About Sarah Coles
Sarah Coles is a Partner at Irwin Mitchell heading the Leeds Medical Negligence Team. She specialises in Medical Negligence law with a particular interest in cerebral palsy cases, child brain injury work and amputation cases and her team supports all types of medical negligence issues.
Sarah qualified as a solicitor in 1998 and has specialised in the field of clinical negligence law since qualifying. Sarah was brought up in Norwich, Norfolk and attended the University of Hull reading Law from 1991 – 1993, then moved to York for Law School, returning to Norfolk in 1996 where she started her career at Cunningham John solicitors (now Ashton Legal) in Norfolk in 1996.
Sarah had a years career break in 2008/9 and moved back to Yorkshire starting work for Irwin Mitchell in the Leeds office in September 2009. Sarah has handled a vast array of cases over the past 20 years including still birth cases; sepsis cases, encephalitis, child meningitis cases; delayed diagnosis of cancers; spinal injuries from failure to diagnose spinal abscesses; damage caused due to general surgery; and gynaecological and fertility cases.
Her special interest is in still birth cases, amputation cases and brain injury cases including damage caused by excessive force in forceps delivery, anaesthetic damage and cerebral palsy cases some dating back to the 1950s.
Sarah has obtained over £70 million so far in compensation for her clients which has allowed them to have a far better quality of life than they anticipated. Rehabilitation is Sarahs focus for her clients. She realises it’s not just a matter of obtaining compensation but ensuring that clients get the answers they want from the doctors or hospitals involved, receive the treatment they need and try to return to as normal a life as possible for themselves and their families and preventing the same thing happening to anyone else.
Sarah has been a member of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel Accreditation Scheme from 2003 to date. She is a member of APIL and on the APIL Clinical Negligence Specialist Accreditation and Assessor Scheme in September 2018. Sarah is also a member of the AVMA Specialist Clinical Negligence Panel.
Sarah is very experienced in this field of law having been successful at Trials and the Court of Appeal.
Sarah returned to the UK in May 2009 having spent several months teaching orphaned children and providing HIV Education to children and adults, in the Kwa-ZuluNatal region of South Africa and has continued to fund raise for those projects, by providing talks in the UK.
Sarah supports local charities in Yorkshire and having lived and studied in Hull has a strong link with East Yorkshire. She works closely with charities such as KIDS, UK Sepsis Trust and local amputation support groups and more locally is involved with a number of disability sports charities and teams. These links allow her to access additional support for clients supplementing her legal services.