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Paul’s expertise lies in the defence of Road Traffic Offences. For the last 6 years he has specialised in Road Traffic Law. For the last 4 years he was employed by Freeman & Co Solicitors, the most high profile Road Traffic Lawyers in the country.
Paul has significant experience of representing clients in many aspects of criminal defence work although his main focus has long been on Road Traffic Defence cases. Throughout his career he has dealt with substantial cases representing clients from the police station to the Crown Court. He has represented many high profile clients over the last 4 years with many cases being reported in the national press. Paul has represented clients such as footballers Jermain Defoe, John Terry, singer Ian Brown, comedian Jimmy Carr, actress Davinia Taylor and businessman and former tennis professional David Lloyd … to name just a few.
Paul joined Olliers solicitors in 2004 and qualified as a solicitor in 2007. Whilst at Olliers he was involved in the creation of a road traffic law department. In 2008 he moved to Freeman & Co Solicitors where he mainly undertook Road Traffic Defence work but also did privately funded criminal law and regulatory work. Paul worked there for almost four years and was a director with Freeman and Co for three years until joining Slater and Gordon Lawyers.
Since joining Slater and Gordon Paul has had many successful cases such as a client at Grimsby Magistrates’ Court charged with failing to provide an evidential blood specimen. Having convinced the Defendant that the case could be won, contrary to the advice of several other ‘specialist’ road traffic firms, Paul was instructed on the case. He went on to persuade the CPS to withdraw the entire case before trial having pointed out a technical failing in the police station procedure that was fatal to the CPS case. All charges were dropped against the Defendant.
In another matter Paul was instructed by a client who had been charged with two separate speeding matters on the same day. The police had charged him with two speeding offences both of which carried up to 6 points each so he was facing the prospect of going from having a clean licence to being banned for ‘totting-up’. Having been through the case papers and noted technical errors in the police evidence, Paul managed to point out these problems to the CPS. The result was that, at Court they agreed to drop one of the allegations and accept a plea to a lower speed than initially alleged. Therefore, the client got only three penalty points and a small fine.
In Crown Court proceedings, Paul successfully represented a Client in an appeal against convictions of driving without due care and attention and failing to stop for police. His Client had been driving home at 3.00 am in the morning, and was followed by an off duty police officer. As a female driving alone at that time of the morning, she was very concerned to be followed by an unmarked car and for her safety. She drove evasively and refused to stop. She eventually returned home and ran inside. She represented herself at the magistrates Court and was convicted of both offences. Following Paul’s representation she was cleared of both offences.
Paul is a keen sportsman with a particular interest in football which he has played at a semi-professional level and continues to play regularly at an amateur level. He also enjoys golf, cycling squash and badminton and attends the gym regularly to maintain his fitness. He has in recent years been a keen fund-raiser for charity.