Paula started her legal career in 2002 in a Legal 500 top-ranked firm specialising in white collar criminal cases in Nottingham. She has experience of defending prosecutions brought by the Serious Fraud Office, HMRC and regulatory bodies, and maintains an interest in cases where there are allegations of fraud and dishonesty.
On returning to Leeds in 2007 she spent time with the Insolvency Service, examining bankruptcy and company cases where there were indications of financial misconduct.
Paula completed her legal training with Lupton Fawcett in Leeds, before joining Certus in 2011.
Her areas of focus include:
- Co-owned property disputes
- Contested probate and inheritance
Paula will consider the merits of a client’s case from the outset and keep those under review as the matter progresses. She has a sound understanding of the type and strength of evidence which a claim (or defence) requires.
Her cases frequently involve family members, or those in close or ongoing business relationship, and she will promote and assist and alternative dispute resolution procedures where possible. She has taken part in numerous settlement meetings and formal mediations, and can work constructively with opponents even where relations between the parties have broken down entirely.
Where a settlement cannot be achieved she has extensive experience, and a very successful record, in bringing cases to trial.
Although confounded by most team sports, Paula is a long standing member of Leeds Rowing Club. She runs a respectable 10k, if only to offset the effects of her enthusiasm for food and beer.