A highly respected solicitor based in Thompsons Solicitors’ Leeds office, Tristram Sterry has considerable experience dealing with claims arising from personal injury and accidents at work.

Tristram has been a partner at Thompsons for 12 years, having worked for the company for 29 years.

Among his specialisms are manual handling accidents and claims involving the fire brigade, rail industry and health service. His clients have sustained a wide range of serious physical and psychiatric injuries.

Tristam has built an enviable reputation for maximising the compensation received by his clients and minimising the time they have to wait to receive it. He receives many letters of thanks from his clients every year.

He greatly values the fact that clients cede responsibility to him for taking critical decisions with enormous implications for their lives and he has made life-long friends in the course of his work.

In his spare time Tristram likes to go walking and cycling. He is a loyal supporter of Hereford FC.


Here you will find a small sample of successful claims made by Tristram on behalf of his clients:

Damages of £170,000 were negotiated by Tristram for a train driver who suffered physical injuries and severe post-traumatic stress disorder after colliding with a car on a railway crossing. The client had to give up his role because of the effects of the collision and had to accept a lower paid job. The insurers of the car conceded that their client was at fault and the damages were paid to compensate Tristram’s client for the injuries suffered and for loss of earnings until retirement.

Tristram has recovered more than £100,000 for firefighters from a number of brigades who suffered illnesses after taking part in swift water rescue training.

Tristram has secured a £130,000 settlement for a group of scaffolders injured in an explosion at the Lindsey Oil Refinery in North Lincolnshire in which a man was killed. The men suffered post-traumatic stress disorder and a series of physical injuries including temporary respiratory difficulties. The employers did not admit liability.

A railway worker was paid £37,000 in damages after slipping and damaging his sciatic nerve as he tried to lift a heavy object. Tristram demonstrated that Network Rail, his employer, had failed to carry out a risk assessment of the job in hand and were in breach of manual handling regulations. The compensation covered the injuries the rail worker sustained and loss of earnings because he was forced to retire early.


From Mr G Burns: “Tristram Sterry, throughout this four year process, has always been helpful, positive, thorough, diligent and tenacious in his approach.  These attributes and working together in an open and trusting way, was I believe the key to a successful resolution. Tristram is a credit to his profession and Thompsons Solicitors.”