Hilary Wetherell > Irwin Mitchell > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Serious Injury


I joined Irwin Mitchell in 2000 and became a Partner in the Serious Injury team in Birmingham in 2011. In 2021 I was appointed Lead Partner for the Complex PI teams in Birmingham.

I lead a team of seven lawyers and our specialisms include:
-Brain injury
-Polytrauma (multiple serious injuries)
-Severe burns
-Complex fatal accident work such as police liaison work and coronial law.

We routinely secure settlements for more than £1 million – including an Irwin Mitchell record for the Serious Injury team of £22.7 million.

We have an immediate focus from the day of instruction on our client’s rehabilitation needs and routinely refer to our superb Support and Rehabilitation team to make sure our clients and families are supported before we’re able to secure interim payments.

For road traffic accidents, including fatal accidents, our specialist investigation team works with the police to analyse the accident for our clients. Members of the team are themselves ex-police and draw on their police experience to support our clients’ claim.

We’re extremely proud to be able to work with some truly inspirational clients and to provide the care that they and their families need during their long rehabilitation process.

I’m a brain injury, fatal accident and senior litigator accredited member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). My team devised and designed the APIL Fatal Accidents Accreditation and I deliver annual training for APIL across the country.

I’m passionate about ensuring that my clients receive comprehensive and realistic advice and that consideration is given in every case to alternative dispute resolution.


Trained Donns; qualified 1999; Irwin Mitchell 2000 to date (associate 2006, partner 2011).


APIL senior litigator accreditation and brain injury accreditation; Birmingham Medico-Legal Society.


Birkenhead High School for Girls; University of Leicester (LLB); Chester College of Law (LPC).

Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > Insurance > Personal injury: claimant

(Leading individuals)

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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.