Paul advises farmers, rural business owners, equestrian property owners and landowners whether it is buying or selling a farm or leasing it in or out. He also advises on all aspects of domestic and European legislation as it impacts on farming and rural businesses.

Paul lectures widely on the subject of SPS and other agriculturally-related topics. He advises on the detailed workings of the SPS and ELS and their relationship with routine farming practices. With his background as an advocate he can represent, on an individual basis, those members of the rural community who do happen to find themselves at odds with the authorities, whether it be an appeal against an RPA decision or responding to a summons issued by the Environment Agency.

Career

Paul qualified in the mid 1980's in a West Country practice and has since then developed and maintained an interest in the law as it affects rural communities. After a period of time as an army lawyer and prosecutor in the CPS, Paul joined the IB as a prosecutor, initially dealing with cases such as the sale of "black" milk and the entering of non-eligible animals into the Over Thirty Month Slaughter Scheme. Having been involved in the process that abolished the IB and created the RPA, Paul developed his role as an advisory lawyer and ended his time in the RPA advising on the practical consequences resulting from some of the policy decisions made during the introduction of the Single Payment Scheme.

Memberships

  • Warwickshire Rural Hub CIC - director
  • Agricultural Law Association
  • National Farmers Union
  • Country Land & Business Association
  • Chairman of the Warwickshire Farm Management Group

Interests

Paul enjoys exercising racehorses and his poodle Molly, sailing, swimming with sharks in the Red Sea and good food and wine.