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Paul Greatorex

Paul Greatorex

Paul Greatorex

Practice Overview

Paul Greatorex has a busy practice in the areas of public, commercial and employment law. He has extensive advocacy experience in a range of courts and tribunals and appears regularly in the High Court and Court of Appeal. He has appeared in five Supreme Court cases, most recently in the landmark case on service of Abela v Baadarani and in the mental health/human rights case of R (Modaresi) v Secretary of State for Health.

Paul is recommended by the legal directories in the areas of administrative and public, education, Court of Protection and local government, where he is described as “very highly regarded” and with comments including “very thorough and engaging”, “the quality of his advice is fantastic” and “tenacious in court”.  The Supreme Court has described his submissions as being of “conspicuous ability” and “scrupulously fair”. He enjoys working closely with clients to help them achieve their goals and also writes articles and gives talks on a regular basis.

Paul’s public law practice at 11KBW covers all areas, including human rights. His main specialisms are community care, education, equality and discrimination, immigration, information/data protection, mental capacity, planning and public inquiries.

Paul has considerable experience of all aspects of employment law, on behalf of both employees and employers and has appeared in employment tribunals in England, Wales and Scotland and at all appellate levels up to the Supreme Court.  He is also a contributor to Tolley’s Employment Handbook.  Paul’s commercial practice includes international cases and those involving issues about service.

Paul has legal experience in Paris, Rome, New York and Hong Kong and instructions from outside of the UK are welcomed.  He is able to accept instructions in French and he also has a working knowledge of Italian, German and Czech.  He has been registered for Public Access since the scheme began, which means he can be instructed directly by anybody without the need to go through a solicitor. He is also available to act as a mediator.

What the directories say:

Paul is ranked by the leading directories in the areas of administrative and public, Court of Protection, education and local government.  Comments from the most recent editions of Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500 include:

"Goes above and beyond to secure the best outcome for his client"

"He's very patient and very understanding of the complexities that a local authority has to take account of. He understands how authorities work, so he doesn't just provide legal advice, but is also very mindful of all existing political sensitivities."

"He gives prompt advice, and is very personable and approachable."

"He is a very effective advocate. An academic public lawyer who is super-bright." "He's a very competent barrister with sound analysis."  

“He is excellent. His advice covers a lot of areas and there is a breadth to his expertise, which is uncommon. The quality of his advice is fantastic - he thinks outside the box.”

“His advice, his knowledge and the way he can focus people in on the issues is impressive”

"Timely and pragmatic"

"He provides clear, helpful advice"

“He's very thorough and engaging”

“A fastidious and careful practitioner, who is tenacious in court.”


Isle of Wight Council v Platt
[2017] UKSC 28 SC, April 6 2017 Times, April 11 2017
School attendance is ‘regular’ when it is in accordance with the rules prescribed by the school

R (C) v Northumberland County Council
[2015] LGR 675 , [2015] EWHC 2134 (Admin), QBD (Admin Ct), July 23 2015
Council’s policy of retaining child protection records for 35 years after closure of the case was both justified and proportionate.

R (GE (Eritrea)) v Secretary of State for the Home Department and another
[2015] PTSR 854; [2015] 1 WLR 4123, [2014] EWCA Civ 1490, CA, November 20 2014
Minor entitled to, but not receiving, support from local authority – Whether authority owing continuing statutory duties into adulthood.

TB v Essex County Council
[2015] ELR 67 ; [2014] UKUT 0559 (AAC); UT (AAC), December 15 2014
Effect of Education Act 1996 section 9 where two schools suitable but parental preference is for less suitable; mechanics of reviewing tribunal decisions.

FAS v Secretary Of State For The Home Department
[2015] EWHC 622 (Fam), [2015] 3 All ER 1001, [2015] EWCA Civ 951
Application for an adoption order an attempt to gain citizenship refused

Secretary of State for the Home Department v Dumliauskas and others
[2015] EWCA Civ 145
Relevance and weight of relative prospects of rehabilitation to expulsion of EEA national criminals

R (BUAV) v Secretary Of State For The Home Department
Unreported, 23 February 2015 (Parker J)
Licensing process under Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 not unlawful

R (Agyeman) V Secretary Of State For The Home Department
[2015] EWHC 633 (Admin)
Refusal of immigration leave for lack of evidence of relationship and insurmountable obstacles to return not unlawful

R (Robson and Barrett) v Salford City Council
[2015] EWCA Civ 6
Local authority’s decision to cease providing transport to day centres via its in-house fleet not unlawful

R (P) v East Sussex County Council
[2014] EWHC 4634 (Admin)
Refusal to provide free school transport other than at beginning and end of normal school day not a breach of section 508B of the Education Act 1996 or disability discrimination under the Equality Act 2010.

R (GE) v Bedford BC
[2014] EWCA Civ 1490
Person not a "former relevant child" under Children Act 1989 if not accommodated by local authority whilst a minor but authority could provide discretionary assistance

[2014] EWHC 1974 (Admin)
Lawfulness of foreign national's detention

Dunsfold Park Ltd v SSCLG and another
[2014] EWCA Civ 627
Challenge to refusal of certificate of lawful use for unrestricted aviation activities at Dunsfold airfield

NHS Business Services Authority v Leeks
[2014] EWHC 1446 (Ch), [2014] ICR 948
Challenge to Pension Ombudsman’s finding of maladministration and award of compensation

R (Reed) v SSCLG
[2014] EWCA Civ 241
Challenge to planning inspector’s decision that increase in number of caravans on site constituted a material change of use

British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) v SSHD
[2014] EWHC 43 (Admin)
Pre-action disclosure in judicial review

SG v London Borough of Bromley
[2013] UKUT 619 (AAC)
Challenge to decision of First-tier Tribunal in relation to statement of special educational needs

R (GB of Uplands Junior School) v Leicester City Council
[2013] EWHC 4128 (Admin)
Judicial review of local authority’s intervention in running of maintained school

R (Burger) v OIA
[2013] EWCA Civ 1803
Challenge to decision of Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education

AH (Algeria) v SSHD
[2013] UKUT 382 (IAC)
Whether conviction by a French court for participation in a criminal association with a terrorist enterprise “serious” for purposes of article 1F of the Refugee Convention

Abela v Baadarani (SC)
[2013] UKSC 44, [2013] 1 WLR 2043
Retrospective validation of alternative service out of jurisdiction

R (Modaresi) v Secretary of State for Health
[2013] UKSC 53, SC July 24 2013 [2013] PTSR 1031; Times, August 8 2013
Duty of Secretary of State to refer patients detained under the Mental Health Act to the First-tier Tribunal and article 5 of ECHR

AHK and others v Secretary of State for Home Department
[2012] EWHC 1117 (Admin) and [2013] EWHC 1878 (Admin)
Closed material in judicial review and consequences of successful PII application

RT (Zimbabwe) v Secretary of State for the Home Department
[2012] UKSC 38, [2013] 1 AC 152
Necessary degree of interference with freedom of political opinion for refugee status

SU (Bangladesh) v Secretary of State for the Home Department
[2013] EWCA Civ 427
Deportation of offender and effect of lapse of time on article 8 rights

O'Connor v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
[2013] EWCA Civ 263
Absence of reference by planning inspector to government circular on gypsy and traveller sites

Re IH (a child)(permission to apply for adoption)
[2013] EWHC 1235 (Fam)
Application for permission to apply for an adoption order in case raising immigration issues: relevant principles and procedure

Ladd v Bromley LBC
[2013] EWCA Civ 1586
Blue badge parking concessions and disability discrimination

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