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Simon Elliman


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Simon, a Partner, heads the Medical Negligence team, and is based in our Bath office. Simon has particular expertise in birth injury and cerebral palsy cases, being described by the independent legal directory Chambers as “well regarded for his handling of cerebral palsy cases” and by The Legal 500 as a “cerebral palsy expert”. They also recognise him as a "Leader in his field". Simon also deals with “wrongful birth” cases, recovering damages of £3 million in such a case in 2010.

My wife and I have been obliged to pursue a particularly difficult and complex dental negligence claim. However, we were were fortunate in finding Simon Elliman and his team who have given us great support and advice and handled our claim very professionally. Although it has been a stressful time for us both the support Simon and the team at Royds Withy King provided has helped smooth the process for us. We would have no hesitation in recommending them to others in a similar situation. "

Royds Withy King client

About Simon

Described by clients as ‘extremely approachable and knowledgeable’, and by The Legal 500 UK as “a very experienced lawyer with excellent judgment“, Simon is thoroughly committed to his work.

Even outside work, Simon is fascinated by medical law, and completed a Master’s degree in Medical Law and Ethics in 2010, graduating with Distinction. Simon is a member of two specialist panels, the Law Society’s Clinical Negligence Panel, and Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA). He is also accredited as a Senior Litigator with APIL. He has had articles published in Clinical Risk, Medical Litigation, Healthcare Risk Report, the Solicitors Journal and the New Law Journal.

He qualified as a lawyer in 1992, becoming a Partner at Royds Withy King in 2000. Apart from his birth injury expertise, Simon also heads Royds Withy King’s Dental Unit, and deals with cancer cases, fatal accidents claims, claims concerning consent to treatment, and nerve damage cases, among others.

Head of department Simon Elliman oversees an array of complex claims, including cerebral palsy and spinal injury matters. In addition he acts on dental negligence cases“. Chambers & Partners UK assert that “he is very able and he inspires confidence through calmness“, while The Legal 500 UK state that he displays “an assured touch on difficult cases“.


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There is nothing more satisfying than being able to help families rebuild their lives after some of the very traumatic events that they undergo in their medical treatment. Many of our cases are very hard-fought, and it is a matter of pride for us that we will never settle for second-best when negotiating for our clients.

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