David Thompson


  • My practice is focused on catastrophic injury and cross border litigation.
  • I work with insurers, brokers, loss adjusters and corporate clients on claims within motor, employers’ liability, public liability and product liability risks.
  • My caseload includes matters involving serious brain injury, spinal cord damage, amputation, chronic pain and fatalities. 
  • In respect of jurisdiction and conflict of laws disputes, I regularly advise clients as to the correct approach under Rome II, Brussels I (recast) and common law, and deal with complex issues involving foreign lawyers providing expert evidence to the court.
  • I have experience in a wide range of industry sectors, including in particular leisure, aviation and construction.
  • I act for a nationwide broker scheme for businesses in the leisure industry, for which I have presented at a number of events on claims defensibility and claims trends analysis.
  • I am a member of the Catastrophic Injury Amputation Subject Matter Group.
  • I am  co-editor of Bingham & Berrymans' Personal Injury and Motor Claims Cases

Significant reported cases

  • Chaplin v Pistol [2019] EWHC 1075 (QB): interim payment application in a multi-million pound brain injury case.  Cited in Kemp as authority for the inclusion of Lost Years in Eeles stage 1.
  • Hutchinson v Mapfre and Ice Mountain [2020] EWHC 178 (QB): jurisdiction challenge under Brussels I (recast).
  • Owen v Galgey and Ors [2020] EWHC 3546 (QB): dispute on applicable law under Rome II and the approach to mutual habitual residency and the test for the “manifestly more closely connected” escape clause.


Contact Details

+44 121 234 6133


David Thompson has the ability to be on top of both the detail and the big picture of his cases and has excellent judgement. He also has a very detailed knowledge of aviation claims.

Legal 500 2021

David Thompson is truly brilliant, his ability, knowledge and tactical nous extends far beyond his years. He achieves this with the application of hard work, application and determination.

Legal 500 2021

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