Paul’s practice is predominantly in Crime. He is regularly instructed to appear for the Defence and Prosecution. He is a Grade 4 CPS RASSO (Rape and Serious sexual offences) prosecutor. He specialises in cases with complex legal issues.

He regularly defends in cases Homicide, serious sexual offending (including rape and child sexual exploitation), arson (with intent to endanger life), large–scale supply of drugs and fraud. He is regularly instructed in firearms matters, including cases where firearms are used to commit serious crime.

Paul has a particular interest in Health and Safety law and associated regulatory offences.

In cases involving novel points of law, Paul will undertake the necessary research and draft the appropriate skeleton argument.

Paul has experience in a wide variety of County Court matters and is a qualified mediator. He regularly presents lectures on new elements of law and has done so for Leicestershire Law Society, individual Firms and his Chambers.

CPS Panel appointments

General Crime Level 4
RASSO Level 4

Key cases

R v B and C (2023) Derby Crown Court (P)
Paul was instructed as junior Counsel for the prosecution. Two parents accused of murder of a baby in their care. There were large number of text messages and images to be sifted and presented, along with complex pathology evidence.
https://news.sky.com/story/stepfather-jailed-for-life-for-murder-of-baby-jacob-crouch-who-suffered-car-crash-like-injuries-12933354

R v C (2018) Northampton Crown Court (D)
Paul was instructed to defend the alleged shooter in a complex multi-handed section 18 and in a joined section 18. There were five defendants, three of whom where blaming C. Paul had to steer the case with skill as his case was attacked from all sides. It was necessary for Paul to draft written submissions at very short notice to deal with jury issues, admissibility points and late bad character applications. Paul was also abe to alter his advocacy style as issues arose in order to present the evidence in the best light.

R v H (2019) Northampton Crown Court (P)
Paul prosecuted this case where a Defendant had sexually assaulted women and girls in Kettering. Due to a unique set of circumstances, and with leave of the Court, Paul had to examine two witnesses in a recorded interview setting. Paul worked hard to familiarise himself with the procedures and techniques used for such interviews and ensure that they were admissible as evidence in Court.
https://www.northants.police.uk/news/northants/news/in-court/2019/june-19/man-who-sexually-assaulted-women-and-girls-in-kettering-jailed/

R v S (2017) (D) Leicester Crown Court
Paul was instructed to defend in this counterfeit goods case. The case centred around a factory that was set up to produce significant quantities of counterfeit goods across a range of trademarked products. Paul’s client was alleged to be the owner of the factory. Paul showed that his client was not the owner of the factory and the prosecution agreed the same, allowing the Defendant to plead guilty on a limited basis

R v S (2014) (D) (Leicester Crown Court)
Sophisticated and complex sham marriage case involving multiple marriages. Represented a “false” bride married on four occasions. This case required numerous legal arguments, including matters of abuse of process, severance and a submission of no case to answer on an allegation of Bigamy (which was successful).

 

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