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Clare ThompsonPartner


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

Clare is known for her expertise in birth injury claims, involving children who have cerebral palsy as a result of delays in delivery or inadequate neonatal care. She has worked extensively with both adults and children who have suffered brain and spinal injury or avoidable amputations.

Clare has 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.

She has been named as a ‘leading individual’ in her field in Chambers & Partners for a number of years and is also recommended in The Legal 500, both independently researched guides to the UK legal profession.

Clare is a panel member of AvMA, the North of England Medico-Legal Society and has received Law Society accreditation to the Clinical Negligence panel which recognises her expertise in this field. Clare also Chairs the North East Women Lawyers Division.

  • Clinical Negligence Panel Accreditation
  • AvMA Referral Panel logo
  • Headway Corporate Member 2020
  • Legal 500 uk-leading-individual-2021


  • "Clare is a very reliable, experienced and knowledgeable solicitor. My family and I are very grateful to Clare for all she did throughout my case. She has excellent communication skills and always made sure I understood all the information provided. We cannot thank her enough."

    - Client of Clare Thompson

  • "Clare Thompson is very experienced, knowledgeable and extremely approachable. She was supportive, sympathetic, realistic, and had an excellent manner. She always explained issues to me in a clear concise way that I could understand and I always felt able to contact her for advice and clarification. I could not have wished for a better lawyer to deal with my son’s clinical negligence case and cannot praise Hay & Kilner highly enough."

    - Client of Clare Thompson

  • "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."

    - Chambers & Partners

  • "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."

    - Client of Clare Thompson