Sam Nicholson is a senior lawyer in Thompsons Solicitors personal injury team based in Manchester and covering the North West of England.

Sam has his own caseload of both industrial disease claims and other cases worth in excess of £25,000. He also supervises the work of other lawyers in the department.

Sam’s clients have sustained a whole range of orthopaedic, ocular or head injuries and many are suffering from serious psychological after-effects of accidents. The claims can involve employers’ or public liability and some injuries have been sustained in road accidents.

The disease work includes chest conditions, upper limb and back strain, deafness, vibration-related hand injury, dermatitis, cancer and chemical exposure cases.

Sam’s 16 years of experience has also encompassed medical negligence and child abuse litigation. He was a team leader in the serious injuries department of a medical negligence firm and prior to that a salaried partner in a personal injury firm, running the industrial disease department. At that firm he also dealt with higher value personal injury, road accident, fraud and medical negligence cases. Previously he spent three years as a child abuse solicitor working on behalf of claimants, and prior to that a trainee solicitor with a City firm.

Sam’s main aim at Thompsons is to ensure he provides the best service possible for all his clients, and enjoys positive working relationships with his co-workers.

He values Thompsons’ insistence on working solely for claimants and maintaining close and positive relationships with trade unions and their members. 

Sam says the firm has an overarching ethical stance which is reflected in the work undertaken and its approach to cases. “This is unique to Thompsons and is a real asset to the firm,” he says.

Much of his spare time is spent with his family, but he also likes to go distance running, hiking and scuba diving.


MS: A secretary for an NHS trust, sustained back strain due to the repetitive lifting of heavy case notes at work. Liability was denied, the case was issued and progressed to a joint settlement meeting shortly before trial where Sam negotiated a settlement of £94,500 for a permanent pain condition.

AB v various: A pipefitter was injured when a loose stack of heavy plasterboards fell, trapping his legs. He needed surgery to his left knee, and was left with permanent instability and discomfort.

The three defendants involved, including the controllers of the site and the owners of the boards, all denied liability.

Sam accumulated evidence proving they were liable and entered negotiations with the first defendant’s coordinating solicitor, who initially made an offer of £75,000. Sam ultimately achieved a joint settlement of £120,000. Counsel had advised that any settlement over £100,000 would be a good result.

Samuel Lee v Balfour Beatty Plc: This claim involved an electrician who sustained multiple injuries as he drove a mobile platform used for working at heights (an MEWP) and struck his head on the top of a concrete door he was passing through.

He broke his skull and sustained a range of other serious facial injuries, PTSD and adjustment disorder.

The claim was brought on the basis that the defendants should have safely supervised the task, should not have asked the claimant to drive the MEWP through an unsafe opening and had generally failed to provide safe working conditions and equipment.

The defendants sought to withdraw an early admission of fault, but the claim was settled for £120,000.


MS: “Thank you once again for all your help and advice over the last few months.  You kept me informed and updated which I really appreciate."

Samuel Lee: “I would like to thank you and Thompsons solicitors for fighting this case for me. Every person that has been involved in this has really pushed the case on.”