Ian is based at Thompsons Solicitors’ Bristol office and is a specialist within the personal injury and industrial disease teams.

After qualifying as a solicitor in 1990, Ian cut his professional teeth on complex personal injury claims, including those relating to disease, orthopaedic injury and consequential psychiatric injury.

A capable and experienced solicitor with over 30 years of legal experience, Ian specialises in work-related cases and, in particular, nautical personal injury claims. His work in industrial disease is focused on hearing loss, upper limb disorders, hand-arm vibration syndrome, respiratory illnesses, cumulative trauma injuries, and exposure to hazardous substances.

Thompsons Solicitors’ clients who need representation where there are complex issues of liability to be decided, can rely on Ian’s extensive record of painstaking investigation and thorough case handling.

Ian’s succinct and concise approach benefits both his clients – with whom he communicates in clear and everyday language – and the progress of their cases, which Ian guides through the litigation process efficiently and with a focus on securing the best result possible.

Ian is proud to work at Thompsons because the firm stands up for working people. He believes the most rewarding aspect of working for Thompsons is being able to assist clients in difficulty with a first rate service, and it gives him great satisfaction to know that he has made a difference to someone’s life.

Outside of work, Ian spends time with his two children and enjoys mountain walking.


Ian's case experience

Occupational disease claim: Ian acted for the widow of a man who developed silicosis after being exposed to hazardous dust at work. The widow’s husband had two employers during his four decade career in china clay refining. After developing silicosis, he suffered a debilitating illness and premature death. Ian secured a dependency settlement for the widow days before the trial. 

Complex injury claim: Ian acted for a cyclist who crashed after riding into a trench dug into a cycle path. Ian’s client suffered multiple complex injuries, including to his head. A thorough investigation was needed before it was established who had dug the trench and failed to fill it in. After this was established the defendant accepted responsibility.

Professional membership

Ian is a member of Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).


“‘Ian Cross is an excellent lawyer who is technically very able and has a vast amount of experience,’ remarks an interviewee. He regularly handles employers’ and public liability claims related to serious injuries including spinal and respiratory issues.’ – Chambers and Partners Directory, 2020

“Ian Cross is ‘phenomenally experienced’ and ‘a very good lawyer’ in the personal injury space. He offers specialist expertise in industrial disease cases.” – Chambers, 2018

“Very easy to talk to, always kept me up to date with things, could not wish for a better service,” – a private client.

“I would recommend Thompsons Solicitors, as the case which they have just finished on my behalf was an extremely sensitive one. Mr Cross at the Bristol office listened to me and acted in a very compassionate way; I cannot praise the company enough.

“I cannot thank you and your team enough for the support and help you have given me through this process. I appreciate all the time and effort that has been put into my claim and I am ecstatic about the result we achieved,” – a private client.