I’m a Solicitor in the Asbestos team, based in our Bristol office. I help people and their families make compensation claims after they’ve been diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, asbestosis, or diffuse pleural thickening. I’ve specialised in this area since qualifying in 2010.
I have experience in every aspect of the claims process, from first instruction right through to trial. I’ve built strong working relationships with solicitors, barristers and a range of experts in the field to ensure I can get the best possible outcome for my clients. I strive to provide them with a professional and efficient legal service, whilst also being approachable and caring at what is an incredibly difficult time in their lives.
What Inspired You To Get Into Law?
I wanted a career that was both challenging and rewarding whilst also helping people. A career in law seemed to tick these boxes.
I studied law at university and never looked back. After graduating, I studied the Legal Practice Course and completed a Training Contract, qualifying in 2010.
What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?
The best thing about my job is being able to make the lives of my clients and their families that little bit easier. A successful outcome for them means they don’t have to worry about money and can focus instead on their health and enjoying time with their loved ones.
Working closely with them throughout the length of their claim, I also see how important it is for them to know that they’ve achieved justice.
What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?
Irwin Mitchell’s culture is all about getting the best out of its people by providing the support, opportunities and facilities needed to develop both personally and professionally.
We’re all encouraged to share knowledge and experiences, which is especially important in a constantly-evolving area like asbestos law. Our knowledge-sharing practice means clients can be confident their claims will always be supported by expertise in the most up-to-date legal developments and principles, ensuring they get the best result possible.
What Do You Do Away From The Office?
I'm always busy finding new and fun things to do with my two young children – this often involves travelling around the country finding wildlife parks and beaches! When not in “Mummy” mode, I love a spot of retail therapy, going to the theatre, eating out and spending a relaxing day at a spa with family or friends.
"Laura Wilkinson of Irwin & Mitchell was simply amazing. On occasions she had to interview my father and the empathy and obvious compassion was all to evident. My father would perk up so much, it was tough for him but he enjoyed every minute of it. Something he told me more than once. To make a difficult job seem effortless is no easy task but Laura did just that. Since dad passed I've had time to reflect and i keep returning to the joy and feelings of being worth something dad said and felt whenever he spoke with her. For that I'm eternally grateful. I have had many chats with Laura have always been impressed with her professionalism and empathy. Difficult times, but times made so much easier with Laura's approach and obvious dedication. If you want to be represented why look anywhere else." - 5* Trustpilot review
"I would highly recommend these solicitors ,they helped me from start to finish with my claim especially Laura Wilkinson who worked so hard.She was so kind and concerned with my welfare .Thank you so much. "- 5* Trustpilot review by Lynne Mitchell
"In the first instance [Laura] made a home visit where everything was explained in detail as to how [our asbestos claim] would all be handled and what was involved. There were many questions that had to be answered and documents supplied for the claim and, at every stage, we were given up-dates and any questions we had could be raised and were answered and explanations given. Considering what was involved, and the weeks of work that it entailed, we could only speak highly of the service that we were given by Laura and the firm of Irwin Mitchell." - 5* Trustpilot review by Babs
"The help and advice we received from Irwin Mitchell was exemplary during what was a difficult time for our family. Laura Wilkinson and Alex Lausen went above and beyond what was expected and were always on the end of the phone to offer support when needed. We would not hesitate to recommend Irwin Mitchell to anyone in a similar situation." – Client 5* Trustpilot review
"Second to none. I used Irwin Mitchell to pursue a claim on behalf of my late husband. I was visited several times at my home, which made the process very easy. I dealt mainly with Laura Wilkinson, who like everyone I dealt with was sympathetic, professional and helped every step of the way. Laura was extremely patient and understanding and was always available at the end of the telephone." – Client
"Everybody that I've been in contact with during this difficult time in my life has been kind, caring and compassionate. Laura and Alex are both a credit to the company ... both have been real professionals with kindness and understanding" – Nick Grove, client