £4m for a young man who suffered paraplegia, hip disarticulation, brachial plexus and severe internal injuries in an industrial accident; C v W £3.9m for a 15 year old boy who suffered severe brain damage when he was knocked down by a car on his way home from school; C v W & DL £3.3m for young man with incomplete tetraplegia sustained in a road traffic accident; A v W £1.2m for a teenage girl who was brain injured in a road traffic accident when she was dragged beside a moving car; Bennett v Wentworth £1.2m for a trainee nurse who suffered a leg amputation in a motorcycle accident; ST v VB £7.9 million for an 18 year old with tetraplegia following a road traffic accident; L v C £2.4 million for 17 year old with severe brain damage after he was knocked off his bicycle.


Trained Douglas-Jones Mercer, Swansea 1996-2001; qualified 1998; solicitor Veale Wasbrough, Bristol 2001-04; solicitor Bond Pearce, Bristol 2004-05; partner Thompsons Solicitors 2005-13; partner Irwin Mitchell, Bristol 2013 to date.


Law Society Personal Injury Panel; APIL senior litigator; solicitors lists for Headway, Spinal Injuries Association, Child Brain Injury Trust.


Tonbridge School; Cardiff University (1994 LLB Hons; 1995 Diploma in Legal Practice).


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Lawyer Rankings

South West > Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence; claimant

(Leading individuals: Personal Injury)

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Irwin Mitchell‘s personal injury team is instructed across a broad range of high-value, complex claims in this space, including cases involving neurological and spinal injuries resulting from road traffic accidents and workplace injuries. The practice is also adept at handling industrial disease claims, with Virginia Chalmers heading this team; Chalmers has deep experience in asbestos matters, including working with asbestos family support groups throughout the South West. Senior associate Isabelle Selley has also specialised in this space for over a decade. James Davies leads on serious injuries and fatal accidents and is supported by Deborah Rose, who was promoted to partner in May 2021. The pair stand out for their work representing clients who have suffered catastrophic brain injuries as a result of road traffic accidents and incidents at work. In the clinical negligence sphere, the practice is instructed to represent children and adults who have suffered a range of serious injuries, including life-changing brain and spinal damage. Birth injuries, delayed cancer diagnosis, errors in surgery and failure to correctly diagnose strokes are all areas handled by practice head Julie Lewis. Lewis frequently collaborates with the firm’s Southampton office on cases and is also supported by a strong bench of associates in the Bristol office, with senior associate Kate Easy particularly standing out for her expertise in obstetric cases. Associate Luke Trevorrow is also well-regarded and ‘fights hard for his client.’ The practice draws on the wider firm’s Court of Protection expertise to act for clients who lack capacity as a result of their injuries.