David is the head of our Leeds office. With a wealth of experience delivering expert advice in insurance litigation, technical policy indemnity and coverage issues, David has built a solid reputation within the industry and is recognised by the legal directories as a leader in his field.

Acting for insurers, Lloyd’s syndicates and national and international corporations, David draws on his considerable knowledge of catastrophic injury claims, critically analysing all angles of the case to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients.

David regularly deals with complex cases involving chronic conditions, serious brain injury and spinal injuries, paraplegia, tetraplegia and amputation, to which he brings the pragmatic and diligent approach he is renowned for.

David is appraised in The Legal 500 as a leader in his field, and for his expertise in handling large loss claims, complex employers’ liability claims, high-value product liability claims and for advising upon policy indemnity and interpretation issues.


  • Qualified in England and Wales in 1986

A thorough, tenacious and hard-working lawyer who is very technically sound and delivers excellent results.

Chambers UK 2022

Market recognition

  • Notable practitioner for 'Personal Injury: Mainly Defendant (UK-wide)'
    "A thorough, tenacious and hard-working lawyer who is very technically sound and delivers excellent results."
    "He is great and very business-minded."
    Chambers UK 2022

  • Recommended lawyer for ‘Personal injury: defendant (Yorkshire and the Humber)’
    The Legal 500 UK 2022

  • Recognised nationally as a leader in his field.
    “Highly experienced and stands out in terms of client service and technical excellence”. “A very strong lawyer, hugely experienced and very well respected”
    Chambers UK 2021

  • “David Thompson provides a prompt service and delivers excellent results. His work is detailed and thorough – an invaluable resource”.
    The Legal 500 UK 2020

  • “David Thompson has substantial experience in defending insurers against personal injury claims, including multi-party claims. He regularly advises on catastrophic injury arising out of RTAs as well as employers’ liability claims. Clients say: He has been excellent. He is always approachable and keen to help when needed”.
    “Good technical knowledge and resolves cases quickly and economically”
    Chambers UK 2020

Market recognition
  • Uk Recommended Lawyer 2022

    Recommended Lawyer

    The Legal 500 UK 2022