Paul Bennett is a specialist in both Professional Practice and Employment law work. Paul is a nationally recognised expert who can help if the situation is challenging or potentially career-defining. Paul works across England and Wales, with London and Manchester dominating as the locations of key regulators.
Contact Paul now on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07785 623644
Who instructs Paul?
The majority of Paul’s clients are:
Law firms – Sole Practitioners, Partnerships, LLPs, Limited Companies and Alternative Business Structures (ABSs).
In respect of Anti Money Laundering Paul has advised international law firms in the UK and abroad and acted for government departments in Court proceedings.
Lawyers – including Judges, QCs and Solicitors.
Accountants and Financial Service Professionals.
Doctors (both consultants under GMC investigation or facing Fitness to Practise hearing and GPs with partnership issues).
Dentists and Healthcare Professionals (particularly those regulated by the GMC, MPTS, GDC, NMC or HCPC).
Other professionals (politicians, teachers, scientists etc.) needing support.
What does Paul advise on?
Paul’s work focuses on:
Complex employment matters (including for law firms and individual senior professionals).
Compliance with regulatory rules – Paul has written two legal books for Law Brief Publishing on the rules for Solicitors and law firms.
Professional disciplinary work – successfully defending professionals’ reputations when regulators investigate.
Partnership matters – disputes, setting up and mergers.
Paul is a trained Solicitor Advocate (All Proceedings), an experienced mediator and an arbitrator in professional sector disputes. Paul accepts appointments by the parties or their advisers as a mediator and arbitrator directly through the firm or is comfortable acting as an advocate to assist the parties in such matters.
This workload includes partnership and shareholder advisory work focused on drafting agreements, compliance and business structure, particularly for law firms, ABS investors and claims management companies.
Clients benefit from both advisory expertise and litigation experience in all work on which Paul is instructed.
Paul often advises on matters of procedure and evidence, breaches of professional obligations (such as to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), General Medical Council (GMC) and Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)) matters.
Paul is a hugely experienced Solicitor Advocate and his expertise includes a four year appointment as Attorney General Panel Counsel representing the Government in complex matters before the Courts. He has also appeared in arbitration and adjudication proceedings including before the Football League, and other sporting and professional bodies. In many cases the regulators will be represented by a QC which demonstrates the importance and complexity of the cases which Paul routinely is involved in and successfully acts for clients.
Chairman of the Professionals Partnership, supporting professional service businesses in Shropshire (2016 to present).
Law Society of England & Wales Council Member – One of around one hundred members of the governing council (2017 to present).
Chair of the Shropshire Business Board and the boards member on the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) (2019 to present).
Outside of work Paul has a young family, is a music and football fanatic who is a season ticket holder at Shrewsbury Town FC. A keen cyclist he has completed the Coast to Coast Challenge and London to Paris rides in the last couple of years.
Paul dreams of writing a sitcom for the BBC based on the absurdity of professional life or of a successful series of crime novels. Instead of this, he writes on law for the professional press.