Paul is a civil litigation and employment solicitor with a primary focus on disputes proceeding through the judicial system whether at County Court, High Court, the Court of Appeal or Employment Tribunal. Paul’s case-load is evenly split between Claimant and Defendant/Respondent work and so he is able to draw upon experience of being on both sides of the fence when providing clear, considered and practical advice.
Paul is the most experienced litigator in the practice and has gained experienced over the last decade of taking matters from inception, through the pre-action dispute resolution process, to mediation, issued court proceedings and to the Court of Appeal and Lands Tribunal.
Paul’s success is recognised both locally and nationally and he was featured recently in the Leicester Mercury’s Rising Star special publication which compiled a list of 100 people considered to be the next generation of Leicestershire leaders and influential people.
His understanding and knowledge of current legal affairs received national audience when he was the invited guest on BBC Radio 5 Live’s live to air debate on the banking crisis and he has recently been interviewed by ‘Marketing Merger’, a subsidiary of the Financial Times interested in the business strategy being taken by the firm.
Paul’s expertise and clear delivery have led to him being asked to provide legal opinion on consumer affairs, current affairs and litigation by the BBC for its daytime radio programmes. He has since appeared live to air on BBC Radio 5 Live and Radio 4 to provide advice on developments in contested law as the stories break.
In addition, Paul is instructed by professional football clubs, football players and sports personalities on both contentious and non-contentious issues, whether regards their employment, contracts, sponsorship or image rights. Working with high profile clients means Paul’s experience and confident approach are put to use on media sensitive subjects and his reputation for delivering client goals is endorsed.
"I am writing to express my sincere gratitude to Paul for the sterling work he has done on my behalf. He has been entirely professional, yet extremely approachable, making what would otherwise have been a very testing and painful experience, a useful and fruitful one. He was always at hand for advice over the telephone or email, and responded very quickly to any issues. These were addressed fluently in language the 'layman' could understand, enabling me to 'fight my corner' with dignity and pride." - Private client
"We can't thank you enough for all you have done and for offering to take the case on. I'm not sure where we would be with it right now but most definitely not with the amazing outcome you achieve for us. We just want to say a big thank you to you and we are so grateful for all you did" - Ruth and Darren
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Paul completed an LL.B (Hons) degree at the University of Hull in 2001 and a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from York College of Law in 2002.