Sara Burns > Irwin Mitchell > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Irwin Mitchell
B2 5DB

Work Department

Medical Negligence



Experienced in cases involving all types of injury and a range of values. Particular interest in obstetric and surgical claims with an extensive experience of “wrongful birth” cases.


Trained 1994 – 1996 at Challinors and qualified in 1996 and has specialised in clinical negligence since that date. Joined Irwin Mitchell in 1999. Associate in 2000, Partner 2006.


Member of Law Society and AVMA referral clinical negligence panels.


Educated at Longdean Comprehensive, Hemel Hempstead 1981 – 1986, St Albans College 1986 – 1988 and De Montford University, Leicester 1989 – 1992 (BA Hons), 1992 – 1993 Common Professional Examination and 1993 – 1994 Legal Practice Course.

Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

(Leading individuals)

Sara Burns   – Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell provides ‘a personal touch and is genuinely driven to get the best results for its clients’. Luke Daniels leads the ‘superlative‘ team which specialises in the most complex medical negligence cases that span birth injury cases, stillbirth, neonatal deaths and cosmetic/dental surgery. Other core areas of focus include spinal and brain injuries, cancers and mental health. Sara Burns  has extensive experience in all aspects of medical negligence work while Lisa Jordan  has particular expertise in cerebral palsy claims. Emma Rush advises on cerebral palsy, brain injury, spinal cord injury and amputation cases. Lindsay Tomlinson  frequently handles a variety of complex and high-value claims meanwhile Jenna Harris was promoted to the partnership. On the personal injury side, the team handles a substantial caseload of high-value claims supporting children and adults who have sustained brain and spinal cord injuries, limb loss and multiple orthopaedic traumas. Stephen Nye  handles all types of serious injury cases and Hilary Wetherell  specialises in brain injury, polytrauma and complex high-value fatal accident work cases and coronial law. Alida Coates  has a wealth of experience in asbestos disease cases with Philip Banks serving as head of the international personal injury team. Senior associate Jayne Campbell joined the department from Slater and Gordon.