I'm a Senior Associate within our Workplace Injury team specialising in claims for asbestos related disease. Having specialised in asbestos claims for over 18 years, I work closely with asbestos support groups, union representatives and Mesothelioma UK to deliver a first-class service to sufferers and their families.
My aim is to provide clients and their families with the best possible service, through both the legal claim, and linking in to other specialist support services, to ensure that sufferers get the best treatment and advice available.
I am also an APIL accredited asbestos claims specialist.
What inspired you to get into law?
I didn’t know I wanted to be a Solicitor until I was ready to leave University and thinking about what to do next in my life. I studied English Literature, and developed skills in close reading and analysis of documents, together with the ability to write a decent letter - both essential skills for anyone working in law!
When I looked into law as a career, I quickly realised that I wanted to work with people; I am fascinated by people’s life stories and all the amazing tales they can tell. I was lucky enough to spend a good deal of my training working in an industrial disease department, and immediately loved working in the fast-changing and high profile world of asbestos litigation.
Several years later, I still love talking to people, and being able to use my skills to help them.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?
Undoubtedly, getting to meet such a variety of people from all walks of life. I find getting to know my clients, what drives them, what worries them and what I can do to help them the most rewarding part of my job by far.
I'm constantly in awe of the dignity and self-restraint shown by my clients and their families in the face of often devastating news, and their resolve drives me on to do my best work on their behalf.
What do you like about working at Irwin Mitchell?
At Irwin Mitchell, the whole team wants the very best for their clients. It isn’t just my job to provide a legal service; my work can link in to a variety of other services, support groups and charities to make sure that my clients’ needs are met and exceeded. With Irwin Mitchell, you're much more than ’just’ a client; we deal with the whole person, and not just their legal issue.
I also love the fact that our support doesn’t stop with our client. We also put in the extra effort to fund raise for charities, attend medical conferences to make sure our knowledge is up to date, and a whole host of other activities, that ensures our service is the best, most holistic service that it can be.
What do you do away from the office?
I am married, and have three children, Harry, Sophie and Daniel, that keep me very busy. Some evenings, I'm more of a taxi service than a mother!
I also enjoy running, although only 5k at a time, and I tap dance, very badly and to the mortification of my children. I sit on the Executive Committee of our Scout Group, and can often be found at 11pm on a Thursday night, baking a cake for a cake sale that I have forgotten about.
"Helen Tomlin was always kind, sympathetic, patient and extremely professional in her dealings with us." - Legal 500, 2022