Mr Paul Hodgkinson > Exchange Chambers > Manchester, England > Barrister Profile

Exchange Chambers
M3 3NW

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With over 25 years of experience, Paul is known for his direct, robust and no-nonsense approach in both his defence and prosecution practice. Renowned for his fearlessness, he can find a route through the most intricate and complex legal issues.

His practice involves the most serious and complex criminal cases including murder, fraud, large-scale conspiracies and serious sexual offending.

He qualified as a solicitor in 1997, transferring to the Bar in 2002 where he specialises in serious crime, fraud, regulatory and coronial work. His confident and considered approach has enabled him to develop an enviable criminal practice.

Over time, Paul has developed his practice and defended some of the most high profile, serious and complex cases on circuit. He is a Category 4 Prosecutor.

Paul’s regulatory practice continues to grow. He is frequently involved in defending Health and Safety Executive prosecutions and has experience of defending Care Home owners in alleged abuse and neglect cases.

His inquest work also goes from strength to strength as he regularly appears in Article 2 cases involving deaths in custody or care.

He is a registered lawyer with the Football Association and provides training and advice on criminal law to young premier league club players.

Paul is recognised as a Tier 1 advocate in the Legal 500 and has been included in the guide each year since 2010.

Paul was appointed as a Recorder in 2019.


Qualified Solicitor, 1977; Called, 2002


Football Association

Lawyer Rankings

Regional Bar > Northern Circuit > Crime (general and fraud)

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Paul Hodgkinson – Exchange Chambers ‘Paul is both highly experienced and a very able advocate. He has a particularly good manner in dealing with lay clients and is able to explain often complex legal issues  clearly. He is also an extremely personable character which means that he can readily engage with a jury at trial.’