Paul is a Partner in the Contentious Property Team. He is a long standing member and former Chairman of the Property Litigation Association (PLA).
He advises on all areas of property litigation, including residential landlord and tenant law (from high net worth individuals' disputes to more down-to-earth claims), commercial lease enforcement, business lease renewals, possession claims, including mortgage claims, long residential leases (enforcement of covenants, and enfranchisement work), and real property disputes such as boundary disputes, rights of way, and rights of light.
His areas of expertise include adverse possession claims, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and mediation, business tenancies, High Court and County Court civil litigation, property related insolvency and bankruptcy work, all aspects of landlord and tenant law, Leasehold Enfranchisement, and professional negligence. Paul is part of the Leasehold Enfranchisement Group within Russell-Cooke and also works closely with the firm's Charity and Social Business Team. Paul is listed as a 'Leading Individual' in the field of Real Estate Litigation in Chambers legal directory.
Clients comment that "he makes a real effort to understand our business and our priorities. He always seems to be available and can act urgently when required" (Chambers 2012). Chambers 2014 comment that Paul is "renowned amongst clients for getting "straight to the point" and being "extremely good at strategically dealing with matters".
Recent cases he has worked on include:
- The reported Court of Appeal case of Iqbal v Thakrar  EWCA Civ 592 concerning a landlord's refusal of consent to a tenant's request to carry out alterations.
- Advising a landlord in relation to litigation about a restrictive user clause in a long lease to a petrol retailer.
- Advising a tenant retailer in relation to a contested business lease renewal of a flagship store in London's West End.
- Advising a long residential leaseholder in respect of a landlord's consultation programme for recovery of service charges for a listed building where the sum claimed is in excess of £50,000.
He has published articles in a number of legal and professional publications, including articles for the Estates Gazette on possession claims against Rent Act tenants and on misrepresentation in conveyancing transactions (May 2011).
Paul studied at the University of Birmingham, qualifying as a solicitor in 1995. He joined Russell-Cooke in 2002 and became a Partner in 2005.