Ian is based at Thompsons Solicitors’ Bristol office and is part of the industrial disease team.

After qualifying as a solicitor in 1990, Ian began working on complex claims, including those related to disease, orthopaedic injury and consequential psychiatric injury.

A capable and experienced solicitor, Ian specialises in work-related cases and, in particular, claims arising at sea.

Thompsons Solicitors’ clients who need representation after suffering disease or injury in an industrial setting, where there are complex issues of liability to be decided, can rely on Ian’s extensive record of thorough and competent case handling.

Ian’s succinct and concise approach benefits both his relationships with clients – who Ian communicates with 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.

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).


A review of Ian in the Chambers and Partners Directory of best lawyer rankings for 2018 stated: “Ian Cross is ‘phenomenally experienced’ and ‘a very good lawyer’ in the personal injury space. He offers specialist expertise in industrial disease cases.”

Ian was again recognised by Chambers and Partners in 2019: “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.”

Ian’s former client said: “I cannot thank you and your team enough for the support.”