Paul qualified as a solicitor in 1976. From 1979 until December 2003 he was a partner at Bevan Ashford (now Bevan Brittan) where for many years he led the firm’s NHS Litigation Department, increasingly specialising in the field of Mental Health, Mental Capacity and Human Rights law, being involved in a number of leading cases. Still associated with the firm, he is now largely a freelance trainer and lecturer. He has been involved for many years in devising, planning and providing S12 and AC training courses in particular for the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Trent, the Midlands and South West England, and AC courses throughout Wales. In addition in both England and Wales he trains AMHPs, social workers, nurses, managers and others on all aspects of Mental Health and Mental Capacity law including DoLS. Amongst other publications he is co-author of The Mental Capacity Act – A Guide for Practice (3rd ed. 2015) and Mental Health Law in England and Wales (3rd ed. 2016).
Mental Health Law in England and Wales: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals (Mental Health in Practice Series)
The Mental Capacity Act, A Guide for Practice (2nd ed. 2009) (co-author)