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

  • 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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  • 07/04/2017
    Huddersfield Maintenance Man Seeks Answers Following Cancer Diagnosis

    “We need help from Brian’s former colleagues. We believe that he was exposed to asbestos during the course of his employment with Edwin Field & Sons Limited but we need more information to support his account. “Mesothelioma is a debilitating and fatal disease. What is worse is that it is caused by exposure to asbestos and that from around the 1950s onwards the majority of employers knew about the associated risks of asbestos but sadly some did not take necessary preventative actions to protect their employees against the risks of asbestos.”

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  • 21/03/2017
    Painter and Decorator's Family Appeals For Help From Former Colleagues Following Mesothelioma Death

    “Mesothelioma is incurable and the debilitating symptoms can only be treated temporarily. The effects of working with asbestos didn’t occur until decades later and Peter’s family have suffered terribly simply because he wasn’t adequately protected at work. “We believe that Peter 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 and during which employment. “We are urging any of Peter’s former colleagues to come forward to help us with the investigation with any information about the working conditions and his employment at Fred Bean Limited, A Bagnall & Sons Limited, Pickles Ayland, JD Tighe, Modernisation Limited and Raikes Construction Limited. “Despite it being known that Peter’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 reports that could quickly prove whether or not exposure to asbestos may have occurred."

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  • 21/12/2016
    Family of Retired Teacher Calls On Former Colleagues For Help After Inquest concludes death due to Industrial Disease

    “Mesothelioma is an aggressive and incurable cancer which has a significant impact on the lifestyle of those affected by it in their final months. “The disease is usually associated with heavy industry, but we are seeing a growing number of school teachers being diagnosed with the disease due to the amount of public buildings such as schools that contained asbestos when built many years ago. Often the harmful asbestos is disturbed when these buildings are re-furbished. “Steven’s widow June and his family have understandably been left devastated by his diagnosis and death want answers as to why and how he was exposed to asbestos.”

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