Mr Paul Kirtley > Chambers of Bill Braithwaite KC > Leeds, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Bill Braithwaite KC
Exchange Chambers
OXFORD HOUSE, OXFORD ROW
LEEDS
LS1 3BE
England

Work Department

Employment; Personal Injury; Clinical Negligence; Regulatory; Mediation

Position

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.

Career

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

Memberships

  • 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.

Education

  • 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)

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Mediators

(Mediators)Ranked: Tier 3

Paul KirtleyExchange Chambers

Paul Kirtley – Exchange Chambers 

An accredited civil and commercial and workplace mediator, Exchange Chambers‘ Paul Kirtleyhas considerable empathy and uses this with great ability. This is a unique quality I have not seen in other mediators and sets him apart. When this is combined with his wide legal knowledge, it makes him invaluable‘. Kirtley has an active offshore mediation practice, particularly in the Isle of Man, where he frequently mediates significant claims.

Paul Kirtley – Exchange Chambers 

An accredited civil and commercial and workplace mediator, Exchange Chambers‘ Paul Kirtleyhas considerable empathy and uses this with great ability. This is a unique quality I have not seen in other mediators and sets him apart. When this is combined with his wide legal knowledge, it makes him invaluable‘. Kirtley has an active offshore mediation practice, particularly in the Isle of Man, where he frequently mediates significant claims.

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Clinical negligence

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Paul KirtleyExchange ChambersA smooth operator and a shrewd negotiator with an open and straightforward client-friendly manner.’

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Personal injury

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Paul KirtleyExchange ChambersHe communicates well and develops an excellent rapport with the client, putting them at ease. Very enthusiastic and engaging.’

At Exchange Chambers, the team of ‘very astute counsel‘ is regularly instructed for defendants and claimants across a broad spectrum of complex personal injury cases. Pankaj Madan has a wealth of experience in subtle and catastrophic brain injury claims, and the ‘personable and persuasivePaul Kirtley is sought after for his solid track record advising on cases including serious road traffic accidents, fatal accidents and spinal injuries. Simon Ross is ‘approachable‘, ‘very good with clients‘ and ‘has a great eye for detail‘.

Regional Bar > North Eastern Circuit > Employment

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Paul KirtleyExchange ChambersPaul is a brilliant strategist when it comes to litigation. He inspires confidence in clients, who value the knowledge and experience he brings to the table.’