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Neil Whiteley



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.


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.

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  • 26/03/2018
    Driver Found Guilty To Causing Death Of Pharmacist By Dangerous Driving

    “Dishant’s death was extremely tragic and has been felt by a lot of people as he was very well regarded. “As this trial has shown, the consequences of dangerous driving can be fatal and devastating. We will continue to work with Sangita and Shailesh to ensure they receive the support they need.”

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  • 21/03/2018
    Stars To Receive Record Donation From Irwin Mitchell

    “It’s an honour to be able to provide this record donation to a truly fantastic cause in our local community. "Last year we celebrated 20 years of the IMCF and I am delighted that thanks to the creativity and generosity of Irwin Mitchell employees, we made our anniversary year a record breaking one. “Everyone at IM is passionate about giving back to the communities we operate in and making a real difference to the lives of those supported by our Charities of the Year. “We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved last year. Hearing how Stars is going to use the donation, and the positive impact that will have on young people throughout the county, is spurring on our staff to think of bigger and better ways to fundraise for this year’s good cause.”

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  • 24/01/2018
    Cambridge Art Charity Set To Benefit From Local Lawyers’ Fundraising Initiative

    “The Charity of the Year initiative has been a fundamental part of our efforts to actively support the local communities where we are based for many years and we are proud to have helped a number of incredible causes along the way. “Rowan is a fantastic charity that we have had connections with since first opening in Cambridge and we are already hard at work planning out the range of events which will be held across the year to raise funds to support the incredible work it does.”

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  • 20/12/2017
    Cambridge Lawyers Donate To Local Homeless Charity

    “At Irwin Mitchell we believe in building strong links within the communities we work in. “We have worked closely with Jimmy’s in the recent past including as our previous Charity of the Year and this donation is another element of our ongoing support for Jimmy’s. We look forward to working with and supporting the charity again in the future.”

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