Next Generation Partners

Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant in Northern Ireland

Thompsons NI Solicitors

Thompsons NI Solicitors represents both trade unions and private citizens with notable strengths in advising on accident-at-work, industrial disease and brain injury cases. Managing partner Oonagh McClure  leads the practice and is uniquely placed to handle asbestos-related claims, having given evidence before the Stormont Committee for the introduction of The Damages (Asbestos related Conditions) (NI) Act 2011. Medical negligence is another area of interest, advising on birth defect cases and serious spinal and head injury cases. She is supported by associate Joanne Kerr, who has a similarly broad stream of personal injury and medical negligence work.

Practice head(s):

Oonagh McClure

Other key lawyers:

Joanne Kerr


‘This is the best organised and most reliable firm of those with whom I have dealings.’

‘I have found this firm to be very efficient in respect of communication, case management and settlement of accounts.’

‘With the fast moving pace of Covid-19, Thompsons NI have continued to deliver their legal services in the same professional manner without any delay or detriment to cases. They have supplied updated legal advice quickly and efficiently through their online presence.’

‘Working with Thompsons NI differs greatly from legal services I have encountered in the past mainly due to their team members, any individual I have dealt with has an approachable manner, providing as much of a personal experience as possible and giving me the full confidence that they are as invested in my issues as I am.’

‘A very thorough and focused approach. well prepared. Identification of the proper experts to report on liability and the injuries. One of the highly competent personal injury firms within this jurisdiction.’

‘I work mainly with Oonagh McClure and Joanne Kerr dealing with clinical negligence and personal injury cases on behalf of Plaintiffs. The qualities, applying to all, are the proper preparation of the cases, the identification of the significant, important issues and ensuring that the appropriate experts are retained.’

‘Thompsons provide an unrivalled service as personal injury and clinical negligence practitioners. They have a diverse, experienced team of practitioners who have worked for many years in high value cases for both Claimants and defendants. They provide excellent client care and they consistently are commended by Courts for the diligent, effective way in which they manage their cases and ensure that justice is not delayed.’

‘Oonagh McClure is a major driving force in the consistent achievement of excellent outcomes for clients in a wide range of personal injury cases. She demands good quality of service from the barristers she instructs and from all members of the team but she sets an excellent example by her own work ethic.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a client on their development of hearing loss and tinnitus during employment as a technology and design teacher.
  • Advised on a deceased person’s estate where the person died due to asbestos exposure.
  • Advised a medical nurse who was assaulted a patient.


Based in Belfast and Newtownards, Worthingtons is a leading name for medical negligence claimant work, spanning across birth injuries, cerebral palsy issues, cosmetic surgery matters and spinal injuries. Newtownards-based Nikki McConnell oversees the team and, alongside medical negligence work, is also skilled in handling claims arising from road traffic accidents and industrial diseases. Another key member of the team is Claire McDaid, who is notably adept in advising on birth injuries.

Practice head(s):

Nikki McConnell

Other key lawyers:

Claire McDaid