Paul comes to the firm with a wealth of experience gained from his time spent working with international law firms, DLA Piper UK LLP, Nabarro LLP (as now CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP) and Pinsent Masons LLP. He is a Director in our Property Litigation Team and has a ‘can do’ commercial attitude.
Whilst he is experienced in all areas of property litigation matters, Paul has over 13 years’ experience in dealing with complex residential development schemes from site assembly and vacant possession strategies through to providing advice on statutory compliance. He also brings an in depth knowledge of mixed-use commercial-residential structuring. This knowledge he uses to ensure that buildings are developed to ensure maximum value and avoid unnecessary issues created by rights of first refusal and right to manage claims, service charge consultations and lease extension claims to name a few of the regulatory matters which arise in these areas.
Paul trained at a four partner regional firm in Manchester and, although having spent the last 12 years with major international law firms, whilst there he found that work was often passed from senior to junior levels. This meant that the care given to his clients wasn’t as he may have liked due to the hierarchical management in such firms.
Paul is very much aligned to Martyn Liberson’s ethos of not rushing headlong into litigation, but to undertake careful due diligence and have a clear understanding of your business requirements. Where litigation is required he is armed with a full arsenal of tactics gained from the international firms’ training to get you the result that you want but, and more importantly, with a smaller firm’s charge out rate and our personal approach.
Paul’s client base has included UK and international pension funds, institutional investors, public sector landlords (including NHS trusts and local authorities) alongside development clients (including private developers, student housing providers, shopping centre owners as well as government agencies such as The Regulator of Social Housing).
Specialist practice areas include:
• Residential land law, particularly its impact on mixed-use commercial developments
• Business lease renewals (both opposed and unopposed cases)
• Disputes relating to repairs, reinstatement and end of lease dilapidations
• Service charge disputes (both commercial, residential and where the two meet)
• Breaches of land contracts and leases
• Lease terminations (forfeiture, break notices and possession claims)
• Paul is a member of the Property Litigation Association.