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’.
He has acquired a good understanding of anatomy and is able to get to grips with complex principles of surgery and treatment quickly and accurately.
Examples of recent instructions in cases of spinal injury are two cases of surgical failure to treat congenital conditions of the cervical spine properly resulting in quadriplegia.
“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
Uwigize v Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust
Negligent failure to diagnose platybasia, claimant quadriplegic.
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.
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