Meet the Team
Brian Barr - Managing Director
Brian has been a Solicitor for over 35 years, specialising in high value, complex accident and clinical negligence claims. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).
He has a particular enthusiasm for high profile and “cutting edge” litigation. Since winning a settlement of £1.25 million for a fibromyalgia CRPS sufferer in 1997, he has taken a particular interest in FM, and other chronic pain cases for Claimants. In 2002, Brian set up his own company, the first of its kind to cater specifically for Fibromyalgia and other chronic pain sufferers. He has successfully overseen its steady growth. In his spare time Brian enjoys sport, hill walking and reading.
Phillip Cohen - Solicitor
Phillip qualified as a solicitor in 2006.
Alex Cohen - Solicitor
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.
Steven Akerman - Solicitor
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 – Paralegal
Katie has been with the firm since November 2010. She is currently undertaking the Legal Practice Course at the University of Law following her Bachelor of Law degree. She has continued helping the Solicitors with their cases as a Paralegal. In her spare time she enjoys going to the gym, listening to music and spending time with friends and 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.
Yossi Segal - Paralegal
Yossi joined the firm in May 2016 and is a paralegal assisting the firm’s solicitors. He is currently undertaking his CILEX qualification to become a legal Executive. In his spare time Yossi enjoys listening to music, playing football and socialising with friends.
Sonya O’Sullivan – Paralegal
Sonya joined the firm in January 2016 as a Paralegal assisting the solicitors. In her spare time Sonya enjoys going to the gym, reading and spending time with her family.
Sophie Parkes - Paralegal
Sophie is a Paralegal who joined the firm in 2016 to assist the firms solicitors. In her spare time, Sophie collects Harry Potter memorabilia with her partner and two children and also enjoys reading, skiing and watching movies.
Brocho Nemetsky - Paralegal
Brocho is a Paralegal who joined the firm in 2016 to assist the firm’s solicitors. Brocho is currently studying her first year of an LLB and hopes to be a qualified Barrister eventually. In her free time Brocho enjoys going to the gym and socialising.
Rachael Grundy - Business Development Executive
Rachael joined the firm in April 2016 and looks after the development and marketing of the firm.
Rachael is an Associate member of ILSPA and gained a distinction in her CILEX Legal Secretary Level 3 Diploma in 2012. In her spare time, Rachael enjoys short breaks with her family, painting, reading and relaxing.
Rochelle Poznanski - Accounts Executive
Rochelle joined the firm in April 2015 and looks after the firm’s accounts. In her spare time, Rochelle enjoys going to the gym, travelling, going to the theatre and spending time with her family.