About Simon Quinn
FIRM: Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd, Wilmslow
POSITION: Partner & Head of Military
APIL MEMBER SINCE: 18/02/10 (current)
Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)
APIL Military Special Interest Group Coordinator
Simon’s practice is focused on fighting for justice for injured Claimants and in particular military service personnel, veterans and their families.
After starting his career within the world of criminal defence, Simon soon developed a passion for Claimant personal injury work. He moved to a leading national law firm, based in Manchester, to work in their Industrial Disease department and for over two and a half years handled a Claimant caseload, specialising in Asbestos related illness claims, Noise Induced Hearing Loss together with a mixture of high value Accidents at Work, Public & Occupiers Liability claims, plus Road Traffic Accident claims.
Simon joined Hilary Meredith Solicitors Ltd in 2009, and qualified as a Solicitor in 2011. He became an Associate Solicitor at the law firm in 2014 and Partner in 2018. Simon is Head of Military within the Military and Serious Injury Department specialising in higher value Multi Track claims, in particular against the MoD and more recently in relation to Non Freezing Cold Injuries (NFCI’s). One of Simon’s recent NFCI settlements (now published) has been commented on by Counsel to be one of the highest NFCI settlement figures he has ever seen totalling over £800K (Gross).
Simon is passionate about his work, thriving on the tough challenges and rapidly changing environment of Law. His forte is Litigation and he has a love of Advocacy and fighting for justice on behalf of all Claimants, the armed forces and their families. He often acts on a Pro Bono basis and is the current APIL Military Special Interest Group Secretary.
Many of Simon’s cases have featured in both the regional and national press for their success stories.
Reported Case Successes:
3 x Pinzgauer Afghanistan IED accidents -v- Ministry of Defence (December 2019/January 2020) –Publication The Daily Mail/Exchange Chambers & other global news outlets. These claims were vigorously defended by the MoD, which relied principally on the defence of combat immunity. However at JSM’s, taking into account the awards to each Claimant under the AFCS, the global settlements of the 3 claims totalled over £10million (Gross).
Soldier D -v- Ministry of Defence (April 2017) – This is a claim relating to Non Freezing Cold Injuries. Publication The Times/Lexis Nexis/The Mirror & other National Newspapers. Soldier D was injured on exercise in December 2012, having enlisted on 5th September 2006. He was required to wade through waist deep water. His injuries were aggravated when he was required to continue working in a cold garage. He was medically discharged on 22nd March 2016. Absent his injuries he intended to serve a full term. Settlement over £800K (Gross).
Mr Denver Bamber -v- Service Personnel & Veterans Agency (SPVA) (2013) – A CIC(O) case following an incident of torture by a fellow Soldier. Publication Lexis Nexis.
Jual Miah (a child) v Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority – A CICA case following an assault in a School Classroom by a fellow student. Publication Lexis Nexis.
Skyrme v Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority –Publication Lexis Nexis & APIL’s PI Focus. A former RAF Flight Sergeant who sustained significant life changing personal injuries whilst attempting to save his neighbour’s life received compensation for his injuries from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority following a 4 year battle and donated 100% of his compensation to the charity, ‘Help for Heroes’. Simon Quinn conducted the advocacy on behalf of the Applicant at the final Oral Appeal Hearing acting on a Pro Bono basis.
Mr John Norman James Doheny v Ministry of Defence (2011) – Claim for damages following a horse riding accident at work. Publication Lexis Nexis & APIL’s PI Focus.
Soldier B –v- Ministry of Defence – This is an Employer’s Liability case following an accident on a Military Aircraft. Publication Lexis Nexis.
Mr Shane Blakeley –v- Ministry of Defence – Publication Lexis Nexis. A claim for Non Freezing Cold Injuries for a client of white ethnicity. Settled at £375,000.00 (Gross) at a Joint Settlement Meeting in November 2017.