Paul is a Partner in the Restructuring & Insolvency Team.

Paul specialises in all aspects of corporate and personal insolvency, high value litigation and sports law. He has over 16 years of restructuring and insolvency experience.

Paul acts for insolvency practitioners, directors, PLCs, banks, lenders, accountants and large private sector organisations in and outside of the North East.

Paul’s experience in Restructuring and Insolvency is extensive. He acts predominantly for insolvency practitioners in the role as appointment holders, whether that is as Nominee/Supervisor, Trustee in Bankruptcy, Administrator or Liquidator. He advises on both contentious and non-contentious matters.

In respect of non-contentious matters, Paul advises on, amongst other things, the appointment process, the sale of businesses in Administration or Liquidation, TUPE issues, property issues and issues relating to title.

In respect of contentious matters, Paul advises on, amongst other things, claims relating to misfeasance, wrongful trading, fraudulent trading, transactions at an undervalue, private examinations and contested petitions (both corporate and personal).

Paul advises on a variety of issues relating to the Insolvency Act and the Companies Act. He is experienced in investigative work, including the tracing and recovery of assets and cross border jurisdictional work.

Paul is one of a limited number of solicitors who hold the Higher Rights of Audience qualification (All Courts Proceedings) and is regularly instructed to provide an opinion on cases and conduct litigation and appear as advocate in the lower and higher courts. He has a number of reported cases including Bailey v Dargue [2008] All ER (D) 275 (Nov); [2008] EWHC 2903 (Ch) and Matthew Chadwick (Trustee in Bankruptcy) v Adrian Nash [2012] BPIR 70.

Recent examples of how Paul has supported clients include:

  • Appointing joint administrators and dealing with the sale of assets;
  • Acting for a liquidator in claims against former directors;
  • Acting for a trustee in bankruptcy in the recovery and realisation of assets;  
  • Acting for a high net worth individual in a cross border jurisdictional matter.