David Tomlinson
David Tomlinson lawyer, Barratts Solicitors

David is one of the founding partners of Barratt Goff & Tomlinson.

I am David Tomlinson, 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.  This guide notes “David Tomlinson is praised for his experience in personal injury claims, particularly in complex spinal cord cases. An interviewee highlights that he is “super sharp” and “on top of the law in cases,” while another source adds: “He was incredibly supportive, informative, knowledgeable and reassuring.”

I am also recommended in Legal 500 which describes the firm as “one of the best in the country”. 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 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.

Accreditations

Legal 500 Leading individual APIL fellow
Ed Myers
Ed Myers lawyer at Barratts Solicitors

Ed has spent over 30 years protecting the rights of injured people.

I have over 30 years experience as a specialist in personal injury claims for people who have been severely injured.  Their injuries include brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, fatal accidents and industrial diseases.  I am regularly involved in cases in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Coroners Inquests, and Criminal Injuries Compensation Tribunals.

I have represented many individuals injured in high profile incidents such as the Marchioness Disaster, the Soho Pub Bombings, and the London Transport attacks.  My work has involved helping people who have been in accidents throughout the world. These claims are called “cross-border” claims and this makes them more complex. I find this particularly interesting and I have become expert in helping people who have been injured abroad.

I am a fellow of the College of Personal Injury Law, and I am one of a very few individuals nationwide who hold both brain injury and spinal cord injury specialists status with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.  For a number of years I was Deputy Editor of the Journal of Personal Injury Litigation. I also appear in the Directory of Legal Experts and the Good Lawyer .

I have been recommended regularly in the two main guides to the legal profession. The Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners Guide, rate me and the firm, praising my “strong focus on clients, with genuine compassion and commitment, as well as legal expertise”. Chambers say “Ed Myers is noted for his specialist work in brain and spinal cord injury claims as well as in CICA cases. Sources enthuse: “He is a fantastic personal injury lawyer, very experienced and hugely wise. He knows what works and what doesn’t.”  Legal 500 also name me as a “leading individual” in “one of the best” firms “in the country”.

I really enjoy the challenge of complex claims. Chambers says that our Personal Injury Department does  “not shy to take on more technical and difficult claims and advise the client all the way through.” I get great satisfaction in obtaining a level of compensation for my clients which helps them to rebuild their lives.  I usually work as part of a team, with case managers, psychologists, occupational therapists and other medical professionals. When we work together as a team we make sure our clients’ interests come first.

I am Chair of the Trustees of my local Headway group (Headway Nottingham) which means I see the impact of head injury from a different perspective to my legal work. Supporting a local charity and using my expertise in head injury claims for the charity is extremely rewarding. For the last 20 years I have sat as a part time Tribunal Judge.

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Accreditations

Legal 500 Leading individual APIL fellow apil accredited brain injury specialist apil accredited spinal cord injury specialist
Debra Morris
Debra Morris lawyer, Barratts Solicitors

Debra has over 25 years experience in the field of Personal Injury specialising in claims involving head injuries.

“Debra has over 25 years experience in the field of personal injury, specialising in vestibular (your balance system) and head injury claims, particularly those of a subtle nature.”

I have worked in personal injury litigation for over 25 years now.  I am a Senior Litigator with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and accredited by the Law Society under their Personal Injury Scheme.  I am also Chair of Headway Derby (affiliated to Headway, the brain injury association) a local charity supporting people and their families after a brain injury. I manage our Derby office and have also written our website advice on subtle brain injury.

I deal with all types of injury including those of a serious and complex nature.  I specialise in cases involving head injuries of a subtle nature, or with vestibular damage, that are so often missed by lawyers and the medical profession.  These cases require a great deal of attention to detail and often the insurers will allege that a claimant is exaggerating their symptoms or even making them up.  Specialist medical experts need to be used as part of a team to put together a strong legal case in these claims and I have worked with many such experts who feel as passionately as I do about helping people in this situation, following an accident or injury, and not always being believed.

I have developed close ties with medical practitioners both on the NHS and privately as I believe early rehabilitation is so important – without recognition and treatment of these symptoms they can worsen over time.  Interim payments are usually required to pay for rehabilitation so this is something I address at any early stage.

I am passionate about client care and recognise that an accident can have devastating effects upon not only the injured person, but their family as well.

The majority of my cases come to me via recommendation, often by medicals professionals, and my clients have referred to me as approachable, knowledgeable and professional.  I think those qualities are important in a serious injury lawyer dealing with people who have had their lives turned upside down after an accident or injury.

I am recommended by Legal 500, an independent legal guide which only ranks the best law firms in the UK.  Our Personal Injury Department is described in Chambers, another legal guide relying on client and professional recommendations. We are “true experts” and “utterly dedicated to providing an excellent level of service”.

I am always happy to take time to speak to someone or help someone where I can – either in my role as a lawyer or through my work with Headway Derby.  Please feel free to contact me for advice.

Accreditations

apil accredited senior litigator Law society personal injury accredited apil accredited brain injury specialist