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Irwin Mitchell

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Adrian Budgen

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Irwin Mitchell

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Personal legal services.


Regional managing partner of the personal injury department in Sheffield. Has a special interest in asbestos-related disease cases, particularly mesothelioma, and has written and lectured widely on the subject of asbestos disease and personal injury litigation. Represented June Hancock in the Armley environmental asbestos case and also achieved what was, at the time, the highest award for an industrial disease/fatal injury case, of £4.37m.


Articled Russell Jones and Walker, qualified 1988; assistant solicitor Stewarts 1988-90; joined Irwin Mitchell 1990, partner 1994; fellow of Association of Personal Injury Lawyers 2000.


APIL; The American Association for Justice; Pan-European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL); director and trustee of Sheffield Occupational Health Advisory Service; Asbestos in Schools Group; trustee of the June Hancock Mesothelioma Research Fund; trustee and chair of the Irwin Mitchell Charities Foundation; regional advisory board of Business in the Community; Sheffield Hallam University Clinical Advisory Board.


Ampleforth College, North Yorkshire; Oxford University (1985 MA Jurisprudence); College of Law, Chester (1986).


Family, supporting local charities, eating out, walking the dogs.

Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

Personal injury: claimant

Within: Leading individuals

Adrian Budgen - Irwin Mitchell

Within: Personal injury: claimant

Irwin Mitchell's personal injury team is split across the Leeds and Sheffield offices and has 'a well-deserved reputation for excellence' thanks to its 'wealth of experience and knowledge'. Recognised for 'excellent client care' the team, led by Adrian Budgen, is instructed in some of the most complex, serious and sensitive claims, and has the capabilities to offer financial and asset management advice; handle any family and child care matters; and leverage its strong public law team to advise on human rights and other issues. The practice also benefits from a strong court of protection team, which deals with clients' tax affairs; care needs, including house adaptations; and the preparation of trust and wills. Rachael Aram is described as 'fearless in promoting her clients' interests' and has particular expertise acting for claimants with brain injury and spinal cord injury. Louise Jenkins, also leads a serious injury team from the Sheffield office, and is praised for building 'amazing rapport with clients' and for successfully securing interim payments for accommodation adapted to meet their needs. Following Jane Wright’s retirement in May 2017, the firm's Leeds-based practice is headed up by Sion Kingston  and includes Carolyn Heaton  and Ian Toft , who lead the neurotrauma and asbestos diseases teams respectively. Another key name to note at the firm is senior associate David Withers who is 'willing to take on the most difficult arguments'.

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