Nichola Blackburn

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I am a senior paralegal specialising in international travel litigation, with experience in group litigation. I manage a team in the Birmingham office which handles group actions against UK-based tour operators, or single party actions against defendants in foreign countries. 

I have expertise and experience in dealing with the following: 

  • General gastric illness
  • Salmonella
  • Giardia
  • Campylobacter
  • Cryptosporidium

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

I wanted to help people secure justice. 

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

The most rewarding aspect of my role is when you help your client get settlement and closure following their illness.  

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

The diverse nature of our firm and people.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 05/05/2016
    Legal Action Taken Against First Choice After 'Nightmare' Holiday Left Child On An IV Drip

    “It is very worrying to learn of Lily’s illness and of the problems the family encountered at the Holiday Village in Sarigerme. “Gastric illnesses can be particularly dangerous for vulnerable people, such as young children, and it is extremely worrying that Lily became so ill she required hospital treatment in Turkey. These conditions can cause long-lasting health problems for those unfortunate to suffer from it. “First Choice has admitted liability subject to causation of illness. Settlement has been reached for Mr Williams but unfortunately not for Nikki and Lily and therefore we have now forwarded papers to Court for legal proceedings to be issued against First Choice.”

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  • 04/04/2016
    Woman On Cruise To Celebrate Retirement Takes Legal Action After Being Struck Down With Pneumonia

    “This was supposed to be a special trip to celebrate a well-deserved retirement. But Bernadette and Stephen’s experience was miserable due to the problems they endured. “It is extremely concerning to hear of the couples illness suffered whilst on board the Thomson Celebration cruise. What was supposed to be an idyllic relaxing cruise resulted in Bernadette being hospitalised, with pneumonia and Stephen suffering from a chest infection. “We have launched an investigation into what caused their illness and hope they get answers about how they came to fall ill.”

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  • 18/03/2016
    Family Receive Five-Figure Settlement After Holiday Ruined by Gastric Illness

    Licia and her family were expecting a luxurious and relaxing break in Mexico, but they endured a terrible experience and as well as having to move to three different hotels, three of them developed horrendous symptoms. “We have seen through our work with thousands of holiday illness victims that gastric problems can have sometimes have serious consequences for victims, such as Licia, Joshua and Michael. All three of them continued to suffer from the horrible symptoms on their return to the UK and Licia and Joshua lost a significant amount of weight due to the problems they endured. The family are extremely relieved that they have received a settlement from the tour operator. We hope that our clients can now start to move on with their lives and put this experience behind them”

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  • 11/02/2016
    Couple Receives Five Figure Settlement After Egyptian Honeymoon ‘Ruined’ By Gastric Illness

    “This couple suffered terrible symptoms while staying at the Sierra Resort, including stomach cramps, diarrhoea and vomiting, on what was supposed to be a relaxing and luxurious holiday. “Guy and Denise are extremely relieved that they have now received a settlement from the tour operator, which they placed their trust in when booking this holiday. Now that settlement has been reached, we hope that our clients can now start to move on with their lives and put this experience behind them."

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