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Irwin Mitchell

Work Department

Personal legal services.


Partner in the Leeds serious injury team specialising in high-value and complex adult and paediatric brain, spinal and amputee claims. Frequently recovers multimillion-pound settlements for clients and has extensive experience of PPOs. Despite the large sums of money involved, emphasis is always placed on rehabilitation and restoring quality of life to clients and their families with interim payments for accommodation, care and therapies being obtained wherever possible inorder to maximise the potential for successful rehabilitation. Some cases have contributed towards the firm’s success in achieving rehabilitation awards. Very approachable with a strong emphasis on client care. Increasingly asked to take over cases from other solicitors who fail to recognise the complexity of brain injury and who have struggled to get interim payments for clients.Represented the claimant in Rhodes v Ford which dealt with interim payments and statutory services funding.


Trained DAC Beachcroft; Irwin Mitchell LLP 1994; partner Irwin Mitchell 2010.


Former committee member of YABIF (Yorkshire Acquired Brain Injury Forum); Headway Bradford and Headway Sheffield; fellow APIL.


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Lawyer Rankings

Yorkshire and the Humber > Insurance > Clinical negligence and personal injury: claimant

(Leading individuals: Personal Injury)

Carolyn HeatonIrwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell is ‘the best in the business for looking after clients, on both a human and a legal level’. Based in Sheffield, Julianne Moore co-leads the medical negligence practice with Sarah Coles in Leeds. The group has extensive experience handling the gamut of complex, high value negligence claims, specialising in birth injury, spinal injury and amputation cases. The team includes Rachelle Mahapatra, Rachel Roach, Tom Mather, Sarah Rowland and Tim Annett, who work together to provide ‘an excellent and highly personal service’. Adrian Budgen and Sion Kingston jointly lead the personal injury practices in Sheffield and Leeds, respectively. The firm continues to be highly regarded for asbestos disease cases, with Ian Toft noted for his work relating to immunotherapy. The Yorkshire team has a substantial number of APIL accredited specialists, including Rachael Aram and Louise Jenkins . Carolyn Heaton is also recommended.