Paul McClorry

Head of Travel Litigation & Serious Injury

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Until someone experiences a serious injury abroad, it’s hard to fully appreciate the difficulty, worry and long-term impact it can have.

People can find themselves dealing with complex situations, often involving language barriers and different rules and regulations. It’s my role to help clients through this process and ultimately work to secure the best rehabilitation package and compensation.

Get to Know Paul

Paul is a highly-experienced and respected travel litigation solicitor who qualified in 2001. He was recruited to head Hudgell Solicitors’ work in representing people who suffer serious injuries abroad in 2017.

An expert in international, cross border laws, Paul specialises in leading representation on complex and high-value cases across Europe and the world, representing people who have sustained spinal and brain injuries, and families who have lost relatives as a result of incidents abroad whilst working in another country or on holiday.

Many of Paul’s cases involve issues concerning jurisdiction and applicable law, and he also acts on behalf of people in group action claims and former British servicemen who were stationed as the US military training base Camp Lejeune and were affected by the contaminated of drinking water.

Career Highlights

I acted for a child who was three-years old when involved in a road traffic accident in Spain, suffering significant spinal and urological injuries. The case involved complex issues concerning the applicable law but we successfully persuaded the English court that English Law should apply to determine the amount of compensation that should be awarded. This made a very significant difference to the increased amount of rehabilitation, care and case management that could be provided to the child. The case ultimately settled for a multi-million pound figure.

I was also involved in a case where a woman was seriously injured by an explosion at a Spanish hotel which left her in a coma and with a serious head injury which required brain surgery. The case could only be brought directly against the Spanish hotel’s insurer and, although the seriousness of her injuries put the value of her claim in excess of £1 million, further complications were faced as the maximum level of cover against the hotel’s insurer under the insurance policy was €300,000. It was only after a series of negotiations with the Spanish insurer’s lawyers that the maximum amount of damages coverage was agreed, and subsequently approved by a Court. Subsequently, a seven-figure settlement was also secured against the Spanish hotel chain.

In the complex case of a woman who suffered a significant head injury after falling over a low balcony and onto a flight of stairs in a nightclub in Portugal, the nightclub was insolvent such and the claim had to be pursued against its insurer.

The jurisdiction of the English courts, liability, indemnity and the value of the damages were all heavily contested. Through careful negotiations, and having received expert advice from Portuguese lawyers, a settlement was successfully negotiated with the Portuguese insurer who paid the maximum amount under its public liability insurance policy.

Another of my clients suffered multiple fractures to her lower limbs in a ski accident in the French Alps when another skier collided into her. Liability was heavily disputed, but key witnesses were traced who provided evidence leading to the case being concluded 100 per cent in favour of the woman, leaving her entirely blameless and in a position to claim full compensation.

Recognition

Co-chair – International Practice Section of the American Association of Justice (AAJ)

Senior Litigator – Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL)

Member of the Pan-European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL).

Legal 500 – listed as a Leading Individual

Chambers and Partners – Ranked in band 1

In addition, Paul regularly provides expert comment in the national media.

Accredited Personal Injury Specialist - Assosciation of Personal Injury Lawyers

Giving More

I often take part in fundraising events for charities by running marathons or ultra-marathons , those close to my heart are The Alzheimer’s Society and the Spinal Injuries Association.

Hudgell Solicitors also encourages its employees to undertake pro bono work as part of its commitment to local communities and I’ve enjoyed helping out at the Brain and Spinal Injury Centre (BASIC) in Salford.

Paul has provided us with his services for many years and we have come to rely on his expertise and guidance in complex, international claims. – Chambers and Partners 2023

It is so nice having a solicitor that is very professional but at the same time approachable. The service I have received has been consistent since day one. – Chambers and Partners 2023

Paul McClorry; a leader by example and trusted. Solidity and skill of the team he leads are second to none. With his personable and approachable nature, fortitude, and trust, Paul’s knowledge and conversance with both the claimant and defendant sides is outstanding. – Legal 500 2023

My advice and articles

Accidents Abroad

Accidents Abroad

Accidents Abroad Compensation Claims with travel solicitor Paul McClorry & Keith Phillips. If you’ve been injured abroad while on holiday or at work due to the actions of someone else, you may have the right to seek compensation. It may have been an accident on a plane, at a hotel or on the road. Listen […]

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What should you do if you’re involved in a ski accident? ‘Report it as soon as possible’ says skier left with two broken arms

A British skier with 60 years’ experience who was left with two broken arms after another skier ploughed into him during a holiday in France is urging others to report incidents to the local police and piste security offices as soon as possible. 78-year-old Michael Bond, who was in the resort of Les Menuires, France, […]

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‘There could be many other veterans out there like me who have these cancers and think our time at Camp Lejeune could be the cause’

A British Army veteran who has undergone several operations in his fight against cancers is calling on the UK Government to contact former military personnel and explain the health risks they face after being exposed to toxic drinking water while stationed at a training camp in the US. The 66-year-old former warrant officer has survived […]

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Investigations launched into cryptosporidium sickness cases at Leonardo Beach Hotel in Cyprus which hit wedding party and led to critical guest reviews

Hudgell Solicitors’ specialist Travel Litigation team is currently investigating the cause of illnesses suffered by guests staying at the Leonardo Laura Beach Hotel in Cyprus this summer. Symptoms included severe sickness and diarrhoea, body aches and stomach cramps. Some guests who have contacted our lawyers subsequently tested for positive for cryptosporidium – an illness which […]

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Hudgell Solicitors’ travel litigation team cements international reputation as head of department becomes co-chair with American Association for Justice

Hudgell Solicitors’ head of travel litigation, Paul McClorry, says his appointment as co-chair of the American Association for Justice’s International Practice Section will enhance the firm’s ability to provide clients with the best legal representation around the world. Mr McClorry, who joined Hudgells in 2017 to head the company’s work in representing people who suffer […]

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Motorcyclist who suffered brain injury in Spanish ‘track day’ event set for six-figure damages settlement after High Court ruling

A ‘significant six-figure damages settlement’ is to be awarded to a man who suffered a life-changing brain injury when involved in an accident at a motorcycling ‘track day’ experience in Spain. It follows representation by Hudgell Solicitors who took his case for compensation to the UK High Court, overcoming difficulties given the accident happened in […]

Accident abroad

Teenage girl sustains physical and emotional scarring after Spanish motorway collision

Hudgell Solicitors’ expert accident abroad team have represented a 13-year-old girl who suffered long-lasting physical injuries and emotional impact after a Spanish motorist collided with their family rental car whilst they were on holiday in Spain. Our client was a passenger in a car that was stationary at a “Stop” junction off a motorway slip-road […]

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Damages secured for airline passengers injured and assaulted during in-flight incidents

Hudgell Solicitors’ specialist Travel Litigation team have secured damages for two aeroplane passengers who suffered injuries in very different circumstances during international flights. The claims were both brought under the Montreal Convention 1999, a law which governs accidents that occur during international air travel, including damages for any injuries suffered. In the first case, a […]

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Holidaymaker instructs lawyers after being hospitalised with Legionnaires disease following trip to Turkey hotel

A man who returned from holiday in Turkey with Legionnaires’ disease has instructed Hudgell Solicitors to investigate whether the four-star hotel he stayed at was responsible. It comes as other holidaymakers who have recently stayed at the Sun City Hotel and Beach Club in Olu Deniz, Turkey, have taken to review site TripAdvisor claiming the […]

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Woman offered £100 voucher by Thomas Cook after being ‘violently ill’ throughout Egypt holiday launches legal claim for damages

A young woman who says she was ‘violently ill’ for her entire holiday at the Steigenburger Aqua Magic Hotel in Egypt has launched a legal claim for damages and criticised national operator Thomas Cook for offering her a £100 voucher as compensation. Caitlin Kelly, of Folkestone, Kent, travelled to the resort in April of this […]

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American Association of Justice elects travel litigation expert Paul McClorry to prestigious role

Travel litigation lawyer Paul McClorry has secured a prestigious role with the world’s largest trial bar after being elected as a new Vice Chair of the International Practice section of the American Association of Justice (AAJ). Established in 1946, the AAJ is an international coalition of attorneys, lawyers, law professors, paralegals, and law students who […]

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Hudgell Solicitors investigates Cape Verde sickness and diarrhoea outbreak as growing number of UK holidaymakers seek advice

Hudgell Solicitors is investigating the circumstances of a sickness and diarrhoea outbreak at hotels on the African islands of Cape Verde, having been contacted by more than a dozen people who were taken badly ill on holiday. Solicitor Paul McClorry, a specialist in handling claims relating to holiday illnesses, says enquiries have been taken from […]

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