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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

  • 10/07/2017
    'Humiliated' Couple Call On Lawyers For Help After Illness Ruins Luxury Cruise

    “It has been very worrying to hear the first-hand account of what our clients faced during their stay on board the Ventura and, following their instruction, we are determined to help them gain answers regarding what they faced. “The case is also a clear reminder of the huge consequences that gastric illnesses can have on those affected, often leading them to suffer long-term issues which in some cases they never fully recover from. “Everything possible should always be done to protect cruise ship passengers from the risk of illness.”

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  • 20/06/2017
    Couple's Five-Star Egypt Holiday Ruined By Illness

    “We are concerned by the first-hand account of what our clients faced during what was meant to be a special holiday for them both. “A case of this nature demonstrates how serious gastric illness can be, with Oliver still suffering from the same symptoms weeks after returning home. “We have now commenced our own investigations into the holiday illness and are keen to determine what can be done to ensure that they gain answers as to what caused Oliver to fall ill. As part of our investigation we would be keen to hear from anyone else who was affected or witness the problems at the Steigenberger Aqua Magic resort in Egypt.”

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  • 09/03/2017
    Leicester Man Seeks Answers After 'Last-Ever Long-Haul Holiday' Is Ruined By Illness

    “Illnesses of this nature can have a huge impact on the health of victims of all ages, but often both children and elderly people are hit the hardest. “We are very concerned by the first-hand account we have heard regarding the problems on this ship and have now started to make our own enquiries into what happened. “As part of our work, we would be keen to hear from anyone else who may have information or been affected by illness problems on board the TUI Discovery cruise in question.”

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  • 28/02/2017
    Couple Call On Lawyers After 'Triple Celebration' At Cape Verde Resort Is Ruined By Illness

    “We are very concerned by the first-hand accounts we have heard regarding our clients’ stay at the Riu Touareg and have now begun making our own enquiries in relation to the problems. “The impact of gastric illness should never be underestimated, as the problems can leave victims with symptoms from which they never fully recover. “We are now determined to help our clients gain answers regarding the issues they faced and, as part of our investigations, we would be keen to hear from anyone else affected by similar issues at the resort.”

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