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Barr Ellison

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Managing Partner: Robert Curry
Senior Partner: Elizabeth Deyong
Personal Injury Partner: Emma Truin
Number of partners: 6
Number of assistant solicitors: 14
Number of other fee earners: 10

THE FIRM Barr Ellison is a full service law firm at the heart of Cambridge, able to cater for all the needs of clients and their families in one place, including Court of Protection, PI trusts, wills, family and property. Its dedicated personal injury team comprises knowledgeable, experienced lawyers with empathy and decades of specialist expertise focused on complex and catastrophic injury work. The team specialises in brain injury, spinal injury, amputations and other catastrophic injuries.

Barr Ellison has an office within Addenbrooke’s Hospital to ensure we are immediately approachable for clients and their families in all areas of law.

Emma Truin has entrenched her position at the helm of Barr Ellison’s personal injury team, growing the practice and demonstrating a commitment to further enhancing the reputation of this established catastrophic injury practice.

The team is extremely well connected locally having excellent relationships with key contacts for its clients e.g. medics at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and case managers and therapists, enabling the provision of a caring, bespoke and individual service for its clients and their families.

The types of cases include multiple catastrophic brain injury (child and adult), spinal injury, psychological injury and amputation cases, for example making a recent settlement of £10.7 million for a young woman who suffered a brain injury as a result of a road traffic collision. The team has obtained significant interim payments under the Rehab and Serious Injury Codes to secure specially adapted accommodation for their clients. The team has decades of experience dealing with complex paediatric cases and recently secured a £7 million settlement for a child who sustained a traumatic brain injury.

There is a dedicated Court of Protection team supervised by Managing Partner, Robert Curry which brings the added dimension of a wealth of knowledge in dealing with and supporting the day-to-day management of the firm’s Court of Protection client funds.

Barr Ellison has supported Headway Cambridgeshire and Headway UK for many years. Partner Emma Truin is Chair of Headway Cambridgeshire. This year Barr Ellison is sponsoring Headway UK’s Carer of the Year Award.


LANDMARK CASES
■ £7 million settlement for child who sustained serious traumatic brain injury — complex causation issues. January 2017
■ Admission of liability extracted on difficult liability case. Client suffered traumatic brain injury, now progressing with quantum investigations — case worth circa £500,000 to £1 million. November 2017
■ £2.45 million settlement for below knee amputation client in July 2017
■ New instruction: RTC – 18 year old male sustained serious traumatic brain injury. Immediate interim payment obtained (despite liability issues (drugs in car)) and private bespoke rehabilitation package set up to include, case manager, speech and language therapy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and neuropsychology 
■ New instruction: RTC – 17 year old female client sustained catastrophic injuries (quadriplegia). £250k interim payment secured to fund specialist rehabilitation within six months despite liability issues
■ New instruction – on amputation case. Interim payments secured for property which is being adapted to suit client’s needs. Funds obtained for pioneering surgery in Holland
■ New instruction on shooting case. Client rendered blind in one eye and serious loss of sight in other eye, as a result of an accident at a grouse shooting event
■ New instruction on a child brain injury case. Funding secured to enable extensive case management input and property relocation
■ New instruction on RTA child brain injury case. Client playing football outside his house in cul-de-sac when learner driver hit accelerator instead of brake and ran him over. Substantial interim payments secured for therapy, rehabilitation and suitable accommodation. Likely value circa £15m 
■ New instruction on RTA adult brain and spinal injury case. Value circa £5m
■ CICA case reopened. Shaken baby case. CICA settled case on basis of life expectancy evidence that the Claimant would live to 19. She is now 20 so further life expectancy evidence is being obtained. Instructions via the Deputy