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Barlow Robbins lawyers awarded specialist accreditation in personal injury

14th April 2020

14 April 2020:  Deborah Powlesland and Natalie Hirst, solicitors at leading Surrey law firm Barlow Robbins, have been accredited as Senior Litigators by the Association for Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). APIL accreditation provides a quality mark of competence and specialist expertise for solicitors dealing with personal injury claims. Deborah and Natalie are specialists in clinical negligence, a niche sub-set of personal injury.

The accreditation scheme was set up in 1999 in order to recognise solicitors who have developed specialist knowledge during their careers and to help clients choose a solicitor with the necessary expertise, particularly in the more complex cases. Deborah and Natalie are the latest in the Barlow Robbins’ Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence team to receive APIL accreditation, with eight members of the department now recognised as industry specialists. These include:


  • Helen Goatley, Partner – APIL Fellow and Brain Injury Specialist
  • Caroline Flashman, Partner – APIL Senior Litigator
  • Emma Potter, Partner – APIL Senior Litigator
  • Victoria Jones, Senior Associate – APIL Senior Litigator
  • Deborah Powlesland, Senior Associate – APIL Senior Litigator
  • Natalie Hirst, Associate – APIL Senior Litigator
  • Maria Mingoia, Associate – APIL Senior Litigator
  • Tim Kirfield – APIL Litigator

The Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence team are experts in helping people whose lives have been significantly disrupted by accident or negligent healthcare treatment. The team regularly advises on and handles a wide range of complex cases.  They are specialists in representing people who have suffered catastrophic injuries involving brain damage, spinal injury, and amputation. Emma Potter is a market leader in the field of chronic pain disorders.

Today’s news follows the recent announcement that Barlow Robbins is set to merge with Moore Blatch, creating a new regional powerhouse firm with a significant geographic footprint across the South East.

The new firm will be known as Moore Barlow as of May 1 2020 and will boast one of the largest and most comprehensive teams of legal advisors, particularly in the field of personal injury and clinical negligence.

Caroline Flashman, Partner and Head of Department, comments:

“In recent years the team has been increasingly recognised in the legal directories Chambers and Partners and Legal 500. I am sure that the APIL accreditations have assisted in the growth of our reputation.

 Chambers UK 2020 – quote from a contributor:

All of the lawyers were outstanding. They were all very patient and extremely professional in their attitudes. I cannot fault them

Helen Goatley, Partner & Chairman at Barlow Robbins, comments:

“It is wonderful to see a growing number of our personal injury and clinical negligence lawyers being granted specialist status and receiving industry recognition.

“As a firm, we are committed to delivering exceptional service to our clients and also providing our employees with the opportunity to thrive and progress their careers.”