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.


“ He is a leading choice for members of the Armed Forces . He is very knowledgeable  and able to provide clear guidance.“ Chambers & Partners 2022

“Unrivalled depth of knowledge of the military and how it functions. A go-to barrister for military personal injury claims.” Legal 500 2022

“He is extremely impressive and robust when dealing with complex and challenging litigation.“   Chambers & Partners 2021

“Paul Kilcoyne provides skilful representation and insurers in litigation concerning catastrophic injuries. He is a leading choice for members of the Armed Forces bringing claims against the MOD and has expertise in that area relating to non-freezing cold injuries, harassment and training accidents, amongst other things. He is also noted for his expertise in Inquests concerning military deaths.”
Strengths:  “He is excellent to work with and very knowledgeable. His vast experience really shines through and he is quick to get to the important issues. He is also very approachable and excellent with clients and experts alike.“
Chambers and Partners 2020

“He has a very good understanding of military claims work and a very good knowledge of cases with a military spin. He is an effective negotiator in settlement meetings and is a practical, determined and calm advocate.“
Chambers and Partners 2019

“An approachable and sound barrister.” “Has a fantastic knowledge of military claims.“
Chambers and Partners 2018

“He’s first rate and very proactive.  His advice is always concise and to the point, he’s good in conference and a brilliant negotiator.“ “Clients like him because he speaks their language, which is so important for clients in the military.”
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

“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

“ Has a thorough and detailed knowledge of personal injury law and how it is applied to Service personnel “
Legal 500 2021

“He is the leading barrister for Military Claims.”
Legal 500 2020

“Personal injury specialist with a niche practice in claims against the Ministry of Defence.”
Legal 500 2019

“ Recommended for Military Claims.“
Legal 500  2017

“A heavyweight in the field.”
Legal 200 2016

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 – Former National Head of Military Injury Claims now  Senior Consultant at Irwin Mitchell 


Legal Advisor to the General Dental Council
Legal Assessor to the Nursing and Midwifery Council


LLB (Hons) University of Birmingham

Professional Memberships



Serviceman XNM v ABC

Paul Kilcoyne was instructed as Lead Counsel by Irwin Mitchell Sheffield to represent a former Navy Officer who suffered brain injuries following a hit and run accident. The Claimant lacked capacity and required ongoing care needs. Issues surrounded likely Navy career.  A JSM took place in 2020    The global lump sum   settlement of £6.5 million  was recently approved by Her Honour Judge Richardson sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge in the RCJ.

Soldier MT v MOD

Paul Kilcoyne represented the Claimant, who was a former Royal Marine who sustained hearing loss and damage following operations in Afghanistan and subsequently whilst carrying out training exercises for the Special Forces. The Claimant was discharged from the Royal Marines due to noise-induced hearing loss.

Eaglesham v MoD

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 judgement on behalf the Claimant against the MOD.

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NFCI (Multiple Claims)

Paul Kilcoyne has acted in over 30 cases to date for servicemen who have developed Non-Freezing Cold Injuries.  The condition primarily affects soldiers from an Afro-Caribbean background.

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Claimant “A”

Paul was instructed by Ellis Jones to act as lead counsel for Claimant A who was injured in a motor cycle accident in 2009.  He sustained motor and sensory paraplegia at T8.  This case was settled at a JSM for £2.4 million.

Tyre Blast Inquest

28th July 2022

Paul Kilcoyne was instructed by Anne Maguire of Geoffrey Leaver Solicitors on behalf of the family of the late Mark Digweed who sustained fatal injuries when a tyre he was fitting exploded. The Inquest was conducted by HM Coroner for  Peterborough and Cambridgeshire sitting with a jury.

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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.

Judgment for Royal Marine suffering from Q Fever Syndrome

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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