Paul is a very experienced commercial litigator and Solicitor Advocate with Extended Civil Rights of Audience. Building upon his experience gained as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand in the early 1990s, Paul has always made extensive use of his Scottish Rights of Audience since gaining them in 1998. He is mentioned for Data Protection work in Chambers UK (Band 4 UK ranking) and for both Commercial Litigation (Tier 3) and Technology/Media/Telecoms disputes (Tier 3) in Legal 500.
Paul has a special interest in data protection as well as technology and all intellectual property issues as well as FOI/FOISA. Paul heads three bto teams: Data Protection, Online Reputation and Technology & IP team. Clients have praised him for being a lawyer who “...understands the legal process and how to influence it.”
In 2013 Paul teamed up with bto’s criminal Solictor Advocate, Laura Irvine (Associate), and successfully overturned a £250,000 data protection fine imposed on Scottish Borders Council. This case has attracted widespread interest as it is the only successful appeal against a fine under the Data Protection Act 1998.