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Ian Bailey



I am a Partner based in the London office and lead the Workplace Illness and Disease team. Essentially this means that the team provides specialist legal advice and obtains compensation for those people who have become seriously ill principally as a consequence of exposure to asbestos.

I have acted for many hundreds of clients suffering from terminal asbestos diseases who have been exposed to the substance at work, or those who have lived close to factories producing asbestos products including the infamous J.W. Roberts factory in Leeds.

We act for clients based principally in the UK but also overseas including clients in New Zealand, Australia and mainland Europe.

I have helped the families of many clients who have been fatally injured in accidents at work, in agriculture, working on the railways or working in the construction industry.

I am committed to ensuring that my clients receive full and proper compensation for their injuries or illness.

I was very pleased to be recognised by Chambers and Partners for my expertise as a lawyer, being acknowledged a “hard-line but sensible negotiator.” I think this sums up what I always try to be.


"Ian Bailey is an immensely experienced mesothelioma and asbestos lawyer. He is a very canny operator who knows everyone and everything about asbestos. He is a very good negotiator." - Chambers & Partners, 2019

Ian is "very impressive," "very pleasant, efficient and knowledgeable." - Chambers & Partners, 2017

He is admired as "very knowledgeable, experienced, kind and personable with clients." - Chambers & Partners 2016

"Sensitive, patient and intelligent" - Legal 500, 2018/19

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

I suppose what first got me hooked was the challenge of acting for David against Goliath and ensuring that, in so far as the law allowed, my client was helped to put his or her life back together following serious injury. I think that also applies where my clients have lost their loved ones in accidents, where I see it as my role to make sure that severe financial hardship does not result for a spouse and family as a consequence of the loss of a wife, husband or a partner.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

Perhaps the most rewarding aspect is the number of clients I stay in touch with after conclusion of their cases and see how their lives have developed since the event that meant they came to see me for help in the first place. I hope this means that they are keen to tell me how they have moved on and what a difference our help has made!

I have also been a training principal for the many young lawyers that come to Irwin Mitchell. I have always enjoyed helping trainees develop their skills to become well-respected independent solicitors upon qualification.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

I have worked at Irwin Mitchell for almost all of my working life (since 1992) and for all of my career as a lawyer. The thing about working here is that the place is always changing and evolving.  That always makes each day exciting and interesting.

I have always enjoyed delivering seminars which I do internally and externally. I would not, however, be doing what I do without acknowledging the many wonderful, brave and determined clients for whom I have acted. The privilege of acting for people who need our help at such difficult times in their lives is not to be underestimated.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

I enjoy socialising with friends and family I am an accredited FA level 1 coach. I have always enjoyed language learning and am still at it! I am learning to play the guitar again (hopefully with some improvement this time). After that and a very busy family life with three teenagers, there's not much time left really.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 25/02/2019
    Widow Begins Search For Answers Regarding South London Man’s Asbestos Death

    “Ron was a much-loved husband, father and grandfather and his family remain understandably devastated by their loss. “They are desperate to understand just how he came to develop mesothelioma and we are now appealing for anyone who worked alongside Ron at these companies to come forward and shed light on any potential asbestos exposure he may have faced. “Any piece of information – no matter how small – could ultimately prove vital to our efforts to help them gain answers and justice.”

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  • 01/02/2019
    Family Of Castleford Man Appeal For Answers Regarding His Asbestos Death Weeks After Diagnosis

    "This is a truly terrible case which highlights the devastating impact that mesothelioma can have, often many years after exposure to asbestos materials has actually taken place. “We have been working hard to determine how Jack came into contact with the material and strongly believe that it could be linked to his time at FC Construction. As such, we would be keen to hear from anyone who may be able to provide information regarding the presence of the substance during his time working at the Bellamy factory. “We would be hugely grateful if any former FC Construction workers or staff employed by Bellamy sweets could be able to support us in our efforts to get justice for Jack’s family.”

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  • 31/12/2018
    Former London Docklands Office Worker Calls On Old Colleagues For Help After Asbestos Cancer Diagnosis

    “Diane’s diagnosis has come as a huge shock to her. Although Diane has a good recollection of her work and the factory, she needs to know how asbestos was used within the factory as part of the manufacturing and repair processes. She is determined to get to the bottom of what has caused her mesothelioma before it is too late. “We appeal to anyone who might be able to provide us with information about the use of asbestos in the engineering workshops at the Weir Pumps building on Caxton Street. Even the smallest detail could mean that Diane will be able to access the care and support she will need in the coming months.”

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  • 29/01/2018
    Widow Sets Up Asbestos Support Group To Help Others And Keep Late Husband’s Legacy Alive

    “I am delighted that Clair has decided to link up with the HASAG team to ensure that individuals and their families are able to access the essential support they need in an informal environment. “Following the devastating loss of her husband from exposure to asbestos working as a teacher, it is incredible to see Clair making such a difference on behalf of all asbestos victims. “At Irwin Mitchell we act on behalf of many families who have lost their loved ones as a consequence of exposure to the deadly dust and I am sure that the new support group, through the commitment of Clair and the team from HASAG, will prove to be a great success for those in the region suffering from asbestos-related disease.”

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