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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 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

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

  • 13/10/2017
    Family of Roofer And Maintenance Worker Appeal For Answers Following His Death From Asbestos Cancer

    Through our work representing the sufferers of asbestos-related disease we are well aware of the common use of asbestos in a large number of workplaces and that many employees have been exposed to the hazardous substance during their working life, decades ago. “Unfortunately Stanley’s health deteriorated rapidly following his diagnosis and he was therefore unable to tell us much about his working life, but his family have told us how he was well liked and worked at a variety of locations across London. “We would like to hear from Stanley’s former work colleagues, who may be able to provide the crucial information which may help his family in their quest for answers. “Anyone who has information on the working conditions he was exposed to should contact us as soon as possible. “We are very much hoping to give Rita and her family the answers they deserve.”

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  • 29/09/2017
    Former Print Shop Worker Appeals To Colleagues After Mesothelioma Diagnosis

    The fact that the symptoms and terrible illnesses linked to asbestos exposure, such as mesothelioma, do not present themselves for decades can cause huge issues for victims like Alan.” “It can really help the sufferer to remember what happened to them if former colleagues and witnesses come forward with details about the presence of asbestos, as well as the working conditions, safety equipment and warnings put in place for employees. “We are urging those who worked with Alan as well as those who don’t remember Alan but worked for Express Newspapers around the 1980s to come forward with any information they may have, as they may be able to help Alan.”

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  • 18/09/2017
    Law Firm and Charity Team Up For Asbestos Event

    “Over 2,500 people are dying from mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related diseases, every year in the UK, the majority due to the negligence of their employers’ decades ago. “At Irwin Mitchell we regularly work with sufferers of asbestos-related diseases, and their families. That is why we have been long term supporters of charities like Mesothelioma UK, making sure that we are part of the longer term process of improving experiences for families who are affected by asbestos disease” “By bringing together healthcare professionals, legal experts and relatives of those who have sadly passed away because of asbestos exposure, we hope to improve everyone’s understanding of the process. We hope that we can find areas to improve the current process.”

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  • 04/09/2017
    Widow Launches Appeal For Answers Regarding Former Technician’s Asbestos Death

    “Pete’s case is a terrible reminder of the huge impact that mesothelioma can have on victims, with the devastating symptoms often emerging decades after initial exposure. “Unfortunately, the speed of his illness meant we were unable to discuss with Pete where and when he felt he may have been exposed to asbestos, so we are now seeking information from anyone who worked with him in a range of roles where he could have come into contact with asbestos. “This detail could prove absolutely vital in helping Paulette get the justice for Pete that she deserves, so any help could make a huge difference.”

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