Sarah Wealleans



I am a Solicitor based in the Cambridge office of Irwin Mitchell, having qualified in 2010 and joined Irwin Mitchell in 2015. 

I deal with all areas of medical negligence claims including:

  • Delay in diagnosis of cancer
  • Brain injuries including birth injuries
  • Maternal injuries during childbirth
  • Failures in relation to fertility treatment
  • Delay in diagnosis of bacterial infections causing significant injury
  • Amputations
  • Delayed diagnosis and prevention failures in relation to strokes
  • Avoidable deaths including stillbirth and neonatal deaths
  • Surgical errors

I have a particular interest in claims relating to maternal injuries sustained during childbirth and mismanagement of IVF treatment, as well maximum severity claims arising from injuries to children during childbirth.  Since qualifying I have also developed a niche specialism in the fast developing area of bariatric (weight loss) treatment.

I run my own caseload of complex cases with a medium to high value as well as assisting Guy Forster, Partner and Head of the Medical Negligence team in Cambridge with his most complex and high value cases.

In addition to the above I also deal with medical negligence claims for military personnel. The military aspect adds additional intricacies that need to be dealt with and identified from the outset.    I am supported in my role by Irwin Mitchell’s military law team, who are leaders in the field.

I also work with consultants at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge on a series of study days targeted specifically to the East of England network and but also the national network, which aim to increase patient safety and awareness amongst clinicians of the impact errors in care can have.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?

I am driven by a genuine passion in this area of law.  I find the work extremely rewarding and in particular sharing a client’s journey through what is often a very difficult time when something has gone wrong and seeing the life-changing difference awards of compensation can make to their lives.  Satisfaction and justice can be obtained through compensation but also through obtaining answers, a simple apology or the knowledge that the situation may be prevented from occurring again.

What do you like about working at Irwin Mitchell?

My genuine interest and love of this area of the law drew me to work for Irwin Mitchell after 6 years of qualification because of the reputation Irwin Mitchell has as a leading firm in the area of medical negligence.    Knowing that due to our wealth of expertise Irwin Mitchell is able to provide a first class service to clients throughout the client’s journey, not just in terms of the litigation itself but in relation to rehabilitation, financial/investment advice, court of protection input, assistance with education and other local authority provisions, to name a few.

What do you do away from the office?

Walking my dog in the beautiful Essex countryside, spoiling my nephew (as any Aunty would) and enjoying a rare opportunity to curl up with a good book and a cup of coffee!


“Experienced, knowledgeable and fantastic with clients” - Legal 500, 2017

Sarah is an 'Associate to Watch' and a 'rising star' in the field. She is noted for being "really good with clients, very organised, bright and sensible." - Chambers & Partners 2016

Recommended in the South East Region in the field of Clinical Negligence - Claimant. -  Legal 500 2015

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