Paul did not leap straight into the law. Having studied French and Drama at the University of London and Central School of Speech and Drama, he worked as a teacher of English in France, Egypt and Turkey, before deciding to become a solicitor, qualifying in 1988. He trained and initially worked as a company solicitor with a City of London firm in the boom times of Big Bang in the late 80’s and cut his teeth on a number of interesting transactions involving people such as Sir Robert Maxwell and Asil Nadir.
Paul left the bright lights of London in the early 90’s and joined Leathes Prior, becoming a Partner in 1994. Throughout his legal career, Paul has specialised in Company Law, and in particular the sale and purchase of private companies, MBO’s, company re-organisations, fundraising, joint ventures, not-for-profit organisations and pure company law matters. Paul is Head of the Corporate and Commercial Team of six specialist solicitors. He acts for a large number of local businesses, as well as national and international clients.
Paul founded the Duffers Golfing Association around 25 years ago, to provide a sanctuary for aspiring golfers with limited talent and is beginning to take some pride in the fact that, having taken up golf in 1972, he still has a handicap of 28.
Paul is fluent in French and conversant in a number of other languages.