Fran Mayes



I am a partner in the Newcastle office, I specialise in helping people who have sustained serious and life changing injuries. I particularly assist individuals who have suffered brain and spinal cord injuries and multiple orthopaedic injuries in claiming compensation following injury.

Fran Mayes has "excellent client skills and forms strong lay/professional relationships", according to peers. - Chambers & Partners 2016

Fran Mayes has "a huge amount of empathy for her clients" and is "very committed and capable" - Chambers & Partners 2015

"Dedicated and very competent - she knows how to run a case properly." - Chambers & Partners 2014

Fran Mayes is "outstanding." - Legal 500 2014

Fran Mayes is "very client focused and energetic in her pursuit of the best outcomes for clients." - Legal 500 2013

"Highly regarded for severe head and spinal injury matters." - Chambers & Partners 2011/12

"Absolutely focused on achieving the best settlement for her clients." - Chambers & Partners 2009/10

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

A member of my family worked with the Citizens Advice Bureau for many years. While I was at school I used to visit for work experience in my holidays and found their work very interesting and tremendously worthwhile.  I decided while I was still at school that I wanted to be a lawyer and I am sure this early experience helped to mould my desire to help people in my future career.

While I was at Sheffield University studying law I met some representatives from Irwin Mitchell who really impressed me by their enthusiasm and commitment to their work. They seemed like a pretty fun group of people too!

From an early stage I identified personal injury as the area I wanted to specialise in. The mixture of medicine and the law has always interested me and I enjoy working with people to bring about the best result for my clients. 

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

It is incredibly rewarding to be able to help people to arrange good quality care and rehabilitation and to watch their condition and quality of life improve as a result.

It is lovely to catch up with people I have helped in the past and very rewarding to hear how they move on with their lives after their compensation claims come to an end.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

I really enjoy working with an enthusiastic and talented group of colleagues who share in a common goal of helping people following injury.  

I am fortunate to have access to a network of solicitors at Irwin Mitchell specialising in other areas of law such as family, conveyancing, court of protection, wills, probate, employment and public law who I can call on for advice and support for my clients.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

I enjoy foreign travel and have been fortunate enough to visit some incredible places, including South Africa, Bali and Thailand.

In enjoy spending time with my husband and our cat, JB. I like to catch up with friends and family and enjoy good food and wine. I am a bit of a telly addict and particularly like ER and Lost. I also enjoy camping trips, when the weather permits!

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 22/12/2015
    Newcastle Primary Schools Design Road Safety Posters To Support #SaferJourneys

    “We spend time working with schools in the local community in Newcastle to educate young children on the potential dangers on the road at winter and the role they can play in keeping everyone safe. “Through our work we see how serious a lapse of concentration can be and therefore talking about road safety and raising awareness of how to act can help reduce the possibility of avoidable accidents. “It’s great to be able to work in partnership with the Police to run a competition which gives children time to think about safety on the road. All of the entries we received were fantastic so thanks to everyone who made a poster and congratulations to the three winners.”

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  • 16/12/2013
    North East Student’s Relief At Guilty Plea After Car Crash Hell

    Chloe suffered extremely serious injuries which will more than likely affect her for the rest of her life. She was looking forward to her final year at University but instead she was left needing a wheelchair or crutches for six months. “Nothing can turn back the clock and prevent this accident from happening but we are now working with Chloe and the driver’s insurers to secure a settlement so that she can get the treatment and support she needs to help make as good a recovery as possible. “This case highlights the dangers of driving dangerously on the roads and shows the impact it can have on other road users. All drivers need to take responsibility for their actions and realise that the consequences of an accident can be life-changing.”

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  • 18/10/2013
    North East Hit and Run Driver To Be Released Early

    Jamie was very seriously injured in this terrible accident. He and his family have been devastated by the effects of his injuries and through his legal claim, we are ensuring that Jamie has access to the ongoing support and rehabilitation that he requires to maximise his recovery. I wish Jamie and his parents all the best in their quest for justice."

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