Nicholas Thorne


  • I qualified as a solicitor in 1995 and joined BLM as a partner in 2009.
  • I am a leading catastrophic injury lawyer and have responsibility for supervising and mentoring a team of lawyers who assist with the management of my caseload.
  • My wider role includes assisting in the strategic development, performance and best practice across the national CAT group.
  • I handle claims of the utmost severity on behalf of insurers, local authorities and large corporate policyholders with my caseload consisting of motor, employers' liability and public liability claims with a particular specialism in highways and occupiers’ liability claims.
  • I regularly handle cases involving complex liability disputes of particular importance and sensitivity to both lay and insurer clients.

Notable cases

I acted for the defendants in the following cases:

  • Quick v Nottinghamshire County Council [2021] 3 WLUK 786 25 March 2021. The claimant, a sixth-form pupil, was injured during an after-school netball club at the school, when she ran to collect a loose ball during the warm-up and had to take evasive action to avoid another pupil who came onto her court. The claim was dismissed at trial, there being no breach of duty on the part of the teachers to fail to see something which happened very quickly. Reasonable supervision by teachers does not require them to see every action of every pupil, no matter what the circumstances might be.
  • Parker v National Trust [2021] EWHC 1589 (QB). The claimant was a visitor to Lyme Park when she was struck by a substantial branch that fell from a Horse Chestnut, causing her catastrophic injuries. The claim failed at trial, as a reasonably competent tree inspector, conducting an appropriate inspection of the tree prior to the accident, would not have identified any obvious defect or been required to carry out further investigation. The Defendant had properly discharged its duty to take reasonable steps to ensure the claimant was safe when visiting the park.
  • Yates v National Trust [2014] EWHC 222 (QB). The claimant, working as a tree surgeon for a contractor, fell 50 feet from a tree as a result of which he was rendered a paraplegic. The claimant’s case against the defendant as occupier was dismissed at trial on the basis no duty of care was owed to the claimant by the defendant.
  • MacDonald v Myerscough College [LTL 13/04/2016]. The claimant, a student at the defendant’s college, fell 10m from a tree during a training exercise, sustaining serious injuries to his spine and ankle. The claim succeeded due to a finding of inadequate supervision but subject to a 65% discount for contributory negligence, the claimant having inexplicably released a safety device which would have prevented his fall.
  • Robinson v North Yorkshire County Council (1) and Richmondshire District Council (2) [LTL 16/05/2017. The claimant, a pedestrian, fell from an elevated section of the highway at the point a railing ended. His blood alcohol level was found to be four times the drink-drive limit. His claim failed against both defendants because there was no trap nor serious risk of injury because the drop was obvious by day and by night. Had liability been established, contributory negligence would have been assessed at 85%.

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Combines intellect with common sense and gets great results for his clients especially on complex matter

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