Paul is a senior associate solicitor at Stephensons.
Paul began his legal career in 2007 and qualified as a solicitor in 2009. Paul’s specialism covers a wide area of regulatory work alongside a niche specialism in criminal motoring offences. He is supervised by Sean Joyce.
Since 2007 Paul has developed a specialism in defending motoring offences of all types in both the Magistrates’ Court and the Crown Court.
Paul has worked in the niche area of motor defence since the start of his legal career and has a thorough understanding of technical defences involved with offences such as drink driving, drug driving and failing to provide a specimen. With a keen belief in ensuring the client’s best interests remain at the forefront of any legal matter, Paul’s experience in the industry means he knows and understands the importance of ensuring that the client is taken down the right avenue to suit both their objectives and the merits of their case. That may be by utilising his technical knowledge to advance a viable defence or by identifying key areas to assist with getting the best result for the client by advancing an effective approach to guilty plea representation.
Paul was previously an associate solicitor at a nationally renowned firm specialising solely in motoring offences. Paul’s experience saw him occupy a position as one of the senior members of a team of solicitors and was responsible for training and mentoring the junior members of the team.
Paul’s expertise means he is often called upon to provide comment or articles in specialist and national press as well as appearing on national radio.
Paul also works as part of a road transport team with an excellent reputation for representing commercial transport operators (HGV and PCV) at public inquiry before traffic commissioners on all regulatory issues such as repute, financial standing and maintenance.
Paul provides effective and straight forward advice and representation for drivers and transport managers on an individual basis.
Paul has experience in guiding providers through the CQC regulations and providing effective advise on the rights to challenge any decisions made by the CQC about any element of the healthcare service that is under scrutiny by the regulator. Paul has provided effective advice and representation in cases where a provider’s registration is at risk of being withdrawn with the consequence being that the business would close. Paul can assist right up advising on appeals to the First-tier Tribunal (Care Standards Chamber). Specifically, Paul assists providers by:
- Preparing and drafting representations to the CQC in relation to factual inaccuracies; ratings; and inspection reports; and
- Preparing and submitting challenges to warning notices and decisions to cancel; suspend; or impose conditions on registration
Paul advises and represents professional clients facing regulatory action in a healthcare setting. He can provide clients with advice and representation at all stages starting from initial referral and investigation ranging right up to fitness to practise panel hearings and appeals before their respective regulators.
What do Paul's clients say?
"I found myself in the unfortunate position of potentially losing my driving licence due to a number of driving offences committed (unwittingly) within a short space of time. To lose my driving licence would mean to lose my job. I approached Stephensons Solicitors for advice and support with my case, and I'm so glad that I did. The solicitor and paralegal who dealt with my case were understanding, supportive and very easy to deal with and communicate with. They explained what would happen in an easy to understand manner and answered any questions or concerns that I had promptly and clearly. My case was referred to court for a hearing, and Stephenson's Solicitors appointed an excellent barrister to represent me in court who was professional, knowledgeable and reassuring, and she inspired me with confidence. The outcome of my court hearing was a positive one from my perspective and this was largely due to the advice and support given to me by my solicitor and paralegal. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this firm of solicitors for anybody needing legal support or advice. Thank you."
"Would highly recommend Stephensons, Paul and Emily were a great help when it came to my case keeping me updated with what was going on and informed on the best plan of action." - View from a satisfied client
"We had a great Solicitor from Stephensons who was very knowledgeable in obtaining an Operators Licence and advising the correct actions we wanted to put into place."
"Excellent professional and friendly staff, Kept me well informed with regular updates of my pending trial and made me feel comfortable about my situation. I would highly recommend Stephensons solicitors to anyone needing their services, and will 100% use their services again if the need arises."
"From start to finish we were really impressed by the professionalism and handling of our matter- thank you very much Paul."
"I would like to thank Paul Loughlin at Stephensons for his support, professionalism and attention to detail. I would certainly the company to anyone."
"I could not of been happier with the service from Paul of Stephensons Solicitors LLP. Paul's expertise and fore knowledge of my case really saved the day and I received the best outcome I could of possibly hoped for. He put me at ease and talked me through each step of the way. I would recommend Paul Loughlin of Stephensons to anyone requiring Legal assistance."
Paul is a solicitor in the regulatory department at Stephensons and specialises in motoring and road transport law.
Paul advises individuals who are facing prosecution for a range of motoring offences including drink driving, drug driving and failing to provide a specimen. He also represents commercial transport operators (HGV and PCV) at public inquiry before traffic commissioners on all regulatory issues such as repute, financial standing and maintenance.
Paul’s expertise means he is often called upon to provide comment in the national press and broadcast media including LBC, Radio 5 Live and:
The Daily Express - Major change to a common driving law could cost you your driving licence
He also has experience of commenting in specialist titles such as:
Fleet News - More work is needed to explain the law on mobile phone usage, Call for law change as drink-drive figures show increase, Death by dangerous cycling law consultation launched, Fatal bus crash 'may prompt compulsory telematics law'
Fleet World - Tougher mobile phone penalties deter drivers
Transport Monthly - How did the driver with 62 penalty points stay on the road?