Cheryl Palmer-Hughes



I am a solicitor in Irwin Mitchell's International Personal Injury department. I act for clients who have been injured in incidents abroad – while on holiday, working abroad, travelling by coach, car or sea, or undergoing surgery abroad, for example. 

I deal with high value claims including brain and spinal injuries, multiple fractures, psychological trauma and fatal accidents and clinical negligence cases. 

I also specialise in claims arising as a result of clinical negligence during cosmetic surgery abroad.


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What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

I became a personal injury lawyer because I wanted to help people who had been seriously injured to take action against their opponent. I chose to specialise in international litigation because it is a complex area of law, demanding specialist knowledge in order to assist clients.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

The most rewarding aspect of my role is helping my clients access the rehabilitation and compensation they need to get their lives back on track. It is inspirational to witness clients overcoming such traumatic events and being able to move forward.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

At Irwin Mitchell, I have fantastic support from lawyers who are truly experts in their field. We adopt a team approach to many of our cases so that we can draw on each individual's experience and, as a result, our clients have the best advice and service possible, as well as the knowledge that their claim is being dealt with by specialist lawyers.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

I am fluent in French and enjoy visiting France and Spain. In my spare time, I enjoy going to the gym, going to the theatre and occasionally baking.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 01/08/2016
    Ski Instructor Left Unable To Work After Coach Crash in France Says He Can Now Move On After Six-Figure Settlement From Tour Operator

    “We are very pleased that Interski and Solus have finally accepted responsibility for Steve’s injuries and agreed the terms of a financial settlement, even though it is very disappointing that they have only done so after four years. "This delay meant that Steve, who had already waited for so long, had to endure further delay and months of uncertainty after Interski had already accepted responsibility for the injuries caused to our other clients. “Several of our clients have been left with serious and life-changing injuries as a result of the coach crash and, like Steve, have had to fight to be able to recover compensation." “Steve suffered multiple serious injuries which have dramatically changed his life. Steve has worked incredibly hard and has shown tremendous courage and determination in seeking to overcome his injuries. He has been an inspiration to many who know him. The resolution of Steve's claim should enable him to move forward positively with his life and give him the financial security he deserves. ”

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  • 25/04/2016
    ‘Irreversible Damage’ Caused To Woman Who Spent Life Savings On Dental Surgery Abroad

    “What happened to Mrs Stokes is truly awful. I have first-hand experience in dealing with complaints of negligent cosmetic and dentistry procedures abroad and the results can be particularly traumatic. “Although having surgery abroad can be a tempting cheaper alternative if a procedure is not on the NHS here, we must stress the importance and worth of your health. With treatment overseas, it is particularly important to seek early legal advice if things do go wrong, to ensure you can receive the specialist legal advice and compensation that is rightfully deserved. “To raise awareness of the implications of going abroad for surgery, we have put together a top 10 guide on what to consider before you have any cosmetic procedure abroad such as meeting with the practitioner beforehand, and making sure to ask what aftercare is involved. We hope that this simple guide will prevent such shocking cases such as Mrs Stokes’ in the future.”

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  • 12/04/2016
    Family Of Schoolboy Who Died After Allergic Reaction On Holiday Launch Campaign With Allergy UK

    Cheryl Palmer-Hughes, an expert international personal injury lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, representing the family, said: “The Wahid family has been through one of the worst experiences imaginable having seen Cameron die from a condition which they had always been careful to control. “This distressing ordeal has obviously taken a huge toll on the family, who are struggling to come to terms with life without their son. “We are now working with them to investigate what happened, both in the lead-up to the excursion and during their visit to the restaurant, in the hope that they get the answers they need as to why Cameron died. “We fully support the work which the Wahid family is now doing in conjunction with Allergy UK to raise awareness of this important issue. We hope that this awareness-raising will help to avoid any other families having to endure a tragic loss such as the Wahid family has suffered”

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  • 29/10/2015
    Newlywed Couple Tragically Killed On Their Honeymoon In The Maldives

    “Emma’s family has been through an unimaginable ordeal losing their loved one so suddenly and in such tragic circumstances. This was a horrific incident which took the lives of a young couple who were celebrating the happiest time in their lives on their honeymoon. “We would like to thank the Coroner for carrying out a thorough investigation into the incident and we hope that the inquest has gone some way to help Emma’s family gain further answers as to what happened in the Maldives and enable them to move forward from this tragic event.”

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