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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 as being "the master of all detail". 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 “highly intelligent, passionate for his clients and the master of all detail” , Paul also has “tenacious attention to detail, his relationship with clients is great and he is respected by the other side. I was enormously impressed, there is nothing he doesn’t know“, according to an interviewee of 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.

Paul Rumley

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