Partner, Head of Business Law
Paul joined the Firm in June 2015 as the Head of Business Law.
Paul undertakes corporate, partnership and asset transactional and re-structuring work together with other complex non-transactional deals and contracts and other corporate matters such as share options. After his first few years in private practice, Paul spent nearly 20 years in-house, starting at the Legal Services division of ICI plc and then moving on to be the Legal Advisor to Associated Octel (now Octel Corp.) in the fuel additives and chemicals business.
In 1997, Paul became Head of Legal at multinational company Hays plc. He and his team of lawyers dealt with around 70 mainly acquiring international transactions before working on the major Hays plc re-organisation, leaving Hays in 2005 after it had been transformed into one of the world’s biggest recruitment companies. In 1999, he and the team he led won the prestigious ‘In-House Lawyer’ magazine’s ‘In-House Team of the Year’ award.
In 2007, Paul went back to private practice, specialising in complex corporate, commercial and procurement work and corporate transactions in a major regional practice. His work has recently consisted of various company and owner-managed share sales/purchases, asset purchases and management buy outs, the associated corporate finance lending aspects, advice to the ‘Bloodhound’ world land speed record attempt in 2019, a public body outsourcing £160m of services and about £40m of IT licensing, development and outsourcing over 6 contracts.
Paul enjoys playing golf, rides a Triumph 1215cc Tiger motorcycle, nosing around art galleries and, whilst he is not a pensions lawyer, he enjoys being an independent nominated trustee of a major plc’s pension fund with over £1 billion of assets and liabilities, including being the Legal & Administration Sub-Committee Chairman.