Based at our Manchester office, Dominic Collingwood is a Senior Solicitor with over 35 years’ experience in complex personal injury cases with a focus in particular on occupational disease claims. 

Dominic started his legal career working for major trade unions, handling a varied case load ranging from trips and cuts through to fatal accidents and occupational disease. He then moved over to working for a York-based law firm with a national client base, focusing on asbestos disease cases. This work involved a number of potentially groundbreaking cases and began when representing former Hull registered dock workers who became ill decades after handling asbestos cargo being imported into Britain. 

Dominic has worked for a niche asbestos disease firm, as well as national firms, with a continued focus on occupational diseases and in particular asbestos disease. His work has also included, in the last decade, complex accident cases, high value clinical negligence work and military injury claims. 

Dominic was the lawyer responsible for the case of Ribee v Norrie [2000] EWCA Civ 275 a Court of Appeal decision successfully establishing a precedent for the recovery of damages from the landlord of a property which caught fire injuring the owner of the neighbouring property. The case involved in depth legal research and reliance on legal principles set out hundreds of years ago and was an important development in personal injury and land law.  

Dominic joined Thompsons Disease Team in Manchester in July 2023 to resume working for major trade unions and fighting for justice for those injured as a result of their working conditions.  

When not working, Dominic enjoys spending time with his four grandchildren and two labradors and has an interest in military history. Dominic is also secretary of his local branch of the Royal British Legion.