Cathy Blackall

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Cathy Blackall joined the Practice in 1983 and was sponsored throughout her ILEX qualification. It was during this period that Cathy set up the specialised personal injury department with the support of a dedicated support team. Cathy became a Member of the Institute of Legal Executives in 1991 and qualified as a Fellow in 1993.

In 1995 Quinn Melville was established. Cathy was admitted as a Solicitor in 1996 and joined Quinn Melville as a Partner that year.

In October 2005, Quinn Barrow was established and Cathy remains as a Partner.

Cathy is a Member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and a member of our very successful litigation department which is supported by dedicated, efficient, conscientious and experienced personnel. We pride ourselves on the reputation of the Litigation Department which is illustrated by the level of clients who are referred by previously satisfied clients.

Damages have successfully been recovered for clients nationwide. Distance is no obstacle to pursuing a claim and we have access to a network of professional experts including Barristers, Accountants, Medical Consultants and Engineers by video conferencing.

We have negotiated refurbishment of clients’ homes where injury has resulted in disability, which has greatly improved their quality of life. In addition, rehabilitation has been arranged and funded to assist with a client’s recovery from injury.

Unfortunately, an element of personal injury work also involves fatal injuries and Cathy and the team of Litigators are sensitive to the issues involved at such a particularly distressing time.

Damages have been recovered for clients who have been injured through work, whilst driving, as a result of assault/attack or for parents who have lost children (as a result of fatal accidents) or brain injured children. Damages have been successfully recovered ranging from a £1,000.00 to £1 million.

Cathy is an experienced Litigator and has successfully litigated and negotiated Commercial Disputes, and has also achieved successful results through Alternative Dispute Resolution, for example, Mediation. In addition, Cathy has also successfully pursued compensation where clients have received professional negligent advice, for example, from previous solicitors.

The Practice is CQS (Conveyancing Quality Scheme) accredited and Cathy is a recognised qualified Conveyancer in accordance with the Accreditation and can assist in relation to residential sales and purchases. In addition, Cathy has advised on commercial matters for a range of SMEs (Small/Medium Enterprises).

We can offer “No win, no fee” agreements subject to risk assessment.

Areas of Specialism

  • Accidents at Work

  • Road Traffic Accidents

  • Fatal Accidents

  • Claims against Local Authority

  • Consumer Litigation

  • Commercial Litigation

  • Professional Negligence Claims

  • Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Claims

  • Motor Insurance Bureau Claims

  • Residential Conveyancing

  • Commercial Transactions

As from 1st January 2013, Cathy was approved by the SRA as the Compliance Officer for Legal Practice – “CoLP”.

This ongoing commitment to compliance, regulation and excellent client care is illustrated by Quinn Barrow being Lexcel accredited. The Lexcel award assures all clients of the highest standards of client care and practice management. The Practice is committed to –

  • Communicating with clients clearly and honestly about their case

  • Protecting client confidentiality

  • Fully involving clients in all aspects of their case

  • Regular progress reports

  • Dealing with any complaints quickly and efficiently

The Practice is also ISO:9001 accredited. This internationally adopted certification is recognised as the global benchmark for (quality; environmental; health and safety; etc) management systems. This award recognises Quinn Barrow’s commitment to an exceptional quality of service and customer focus as well as compliance.


“All staff put me at ease and were very good explaining things and friendly” – JC

“Cathy was very helpful; professional and a pleasure to deal with at all times” – PK

“I was treated by all staff with empathy; kindness and understanding” – LB