Paul specialises in criminal appeals. He has particular expertise in cases involving fresh evidence, especially relating to homicide and mentally disordered offenders. The Legal 500 describes Paul as "the leading junior authority on criminal appeals." He regularly represents appellants before the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) (being instructed at the appellate stage), most recently as junior in Dass  EWCA Crim 1208 (3 murders, fresh psychiatric evidence); Symmons (2009) 173 C.L. & J. 270;  1 CAR (S) 68 (Murder, fresh psychiatric evidence); Erskine  2 Cr. App. R. 29 (the "Stockwell Strangler" involving 7 murders), and Evans  Crim. L.R. 491 (seeking to challenge a guilty plea to murder). He has also appeared as junior counsel before the House of Lords (in Coutts  1 WLR 2154) and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (in capital cases from the Caribbean). He has extensive experience in drafting submissions to the Criminal Cases Review Commission, and representations in relation to the judicial setting of tariffs in murder cases. He is author of Taylor on Appeals (Sweet & Maxwell, 2000) and is editor and contributor of the forthcoming Taylor on Criminal Appeals (Oxford University Press). Paul is a regular lecturer on criminal appellate subjects (speaker at annual Sweet & Maxwell Criminal Appeals Conference since 2004, guest speaker at 2010 AGM of Criminal Appeal Lawyers Association). He is also a member of the Doughty Street Chambers Human Rights Unit.
Called 1989; Middle Temple; joined Doughty Street Chambers 1991. Publications of note: Taylor on Appeals (Criminal Law Library) 2000.
Criminal Bar Association.
Orange Hill Comprehensive School; Polytechnic of the Southbank (1987 LLB (Hons) First Class); Downing College, Cambridge (1988 LLM).