Paul has a well-established common law practice specialising in personal injury and clinical negligence work. He works exclusively for Claimants and has a well recognised specialist niche as an expert in military claims.
Paul works exclusively for Claimants. He undertakes work in the following areas:-
Industrial disease cases
Noise-induced deafness cases
Harassment and bullying
Paul is also well recognised as a specialist in military claims. He regularly acts for injured servicemen and women and is instructed by:-
Royal British Legion Panel Solicitors
Forces Law members
He is instructed by military claims specialists of all leading solicitors including Irwin Mitchell, Slater Gordon, Thompsons, Hilary Meredith, Wace Morgan, Bolt Burdon and Kemp and Trethowans.
Paul is security approved and acts frequently for cases involving Special Force members and also members of the Diplomatic Corps.
He is involved in generic actions brought against the MOD involving:-
Pelvic stress injury claims
Non-Freezing Cold Injury claims
Q Fever class action claims
Paul is also actively involved in:-
Bullying and harassment claims in the Armed Forces
Sexual abuse claims within the Armed Forces
Noise-induced hearing loss and climatic injury claims
Paul has been involved in Inquest work in relation to prison, military and hospital deaths. His interest developed following his involvement in the seminal case of R -v- Jamieson ex parte HM Coroner for North Humberside (1995)QB1.
“ An approachable and sound barrister. He has a fantastic knowledge of military claims “ Chambers and Partners 2017
“Paul Kilcoyne has a niche practice focused on complex and high-profile personal injury claims against the MoD. He is regularly instructed by clients such as the Royal British Legion Panel and has extensive experience in matters including claims for PTSD, Non-Freezing Cold Injuries, NIHL and harassment.
Strengths: “He is a great strategist on large catastrophic injury claims.” “He is good on his feet, approachable and has a good insight into the military community and how it works.”
Recent work: Acted in Davies & Others v MOD, where it is alleged that a failure to sweep a gun range for IEDs led to the deaths of two servicemen.”
Chambers & Partners 2016
“Paul Kilcoyne has a niche in military and government defence-type personal injury claims and is frequently sought after by the Royal British Legion Panel and the Special Forces. He advises on serious accidents that occur during military training, and also handles inquests and post-traumatic stress claims.
Strengths: “He is unflappable, approachable as far as the clients are concerned and analytical. He gets good results in workplace stress claims, which aren’t the easiest cases to handle.”
Recent work: Advised on three military claims brought against the MoD concerning two deaths and the severe injury of a serviceman in a bomb blast in Afghanistan in 2009.”
Chambers & Partners 2015
“Paul Kilcoyne: Especially highly praised for his expertise in claims against the MOD. He has experience of handling cases relating to severe psychiatric injury, non-freezing cold injuries, noise-induced hearing loss, catastrophic injuries and fatalities. He is praised for his ability in negotiation.
Expertise: “He’s very good. His advices are clear-cut and to the point, and he’s a brilliant negotiator who relates very well to clients. His communication’s excellent and he’s very flexible.”
Recent work: Acted in a claim for post-traumatic stress disorder made by a major discharged from the army.”
Chambers & Partners 2014
“Personal injury specialist Paul Kilcoyne has niche expertise in claims against the MOD and is regularly involved in high-profile inquest work. Claimant solicitors especially appreciate his “calm, unflappable and brave” approach when handling difficult issues.”
Chambers & Partners 2013
“Fatal and post-traumatic stress disorder claims for servicemen feature prominently in the workload of impressive table newcomer Paul Kilcoyne. Commentators respect his track record with regard to Armed Forces-related cases; one such case saw him recently handle a major PTSD claim for a bomb disposal expert against the MOD.”
Chambers & Partners 2012
“ Recommended for Military Claims “
Legal 500 2017
Personal injury “A brilliant negotiator”.
Legal 500 2015
Personal injury “His advice is always sound and well presented”.
Legal 500 2014
“I have had the pleasure of working with Paul on some challenging cases over a number of years. Paul is strong on tactics and strategy. He is hard-working and well-prepared. He has excellent client-handling skills and a helpful team ethic” –
Geraldine McCool – National Head on Military Injury Claims, Irwin Mitchell
Legal Advisor to the General Dental Council
Legal Assessor to the Nursing and Midwifery Council
LLB (Hons) University of Birmingham
2nd March 2018
Paul Kilcoyne was instructed by Paul Weston of Irwin Mitchell Solicitors Sheffield.
7th December 2017
Paul Kilcoyne was instructed by Anne Maguire of Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors to represent the family of Mark White a construction worker who was electrocuted when an extendable metal rake he was holding to lay a concrete bed came into contact with overhead power lines near Ashton in Northamptonshire in 2016. Mr White was 47 .
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11th October 2017
Paul Kilcoyne was instructed by Richard Barnes, Head of Civil Litigation at Biscoe’s solicitors in Portsmouth to act for a RN Petty Officer who sustained significant knee injuries following an accident on a skiing instruction course.
15th September 2017
Paul Kilcoyne was instructed by Keith Barrett, Partner at Fieldfisher London, to represent the family of Gordon Emin at the Inquest in relation to the Puma Helicopter crash in Kabul, Afghanistan on 11th October 2015.
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1st August 2017
Paul Kilcoyne was instructed by Trevor Hall of Thompsons Solicitors (Newcastle-Upon-Tyne) to represent a Commonwealth soldier who developed NFCI injuries to both hands and feet as a result of being exposed to extreme weather temperatures on a training exercise.
20th July 2017
Paul Kilcoyne, instructed by Zoe Sutton of Slater and Gordon Lawyers acted for an RFA officer who sustained a wrist injury following a tripping incident on board ship. The injury prevented further service at sea.
14th July 2017
Paul Kilcoyne was instructed by Claire Withey of Bolt Burdon Kemp solicitors to represent a former RAF Air Loadmaster who developed back and neck problems as a result of working in Puma helicopters.
5th July 2017
Paul Kilcoyne was instructed by Paul Weston of Irwin Mitchell Sheffield.
4th July 2017
Paul Kilcoyne was instructed by Trevor Hall of Thompsons Solicitors, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
4th July 2017
Paul Kilcoyne was instructed by Trevor Hall of Thompsons Solicitors, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
22nd May 2017
Soldier A obtained a settlement of £850,000 gross of Army benefits as a result of developing Non Freezing Cold Injuries ( NFCI) during Army basic training.
Amputee Serviceman Receives £4.2 million
31st March 2017
Paul Kilcoyne was instructed by Rhiannon Daniel of Trethowans Solicitors LLP, Salisbury. Soldier A suffered injuries to his left knee whilst carrying out a fireman’s lift in a training exercise in the UK. He underwent a number of surgical interventions but following the development of a chronic pain syndrome it was recommended that he should have an above knee amputation. The case settled at a JSM for a gross value to include Guaranteed Income Payments of £4.2 million.
26th November 2016
Paul Kilcoyne together with Theo Huckle QC were instructed in this matter by Sue Bowler of Coffin Mew Solicitors.
Mrs Justice Andrews refused to grant the MOD an extension of time to comply with an Unless Order and accordingly entered judgment on behalf of the Claimant against the MOD.
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