Chris-Marie Niemela has been acting for those suffering from catastrophic personal injuries - and never for those who cause injury - for over 14 years.

Having started her legal career in London she moved with her family to Cardiff and now works from our Cardiff office, where she was recognised as a key lawyer in the Legal 500 2021.

Chris-Marie is part of the catastrophic injuries team, where she has specialises in serious injuries involving brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, claims where there are multiple and complex orthopaedic injuries and amputations. These claims may arise from accidents at work or road traffic accidents, or even criminal injuries. Chris-Marie has a specific knowledge of, and expertise, in motorcycle accidents.

Chris-Marie is known for her determination to get the best possible outcome for her clients and looking at all aspects of the claim to maximise opportunities to secure rehabilitation and damages as early as possible.

Chris-Marie particularly enjoys working for Thompsons as she shares the firm’s ethos of only acting for the injured, putting the client first at all times and treating all clients equally.

In her spare time, when family life permits, Chris-Marie enjoys adult ballet, running and yoga. She also supports local and national charities such as Rookwood SpUR, Horatio’s Garden and Headway.


Chris-Marie's case experience

  • Recovered £135,000 for a client who slipped on water at work, causing him spinal and head injuries, settling the case before it went to trial. 
  • Secured six figures in compensation for a client who suffered multiple complex orthopaedic injuries following a motorcycle accident. The case was disputed by the defendant, but when it went to trial the judge awarded a sum higher than any other previous offer.  


Professional membership

Chris-Marie is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.