Based at Thompsons Solicitors’ Newcastle-upon-Tyne office, David is an exceptionally experienced lawyer specialising in industrial diseases. David supervises colleagues in the industrial disease team and is ultimately responsible for 80-plus cases in the North East.

With more than 25 years’ of legal experience, 23 years of which were spent at Thompsons, David has dealt with a wide range of personal injury cases during his career, especially those involving industrial disease.

These days, his work is dominated by claims involving work-related stress (including claims arising out of data protection breaches), work-related upper limb disorders and COSHH claims (control of substances hazardous to health).

David’s dedication and professionalism ensure that the highest possible compensation is achieved for clients in the shortest time possible.

David points out that Thompsons only represents injured parties and never those who might be responsible for those injuries or their insurance companies.

Outside his work for Thompsons, David enjoys playing music and watching his sons play football.


David's case experience

  • Fought a group litigation that was contested at trial for 50+ employees of Cleveland Potash who recovered compensation for HAVS and NIHL due to exposure to vibrating tools (HAVS) and excessive noise (NIHL).

  • Coordinated and secured damages for a large group litigation of employees of West Cumberland Hospital who suffered injury as a result of exposure to hazardous cleaning substances during the course of their work (COSHH).

  • Recovered significant damages for a National Police Air Service’s helicopter pilot who suffered psychological injury following an in-flight malfunction that required an emergency landing.

  • Secured substantial damages for three ear mould technicians who suffered respiratory injuries after being exposed to hazardous substances in the course of their work.

  • Secure substantial damages in the High Court for a prison officer who suffered significant injuries following an assault at work (including a claim for psychological injury caused by the negligent release of his personal information (data) by a 3rd party – a data protection claim).

  • Secured a 6-figure sum for a prison officer who suffered psychological injury as a result of witnessing a traumatic event in the course of his employment.

  • Secured significant damages for a firefighter who suffered a psychological injury following their negligent and unlawful disciplinary and suspension from work.

  • Fought and won a contested work-related stress case for a senior university lecturer with pre-existing disabilities who suffered psychological injury following his employer’s failure to provide workplace adjustments.

  • Recovered significant damages for an employee of York Teaching Hospital who had been harassed by her supervisor, resulting in psychological injury.

  • Secured a 6-figure settlement for a union member who suffered significant injury following an accident at Alton Towers.