I am a Solicitor within the Asbestos-Related Disease team in Southampton. My role involves representing clients who have been diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases. I help recover compensation for my clients who have been negligently exposed to asbestos by their previous employers.
What inspired you to get into law?
I have always found the law fascinating, particularly in relation to how it shapes society and constantly evolves. Working within the legal profession provides a challenging, interesting, and rewarding career which I thoroughly enjoy. Specialising in the area of asbestos-related disease enables me to make a real difference to my clients and their families, in a number of ways.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your role?
Assisting clients and their families to recover compensation following a diagnosis of an asbestos-related disease is a great privilege. I find it extremely rewarding working with such families in order to help them as much as possible during such a difficult time in their lives.
What do you do away from the office?
I love to keep fit and enjoy a number of sports including running, cycling and playing netball. I am a member of the Irwin Mitchell choir and enjoy performing with my colleagues at various events. I also love to travel and experience different cultures and customs.
"My dad was diagnosed with mesothelioma last year and started a case using Irwin Mitchell. Sadly, he passed away in July meaning I took over and contacted Rachel Hicks who has been amazing the whole way through this painful process. Rachel's communication was on point with every step of the case communicated with me clearly and instantly. I want to say on behalf of my family thank you to Irwin Mitchell but a big thank you to Rachel for everything, I highly recommend her services." - 5* Trustpilot review
“Rachel and the team at Irwin Mitchell were amazing, we could not have asked for a better service at a very difficult time for me and my family, they took so much pain out of the process. Rachel was excellent at answering all our questions in plain English and explaining all the different options available to us and throughout the process showed care and compassion. Thank you so much Rachel for all your help and assistance.” - 5* Trustpilot review
"I have Asbestosis and Mesothelioma which was investigated by Irwin Mitchell with regard to claim for Industrial Compensation . Throughout the whole investigation it was handled with great professionalism. Rachel Hicks, made everything very easy for me to understand about the complexity of the law and explained the answers to all of the many questions I asked.
I was contacted at regular intervals, always putting me at ease. From start to finish Rachel was courteous and understanding with a very positive attitude. I always felt that my case was a priority. Thanks Irwin Mitchell for all of the work put in with many thanks to Rachel especially. I would recommend Irwin Mitchell to anyone who needs legal support." - 5* Trustpilot review
"I'd like to thank Nicola Maier and Rachel Hicks for their diligence in handling my late husband's industrial injury claim. This claim has now been finally settled. The process of reaching this satisfactory conclusion has been long and on occasions, extremely painful, but throughout all this time Nicola and Rachel were sensitive and courteous to our feelings, which has been greatly appreciated. Both my son and I cannot thank you both enough." - 5* Trustpilot review
"During the process from initial contact through to a successful conclusion and award of damages, both Rachel Hicks and Nicola Maier were a pleasure to work with and represented our family in a professional and compassionate way. They made the whole process as smooth as could be expected and their advice was much welcomed. During this difficult time for our family they acted in a caring manner and we are grateful for both their professional assistance and also for the personal manner in which they worked with us." - 5* Trustpilot review