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

Irwin Mitchell
9th Floor, The Colmore Building
20 Colmore Circus
B4 6AH

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: claimant

At Irwin Mitchell ‘the prevailing culture is one of high standards of service, commitment to progressing clients’ cases and keeping them informed‘. Stephen Nye deals with all types of serious injury cases from adult and paediatric brain injury to limb loss, chronic pain and fatal accident claims. Hilary Wetherell  specialises in brain injury, polytrauma and complex high-value fatal accidents and coronial law. Alida Coates  is another key individual who heads the Midlands workplace illness team. Luke Daniels is ‘always on top of the detail of each case’ and spearheads the firm’s abuse practice. Philip Banks heads the international serious injury team. The associates at the firm are also well-regarded.