Paul is a qualified Solicitor Advocate in England and Wales and Northern Ireland. Paul is also a qualified Attorney in the United States (New York State). Paul trained and qualified at Imran Khan and Partners and specialised into the financial crime department.
Paul spent two and a half years, between 2016 and 2019, on secondment at Citibank working as a financial crime advisor to the investment banking and capital markets businesses. Paul specialises in financial crime and has a particular interest in Confiscation proceedings initiated under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. Paul is an experienced Very High Costs Cases (VHCC) practitioner. He is a keen advocate and is regularly instructed by colleagues to carry out Magistrates’ and Crown Court hearings. Paul represents the firm at hearings before the Senior Court Costs Office (RCJ).
R v B: VHCC confiscation proceedings arising from a conviction for a fraud on HMRC, The matter, involving a total benefit exceeding £64 million, concluded by agreement with a benefit figure of less than £700,000.
R v E: confiscation proceedings arising from a conviction for production of cannabis. A novel legal argument in relation to the value of immature plants resulted is an agreed disposal for considerably less than half the alleged benefit figure.
R v W: confiscation proceedings arising from convictions for fraud and money laundering. Forensic analysis, carried out exclusively by Paul, resulted in a benefit figure of less than a third of the value of the unexplained transfers being agreed with the prosecution. Allegations of Hidden Assets were removed, leaving an order for just £7,000.
Notable cases pre - 2019:
R v I: criminal proceedings relating to importation of approximately £1 million worth of cocaine. Client acquitted of all charges. Co-Defendant convicted and sentenced to ten years imprisonment.
R v Z: confiscation proceedings arising from conviction for handling stolen goods. A legal argument in relation to restoration of property resulted in the prosecution withdrawing proceedings and no order being made against the defendant.
R v MV: confiscation proceedings arising from a conviction for counterfeiting. A comprehensive re-analysis of the evidence in the case, conducted exclusively by Paul, led the prosecution to request permission to withdraw the proceedings. HHJ refused. In the end a nominal order of £1.00 was agreed, together with a benefit figure of less than £20,000.
R v M: confiscation proceedings arising from a conviction for handling stolen goods. A legal argument in relation to restoration of property resulted in an agreed disposal including a nominal order of £1.00 and a reduction to the particular criminal conduct figure from almost £750,000 to less than £17,000.