I joined Irwin Mitchell in 2000 and became a Partner in the Serious Injury team in Birmingham in 2011. I lead a team of seven lawyers and our specialisms include:
- Brain injury
- Polytrauma (multiple serious injuries)
- Severe burns
- Complex fatal accident work such as police liaison work and coronial law.
We routinely secure settlements for more than £1 million – including an Irwin Mitchell record for the Serious Injury team of £22.7 million. We have an immediate focus from the day of instruction on our client’s rehabilitation needs and routinely refer to our superb Client Liaison Management team to make sure our clients and families are supported before we're able to secure interim payments.
We're extremely proud to be able to work with some truly inspirational clients and to provide the “expert hand, human touch” that they and their families need during their long rehabilitation process.
I'm a brain injury, fatal accident and senior litigator accredited member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). My team devised and designed the APIL Fatal Accidents Accreditation and I deliver annual training for APIL across the country.
I'm passionate about ensuring that my clients receive comprehensive and realistic advice and that consideration is given in every case to alternative dispute resolution.
What inspired you to get into law?
The fact that there's always an answer to a legal problem and deciding what it is and using precedent to be innovative and shape new law is extremely rewarding. I'm lucky enough to work at a firm where this is part of the DNA.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?
Seeing our clients succeed. They are truly inspirational and being able to be part of their rehabilitation and recovery from life changing injury or loss is an honour.
What do you like about working at Irwin Mitchell?
The people. The strength and breadth of legal expertise under one 'roof' is phenomenal. Being able to access further specialist advice for clients is something to be very proud of.
What do you do away from the office?
I live in rural Worcestershire and spend my spare time on long walks with my Labrador, Molly. I also enjoy gardening and attempting to restore a very old farmhouse and nine acre orchard.
"She's attentive, organised and a very comprehensive thinker." – Chambers & Partners, 2020
"She's always got time for your issue no matter how busy she is." - Chambers & Partners, 2019
"Exceptional in every way"; "Everything she does is about the client and she really knows how to shape a case." - Chambers & Partners 2017
“Hilary Wetherell showed great spirit, awareness and understanding to assist with my problems, both medical and legal. Being the superb solicitor that she is, all questions asked were responded to satisfactorily, speedily and at best, reassuringly.” – Stuart, client.