Stuart Henderson



I am the Managing Partner for the Personal Injury division and executive board member on the Personal Legal Services Division.

I am a personal injury lawyer and I have been acting for clients who have suffered major injury for over 30 years. I have acted for many clients who have suffered brain and spinal cord injury and now work with a large team of lawyers who specialise in acting for clients who have suffered major injury and working as a team on all cases are highly skilled in accessing the very best rehabilitation and support to help rebuild their lives and in achieving the best outcome for any damages claim.

I am also the Regional Managing Partner in the Birmingham office and I am the Lead Partner for the personal injury teams here who are regularly acclaimed in independent guides as the best personal injury lawyers in the Midlands.


"Brilliant with clients and an exceptionally good litigator." - Chambers & Partners 2017

Described as "glorious" and sources note his "very good reputation." - Chambers & Partners 2014

"A very talented businessman and a great catastrophic injury lawyer in his own right." - Chambers & Partners 2013

"Very capable and experienced" - Legal 500, 2012

"A top class litigator" with "enormous breadth of knowledge." - Chambers & Partners 2012

"Stuart Henderson’s seven-partner team delivers a service that clients can rely on every time.” - Legal 500, 2011

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

I became a personal injury lawyer because I was interested in law and medicine and had a desire to fight for justice for ordinary people who would often be taking on major companies or institutions in their legal battles.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

I have achieved successful outcomes in numerous cases involving major brain and spinal cord injury leading to multi million pound awards of damages that have made an enormous difference to the quality of life of my clients and their families.

In particular I have worked with my colleagues to pursue legal arguments to increase the level of damages awarded to those with major injury. Some of the cases in which I have acted have set record awards of damages in their time, for example Christine Leung's case (£3.4m in 1994 which doubled the record award at that time) and Faisal Luhar (£5.1m in 2000) and I continue to work to obtain the very best award of damages for all of my clients.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

Our people and the energy and enthusiasm we commit to everything we do. I particularly admire the strength and fearlessness of our lawyers in securing the very best for our clients.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

I enjoy relaxing with my family. I have four children and enjoy their company greatly. I am also interested in all the arts and sports (apart from football!) and always ensure I find time to listen to live music, theatre and to visit galleries. I have a particular interest in British art from the 1950s and relax with my collection of acoustic guitars.

Cases I've Been Involved With

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 30/03/2017
    Car Crash Victim To Take Part In Superhero Triathlon As Part Of Irwin Mitchell Team

    “Physical activity can play a huge part in helping to rehabilitate people who have suffered serious injury. Through the work of our ‘Don’t Quit, Do It’ campaign, we want to highlight those benefits and encourage more people involved in disability sports. “Ed is a great example of what people who have been involved in a serious accident can achieve despite suffering life-changing injuries. We’re proud that we have been able to play a part in his rehabilitation and we’re proud to support the Superhero Series. “We are thrilled to have both Hannah and Edward on our team and we look forward to announcing more of our everyday superheroes in the near future.”

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  • 30/03/2017
    MoJ Announces Discount Rate Consultation

    “Whilst we regret the period of uncertainty that this further consultation will bring we do recognise the desire to create a methodology that provides for regular review ensuring that market changes are properly reflected. “We will consider the consultation document carefully and respond in due course, whilst reflecting on the fact that Government has already consulted on the underlying principles behind the setting of the discount rate in 2012 and 2013 and took no steps to change the present approach as a result. It is worth reminding ourselves that the reason that the change in rate was so significant was because the revision was long overdue. “In the meantime, the law is that the discount rate is -0.75% and the MOJ should reinforce that and create a period of absolute certainty until a final outcome is achieved to the current review process. They should also publicly challenge those insurers who are using every possible tactic to delay the resolution of cases in the hope of a better outcome on the discount rate following the consultation. The Judiciary need to be aware of what is happening and be prepared to intervene to push cases forward and apply the current law. Present delays and tactical moves by some insurers are damaging to seriously injured individuals, disruptive to the administration of justice and highly likely to add to costs in the legal process. “During the consultation period the MOJ and the Treasury should fully take into account the interests of seriously injured people often with lifelong needs and in our view endorse the approach of the House of Lords and of previous reviews in maintaining a risk free rate. A discount rate should be set to ensure compensation is adequate and not to satisfy shareholders or displace costs from the private to the public sector.”

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  • 14/03/2016
    Life Changing Product Hits High Street Thanks To Prize Fund

    "It’s fantastic to see how much Simon has achieved since winning the Design For Life competition. “We work very closely with people with a range of disabilities which affect the strength and mobility in their hands and it is great to see that this product is helping them gain more independence. “We can’t wait to see what he does next with Nimble and wish him all the best as he continues to develop the product.”

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  • 17/02/2016
    North East Sports Clubs Involved In Inspirational Disability Sports Campaign

    “We’ve seen first-hand the benefits that disability sport can have both physically in their rehabilitation and in boosting the morale of people who may be struggling to come to terms with their injuries. “Don’t Quit, Do it, is about encouraging and inspiring people get involved in disability sport and to show that there is help and support out there for people who need it. This year is a massive year of sport with the European Championships and both the Olympics and Paralympics in Rio. “Our research shows that specialist rehabilitation following serious injuries can have a massive positive effect on those involved, helping them to become more independent and often significantly reducing the burden on the NHS and benefits systems.”

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