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 received many instructions involving medical accidents/injury. The following are examples of instructions received in the last 3 years:
- Failure in a GP’s practice to recognise/diagnose symptoms of meningitis.
- Failure at hospital to recognise signs of serious respiratory distress in an infant resulting in a pharyngeal abscess, hypoxia and catastrophic brain damage.
- Failure to place patient suffering from severe psychosis under strict observation leading her to abscond and attempt suicide with catastrophic 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
KF v City Hospital Birmingham
Failure to diagnose and treat a twisted bowel post birth leading to small bowel, liver and pancreas transplants. Life limiting condition.
B v University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
Alleged negligent treatment of congenital condition resulting in quadriplegia (locked in syndrome).
MP v University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
Alleged failure to diagnose pharyngeal abscess resulting in oxygen starvation, cardiac arrest and catastrophic injury.
Anderson v Stewart
Alleged failure of GP’s practice nurse to refer claimant to doctor for diagnosis: meningitis.
Sawyer-Simmons v Northwest London Hospitals NHS Trust
Negligent renal treatment over a number of years leading to kidney transplant. Settled on lump sum basis with provisional damages to abide the chance of further transplants and the risk of a range of disabling and potentially fatal conditions arising from lifelong use of immunosuppressant drugs.
Joplin v Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust (with Emma Brown)
Claimant with Parkinson’s Disease. Rendered tetraplegic as a result of delay in diagnosing spinal abscess after admission to hospital. Issues on causation of tetraplegia and long term prognosis in light of Parkinson’s.
Evans v West Midlands Strategic Health Authority and Walsall Manor Hospital and NHS Trust
Very young girl: failure to diagnose meningitis while in hospital and subsequent negligent surgery to excise dermal cyst. Brain damage: neuropathic bladder and bowels as well as hemiplegia. Issues on liability of community health physician failing to discover sinus at six week check up and thereafter diagnosis of meningitis after admission to hospital. Liability admitted for negligent surgery to deal with dermal cyst and eventually for failure to diagnose meningitis while an inpatient.
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