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Sara Burns



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.


"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

  • 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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  • 05/06/2017
    Medical Negligence Lawyers Call For An End To Delays To Public Consultation On Future Of Shropshire Hospitals

    “The proposed plans will be the source of significant concern to patients who will fear a loss of services or difficulties in accessing help when they need it. “It’s important now that the delays which have so hampered the consultation process to this point now come to an end so that patients can have their chance to raise their concerns. Further delay which just lead to a crisis in confidence which will make the process much more difficult to navigate. “We will now be watching closely to ensure that the Future Fit Programme Board goes ahead with a full consultation and takes into account the views of the local service users as part of that process.”

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  • 08/05/2017
    Mum Of Baby Who Almost Died From Deadly Infection While Under The Care Of Scandal-Hit NHS Trust Takes Legal Action

    "All mothers should have access to the highest standards of care when it comes to giving birth. The death or injury of any mother or baby during or following childbirth is upsetting, but this week’s revelations will be very distressing for those whom rely on the Trust, especially expectant parents. “Our work means we have heard devastating first-hand accounts from families affected by such losses, which can often be as a result of care failings or errors in treatment which could have been avoided. "In Charlotte’s case had Group B Strep been identified sooner in Adam, he may not have suffered to the extent he has. “We would urge the Trust to deliver its findings on these maternity cases at the earliest opportunity, so that any lessons can be implemented to improve patient safety and that future mothers can be reassured that failings identified will not be repeated."

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