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Barratts Solicitors
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Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant Tier 1

Barratts Solicitors‘ team comprises of ‘experts at representing patients and families involved in clinical negligence claims and inquests’. Senior partner and highly regarded advocate, Alison Brooks heads the clinical negligence and Court of Protection team. Lesley Edwards heads the personal injury, and is an expert in cross border litigation and has acted in many high value claims abroad including RTAs, accidents at work, rail crashes and aviation. ‘Sensible and straightforward’ associate Mike Dodd is another top counsel for claimant work. Ross Brain is the managing partner. Emma Zukowska and Julie Hardy left the firm in early 2024.

Practice head(s):

Alison Brooks; Lesley Edwards; David Tomlinson; Ross Brain

Other key lawyers:


‘Ross Brain – great command and knowledge of substantial claims.

‘Mike Dodd – sensible and straightforward. Effective and good at explaining complex issues to clients.’

‘Barrett’s is a true niche firm meaning that they are very good at what they do. They are experts at representing patients and families involved in clinical negligence claims and inquests. They are pragmatic and sensible but fight hard for their clients.’

‘They are a really impressive outfit. Barratts are everything a boutique firm should be: a select team of great people who are really dedicated to their cases. I would use the firm myself if I ever needed to (and I don’t say that about many firms!).’

‘Lesley Edwards is a star. She has a lovely manner with clients. She gets excellent results on the trickiest of cases.’

‘Specialise in high value / catastrophic claims. Very experienced in this field and all clams are dealt with exclusively by a partner, which marks them out from other firms. From a client’s perspective, they are approachable, responsive, and totally committed to getting the best result.’

Work highlights

  • Represented the family of claimant who tragically died following a series of significant failings by East Midlands Ambulance Service.
  • Represented a claimant who endured serious trauma and mental health issues following a misdiagnosed breast cancer screening.
  • Acted for a young teacher, who suffered traumatic brain injury while driving on the A1, when a sheet of metal flew through her windscreen. She also suffered catastrophic facial injuries.

A pre-eminent firm in the field of personal injury and clinical negligence litigation 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.

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 related work, with  related services for Court of Protection. 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 as well as spinal injuries as a result of an accident or negligent medical treatment.

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 in spinal injury cases. 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 and spinal injuries arising from medical conditions such as Cauda Equina or spinal abscess. 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, limb ischaemia resulting in amputation, 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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Clinical Negligence & Court of Protection - HoD Alison Brooks
Personal Injury - HoD Lesley Edwards
Managing Partner & Partner Clinical Negligence Ross Brain
Partner - Clinical Negligence Julie Hardy
Partner - Clinical Negligence Emma Zukowska
Partner - Personal Injury Ed Myers
Partner - Personal Injury David Tomlinson
Photo Name Position Profile
Alison Brooks photo Alison Brooks Alison is a Law Society and AvMA Clinical Negligence Panel member. One…
Lesley Edwards photo Lesley Edwards Partner in the serious injury team acting for Claimants who have suffered…
Julie Hardy photo Julie Hardy Julie specialises in clinical negligence claims and is a member of the…
Edward Myers photo Edward Myers Ed has spent 35 years pursuing complex personal injury claims I have…
David Tomlinson photo David Tomlinson David is one of the founding partners of Barratts Solicitors. I have…
Emma Zukowska photo Emma Zukowska Emma specialises in Clinical Negligence claims. She is a Member of the…
Number of UK Partners : 7
Number of UK Solicitors : 2
Number of UK Associates : 2
AvMA - Action against Medical Accodents
Headway (the Brain Injury Association)
The Spinal Injuries Association

Barratts Solicitors are committed to providing a working environment where all employees are valued, supported and respected. The year 2020 has been a challenging year for all of us. Working from home has become a necessity and we have strived to ensure our staff remain happy, healthy and working as comfortably as they can in the circumstances. The health and safety of our staff and clients has been paramount.

Historically, Barratts have experienced very few changes in staff and fee earners with many members of staff working at Barratts for 15 years plus. This we feel is testament to the working environment and the relationships built between all members of the team.

Barratts have been firm supporters of a number of charities over the years, particularly those providing support to brain and spinal injured. We continue that support within the local community, in particular Headway Nottingham and Footprints Conductive Education.

We provide pro bono legal advice to many, in particular those who have concerns regarding medical treatment. We frequently assist in advising on the complaints process, drafting complaints and reviewing responses. We are conscious of the additional stress and upset that be caused when trying to navigate what may appear to be complex systems at the same time as dealing with injuries or the loss of a loved one. We regularly provide advice to families in connection with Inquests. We are all too aware of the limited public funding available for representation at Inquests and how important it is for the families to have appropriate support.

CLIENT: Private Client
COMPANY/FIRM: Barratts Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: Exceptional service from our wonderful Solicitor. Over almost 10 years of litigation we were kept well informed, cared for and well supported. The case has recently settled and we were very pleased with the outcome. Friendly, professional and efficient company. Thank you Barratts.

CLIENT: Private Client
COMPANY/FIRM: Barratts Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: They couldn’t have done anymore for me if they had tried. Every person who was involved couldn’t praise them enough and their work. They always put me first and everything done for me was impeccable. I couldn’t have wished for any more. Caring, compassionate, hardworking people. I am still very thankful for everything they have done and I would highly recommend them. Thanks Barratts.

CLIENT: Private Client
COMPANY/FIRM: Barratts Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: Thank you for everything you have done, you have made a hard process easier due to professionalism and being so friendly and approachable.

CLIENT: Private Client
COMPANY/FIRM: Barratts Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: Friendly, efficient service with excellent communication.

CLIENT: Private Client
COMPANY/FIRM: Barratts Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: Everything was perfect.

CLIENT: Private Client
COMPANY/FIRM: Barratts Solicitors
TESTIMONIAL: I also wanted to thank you for everything you have done for me and us as a family. Your understanding of the case and my personal position was very comforting. I was wondering when you are next going to be at the office so I can come and thank you personally but of course at a safe distance!