There is no reason in principle why a right to receive compensation for personal injury caused by negligence cannot properly be regarded as a legal thing in action but the assignment to the claimant in this case was void as she had no legitimate interest in the claim. The assignment savoured of champerty, given that it involved the outright purchase by the claimant of a claim which, if it were to succeed, would lead to her recovering damages in respect of an injury that she had not suffered (Simpson v Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust).