Area(s) of Practice Business Defence, Criminal Defence
Phone 07885 885 869
Having been instructed by the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) for 18 years, Paul specialises in advising and representing police officers in criminal and disciplinary matters as well as inquest investigations and proceedings, both with the Metropolitan Federation and Thames Valley Police Federation.
Paul has 30 years of litigation experience and is Police Station Accreditated.
"Firstly let me please thank you for today. Your calm, confident manner and your clear expertise and professionalism made, what was a very stressful situation for me, that little easier." Client testimonial - September 2016.
Operation Russia: Representing 5 metropolitan officers in linked prosecutions, for corruption, initially in applications to the Criminal Cases Review Commission, in Court of Appeal Proceedings, & successfully at retrial at The Old Bailey, and latterly in an application for compensation for a miscarriage of justice at Royal Courts of Justice.
Public Enquiry: Representing 2 SOIT officers in the Victoria Climbie Public Inquiry.
R-v-O: Murder case at Old Bailey. Gangland style shooting.
R-v-K: Murder case at Old Bailey. Involving complicated Neuro psychological and psychiatric issues.
2015: R-v-G: G was a serving police officer who faced 3 allegations of sexual assault, following his attendance at a prestigious social event, where there were many witnesses. Advised and assisted him at interview under caution and investigation stage. The crown Prosecution Services decided to take no further action as it claimed there was no prospect of conviction. Paul was retained to advise on Police Misconduct proceedings.
2015: R-v-P: Acquittal of man following trial at Harrow Crown Court, where the charge was one of assault on a female on an underground train. P was a male who had lived in the UK for the last 30 years, but had no formal education. The defence instructed a psychologist to ascertain the level of his understanding, as well as a Registered Intermediary to assist him to understand court proceedings.
2016: R-v-D: No evidence offered at Westminster Magistrates Court on the day of trial. D had been charged with assault by beating of his long term partner. CPS offered no evidence after the defence elicited (somewhat unusually for a Magistrates Court trial) in excess of 500 pages of material, following service of a Defence Case statement. The unused material, which the defence forced the Crown to disclose on the day prior to the trial, showed the Crown’s case in a completely different light, causing it to review its decision to prosecute.
2016: R-v-R: Acquittal of a law student following trial for assault by beating at Stratford Magistrates Court. R did not accept the caution offered to her at a Metropolitan Police station as she was a law student and wished to qualify as a solicitor. She took considerable risk of contesting a prosecution against her. Notwithstanding strong CCTV evidence, a lay bench of Magistrates was persuaded that her action in defending herself as indeed, as she claimed from the start, a lawful pre-emptive strike on a male who has previous for hitting women. He had accepted a caution for his actions, having been arrested at the same time as R. The defence was able to elicit information of his bad character via a defence case statement and successful bad character application of a non-defendant. The male in question, the Crown’s star witness, was in excess of 6 feet tall (R was just over 5 feet tall) gave evidence from behind a screen, as the court on a prior occasion had agreed to Special Measures for him.
2014/2015 : In the matter of S deceased, and in the matter of S and others : Inquest in which the client was a police sergeant in the control room at the time of a death following police contact, in a Road Traffic Pursuit/follow situation. As Article 2 ( Right to Life) was invoked a jury was empanelled. The narrative verdict vindicated the actions of client S and neither was the Police Service in question criticised.
2015-2016 : R-v-S : Attempted murder. Blackfriars Crown Court.