Donna specialises in head injury cases and deals with claims nationwide from Thompsons Solicitors’ Leeds branch.

A member of Thompsons’ Serious Injury Team, Donna handles employers liability claims, including assaults and accidents at work, as well as those pertaining to public liability and road traffic accidents.

Donna, who has a special interest in representing claimants who have sustained head injuries that have a positive overall prognosis, manages a varied caseload and attends to cases from their initial valuation stage through to settlement negotiations.

Over a legal career spanning close to a decade, Donna also has experience supervising technically complex cases as well as handling Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority and group litigation child abuse claims.

Donna is proud of Thompsons’ links with the trade union movement and finds working with unions to support people through extremely difficult periods in their lives very rewarding.

When not working, Donna’s enjoys travelling, dog showing and going to music gigs.

Professional Memberships

Donna is a graduate member of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives and is a committee member of the Headway head injury charity.

Donna's Case Experience

Accident at work claim: Donna represented a lorry driver who fell from a tail lift of a vehicle due to a faulty guard, sustaining injuries to his head and neck. His employer admitted liability for the accident and agreed to provide rehabilitation. Donna negotiated a settlement of over £12,000 for her client.

Road traffic accident claim: Donna’s client was involved in a read-end road traffic accident and sustained a variety of injuries to her back, shoulder and both knees. The injuries were complicated by pre-existing conditions, however Donna managed to successfully negotiate a settlement in excess of £17,000.

Claims involving surveillance footage: Donna has assisted on claims led by senior solicitors involving serious injuries where surveillance footage has been served by the defendant. One such claim reached settlement of £500,000.


A former client of Donna’s said: “The lady who dealt with my case, named Donna Hughes, is an outstanding lovely lady, caring. Very satisfied with all.”

Another of Donna’s former clients said: “Thank you so much for your excellent service. Throughout the proceedings Ms Donna Hughes has been most helpful, keeping me informed and advising me every step of the way. I would not hesitate to recommend your services and would certainly take advice from Thompsons if needed in the future. Thanks again.”