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Nichola Blackburn



I am a senior paralegal specialising in international travel litigation, with experience in group litigation. I manage a team in the Birmingham office which handles group actions against UK-based tour operators, or single party actions against defendants in foreign countries. 

I have expertise and experience in dealing with the following: 

  • General gastric illness
  • Salmonella
  • Giardia
  • Campylobacter
  • Cryptosporidium

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

I wanted to help people secure justice. 

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

The most rewarding aspect of my role is when you help your client get settlement and closure following their illness.  

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

The diverse nature of our firm and people.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 04/12/2017
    Over 100 Holidaymakers Instruct Lawyers to Take Legal Action After Large Number Of Them Fell Ill At Five-Star Jaz Makadi Aquaviva Resort in Egypt

    Illnesses such as gastroenteritis, to include those caused by E Coli and Salmonella can have serious, long-term health implications for those who are struck down. “We have received and worryingly continue to receive many similar reports that people have fallen ill while staying at the Jaz Makadi Aquaviva Resort over this summer. Concerns include instances of poor food hygiene and incidents of faeces in the swimming pool, which some of our clients witnessed and believe were not dealt with swiftly. “Irwin Mitchell is now representing over 100 people who were affected by illness at the Jaz Makadi Aquaviva Resort. We would encourage anyone who stayed at the Jaz Makadi Aquaviva Resort this year and has since experienced gastric symptoms, to see their GP at the earliest available opportunity. We would also like to speak with them as they may be able to help with our investigations. “TUI UK Ltd, trading as First Choice, has responded in relation to a number of our clients’ claims confirming that they are denying any liability. We have urged them to reconsider their stance in light of the vast number of people who have fallen ill during their stay at the Jaz Makadi Aquaviva Resort and the serious cases of illness that have been reported.”

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  • 23/08/2017
    Lawyers Instructed After Welsh Rugby Star And Baby Daughter Develop Hand, Foot And Mouth At Cyprus Hotel

    “We are hugely concerned by the reports we have heard from our clients and have now commenced investigations into the illness suffered. “Hand, foot and mouth is a very unpleasant illness which can take some time to clear up and the issues in this case meant that important time away together for this family was ruined. “We are determined to ensure our clients get the answers they deserve regarding how this illness emerged and whether more could have been done to prevent them from being affected.”

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  • 09/08/2017
    Celebratory Anniversary Holiday At Five-Star Resort Ruined By Salmonella

    “We are very concerned by Steven’s experience and are looking into what caused him to fall ill. “Gastric illness can have a significant impact on a person’s health and it is important that hotels and resorts ensure they maintain high levels of food and personal hygiene. “We are determined to help Steven obtain answers regarding what caused him to fall ill. As part of our investigation we would be keen to hear from anyone else who was affected or witnessed the problems at the Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Blue Don Pablo Collection.”

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  • 08/08/2017
    Couple Call On Lawyers After Salmonella Ruins Wedding Anniversary Stay At Mexican Resort

    “Our clients are understandably devastated by the illness Jackie contracted during what was meant to be a special holiday to celebrate their wedding anniversary. “Sadly, through our work we have seen numerous cases of this nature in which precious time away with loved ones has been ruined by gastric illness problems, with victims also often going on to develop long-lasting health conditions as a result. “As such, the seriousness of these issues should never be underestimated and we are determined to help our clients not only secure justice but also answers regarding what caused Jackie to fall ill.”

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