Paul is a partner in the property and housing litigation team.
He advises businesses, charities and individuals on all aspects of property disputes and their avoidance. Paul’s work covers enforcement of lease terms, recovery of money, real estate property disputes, and he has a specialism in business tenancy law.
In Chambers UK (2019) interviewees report that he "provides clear, accessible information and focuses on the practical application of his advice."
He is listed in The Legal 500 (2019) which notes his "oversight of any given case is always thoughtful, conscientious and driven by a desire to ensure that the client is well served".
He is the former chairman of the Property Litigation Association, and has been listed in Chambers UK legal directory as a leading individual for several years, where he is noted for his "good pragmatic advice".
Paul joined Russell-Cooke in 2002 and was appointed partner in 2005.
- Advising and acting (including in proceedings) for a client in respect of restrictive covenants over one of its sites which, if upheld, would impede a substantial development
- Advising a Central London property owner in defence to a valuable claim for adverse possession (squatters’ rights)
- Acting successfully for the landlord Norfolk Square in Norfolk Square (Northern Section) Limited v M&P Enterprises (London) Limited in a number of legal claims, including securing an order for possession under the LTA 1954 following a six day trial
- Acting successfully at first instance and on appeal in Huntsmore House (Freehold) Limited v Snowball Assets Ltd – an important enfranchisement case
- Advising on the property management and litigation issues arising from a number of landmark London buildings, including Shell-Mex House, The Plaza, the Barkers Centre and the Kensington Roof Gardens building
- Securing for a substantial arts charity a wholly successful result arising from a dispute of the meaning of a lease rent review clause
- In Chambers UK (2018) one client singles out his "commitment, energy and skills," also commenting that "he has an innate grasp of what matters and what doesn't, and genuinely cares about the outcome for his client"
- Chambers UK (2017) describes Paul as "a very good guy, very sensible, and he thinks things through very well"
- Described in The Legal 500 (2017) as "knowledgeable and practical in his approach while being personable and fun to work with"
- "Very practical and commercial", Chambers UK (2016)
- "Very bright and hardworking", The Legal 500 (2015)
- Member and former Chairman of the Property Litigation Law Association
- Read Politics at the University of Birmingham before undertaking the CPE at the same institution
- Law Society Finals course at De Montfort University
- Qualified as a solicitor in 1995
- Contributed to The Russell-Cooke Voluntary Sector Legal Handbook and contributed to the Law Society’s Business Tenancies – a Guide to the New Law