Firm Profile > Barratts Solicitors > Nottingham, England

Barratts Solicitors
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Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Specialist firm Barratts Solicitors is home to considerable expertise in high-end personal injury and clinical negligence litigation. On the personal injury front, the team has a proven track record in cases involving brain and spinal injuries, among others. Damages sustained at birth, GP negligence and surgical mismanagement are examples of specialist areas on the clinical negligence side. Ed Myers is highly recommended, and the team also including Julie Hardy  on the clinical negligence side. Debra Morris departed to join Affinity Law.

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. Since then, it has been consistently ranked in tier 1.

Managing partner David Tomlinson has been with the firm since its inception. Ed Myers joined the personal injury department in 1999 and, soon after,  Alison Brooks and Emma Zukowska joined the clinical negligence team. This expanded in 2014 with Julie Hardy joining as clinical negligence partner from Freeths and Chris Kowalewski in 2017. Since 2015, Julie Greenwood has headed up the Court of Protection deputy service. Most recently, Jay Tomlinson, was recruited to provide Special Education Needs (SEN) advice for both existing clients and others.

Barratts is small enough to  guarantee all cases are handled personally and sensitively with dedicated one to one advice from qualified, specialist lawyers. The firm only handles injury work, with  related services for Court of Protection and special education. The depth of experience is recognised by independent legal guides; relying almost entirely on personal recommendations is testament to the quality of legal advice within the firm.

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; they are recognised panel members and experts in their field.

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. Legal Aid for birth injury cases is still offered, despite many firms moving into private work only for cerebral palsy claims.

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.

The recent introduction of SEN work was established to ensure the highest standard of advice was secured for clients with the same pro-active, practical approach by qualified lawyers.

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner David Tomlinson
Personal injury Edward Myers
Clinical negligence Alison Brooks
Special Education Needs Jay Tomlinson
Court of protection Julie Greenwood
Photo Name Position Profile
 Alison Brooks  photo Alison Brooks
 Julie Greenwood  photo Julie Greenwood
 Julie Hardy  photo Julie Hardy
 Edward Myers  photo Edward Myers
 David Tomlinson  photo David Tomlinson
 Emma Zukowska  photo Emma Zukowska
Number of UK partners : 5