Clare Thompson


Clare is head of our clinical negligence department and with over 20 years’ experience in the clinical negligence field.

Clare Thompson, Partner
Specialises in:
Personal Injury Claims, Clinical Dental & Medical Negligence
Newcastle Office
0191 232 8345

Clare is head of our clinical negligence department and with over 20 years’ experience in the clinical negligence field, handles some of the most complex cases, acting for clients who have suffered serious injury and recovering substantial awards of compensation on their behalf.


  • Expertise in birth injury claims, involving children who have cerebral palsy as a result of delays in delivery or inadequate neonatal care
  • Worked extensively with both adults and children who have suffered brain and spinal injury or avoidable amputations
  • Acted successfully for the Claimant in a number of complex cases including the reported case of Lee Large v Dr J H Waldron in which the Claimant suffered a severe brain injury as a consequence of a delay in diagnosing and treating meningitis. The Claimant was awarded a significant sum in damages following a fully contested trial.

Awards, memberships & accolades

  • Panel member of AvMA
  • Law Society accreditation to the Clinical Negligence panel
  • Chair of the North East Women Lawyers' Division
  • Recognised as a Leading individual in Chambers Leading individual in Legal 500
  • A Trustee of the Percy Hedley Foundation

Outside of the office
Clare enjoys spending time with family and friends, travelling, good food and walking in the beautiful Northumberland countryside.

I had such a good experience with Hay & Kilner.

They were super professional but kind, always responsive and efficient, they knew their stuff inside out and guided me through the case managing my expectations but exceeding them at every step.

I can't praise them enough.


I would like to thank you so much for your hard work and perseverance in the resolution of my case. I felt well informed and supported throughout the whole process.


Clare Thompson is a real fighter for her clients: she gets excellent results in difficult cases.

Legal 500

Whilst nothing can compensate for what happened, Clare's effort and attention has helped me move on and I know that no one else could have done a better job. Thank you so much, I will never forget Clare's kindness and absolute professionalism at all times.


Clare Thompson doesn't leave anything to chance. She makes sure that she has all the evidence ready to answer any questions before they are asked. She's just brilliant.


Clare Thompson is always on the ball and has an impressive grasp of complex medical concepts.

Legal 500 (2022)

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