I head up the Asbestos-Related Disease team in Bristol. I specialise exclusively in helping people and their families who are suffering illness because of asbestos exposure. I've been working in this field for most of my working life and am very passionate about helping people who are affected by these diseases, through no fault of their own and usually many years after the exposure happened. I'm often working with clients at a time when they were looking forward to enjoying their retirement.
I work hard to make everything run as smoothly as possible for my clients and therefore seek to resolve claims as quickly as possible. I am qualified as a solicitor in Canada as well as England and Wales. I often speak at conferences and in 2013 chaired a ground-breaking conference on inquests and post-mortems in mesothelioma deaths.
"Virginia Chalmers is excellent and at the top of her game... a fantastic litigator who really knows what they're doing." – Legal 500, 2021 (Leading Individual)
"Truly excellent." – Legal 500, 2018/19
“Highly reliable” and renowned for her “first- class knowledge”, in particular of asbestos-related claims, and her excellent client skills.” – Legal 500, 2017
"I would like to thank the both of you for being so helpful and understanding and honest when dealing with my late father's claim. From the first visit with Dad, Mum and me at their home when you explained the process and the time it could take due to so many different insurance companies involved in the claim, I felt you were two people we could work with. This continued right until the end; even during lockdown they kept me informed by email and mobile calls. If ever I called ether of them they would get back to me as soon as they were able. I never once had to leave a second message to chase them up." – 5* Trustpilot review
"Shortly after our first meeting with Virginia Chalmers my husband became very ill and sadly passed away but she continued supporting me with the claim. Virginia dealt with the case with great professionalism whilst displaying compassion and understanding. With her extensive knowledge of this disease she was truly instrumental to the overall outcome of the case which led to a settlement being made. I would recommend Virginia Chalmers to anybody who has the unfortunate need to make a mesothelioma claim." - 5* Trustpilot review
"I want express mine and my family’s gratitude to Virginia Chalmers for her professionalism, patience and understanding in reaching a settlement in respect of my late husband’s death from mesothelioma almost a year ago. At a very difficult time she visited us more than once, taking copious notes and talking us through the claim procedure. She has the rare gift of communicating well at all levels and put us all at our ease. We shall never be able to thank her enough for all she has done for us as a family and would recommend her without hesitation."
"Considerate yet professional, Ginny provided our family with a considerate and caring service during a difficult family time. We were given full and careful explanations throughout the process and were treated with respect and dignity at all times. We’d fully recommend Irwin Mitchell, particularly Ginny, for all legal advice and representation."
“Irwin Mitchell, and especially Virginia Chambers, have been a pleasure to work with. They have dealt with a very sensitive situation with great compassion for my family. They have always kept us informed with how the case was progressing. They have always been approachable and friendly. I would definitely recommend them.”
“We soon realised we were dealing with a very experienced and thorough Solicitor in Virginia Chalmers. She spend a great deal of time talking with my late husband and advising us of the claim. After his death she explained all the calculations making it so easy to understand and was a pleasure to meet. We built a very friendly relationship which made the emotionally difficult discussions very comfortable. Everything discussed was formally followed up by letter. I cannot speak more highly of the company and Virginia."
“They are a wonderful team of solicitors and I couldn't have asked for better. I was always kept informed throughout the whole process and everything was explained to me in detail so I could understand it fully. Also they got me the outcome I had hoped for. Many thanks for all your kindness and help."
"Virginia Chalmers and Alexandra Lausen continuously gave my family professionalism, expertise and treated us with the utmost sensitivity while they managed our claim. They were proactive at every step, ensuring we understood every detail. Never once we were left wanting, or uncertain by the use of legal terminology or process. We always felt our case was in the very best of hands, and never once doubted any fact had not been thoroughly researched prior to any correspondence or meeting. My family will remain eternally grateful for all of their help."
"Irwin Mitchell was recommended to my father through his medical treatment for mesothelioma. Ginny (Virginia) Chalmers carefully and sensitively led my father and our family through the legal process. My father passed in March 2018 and Ginny continued to work with us and follow through with my father's wishes. I live in Australia and she kept me fully informed at all times via email. She is easy to talk to and compassionate, she understands that it is a painful process and no amount of money will replace a loved one. Thank you so much Ginny."