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Barr Ellison LLP

Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Barr Ellison LLP in Cambridge has a dedicated catastrophic personal injury practice that is known for high-value claims and its experience in Court of Protection matters and personal injury trusts. The firm, which also has an office in Addenbrooke's Hospital, has 'a high level of expertise and is always focused on getting the best results, as well as being tough and pragmatic'. Lead partner Emma Truin is 'calm, sympathetic, clear and easy to deal with for her clients', and associate Mark Copley handles complex claims with 'skill, understanding and clarity'. Daryl Robinson moved to Moore Barlow in London.

Practice head(s):

Emma Truin

Other key lawyers:

Mark Copley; Lucy Spraggons


‘A high level of expertise in high value and catastrophic personal injury claims. Very easy to deal with. Always focused on getting the best results and tough and pragmatic as required.’

‘Emma Truin has great experience of high value and catastrophic injury claims, particularly involving traumatic brain injuries. She is calm, sympathetic, and clear and easy to deal with for her clients. I am always struck by how well liked and trusted she is by her clients, some of whom are far from easy. She is a solicitor I would recommend without hesitation. Mark Copley is a senior associate and handles very serious and high value claims, with skill, understanding and clarity.’

‘Lucy Spraggons works mainly alongside Emma Truin, providing much assistance with Emma’s heavy cases. She is efficient and gains the trust of clients with her sympathetic and straightforward manner.’

‘This is a niche catastrophic personal injury practice offering a very high level of service doing PI cases in East Anglia. They have real strength in depth within their team and a track record of achieving outstanding results on the highest value cases. They are set apart from other firms because of their links to the medical profession and the personal service they provide.’

‘Mark Copley is a fee earner I rate highly because he really understands how to maximise catastrophic injury claims. The PI department is ably led by Emma Truin, who is a very safe pair of hands.’

‘This is a medium-sized firm in Cambridge. The personal injury department punches way about its weight and is excellent.’

‘Emma Truin is exceptional and her client care excellent. She shows empathy and consideration for all of her clients and offers a first class service. If I or a member of my family ever personally needed a PI Lawyer I would instruct Emma ’

‘An excellent firm of solicitors based in Cambridge and covering the region. Major strengths include empathy with clients, extensive medical and legal knowledge of neurotrauma and impact on patients, Collaborate closely with clinical services to the benefit of patients.’

Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate: Cambridge Tier 2

Barr Ellison LLP joins the ranking due to the strength of its personal wealth practice, which acts for world-renowned academics, high-net-worth individuals and business owners, as well as advising Cambridge colleges on private client matters. The firm is 'extremely efficient and quick to deal with the work' and client enthusiastically recommend partners Emma Parsons, who shows 'professionalism, good humour and energy', and Francis Durrant. Associate Seema Solanki  has 'an excellent grasp of client/lawyer relations as well has excellent technical knowledge'.

Practice head(s):

Emma Parsons

Other key lawyers:

Francis Durrant; Seema Solanki; Chris Jones


‘This firm is friendly from the moment the phone is answered to speaking to the relevant solicitor. They are extremely efficient and professional, and quick to deal with the work I have had to ask them to do. This firm was recommended to me. I would recommend them to others.’

‘Chris Jones listened with empathy and understanding which I appreciated when trying to change my will on several occasions. once again it was dealt with efficiently and quickly.’

‘The team is very well resourced and provides a very high level of expertise.’

‘Seema Solanki has been my main contact. She is extremely professional and has an excellent grasp of client/lawyer relations as well has excellent technical knowledge.’

‘Barr Ellison has a “family feel” about its practice. It is very professional but at the same time is committed to tailoring its services for the needs of the individual client. Each matter is treated with the same respect and attention to detail. The last twelve months have been a test for everyone and Barr Ellison have still been able to deliver their product effectively to their clients.’

‘There is a real team ethos within Barr Ellison and this operates in a seamless manner for both clients and professional connections. There is a great depth of expertise that is nonetheless expressed in engaging and client-friendly terms, giving great confidence that objectives and priorities are completely understood, so that thorough advice across a wide variety of matters is effectively provided.’

‘We have worked with Emma Parsons for some years and the relationship is characterised by a professionalism, good humour and energy. She successfully expresses complex matters in terms that can be readily understood by non-legal professionals and clients alike, giving complete confidence that she has a full understanding of client priorities and any challenges they may face before providing appropriate and thorough advice.’

‘Francis Durrant has always dealt with our affairs diligently giving best up-to-date advice on all aspects of inheritance tax etc We have dealt in past with other firms who have been exceptionally slow when it comes to this subject and not always given best advice.’

Real estate > Commercial property: Cambridge

A Cambridge law firm serving East Anglia, we have been trusted legal advisors to successful people and businesses since 1874. We promote our clients’ interests throughout East Anglia. Going beyond great service, we identify opportunities and empower our clients to take advantage of them.

Catastrophic Personal Injury
Barr Ellison Law deals with all the needs of our personal injury clients and their families in one place, including Court of Protection, Personal Injury Trusts, Wills, family and property. Its dedicated personal injury team comprises knowledgeable, experienced lawyers with empathy and decades of specialist expertise focused on complex and catastrophic injury work. The team specialises in brain injury, spinal injury, amputations and other catastrophic injuries.

Barr Ellison has an office within Addenbrooke’s Hospital to ensure we are immediately approachable for clients and their families in all areas of law.  The team is extremely well connected locally having excellent relationships with key contacts for its clients e.g. medics at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and case managers and therapists, enabling the provision of a caring, bespoke and individual service for its clients and their families.

There is a strong focus on rehabilitation. The types of cases include multiple catastrophic brain injury (child and adult), spinal injury, psychological injury and amputation cases, for example making a settlement of £10.7m for a young woman who suffered a brain injury as a result of a road traffic collision. The team has obtained significant interim payments under the Rehab and Serious Injury Codes to secure specially adapted accommodation for their clients. The team has decades of experience dealing with complex paediatric cases and recently secured a £7m settlement for a child who sustained a traumatic brain injury.

View our Personal Injury Guides here.

Personal Wealth: Wills, Trusts, IHT & Estate Planning
The firm’s Personal Wealth practice is recognised for its strength and reach throughout East Anglia, acting for world-renowned academics, high-net-worth individuals and business owners, as well as advising Cambridge colleges on private client matters. The firm is ‘extremely efficient and quick to deal with the work’ and clients enthusiastically recommend partner Emma Parsons, who shows ‘professionalism, good humour and energy’.

View our Personal Wealth Guides.

Property Services
Barr Ellison Law has built a solid reputation over decades and hundreds of years in all areas of property.

We work with our clients to achieve enhanced value for their land through property development. The firm acts in many large and small scale developments, assisting clients throughout the development process from property sale or acquisition through to planning agreements, joint venture agreements, overage agreements and infrastructure issues. ‘Barr Ellison reigns supreme in the property development world in East Anglia.’ (Business Weekly)

Barr Ellison also provides specialist commercial property services through its team of bright enthusiastic lawyers. Our lawyers have a proper understanding of commercial risk. We think like you because we have years of experience working alongside clients to get deals done.

In residential property we have a vastly experienced team who take the major hassles off our clients’ hands.

Family, Divorce & Wealth Protection
Advice and outstanding guidance from experienced, committed family lawyers.  Our specialist family solicitors deal exclusively with all aspects of family law. We have outstanding knowledge in this field with over 50 years combined experience in our team. Our focus is to achieve the best possible outcome for you, providing advice that is comprehensive and effective.

View our Family Law Guides.

Companies and Businesses
Among the top law firms in East Anglia for business and corporate services.‘ (Business Weekly)

Legal support specialists to owner-managed and corporate business in East Anglia, we provide cost effective solutions for businesses. Our clients range from start-ups to long established companies.

Litigation & Dispute Resolution
We pursue and defend cases from the County Court to the Court of Appeal, resolving disputes by considering the options with you and guiding you through the process.

Personal Injury Partner Emma 417200
Commercial Property Partner Kelly 417267
Residential Property Partner Helen 417200
Family & Divorce Partner Sarah 417250
Personal Wealth Partner Emma 417240
Litigation Partner Robert 417200
Robert Curry  photo Robert Curry Robert Curry is a leading litigator in Cambridgeshire with over 30 years…
Francis Durrant photo Francis DurrantPersonal Wealth Partner
Chris Jones  photo Chris Jones Personal Wealth Solicitor
Emma Parsons photo Emma ParsonsPersonal Wealth Partner
Kelly Peck photo Kelly PeckA vastly experienced property lawyer, Kelly is well known for a straightforward,…
Emma Truin  photo Emma Truin Head of Catastrophic Personal Injury
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Law Society of England and Wales
Spinal Injuries Association (SIA)
Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)