Before returning to the law in 2004, Paul had a diverse career working in Mental Health, Teaching and in the Civil Service. He worked at Berri’s (now Vickers) as a paralegal, then trainee solicitor whilst re-training in law. Upon qualification in 2008 he joined GT Stewart as a solicitor, going on to gain his police station and Magistrates’ Court Duty Solicitor qualifications. He is a seasoned and skilled trial advocate and team leader, with diverse experiences in previous areas of work creating a unique approach to client care, team dynamics and cross-examination. Paul has a particular interest in defending the mentally vulnerable, and in challenging the casual use of injunctive measures such as Criminal Behaviour Orders.
Notable recent successes as litigator include: securing for a vulnerable client alleged to have set fire to his neighbour’s house a mental health treatment order together with a comprehensive re-housing and care package; the acquittal of a helicopter pilot alleged to have conspired to import £6 million pounds’ worth of cocaine into the UK, the only one of five co-defendants acquitted.
Education and Qualifications:
BA Joint Hons Law and Politics 1984
PG Diploma Psychoanalytic Group Psychotherapy 2000
PG Diploma Law 2005
Legal Practice Course 2007
Raising his daughter, hillwalking, photography, cycling, live music, historical fiction, backgammon, life afloat.