Paul is a leading silk with over 30 years’ experience in both Clinical Negligence and Personal Injury Litigation as junior counsel and in silk.
Described as ‘top drawer silk with a real desire to fight and win the difficult case’ Paul is regularly recognised for his ‘pragmatic advice and excellent client manner’. His cross examination and negotiating skills are described as ‘formidable’, his knowledge ‘encyclopaedic’ and he is a favourite of instructing solicitors due to his ‘genuine commitment to clients’.
Paul has extensive experience and received many instructions in cases arising out of accidents at birth or treatment shortly afterwards which has resulted in catastrophic injury.
Recent instructions include:
- Cases of cerebral palsy as a result of a failure to observe, monitor fetal distress and then act appropriately.
- Failure to undertake a caesarean section promptly or at all.
- Failure to diagnose a twisted bowel in a new born infant with catastrophic and life limiting consequences.
‘Extremely hardworking and dedicated.’
Legal 500 2019
Highly experienced in challenging catastrophic injury and fatal accident claims. He also has expertise in industrial disease cases. Strengths: 'He gets to the heart of a case with ease and precision' 'Paul has an impressive appetite for fighting difficult cases. He has an excellent client manner and negotiating skills combined with experience, knowledge and a pragmatic approach.' Recent work: Defended Myerscough College in a claim brought by a trainee arboriculturist who fell out of a tree he was climbing under supervision when he detached all his safety gear.
Chambers UK 2018
'The go-to silk on circuit for high-value personal injury cases.’
Legal 500 2017
Highly experienced in catastrophic injury and fatal accident claims. He also has expertise in industrial disease cases. "One of the best and most experienced serious injury silks in the Midlands. He doesn't shy away from difficult cases. A powerful advocate in court." "His wealth of experience, pragmatic advice and excellent client manner make him a go-to personal injury QC."
Chambers UK 2017
'He has an ability and desire to fight the difficult cases, providing a clear and tactical approach.’
Legal 500 2016
Jehan v Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust
Wrongful birth, failure to advise of high risk of severely disabled baby. Damages agreed: 2.745m
HAX v Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust
Neonatal test for congenital hypothyroidism wrongly reported. Baby severely disabled from birth. Lump sum: 1.5m, periodical payments for loss of earnings from 2018 to aged 65 (index linked): 13,000, periodical payments for care and case management from 2018 for life (index linked) 143,000.
Part Time Judge of the First Tier Property Tribunal (Agricultural and Drainage)
Honorary Professor of Law: Birmingham University
Member of the Personal Injury Bar Association