Emma McNichol is a key member of Thompsons Solicitors’ serious injury and clinical negligence teams at the Newcastle upon Tyne office, having joined the firm in 2016.

Emma runs “fast track” and “multi track” serious injury cases (the former worth between £10,000 and £25,000 and the latter more than £25,000) including those involving minor whiplash injury, mild to moderate brain trauma and orthopaedic injury.

Emma also assists Thompsons’ senior lawyers in high value cases involving severe brain trauma, multiple injuries, chronic pain syndrome and clinical negligence. Part of her work involves cases where military personnel are the claimants.

Emma has had a thorough grounding in a wide range of litigation, including cases involving commercial practice, breach of contract, consumer credit and unfair dismissal. She also has experience in cases of alleged fundamental dishonesty concerning personal injury claims.

Emma is the branch co-ordinator for Newcastle and Leeds dealing with national requests for support for marketing campaigns.

Emma was called to the Bar of the ‘Honourable Society of the Inner Temple’ in London in 2016 and qualified as an

(unregistered) barrister. She is on course to becoming dual-qualified in 2019, obtaining her practising certificate as a solicitor.

Emma values her position at Thompsons because of its close relationship with trades unions and working for injured and vulnerable individuals. It is important for her to know she is “making a difference”.

Away from work Emma enjoys shooting, dancing and singing. She is also interested in performance cars. Emma owns a company that deals with performance car parts.


A civil enforcement officer and UNITE member was injured at work through the actions of a co-worker. The client suffered minor grazes, dizziness and headaches and further pain from a pre-existing back injury. The client suffered with these symptoms for two weeks. The case was fraught with difficulty because the defendants in this case had denied responsibility for the injury and due to the client’s pre-existing back pain, it was difficult to prove that there was any difference in his back post-injury. Irrespective of the un-favorable medical evidence, Emma managed to obtain settlement of £4,680.80.

A 60 year old man was injured when a worker was unloading a motorcycle off a truck. The client suffered neck pain, headaches, dizziness and lower back pain. Most of the symptoms subsided within a couple of days but his back pain continued. This case was difficult because although the defendants had accepted responsibility for the actions of their employee, the client was found to have a tumour which was thought to be the cause of the back pain. The client was initially diagnosed with a minor head injury and a ‘contusion to his lower back mainly over his sacral and coccyx area’, however after continual pain and several MRI scans, it was found that the client had ‘adenocarcinoma in the rectum with metastatic malignancy in the liver’ which was aggressively growing. Although it was difficult to prove the pain suffered in his back was caused by the accident, Thompsons was able to secure £5,154.98 in full and final settlement of the claim.  

A PCS member suffered bodily injuries, including to the head, as a result of being knocked off his bicycle. The client’s physical symptoms generally subsided within nine months, however the psychological effect of the accident meant he could no longer ride his bike. The defendants had offered £1,000 in full and final settlement of the claim, but after tough negotiations Emma was able to obtain compensation of £32,000 before trial.


John King OBE, of the Public and Commercial Services Union: “Throughout my engagement with Emma, I’ve found her to be an absolute credit to her profession.  I never felt my circumstances were uppermost in the mind of my previous legal representative, it always felt strained and it was merely a case of going through the motions.

Emma was different from the start, challenging and probing with a real eye for detail, which she needed, to get me to open up to her about my Road Traffic Accident, which I had successfully managed to banish to the rearmost of my mind.  She made the whole process of reliving the accident, through her empathetic and attentive manner, seem effortless.  Absolutely, nothing at all was too much trouble, she was set on doing the best for me. Quick on the uptake, eager to get to the heart of the matter.  The biggest compliment I can pay her is: she did more for me in six months than my previous representative achieved in two and a half years, and moreover, she restored my faith in the legal profession.”

Mr Oduola of Unite: “You will remain long in my memory, a wonderful professional. Many thanks for your untiring and fruitful concern. You got me a brilliant result! Very big thanks”.