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Sara Burns

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I am one of the Partners in our very successful Medical Negligence team in the Birmingham office. I have extensive experience of a wide variety of claims and have specialised in this area of work since 1996.

I head one of the leading Medical Negligence teams in the country and am fortunate to work with a group of people who are committed to bringing claims on behalf of injured people and getting the very best result for them.

This is an area of work that is challenging not only because of the medical complexities of a case, but the emotional impact this will have had on the injured person and their family. 

At Irwin Mitchell we have the range and depth of experience not only to deal with these types of cases but also the resources to help clients with the more wide-ranging impact of their claim.


"She guides us down the best path. Her desire to get the best result for the client is awe-inspiring." - Chambers & Partners, 2019

"Very skilled, knowledgeable and charming." - Chambers & Partners 2018

"Extremely knowledgeable, client-oriented and efficient." - Chambers & Partners 2017

“Level-headed, and good with clients.” - Chambers & Partners 2016

"Experienced in obstetric and wrongful birth cases." - Legal 500 2013

"Sara Burns does fantastic work, attracts a lot of loyalty, and is really on top of things." - Legal 500 2011

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

I met some inspiring characters when I was away travelling before I went to university and this gave me the goal to work towards getting into the law. I wanted to do something that was both challenging and rewarding, and I work in an area of the law that incorporates both.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

Simply enabling people to find out what really happened to them or their family, to take them through what is often a complex and lengthy legal process and to allow them to get on with their lives.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

We are prepared to take on the difficult, challenging cases and have the facilities and support systems in place to get great results for clients.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

I provide a regular taxi service for my three children, am an excellent juggler, can produce a meal out of very little in the fridge and when I get the chance love to see a play, a film, read a book or just enjoy a gin and tonic.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 06/03/2019
    High Court Approves Multi-Million Pound Settlement For Walsall Boy Diagnosed With Cerebral Palsy Following Birth Injury

    "We call on the Hospital Trust to ensure it learns lessons from the mistakes that were made in this case in order to improve patient safety in the future.”

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  • 05/10/2018
    Cwm Taf Health Board ‘Must Work Quickly And Thoroughly’ Following Maternity Care Concerns

    “We are hugely concerned by the news regarding the Cwm Taf Health Board and it is vital that the organisation continues to work quickly and thoroughly to provide reassurances regarding its maternity care. “A statement of this nature raises major questions and many people in the local community will be keen for more clarity regarding the issues identified and what is being done to address them. “Sadly, through our work we have seen the devastating impact that failings in maternity services can have, with such problems often having tragic consequences. “It is an incredibly sensitive area and it is vital that every effort is made to ensure that lessons are learned from the past so that families have access to quality care going forward.”

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  • 30/06/2017
    Settlement For Woman Left With Brain Damage After Ear Infection Misdiagnosis

    “This is a truly devastating case in which a teenager has suffered life-changing injuries after doctors failed to correctly diagnose her condition at the earliest opportunity. “Had the ear infection in this case been identified during her initial referral to hospital – around a month before it actually was – the outcome for our client could have been very different. “While nothing can change the challenges and difficulties that Rebecca and her family have been through across the past ten years, we hope that this settlement will provide them with some peace of mind regarding her future and reassurance that she will always be able to access the support she requires. “It is also vital that lessons are learned from her case to ensure that the problems she experienced are simply never repeated.”

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  • 07/06/2017
    Settlement For Mother Who Suffered Nerve Damage After Failures During Surgery On Her Spine

    “This is an incredibly worrying case in which a woman with a history of back pain has gone on to suffer further issues as a result of failings in care which should have been avoided. “Sadly Pippa’s case is not unlike a great deal we see, with patients putting great faith in the expertise of medical professionals but going on to suffer as a result. It is vital that lessons are learned from a case of this nature so that patient safety can be improved and the same issues never repeated.”

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