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

  • 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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  • 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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