I joined the Public Law & Human Rights team as a Paralegal in September 2014. I qualified as a Chartered Legal Executive in January 2019 and began my qualified role in May 2019.
I specialise in civil claims against the police and other state bodies. These include claims for unlawful detention, false imprisonment, assault and claims under the Human Rights Act.
I have a particular interest in bringing claims for data protection breaches for vulnerable women who have had their data unlawfully disclosed by the state which causes these women to suffer psychological harm.
I regularly represent family members in inquest proceedings where individuals have died while in state care or detention. Usually, this is because of failures by the state to look after these people properly, which contributes to their death.
I also specialise in welfare cases relating to vulnerable adults in the Court of Protection. I'm regularly instructed by the Official Solicitor, advocates and paid relevant persons representatives to bring challenges for individuals being deprived of their liberty.
What Inspired You To Get Into Law?
I've always had an interest in using my knowledge to enable others to get justice. I volunteered at charities while studying which gave me my first insight into Human Rights law and I decided that this was what I wanted to do.
What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?
Getting answers and justice for my clients is the most rewarding aspect of my role.
What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?
Working at Irwin Mitchell I'm surrounded by excellent lawyers. We're a team that support each other to get the best results for our clients.
What Do You Do Away From The Office?
Away from the office I enjoy practising yoga and all things food!
"It has been an absolute pleasure working with you, Hollie. I feel we did a really good job for [Mrs X].
"Your warmth and compassion were so evident when we visited [Mrs X]. I know that she enjoyed her conversations with you and found them very reassuring. This is turn gave Mrs X the best possible opportunity to say everything she wished to – thank you!"
"Thank you also for your support as I worked my first Litigation Friend case. You have been so generous with your knowledge, I have learned so much and this will be invaluable to me moving forward."
“Right from the outset, Hollie has been professional, approachable, friendly, and very helpful. She has kept me updated with progress and given options as to how to progress with the case. She has explained things very well, and has always been happy to answer any questions I might have. I have felt confident in her management of the case, and would be happy to recommend her to anyone else in need of legal advice in her areas of expertise. Her knowledge, support and advise has been a huge help, and greatly appreciated.” - Client
"I look forward to working with you again in the future" – Relevant Paid Representative and Litigation Friend
"I have instructed Hollie Wheeler as litigation friend in a court of protection matter. She is a first rate lawyer. She is meticulous, with attention to detail whilst never losing sight of the necessary overview. Her advice is clear, insightful and informative. I would be happy to instruct her in future cases and unequivocally recommend her." - 5* Trustpilot review
"I'd like to express my deepest gratitude for all the assistance Hollie Wheeler has provided to my family over the last 18 months in relation to my late mother's inquest. Hollie successfully helped me to secure legal aid for predatory work and representation at the inquest, something for which we are incredibly grateful. When we met Hollie, it was the first time a professional had been able to sensitively listen to what had happened to our mother and validate our concerns. Her promise to help us find answers to the number of outstanding questions and concerns regarding the circumstances of our mother's death provided us with comfort and the knowledge that we were not alone during this distressing process.
"She has always been available to answer any questions we have had, has meticulously reviewed details of the case as they arose, and has consistently given pertinent advice. Hollie's professionalism and commitment to our case has provided us with invaluable breathing space whilst we try and come to terms with our loss and has given us the utmost confidence that we will be entering the inquest prepared and with an excellent team behind us. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend her, and wish her all the very best." - 5* Trustpilot review