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Irwin Mitchell

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Medical Negligence Partner



I am regional head of the Leeds and Newcastle medical law teams, having specialised in medical negligence law since qualifying in 1998. I have extensive experience in this field of law with a particular expertise in cerebral palsy, birth injury claims, amputation and brain injury cases.  I work with my clients to ensure not only they are fully compensated for their injuries but have the support in their life present and future to succeed in all they want to despite their injuries.  I am a keen advocate for patient safety supporting change through the experiences of our clients and where asked support clients in promoting change and raising awareness, I provide training to medical professionals.   I am immensely proud to represent my clients and have a superb team who work tirelessly for their clients.

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Yorkshire and the Humber > Insurance > Clinical negligence: claimant

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Sarah Coles Irwin Mitchell

Irwin Mitchell leverages the substantial experience of its large team of clinical negligence specialists, with capabilities across a range of complex high-value claims, alongside a focus on securing immediate care for clients. Julianne Moore leads the Sheffield team, employing her medical background to represent clients particularly in birth injury claims. Other notable names from the same office include Tom Mather, who has substantial litigation experience; Sarah Rowland, who is similarly active in relation to birth injuries; and Tim Annett, who focusses on defective medical devices and clinical trials. Sarah Coles  heads up the Leeds practice, with expertise in cerebral palsy, brain injury, and amputation claims. Also based there are Rachelle Mahapatra, primarily active in birth injury cases, and Rachel Roach, who brings valuable experience working on the defendant side to the team. In team news, Ross McWilliams was promoted to partner in May 2023.

North > Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

Irwin Mitchell developed a stellar reputation supporting claimants in complex and high-value serious personal injury and clinical negligence claims. While regional head Francesca Mayes continues to lead the personal and serious injury teams in Newcastle, Sarah Coles handles the clinical negligence team together with new partner Samuel Hill who was promoted in May 2022 and has particular expertise in high value Cerebral Palsy claims alongside group action work. The medical negligence team is well-placed to support its clients’ birth injury claims and Article 2 inquest cases. Work place injuries are dealt with by regional lead Ian Toft, supported by senior associate Emma Bell. Newly promoted partner Laura Mcilduff specialises in adult and paediatric cases involving life changing injuries including brain, spinal cord and amputation injuries. Kate Nicklin joined the practice from Slater and Gordon in mid-2024, and Justina Molloy moved to the firm’s Newcastle office from it’s Cambridge base.