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I joined Irwin Mitchell in 2000 and became a Partner in the Serious Injury team in Birmingham in 2011. I lead a team of 5 lawyers and we have specialisms within the team including brain injury, polytrauma, severe burns and complex fatal accident work including police liaison work and coronial law.
We routinely secure damages in excess of £1m - recent settlements include £1.25m, £1.4m and £12m. We are 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.
Many of my clients lack capacity to manage their property and finances and litigation and we work closely with our colleagues in our leading Court of Protection team.
I am a brain injury and senior litigator accredited member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).
I am passionate about ensuring that my clients receive comprehensive and realistic advice and that consideration is given in every case to alternative dispute resolution.
I live in rural Worcestershire and spend my spare time on long walks, gardening and attempting to restore a very old 9 acre orchard.
"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 is described by sources as “hard-working and committed to achieving the best results for her client." - Chambers & Partners 2016
Sources note that "She'll stick her neck out for clients. She's well informed and her judgement is incredible - she's exceptional." - Chambers & Partners 2014
"Kind, considerate and very understanding" - Legal 500 2014
“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.
The last eight days have been extremely distressing for Laura and the rest of the family. They have shown great strength and dignity listening to the circumstances in which David died so needlessly.
“During the course of the inquest it became apparent that Carlsberg could and should have done far more to ensure that the ammonia leak did not occur and therefore that David and those with him were not exposed to such appalling risk. We have heard that basic health and safety standards were ignored, on this occasion with the ultimate price being paid.
“Since the incident, some steps have been taken to improve the systems in place. Sadly this is too late for David. No-one should have to endure the devastation and heartache that Laura, her daughters and the wider family continue to experience.
“We expect an HSE prosecution to follow and urge those involved in that process to ensure that the evidence heard at the inquest is given the utmost priority.”
Whilst it is only correct that a thorough investigation to establish all the facts about what happened on the day David died needed to take place, not knowing the full picture has caused a great deal of anguish for Laura and her family as they attempted to try and come to terms with David’s death.
“The family rightly have a number of serious concerns about what happened on the day in question and if anything could have been done to prevent the incident. Setting a date for the inquest is a major step forward in their wish to find out the vital information they want.
“Through our work we often see the devastating consequences of what can happen if health and safety standards in the workplace drop. Workers’ Memorial Day is a time to remember those who have died in the workplace but to also campaign for improvements.
“If the inquest identifies any failings in health and safety measures at the site, it is vital that lessons are learned and improvements made so other families don’t have to suffer the heartbreak that David’s family have experienced following his death.”
“Charlie’s journey to recovery has been remarkable. He has demonstrated huge courage and determination and has been supported brilliantly by his family. At the beginning, his prognosis was very uncertain; it was not clear whether he would be able to walk or speak let alone get back to playing football.
“Charlie’s case settled in January earlier this year and was approved by the High Court. The settlement ensures that Charlie’s future needs are secure; the money will be invested and used to pay for ongoing rehabilitation, therapy and support that he needs.
“It has been brilliant to stay in touch with Charlie since then and to watch him gain in confidence and expand his horizons. He has travelled to Denmark to play in the Intercontinental CP Championships this year after being selected to play for the Northern Ireland CP team last year. He plays regularly for Solihull Moors FC Community team.
“Charlie came to our Irwin Mitchell Birmingham office to present to us during the Euro Championships in June and is now touring various football clubs of the country with his motivational presentation entitled #NeverGiveUp. Charlie is also regularly invited to speak to schools, colleges and charities.
“Charlie’s story is truly inspirational. He always wants to highlight the positives but is very aware that road safety, for all road users, is of paramount importance.
“Charlie and Irwin Mitchell LLP fully support Brake’s Road Safety Week and make the Brake pledge.”
“We have enjoyed great links with the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust and Disabilities Trust for many years. They provide an invaluable service to individuals who require specialist brain injury rehabilitation and many of our clients and families have benefitted from their input and expertise so we were delighted to answer the call when they asked for help with this work.
“As a firm we have always recognised the importance of getting involved in the local communities where we have offices and particularly providing support to important charities working in such areas.”
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