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David Tomlinson

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Barratts Solicitors

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Personal Injury


David is one of the founding partners of Barratts Solicitors.


I have been handling personal injury claims for over 30 years, particularly those claims involving very serious injuries including spinal cord injury, brain injury and amputations.  I am a Fellow of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

I am recognised by the Chambers guide to the legal profession and the Legal 500 as being a leading individual in personal injury work.   I am the former Secretary of the Spinal Cord Injury Special Interest Group of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

In addition to obtaining well over £50 million compensation for my clients I have also taken a very active part in the rehabilitation process and by working closely with case managers, occupational therapists, medical practitioners, architects etc I have helped maximise my clients prospects for recovery and helped to improve the quality of their lives and environment following their serious injuries.   In the early stages following an accident taking active steps to help with rehabilitation, discharge from hospital and specialist medical treatment is far more important than the pure compensation (although there is no getting away from the fact that maximising the amount of compensation obtainable is going to make a significant difference to long-term quality of life for my clients).

I handled the first reported case with provisional damages being awarded for a paraplegic client in respect of him potentially developing syringomyelia, Barringer v Stewart (1997 B No 0923).

I am very fortunate to be assisted by my colleague, Lee Wraight, who has worked with me for over 20 years.

I live in Rutland with my wife and three children.


Trained Day Boot & Stone; associate/partner Howes Perceival, Northampton 1986; founding partner Barratt Goff & Tomlinson 1991 to date.


Law Society; Association of Personal Injury Lawyers; Secretary of Spinal Cord Injury Special Interest Group of APIL.


Newark Magnus Grammar School; Leicester De Montfort (1982 LLB); College of Law, Guildford (1983).


Family, cricket.

East Midlands: Insurance

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

Within: Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant

Barratts Solicitors fields a ‘highly respected’ and ‘first-rate’ team that ‘puts its clients at the heart of the very personal service it provides’ and ‘shows complete commitment to its cases’. The group excels in complex personal injury and clinical negligence litigation, with a strong focus in maximum severity cases, including fatal claims and cerebral palsy cases and matters with a cross-jurisdictional component. On the personal injury side, the department has a strong track record in matters involving brain and spinal injuries, often offering an early assessment of cases and experience in securing accommodation needs, therapies and other rehabilitation measures. On the clinical negligence side, the team is especially well-versed in cases involving damages sustained at birth, often obtaining multimillion-pound awards. Clinical negligence regarding cauda equina syndrome, spinal abscess, GP negligence and surgical mismanagement form a particularly large part of the caseload. The firm also fields a dedicated Court of Protection team led by legal executive Julie Greenwood. Personal injury expert Ed Myers and clinical negligence specialist Alison Brooks, ‘who cares passionately about her cases’, jointly lead the practice. The other key players are Julie Hardy, Debra Morris, David Tomlinson and the ‘particularly strongEmma Zukowska.

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