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Irwin Mitchell

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Personal Legal Services.



Heads of the asbestos disease team, helping to recover compensation for sufferers of serious illness due to workplace exposure to asbestos both in the UK and overseas.

20 years of experience in pursuing claims for victims of mesothelioma, including those who worked or lived close to the infamous J.W. Roberts factory in Leeds.

Has assisted the families of many clients who have been fatally injured in accidents at work, in agriculture, working on the railways or working in the construction industry. Represented the claimants in the Court of Appeal case of Cox v Transco and the reported case of Gardner v C. Watson & Sons, an important case in terms of insurance cover in mesothelioma. His team has recovered more than £200,000 for hospices following the decision in Drake v Foster Wheeler.


Trained Irwin Mitchell; qualified 1994; partner 2001.


German, Norwegian.


Association of Personal Injury Lawyers; Court Liaison Group; The Law Society.


St Edmund Arrowsmith School, Ashton-in-Makerfield; University of East Anglia (1988 BA Hons German 2(1)); Manchester Polytechnic (1991 CPE; 1992 LSF).


Family, travel, football (FA accredited level 1 coach), music, language learning.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Insurance > Personal injury: claimant

The majority APIL-accredited personal injury team at Irwin Mitchell is co-led by heads of serious injury Richard Geraghty and Tracey Storey, and regional lead partner Alison Eddy, who specialises in adult and childr brain and spinal catastrophic injury claims. The team’s workload consists of legally and emotionally complex claims of value in the multi-millions, with the Tunisian terror attack multi-party action being one recent example of this. Demetrius Danas, who has significant experience of litigating abroad, having pursued cases in over fifty jurisdictions worldwide, leads the sub-team which focuses specifically on international claims. Additionally, there is a sub-team specialising in workplace disease and asbestos claims, helmed by Ian Bailey and lead partner on the recent landmark Court of Appeal case Rix v Paramount Shopfitting, Joanne Jefferies. Extensive rehabilitation and financial support services are offered to clients both pre- and post-settlement, in the form of the dedicated support and rehabilitation co-ordination service. Sarah Griggs, Leane Shanks and the ‘superb’ Chani Dhaliwal are also noteworthy members of the team.