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Dr David Thomson

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1 CHANCERY LANE (Chambers of Simon Readhead QC)


Barrister specialising in injury, sports related and disciplinary matters. Considerable experience in clinical negligence, personal injury and associated professional negligence. Injury work of all aspects with particular expertise in catastrophic and neurological damage. Health regulatory matters including Tier 1 panels and NMC. Leading sports lawyer appointed independent commissioner on Football Regulatory Authority, member of Nations Safeguarding in Sport panel and several disciplinary appeal bodies.


Called to Bar 1994; Inner Temple; independent practice at Bar from 1996; Chartered Institute of Arbitrators 1996; medical degree 1985; junior surgeon 1986-89; GP 1989-2001 (part time from 1996); medicolegal consultant to solicitors 1990-96; medical officer Inns of Court and City Yeomanry 1995-2010; independent commissioner to Football Regulatory Authority 2008 to date (former member of FA disciplinary panels 2000-04, then FA appeal board 2004-08, now resigned as appointed to FRA); Bar Standard Board – chairman of panel 1 to qualifications committee 2009 to date; specialist legal member Sports Resolutions Panel (formerly sports resolutions disciplinary panel) 2005 to date; appointed to National Safeguarding in Sport Panel 2012.


Professional Negligence; Bar Association; Personal Injury Bar Association; the Association of Disciplinary and Regulatory Lawyers.


Hymers College, Hull. Sheffield University Medical School (MB ChB); London University (QMW LLB hons); Cambridge (Peterhouse LLM); Inns of Court School of Law/BPTC (1994); Fellow of Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (1996 FCIArb).


Horse riding cross country, motor cycling and skiing. Trustee of two charities – Spinal Research and LawCare.

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