Paul qualified as a Solicitor in 1976, undertaking work in a variety of fields during training which included common law, divorce family cases in addition to personal injury litigation for claimants for a number of trade unions, including USDAW, GMB, the Baker’s Union and the Hosiery and Knitwear Workers Union covering all manner of accidents at work in a variety of environments across a range of industries. He has also appeared in Coroners' inquests and Industrial and Medical Appeal Tribunals.
In 1983 he transferred to the bar, joining 38, becoming 37 Park Square Chambers in Park Square Leeds. There he undertook, in addition personal injury cases, an increasing number of criminal cases and family and care work. He also prosecuted on behalf of the CPS and H.M. Customs and Excise. He conducted criminal defence on behalf of Police Officers in respect of the defence of both criminal prosecution for rape, fraud, perverting the course of public justice and manslaughter, as well as at disciplinary hearings including appeals in respect of misconduct, including an inquest in respect of a death in custody.
Crime increasingly became his specialism and he conducted cases across the full range of serious crime including blackmail drug importation including one concerned with £100 million from South America, street dealing and cannabis grows, rape and other sexual offences and was led in a number of murder cases for the defence.
He appeared in the Crown Court and Court of Appeal and was led in the House of Lords in Sweeting(and Parmenter) on the actus reus of assault and recklessness. In Ukpabio in the Court of Appeal, as well as the Divisional Court in respect of time limits in connection with contact reviews.
Between 2015 and 2018 he became in house counsel with Cartwright King Solicitors based at their Leeds office and appearing in courts throughout the North of England and in the Midlands, mainly in connection with serious crime. He was led in two further murder trials, in addition to disciplinary work for Police Officers and crime. He also appeared in a care cases, including one concerned with allegations of baby shaking, where medical evidence was in dispute. Cases included, arson and attempted murder, neglect of a vulnerable adult and also of children. He undertook further work in the Coroner’s Court and made several further appearances in the Court of Appeal on sentences and conviction appeals. First instance cases included fraud, drugs and sexual offences including rape, a number of which were historic, and appeals in firearms licence cases
In January 2019 he joined Jason Elliott Barristers, continuing to practice in crime as well as personal injury in both portal and fast track cases, for claimants and defendants. In addition he has appeared in Immigration Tribunal cases, and also in care proceedings on behalf of parents and intervenors, as well as POCA proceedings and private motoring cases.
Paul is Public Access qualified and is happy to take instructions on a direct basis.