Paul joined us in October 2016 having previously been one of the two senior partners and head of litigation at Hetts Solicitors in North Lincolnshire.
Paul has been a member of The Law Society Children’s panel (children’s representative) in excess of 20 years. He has conducted a substantial number of cases both on behalf of children through their respective guardians and on behalf of parents. He has appeared not only before the Family Court (Lay Magistrates) but on a more frequent basis before District and Circuit Judges.
Paul prefers to conduct his own advocacy rather than instructing Counsel as he feels this degree of control over the proceedings benefits clients and guardians.
In addition to having substantial experience in dealing with care placement and adoption cases, Paul has been a longstanding member of the Mental Health Review Tribunal. This has proved to be a useful ancillary expertise in that many parents within public law proceedings present with issues relating to mental health and Paul is familiar with the most common problems including learning difficulties.
Within the broader family area Paul has kept up to date with dealing with general family issues including applications for non molestation and occupation orders together with child arrangement orders, typically parental responsibility, residence and contact. He also has dealt with a wide variety of issues in respect of which parties have never married but have cohabited for both short and lengthy periods of time and the matters which need to be dealt with including finances and any children issues.
Whilst in North Lincolnshire Paul established a considerable reputation and was noted for the thorough manner in which he prepared cases.
Paul is a father of three young men and one grandson who has a smile to die for.
Other than spending time with his family, Paul is often to be found thirty metres below the surface scuba diving. Paul is also an active member of various organisations including The Lions Club where he spends time canvasing for funds for charities and worthy causes.
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