James Wood

Senior Associate
Contact details

023 8085 7426

Jim is ‘approachable’ and has experience in work related upper limb disorders

Legal 500, 2014

Jim is a Senior Associate in our Southampton Personal Injury Team with over 20 years’ experience in the field of personal injury.

Main areas of practice

He is a highly experienced litigator representing Claimants in complex liability disputes arising from workplace-related claims including accidents and injuries at work and occupational disease. He is an acknowledged expert in cases involving repetitive strain injury (RSI), work related upper limb disorders (WRULD) and vibration syndromes (VWF, HAVS and carpal tunnel syndrome).

  • Jim’s focus is in helping and supporting clients who have suffered injury or illness on account of their work.
  • His clients come from a wide range of occupations and backgrounds.
  • He is asked to take over cases from other firms and often achieves substantially higher awards, providing expert knowledge and advice to his clients.
  • He is known for his personable approach and for being totally committed to his clients.

Jim has successfully pursued many claims on behalf of clients who have sustained vibration injuries (WBV, HAVS and carpal tunnel syndrome) RSI and back strains due to their work in the following occupations:



Jim graduated from the University of Manchester before qualifying as a solicitor in 1990. He undertook his legal training in Leeds before moving South to join Lamport Bassitt Solicitors where he subsequently became a Partner in 2006. He joined BL Claims Solicitors, Southampton as Senior Associate in 2016.

Contact details

023 8085 7426

  • Member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)

Significant Experience

  • Forestry workers and chainsaw operators
  • Laminators and carpenters in the boat building industry
  • Road workers and mains service layers
  • Panel beaters and vehicle conversion fitters
  • Mobile machine operators
  • Draymen

Additional Expertise

Jim has also represented workers in the nursing and care sectors with serious back and other strain injuries due to poor moving and handling practices and office workers with RSI from undertaking intensive typing or data entry for prolonged periods in the working day. These claims have included a number of hard-fought test cases.

Insights by James


24 October - James Wood

Suffering a workplace injury can have a big impact, often resulting in loss of earnings and affecting your day-to-day life. For our client April* this meant an unsettling change in...

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26 September - James Wood

Due to the unexpected physical nature of a work placement, John* suffered a hernia and contacted our Personal Injury team for assistance. His case was investigated by experienced Personal Injury...

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1 June - James Wood

  When Mrs Y experienced a fall whilst shopping, hitting her head on a display table, she felt that no-one was taking her concerns or her injury seriously. The fall...

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