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Sinead Rollinson-Hayes



I am a solicitor in the Medical Negligence team in Sheffield and I have worked at Irwin Mitchell since 2011.

I act exclusively for clients who have suffered an injury or deterioration in their health due to sub-standard care by hospitals, GPs and other healthcare providers. I have experience of dealing with a wide range of cases including negligent surgery, failures to diagnose and treat, injuries caused to mother and baby during birth, spinal injuries, fatal claims, delay in diagnosis of cancer and mental health claims.

I have a particular interest in cases where suicide and injuries arising from attempted suicide could have been avoided with appropriate care. I act for families whose loved one has died as a result of medical negligence and help families through the inquest process at the Coroner’s Court. I am also a Solicitor Advocate having passed the Higher Rights of Audience Qualification, which gives me the same rights as a barrister in court.

Charity and community work is also very important to me. I am a Trustee at Sheffield Mind, a charity that offers a range of services and support to people who have suffered from a mental health problem, enabling them to lead healthy and fulfilling lives. I am also passionate about pro bono work and increasing access to legal advice. I take a lead role in the Sheffield’s Pro Bono Committee where we provide free legal advice and representation to individuals and community groups who can not pay and where public funding is not available.

Client Testimonials

“We are still very grateful to you and think of you very fondly – you are a credit to your profession and your organisation." “We would like to thank you all very much indeed for all your hard work over the past 5 years. It was your firm’s foresight and determination to proceed which brought about this outcome, and for that we are extremely grateful."

Notable Cases

  • Successfully secured a £132,000 settlement for an adult who had suffered from a severe pressure sore which led to a permanent chronic pain syndrome. This significantly impacted on the client’s daily lifestyle, and they struggled to return to their previous employment.
  • Heavily involved in a case where the individual had suffered from an Erb’s Palsy injury due to a traumatic birth. This led to permanent damage and limited function in the arm and shoulder. We received an admission of liability from the Defendant NHS Trust and an award of £575,000 for the client.
  • Successfully secured a £115,000 settlement at a mediation for our client. The case involved a delay in diagnosing a heart condition which sadly wasn’t picked up until after the individual’s death. The NHS Trust admitted liability and we were able to progress to mediation to reach a resolution for the family involved.
  • Heavily involved in a case in which our client had suffered from a spinal cord injury, leading to paraplegia. The case settled for a lump sum award of £1.7m and annual periodical payments. We also secured a Provisional Damages Order, entitling our client to return to Court at a later date in the event of a serious deterioration in her condition.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 13/08/2018
    Family Call For Lessons To Be Learned After Inquest Into Mental Health Patient’s Death Concludes

    This is a truly devastating case and the inquest has understandably been a very difficult time for Keith’s loved ones, who are still struggling to come to terms with his sudden and untimely death. “Both the NHS Trust report, and now the inquest have raised significant concerns regarding the care that Keith received, so it is clear that reassurances are needed that lessons have been learned following his death. “Patients and their families put great faith in the NHS that an appropriate standard of care will be provided, but sadly that was not the case here.”

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  • 05/06/2018
    Family's Hope For Answers After Man Dies A Week After Undergoing Elective Surgery

    Graham was a much-loved husband, dad and grandfather and his family are still struggling to come to terms with his death just a few days after undergoing elective surgery. “The family hope that the inquest will provide them with the much needed answers they want as to why Graham died. “It’s also vitally important that if the inquest identifies any lessons which can be learnt from the care Graham received, appropriate measures are immediately put in place to reduce the risk of similar incidents in future.”

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  • 16/04/2018
    Sheffield Law Students Win Work Experience With Irwin Mitchell Following Competition Triumph

    The judging panel were impressed with the knowledge and understanding of all the students who entered, and deciding on the winning pair was really difficult. “We are proud to support the Personal Support Unit. The charity relies on volunteers and does great work in advising and preparing litigants for their cases. “Irwin Mitchell is always keen to support the next generation of legal talent and we look forward to welcoming Megan and Kristi on their placements. We hope that they gain a great deal from their time with us, helping to shape the formative stages of their legal careers.”

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  • 12/12/2017
    Family’s Hope For Answers At Inquest Into Death Of Businessman Who Died After Suspected Reaction To Antibiotics

    Norman was a real family man who enjoyed spending time with his wife Elsie and children Julie and Wayne. “Norman’s family has been left devastated by his death and Elsie has a number of concerns over why her husband was given antibiotics to which he is suspected of having an allergic reaction to in the past. “It is vitally important that the inquest identifies exactly what happened during Norman’s care and, if required, lessons are learned and measures introduced to reduce the risk of similar incidents in the future.”

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