Keith Barrett



As a member of the Serious Injury and Aviation Law teams at Irwin Mitchell, I've represented victims of road crashes, accidents at work, accidents in public places and aviation disasters for over 16 years. I also have particular expertise in representing amputees, ensuring they receive the specialist rehabilitation and support they need.

Over the years, I have built a strong general aviation practice representing many individuals who suffered injury whilst acting as a pilot under instruction, as well as the families of individuals who suffered fatal injuries arising out of domestic air crashes.

I regularly receive instructions from the Official Solicitor to take over cases where individuals have not been well served by their previous solicitors. I'm currently instructed by the Official Solicitor to represent a 24-year-old boy who suffered catastrophic injuries arising out of a road traffic collision in which three of his friends died and his brother suffered injury. I was instructed to take over conduct of the claim in place of the boy’s mother who was not acting in his best interests.

I have just completed a claim for a 57-year-old married lady who received record damages for an above left knee amputation following a road traffic collision.

I'm currently representing a 24-year-old single lady who suffered an above left knee amputation when she collided with a 40 foot articulated lorry. The insurers of that lorry refused until recently to admit liability in full for her injuries. It is anticipated that we will recover record damages for this client.

I'm currently representing the family of the late Flt. Lt Sean Cunningham who was a member of the Red Arrows. Flt. Lt. Sean Cunningham sustained fatal injuries arising out of an incident which took place at RAF Scampton on 8 November 2011.

Keith Barrett comes highly recommended by clients who report: “Keith has a very good awareness of how to talk to clients in an empathetic manner that makes them feel relaxed about the whole process.” Chambers & Partners 2016

"The ultimate solicitor - the best negotiator in the business." - Chambers & Partners 2015

Described as a "tour de force of personal injury" - Chambers & Partners 2014

Keith Barrett is "phenomenally hardworking" - Legal 500 2014

"Recommended for complex claims" - Legal 500 2013

Keith Barrett is well regarded for his "client care and doggedness in the cause" - Legal 500 2012

"A leading light in claimant personal injury litigation" and "No one has a bad word to say about him" - Chambers & Partners

What Inspired You To Get Into Law?

I found the many different disciplines of law interesting and enjoy being able to help and support people at a very difficult time in their lives. I also handle a large number of challenging cases which may be turned down elsewhere, ensuring access to justice is available to all.

What Is The Most Rewarding Aspect Of Your Role?

Knowing that my clients have recovered the maximum amount of damages and are financially secure for the remainder of their lives. Ensuring they are able to access the best medical and rehabilitation programmes to assist in their recovery and a return to their pre-injury life as much as is possible.

What Do You Like About Working At Irwin Mitchell?

Making a difference to people’s lives.

What Do You Do Away From The Office?

I enjoy travelling abroad and meeting new people.

Read My Comments On The Latest News

  • 29/01/2014
    Expert Lawyers Representing Family Of Red Arrows Pilot Welcome Recommendations To Prevent Future Deaths

    Sean’s family have shown tremendous dignity and composure throughout the Inquest despite having to listen to difficult details about the circumstances that led to Sean’s death. “Sean’s family have been understandably desperate to get information about why Sean was ejected from the plane, why the parachute did not deploy and what steps have been taken to ensure the same tragedy cannot happen again. Working in the armed forces will of course always have risks, but defective or poorly maintained equipment is simply unacceptable and not something pilots should have to consider in their day-to-day work. “We invited the Coroner to make a number of recommendations designed to prevent future similar deaths. It is hugely important that lessons are learnt from the tragedy and improvements are made to prevent similar failures. “Prior to the Inquest the MoD admitted liability for Sean’s death and agreed to pay the family damages.”

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  • 08/01/2014
    Inquest Begins Into Death Of Red Arrows Pilot Sean Cunningham

    Flt. Lt Cunningham’s family have been left devastated by their sudden and unexpected loss. “They would like to thank the Coroner for taking the time to investigate the circumstances surrounding Sean’s death and hope the inquest will provide much-needed answers about what happened that day. “Nothing will bring Sean back but it will give the family some comfort to know his death was investigated fully and that any lessons that can be learnt are taken on board to protect the safety of other service men and women in future.”

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