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 service personnel and is instructed by:-
- Royal British Legion Panel Solicitors
- Forces Law Solicitors
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 in 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.
“ 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