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Thompson Smith and Puxon

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Clacton-on-Sea, Colchester

Sam Welham

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Thompson Smith and Puxon

Work Department

Employment, Personal Injury Law and Clinical Negligence


Sam, who was admitted as a solicitor in 2005, joined TSP in 2006. Sam advises TSP’s clients on Employment, Personal Injury law and Clinical Negligence.

Sam has a particular interest in personal injury claims relating to stress at work. This type of matter uses his knowledge of both Personal Injury and Employment law and means that he is well placed to provide sound and pragmatic advice on the best course of action to pursue.


Sam studied for his law degree at Keele University and from there went straight on to study for his Legal Practice Certificate (LPC) at The College of Law in Chester. He completed his training at Hilliers HRW and upon qualification worked in criminal law at Stanley Tee. He was in Court most days for either preliminary hearings or trials and represented clients accused of a range of offences including assault, grievous bodily harm, and drug and road traffic violations.

In 2006, Sam decided to change the direction of his career and joined TSP. Since that time he has specialised in Employment and Personal Injury law and Clinical Negligence, utilising the skills crafted as a criminal practitioner for the benefit of his clients.




Keele University

The College of Law - Chester

South East: Human resources

Employment: Essex

Within: Employment: Essex

Thompson Smith and Puxon's employment team impresses with its 'realistic advice, an understanding of clients' needs and communication that is delivered to a high standard'. Focus areas regarding employer matters include strategic advice and risk assessment, contracts and policies, disciplinary procedures, TUPE, restrictive covenants, dismissals and redundancies, disputes, tribunals and settlement agreements, while individuals are being represented in their equal pay, maternity/paternity rights, TUPE, unfair or wrongful dismissal and whistle-blowing claims. During 2017, partner Richard Porter, who 'listens carefully and then provides clear and concise advice', and solicitor Sam Welham acted for local and international clients from the media, printing, retail, financial, care, sports, construction, farming, education, engineering, hospitality and professional sectors.

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South East: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant

Within: Clinical negligence: claimant

The clinical negligence department of Thompson Smith and Puxon impresses with its 'strong teamwork, prompt response times and appropriate advice', as well as by 'keeping clients fully informed throughout the process'. It represents claimants in A&E, birth injury and cerebral palsy, paediatric, psychiatric, fatal and orthopaedic matters. A recent highlight was the £1.4m settlement of a claim against an NHS Trust concerning the negligent drainage of a cyst via a shunt, which led to the claimant suffering a cardiac arrest and catastrophic brain damage. Birth injury specialist Julian Wilson, brain injury partner and department lead Steve Webb, whose 'strength is listening to clients and giving them time to understand', associate Clare Sheeran and 'excellent and professional' solicitor Sam Welham are the key contacts.

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Personal injury: claimant

Within: Personal injury: claimant

Thompson Smith and Puxon is 'a top firm for personal injury claims in this geographical area and beyond'; its 'competent and pleasant' personal injury team provides 'excellent service'. The lawyers cover claims involving road traffic accidents, employment liability, trips and slips, defective products and accidents on private premises. Special expertise exists in work environment diseases, repetitive strain injuries and psychiatric shock matters. Clients recommend 'experienced and sensible' partner Steve Webb, associate solicitor Clare Sheeran and solicitor Sam Welham, all of whom are considered 'hardworking'.

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