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Matthew Tomlinson

Head of Serious Injury - North

I always take a proactive approach to litigation and fight hard for justice for the injured and traumatised individuals that I represent.

Expert profile

Get to know Matthew

I began my career in law in 1998 and qualified as a solicitor in 2004. I’m now a principal lawyer and head of the serious injury department in the North.

I’ve specialised in personal injury for the whole of my career and have specific expertise in accidents at and illness suffered at work as well as occupational stress and military claims.

My expertise has helped claimants secure substantial compensation payments and rehabilitation for a range of devastating accidents involving fatal injury, spinal cord injury, brain injury, amputation and post-traumatic stress disorder.

I also manage relationships with many of our trade union and Police Federation partners.

Career highlights

I’ve had many career highlights over the years, but most recently include securing large settlements for:

  • A client who suffered a lower limb amputation as a result of an accident at work
  • A police officer forced into medical retirement after suffering a brain injury and poly-trauma
  • A journalist who suffered post-traumatic stress disorder after being injured in bombing in Syria


I am accredited as a Senior Litigator by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

For the past several years, I’ve been ranked in independent legal guide, Chambers and Partners, as a Band 1 leader in the field of personal injury. The 2022 edition of the guide states: "Matthew Tomlinson regularly handles complex, multi-track personal injury claims regarding workplace and military accidents. These include spinal and brain injuries, amputations and fatalities. Matthew is extremely personable, patient in explaining complex legal matters and good at setting my nerves at ease. He was always quick to respond to calls and emails, and his manner is kind and understanding."

I’ve also been recommended by independent legal guide, the Legal 500, for the past several years.

Earlier in my career, I also won ‘Young Achiever of the Year’ at the 2010 Personal Injury Awards.

The extra mile

I’m a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and the Law Society.

I regularly speak at health and safety conferences and provide bespoke lectures on issues involving safety within the workplace.

I also deliver in-house training to lawyers on procedure, liability and assessment of quantum.

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