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Doughty Street Chambers
Doughty Street Chambers
53-54 DOUGHTY STREET
LONDON
WC1N 2LS
England

Work Department

Criminal Law and Appeals

Position

Paul specialises in criminal appeals. He has developed a particular expertise in cases involving fresh expert evidence, homicide, and offenders with mental disorders. 

He regularly represents appellants before the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) (being instructed at the appellate stage). 

Paul has appeared as junior counsel before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, in capital and other appeals from the Caribbean; he led a team before the Privy Council in an appeal against a murder conviction from St. Kitts and Nevis in Philips v The Director of Public Prosecutions (St Christopher and Nevis). [Watch the hearing: Morning sessionAfternoon session] and recently appeared in Williams v Supervisory Authority, an appeal to the Privy Council challenging the constitutionality of the Antiguan money laundering regulations [Watch the hearing: here.] He has also extensive experience in drafting submissions to the Criminal Cases Review Commission, and representations in relation to the judicial setting of tariffs in murder cases under the Criminal Justice Act 2003.

Paul’s current instructions include a CCRC application challenging a murder conviction from Northern Ireland using experts to analyse CCTV footage, DNA samples and Gunshot Residue “GSR”; a murder appeal in the British Virgin Islands. He has also been instructed to represent the family of Adrian Jones (deceased) in the appeal against Mr. Jones’ conviction for murder. (Paul drafted the submissions to the CCRC.)

Paul was appointed a Recorder in 2019.

Paul is the author of Taylor on Appeals (2000), the leading practitioners’ textbook dealing with procedural aspects of criminal appeals and review. He is editor and a contributor to the second edition (Taylor on Criminal Appeals) which was published by Oxford University Press in 2012. The book has been well received, with positive reviews, and it has been cited in judgements of the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division), Court of Appeal in Northern Ireland, Final Court of Appeal in Hong Kong, the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court and the Caribbean Court of Justice. Paul has also written case commentaries for the Criminal Law Review and lectures on appellate matters in England and Northern Ireland. He has recently provided training in the Cayman Islands and Bahamas.

He is editor of the monthly DSC Appeals Unit bulletin which includes case commentaries on appellate cases from England and Wales, Northern Ireland and from the Caribbean. Click here to see previous issues.

Paul is licenced under the Direct Access Scheme and can accept instructions directly from members of the public in appropriate cases.

Paul Taylor specialises in criminal appeals and has developed a particular expertise in cases involving fresh evidence, homicide and mentally disordered offenders. He regularly represents appellants before the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) (being instructed at the appellate stage), and has also appeared as junior counsel before 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 under the Criminal Justice Act 2003. Paul is the author of Taylor on Appeals (2000), the leading practitioners’ textbook dealing with procedural aspects of criminal appeals and review. He is editor and a contributor to the second edition (Taylor on Criminal Appeals) which was published by OUP in March 2012. Paul co-ordinates the Doughty Street Appeals Unit, and regularly lectures on appellate matters. He provides case commentaries for the Criminal Law Review. He is a member of the Advisory Group for the Centre for Criminal Appeals. He has been called to the Bar of Northern Ireland.

Career

Called 1989; Middle Temple; joined Doughty Street Chambers 1990. Publications of note: Taylor on Appeals (Criminal Law Library) 2000. Publications of note: Taylor on Appeals (Sweet and Maxwell) (author) 2000; Taylor on Criminal Appeals (OUP) (editor and contributor): 2012; Taylor (Bonnett): (Case Comment) [2013] Crim. L.R. 10, 844-848; R. v Pope (John Randall): (Case Comment) [2013] Crim. L.R. 421-425; R v McCook (Jason): (Case comment) [2015] Crim LR 350; R v Gray and others (Case comment) [2015] Crim LR 352.

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Memberships

Called to the Bar of Northern Ireland

Criminal Appeal Lawyers Association

Criminal Bar Association

Door tenant at Allum Chambers, Trinidad and Tobago

Consultant to PST Law, British Virgin Islands

Education

Orange Hill Comprehensive School; Polytechnic of the Southbank (LLB (Hons) First Class) 1984-87; Downing College, Cambridge University (Cantab)) 1987-88.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Crime

(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 4

Paul Taylor QCDoughty Street ChambersPaul is a first-rate criminal appeal barrister. He is meticulous, thoughtful and provides well structured advice.