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Paul Kerfoot
Call 2018
Specialisms: Business, Chancery, Personal Injury, Employment, Costs, Housing Law
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Tel: 0191 232 1927


Paul Kerfoot

Paul successfully completed a specialist Business and Property pupillage in 2019 under the supervision of Simon Goldberg and Richard Stubbs. His practice has been entirely paperless since commencing pupillage and therefore is well-equipped to deal with and advise on any aspects of remote working. Paul can provide CPD accredited seminars to solicitors and professionals and has most recently delivered a seminar on the pitfalls of mortgage possession claims.


Business and Property

Paul acts in and advises on all aspects of Business and Property work and has experience in County Court and High Court litigation. He has drafted statements of case for matters in the small claims track, fast track and multi-track. As well as representing parties in trials, Paul is frequently instructed to draft settlement offers, attend application hearings and review and draft non-contentious documents.

Paul has developed a following as a promising junior barrister as a result of his sharp and pragmatic approach to his work. Recent cases include:

  • GVR v SHSS (2020) – Represented the Claimant in a successful summary judgment application in a claim valued at over £40,000.
  • JC v SJ (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.
  • UCOS v RGPS (2019) – Represented the Claimant in a claim for unpaid termination fees and successfully resisted the argument that the fee was a penalty clause. 


As well as Business and Property, Paul accepts instructions from claimants and respondents in all aspects of Employment law. Having previously worked as a human resources manager, Paul has experience drafting employment contracts and company policies and procedures. Paul is happy to provide written advice and draft pleadings and witness statements and has previously appeared in multi-day hearings. Recent cases include:

  • SH v MMO (2020) – Represented the Respondent in a successful defence of a wrongful dismissal claim.
  • SW v (1) SOS and (2) SCH (2020) – Represented the Claimant in a claim 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. 
  • SC v SE (2020) – Represented the Claimant and successfully resisted the Defendant’s application for a strike out and alternatively a deposit order.
  • RC v BMSES (2019) – Represented the Claimant in successful claim for discrimination arising from disability and unlawful deduction in wages after a 3-day hearing.


Paul is regularly instructed in matters of individual and corporate insolvency. He can advise in all aspects of insolvency, having recently advised on extensions of administration applications and transactions at an undervalue. Paul often deals with winding up and bankruptcy petitions and has appeared for petitioning creditors, other creditors and respondent companies.


Paul is also a member of the Housing team and accepts instructions on all aspects of landlord and tenant and social housing disputes. He often appears in possession, committal and injunction hearings in the County Court. Paul recently represented a tenant on an introductory tenancy in a contested possession hearing running an Article 8 defence and public law defence, where he successfully persuaded the Local Authority to adjourn the hearing.  


  • 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


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


  • 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


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