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Ian Bailey



I am a Partner based in the London office and lead the Workplace Illness and Disease team. Essentially this means that the team provides specialist legal advice and obtains compensation for those people who have become seriously ill principally as a consequence of exposure to asbestos.

I have acted for many hundreds of clients suffering from terminal asbestos diseases who have been exposed to the substance at work, or those who have lived close to factories producing asbestos products including the infamous J.W. Roberts factory in Leeds.

We act for clients based principally in the UK but also overseas including clients in New Zealand, Australia and mainland Europe.

I have helped the families of many clients who have been fatally injured in accidents at work, in agriculture, working on the railways or working in the construction industry.

I am committed to ensuring that my clients receive full and proper compensation for their injuries or illness.

I was very pleased to be recognised by Chambers and Partners for my expertise as a lawyer, being acknowledged a “hard-line but sensible negotiator.” I think this sums up what I always try to be.

Ian is "very impressive," "very pleasant, efficient and knowledgeable." - Chambers & Partners, 2017

He is admired as "very knowledgeable, experienced, kind and personable with clients." - Chambers & Partners 2016

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

I suppose what first got me hooked was the challenge of acting for David against Goliath and ensuring that, in so far as the law allowed, my client was helped to put his or her life back together following serious injury. I think that also applies where my clients have lost their loved ones in accidents, where I see it as my role to make sure that severe financial hardship does not result for a spouse and family as a consequence of the loss of a wife, husband or a partner.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

Perhaps the most rewarding aspect is the number of clients I stay in touch with after conclusion of their cases and see how their lives have developed since the event that meant they came to see me for help in the first place. I hope this means that they are keen to tell me how they have moved on and what a difference our help has made!

I have also been a training principal for the many young lawyers that come to Irwin Mitchell. I have always enjoyed helping trainees develop their skills to become well-respected independent solicitors upon qualification.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

I have worked at Irwin Mitchell for almost all of my working life (since 1992) and for all of my career as a lawyer. The thing about working here is that the place is always changing and evolving.  That always makes each day exciting and interesting.

I have always enjoyed delivering seminars which I do internally and externally. I would not, however, be doing what I do without acknowledging the many wonderful, brave and determined clients for whom I have acted. The privilege of acting for people who need our help at such difficult times in their lives is not to be underestimated.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

I enjoy socialising with friends and family I am an accredited FA level 1 coach. I have always enjoyed language learning and am still at it! I am learning to play the guitar again (hopefully with some improvement this time). After that and a very busy family life with three teenagers, there's not much time left really.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 20/06/2017
    Family Seeks Answers Regarding Former Electrical Engineer's Asbestos Death

    “This case is like a huge number we see every year, with workers developing serious and ultimately fatal asbestos-related illnesses many years after their initial exposure. “To help with our investigations, we would be very keen to hear from anyone who worked with him during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. “Any information that they could provide may well be vital in ensuring that his loved ones get the answers they deserve regarding Gordon’s death and whether more could have been done to protect him from harm.”

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  • 25/04/2017
    Widow Of Man Who Helped Build Addenbrooke’s Hospital Appeals For Answers After His Asbestos Cancer Death

    “Mesothelioma is an extremely aggressive, and sadly, incurable, form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos dust fibres. It is responsible for the deaths of more than 2,500 people in the UK every year. “We are investigating Gordon’s exposure during his time working on the construction of Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and we hope that anyone who worked on the premises during 1966 and 1967 will come forward with further information.”

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  • 22/03/2017
    Family Appeals For Information Regarding Graphic Designer's Asbestos Death

    “Sadly the victims of asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma only develop their symptoms decades after the initial exposure to the deadly material. This can make it difficult for them to recall details of their employment or the conditions they faced. “We are keen to hear from anyone who may have information on the working conditions at Hazel Watson and Viney, particularly in relation to the presence of asbestos at the site. Any details could be vital in our effort to gain justice for Michael’s family.”

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  • 24/01/2017
    Fine For Handyman Who Removed Asbestos Boards

    “This is an alarming case of workers and potentially members of the public being exposed to asbestos. The dangers of even small exposures to asbestos dust have now been known for many years. Asbestos dust is deadly and for this reason the court takes breaches very seriously. “Despite the high levels of publicity around asbestos and the campaigns from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) promoting the need for tradespeople to be aware of these dangers, it is very concerning that this sort of incident continues to occur. “No one can be complacent about the risks from asbestos exposure. It is not a historic issue as many of our old buildings still contain this deadly material and even now, we are dealing with the legacy of low level asbestos exposure affecting teachers and doctors who are affected by the terminal condition mesothelioma. “We call upon the Government to have a clear management plan for asbestos and its removal in our public buildings to ensure that this and future generations are properly protected.”

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