A serious injury lawyer and partner at Thompsons Solicitors, Karl De-Loyde supervises colleagues in the firm’s highly professional serious injury team in Birmingham covering the whole of the Midlands. Karl has a great deal of experience in representing clients who have sustained life-changing injuries to the spine and brain, and those who have been burned or who have lost limbs. The clients have suffered their injuries in a wide variety of circumstances, including in the workplace, in road traffic accidents, through sporting activity and through public liability.

Having been involved with personal injury litigation for more than 20 years, he has dealt with high value cases for the last decade where compensation is often counted in millions of pounds.

Karl is known for his determined and persistent approach so that he achieves the best possible result for clients and achieves it as quickly as possible. He also emphasises the importance of ensuring the client is at ease in what can be extremely traumatic circumstances.

Karl is proud of Thompsons’ reputation as a “thriving premier league national firm” and for its insistence in only representing the victims of injury and not the defendants.

Away from his demanding work schedule Karl holds black belts in both Aikido and Karate.


Nearly £60 million in damages has been secured by Karl since he started his career at Thompsons. Here is a small sample of the his serious injury cases:

  • Karl secured a settlement of £14.2 million so that a baby, critically injured during birth, will be looked after for the rest of her life. The infant required long term rehabilitation and will never be able to live independently as an adult. She will need constant care and specially designed accommodation.
  • A settlement of more than £5m was secured for a client in his 40s who suffered a severe brain injury in a head-on crash which left him paralysed. The other driver involved in the accident blamed Karl’s client, but with specialist reports and meticulous preparation Karl won the day at the trial. The damages were achieved during subsequent negotiations.
  • An out-of-court settlement of £6.75 million was negotiated for a teenage cyclist who spent a year in hospital with serious brain damage after being hit by a motorbike.
  • Compensation of £2.5 million was secured for a 21-year-old who sustained a serious brain injury after being struck by a driver who had been drinking. Despite the trauma to the brain, the client has been able to live independently.


Karl is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and Headway, a charity which helps those who have suffered brain injury. Karl is recognised as a Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and he is a member of the Law Society panel.


At the age of 24 Christopher Gameson suffered catastrophic injuries when he was riding pillion on a motorbike. Karl reached an out of court settlement on behalf of Christopher, who now lives in a care home.

Here his is mother Tracey pays tribute to Karl: “My youngest child had an accident which left him with very severe injuries. Our whole world was turned upside down. It was very traumatic. Karl did really well for us. He was very friendly and he always put us at our ease. He ensured I understood everything that was going on in what was a very complicated case. He was always at the end of a phone whenever we needed him. He was really good at putting us in touch with people we needed help from. Everything went really smoothly and I would recommend him to anybody.”

The Legal 500: "Karl De-Loyde is one of the most diligent and thorough solicitors around, he is terrifically hardworking, goes to the end of the earth to look after his clients. Linda Millband is enormously experienced."