James Gratton is a highly experienced lawyer who supervises Thompsons Solicitors’ serious injury team in Manchester and takes his own caseload of complex and catastrophic injuries.

James represents clients from all over the North West of England in claims involving brain and spinal trauma, amputations and two or more severe injuries.

James qualified as a solicitor in 1993 and worked in Liverpool for 20 years, at two firms undertaking a variety of employers’ liability and disease claims and higher value six-figure cases on behalf of union members. He then worked for a further six years in Liverpool for another firm’s personal injury department acting for claimants in high value catastrophic injury cases, including several £1m-plus claims involving brain, spinal and amputation injuries.

James values Thompsons’ insistence on acting only for injured people and working with other expert lawyers dedicated to securing the best possible outcomes.

He spends his spare time gardening, going to the cinema and theatre and enjoying time with family and friends.


James fought for a client for more than four years to secure more than £3m in compensation for the loss of a foot. An HGV driver and former army medic, the client was run over by a fork lift truck at a large supermarket depot. The client was unable to work after the accident and suffered from depression. The company admitted a degree of liability, but initially argued that James’s client had been inattentive. In fact the supermarket should have provided a dedicated and cordoned off walkway to prevent vehicles colliding with pedestrians – a provision it made only after the accident.

Using an interim payment obtained by James, his client was sent for private treatment to Australia with the world’s leading expert in “osseointegration”. Professor Al Muderis amputated the patient’s foot and placed an implant into the remaining part of his lower leg at the same time. This was only the second time this operation had been undertaken anywhere in the world. The implant is permanent and is used to support the fitting of a variety of special prostheses for walking, swimming, snowboarding and running. The legal saga, which began with the accident on December 26 2014 and which involved contradictory advice from experts consulted by James’s client and the supermarket, ended when James’s arguments prevailed at a settlement meeting on April 28, 2017.

The supermarket dropped its suggestion that James’s client was partly to blame for the accident and the claim settled for more than three million pounds.

James acted for the first patient to be supplied with a state of the art LUKE arm prosthetic anywhere outside the USA. James’s client was severely injured in a factory accident when his left arm was trapped in a conveyor and amputated at the scene. The case involved a five day trial against three defendants: the factory owner, his insurer, and the umbrella employment company for which James’s client worked via an employment agency. They all denied liability and blamed James’s client for the accident. The insurance company attempted to avoid paying out the claim because the factory owner had failed to tell the insurer about the number of agency workers employed in the plant. The claim succeeded at trial against the factory owner and the umbrella company.

However the factory owner and its insurer each went bust and so the umbrella company’s insurer had to meet the claim. A finding that James’s client was 10 per cent liable through negligence, was set aside after James successfully appealed to the High Court. James was also able to secure interim payments which stood at £1.5m as of December 2019, which so far paid for the LUKE arm, an adapted vehicle and an adapted bungalow.


James is accredited as a senior litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.