Phil is the national practice lead for Thompsons Solicitors’ Multi-track Accident Team (MAT) as well as the team’s senior supervisor in the north-west region. 

Working out of Thompsons’ Manchester office, Phil has spent 20 years representing injured clients, and has focused on cases involving serious and catastrophic injuries for over a decade.

Having accrued a wealth of legal skills and experience over many years, Phil uses his expertise to lead high-value cases of up to seven figures which include fatal accidents, chronic pain, psychiatric conditions, multiple orthopaedic injuries, amputations and head injuries.

Phil has developed and maintained close working relationships with national, regional and local trade union officials from various unions, and is Thompsons' main regional point of contact for the Fire Brigades Union (FBU).

In his role as MAT senior supervisor, Phil is responsible for a 10 lawyer team working on claims valued between £25,000 and £500,000.

Whether handling his own high-value case load or supervising the MAT, Phil’s priority is to ensure that the client’s interest always come front and centre.

For Phil, this means securing the maximum amount of compensation possible, accessing rehabilitation services at the earliest opportunity and forming relationships with clients built on trust and understanding.

Phil enjoys working at Thompsons because he has the opportunity to really help clients and their families by providing support and reassurance to them during what can be one of the most difficult periods in their lives.

In his spare time, Phil is a keen cyclist.

Phil’s case experience

Serious injury claim: Phil represented an FBU member after he suffered life-changing injuries while entering a burning building to rescue a family. After Phil began proceedings against Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service for a number major safety and training failings, his client secured a settlement of £2.2m – the largest compensation sum ever received by a UK firefighter.

Injury at work claim: An engineer and Unite member from Cumbria was forced to retire on medical grounds after rupturing the bicep in his right arm. Phil secured £95,000 compensation for his client from the employer.


A former Thompsons’ client and firefighter said: "Thanks for your tireless work and support Phil, you've been our rock and mentor, guiding us through this difficult period and steering us to this fantastic outcome."

Another of Phil’s former clients said: "Philip worked on the case for nearly three years and I could not have asked for a better outcome. Making a case against my employer was one of the hardest decisions I have had to make, but Philip put me at ease and talked me through the stages that the case would go through.”

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