David Thomas

Medical Negligence

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David Thomas

Director and Chartered Legal Executive

David has worked in the legal sector for over 30 years.  He is a Director in our Medical Negligence team and heads up our London office.

Medical Negligence

Switalskis Solicitors Ltd
Level 30, The Leadenhall Building
122 Leadenhall Street
London EC3V 4AB

David is a director and medical negligence specialist.  He heads up Switalskis' London office.

David has over 30 years’ experience acting for claimants.  His area of expertise involves complex and high value medical negligence claims with a special interest in birth injury cases.

David is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, with accredited status as a Senior Litigator.

He is also a member of

  • The Law Society Clinical Negligence Accreditation Panel
  • AvMA accreditation panel and is an Accredited Mediator.
  • Headway’s Brain Injury Panel.
  • London office Legal Aid Franchise for Clinical Negligence
  • Accredited supervisor for the Legal Aid Agency.
  • Accredited Mediator

David is ranked in the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners for birth injury claims.


  • DXP v Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust – Record breaking interim payments in birth injury cerebral palsy case of utmost severity. Claimant awarded final damages of £10 million.
  • AXM v Homerton University Hospitals NHS Trust – Child awarded £12 million damages for severe brain injury due to avoidable hypoglycemia shortly after his birth.
  • AS v Central Manchester Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – £3.65 million settlement on doors of court in birth injury case. Mother came to David for a second opinion after her sons case was rejected by another national firm of solicitors.
  • DDD v Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust – £6.2 million award for hypoxic brain injury sustained following girls birth due to negligent management of her condition in neonatal unit.
  • Freeman v Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (2021) EWHC 3378 (QB) – Claimant succeeds in highly contested trial at the High Court and is awarded £500,000.00 for the injury and death of her child.

David is a regular contributor to the legal and national press and has had articles published in the Solicitors Journal and Legal Executive Journal including:

  • ”Double Trouble – Who Pays for Care in Catastrophic Injury Claims?”
  • Part 36 Costs Brief: ”Winning Margin”
  • ”Play The Part”
  • “Civil Law Practice Update: Assessing Future Losses in Fatal Accident Cases”.

David has also appeared on BBC TV news and live radio.

“I cannot fault David and Chantelle. My clinical negligence case has been handled excellently with an outcome even better than anyone expected. David and Chantelle have kept me updated with all the important details, and always got back to me fast with anything I needed to know. David took the time to get to know me and was always careful in his communications about the case to not put more strain on me and to reassure me. I thoroughly recommend.”

Medical Negligence Client


Yorkshire Legal Awards 2023 Winners of Law Firm of the Year LargeYorkshire Legal Awards finalist Personal Injury and Clinical Neglgience 2023David Thomas ranked in Chambers and Partners UK 2024
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