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Father wins term-time holidays appealRead More
New SEN Regime: Education, Health and Care Plans - Special Education Law ConferenceRead More
Wales Local Authority Conference: EducationRead More
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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
 EWHC 1283 (Admin); QBD, May 13 2016; ELR 268
Father successful in a challenge brought by a local authority after he had taken his child on holiday during term-time
R (C) v Northumberland County Council
 LGR 675 ,  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
 PTSR 854;  1 WLR 4123,  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
 ELR 67 ;  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
 EWHC 622 (Fam),  3 All ER 1001,  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
 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
 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
 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
 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
 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
R (SN) v SSHD
 EWHC 1974 (Admin)
Lawfulness of foreign national's detention
Dunsfold Park Ltd v SSCLG and another
 EWCA Civ 627
Challenge to refusal of certificate of lawful use for unrestricted aviation activities at Dunsfold airfield
NHS Business Services Authority v Leeks
 EWHC 1446 (Ch),  ICR 948
Challenge to Pension Ombudsman’s finding of maladministration and award of compensation
R (Reed) v SSCLG
 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
 EWHC 43 (Admin)
Pre-action disclosure in judicial review
SG v London Borough of Bromley
 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
 EWHC 4128 (Admin)
Judicial review of local authority’s intervention in running of maintained school
R (Burger) v OIA
 EWCA Civ 1803
Challenge to decision of Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education
AH (Algeria) v SSHD
 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)
 UKSC 44,  1 WLR 2043
Retrospective validation of alternative service out of jurisdiction
R (Modaresi) v Secretary of State for Health
 UKSC 53, SC July 24 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
 EWHC 1117 (Admin) and  EWHC 1878 (Admin)
Closed material in judicial review and consequences of successful PII application
RT (Zimbabwe) v Secretary of State for the Home Department
 UKSC 38,  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
 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
 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)
 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
 EWCA Civ 1586
Blue badge parking concessions and disability discrimination
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