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.
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.
- Advised and acted successfully for Alexander Devine Children's Cancer Trust in the leading Supreme Court case about restrictive covenants. The case clarified the relevance between securing a planning permission for a development and a developer's conduct in engaging with neighbours and ADCCT's legal rights have been reinforced
- Acted successfully for a law firm in a case which came to a virtual three day trial about an alleged mistake in a rent review clause. The claim by the landlord was dismissed thereby saving the law firm a considerable amount in rent and costs
- 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
- "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