David Thomson’s main speciality is Injury work – he has the advantage of law degrees and having practiced medicine as a junior surgeon and a GP for a number of years before being called to the Bar.

Acting for both claimants and defendants he is known for specialist high quantum and causation advice, particularly covering neurological damage.

In addition to significant personal injury work, healthcare and clinical negligence, David practices in sports regulation and governance, especially safeguarding. He is an appointed member of the National Safeguarding Panel in sport. Regularly appointed independent Chair of sports disciplinary commissions and appeal boards. Arbitrator and Mediator (on Sports Resolutions specialist legal panel).

David is also instructed in injury claims by past and serving soldiers using his experience gained serving as a Unit Medical Officer.

David has considerable experience of advising in clinical negligence proceedings and trials for both claimants and defendants over 25 years.

David is instructed by many listed specialist clinical negligence firms nationally and many mixed local and high street firms seeking specialist advice and pleadings.

David is also instructed by NHSR panel firms and the MDU.

David has appeared before many coroners in jury and non-jury inquests. David represents families and other interested parties, such as NHS trusts and providers of health services to HMP.

Direct access is not accepted. David is a panel member for Advocate.

David is instructed by many listed specialist personal injury firms nationally and many mixed local and high street firm seeking specialist advice and pleadings.

David is also instructed by insurers and local authorities concerning RTCs, employers liability and occupiers liability.

David is a legal chairman of National Safeguarding Panels (NSP) in sport and appeal panel/boards.

He has many years’ experience in a range of national sports disciplinary and regulatory spheres including gymnastics, football and cricket.

He was an independent Commissioner to the Football Regulatory Authority (FRA) of the Football Association for the two 4-year terms.

Endorsements

“David is excellent. His previous medical training, attention to detail and forensic approach to the medical records, witness statements and expert evidence make him a real asset particularly in cases that are complicated on either the evidence or the medicine.”

Legal 500 2024

“He is unafraid of taking on difficult cases and draws on his medical background when engaging with experts.”

Legal 500 2022

“Adopts a very forensic approach to the medical side of things.”

Regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB)

Regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate.

Regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB)

Regulated by the Bar Standards Board (BSB) and holds a current practising certificate.

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