He has a stellar reputation.Legal 500 (2018)
Paul is a first-rate advocate with a thriving practice as both a leader and a junior in cases of substance and complexity. He is highly recommended in both Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 in the categories of ‘Crime’, ‘Fraud’ and ‘Proceeds of Crime’.
In the latest editions of both directories he is described in these terms:
- “He deals with complex cases with ease” (Chambers UK)
- “Paul is very switched-on and incredibly calm and re-assuring” (Chambers UK)
- “A brilliant tactician, he can always see the landscape and navigates around it splendidly in the best interests of his clients” (Legal 500)
- “He is fiercely intelligent, and makes well thought-out submissions in a calm and measured way” (Legal 500)
- “He has a stellar reputation” (Legal 500)
Paul is a Junior Treasury Counsel at the Central Criminal Court, appointed by the Attorney General to prosecute the most serious offences including murder and terrorism. In that role Paul is also able to accept instructions from all divisions of the Crown Prosecution Service. Alongside prosecuting, Paul maintains a busy private defence practice, mainly in the areas of corporate and financial crime, cybercrime, serious sexual offending and motoring offences, where his expertise is sought at all stages of proceedings. Paul has a particular specialism with regards to money laundering and the proceeds of crime. He also has a sizeable appellate practice. In the last few years he has appeared as sole junior counsel in over one hundred cases before the Court of Appeal as well as being led in a number of high-profile appeals. For a number of years he has been a contributor to Blackstones’ Criminal Practice and Millington & Sutherland Williams on the Proceeds of Crime, which is now into its 5th edition. Away from crime, Paul also practices in the areas of professional discipline, inquests and inquiries, judicial review, contempt of court, and civil claims against public authorities, such as the police and the prison service.
Here is a selection of quotes about Paul from previous editions of the legal directories:
- “A very able and skilled advocate who can make his point clearly and succinctly to both judge and jury”
- “Helpful, clear and good to deal with”
- “A charming man who is very calm and delightful to work with”
- “He has amazing client care skills and a very high success rate”
- “A genius. He’s calm and quietly spoken but so bright and clever”
- “A highly intelligent thinker. He’s very good at analysing the legislation and case law”
- “He has encyclopedic knowledge and is very quick on his feet”
- “Incredibly astute with excellent drafting and negotiating skills”
- “Takes a no-nonsense approach”
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 at the Central Criminal Court
- Criminal Bar Association Education Committee
- Criminal Law Reform Now Network Committee
- Advisory Committee of the Sentencing Institute
- Bar Standards Board Professional Conduct Committee
- Bar Standards Board Quality Review Sub-Committee
- South-Eastern Circuit Lead Facilitator for Vulnerable Witness Training
- JUSTICE Working Party, Prosecuting Sexual Offences (2018)
- JUSTICE Working Party, Prosecuting Fraud (2015)
- Contributor Blackstones’ Criminal Practice
- Contributor Millington & Sutherland Williams on the Proceeds of Crime
- Case commentator for Criminal Law Review and Lloyds’ Law Reports: Financial Crime
- ‘Blackstone’s Criminal Practice’, OUP
- ‘Millington and Sutherland Williams on the Proceeds of Crime’, 5th ed., OUP
- ‘EU Law in Criminal Practice’, OUP
- ‘Private Prosecutions as a Commercial Remedy’ (with Dr Matthew Dyson), in ‘Commercial Remedies: Resolving Controversies’, CUP (2017)
- ‘Secret Evidence’, Max Planck Institute (forthcoming, 2019)
- West Law Insight (criminal procedure, complicity and accessorial liability, 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.
- ‘Evans: A Postscript’  Crim LR 704
- ‘Participating in Organised Crime Groups’  Crim LR 766
- ‘The Future of Human Rights in Criminal Law’ Blackstone’s Quarterly, 2016
- Letter to the Editor  Crim LR 41
- ‘Conspiring with Oneself’, Arch Rev 2017, 9, 7 – 9
- ‘Poison Ivey or Herbal Tea?’ 2018 LQR 198 – 203
- ‘The Surprising Second Life of Doli Incapax’, Arch Rev 2018, 3, 7 – 9
- ‘Sentencing Public Disorder offences’, Blackstones’ Quarterly, 2018
- R v Bina  Crim LR 287
- R v CW & MM  Crim LR 806
- Love v National Crime Agency  Lloyds Re FC 424
- R v Welsh  Crim LR 43
- R v Gowans; R v Hillman  Crim LR 206
- R v Walker  Crim LR 848
- R (Soma Oil & Gas Ltd) v Director of the SFO  Lloyd’s Rep FC 18
- R v Lunn  Lloyd’s Rep FC 139
- Attorney General v Knowles  Lloyd’s Rep FC 225
- R v M; R v C; R v T  Lloyd’s Rep FC 513
- Riley v Crown Prosecution Service  Crim LR 222
- R v Pritchard  Lloyd’s Rep FC 590
- Ivashchenko v Russia (App No. 61064/10)  Lloyd’s Rep FC 301
- R v Lane & Letts  Lloyd’s Rep FC 438
- ‘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’ to the FCO in Mauritius in 2014.
- ‘Organised Crime’, CBA Conference in 2015
- ‘Aspects of Disciplinary Proceedings’, to Kingsley Napley in 2015
- ‘MLA in Confiscation Proceedings’ to Kingsley Napley in 2016
- ‘Consent’ at the Assize Seminar Event in Oxford in 2017
- ‘Private Prosecutions’ to Criminal Law Reform Now, UCL, 2018
University of Cambridge, MA / Law.
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