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 of cases involving surgical mistakes. Recent instructions include:
- Erroneous surgery in an attempt to treat uncontrolled epilepsy.
- Two cases of a failure to treat properly congenital cervical conditions resulting in quadriplegia.
- Causing leak of CSF while undertaking operation to inner ear resulting in severe brain damage.
- Failure to monitor and treat appropriately patients who had undergone serious brain operations with consequent worsening in their condition.
‘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
Fulcher v Kings College Hospital and others
Negligent surgical treatment of patient with severe epilepsy, worsening her condition.
W v University Hospital of Morecombe NHS Trust
Failure to seal a CSF leak during surgery to inner ear resulting in severe brain damage.
B-M v Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
Claimant’s aorta severed during surgery to treat an ectopic pregnancy resulting in hypotension and severe brain damage. Lump sum 2m, periodical payments for care (index linked): 220,000, periodical payments for other recurring costs (index linked): 16,500
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