Personal injury and clinical negligence: claimant in Northern Ireland

Thompsons NI Solicitors

With a strong background representing trade union clients, Thompsons NI Solicitors is highly skilled in handling cases for workers who have suffered from serious issues such as asbestos-related diseases or hearing impairments. Oonagh McClure, who leads the team, specialises in the aforementioned areas but is also adept in advising on medical negligence claims, most notably in areas such as gynaecology, obstetrics and cardiology. Associate Joanne Kerr, who advises both clients and unions on serious injury claims, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Oonagh McClure


‘I have worked with Oonagh McClure since 1996 and I have always found her to be very professional and efficient in how she handles cases. I have always been impressed by her expertise – she is also very approachable.’

‘The team at Thompsons NI is the sector leader in plaintiff personal injury work in Northern Ireland. In particular Thompsons are specialists in plaintiff employer liability claims including accidents at work, stress at work, industrial disease (hearing loss, asbestos conditions and dermatitis) as well as in high value catastrophic claims resulting from RTAs or clinical negligence.’

‘Expertly led by the vastly experienced Oonagh McClure .’

‘The team boasts lengthy experience and is a true expert in this field, demonstrating detailed knowledge of the statutory and regulatory frameworks, strong relationship with a range of medical and other experts and with specialist counsel gives this team a real competitive edge.’

‘The firm, as part of a UK network, is of a size and enjoys resources that make it a match for any insurance defence firm. It is long known for representing the members of most, if not all, of the trade unions.’

‘I am always struck by the solicitors’ particularly close attention to an individual client’s needs and concerns and the support and advice that they provide through a claims progress. An extremely high success rate in cases managed is the result.’

‘The firm is accordingly highly regarded by the judiciary and by its competitors. Arguably the first choice for any personal injury claimant in Northern Ireland.’

‘Managing partner Oonagh McClure has 30 years’ experience in this field and has built a well resourced, professional and highly expert team. By continuing to focus on the firm’s specialism of claimant personal injury work, she has developed the sector leader.’

Work highlights

  • Advised a firefighter who fell unconscious due to a wall-mounted seat breaking apart for the wall and forcing the employee into retirement.
  • Advised a motorist who caused an accident by swerving away from a suddenly moving vehicle and hitting another separate moving vehicle.
  • Acted for a healthcare worker who injured a patient who required restraint due to their poor mental health condition and history of violence.


The 'highly skilled' and 'very personable and engaging' team at Worthingtons is a key name in the region for representing individuals who have suffered from clinical negligence during pregnancy or childbirth, encompassing serious brain injuries and cerebral palsy. Newtownards-based Nikki McConnell is a leading specialist in this area, with additional expertise in handling motor accident and industrial disease claims. Belfast-based Claire McDaid has also worked on birth injury cases and acts before the High Court and County Courts.

Practice head(s):

Nikki McConnell

Other key lawyers:

Claire McDaid


‘The PI and clinical negligence team at Worthingtons are widely recognised as specialists in those fields in Northern Ireland. Particularly in complex clinical negligence cases they are very experienced in achieving strong outcomes for often very vulnerable clients.’

‘They achieve strong results for clients as well as ensuring that the lay client’s engagement with the legal system is as positive as possible. They also have a depth of experience in identifying appropriate expert witnesses in a wide range of cases. I cannot recommend them highly enough.’

‘Very knowledgeable in what they do. Claire McDaid has been dealing with my case which has not been an easy one. She is very thorough. Easy to talk to. Good personality. She makes time to listen to my point of view and worries. Always keeps me up to date with what is happening which is very important.