Sara Burns



I am one of the Partners in our very successful Medical Negligence team in the Birmingham office. I have extensive experience of a wide variety of claims and have specialised in this area of work since 1996.

I head one of the leading Medical Negligence teams in the country and am fortunate to work with a group of people who are committed to bringing claims on behalf of injured people and getting the very best result for them.

This is an area of work that is challenging not only because of the medical complexities of a case, but the emotional impact this will have had on the injured person and their family. 

At Irwin Mitchell we have the range and depth of experience not only to deal with these types of cases but also the resources to help clients with the more wide-ranging impact of their claim.


"Extremely knowledgeable, client-oriented and efficient." - Chambers & Partners 2017

“Level-headed, and good with clients.” - Chambers & Partners 2016

"Experienced in obstetric and wrongful birth cases." - Legal 500 2013

"Sara Burns does fantastic work, attracts a lot of loyalty, and is really on top of things." - Legal 500 2011

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

I met some inspiring characters when I was away travelling before I went to university and this gave me the goal to work towards getting into the law. I wanted to do something that was both challenging and rewarding, and I work in an area of the law that incorporates both.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

Simply enabling people to find out what really happened to them or their family, to take them through what is often a complex and lengthy legal process and to allow them to get on with their lives.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

We are prepared to take on the difficult, challenging cases and have the facilities and support systems in place to get great results for clients.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

I provide a regular taxi service for my three children, am an excellent juggler, can produce a meal out of very little in the fridge and when I get the chance love to see a play, a film, read a book or just enjoy a gin and tonic.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 04/10/2016
    NHS Trust Admits Liability After Woman Suffers Severe Perineal Tear During Childbirth

    “Debbie is a young woman who was looking forward to the birth of her first child but sadly, because of the injuries she suffered, she was unable to enjoy those first precious weeks with her son as she would have wished. She has also been left with lifelong complications for the injuries she suffered during Kaiden’s birth. “With better care at the time of the birth these problems could have been avoided and Debbie would not be facing the problems she has for the last six years and is likely to face for the rest of her life. “The NHS Trust has now admitted liability for the injuries Debbie suffered and we are now working to reach a settlement that will help fund the care and assistance Debbie will need in the future and for the pain and suffering she has endured. “Patient safety needs to be the number one priority and we hope that the Trust has reviewed what happened in this case to learn important lessons for the future.”

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  • 26/08/2016
    NHS Cuts 'Planned Across England' In Funding Crisis

    “Patients will be let down by the NHS’s drastic and sudden attempt to save money and become more efficient. These plans were likely to come after the ex-Chancellors budget announcement of saving £22 billion, but have been very much under wraps and hidden from public scrutiny, and even now, not all plans have been revealed. “These closures will let patients down and may leave some not being able to access local emergency care at a time when they vitally need it. The merging of services and closures will force patients to attend other hospitals, most likely further from their homes, which will put a further strain on these hospital resources and will delay patient’s receiving the care they need. In the case of Stafford Hospital – parents will have to take their children to hospitals such as Stoke on Trent and Wolverhampton. “Sadly we see a number of cases where any delay in the treatment of time critical illnesses such as meningitis can make a significant difference to the outcome. NHS England needs to be clear and consistent with their budget planning and must ensure patient care is a priority.”

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  • 11/04/2016
    Woman Suffered Cardiac Arrest After NHS Direct Call-Handler Failed To Dispatch Ambulance

    “The public relies on the expertise of those operating the NHS 111 service to ensure they get the correct advice or treatment. In this case, Ann did not receive either the right diagnosis or the correct response until it was too late. “It is a source of great distress to Ann’s husband Brian that he will never know if she could have been saved had she already been at New Cross Hospital when she went into cardiac arrest. “He now hopes that lessons have been learned from Ann’s death so that no other family has to suffer a loss in the same way.”

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  • 15/01/2016
    Medical Negligence Lawyers Back New Calls For Better Protection For Victims Of Negligence

    Most of our clients have been through years of uncertainty and now face a further wait for justice. These were vulnerable patients diagnosed with breast cancer who placed their trust in someone they believed was an expert and underwent major surgery. “Many of the NHS patients affected by these issues have now received compensation, but it is the private sector patients that still face unanswered questions and the inability to bring this matter to a close. “We have campaigned for similar legislation in the past and we hope that this latest petition will encourage MPs to take the necessary steps to ensure the safety of patients, as well as providing them with the ability to access funds that many need to access the help and support required after such a terrible ordeal, as well as any further procedures required to help them recover.

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