Based at Thompsons Solicitors’ Manchester office, Sam Nicholson is a supervisor in the firm’s personal injury department and runs industrial disease claims and other cases worth more than £25,000.

Sam’s clients come from all over the North West and have suffered orthopaedic or head injuries and are often suffering from the serious psychological effects of the accident. The cases can involve public or employers’ liability and sometimes the claims are the result of a road accident.

His industrial disease caseload involves a whole range of conditions including cancer, vibration-related hand injuries and industrial deafness.

Sam has a wide range of experience over his 16 years as a solicitor in various firms, latterly at supervisory and partner level. At different stages of his career his caseload has involved industrial disease, clinical negligence, fraud and child abuse claims. He trained at a City firm of lawyers.

Sam aims to achieve the best possible outcome for clients in the shortest possible time, ensuring they are constantly kept in touch with the latest developments in their case.  He values the team atmosphere at Thompsons and the firm’s commitment to winning justice for clients above all else, which he describes as “unique”.

Away from work he likes to spend as much time as possible with his family and he also likes to go running, hiking and scuba diving.

SAM’S CASE EXPERIENCE

Maura Saunders: Sam negotiated a £94,500 settlement for National Health Service secretary Maura Saunders who suffered a severe long term back problem after repeatedly lifting heavy case note files. The NHS trust denied liability, but proceedings were initiated and a settlement was agreed shortly before trial.

Andrew Bamber v HSE Simm & Son Ltd (1) Vinci Construction UK Ltd (2) and Ace Partitions and Ceilings Ltd (3): Sam negotiated a £120,000 settlement for a pipe fitter whose legs were crushed when large plasterboards fell on him. The client underwent an operation on one of his legs and was left with a permanent disability. There were three defendants, including the company in charge of the site and the firm which left the boards in a precarious position, all of whom denied liability. However Sam compiled evidence demonstrating their culpability and an initial offer of £75,000 was made. Sam was able to increase the damages to £120,000 during negotiations. A barrister said that any settlement of more than £100,000 would be a good result.

Samuel Lee v Balfour Beatty Plc: Sam secured another settlement of £120,000 for an electrician who was seriously injured when he inadvertently drove an MEWP (a mobile platform for working at heights) into the top of a concrete door. The electrician fractured his skull, received various facial and eye injuries and suffered post-traumatic stress disorder. The defendants withdrew an initial admission of liability, but Sam proved they had failed to provide a safe working environment.

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

Member of ACAL (Association of Child Abuse Lawyers). Previously a member of the Association of Personal Injury lawyers.

TESTIMONIALS

Maura Saunders, whose employers’ liability case was settled for £94,500: "Thank you once again for all your help and advice over the last few months. You kept me informed and updated which I really appreciated.”

Samuel Lee, employers’ liability claimant, whose case was settled for £120,000: “I would like to thank you and Thompsons solicitors for fighting this case for me. Every person that has been involved in this has really pushed the case on.”