EXPERTISE

Paul is a busy and versatile member of our Business and Property team. He has developed a following as a promising junior barrister as a result of his sharp and pragmatic approach to his work. Paul can provide CPD-accredited seminars to solicitors and professionals and has most recently spoken in our latest Junior Litigators Toolkit talk.

Business & Property

Paul acts in and advises on all aspects of Business and Property work. He regularly appears in the County Court and High Court in fast track and multi-track cases and has appellate experience. His practice also involves drafting statements of case, application notices and witness statements. Paul often deals with costs budgeting at CCMCs and appears in a wide range of application hearings. Given his Employment practice, Paul deals with cases with an element of Employment law such as restraint of trade and overpaid wages claims. Paul has also developed a strong practice in claimant financial mis-selling and secret commission cases, where he is currently engaged on many claims against energy brokers and suppliers.

Employment

Paul accepts instructions from claimants and respondents in all aspects of Employment, including wrongful and unfair dismissal, discrimination and TUPE claims. He frequently appears in multi-day trials and is happy to draft pleadings and witness statements and to provide written advice. Paul draws on his Business and Property practice when dealing with discrimination and breach of contract claims in the civil jurisdiction.  

Insolvency

Paul is regularly instructed in a wide range of matters of individual and corporate insolvency for both creditors and debtors. He often deals with winding up and bankruptcy petitions, applications to annul bankruptcies and applications to set aside statutory demands. Paul can advise on all aspects of insolvency, having recently advised on an ultimately successful application to make a distribution to unsecured creditors in the course of an administration.

Sports Law

Paul also has a developing interest in sports law from a contractual, employment and regulatory perspective. His pupillage with both Simon Goldberg and Richard Stubbs, both of whom specialise in this area, provided him with a solid grounding upon which he aims to build.

MEMBERSHIPS

  • The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
  • North Eastern Circuit Commercial Bar Association (NECCBA)
  • Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA)
  • Junior Lawyers Division (JLD)
  • Government Legal Department Junior Junior Scheme

EDUCATION

  • LLB Hons (2:1) Durham University – 2014-2017
  • BPTC (Very Competent) Northumbria University – 2017-2018

AWARDS

  • Harmsworth Scholarship – The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
  • Dean's Award Scholarship – Northumbria Law School
  • Chrystal Macmillan Prize – The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Paul is qualified to receive instructions direct from businesses, professionals and members of the public in appropriate cases.

Clerking team

Steve Walker

Lead Civil Clerk

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0191 245 9589

Lead Employment Clerk & Civil Clerk

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0191 300 9359

Civil & Criminal Silks' Clerk (Leeds)

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0113 3235 955

Civil Clerk

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0191 245 9556

Clerk (Middlesbrough)

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01642 247 569

  • Vickers v Vickers and Vickers (2022) – Represented the Claimant in a without notice application for a freezing injunction following a gift from a mother who allegedly lacked capacity to her sons. Obtained a freezing injunction against one son and a proprietary injunction against the other. On the return date, maintained the freezing injunction against one and obtained a freezing injunction against the other son who was previously subject to the proprietary injunction.
  • Shaw v The Leakey Nugget Ltd (2021) – Successfully represented the Claimant in a two-day multi-track breach of contract claim. Claimant was awarded 100% of damages and budgeted costs on account.
  • Heatley v Bashall-Brennan (2021) – Successfully represented the Respondent at both first instance and appeal in resisting an application to set aside a statutory demand of £280,000.
  • Transflex Vehicle Rental Ltd (in Admin) (2021) – Successfully represented Joint Administrators in an application for a distribution to unsecured creditors after a previously successful application to extend administration for 12 months.
  • Nash v Cripps Barn Group Ltd (2021) – Represented the Claimant who brought a claim for the wedding deposit which was withheld by the Defendant following a frustration of contract due to the Covid-19 pandemic and successfully resisted the arguments for deductions for expenses.
  • Houghton v PSA Finance UK Ltd (2021) – Represented the Claimant in a successful claim for an order under s.140B CCA 1974 in relation to an unfair relationship arising out of a PPI policy.
  • Cliff v Jones (2020) - Represented the executor and sole beneficiary of a will in a mediation following a challenge to the validity of the will from another executor who was previously a beneficiary.
  • MWA Gas & Plumbing Ltd v Watt (2020) – Successfully represented the Claimant in a construction dispute whereby the Claimant beat their Part 36 offer.
  • Caritas Care Ltd v Bionic Services Ltd (2020) – Represented the Claimant in a successful claim against an energy broker in a claim for breach of fiduciary duty by making a secret commission.

  • Armstrong v Altrad Services Limited (2021) – Successfully represented Claimant in a 5-day trial in the ET in his claim for automatic unfair dismissal under s.100(1)(a) and (b) ERA 1996. Successfully persuaded the tribunal that the Respondent deliberately engineered the Claimant’s dismissal over a 6-month period. The tribunal further ordered the reinstatement of the Claimant.
  • Stewart v Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (2021) – Represented Claimant in a 3-day claim for unfair and wrongful dismissal. Claim related to a nursing assistant who was dismissed for gross misconduct for performing a restraint on a patient in a mental health hospital who the Claimant felt was endangering a colleague. Unsuccessful on unfair dismissal claim but succeeded with wrongful dismissal claim, with the judge describing the Claimant’s actions as “noble”.
  • Porter v (1) Kingdom Services Group, (2) Coral Solutions Ltd and (3) aAFD Services Ltd (2021) – Represented the Claimant at a five-day trial in respect of complaints of automatically unfair dismissal after a TUPE transfer was fragmented and the Claimant did not transfer from the First Respondent to the Second and Third Respondents.
  • Pattison v HM Prison Frankland (2021) – Represented the Claimant at a four-day trial in respect of complaints of unfair dismissal and discrimination arising from disability.
  • James v Optimum Skills Ltd (2020) – Represented the Claimant in a three-day trial in respect of complaints of discrimination arising from disability. The complaints were well-founded.
  • Harker v MMO (2020) – Represented the Respondent in a wrongful dismissal claim which was dismissed.
  • Welsh v (1) Secretary of State for BEIS and (2) St Clare’s Hospice (2020) – Represented the Claimant in a complaint for a protective award where the Claimant received the full 90-day period and successfully amended the claim to include redundancy and wrongful dismissal, which were also well-founded.
  • Cullen v Shepley Engineers Ltd (2020) – Represented the Claimant and successfully resisted the Defendant’s application for a strike out and deposit order.
  • Craggs v BMS Electrical Services Ltd (2019) – Represented the Claimant at a three-day trial in a successful complaint of discrimination arising from disability and unlawful deduction in wages.

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