Founded in 2002, Brian Barr Solicitors are a specialist firm of solicitors whose expertise is chronic pain and serious injury litigation.

We are expert lawyers

We are expert lawyers specialising in claims involving CRPS, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, serious and catastrophic injury. We are committed to building strong relationships with our clients and providing them with access to the leading experts whose understanding of chronic pain and serious injury is second to none. At Brian Barr Solicitors we will offer you peace of mind throughout the whole process. Funding your case may well be very straightforward through your existing legal expenses cover or our ‘no win, no fee’ scheme.

In any accident or insurance claim, transferring your claim from your current solicitor to Brian Barr Solicitors will be easy and hassle-free. We are a dedicated team who are passionate about helping our clients in a caring, understanding and professional manner. We pride ourselves in providing expert support and advice in your time of need and securing the compensation you deserve.

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Meet the Team


Alex Cohen - Director

Alex followed a career as an administrator before taking up the law in 2007. He has been with the firm since July 2009, joining us after obtaining a distinction in his Legal Practice course at BPP Manchester. He qualified as a solicitor in January 2012. He has successfully concluded many complex personal injury claims, including a number of six-figure settlements. In his spare time, Alex enjoys playing and listening to music and is an avid reader and writer.


Phillip Cohen - Director

Phillip qualified as a solicitor in 2006.


Steven Akerman - Director

Originally from New York, Steven moved to Manchester in 2003. He obtained his Law Degree in 2008 from the University of Manchester and completed his Legal Practice Course in 2009 at BPP Manchester. Steven then spent two years as a Costs Draftsman before joining Brian Barr Solicitors in 2011. Having qualified in 2013, Steven has settled a variety of claims ranging from less than £10,000 to over £500,000. Steven enjoys spending time with his family and in his spare time follows baseball and American football.


Nicky Salt - Solicitor

Nicky qualified as a Solicitor in 2013 after attaining a Distinction in her Legal Practice Course and completing her training contract in a busy firm in North London. She had previously completed her Law degree in Manchester and, having always loved the city, returned joining Brian Barr Solicitors in February 2014. In her spare time Nicky enjoys cooking, watching films and spending time with her family.


Katie Davies – Assistant Solicitor

Katie joined the firm in April 2013 shortly after completing her Law degree. Whilst working for the firm, Katie completed her Legal Practice Course with Masters at The University of Law before qualifying as a Solicitor in October 2019. Katie is now an Assistant Solicitor and provides support to Solicitors at the firm, helping clients with fibromyalgia, chronic pain and CRPS get the compensation they deserve. In her spare time, Katie enjoys attending music concerts, socialising and spending time with her family.


Sophie Hill - Paralegal

Sophie is a Paralegal who joined the firm in 2016. As a fibromyalgia warrior herself, Sophie can really put herself in the shoes of our clients. She understands what it is like to live with a chronic pain condition and strives to help clients get the support and compensation they deserve. In her spare time, Sophie collects Harry Potter memorabilia with her partner and two children and also enjoys reading and watching movies.


Sonya O'Sullivan - Paralegal

Sonya is a Paralegal who joined the firm in 2016 to assist the firms solicitors. In her spare time she enjoys running, walking outdoors and spending time with her family.


Lucie Tighe - Paralegal

Lucie joined the firm in February 2013 and is a paralegal assisting the firm’s solicitors. In her spare time Lucie enjoys reading, ice skating and spending time with her family.

Sameta Chohan - Paralegal

Sameta recently completed her Masters LLM at BPP University Law School in Leeds before joining Brian Barr in March 2022. She works closely with Alex Cohen, assisting clients with claims involving fibromyalgia, CRPS, chronic pain and other serious injury litigation. Sameta takes part in various social charity events and enjoys singing in her local temple as well as playing badminton.