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Nicola Handley



I joined Irwin Mitchell in 2005 and qualified as a solicitor in 2015, having worked as a legal executive prior to qualification. 

I presently work in the Asbestos team in Leeds, specialising in cases involving people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. I've successfully settled many claims and secured compensation for individuals.  

I'm an approachable and caring person, which is important when dealing with claims of this nature.  

I also work with local support groups and charities to raise awareness of asbestos-related diseases and funds for research. 

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

I have always wanted to be a lawyer as I enjoy helping people and want to ensure justice for others. Both of my parents worked in the health care profession and I'm pleased that I've been able to combine the empathy and care that I saw as a child with my knowledge of the law. 

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

The most rewarding aspect of my role is ensuring that clients can provide for their families and loved ones at a very difficult time of their lives.  

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

I have worked at Irwin Mitchell for 10 years. They have ensured that I have developed professionally by supporting me in various ways educationally. I believe in the firm being more than just lawyers but providing an essential service to clients for all their needs at difficult times of their lives.

What Do You Do Away From The Office? 

I enjoy reading, cooking and travelling. I also enjoy spending time with my two children and family.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 25/07/2017
    Engineer’s Family Appeals To His Former Colleagues For Help Following Mesothelioma Death

    “We believe John was substantially exposed to asbestos while working in the conditions he described before his death. “An inquest was held in February this year and it was noted that there was medical evidence that John had substantial exposure to asbestos and a verdict of death due to Industrial Disease was recorded. “We are therefore seeking to find answers for his family now in order to help them understand precisely how his exposure to asbestos arose and during which employment. “We are urging any of John’s former colleagues to come forward to help us with the investigation with any information about the working conditions and his employment at Hepworth & Grandage and the GPO. Any knowledge that individuals have in relation to manufacturers of portakabins that were located in Otley during the relevant period would also be welcome.”

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  • 20/07/2017
    Settlement For Former Stone Mason Who Developed Silica Related Disease

    “Silicosis is a serious illness which can be very distressing for victims like Chris and their families. Silicosis is incurable and it can often develop to leave victims unable to carry out many day to day tasks and also have fatal consequences. “Chris wasn’t given any adequate protective equipment or warned about the dangers of working with silica during his career. It is awful that he is now ill simply because he went to work every day. “We are delighted to have secured this settlement, after issuing court proceedings, to ensure security and stability for Christopher and his family.”

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  • 15/06/2017
    Widow Of Former Boiler Engineer Who Died From Asbestos-Related Cancer Takes Legal Action Against Ex-Employers

    “Mesothelioma is an extremely aggressive, unforgiving, and sadly terminal cancer caused by asbestos exposure decades before symptoms develop. “All too often we see a case like this where workers spent time working in environments where they were exposed to asbestos dust and were not made aware, by their employers, of the dangers of asbestos dust. “Brian’s death has understandably devastated his family and we are determined to help get justice for them and for him. We are appealing to any of Brian’s former colleagues who worked with him at the Boiler Operation & Management Company later known as Industrial Energy Services to contact us in order to discuss the working condition that he would have been required to endure.”

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  • 13/04/2017
    Cleaning Supervisor Appeals For Help Following Asbestos-Related Cancer Diagnosis

    “We believe that June was exposed to asbestos whilst working for Industrial Contract Cleaners. “We are seeking to find answers for June in order to help her understand precisely how her exposure to asbestos arose. June has provided a written statement dealing with where she worked whilst employed at Industrial Cleaning Contractors but we need information in relation to how she was exposed to asbestos. “The dangers and risks from exposure to asbestos dust were known widely by companies from at least the 1950’s. However, all too often we see workers and their families who have been left devastated decades later because they were not given the correct safety equipment to protect them from exposure.”

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