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Irwin Mitchell

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Colin Ettinger

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Irwin Mitchell

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Personal legal services.


Head of personal injury department ‚Äď London. Partner specialising in personal injury, conducts catastrophic injury cases of a high value, and has particular specialities in workplace accident cases and occupational health matters. Has conducted a very significant number of cases involving individuals who have sustained very serious injuries. The settlements he achieves for these individuals run into millions of pounds. Focuses on securing a rehabilitation programme for his clients to maximise their recovery and enjoy a good quality of life in spite of any major restrictions that impact on a full recovery.


Articled Robin Thompson & Partners; qualified 1978; partner 1980-95; partner Irwin Mitchell 1995.


Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (past president); patron for the charity Roadpeace; vice president of the College of Occupational Therapists; consulting editor Journal of Personal Injury Law; member of Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel; Senior Fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers; Honorary Research Fellow of the School of Law, Lancaster University; Member of FOCIS; APIL accreditation to conduct brain injury and spinal injury cases.


Wanstead High School; Leicester University (1975 LLB Hons).


Current affairs, keep fit, running, collecting film and football memorabilia, cinema, watching football, jazz.

London: Insurance

Personal injury: claimant

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Irwin Mitchell is reported to be 'fantastic on all levels'; the team specialises in brain, spinal and other complex injuries and amputation, as well as cases of abuse and industrial diseases. It has secured damages in excess of £100m for some clients and is noted for taking on cases that 'other firms would shy away from', some of which have a cross-border aspect. It is also considered to be a 'leader in the field' for asbestos-related disease claims. The team is composed of 'a range of well-informed and able lawyers' and was further boosted by the addition of Richard Geraghty, who joined from Slater and Gordon in September 2017 and is described as a 'life-changing man' and 'generally excellent all around'. The 'sensitive, patient and intelligent' Ian Bailey is an expert in asbestos-related diseases and mesothelioma in particular. Other key individuals include Tracey Storey , who leads the serious injury team in London and specialises in  brain and spinal injuries alongside  Alison Eddy . Recently promoted partner Chani Dhaliwal leads one of the firm's five serious injury teams and is described as being  'cut from the same cloth' as Colin Ettinger, who has 40 years of experience representing clients with serious injuries and occupational health issues.

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