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6 May 2021 | Firm News | Article by Simon Ellis

Head of Hugh James Military Team receives Specialist Military Injury accreditation

The Head of the Hugh James Military team, Simon Ellis, has been accredited as a Military Injury Specialist by APIL, the not-for-profit organisation representing injured people.

APIL accreditation

This award is a quality mark of competence and specialist expertise for solicitors and barristers dealing with personal injury claims. It is only awarded to professionals who have satisfied rigorous criteria meeting APIL’s highest professional standards and helps consumers recognise expertise and specialisms within the profession when they need legal support and advice.

Speaking of his accreditation, Partner Simon Ellis said today:

“I’m pleased that APIL has awarded me this accreditation. It recognises our commitment to supporting and assisting armed forces personnel at Hugh James and reflects the expertise we have in this area. It’s such a privilege to help those who have been injured in service to our country and we share APIL’s aim of ensuring all injured parties receive the advice and justice they deserve.”

Simon Ellis has been working at Hugh James since 1998 and works on behalf of current and former military personnel suffering with various injuries and illnesses relating their service, including noise induced hearing loss and post-traumatic stress disorder. He regularly advises clients who have been unable to get legal help elsewhere and frequently contributes articles for the press relating to military legal issues.

Simon currently leads a department of more than 40, handling over 3,000 claims on behalf of current and former military personnel from all over the UK.

In 2019, he won a landmark case on behalf of a Royal Marine who was awarded over £500,000 for hearing loss suffered during military service. The Inglis v MoD case won ‘Outstanding Case of the Year’ at the Personal Injury Awards in November 2019.

Simon also represents civilian clients suffering with vibration white finger, industrial deafness and various work-related cancers. He regularly has work referred to him from other firms and barristers due to his expertise and is often asked to consider more unusual types of industrial disease. He has been at the forefront of seeking justice for clients suffering with less common illnesses, caused through the work they carried out.

For more information and advice, visit the Military Team page on our website.

Author bio

Simon Ellis


Simon Ellis is a Partner with Hugh James and has worked with the firm for more than 25 years, having trained and qualified here. Simon heads up the Military Department, advising and assisting current and former military personnel with various health conditions and injuries. He specialises in claims such as hearing loss, non-freezing cold injuries, compartment syndrome and military injury cases. He is often asked to advise on more unusual claims in the military context.

Disclaimer: The information on the Hugh James website is for general information only and reflects the position at the date of publication. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be treated as such. If you would like to ensure the commentary reflects current legislation, case law or best practice, please contact the blog author.


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