Paul Greatorex

Paul has a busy public law practice as well as experience of employment and general commercial cases. His particular areas of expertise are education, equality and discrimination, human rights, mental capacity, community care and information/data protection. The legal directories say that he is “an academic public lawyer who is super-bright” who “goes above and beyond to secure the best outcome for his client” and “never gives up”. He enjoys working closely with clients to help them achieve their goals and also writes articles and gives talks and training on a regular basis. He is registered for public access which means that he can be instructed by anybody.



Paul provides advice and representation in general commercial matters, usually contractual disputes, professional negligence cases and/or cases which overlap with other areas of his practice. Paul has particular experience of the law on service out of the jurisdiction, having appeared in the Supreme Court case of Baadarani v Abela [2013] UKSC 44.


Paul has considerable experience of all aspects of employment law, on behalf of both employees and employers and has appeared in employment tribunals all over England and Wales as well as in Scotland, and at all appellate levels up to the Supreme Court where he appeared on his own in the case of Gisda Cyf v Barratt [2010] UKSC 41.  He is also a contributor to Tolley’s Employment Handbook.


Paul practises in most areas of public law and appears regularly in claims for judicial review in the High Court and on appeal. For further information see the particular areas below but other areas not mentioned are:

  • Equality and Discrimination: Paul is an expert on the Equality Act 2010 and claims thereunder.
  • Planning: Paul has considerable experience of judicial reviews and statutory appeals in the field of planning law (including village greens), advising and representing local planning authorities, developers and objectors.
  • Immigration law: Paul has lots of experience of appeals and judicial reviews in immigration matters in the High Court and above. He appeared in the Supreme Court case of HJ (Iran) [2010] UKSC 31 about gay asylum seekers and the related Supreme Court case of RT (Zimbabwe) concerning political opinion.
  • Prisons law: Paul has some experience of prisons law and has a particular interest in the education of children in detention.

Examples of his work in this field include:

R (O’Brien) v Independent Adjudicator
[2019] EWHC 2884 (Admin), Div Ct, October 30 2019, [2020] 1 WLR 1393
An independent adjudicator, to whom disciplinary charges against prisoners were referred, did not have an express or implied power to refer charges to the police

In re N
[2018] 2 WLR 449, [2016] EWHC 3085 (Fam), Fam Div, December 1 2016
Recognition of foreign adoption – Relevant principles. PG appeared for the Secretary of State, intervening.

Media & Privacy

Paul has been involved in claims under Data Protection Act 1998 since the days when they were much more obscure and rare than they are now. He can advise on cases which raise those issues, together with privacy issues under the ECHR and under the tort of misuse of private information. Paul appeared in the case of R (C) v Northumberland CC [2015] EWHC about the retention by a local authority of child protection records. He has a particular interest in the law governing what journalists can and cannot report about court proceedings.



Education is one of the biggest single areas of Paul’s practice which covers every aspect of this field from pre-school to university. He advises and represents a wide range of clients from all over the country and appears in all relevant tribunals and courts. His past and present clients include schools (maintained, independent and academies), parents, students, local authorities, universities, FE colleges, language schools, qualifications bodies, the Schools Adjudicator, Ofsted and the Department for Education. He appeared in the High Court and Supreme Court in the high-profile “term-time holidays” case of Isle of Wight v Platt [2017] UKSC 28.

Examples of his work in this field include:

AB v University of XYZ
[2021] ELR 1, [2020] EWHC 206 (QB), March 19, 2020, [2020] ELR 317
Student found to have committed sexual misconduct expelled – Whether university had jurisdiction to determine complaint – Whether implied term of fairness and principle of natural justice entitled a student to legal representation in internal proceedings

Birmingham City Council v KF
[2018] UKUT 261 (AAC), [2018] ELR 547, UT (AAC), July 25 2018
First-tier Tribunal had not erred in including transport arrangements in an education, health and health care plan

Cleeves v University of Oxford
[2017] EWHC 702 (QB); QBD, April 5 2017; [2017] ELR 303
A former student’s claim for damages against a university was struck out as an abuse of process

Health & Community Care

Paul’s experience and expertise in this area is in the fields of children’s services (support and accommodation under sections 17 and 20 of the Children Act 1989), former relevant children under the 1989 Act, age assessment disputes, mental capacity/Court of Protection cases. Paul also has some experience of mental health cases and appeared in the Supreme Court case of R (Modaresi) v Secretary of State for Health concerning article 5 ECHR and the duty of the Secretary of State to refer detained patients to the First-tier Tribunal.

Human Rights

Human rights issues arise regularly in most of Paul’s areas of practice and he has considerable experience of advising on them, both from the perspective of the individual and the public authority.

Local Government

Paul regularly advises and represents local authorities on the areas of law in which he specialises, and also provides talks and training.


Paul is available to act as a mediator or arbitrator in disputes of any nature within his areas of practice. He is always keen to find innovative solutions to resolve disputes in a way that is more amicable and proportionate than formal litigation.


“He works quickly. He produces excellent submissions which are incisive and to the point. The clients like his tough approach with opponents and his sound and realistic advice.” Legal 500

“A clever advocate; he leaves no stone unturned in his cross-examination of witnesses.” Legal 500

“He’s very approachable, good with clients and a persuasive advocate.” Chambers and Partners

“He has an absolutely encyclopaedic knowledge of very technical areas.” Chambers and Partners

“A real team player who rolls up his sleeves and gets stuck in. He very easily earns the client’s confidence and is very easy to deal with.” Chambers and Partners

“He definitely fights his corner hard.” Chambers and Partners

“He is very knowledgeable on local government matters.” Chambers and Partners

“He’s effective, persuasive and has a nice manner with the court.” Chambers and Partners

“A respected Court of Protection practitioner.” Chambers and Partners

“Sensitive with the highly emotive issues and commanding of the highly technical issuesLegal 500

“Extremely competent on his feet and quick to grasp the strengths and weaknesses of a case” Legal 500

“In a submission of conspicuous ability, Mr Greatorex renewed the arguments that he had presented so forcefully to the Court of Appeal…We are…grateful to Mr Greatorex for his comprehensive and scrupulously fair examination of the arguments.” (Supreme Court judgment, Gisda Cyf v Barratt [2010] UKSC 41)

“A strong advocate who is highly persuasive in his arguments. He never gives up.” Chambers and Partners

“He is a very effective advocate. An academic public lawyer who is super-bright.” Chambers and Partners

“Goes above and beyond to secure the best outcome for his client” Legal 500

“He gives prompt advice, and is very personable and approachable.” Chambers and Partners

News, Articles & Publications

Author, Anti-Social Behaviour Law (2nd ed., Jordans, 2011)

Contributor, Education and the Courts, McManus (3rd ed., Jordans, 2012)

Contributor, Tolley’s Employment Handbook (Annual publication, LexisNexis)

Editor, Education Law Handbook (Jordans, forthcoming)

Case commentator, Education Law Journal


Christleton High School, Chester

Oxford University, BA (Hons) in Law with French Law (Double First)

Université Panthéon-Assas, Paris II


Languages: French, Italian, Czech, German
Memberships: Administrative Law Bar Assocation (ALBA), Employment Law Bar Association (ELBA), Planning and Environmental Bar Association (PEBA)


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Professional title: Barrister

Full name (as registered with Bar Standards Board of England and Wales): Paul Greatorex

VAT Number: GB 760881413

Legal Status: Sole Practitioner

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