John Oultram is a highly experience solicitor based at Thompsons Solicitors’ Manchester office.

He deals with assault cases from all over the North West involving employers’ liability where injuries have been suffered by a company’s employees; public liability, where members of the public are claimants and occupiers’ liability where the organisation occupying a building or site, owe a duty of care to visitors.

Many of John’s clients are nurses, clinical support workers, mental health support staff, ambulance crew and care home employees who have been assaulted during the course of their work.

The injuries can be serious and usually there is an element of loss of confidence and psychiatric injury that can result in depression and PTSD.

John has supported the Labour party all his life and believes in the benefits of trade unions. For this reason John values Thompsons’ strong links with the labour movement and enjoys assisting union members to achieve justice and recover compensation for their injuries.

In his spare time John enjoys cycling and walking his dog.


See below a small selection of John’s recent cases:

A mental health support worker was required to restrain a service user in a psychiatric facility. Following the first restraint Mr C’s arm was painful, but then he had to restrain the patient for a second time and for a longer period. On the second occasion the support worker’s arm began shaking because of the pain he was experiencing.

No one was available to relieve him and he could not release his grip on the patient because it may have posed a risk to other staff also engaged in the restraint.

Eventually the patient was calmed by an injection and Mr C could release his grip. He was placed on “light duties” because of his continuing pain, but was nevertheless called upon to assist with several other restraints over a period of months. During that time Mr C developed an injury to his right elbow and shoulder.

His employer denied liability, but close to trial John negotiated a five figure sum for damages which was accepted by the claimant.

In another case, a hospital patient assaulted a clinical support worker as the patient was being investigated for his condition. During the previous shift, John’s client asked that security be provided due to the patient’s aggressive and violent behaviour.

During the shift in question, the patient became unsettled and John’s client and a colleague went to try to de-escalate the situation. The patient then assaulted the client and her colleague.

The claimant suffered a soft tissue injury to her back when she fell following the assault. The employer denied liability and John issued proceedings. Following an exchange of witness statements, negotiations took place and the claimant’s case was settled for a four figure sum.

In another matter, John acted for a support worker who sustained an injury while helping a service user into transport.

The client suffered an injury to her toe and developed a painful condition. The medical picture was complicated but following negotiation and before trial the claim settled for a five figure sum.


John is a member of the Law Society panel


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