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Since qualifying as a solicitor in 1998 I have specialised in medical law, handling a vast array of cases including cerebral palsy; amputation; erbs palsy injuries; spinal and brain injuries due to delayed diagnosis; and inappropriate medical treatment and management.
I have obtained over £33 million in damages for my clients and their families, but I realise it is not just a matter of obtaining damages - most clients want answers from the doctors as to what happened, why it happened and whether there is any treatment that can help them. To many, this is far more important than awards of damages.
My clients and their objectives for pursuing cases are my primary concern.
"Sensible, empathetic and highly effective in all her dealings with clients and opponents alike." - Chambers & Partners, 2018
"Very experienced" - Lega 500, 2017
"Sarah Coles has been our solicitor for the last 7 years and was very successful in settling our case. It had been a very difficult time for all the family throughout what was a very long and arduous time but throughout Sarah worked above and beyond, was a true professional, and always put our interests first.
"Sarah's compassion, insight and empathy were second to none and she is in herself an amazing role model to everyone around her. I would not hesitate to recommend Sarah and her team to anyone who finds themselves requiring their services." - Julie, Client
"Irwin Mitchell pursued a medical negligence case for my daughter's birth and we had full support all the way from Sarah Coles and the team. I feel that the company go that extra mile to always keep you informed of progress. My family and I are more than happy with the services that were provided throughout the case - we would definitely use Irwin Mitchell again and would also recommend to others." - Stacey Keira Perkins, Client
From a very young age, I either wanted to be a policewoman or a lawyer - I don’t know why really, except that I wanted to help people resolve issues and make good any wrongs! I therefore chose Law as an A-Level and found studying the law so interesting that I went on to study Law at Hull University. I've never looked back.
It is often difficult to prove a successful claim in the complex area of medical law and not all cases successfully recover damages. However, what is often more rewarding is finding out answers for my clients as to what happened and why, and to reassure them it wasn’t their fault.
My clients are satisfied and appreciative as we have helped them move on from often traumatic circumstances. This is what I find rewarding.
Irwin Mitchell is a superb firm - I am very lucky to be surrounded by genuinely lovely people who all excel in their field and I have learned a great deal from being here. In addition, Irwin Mitchell is dedicated to supporting both local and national charities and I have had the pleasure to be involved with this. It makes it all worthwhile.
I have a number of interests including diving, skiing and the odd extreme activity such as sky-diving or bungee jumping. I recently lost my nephew as a result of depression and as such I took part in the London Marathon raising £5000 for Heads Together and Leeds MIND.
But my main love is football and I am an ardent Norwich City supporter - if only I could cook as well as Delia Smith!
I also took a year out before joining Irwin Mitchell during which time I went travelling around the world, spending several months in South Africa volunteering in the Kwa Zulu-Natal region providing HIV education and caring for orphaned children.
I'm pleased to be supporting UK Sepsis Trust (https://sepsistrust.org) in their campaign to raise awareness of Sepsis and to reduce the number of deaths caused by failing to recognise the condition promptly. I also support other amazing Charities such as KIDS, Encephalitis Society, Cerebra and disability sports teams including the fabulous Disability Sports Humber.
“At Irwin Mitchell, we believe in building strong links within the communities in which we work, and supporting good local causes.
“Not only does the Jorvik Warriors Powerchair Football Club allow its members to be active and be involved in Powerchair football, it also provides, arguably more importantly, social opportunities and enables friendship.
“We are delighted to be able to support to the team with this donation, and we wish them all the best for joining the North East Powerchair Football League.”
“I am absolutely delighted that Irwin Mitchell are the new official shirt sponsor to the 2017 British Para Ice Hockey League champions, the Kingston Kestrels.
“I am in awe at the talent and skill levels of the team and they are fantastic to watch.
“Through our work we have seen on numerous occasions how sport has been able to help our clients with rehabilitation following serious injury. Unfortunately, while there are over 12 million people with disabilities in the UK, only one in six actually takes part in sport regularly.
“I would urge anyone who has an interest in ice hockey to go along and watch the Kestrels and offer them your support.”
“We work closely with The Encephalitis Society to raise awareness of encephalitis to the general public, having represented many sufferers and their families over the years, we’ve seen first-hand the terrible impact the condition can have.
“The campaign is dedicated to raising as much awareness as possible, and we are thrilled to help support World Encephalitis Day. Tracing Grace is a fantastic play which really does highlight the impact the disease can have on people’s lives. Not just the impact on those diagnosed with encephalitis, but also their family and friends.”
“I am incredibly excited and nervous to not only take part in such a great event, but to also raise awareness for a very important subject. It is important that, as a society, we normalise mental health, reducing the stigma attached to it, so people feel like they are safe to say when they need help.
“My nephew, Blythe, took his own life at age 22 as a result of suffering from depression and I want to raise awareness to stop others suffering the pain he suffered and the pain my family and I suffer on a daily basis. Leeds Mind have been a great support to me and others in this position.
“The training for the event has not been easy and it has been very challenging for someone new to running. At times, it is only my commitment to raising awareness of this issue and to make my nephew proud of me, that is getting me into my running shoes when it is dark, wet and cold outside. I hope people are able to support us by visiting one of the team’s donation pages and giving what they can.”
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