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

  • 01/07/2016
    Former Hull Royal Hotel Worker Appeals For Help After Mesothelioma Diagnosis

    “Mesothelioma is an aggressive and incurable cancer which causes so much distress for victims like Philip. Through our work we represent a large number of people who develop mesothelioma after exposure to asbestos decades ago. “That’s why Action Mesothelioma Day is so important as it is vital people are aware of this disease and the impact it has on those unfortunate enough to have their lives affected by it. “Many individuals were not made aware of the dangers of working in the vicinity of asbestos lagging that was in a poor state of repair and working in the vicinity of those carrying out constructions works that would involve the removal of asbestos materials. “Sadly employers did not do enough to manage the risk of asbestos exposure even as late as in the 1980s when extensive legislation had already been passed. We are now appealing to any of Philip’s former colleagues who worked at the hotel to come forward and provide us with information in respect of his working conditions.”

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  • 27/04/2016
    Former Shipping Engineer Seeks Investigation Into Asbestos-Related Cancer

    “Mesothelioma is an aggressive and incurable cancer, which causes so much distress for victims like Brian who spent a long career in the Navy and also working for industries where asbestos exposure may have arose. “Sadly employers did not do enough to manage the risk of the asbestos exposure even as late as in the 1980s when extensive legislation had already been passed. “We are now appealing to any of Brian’s former colleagues who worked with him particularly at Boiler Operation & Management Company or other engineers who spent time in the Merchant Navy working on ships owned by British Dredging (Sand & Gravel) Ltd, or Boston Offshore Maintenance Ltd to contact us in order to discuss the working conditions that Mr Jackson would have been required to endure. Brian worked alongside other colleagues most of the time, except for when on call. “Brian, his wife and family are very shocked by the diagnosis as he was fit and well prior to this condition. They are now trying to ensure that he has all the care and support that he needs as his condition progresses.”

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  • 02/12/2015
    Justice Secured For Former Engineer’s Family After Asbestos Death

    “Despite much of John’s work often being in confined spaces he was never warned about the dangers of asbestos or given a facemask to protect him from the dust generated. “Nothing can bring John back but hopefully the settlement will give the family some sense of justice and provide them with the security he would have provided had he not become ill. “Sadly, although the effects of exposure to the material were well known, many employers did not do enough to protect their workers and the victims and their families are paying the price years later. “We are pleased to have also been able to recover the costs of his care at Marie Curie Hospice in Bradford. The hospice relies on charity donations to meet more than 75 per cent of its costs so the funds we were able to recover for the care John received in his four months are crucial.”

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  • 26/11/2015
    Joiner’s Family Appeals For Help From Former Colleagues Following Mesothelioma Death

    “We believe that Ted was substantially exposed to asbestos while working in the conditions he described before his death. “We are therefore seeking to find answers for his family now in order to help them understand precisely how his exposure to asbestos arose. We are urging any of Ted’s former colleagues to come forward to help us with the investigation with any information about the working conditions and his employment at Turriff Construction in the 1960’s and Wakefield and Leeds Council in the 1970’s and 1980’s. “Despite it being known that Ted’s illness was related to asbestos exposure we are still required to provide the necessary evidence ourselves in order to resolve the case. This is despite the fact that some companies often have documentation within their own possession, such as plans and health and safety reports that could quickly prove whether or not exposure to asbestos may have occurred. “Mesothelioma is incurable and the debilitating symptoms can only be treated temporarily. The effects of working with asbestos don’t occur until decades later, and Ted’s family have suffered terribly, simply because he wasn’t adequately protected at work.”

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