Robert Thomson: lawyer, bus driver, lorry driver and… District Judge

Robert Thomson: lawyer, bus driver, lorry driver and… District Judge

After 29 years at Gosschalks, Civil Litigation Partner Rob Thomson has been appointed to a full-time District Judge’s post at Leeds County Court.

Robert, who specialised in personal injury and residential letting disputes, has spent the last few years juggling his role at Gosschalks with that of a part-time Deputy District Judge.

Bizarrely though for a man of such standing, it is not uncommon to see Robert driving a bus load of Hull City AFC fans to away matches or behind the wheel of an articulated lorry. That’s because Robert spends his spare time driving such vehicles partly as a hobby but mainly to assist his skills as a specialist lawyer dealing with disputes and claims relating to transport incidents.

However, on Friday 17th October 2014, Robert left Gosschalks after nearly thirty years loyal service and swapped his oversized Bugs Bunny coffee mug and comfy chair overlooking Queens Gardens for a wig and gown and a new life as a full-time District Judge in Leeds.

“To leave Gosschalks after such a long time was obviously a huge decision, but this was an opportunity too good to miss,” said Robert. “However, I leave behind a superb and very capable team and a rapidly expanding Litigation department who I know will continue to go from strength to strength.”

Robert’s personal injury work will be taken over by Nathalie Stewart who was formerly head of Civil Litigation at Myer Wolff Solicitors and has 10 years experience of dealing with personal injury claims. Robert’s residential letting disputes will be covered by Sarah Coates-Madden who has 8 years’ experience of that type of work and is a regular speaker at the Humber Landlords Association.

Gosschalks’ Senior Partner, Simon Lunt, said:

“Rob has been a loyal servant to the firm for 29 years and an outstanding role model for the many young lawyers who have learnt their trade under his watchful gaze. Rob is not only a superb lawyer but he’s been a wonderful colleague – incredibly hard working, pragmatic and the most down to earth person I know.

“As a firm, we are sad to see him go but also immensely proud of what he has achieved and we wish him all the very best in his new career as a District Judge.”

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