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Paul Rumley

Partner

T: 01225 730 286 (DDI)
T: 01225 730 100
M: 07810 553 609 E: paul.rumley@roydswithyking.com

Paul, a partner, helps to lead the Firm’s Medical Negligence team and is based in our Bath office. Paul’s renowned empathy for his clients combined with a keen eye for detail in complex clinical negligence claims have seen him recognised as a "Leader in his field" by Chambers UK, as a member of the Law Society’s national Clinical Negligence Panel and praised by Legal 500 UK "for his wide-ranging expertise". Paul is also a member of the executive committee of the Society of Clinical Injury Lawyers (SCIL).



Through what was a long and sometimes difficult process Paul Rumley has been consistent and methodical, approaching each issue with his customary attention to detail, explaining both legal and medical issues with clarity. He guaranteed that we were always completely prepared at each stage and, particularly, that we had addressed and dealt with any risks before negotiations, thereby disarming the defence.

Father of client with cerebral palsy

About Paul

Described by The Legal 500 UK as “simply first-class” and “absolutely meticulous“, Paul Rumley is “a very approachable lawyer with vast experience on high-value and complex cases” who handles “a range of matters including birth injury claims, fatal accidents and delay in diagnosis of cancer claims“, according to Chambers & Partners UK.

Paul’s experience informed his extensive contribution to recent legal aid reforms. Working with both houses of Parliament, Paul received nationwide recognition for his efforts and success in retaining legal aid for a group of severely disabled children. He is regularly approached for comment on local and national radio, television, and national newspapers, and has written several specialist articles on the subject of legal aid reform.

Having qualified as a solicitor in 1998, Paul’s particular expertise is in cases involving:

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I have always enjoyed working with people and I am a genuine believer in the idea that “justice will prevail.” I consider it a privilege to be able to help people at some of the worst times in their lives and working with them to understand what we can do to help them to put their lives back together after their medical treatment has gone wrong. My work allows me to combine my passion for achieving the best results for my clients and my commitment to making the medical profession accountable for their actions.

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With NHS Resolution identifying that costs for medical negligence claims are increasing, Paul Rumley – Partner in our team – comments on whether the outcry we’ve seen in the media actually tells the whole story.

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Cases involving consent to medical treatment

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Proposed fixed costs for clinical negligence claims: is it still about clients?

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You may be aware of the recent proposal – to be subject to some form of consultation in the autumn – to have fixed costs for clinical negligence claims of a value possibly up to £250,000. The plan is to reduce the cost of clinical negligence claims to the NHS – but what are the wider implications of this proposal?

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Breast cancer screening scandal: NHS failures affect hundreds of thousands

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The government Minister for Health, Jeremy Hunt, announced yesterday that a computer error in the NHS has led to 450,000 women not being invited to get breast cancer screenings. Partner in our medical negligence team, Paul Rumley, was featured in …

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Royds Withy King welcomes official investigation into NHS £56 billion budget for compensation claims

19 December 2016

The National Audit Office (NAO) have announced their intention to scrutinise why the NHS allocated £56 billion last year to fight clinical negligence claims – almost half their annual budget and twice the amount that was allocated last year.

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Royds Withy King responds to news of birth injuries compensation scheme

17 October 2016

Medical negligence specialists at Royds Withy King have cautiously welcomed today’s announcement of a new Government birth injuries compensation scheme, but warn that adequate care costs will need to be covered and valuable lessons learned, if it is to stand …

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Independent legal system needed to hold the NHS to account

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£6.6 million compensation for injuries due to negligent delay in delivery

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Royds Withy King’s Paul Rumley and Hannah Blackwell recently acted for a 9 year old boy, in a claim for damages for severe injuries suffered around the time of his birth.

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Family of woman who died due to negligence receives a payout

3 May 2012

The death of a loved one is always tragic, and no amount of money can compensate for their absence. All money can do is make a difference to their families, which was the result achieved by our Clinical Negligence team in this case.

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Compensation awarded for spinal injury caused by unnecessary surgery

30 April 2012

Our client, Mr R, was 84 years of age as at the date of the negligence, and 88 years of age as at the date of settlement. Mr R had spinal surgery at Salisbury District Hospital in April 2005. It was later questioned whether the surgery should in fact had taken place, as Mr R was not getting worse. His doctors should have waited to see what happened before operating.

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Compensation for delayed diagnosis awarded after patient’s death

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Royds Withy King Insights: Erb’s palsy

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