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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.

Key contact

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.

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

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

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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