Paul maintains a busy trial and appellate practice in areas of personal injuries/insurance, sports law, and international arbitration. He regularly appears in Victoria's Supreme Court and County Court, and in the Victorian Court of Appeal, and has also appeared in AAA arbitration proceedings in New York.
He accepts briefs to appear as lead counsel, sole counsel, and as junior to silk. He regularly appears in Workcover, TAC and occupiers/public liability trials, Serious Injury applications, s138 recoveries, and related appeals. A skilled advocate, he received a Red Silk’s Bag from Alstergren QC (now Chief Judge, Federal Circuit Court) after a successful Workcover jury trial. His achievements include successfully appearing in defining Medical Panel judicial review cases such as Jones v Fish, Voss v Downes-Brydon, Kaur v VWA, Walsh v Bourke, Schmael v Leach, and La'Brooy v Jensen.
He has extensive experience in sports law. He has appeared before sports tribunals in doping, match-fixing, and disciplinary disputes. He sat as a tribunal member on Australian Olympic Committee nomination and selection appeals panels for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. He previously sat as a tribunal member for Basketball Victoria and Touch Football Australia, and was formerly on the board of BMX Victoria. In March 2020 Paul was appointed by the Australian Government as an inaugural member (part-time) to the National Sports Tribunal for a three-year term.
In addition to practice, he has regularly lectured at the University of Melbourne, Monash University, and the National University of Singapore law schools, where he has taught courses in torts and sports law.
Paul graduated with Commerce and Law (Honours) degrees from Monash University. He achieved high distinctions in several units including Torts, and completed a semester abroad in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Upon graduation, Paul completed articles with a leading plaintiff injuries firm, before working for a national insurance firm, defending worker common law actions, s138 recoveries, public liability claims, and superannuation TPD disputes. While practising, he completed his Master of Laws degree at the University of Melbourne. In 2013, he sat and passed the New York bar exams, and was admitted to the New York bar in 2014. He then worked in the Workcover department of a mid-size firm in Melbourne on his return from New York before being called to the Victorian Bar.
Some of Paul's published and/or significant cases include:
Supreme Court of Victoria / Victorian Court of Appeal:
County Court of Victoria: