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Neil Whiteley

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I have worked on behalf of clients with serious injury since qualifying as a solicitor and gained detailed specialist experience particularly in advising clients about traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, multiple trauma and amputation.

My experience of working with people who have suffered brain injury includes more subtle but still potentially significant concussive head injury cases including post-concussion syndrome, and more serious cases of long term cognitive and behavioural difficulties after moderate brain trauma.

I'm passionate about ensuring that clients are given the opportunity to access appropriate rehabilitation and support to overcome as best as possible the impact of a serious injury, and for partners and family to get the help that they need to understand what is going on and assist in the process.

My expertise includes accidents which occur on the road, in the workplace and in public areas. I have taken cases to disputed court hearings on behalf of seriously injured clients, especially where the question of fault has been in dispute. I have succeeded at trial in all cases that have not settled on liability disputes including acting for clients who were motorcyclists and pedestrians.

My role at Irwin Mitchell has included leading the brain injury special interest group from 2010 to 2013 and national serious injury group co-ordinator from 2013 onwards.

In June 2014 I moved my practice after 20 years in Sheffield to Cambridge to lead on the opening of a new office there for Irwin Mitchell.

I have supported various charities and support groups over the years, including as Trustee and Secretary with Headway North Derbyshire until retiring due to relocation in 2014.


"I could call him at any time and I couldn't ask for anyone better." - Chambers & Partners, 2019

Sources describe an "exceptional" and "incredibly experienced and capable lawyer" - Chambers & Partners, 2018 

Neil Whiteley is "incredibly up on the law, is very good at client management and knowing when to take a point and when not to" - Chambers & Partners, 2017

Ruth Booy and team head Neil Whiteley "bring their enormous experience to benefit the injured in the Cambridge region and are rightly regarded as leaders in their fields." Neil has an "encyclopaedic knowledge of PI law" - Legal 500, 2017

Neil is "indefatigable" and "painstaking in his preparation" - Legal 500, 2016

Neil is "one of the most thorough lawyers, meticulously prepared and with vast legal knowledge" - Legal 500, 2015


I'm a co-author of the Guide to Claiming Compensation for Individuals with Brain Injury published by Headway, the Brain Injury Association.

I co-authored a chapter of "Good Practice in Brain Injury Case Management" published by JKP Publishers, 2006, London.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 21/05/2019
    Dad-of-Four ‘Lucky To Be Alive’ Following Wisbech Crash Calls On Witnesses For Help

    “This is a case which highlights the huge impact that road traffic collisions can have on those involved, with the true extent of Martell’s injuries only becoming apparent weeks after the incident. A bleed on the brain can be particularly dangerous as they are not always spotted straight away and can become more obvious when the condition may be close to critical. “We are determined to help Martell access the support that he continues to require to overcome his injuries the best he can, but we need more information about the collision. We are aware of at least one witness who saw the crash and we would be keen to hear from them or others in relation to it.”

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  • 24/01/2019
    Cambridge Lawyers Support Local Art Charity For Second Consecutive Year

    “As a firm we have always been passionate about doing what we can to support important causes and organisations through the IMCF and the Charity of the Year initiative. “Rowan undertakes incredibly important work and we are delighted to once again be raising funds to support the fantastic services that the organisation provides. “We are hugely proud of the relationship we have developed with Rowan across recent years and are excited about seeing just how much we can do for the organisation and our other chosen charities across the coming months. We have really enjoyed working with Rowan and their clients throughout the year in 2018.”

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  • 08/01/2019
    Cambridge United Community Trust Gets Sponsorship Boost Thanks To Local Lawyers

    “We are delighted to once again lend our support to the Cambridge United Community Trust and the fantastic work it is doing for so many people across the local area. “Through our work we can see that sport has a huge life-changing impact on those who have suffered serious injuries, helping them to regain confidence, independence and enjoy a range of physical and psychological benefits. “These initiatives operated by Cambridge United have made a huge difference in the community so far and they have plans to take their work a step further across the year ahead. We are delighted to able to join them on that journey.”

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  • 22/11/2018
    Partner Of Cyclist Killed At Cambridge Crash Hotspot Demands Safety Improvements

    “Less than a year on from this incident, Carrie-Anne remains understandably devastated by the loss of Stewart. “While police investigations are still ongoing, Carrie-Anne is keen for more to be done to improve safety around Trumpington High Street. The area can be very busy due to the traffic coming from the M11 to Cambridge city centre and crashes are sadly all too frequent here. “This is an area where school children, shoppers and commuters come together and cyclists and pedestrians are very exposed. “We are calling for the local authority responsible for the highways to review a number of concerns in the area, including poor lighting, worn road markings and appropriate signage for drivers to watch their speed. “Cyclists are very exposed in the main road especially northbound close to the junction with Shelford Road. The whole area needs to be surveyed with a view to considering investment in changes. “Considering the theme of this year’s Road Safety Week, it feels like the right time to speak out on the issue and call for something to be done to improve safety in this area.”

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