Paul Draycott > Doughty Street Chambers > Manchester, England > Lawyer Profile

Doughty Street Chambers
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M3 3EB

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Paul is an experienced practitioner in the fields of public law and asylum and immigration. The current Legal 500 2020 Guide describes him as ‘having a strong asylum and immigration practice, with recent highlights including a successful judicial review against a Home Office decision to revoke indefinite leave, which was the third such case undertaken for the same claimant’, as well as also recently representing ‘a claimant in (a judicial review) challenging a court fee charged by Liverpool County Court during a low-value personal injury claim, which had been overcharged by almost 50% and which may affect large numbers of similar claims’.

The bulk of his practice broadly concerns judicial review claims concerning immigration related issues, particularly fresh claims, the certification of asylum or human rights claims, R(Cart) challenges to the Upper Tribunal’s refusal of permission to appeal, the revocation of indefinite leave to remain, the Dublin III Regulation, the Turkish European Community Association Agreement, unlawful detention, age assessment, as well as disciplinary related claims against Public Authorities under the Human Rights Act 1998, such as his previous case of R(G) -v- Governors of X School (2012) 1 AC 167 SC.

Paul also regularly appears in appeal proceedings before the First Tier and Upper Tier Tribunals of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber, concerning ‘protection’, ‘human rights’ and EEA related grounds, and has a particular interest in claims brought by unaccompanied children and Palestinian Appellants, having appeared in HS(Palestinian – return to Gaza) Palestinian Territories CG [2011] UKUT 124 (IAC).

As Paul practiced employment law as an in-house advocate with a Trade Union firm of solicitors, prior to joining the Bar, he also represents employees and trade unions before Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal, particularly in respect of claims of unfair dismissal with a human rights angle, as recognised by the Legal 500 2020 Guide (‘(Paul) … is particularly prominent in cases which overlap with issues covered by the European Convention On Human Rights’).

As Paul also worked as a Welfare Benefits Advisor in the past, he represents Appellants before the First Tier Tribunal (social security and child support) in relation to claims for a wide range of benefits, as well as providing representation before the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber). 


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Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Employment

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Paul DraycottDoughty Street ChambersQuickly grasps the key issues in a case.

At Doughty Street Chambers in Manchester, the set’s members are particularly known for their expertise in high value and complex discrimination claims. Paul Draycott has particular specialisms in whistleblowing, TUPE, and discrimination claims and has also handled a number of cases concerning the interplay of the criminal law and employment law. Also of note, Paras Gorasia, working with local advocates, advised on the Manx Sutton v Creechurch Capital case in the Isle of Man, in which a whistleblower was awarded compensation of around £600,000, a sum thought to be a jurisdiction record. Instructing solicitors are full of praise for ‘the friendly barrister‘ Gorasia: ‘First and foremost, Paras is an excellent team player. For instructing solicitors, the fact he always makes himself available at short notice to review a document or provide input, or just to give his view, is priceless and makes him stand out from others.’

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Immigration

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 1

Paul Draycott  – Doughty Street Chambers ‘His passion and dedication to his work is second to none, and it shows in the quality of his work, both written and oral. His Grounds of Appeal and Skeleton Arguments are highly intricate and comprehensive, and his oral advocacy is equally impressive, and indeed the breadth of his legal knowledge never ceases to amaze.