Paul joined Stevens & Bolton as a Senior Associate from Coffin Mew LLP in February 2017.
Paul trained with what is now Blake Morgan, and then worked at West Sussex County Council predominantly as part of the Council’s team for the Public Inquiry which established a National Park Authority for the South Downs. Paul then worked for Paris Smith in Southampton on projects such as the redevelopment of the Ageas Bowl (home of Hampshire Cricket) and various housing and commercial developments for both private and local government clients before joining Hampshire County Council in 2011. He eventually held a senior management role at HCC as part of their in-house legal team advising local Members, Directors and senior officers on high profile planning and highways projects.
Paul has advised a wide range of clients from Professional Sports Clubs, Housebuilders and Developers, to Private Clients and all types of Local Authorities on all aspects of Planning, Highways and Local Government Law. He utilises political insight and inside knowledge of how local authorities work and gives legal and tactical advice to clients in relation to planning applications and development. He negotiates and liaises with all parties and stakeholders with the aim of securing planning consents, ironing out problems in the political process, or dealing with issues post-implementation of a planning permission. He deals with planning agreements under section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, and highways agreements under sections 38 and 278 of the Highways Act 1980 and also advises on a full range of planning and related issues including planning enforcement and compliance, appeals, highways and rights of way issues, conservation and listed buildings, compulsory purchase and compensation, judicial review and decision making and other environmental issues.