Alida Coates > Irwin Mitchell > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Irwin Mitchell
B2 5DB

Work Department

Workplace Illness



Alida heads up the Midlands workplace illness team, which is the largest and most experienced specialist team in the area. She has only ever worked for injured claimants and has over 20 years’ experience recovering compensation in the asbestos disease arena, having worked as part of the team that won the first environmental asbestos exposure case (Hancock) in 1995.

Since that time, Alida and her team have worked tirelessly to obtain justice for victims exposed to asbestos who have developed asbestos illnesses (mesothelioma, lung cancer, pleural thickening and asbestosis) both through their employment and through environmental exposure. Obtained one of the highest awards during lifetime for a mesothelioma sufferer (£1.5m) and engaged the services of experts to assist families to engage carers to help with practical care needs caused by these illnesses.

The emphasis of the team is to make a difference to the quality of life of their clients as quickly as possible. Has a unique insight into the difficulties suffered by the victims of asbestos exposure, respected both for her knowledge and understanding of the issues facing her clients. Recognised by many health and other professionals as a leading lawyer in this field. Lectures regularly and is a trustee of Mesothelioma UK. The team also has a proven track record in securing compensation for those effected by other workplace illnesses, including (but not limited to) asthma, VWF, NIHL, carpel tunnel and RSI.


Trainee with IM, Qualified 1996, partner 2005.



Lawyer Rankings

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

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.