Claire Newstead



I work in the General Accident team in the Leeds office dealing with claims resulting from road traffic crashes, accidents at work and also public liability claims. I cover all types of injuries from whiplash and soft issue injuries to serious orthopaedic and amputation cases. I also handle fatal claims. I am second in charge of the team and have working along side me a full time assistant and secretary.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

I enjoy all aspects of the work I do, but what I find most rewarding is being able to make a difference to clients who have found themselves in a terrible situation through no fault of their own. Amongst many things this can be from securing an interim payment to help financially, to arranging treatment to assist with recovery.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

The difference with working for Irwin Mitchell is that we have such a vast array of knowledge and in house support here which means we can provide a wealth of advice to our clients. There is always someone or a department that is able to assist no matter what the enquiry is.  We also provide a holistic approach to all cases.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

I enjoy travelling and experiencing new places both at home and abroad. I swim regularly to keep fit, and to balance the fact that I enjoy dining out. I also enjoy reading.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 01/11/2016
    Lorry Driver Tomasz Kroker Sentenced To 10 Years After Causing Four-Death Crash

    “This incident was described by the judge as the most horrific she had ever seen and it shows the tragic and devastating consequences a lack of concentration and attention behind the wheel can have. “This incident took the lives of four people, left others seriously injured and left two families having to deal with the tragedy of losing loved ones. These families must live with the consequences of someone else’s decision for the rest of their lives. “Using a mobile phone behind the wheel can have tragic consequences, as this incident shows, and it is absolutely imperative all road users take their own safety, and the safety of others, seriously when they get behind the wheel.”

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  • 19/09/2016
    Motorists Caught Twice Using A Mobile Phone Whilst Driving Will Be Banned, Says Government

    “We welcome the new government plans to impose stricter regulations on drivers using mobile phones. “Not only is it illegal to drink and drive, or take drugs and drive, but they are taboos that are widely frowned upon by society. Driving whilst using a mobile phone needs to have the same level of negative outlook whereby driving whilst texting or calling someone shouldn’t be classed as acceptable or the norm. “We are surrounded by technology but once in front of the wheel, putting your phone away needs to be raised as a crucial issue as this distraction can lead to devastating fatal crashes, as proved by government figures and that we have sadly found with some of our clients. “We look forward to seeing the government plans in place next year to help combat this growing problem.”

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  • 05/09/2016
    Speed Limit Reminder As Children Return To School

    “It’s surprising to see such a large percentage of motorists admitting to breaking the law and putting innocent people’s lives at risk by speeding in areas which have a reduced limit for a clear reason. “The survey reinforces the importance of a sensible, switched on and safety first approach when driving in 20mph zones where many young children are returning to school. “Whilst schools and parents must play their part in keeping everyone safe, drivers must stick to the limit and remember why it’s there in the first place. “Drivers need to be vigilant around this time of year when many children are starting school for the first time. Through the work we do, we’ve seen tragic incidents happen when a motorist knowingly speeds or simply has a sudden lack of concentration and the result of this can be life-changing for so many people. “We regularly work with Brake, who do a fantastic job in raising awareness of the importance of road safety, especially when the dark nights start to draw in. “Our #SaferJourneys campaign targets pedestrians, cyclists, motorists, motorbike riders, lorry drivers and challenges all road users to work together to reduce accidents and keep everyone safe.”

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  • 15/07/2016
    Right Time To Consider Tougher Sentences For Fatal Crashes

    “Brake’s survey shows that there is clear support for the introduction of stronger penalties and this feels like the right time for the Government to review their guidelines. “We know from the work we do that in fatal crashes the victim receives the harshest punishment possible and their family are left gripped by sadness and loss due to an incident that their loved one was powerless to avoid. “The question is whether the person responsible for the incident, currently receives a fair punishment for the crime or if the sentencing should be increased. “What cannot be debated is the fact that there are still too many crashes involving speeding drivers and those under the influence of drinks and drugs and more must be done to raise awareness of the potentially life changing consequences of a serious collision. “There may be many reasons as to why motorists break the law in the first place but if stronger charges and tougher sentences deter them and helps reduce the number of fatal crashes then it makes sense to review the current laws. “As part of our #SaferJourneys campaign, we aim to make the road a safer place for pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and drivers. If changes in sentencing can help reduce the number of avoidable deaths, than surely it can only be seen as a positive.”

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