I joined Irwin Mitchell in January 2006. I was one of the first members of staff in our Manchester office, joining the firm to set up our Asbestos Litigation department in the North West.
I trained as a barrister and was called to the bar in 1995, later qualifying as a solicitor in 1998 with a niche practice. I have 10 years' specialist experience of representing victims of asbestos disease, and acted for a lead claimant in the important mesothelioma test case, Fairchild & others, successful at appeal in the House of Lords.
"The knowledge that Gerry has of this subject is extensive, she is obviously at the top of her game from a professional point of view and her manner is so caring and compassionate. Whilst taking my statement Gerry went out of her way to put my wife and I at ease. Throughout the whole process Gerry has provided us with so much help and support, not just from a legal aspect , but medical also as she has such a wide knowledge of her subject. I could not speak highly enough of Gerry and the team at Irwin Mitchell, they are easy to talk to, always prompt to reply to any queries and in my opinion have provided a world class service to my family and I." LD, 5* Trustpilot review
"My solicitor, Gerry Coombs, is highly knowledgeable in her field and provided me with a personal, caring and compassionate service. She skilfully and carefully steered me through the whole claims process, explaining all legal aspects of my case in a clear and uncomplicated manner. All our meetings were positive, helpful and never rushed. Importantly, Gerry introduced me to an extremely experienced and skilled barrister who helped to shape and argue the claim; together, they made a formidable team."
JC, 5* Trustpilot review
"I found her to be extremely professional in every way, her knowledge of asbestos related claims were second to none. Geraldine kept me in touch with all aspects of the case by phone email at least once a month or more if needed. Geraldine answered all my questions in a way that I understood – nothing was too much trouble for her. I did have the pleasure of meeting her when I made a trip to England in 2016 to see family and friends. She worked tirelessly for me for 4 years and I could not be happier with the outcome. I would not hesitate in recommending Geraldine and her team." – Christine Bates, 5* Trustpilot review
"Professional service, would recommend." – Barry Gooch, 5* Trustpilot review
"Works hard to get the best results for her clients in a firm and conciliatory way" – Legal 500, 2018/19
"Geraldine Coombs has a long-standing reputation as an expert in asbestos-related industrial disease matters" – Chambers & Partners, 2015
Noted for her handling of complex cases – Chambers & Partners, 2014
"Personable and dedicated." – Chambers & Partners, 2012