Joanne Witherington



I am a solicitor specialising in dealing with adult brain injury, spinal injury and serious orthopaedic injury cases.

I work in the serious injury team in Sheffield and I manage a caseload of complex serious injury cases. I have experience in securing interim payments for the purpose of implementing care, case management and therapy packages for clients.

Charity, Community and Social Responsibility

I have offered support and assistance to numerous Headway groups across the country. Headway is a registered charity that works to improve the life of those who have suffered a brain injury, and their families.

I sit on a fundraising committee (Group of Champions) for the Sheffield based charity, Neurocare. The group specialises in raising funds to buy life saving equipment for use in the neuro theatres of Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital. Neurocare also fund research projects and specialist training so that people suffering from neurological conditions can receive the best care available.

Aspire is a national organisation which provides specially adapted houses for spinal cord injured people. I recently co-ordinated a team of Irwin Mitchell staff to put our DIY skills to the test and help set up a new Aspire property.

Cases of Note

  • I carried out extensive trial preparation work in relation to a young lady who suffered a spinal cord injury in a road traffic collision. She was left tetraplegic as a result. A substantial amount of work was required to show our client’s lifelong future needs and to prepare the case for trial. The case settled for over £12m. That amount included an annual sum to be paid to our client for her care and case management needs for the rest of her life.
  • The client suffered a severe brain injury and loss of sight as a result of a workplace accident. The case succeeded at a trial on liability for 100% of damages and a substantial settlement of a lump sum and periodical payments to pay for his care and case management package, as well as adapted accommodation.
  • I was part of a team that secured a settlement for an elderly man who was injured when an advertising hoarding struck him while walking home from work. This was a complex public liability case which later resulted in clinical negligence investigations having to be undertaken. We obtained interim funds for a private care package and to fund a house purchase. A significant settlement was achieved to fund our client's future care and case management needs for the rest of his life.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect of Your Role?

The most rewarding part of my role is seeing the progress clients make with their rehabilitation goals. Securing interim payments and using it to implement tailored and bespoke rehabilitation packages for clients as soon as possible is very important. It helps to maximise rehabilitation early on and to make life easier for clients when they need help the most.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

I enjoy being part of a hardworking, passionate and dedicated team.

What Do you Do Away From The Office?

In my spare time I enjoy reading, travelling and relaxing with friends and family.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 20/01/2016
    Review Of Leicestershire's Most Dangerous Roads Needed

    “These figures still show a high number of accidents and casualties on Leicestershire’s roads with junctions and roundabouts the most dangerous place for incidents to occur. “It is positive to hear that Leicestershire Country Council have acknowledged the importance of improving road safety and have already committed time and money to doing this; but these figures are a wake-up call and more needs to be done. “The council must prioritise working with road users and road safety organisations to understand why these accidents are so frequent and consider whether speed limits, new lights, lanes, cameras or a range of other measures are needed to tackle the problem. By revealing the most dangerous roads in the county they are acknowledging that improving safety is a priority in these places and everyone has a responsibility to ensure this happens. “We regularly witness the life changing impact that a road accident can cause which is why we’ve launched our #SaferJourneys campaign to reinforce how serious a lack of care or concentration can be. Those who do survive serious accidents often suffer life changing injuries and have to go through years of rehabilitation to try and rebuild their lives. “Pedestrians, cyclists and drivers must all play their part by taking extra care during the winter and staying off the roads if the weather conditions change for the worst and it’s no longer safe to be out there.”

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  • 12/12/2014
    Inquest Hears Father-Of-Three Died After Being Crushed By Steel Pillars

    This has been an incredibly difficult time for Michael’s family who have understandably been left devastated by their loss. “We are pleased with the outcome of the inquest and the conclusion reached by the jury. We hope that it goes some way to helping the family understand what happened on the day. “We will continue to work with the family as they come to terms with their loss and we will be investigating the accident further. We are also working with the family to secure funds needed for the future. “The family know nothing can ever bring Michael back but it is vital that health and safety is a priority for all businesses to prevent further incidents.”

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