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Fran Mayes



I am a Partner at Irwin Mitchell's Newcastle office and Middlesbrough consulting office. I'm the Regional Managing Partner for Personal Injury and also lead the Serious Injury team.

I specialise in pursuing claims following serious brain and spinal cord injury and have achieved many multi-million pound awards on behalf of my clients.

I'm recognised for my experience and specialism by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) - I'm an APIL Fellow and an Accredited Brain Injury Specialist.


Ranked as a leading individual in Chambers and Partners 2017 (Newcastle and surrounds) for Claimant Personal Injury - "Fran Mayes is described by market commentators as a "very resourceful" lawyer who is "committed to cases"

Ranked in Tier 1 in Legal 500 2017 - "Irwin Mitchell's practice is led by the "very experienced, determined and resourceful" Fran Mayes who is "totally committed to client's cases".

Fran Mayes is "totally committed to clients' cases" - ​Legal 500 2016

Fran Mayes has "excellent client skills and forms strong lay/professional relationships", according to peers. - Chambers & Partners 2016

Fran Mayes has "a huge amount of empathy for her clients" and is "very committed and capable" - Chambers & Partners 2015

Fran Mayes is "very client focused and energetic in her pursuit of the best outcomes for clients." - Legal 500 2013

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

A member of my family worked with the Citizens Advice Bureau for many years. While I was at school I used to visit for work experience in my holidays and found their work very interesting and tremendously worthwhile.  I decided while I was still at school that I wanted to be a lawyer and I am sure this early experience helped to mould my desire to help people in my future career.

While I was at Sheffield University studying law I met some representatives from Irwin Mitchell who really impressed me by their enthusiasm and commitment to their work. They seemed like a pretty fun group of people too!

From an early stage I identified personal injury as the area I wanted to specialise in. The mixture of medicine and the law has always interested me and I enjoy working with people to bring about the best result for my clients. 

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

It is incredibly rewarding to be able to help people to arrange good quality care and rehabilitation and to watch their condition and quality of life improve as a result.

It is lovely to catch up with people I have helped in the past and very rewarding to hear how they move on with their lives after their compensation claims come to an end.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

I really enjoy working with an enthusiastic and talented group of colleagues who share in a common goal of helping people following injury.  

I am fortunate to have access to a network of solicitors at Irwin Mitchell specialising in other areas of law such as family, conveyancing, court of protection, wills, probate, employment and public law who I can call on for advice and support for my clients.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 19/05/2017
    Mother of Toddler Who Suffered Spinal Injuries in Car Crash Speaks of Relief As Driver Is Sentenced

    “This little girl and her family have shown amazing bravery, they have been inspirational. She is making fantastic progress, but will now have lifelong needs for support and rehabilitation. “We continue to work with the family to secure a settlement to fund her ongoing recovery and any additional support she needs as she adjusts to life with her disability.”

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  • 26/04/2017
    Newcastle Law Firm's Serious Injury Team Successfully Recovers Over £45m For Injured Clients

    “The PI team works closely with other teams such as Court of Protection and Public Law to ensure that whilst their case is ongoing and even after legal action has concluded they are supported throughout their recovery. “The damages we recover for our clients enable them to have access to the necessary treatment and rehabilitation programmes for the rest of their lives. These people would rather they hadn’t suffered serious injuries but it’s our job to help them get the best possible outcome so that they can live as independently as possible and get the help and support they need to recover. “Our Court of Protection team has extensive specialist knowledge and resources to assist clients who lack the requisite capacity to manage their own property and affairs such as those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s, or brain injuries caused through medical negligence or severe head injuries in accidents or assaults.”

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  • 22/03/2017
    Father Of 29-Year-Old Left Paralysed Following Crash Speaks Of Relief After Dangerous Driver Jailed

    “This incident highlights the tragic and devastating consequences a lack of concentration and attention behind the wheel can have. “Due to the actions of one man, a young father has been permanently and very seriously injured and will need significant rehabilitation to regain some form of independence. We will continue working with Alex and his family to help him secure the necessary funds to help to maximise his long term recovery.”

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  • 20/03/2017
    Irwin Mitchell Shortlisted Five-Times At Northern Law Awards

    “I am delighted that the team here in Newcastle has been recognised with such a high-number of nominations at this year’s Northern Law Awards. “The whole Irwin Mitchell team in Newcastle has continued to work hard over the last twelve months and these nominations are testament to that. “I think I speak on behalf of all the team when I say part of the reason for our success comes down to the fact we are all so passionate about what we do. It’s not just passion for law and justice but it’s the amazing clients and people we work with and for. “We are excited to be attending the awards and hope the evening will turn out to be a successful one.”

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