Military legal services

Our team of expert military solicitors is known as much for its tenacity as its expertise in military service legal matters. We carry on where other lawyers may stop, ensuring service men and women have access to the specialist advice they need.

We can help military service personnel who need to bring a claim against the MoD due to their failure to adequately protect from illness or avoidable injury.  We advise on a full range of areas, including military deafness and cold and heat injuries. We also offer additional specialist services such as wills and probate, and independent financial advice.

We’re different from the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) or War Pension Scheme in that we help you bring civil claims for compensation – often in parallel with these no-fault schemes.  

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Simon Ellis is a Partner with Hugh James and has worked with the firm for more than 20 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.

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I cannot thank you enough, from the initial contact on the telephone. Your professionalism, knowledge and service was outstanding. Keeping me updated on the process throughout as to what was required to achieve the outcome for my case. I am more than happy with everything that you did from start to finish and would have no problem recommending your services to my friends and colleagues. Thank you again for all your hard work.

Robert Gregson

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I must admit when I saw your advert in a newspaper I thought there is not much hope but I'll try anyway. Your service and advice were first class. I was always kept up to speed on what was happening. Again, great comms, fantastic outcome. Would recommend your company any time.

Robert Glonek, AFM

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I found the whole process very informative and all information was passed on to me in a very professional manner. I would and have already recommended Hugh James to others.

Mr O

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Simon and his team have been excellent throughout the lengthy process. From start to finish, they have displayed the utmost professionalism and excellent levels of communication. I cannot recommend Simon and the team highly enough!

Alastair Inglis

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Thank you, Paul Spiteri and Hugh James Solicitors for making a successful claim for compensation against the MOD for hearing damage I sustained when I served with the Territorial Army.

Allan Ormesher

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I can confirm that the level of service that I have been given by Paul Spiteri at Hugh James has been both professional and exceptional. The quantity of communication from Paul and his team has been outstanding including the support and advice that I have been given. I would definitely recommend Hugh James to my friends and relatives.

Mr T

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Firstly, I would like to thank the whole team for all their hard work. This was not an easy time for me at times diving into my past, but your team were very supportive and I would wholeheartedly recommend your service. Mr Spiteri has kept me updated all along and he left no stone unturned. Thank you.

Mark John Adams

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I would have no problem recommending the services of Hugh James and in particular Ruth Davies to anyone, my overall experience has been second to none, communication was fantastic with everything being explained by telephone and confirmed in writing if I had any questions or was unsure of something it would be explained and answered almost immediately, Ruth was very professional and helpful throughout and I can't thank her and Hugh James enough.

Paul Dreghorn

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Hugh James have been very thorough, supportive and professional throughout and made the whole process of my claim easy to follow. Special mention must be given to Ruth, she is a friendly and approachable lady who kept in constant contact by phone and email, explaining every step that was being taken, and offering me strong advice on how i should proceed during the negotiation process. I cannot thank Ruth enough for bringing my claim to a complete satisfactory conclusion.

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Thank you Paul! Your knowledge and professionalism has been a credit to your company. First class communication from the start of my enquiry to a successful claim, making the experience as smooth and efficient as possible. I will recommend you and your services to everyone I know. So very grateful for your time and patience. Once again - thank you!

Mr M

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Hugh James solicitors have provided a great level of service from start to finish, with regular updates of progress, although the process has taken almost 6 years to complete, but at last Hugh James have secured a settlement with the MoD. Thank you Hugh James, and Paul Spiteri for your level of commitment.

Glynn Dale

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Outstanding from Paul. Always kept me in the loop and the best course of action to take. Worth the wait in the long term. Paul was very passionate about ensuring he got the most from the MoD. Thanks Paul.

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I can't fault the team at Hugh James. Over the course of my claim against the MoD I have received fantastic guidance and support. Their fastidious work style brought the case to a favourable outcome.

Peter Ward

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The firm has a thriving team dealing with military claims which is probably one of the larger such teams in the UK.

The Legal 500

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Simon Ellis handles complex and difficult military claims - ranging from noise induced hearing loss, through non-freezing cold injury to chronic compartment syndrome.

The Legal 500

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I was undecided and on the fence whether to go ahead with this claim. But right from the first phone call, Hugh James and their solicitors were very reassuring. They answered all of my queries quickly all the way through the process. I would recommend Hugh James to all ex-service personnel.

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Mr Paul Spiteri has been really awesome and has done a fantastic job. Not forgetting Hannah Cullen as well. They are both hardworking! 24/7 they are always on call. If any military personnel are looking to start a claim, Hugh James is the best. 110% top!

Waisiki Ratunaceva

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My claim which had been dealt with by Hugh James was handled very professionally from the start to the finish. I was kept up to date with all aspects and was provided with expert advice throughout. I simply can't recommend this company enough. The level of service which was provided to me by my solicitor from Hugh James has been second to none and I would not hesitate to use this company again should the need arise.

Tim Sharpe

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Hugh James and Paul Spiteri have been great with keeping me advised of the progress, full of advice and course of action and how to handle problems.

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