Areas of Expertise
Matthew Paul is qualified to accept public access instructions, and so can advise or represent you without the involvement of a solicitor.
"He combines courage with good judgement and an excellent knowledge of the law." The Legal 500 2019
Matthew is frequently asked to advise and represent Claimants and public bodies on questions of public law. He has a thorough knowledge of judicial review procedure, and a history of success in the Administrative Court.
His public law practice frequently involves the application of Convention rights, and he has acted in widely reported cases regarding the right to freedom of expression.
He has considerable expertise in local government law, and has nationally-recognised expertise on the implementation and management of selective licensing areas (pursuant to Part 3 of the Housing Act 2004) and the regulation of houses in multiple occupation. He is also frequently consulted on questions of local government standards, by individual Councillors and local authorities.
He has a good grasp of planning law, and is familiar with all aspects of devolved public law in Wales.
Matthew is happy to discuss any public law case informally with solicitors prior to receiving instructions, and he regularly accepts instructions on a CFA basis.
Matthew is an experienced advocate in regulatory cases in the Crown Court, Magistrates’ Courts and disciplinary Tribunals; for prosecuting or regulating authorities and for defendants.
He has a strong track record in the following areas of regulatory law:
Matthew provides prompt, clear and comprehensive written advice relating to all aspects of regulatory law. He recognises the importance of meticulous preparation and minute attention to detail, and frequently wins cases because his detailed knowledge of the law enables him to identify technical flaws in the other side’s case.
Matthew is instructed in a wide spectrum of licensing cases, and has experience of practice in all the following specialist areas:
He is a member of the Institute of Licensing.
Matthew represents both local authorities and licence holders (or applicants) ranging from small family-run pubs to multi-national companies such as Iceland Foods and McDonald’s.
He is familiar with all stages of the licensing process, from the first application before Council licensing sub-committees (where he has acted both for applicants and as the Council’s legal adviser), through appeals at the Magistrates’ Court, to appeals to the High Court by way of case stated or judicial review.
He has demonstrated a record of success in contested applications, and solid judgement in negotiating settlements. He has a good grasp of the technicalities of licensing law and procedure, and uses this to his clients’ advantage.