Thirty years ago, David Tomlinson, Malcolm Goff and Jill Barratt decided to set up a Claimant injury litigation law firm with a difference. Their ambition was to offer a personal service, focused only on injured clients and their needs. This was achieved by ensuring that clients were advised by specialist lawyers who were experienced in claims arising from an accident or due to medical negligence, with the same senior lawyer dealing with the claim from start to finish.
Since it was established, Barratts has been ranked number 1, every year, in the independent legal guides, Legal 500 and Chambers, for our work in the fields of clinical negligence and personal injury.
Ed Myers and Alison Brooks joined over 20 years ago and became partners in the firm, helping to develop the personal injury and clinical negligence departments. Malcolm and Jill retired some years ago but the same ethos of client care from a small, dedicated firm, continued under the leadership of David, Ed and Alison. The firm’s services were expanded to include Court of Protection work for injured clients, as many wanted Barratts to continue to support them once their claim settled.
After decades of hard work by David and Ed, both have decided to reduce their work loads; in October 2021, they stepped down from the management of the business to concentrate on personal injury advice for clients. We are extremely fortunate that both remain working as partners in the business, acting for a smaller number of clients.
Alison was determined to continue the unique approach of Barratts and knew that many clients chose Barratts because it felt more like a family run firm. It therefore made sense that Alison turned to a long standing colleague, Ross Brain, who had worked with Alison in London. Ross is former head of a large claimant clinical negligence department at a London firm. He has also spent time developing his business and management skills through other ventures, which made Ross the ideal candidate to work alongside Alison and all the staff.
Ross and Alison have embraced this opportunity to build on the firm’s reputation, with help from our loyal and experienced staff, many of whom have worked at Barratts for decades. We could not ask for a better team of lawyers and staff; they continue to fight for injured clients and to help them rebuild their lives following injury. We are extremely excited about the future of Barratts and to be able to continue the formidable legacy which started 30 years ago. The partner led service remains a unique part of our approach and, together, we have over 200 years combined experience to draw upon.
We are proud to have been described as one of the best firms in the country for personal injury and clinical negligence work. We would like to thank all our staff over the years, who have helped us to achieve such a remarkable standing for our claimant injury work.