Paul Kirtley

Call 1982

"Paul demonstrates an immediate grasp of the issues in a case. He combines strategic and tactical awareness with great client care."

The Legal 500 2024
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Police Law

Paul is one of a select group of barristers who is instructed on behalf of the Police Federation to represent its members.

He has considerable experience in advising and representing officers at Performance Panels and at all stages of the Appeal process including the Police Appeals Tribunal. He also has extensive experience of Misconduct Hearings.

Performance Regulations, particularly Stage 3 hearings, are a particular area of specialism.

He has considerable experience in the related fields of claims for malicious prosecution and misfeasance in a public office, with Instructions on behalf of both the Claimants and Defendants. The instances often involve highly confidential matters arising out of high profile incidents where the conduct of the case requires particularly nuanced and considered handling. His judicial experience in this area adds to his skill set providing him with a particularly insightful approach to these often complex matters.

Paul has substantial experience of the Police Pensions Regulations, including injury on duty, medical questions and the requirement to refer to the Selected Medical Practitioner, with particular exposure to appeals to the Crown Court under the Regulations. He has also played a substantial advisory role in the redrafting of the management, financial and disciplinary rules of the National Association of Retired Police Officers.

Regularly appearing as a leader in his field in the list of expert advisors, Chambers and Partners UK Guide and The Legal 500 publications, Paul is also an active “Civil and Commercial” and Workplace Mediator and brings his experience sitting as a Recorder in the Criminal and Civil Courts together with his analysis and personality to police related mediations.