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Irwin Mitchell

Work Department

Serious Injury


I am a partner in the Leeds serious injury team and I  lead the Leeds Neuro team which is a  team of highly specialised solicitors who deal exclusively in high value and often complex adult and paediatric brain and  spinal injury claims.  I have specialised in brain and spinal cord injuries for 29 years and during that time have frequently obtained multi million pound settlements for my clients totalling somewhere in the region of £750 million.

Whilst obtaining the right financial settlement is crucial, my team and I are passionate about providing our clients with exceptional and bespoke rehabilitation as that is the way to actually ensure that clients can have the best quality of life possible following their devastating and life changing injuries.  As part of the rehabilitation process we look at such things as care, equipment, transport, therapies, employment/education and accommodation and prioritise obtaining interim payments throughout the life of the claim.

Some of my  cases have contributed towards the firm’s success in achieving rehabilitation awards. Myself and the team are also asked to take over cases from other solicitors who fail to recognise the complexity of brain and/or spinal  injury claims, with the initial referral frequently coming from neuro health professionals.  I was  nominated and short listed  for the “catastrophic” injury lawyer award in 2018 and have regularly provided training on “quantum” issues to members of our  national complex personal injury team throughout my career.

I work  with various charities,  I have presented at various conferences and I also head our national Childrens Serious Injury Special Interest Group who regularly devise and present webinars and conferences on  “neuro” and rehabilitation issues  to health and neuro sector contacts.


Trained DAC Beachcroft; Irwin Mitchell LLP 1994; partner Irwin Mitchell 2010. Headed the Leeds “neuro” team since 2015.


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Yorkshire and the Humber > Insurance > Personal injury: claimant

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Irwin Mitchell retains its eminent reputation through the combination of its large team of personal injury experts, its track record of securing excellent rehabilitation, and its strong and established local and national presence. Adrian Budgen leads the practice in Sheffield, specialising in asbestos and workplace illness, while Sion Kingston heads the team in Leeds and focusses on a range of catastrophic injuries. The significant depth of the wider team is illustrated by the preponderance of seasoned experts, including Louise Jenkins, who specialises in brain injuries; Carolyn Heaton, who leads on neurotrauma; Rachael Aram, who manages work in serious injury; Ian Toft, who works on life-limiting disease; Claire Newstead, who is in charge of polytrauma matters; and David Johnston-Keay, who focusses on occupational disease claims. David Withers works on high severity claims and has advocacy experience before inquests and trials.