Deirdre Healy



I am a brain injury specialist in the Serious Injury team in the Manchester Office. I assist clients and their families who have suffered severe head injuries.

My role is to make sure that my clients have access to the best possible treatment and rehabilitation following their injuries, and to obtain damages to secure their future. I've specialised in complex injury cases for 17 years and have recovered more than £100 million on behalf of my clients.

The litigation process can be daunting and my aim is to make the journey as straightforward as it can be and to ensure that my clients are fully involved.

I've recently helped a 2-year-old boy who suffered a life threatening brain injury when a refuse truck collided with his pushchair. He will require support and therapy over his lifetime, along with adapted accommodation. The settlement included annual payments for care and case management with a settlement value of £6 million.

I also represented a young man who suffered a very serious head injury when he was crossing the road to catch a school bus as a 15-year-old. We settled him into a fully adapted bungalow with the support of his family and professional carers, and secured compensation of £6.7 million with annual payments for care and case management.

"Deirdre Healy has 'a great reputation' in the field of brain injuries." - Chambers & Partners 2016

"She is described as 'wonderful to work with' and praised for her skilful client care." - Chambers & Partners 2015

"She is noted for both her expertise and her ability with clients, with one source describing her as 'very sensible,' possessed of 'great communication skills with clients' and a lawyer who 'goes absolutely all-out to maximise recovery'." - Chambers & Partners 2014

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

After forays into the worlds of education and the diplomatic service which allowed me to travel and to find out what really interested me, the personal contact with those in need attracted me to a career in law.  Being able to help people find solutions at times of crisis is extremely rewarding. I am driven to get the right result for my clients and I feel that it is a privilege to be in a position to assist them at the darkest of times. 

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

Seeing my clients through an often meandering process and arriving at the right result makes me punch the air. Knowing that whilst I cannot make the clock turn back, I can leave them with a secure future looking forward makes my job worthwhile.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

I’m pretty new here but I love the way our clients are right at the heart of our work. 

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

I spend too much time in the cold at the side of a muddy rugby pitch, either with my sons or altogether as a family as my husband works in rugby league. I like nothing more than to get home and bake, having put my slippers on first!

I am a Trustee of the brain injury charity HIP in Cheshire.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 19/10/2015
    Further Inquests Opened Into Bosley Wood Explosion Victims’ Deaths

    “The opening of these inquests is just the start of what will be an incredibly difficult time for the families as they seek answers as to what caused the tragedy. “We’re supporting several families affected, either from losing their loved ones or those who have suffered physical and psychological injuries because of what happened. “It will take some time for people to recover from the trauma of what happened and it is important that those who were injured get the help and rehabilitation they need. Many others caught up in the blast have also lost friends and colleagues and may need counselling or therapy to recover mentally from this tragedy. “We will now be seeking to work with the authorities as we also begin our own investigations into what happened and seek to provide the necessary support for the victims.”

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