Karen Codling

Associate Director


I lead the Special Damages Unit, a team of dedicated personnel who deal with the quantification of financial losses. The Special Damages Unit, a resource unique to Irwin Mitchell, has been developed in-house since 1990 and boasts 20 members with a broad array of accountancy qualifications and work experience. 

We’ve prepared schedules of loss for a number of high profile and boundary-breaking cases including the claimants Warren and Annable in Heil v Rankin, the June Hancock case, the Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease litigation, the Hatfield and Selby cases, the Ladbroke Grove Rail Disaster and the Cadbury's cases.

We produce schedules of loss on the basis of in-house procedures accounting for the latest case law and statistics. We’re continually updating our procedures and schedule templates to ensure that any changes in case law and statistics are reflected in all the schedules produced. 

In addition to this, the team provide compensation advice to case handlers and at conferences. We also deliver firmwide training to ensure full understanding of compensation sums, and to maximise recovery of damages for clients to enhance their quality of life.

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

LA Law! I am not a qualified solicitor so didn't choose to do this as a university degree, it is a career that has developed with me. I have always wanted to do whatever I can to help other people. 

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

When a personal injury claim reaches a conclusion, especially a catastrophic injury case, it is good to know that the work I have contributed to will make a positive impact on the remainder of the client's life. 

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

Being in a position that gives me the opportunity to help others, not just our clients but the local community through charity work and fund raising.   

I am heavily involved in the firm’s charity and corporate social responsibility activity. I work closely with Business in the Community to coordinate a number of initiatives between the firm and a local secondary school. Activities which we have been involved with include maths workshops (with members of my team), a reading partners initiative, careers aspiration presentations and CV/interview workshops as well as helping with a Dragon’s Den style review of business ideas in a national competition.

I have also co-ordinated initiatives for staff well-being and health with Activity Sheffield, including free health checks and pilates sessions.

I head up the Sheffield Children’s Group, as well as taking the Community role in the Social Responsibility Group in Sheffield.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

In my spare time I am the family taxi! Taking and collecting my two daughters from numerous activities. I love cooking, going to the gym, reading and gardening.

I founded Sheffield Smashers Boccia club in 2011 in partnership with Activity Sheffield. The club is now one of the largest in the country and has affiliation to Boccia England.

In 2014, I also founded the RideforEric event after the death of my husband Eric. The ride was so successful that we decided to set up a trust, the aim being to fund a bereavement service and to promote safe cycling.

I have been on the board of Cavendish Cancer Care for over six years providing support to people living with a cancer diagnosis.

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  • 22/03/2017
    Sheffield Pupils Help Elderly Community Celebrate Mother’s Day

    We recognised the pupils had something to offer and the elderly in the community were in need of social engagement and saw the opportunity to facilitate the relationship between the two. Both the pupils and the elderly have loved meeting up and getting to know each other and we hope it’s something we can continue to build on in the future. We’re also offering members of the Forum advice on issues which affect the elderly, such as Wills, social care and Lasting Power of Attorney.

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  • 07/03/2017
    Irwin Mitchell Hosts Launch Of Competition To Help Sheffield Students ‘Speak Out’

    The objective of the competition is to support a group of students and help them develop new and valuable skills, while introducing them to positive role models from the world of higher education and the business community. Many young people don’t get the support they need in learning about the employment opportunities that will be available to them after school or have the chance to develop the necessary skills and mind sets they’ll need to access them. We hope that by teaming up with academics, BITC and fellow businesses we can help schools better prepare their pupils’ for employment which will not only help them as individuals but also provide a boost to Sheffield’s future skills pool and economy.

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  • 27/02/2017
    Chaucer School Pupils Benefit From ‘Right To Read’ And ‘Number Partners’ Scheme

    It has been incredible to see the improvement in the reading and mathematics skills of the children, all of those taking part in the scheme improving their reading ages by two to three years. From a business point of view the number of our staff volunteering to take part in the scheme and help the children continues to grow, all of them reporting back about just how much they enjoy taking part and helping in the development of the students.

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  • 21/09/2015
    Yorkshire Law Firm Starts Up Boccia Club In Leeds

    “At Irwin Mitchell, we work extremely hard to support disabled people who want to be involved in sport and we are delighted to be able to offer full support to the new Boccia club here in Leeds, motivating and inspiring young people. “My colleagues and I have been working together with many contacts including Boccia England and West Yorkshire Sport on our disability sports initiative. “It is great to see the inclusive sport of Boccia being recognised and participated in and we are proud to be able to help people embrace sport and look to the future after they have suffered serious injury or disability.”

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