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A pre-eminent firm in the field of personal injury and clinical negligence in the Midlands but with clients all over the country and abroad. It handles all types of complex matters with particular expertise in maximum severity cases, including brain and spinal injuries and cerebral palsy.

The firm: Barratts Solicitors was established in 1991 and was ranked by The Legal 500 in the first year.

Managing partner David Tomlinson has been with the firm since its inception. Ed Myers joined the personal injury department in 1999 and Alison Brooks joined the clinical negligence team in 2001. Since 2014 the teams have expanded with Julie Hardy, a clinical negligence partner from Freeths, and Debra Morris, a specialist brain injury solicitor from Flint Bishop. Emma Zukowska, previously an associate, was made a partner. Julie Greenwood joined from Freeths to run the Court of Protection deputy service in 2015.

As a small niche practice all cases are handled personally and sensitively by specialist solicitors. The firm often takes on cases and succeeds where other solicitors have failed. The low caseloads ensure the experienced lawyers can devote time to every client. The firm acts against major insurance companies and is known for fighting for clients to get the best results. Only experienced litigation lawyers actively manage cases; all are recognised panel members in their areas of expertise.

The practice is client led, relying on recommendations from satisfied clients and organisations that support people with serious injuries. Its expertise is acknowledged by Headway (the Brain Injury Association), the Spinal Injuries Association and AvMA (Action against Medical Accidents), on whose panels of expert solicitors the firm is represented.

Developments include a rise in spinal and brain injury referrals, with substantial awards achieved for clients including brain damage at birth. The firm has simplified it’s name from Barratt, Goff & Tomlinson to Barratts Solicitors. A Legal Aid Tender for birth injury cases was successful in 2015.

Types of work undertaken: The firm acts in all complex personal injury cases, especially those involving brain or spinal injury. Clients need a dedicated and experienced lawyer to handle serious injury cases from start to finish.

The lawyers understand the issues surrounding head injury and the needs of clients with various degrees of paralysis. Accommodation needs, therapies and the latest technology are assessed to maximise recovery. Rehabilitation is secured by the team working to get an early admission of liability.

The clinical negligence team has a proven record securing awards for claims involving damage at birth. Every birth injury case where court proceedings have been issued has resulted in successful awards. The lawyers have over 100 years shared expertise and are all panel members. They have represented clients with missed diagnosis of and treatment of serious conditions, such as failure to treat Cauda Equina syndrome, GP negligence and surgical mismanagement cases.

The Court of Protection department acts as court appointed deputies, helping severely disabled clients during and after litigation concludes. The work is an important continuation of the service provided to clients who lack capacity.

Barratts Solicitors will continue to focus on providing advice of the highest quality in its core areas of expertise, concentrating on complex injury cases handled only by experienced lawyers in a personal, client led service.

Breakdown of work %Personal injury 42
Clinical negligence 42
Court of protection 16

Number of UK partners 6

Above material supplied by Barratts Solicitors.

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