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 is "totally committed to clients' cases" - ​Legal 500 2016

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 "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

  • 26/04/2017
    Newcastle Law Firm's Serious Injury Team Successfully Recovers Over £45m For Injured Clients

    “The PI team works closely with other teams such as Court of Protection and Public Law to ensure that whilst their case is ongoing and even after legal action has concluded they are supported throughout their recovery. “The damages we recover for our clients enable them to have access to the necessary treatment and rehabilitation programmes for the rest of their lives. These people would rather they hadn’t suffered serious injuries but it’s our job to help them get the best possible outcome so that they can live as independently as possible and get the help and support they need to recover. “Our Court of Protection team has extensive specialist knowledge and resources to assist clients who lack the requisite capacity to manage their own property and affairs such as those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s, or brain injuries caused through medical negligence or severe head injuries in accidents or assaults.”

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  • 22/03/2017
    Father Of 29-Year-Old Left Paralysed Following Crash Speaks Of Relief After Dangerous Driver Jailed

    “This incident highlights the tragic and devastating consequences a lack of concentration and attention behind the wheel can have. “Due to the actions of one man, a young father has been permanently and very seriously injured and will need significant rehabilitation to regain some form of independence. We will continue working with Alex and his family to help him secure the necessary funds to help to maximise his long term recovery.”

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  • 20/03/2017
    Irwin Mitchell Shortlisted Five-Times At Northern Law Awards

    “I am delighted that the team here in Newcastle has been recognised with such a high-number of nominations at this year’s Northern Law Awards. “The whole Irwin Mitchell team in Newcastle has continued to work hard over the last twelve months and these nominations are testament to that. “I think I speak on behalf of all the team when I say part of the reason for our success comes down to the fact we are all so passionate about what we do. It’s not just passion for law and justice but it’s the amazing clients and people we work with and for. “We are excited to be attending the awards and hope the evening will turn out to be a successful one.”

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  • 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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