Paul is a first-rate advocate with a thriving practice as both a leader and a junior in cases of substance and complexity. His practice encompasses homicide, serious sexual offending, financial crime, terrorism, cybercrime, health and safety enforcement, professional discipline, confiscation and asset forfeiture, inquests, judicial review and civil claims against public authorities, such as the police and the prison service.
Incredibly astute.Chambers and Partners 2016
Paul is ranked in the current editions of both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500, where he is described in these terms: “a very able and skilled advocate who can make his point clearly and succinctly to both judge and jury”, “Incredibly astute with excellent drafting and negotiating skills”, “takes a no-nonsense approach”, “Stands out as an up-and-coming barrister”, “He has encyclopaedic knowledge…and is quick on his feet”, “A highly intelligent thinker. He’s very good at analysing the legislation and case law”, “A genius. He’s calm and quietly spoken but so bright and clever.”
Paul’s practice ranges across the spectrum of criminal law, including murder, manslaughter and other offences of serious violence, public order offences, firearms offences, rape and other serious sexual offences both historic and current, theft, robbery, burglary and offences relating to the importation, possession and distribution of controlled drugs.
Paul has considerable experience of advising on appeals to the Court of Appeal against conviction and sentence, and in respect of referrals to the Criminal Cases Review Commission where there is fresh evidence to suggest that a conviction may be unsafe. He has also appeared in the Divisional Court on appeals by way of case stated from decisions of the Crown Court and the Magistrates’ Court.
Paul has considerable experience of advising and acting in cases involving allegations of commercial, company, social security, investment and tax fraud, bribery and corruption, misconduct in public office, money laundering, false accounting and the full range of dishonesty offences, including blackmail and the various offences contained in the Fraud Act 2006.
Restraint, Confiscation and Asset Forfeiture
Paul has acted in confiscation proceedings conducted under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, the Drug Trafficking Act 1994 and the Criminal Justice Act 1988 where considerable sums of money have been sought from convicted defendants. He has also made and opposed applications for restraint and receivership orders, and he is familiar with the procedures for enforcing confiscation orders.
Health and Safety
Paul has appeared in cases involving allegations of health and safety violations and corporate manslaughter. He has acted for local authorities in trading standards prosecutions where defendants have, for example, been accused of unlawfully disposing of controlled waste, or failing to maintain appropriate standards of hygiene in premises where food is made and stored.
Inquests and Public Inquiries
Paul has represented interested parties at numerous inquests, both with and without juries. He has appeared for the families of the deceased in cases where allegations of malpractice have been made against medical professionals and he has represented the Prison Officers’ Association in cases where the deceased has died in custody, giving rise to issues involving Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Prison Law and the Parole Board
Paul has represented prisoners at adjudications where the prison authorities have charged them with disciplinary offences created by Prison Rule 51, YOI Rule 55 and the Disciplinary Manual. He has represented prisoners before the Parole Board on applications for release or transfer, or where an urgent decision is needed in respect of a prisoner’s recall to custody.
Paul has experience of appearing before a number of disciplinary tribunals. His recent experience includes representing solicitors before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, and the Bar Standards Board before the Bar Disciplinary Tribunal and the Board of Visitors. In addition, he regularly advises and acts in proceedings before the Immigration Services Tribunal.
Public and Administrative Law
Paul has experience of judicial review proceedings in respect of, among other things, the decisions of police officers to arrest “suspects”, the decisions of Magistrates’ Courts and Crown Courts to issue search warrants, and the decisions of the Parole Board not to order, for instance, a prisoner’s release on life licence or to make a recommendation for their transfer to open conditions.
Paul has advised in many cases where human rights issues have arisen, including: breaches of the reasonable time requirement in Article 6(1) of the European Convention on Human Rights and the consequences thereof; the compatibility of statutory reverse burdens with Article 6(2) of the Convention; and the inadequate performance of an interpreter as a ground for challenging the safety of a conviction under Article 6(3)(e) of the Convention.
- Treasury Counsel monitoree since June 2015
- Crown Prosecution Service panel (Grade 4)
- Crown Prosecution Service Rape Specialist
- CBA Education Committee
- JUSTICE Working Party on Lengthy and Complex Trials
- ‘Blackstone’s Criminal Practice’, OUP
- ‘Millington and Sutherland Williams on the Proceeds of Crime’, OUP
- ‘EU Law in Criminal Practice’, OUP
- ‘Private Prosecutions as a Commercial Remedy’ (with Dr Matthew Dyson), in ‘Commercial Remedies: Resolving Controversies’, CUP (2016)
- West Law Insight (joint enterprise, justification and excuse, attempts)
- ‘The Use and Abuse of Conspiracy’  Crim LR 261
- ‘Conspiracy to Defraud’  Crim LR 738
- ‘Say Hello to the CrimBo’, Blackstone’s Quarterly, 2014
- ‘The New Criminal Behavior Order’  Crim LR 278
- ‘50 years of making law better’, Counsel, May 2015, pp.30-32
- Commentary on R v Bina  Crim LR 287
- ‘Evans: A Postscript’  Crim LR 704
- ‘Participating in Organised Crime Groups’  Crim LR 766
- Commentary on R v CW & MM  Crim LR 806
- ‘The Future of Human Rights in Criminal Law’ Blackstone’s Quarterly, 2016
- Letter to the Editor  Crim LR 41
- Commentary on R v Welsh  Crim LR 43
- ‘Money Laundering Offences’, to the NCA in 2013
- ‘Criminal Defences’, to Bindmans LLP in 2014
- ‘Pension Liberation Fraud’, to Pitmans LLP in 2014
- ‘Conspiracy’, to the SFO and the FCA in 2014
- ‘Proceeds of Crime Update’, to POCLA and the CPS POCA Unit in 2014
- ‘International Asset Forfeiture’, FCO seminar, Mauritius in 2014
- ‘Organised Crime’, CBA Conference in 2015
- ‘Aspects of Disciplinary Proceedings’, to Kingsley Napley in 2015
University of Cambridge, LLM (Hons), Law.