Irwin Mitchell Solicitors has the largest, dedicated serious injury and medical negligence department in the UK and is one of the only UK law firms that can offer legal aid for certain birth injury claims with specialist teams based in offices across the country including Newcastle. Our experienced teams will take the time to understand what you and your family are going through, helping you get the answers and compensation you and your child deserve. We also have wider support through our specialist in-house teams including Public law & Human Rights and Court of Protection, as well as support from our dedicated Rehab Support Coordinators and welfare benefits advisors. These teams can assist with Local Authority, Statutory services, funding issues, transport and education issues and planning for the future to ensure your child and family are protected whatever happens. We will always visit you at your home or at a place that works best for you.

Sarah Coles Partner and Specialist Medical Negligence solicitor has over 25 years of experience specialising in medical negligence claims and helping families through the process. She is the Regional Head of both Newcastle and Leeds Medical Negligence departments. Sarah has worked with families on a significant number of complex cases, including birth injury, brain injury, cerebral palsy cases and amputation cases. She has long standing charity partnerships locally and nationally including Heel & Toe, UK Sepsis Trust and KIDs amongst many others and has specialist accreditations with the Law Society and Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and AVMA.

Samuel Hill Partner is a Partner in the Medical Negligence team, based in the Newcastle office and leads the Newcastle Team.

Samuel is accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) as both a Senior Litigator and Clinical Negligence Specialist. He has a huge amount of experience supporting clients and families who have been affected by a wide range of issues, including:

  • Birth injuries
  • Surgical errors
  • Amputations
  • Delays in diagnosis
  • Mental health negligence including failure to prevent suicide and secondary victim claims for psychiatric injuries.

To talk to Sarah or Sam, or another member of the team for specialist advice simply contact using the details below



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One thing that brings all legal specialists together is the passion and will to help people access the support they need. But, sometimes it’s not as accessible as we’d like. That’s why, we created the Irwin Mitchell Night School. The Irwin Mitchell Night School is a free and informative webinar series that offers a friendly and helpful introduction to the legal world. Our speakers will be on hand to help you with any questions you may have along the way. They’re here to help you get the most out of the course, and feel empowered as a result. If you have any queries, please call Laura Daly on +44(0)121 7569 884 or email An Introduction to Welfare Benefits, and Support During the Cost of Living Crisis During this session, Melissa Davis from our Welfare Benefits team will explore: Universal Credit Personal Independence Payments Attendance Allowance Employment and Support Allowance Carers Allowance Housing Benefit Council Tax Reduction Pension Credit Disability Living Allowance Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit. Melissa helps our clients navigate the benefits system and maximise their income through different benefits, including Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment, Disability Living Allowance, and more. Melissa can support with benefits checks, appealing decisions […]

Irwin Mitchell Night School – Autumn 2023: An Introduction to Welfare Benefits, and Support During the Cost of Living Crisis

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