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Exchange Chambers

Chambers of Bill Braithwaite QC

Work 0845 300 7747
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Paul Kirtley

Work 0113 203 1970
Exchange Chambers (Chambers of Bill Braithwaite QC)

Work Department

Employment; Personal Injury; Clinical Negligence; Regulatory; Mediation


Paul is a leading civil practitioner on the North Eastern Circuit, his expansive practice covering a wide range of areas including employment; personal injury; regulatory;  mediation.

Paul is an accredited civil and commercial and workplace mediator, having mediated in over 50 mediations. He is recognised as one of the leading names in the Mediation market. He regularly mediates in a wide range of disputes, including commercial; employment including race and sex discrimination; public sector; solicitors and valuer’s negligence claims; medical negligence and personal injury claims, probate, trusts, property and boundary disputes. Paul has developed a busy offshore mediation practice, particularly in the Isle of Man, where he has successfully mediated a number of high value claims.

He is well regarded for his employment practice, appearing regularly on behalf of clients in the Employment Tribunal, the Employment Appeal Tribunal and the Civil Courts. He has substantial experience in the public sector dealing with the Police, Local Authority, NHS and PC trusts with reference particularly to Discrimination, Public Interest Disclosure, Data Protection, Freedom of Information, and Disciplinary issues.

Paul undertakes all manner of work within the personal injury field, specialising in traumatic brain and spinal cord injury, amputee and chronic pain claims, vehicular and road traffic accidents, dangerous sports claims, and industrial disease-related claims. Paul’s clinical negligence practice encompasses hospital, GP and health practitioner claims, birth-related injuries and surgical claims.

Paul is also one of a select group of barristers instructed on behalf of the Police Federation to represent its members. Paul has substantial experience of the Police Pensions Regulations, including injury on duty, medical questions and the requirement to refer to the Selected Medical Practitioner, with particular exposure to appeals to the Crown Court under the Regulations. He has also played a substantial advisory role in the redrafting of the management, financial and disciplinary rules of the National Association of Retired Police Office’s.

Paul also has a significant breadth of experience in Inquests work, particularly relating to fatal accident at work, hospital / negligence deaths and social services / local authority related inquests.


Called 1982; Recorder (1998); Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator (2004).


  • Personal Injury Bar Association, Employment Law Bar Association, Professional Negligence Bar Association, Employment Lawyers Association, Industrial Law Society.
  • For 10 years, North Eastern Circuit Representative on the General Council of the Bar.
  • Former Vice Chair Public Affairs Committee and Remuneration Committee of the Bar Council.
  • Accredited Advocacy Trainer (North Eastern Circuit).
  • Chairman of the Bar Conference 2006.
  • Former Chair of National Charity, ‘Dreams Come True’, engaged in realising the treasured dreams of terminally and seriously ill children.


  • MA (Cantab). Downing College, Cambridge
  • Recorder (1999) sitting in civil, crime and private family work
  • Accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator (2004)
  • Accredited Workplace Mediator (2014)

London: Dispute resolution


Within: Mediators

Exchange Chambers' Leed-based Paul Kirtley is 'an excellent mediator'. Kirtley mediates disputes involving commercial law, race and sex discrimination employment claims, public sector matters, and solicitors and valuers' negligence claims. Other areas of strength are medical negligence and personal injury claims, probate, trusts, and property and boundary disputes.

Within: Mediators - ranked: tier 5

 Paul Kirtley - Exchange Chambers

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Regional Bar : North Eastern Circuit


Within: Employment – Leading juniors

Paul Kirtley - Exchange Chambers ‘Very experienced in representing clients before the Employment Appeal Tribunal.’

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Personal injury and clinical negligence

Within: Personal injury and clinical negligence – Leading juniors

Paul Kirtley - Exchange Chambers ‘An insightful, knowledgeable and meticulous barrister.’

Within: Personal injury and clinical negligence

Exchange Chambers is home to Paul Kirtley and Pankaj Madan. Kirtley has expertise in catastrophic injury cases resulting from medical clinical negligence and road traffic accidents, while Madan is very well known for specialising in brain injury matters.

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Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

Within: Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing – Leading juniors

Paul Kirtley - Exchange Chambers ‘Well known for acting for police forces in regulatory matters.’

Within: Regulatory, health and safety, and licensing

Exchange Chambers’ regulatory practice spans professional discipline and health and safety matters. Paul Kirtley has particular experience representing the police, athletes and medical professionals in regulatory cases.

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