David Withers



I joined Irwin Mitchell in August 2010 as a trainee solicitor. Over the course of my two year training contract, I gained experience in a number of different departments, including serious injury, the Ministry of Defence, industrial disease, legal expenses insurance cases (acting for clients with before-the-event legal expenses insurance) and child abuse. 

In September 2012, I qualified as a solicitor in the Serious Injury team in Sheffield and in November 2015, I was promoted to associate. I work on cases involving head, spinal cord, multiple orthopaedic and/or psychiatric injuries. I thoroughly enjoy being part of the process which helps individuals, who are at their most vulnerable, overcome their injuries and maximise their quality of life after suffering from serious injuries.

I have higher rights of audience, giving me the same rights of audience as a Barrister in Court. I regularly represent clients at interlocutory Court hearings, such as case management conference and pre-trial reviews. 

Charity and Community Work

I am a Trustee at Headway Derby, a charity set up to help individuals who have suffered a brain injury. Being a Trustee enables me to play a part in maximising the quality of service that the charity offers the service-users. This ensures that individuals who have suffered from a brain injury have the support, advice, guidance and skills to improve their quality of life. It also means that we provide support and help for families of those who have suffered from a brain injury.

In 2011 and 2012, I completed a 100 kilometre walk for the Blind Veterans charity, which supports ex-servicemen and women who are visually impaired. 

In 2011, I undertook a 24 hour rowing challenge with five colleagues to raise money for the Masters’ Cutlers Challenge. 

In 2012, I slept outside Sheffield Cathedral to raise money and awareness of homelessness.  

Client Testimonial

"My life has completely changed now and I couldn’t be happier. A big thank you for all your hard work with the case and a thank you to everyone at Irwin Mitchell for all the support I’ve had." - Anonymous

"All members of the team working for me on my case worked with the utmost professional approach to all situations throughout, they not only supported me but also my family. The team were extremely hard working, trustworthy and very friendly.  I view them as friends.  

"The originally engaged solicitor said he would not proceed due to the complexity of the case.  We were recommended Irwin Mitchell. 

"I'm just one of the clients that Irwin Mitchell have helped and received a positive life changing outcome.  

"Honesty and reliability are but two of their professional assets." - Rob A

"We have worked alongside David on several cases. Throughout a case David and his team work exceptionally well as part of the rehabilitation multi-disciplinary team. He strives to maintain client centred rehabilitation as core whilst running the legal case concurrently. ​He ensures a high level of communication with the MDT which leads to the smooth delivery of the rehabilitation package. This allows the optimum outcome for the client." - Anna Wilkinson, Managing Director at More Rehab Ltd.

Cases of Mention

  • I was heavily involved in an application to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, in which our client received an award of £3.3 million in connection with a non-accidental injury she suffered at a very young age. 
  • I was part of the team that secured a £80,000 settlement for a young adult who had pre-existing autism from a young age following a very minor road traffic collision which resulted in a severe and long lasting psychiatric reaction. 
  • I was heavily involved in a case which proceeded to a full liability trial that had significant risks. There was a possibility that our client would receive nothing; however, we were successful in obtaining a judgment 80/20% in our client’s favour. This percentage was far in excess of what was expected. The case subsequently settled for £3.5m on a full liability basis. 
  • I was heavily involved in two cases where the individuals had suffered from sustained physical, emotional and sexual abuse, in an application to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (‘CICA’). We ended up securing the maximum award under the scheme of £500,000.
  • I was heavily involved in a case in which our client had suffered from a spinal cord injury, leading to paraplegia. Our client subsequently developed a syrinx. The case settled at a negotiation meeting for £3.2m. We also secured a Provisional Damages Order, entitling our client to return to Court at a later date in the event of a serious deterioration in his condition. 
  • I was heavily involved in case in which our client had a very serious traumatic brain injury. I assisted in the implementation of a bespoke rehabilitation and support package for the client to maximise his improvement and quality of life. The case subsequently settled at a negotiation meeting for £5.5m. 

Spare Time and Hobbies

In my spare time, I enjoy going to the gym, reading, relaxing with friends and family, watching sport and socialising.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 01/08/2016
    Formula 1 Technician Forced To Give Up Career After Being Hit By Car Can Finally Move On After Driver’s Insurers Admit Liability

    “This horrific accident left both Joe and Kirsty with significant injuries. Joe has been unable to return to his career. Mr Damiani was driving in a dangerous manner which caused the accident and it was only right his insurers accepted full liability so we could begin to secure a settlement which will fund Joe’s ongoing rehabilitation and any support he may need as he moves forward with his life. “The admission of liability means Joe can now place his full focus on his rehabilitation rather than worry about the financial implications of being severely injured and out of work.”

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  • 21/12/2015
    Doncaster MP Calls For Road Safety Review After Eight Deaths On Local Roads

    “We have seen through our own work just how serious collisions on the road can be and the life-changing impact they can have on those involved, as well as their loved ones. “Clearly, there have been a concerning number of fatalities on Doncaster’s roads recently and it is important to take this issue seriously. A review of road safety and speed limits in the area may highlight areas that need improvement, or new regulations, which will hopefully lead to a fall in the number of incidents, serious injuries and fatalities. “It is vital all road users take their own responsibility for safety on the roads seriously and ensure they do everything possible to stay safe when using the roads.”

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  • 23/10/2015
    Formula 1 Technician Suffered Traumatic Brain Injury After Motorbike Crash

    “This accident has left Joe and Kirsty with significant injuries and Joe has been told he will have to give up his career. Mr Damiani was driving in a dangerous manner which caused the accident. A collision can occur in an instant and have a massive impact on many people’s lives. “We hope that now the criminal case is over, Joe can place even more focus on his rehabilitation. We are working with Joe to secure him the necessary funds to help with this process and to make sure he gets the specialist input he needs. “Sadly, we have seen a number of cases where drivers have failed to take responsibility for their actions, leaving others seriously or fatally injured.” Joe had been working for the past six years as a Formula 1 Technician, working with teams such as Red Bull, Mercedes, Force India and Marussia, but sadly due to the extent of his injuries; he is unable to return to work."

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  • 28/08/2015
    Sheffield Man Left With Brain Injury After Vicious Assault

    “This was a mindless act of violence which left Simon with life-changing injuries. We are pleased to have secured a settlement for Simon from the CICA which operates a very limited scheme to enable innocent victims of violent crime to recover compensation. “Brain injuries can have such a devastating effect on both individuals and their families. The most serious injuries can cause long term disability leaving those injured needing 24 hour care and rehabilitation for life. “The settlement will enable Simon to access private specialist therapy in the future such as neuropsychology and occupational therapy. Simon is looking forward to the future and trying to put this horrendous ordeal behind him.”

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