Personal details

Full Name:
Tom Xu
Job Title:
Associate Solicitor
Department:
Personal Injury
Education:
  • Cambridge University – Economics BA
  • College of Law, Manchester - Graduate Diploma in Law
  • College of Law, Manchester – Legal Practice Course

Specialities

  • Personal Injury (Road Traffic Accident, Credit Hire, Employer’s Liability, Public Liability)
  • Criminal Injuries compensation claims
  • Claims against the Police
  • Housing Disrepair Claims

Background

I qualified as a solicitor in 2016 and have extensive experience in civil litigation, including handling multi-track cases up to and including trial.

I am also experienced in making and opposing hearings for a wide range of court applications, as well as conducting the hearings where they are by telephone.

I am also fluent in conversational Chinese (Mandarin).

Motivation

What aspects of your job do you enjoy the most?
I enjoy dealing with complex scenarios and carefully working through and resolving each component issue, in order to achieve the best possible overall outcome for my clients.

Personal interests

  • Running
  • Football
  • Badminton
  • Squash

Key cases

  • P. v. A: (Employer’s Liability) Represented a machinist who partially severed his thumb whilst carrying out his work duties; negotiated a settlement of £63,000.
  • C. v. F: (Employer’s Liability) Represented a sheet metal worker whose arm was crushed by a collapsed conveyor belt during the course of his work; negotiated a settlement of £35,000.
  • R. v. C: (Public Liability) Represented a property guardian who injured his hands walking through a glass panel door which was not clearly lit and was not marked with manifestations to increase its visibility. Liability was strongly disputed through most of the claim, however the claim was eventually settled in R’s favour 8 days prior to trial.
  • C. v. A and H: (Public Liability) Represented a shopper who slipped on wet floor beyond a saturated floor mat. The claim was issued against the cleaning company as the First Defendant and the shopping centre management company as the Second Defendant. Both Defendants disputed they had any potential liability. At trial the two Defendants were found to each be 50% at fault for the accident.
  • S. v. C: (Housing Disrepair): Represented an assured tenant of a housing association, where liability had been firmly disputed in full up until the trial date. Settlement was reached on the morning of the trial; the housing association agreed to rectify all outstanding issues, which involved replacing the main roof, waterproofing the conservatory walls, and replacing the conservatory floor, as well as paying monetary compensation.
  • A. v. B: (Road Traffic Accident) Represented a victim of a road traffic accident in a claim which included credit hire charges. The claim was successful at trial. Unknown to the A, the hired vehicle was not actually insured to be hired out to and driven by them. B raised illegality as an issue. However it was successfully argued that, when considering the seriousness of the illegality, centrality to the hire agreement, intentionality, and the parties’ respective culpability, A should not be prevented from being able to recover the credit hire charges from B. The ultimate result was that A beat their own Part 36 settlement offer, and recovered £17,340.78 for the credit hire claim with the associated uplifts where the total credit hire charges actually claimed had only been £14,742.00.

Read what other clients have said about working with Tom:

  • Excellent service from Tom Xu

    Trustpilot (September 2021)As the title states, Tom Xu did an excellent job in resolving my personal injury case with a very positive outcome. Tom did a great job in supporting me throughout the process of my claim and organising treatment for myself. The treatment was organised very promptly, commencing within around a month of the accident happening, which immediately told me that I was dealing with a professional firm of solicitors that put their clients first. I have nothing but great things to say about this firm and Tom in particular. I would have no hesitations in recommending AWH and Tom especially to anybody who needs a personal injury solicitor. Will definitely be using AWH again - hopefully not for another personal injury claim, but rather something more positive such as a house purchase!George Quantrell
  • Special thanks to Tom Xu and team

    feedback formKept informed of progress, nothing too much trouble – your all stars. Always professional, friendly, helpful. Rita