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Welcome to Mark Thompson Law, a personal injury trust and personal injury compensation specialist solicitor practice

Here you can find legal support covering all manner of personal injury and accident compensation claims. You will need time and empathy together with the expert advice to help you make a successful compensation claim. I aim to get you back to normal as quickly as possible. Help for  workplace accident claims, industrial disease, car accident, motorcycle accident, pedestrian accident and cycling accident claims.

Personal Injury Trust

If you receive means-tested state benefits, are likely to need such benefits, or will need local authority support for care, a personal injury trust is for you. The law allows you to hold personal injury compensation in a trust and still receive your benefits and care. A trust does not have to be complicated and the compensation can be used quite freely for your benefit. For assistance on personal injury trusts click here.

Motorcycle Accident Solicitors

Motorcyclists are vulnerable road users who are often injured by motorists who did not see your bike approach. Allegations of speed, overtaking and filtering are made against those involved in motorcycle accidents. We have experience of these legal arguments and compensation cases after motorcycle accidents, so use our experience to help you. For more expert advice on motorcycle accidents please click here.

Car Accident Solicitors

Mark Thompson Law can help you if you are looking for car accident solicitors. Car accidents are of course commonplace events but the consequences are very serious. If you have been involved in a car accident you could be eligible to claim compensation if you have suffered personal injury as a result. Turn our experience of handling car accident cases to your advantage. For expert advice on car accidents please click here.

Pedestrian accident Solicitors

Pedestrians, particularly child pedestrians, must be the most vulnerable road users. The consequences of an accident between a vehicle and a pedestrian are often very serious. We understand these cases and the way the law tries to balance the responsibilities of the driver against the vulnerability of the pedestrian. The law will often side with the pedestrian as a driver has the extra responsibility of controlling what is really a hazardous object to the pedestrian. Do not judge your own pedestrian accident and let us use our expertise in pedestrian accidents to help you. For expert advice on pedestrian accidents please click here.

Cycling accident Solicitors

If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident on a bicycle as a cyclist you should always seek advice about compensation. You might blame yourself for a bicycle accident or just take the knock and think yourself lucky. Drivers must take care to see cyclists as they are vulnerable on the road. So often when a cycling accident is properly analyzed the accident is the fault of a driver. An increasing risk for cyclists is the deteriorating surface of our roads. You may be entitled to compensation for your injury, loss of earnings and your expenses. For expert advice on bicycle accidents please click here.

Accident at Work Solicitors

If you or someone you know has suffered personal injury at work, Mark Thompson Law could help you make a workplace accident claim and gain invaluable compensation that you are legitimately entitled to. We are a firm with extensive experience in this area and particularly in cases where serious personal injury has been sustained in instances of industrial accidents, workplace accidents, and accidents at building and construction sites. Let us turn that experience to your advantage. For expert advice on accidents at work please click here.

Industrial Disease from Work Solicitors

If you or someone you know has suffered an industrial disease from their place of work, Mark Thompson Law can help you make an industrial disease claim and gain invaluable compensation. We are a firm with extensive experience in this area and particularly in cases of industrial diseases and occupational diseases such as those caused by asbestos exposure and industrial noise. For expert advice on industrial disease compensation claims please click here.

Discuss your case without cost or obligation on 0330 2231708 or 01392 314086 so please call now.


Mark Thompson Law is a solicitor practice authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, practice number 471045.

41 Responses to Home

  1. Mary says:

    I want to take what remains of my personal injury compensation out of trust. What is the tax position of doing this? Is the money counted as income or a capital gain when it leaves the trust? Thanks.

    • Mark Thompson says:

      The answer depends on the type of trust you have.
      Most trusts written for personal injury compensation are bare, or simple trusts, as they are sometimes called. If it is a bare trust, the trust is irrelevant for tax purposes. You are the taxpayer, so whether the trust or you holds the money does not matter. In such a case, no tax is payable if trust funds ar epaid to you.
      If not a bare trust, or if you are no sure, I would need to see the trust deed to answer your question.

  2. Sophie says:

    Hi, I had a car accident in March this year (other party at fault) I had a medical examination via FaceTime due to COVID-19, when the medical report was sent over it stated all my injuries should be healed within 6 months so I signed this. Further from that I’ve been having physio over the phone and been sent exercises to do at home. My physio have now said I could potentially have nerve damage in my arm, I told my solicitor this and asked them whether I should accept the settlement offer and they’re reply was ‘you signed the medical report confirming your injuries would be fine within 6 months, so the other party will more than likely take you to court if you were to reject the offer’ my physio didn’t mention nerve damage till after the medical was done and after I signed it. Can you advise what I should do? I thought the solicitor was suppose to be on my side but it doesn’t seem they want to help very much.

    • Mark Thompson says:

      You can agree a medical report is factually accurate and the conclusion seems sensible. You cannot commit to a predicyed recovery and then be bound by it if the prediction does not come trust.
      You could obtain your physiotherapy notes, or a letter from the physio. The solicitors could pass that to the medical expert to see if the opinion can be altered.
      The difficulty with cases like yours, is that solicitors are working on a rather low fixed fee. You expect a comprehensive personal service, but the solicitors are trying to crack through the claim as quickly as possible. If solicitors were up front about the way they feel they have to work, there would be less need for enquiries such a yours.

  3. Symone says:

    Hi Mark

    I recieved a medical negligence pay out of 175,000.. 25% of that is being held by the solicitors until costs are determined. A letter was sent to the DWP from my solicitor stating that i was in receipt of the payout and notifying about the trust. The dwp are claiming to not have recieved the letter. Also a property has been bought through my trust for £95,000 will this effect my benefits. Currently recieving PIP, employment and support allowance and housing benefit. I look to moving into the property what is the right way to cancel my claim for housing benefit at the property im in currently?

    Sorry for all the questions

    Thank you in advance for your time

    • Mark Thompson says:

      I think your solicitors should send their earlier letter again. The DWP handle mail electronically, so if a letter is not sent to the correct mail handling address in Wolverhampton, it is possible the letter has gone astray.
      Property ownership is not currently a factor in benefit entitlement, but it is important if financial support for care is required.
      Provided your trust allows a property to be held, I see no problem with that.
      I suggest you write to your council giving notice of the date you are to leave your rented property. Send it a few weeks in advance to avoid overpayment of benefits.

  4. Jay says:

    Hi, I was wondering if my mother is entitled to some of my compensation for caring for me, I have been awarded 200k and £40,000 out of the £200,000 is for care I have received from her. Would I have to give her the full amount? And is she legally entitled to the money. Thank you.

    • Mark Thompson says:

      It sounds as if an award has been made, or a settlement reached which includes a claim for the gratuitous care provided by your mother. The amount was only included in your claim because the care has been provided by your mother. That part of the compensation belongs to your mother and you hold it on trust for her.
      Just because an amount is included in the claim, does not mean that amount was actually recovered. If there is any doubt as to how much was recovered for gratuitous care, your solicitor should be able to guide you.

  5. Keith says:

    Thank you Mark. Your view is as I thought.
    Fortunately my son is working and fully able to support himself. He was advised to place his compensation in a pit to protect the award should he deteriorate physically and need benefits or care in the future.

  6. Keith says:

    Thank you for your help Mark.
    Does that mean that my son could buy himself a house for him to live in, using a mortgage paid monthly from his own personal salary (so nothing at all to do with the trust) and he could open a lifetime ISA in his personal name to benefit from the bonus towards the purchase or is he prevented from holding a Lifetime or help to buy isa because the trust, of which he is the beneficiary, has previously purchased a property meaning he is not now a ‘first time buyer’?

    • Mark Thompson says:

      I am not a property or tax lawyer, but from what I have come across with other clients I will offer a view.
      If your son has a bare or simple trust, he is the taxpayer, so the property held by the trust is his for stamp duty purposes. He is therefore not a first time buyer for the second property.
      He can certainly hold an ISA as an individual, but the trust cannot hold an ISA.
      The trusts I deal with are to hold personal injury compensation to protect entitlement to means tested benefits and financial support for care. Does your son’s trust serve either purpose?

  7. Keith says:

    My son has a PI trust and the trust purchased a property several years ago, in which tenants live. The rent is paid directly to the trust. In the future my son wishes to purchase a property from his own personal income, which he will live in. Is he entitled to open a LISA or a help to buy isa and use the funds towards his property purchase?

    • Mark Thompson says:

      As I understand the ISA rules, an ISA can only be held by an individual and not by a trust.
      Holding a rented property in a trust and the trust receiving the rent, makes a lot of sense.
      On current rules, means tested benefits are not affected by ownership of the home you live in. This must change. The benefit of your own residence being in trust is that it will be ignored if you need financial help with care.
      Trust funds, subject to the trust itself allowing for it, can be used to buy a personal residence, or part buy a residence. The property could be part owned by the trust, or the trust could make a loan for part of the purchase cost, the loan to be repaid on the sale of the property. The loan would be registered, just like a mortgage.

  8. Dave says:

    Hi Mark
    Quick question.
    I have a bare trust based on a personal injury, I know there are restrictions with a trust.I want to give my son money to go traveling,is this classed as acceptable in the eyes of the dwp/ tax,I mean will this break the terms of a bare trust.

    • Mark Thompson says:

      Not all trusts are the same, but if the trust can be used for your benefit, in the broadest terms, such a payment to you son, made direct from the trust will not create a problem. It is vital the payment be made direct from the trust.

  9. Philip Cooper says:

    I have a trust account setup where I am the sole Beneficiary . There are two trustee’s and I am one of them. I have setup a account to invest in crowd funding via the trust.

    The crowdfunding platform have verified the account and set in up in the name of the trust.

    I wanted to invest today in a certain investment. I picked the investment then I need to transfer the funds.

    I my trustee one and my mum trustee two went in branch and instead of sending the funds straight from the trust bank account to trust investment account. She transferred money to my sole account the beneficiary and then to the trust investment .

    This is obviously wrong as the money should of went direct from trust account.

    Is there any complications what could come of this ?

    It is a personal injury trust. Could the money be put back into trust ?


    • Mark Thompson says:

      It is an obvious mistake. Pay the money back to the trust and start again. In case your bank statements are ever reviewed by a benefit agency, it would be helpful to have a letter from the bank which acknowledges the error.
      Others may ask if crowd funding is an investment open to trustees of personal injury trusts. The answer lies within your trust, as it is there the powers of th e trustees are contained.

  10. Shirley says:

    Before my accident i was claiming lower rate DLA and working. Since my accident two years ago I claimed contribution esa for one year and now on higher rate DLA because of my accident. I have recently had an operation to improve the injuries the accident caused and go back to work. (I will still be in pain and will never fully recover)I would be on tax credits and working tax credits at work.
    My question is the benefits agency is seeking through CRU the full amount of benefits paid to me because of the accident to be repaid to them. Is this correct? (Is DLA now changed to PIP means tested?)
    Would setting up a trust fund stop this? Sould it it be a Bare trust fund and what is a Bare trust fund with a deed?
    The benefits agency wants any compensation left over to cover any benefits they may pay to me.

    • Mark Thompson says:

      You are talking about two quite separate concepts.
      The defendant who is to pay you compensation, must, in addition to your compensation, repay to the government all benefits you have received as a result of the injury you suffered. This is called the recoupment process, the government recouping its benefits. Within the calculation of your compensation, you must give credit for certain benefits against certain parts of your claimed compensation. For instance, if your claim includes the care you need, you must give credit for state benefits received for care against that aspect of your compensation claim. Full details can be found here.
      A personal injury trust has nothing to do with the recoupment process. Once compensation is to be paid, you must then decide if any benefits you currently receive, or may receive in the future, will be reduced or disallowed because of the amount of compensation received. For help have a look here.

  11. Hi I have no savings claim universal credit and housing benifits and I am currently doing a paid clinical trial I will receive £1.800 do i need to tell the benifits system and will it effect my benifits .

  12. Chris says:

    Hi please can you tell me how long a personal injury trust fund will take to get opend


    • Mark Thompson says:

      You could be signing the trust document within two weeks if you are prompt in providing the information I need.
      What does take time, is opening the trust bank account. You need the trust document from me first to take to the bank. Banks take three weeks or more to open an account for the trustees.

  13. Chris says:

    I have been told by my solicitor I need to set up a personal injury trust to protect my benefits, however I have nobody who I can ask to be trustees. Would it be possible to keep £5000 and put the rest into two accounts for my two children which they won’t have access to until they’re 18?

    • Mark Thompson says:

      That just does not work. You are hiding money in the bank account of someone else.
      You can be a trustee. I usually advise you should have two others acting as trustees with you. If the amount is not high and you do not intend to hold it for long, you could get away with you pls one other trustee.

  14. Lisa says:

    Hi, I have received a compensation cheque for £9700 for a fall I had 4 years ago, I receive housing benefit & council tax support so I wonder about setting up a trust I contacted a solicitor who advised the cost would be £1600 and asked me to contact them if I thought it was worth it! Truth is I plan on spending £5000 on a car but I don’t want the help we receive to be taken away! Help I have not cashed the cheque as I have only revived today

    • Mark Thompson says:

      It is not a huge amount of money, but it is enough to reduce your benefits.
      Buying a car from the compensation is not the answer, as benefit agencies will take the view such expenditure is not reasonable for someone receiving benefits. You could be treated as still having the price of the car and your benefits will be reduced.
      The answer is to set up a trust. The expenditure direct from the trust cannot be assessed as to its reasonableness, so if you need to, you can buy the car and still keep your benefits.
      The cost you have been quoted for setting up a trust is very high. I will work on a fixed fee of £400 plus VAT of £80, a total charge of £480.

      The way I work is set out here.

  15. Sophie says:

    Hello I’m wondering if I could have some more info on the personal injury trusts please.
    Iv been told by my insurance company I’ll need to set one up as recieveing my cheque next week.
    How long does it take to set up? Can it be done via email?
    And what is the cost please?
    Thank you

    • Mark Thompson says:

      Once i have the information and documents I need, a trust can be drafted quickly. The delaying factor is in the trustees opening a bank account, as the banks seem to require about three weeks at the moment.
      I will offer a fixed fee for preparing a trust, so please telephone.

  16. Gemma says:

    I will need to open a pit in the next few week’s due to being on means tested benefit, do I have to put all of my settlement into the trust or can keep some. Also with only using cheques how would I go about making a payment for something using the trust money that only accepts cash?

    • Mark Thompson says:

      I always advise it is best to keep the compensation in the trust and separate from your personal funds.
      The trust could make an initial transfer to you, taking care to keep your funds below £6,000. Beyond that avoid further transfers as it will allow a benefit agency to argue the trust is “paying you wages” and there is no separation between trust and personal funds.
      The trust can pay for items by cheque and it can pay off loans incurred to purchase items, such as a credit card bill.
      There is some inconvenience in managing trust funds, but compared to losing benefits I think it a small price to pay.
      The way you approach use of a credit card is important. The trustees can allocate funds for a specific purpose. If a purchase is agreed with the trustees, the purchase can be made with a credit card and the trustees can pay the agreed amount when the credit card bill arrives.

  17. Peter says:

    Dear Mark

    I have a question regarding the changes that came into effect today with regards to the Lords Chancellors Discount rates.
    Does this change in the law apply to Criminal Injuries Compensation cases also?

    • Mark Thompson says:

      The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority operates a compensation scheme for injuries caused by criminal acts. The scheme operates along similar lines to the general rules for compensation, but with some very marked limitations. The CICA scheme places limitations on the total award, on the amounts which can be claimed for earnings loss and the scheme sets the multipliers which are used to calculate future loss. A multiplier is the figure used to multiply an annual net loss to reflect losses which will be incurred in the future. It is these multipliers which will be increased by the change in the discount rate and the effect will be felt in the highest value cases, which exceed the maximum available from the CICA.
      So in theory there may be some difference, but in practice I think the change will be minimal.

      • Peter says:

        Hi Mark.

        Thank you for your reply, but I am somewhat confused when you say the change will be minimal.

        In my circumstances, I have a historical CICA case that is due to be finalised very shortly that falls under the 1996 Scheme.

        If say for instance that my future losses are calculated at £300k over the next 15 years, where as before the multiplier discount rate would decrease this amount significantly because of the lump sum payment, under the new rules the discount rate would actually “increase” the award. That was my understanding, or am I completely wrong?

        I was unsure if these changes to the lord chancellors discount rate even applied to the CICA as I could not find details for this anywhere online as all the websites and media only talk about personal injury claims and Insurance claims

        Kind Regards


        • Mark Thompson says:

          My reply related to the current CICA scheme. I do not claim expertise in CICA cases.
          The change to the discount rate only affects the calculation of future losses, not past losses, as past losses are actual losses.
          Under the current law for personal injury cases, so forgetting your question relates to the CICA, if a male is 50 years of age and is prevented working to age 65, his current net annual earnings figure is not multiplied by 15 years. Using the old 2.5% discount rate the multiplier would be 12.11, but using the new discount rate of 10.75% the multiplier would be 15.29. This would produce an increased loss of earnings claim, reflecting that investment of the money would actually produce a loss when compared with wage and general inflation. So if your future loss is not limited in any way by the old CICA scheme, the change in the discount rate will make a difference.
          Beware, the change to the discount rate has caused quite a fuss. The government has agreed to consult on the method used to calculate future losses, so do not hang about as I would not be surprised if the rules became less generous to claims.

  18. Ships says:

    Thank you Mark.

    If I want the trust to be able to give loans on the basis of receiving interest would you recommend the trust incorporates the second edition of the STEP guidance?

    And finally is it possible for the trust to make gift payments (such as wedding gifts) as per the request of the beneficiary? Can such a provision be made within a trust?

    Many thanks,


    • Mark Thompson says:

      I cannot help on the finer points of drafting a trust without having the complete picture available.
      A personal injury trust has one beneficiary, the compensated person. If the thought is to make loans and gifts to family members and friends then I would suggest the compensated person ought to be one of the trustees and one of the joint signatories for financial transactions of the trust. If the trust is managed in this way there should be no argument as to whether the trust is being operated for the benefit of the compensated person.

  19. Ships says:

    Hi Mark.

    Fantastic site and keep up the good work.

    I want to know:

    -Can loans be given to family members from a Personal Injury Trust? If yes, do there needs to be any particular form of documentation?

    -Can gifts in the form of cash be given from the PIT (for example £3k for daughters wedding)

    Many thanks,


    • Mark Thompson says:

      The powers of the trustee depend on the trust document. Trusts for personal injury compensation are not all the same. Many trusts these days incorporate the trustee powers set out in the STANDARD PROVISIONS OF THE SOCIETY OF TRUST AND ESTATE PRACTITIONERS. If these provisions are included in your trust take care to note if the first or second edition powers are included. These powers include the power to make unsecured loans, but the loan is being made by the trustees as an investment rather than a gift, so an agreement as to interest and repayment should be in writing and signed by all parties.
      As to gifts, the answer depends on the trust powers.

  20. Jacqueline says:

    Hi I have been asked to go to a second medical why do I have to go for another medical thanks. I have received a interm payment will I end up with no compensation

    • Mark Thompson says:

      You may need a second medical report because the first was too early to give a prognosis – a clear description of what the future may hold in terms of your injury.
      It could be you and your solicitor do not accept the first opinion you obtained and want another report. The representatives of the other party may want their own medical opinion. One other reason may be you have a number of injuries which require more than one specialist to offer an opinion.
      An interim payment is a payment on account of the compensation which is finally awarded or agreed. If the final figure is less than the interim payment, or if you lose the case completely, then some or all of the interim payment will have to be repaid.
      If you have solicitors acting for you ask them the reason for a second medical and the risks.

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