Paul qualified as a solicitor in 1993 and was appointed to the Law Society Children and Family Law panels (as was). Paul has been mediating in excess of 20 years both in family and commercial disputes as an accredited mediator of the ADR Group, The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, The Family Mediators Association and the Legal Services Commission LSC (now the LAA). Paul was a former director and trustee of the Family Mediators Association and was one of the first 10 mediators in the UK to be accredited by the LSC and was the first in the UK to be authorised to provide family mediation services supported by Legal Aid to the public.
Prior to joining DV solicitors, Paul was the Head of Commercial Dispute Resolution at the ICAEW (The Professional Body for Chartered Accountants) dealing with commercial disputes between firms and clients and also held the position of senior manager of the conciliation department dealing with complaints. While at ICAEW, Paul created high profile mediation services with senior lawyers such as Lord Wolf, Sir Philip Otton and Cherie Booth together with partners of the Big 4 Accountancy practices. Paul was also the Chair of a working group consisting of the CBI, Civil Mediation Council, Federation of Small Businesses and the British Chamber of Commerce reporting direct to the Justice Minister for the purposes of developing a Business Dispute Resolution Commitment for the FTSE 250.
Paul shares his time with DV with MediationMK, www.mediationmk.org.uk where he is the service director in charge of providing legally aided family mediation services in the Milton Keynes and Northampton areas. MediationMK also provides the Separated Parents Information programme on behalf of Cafcass to the Northampton family Courts,https://www.cafcass.gov.uk/grown-ups/parents-and-carers/divorce-and-separation/separated-parents-information-programme/