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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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  • 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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  • 11/12/2017
    Bereavement Charity To Benefit After Cambridge Lawyers Smash Fundraising Target

    “The Irwin Mitchell Charities Foundation has been an incredible success since its launch and its 20th anniversary is undoubtedly something to celebrate. “We are immensely proud to have been able to support a host of fantastic causes down the years and are committed to helping many more going forward. “The fundraising drive across October was fantastic fun and we are delighted to be able to pass on a donation to support the incredible and vital work that the STARS is involved in.”

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  • 23/03/2017
    Irwin Mitchell Support Para Ice Hockey Champions For Second Year Running

    “We loved watching the Peterborough Phantoms lift the league trophy for a fourth consecutive time at the end of last season. Their success is testament to their hard work and passion, and we’re honoured to be associated with such a fantastic team. “Through our work with clients affected by serious injury and disability, we’ve seen how disability sport can aid rehabilitation and help people turn their lives around. With our ‘Don’t Quit, Do It’ campaign, we want to encourage more people to get involved and enjoy disability sport together. “Para ice hockey is a fast-paced, exciting game open to disabled and able-bodied players alike. The Phantoms are the perfect ambassadors for their sport – let’s hope they’re crowned champions again this year!”

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