Paul Bedford

Paul Bedford

Partner Sheffield, United Kingdom

Paul is a partner in the Sheffield office. He is an experienced defendant insurance lawyer who represents a number of international insurance companies and deals with a range of fast and multi-track employers’ liability and public liability matters.

His case load, which includes fast and multi-track employers' and public liability matters and Road Traffic Act matters relating to both bodily injury and commercial damage claims, is significant and diverse.

Paul has considerable experience of representing private prison, electronic monitoring and secure environment providers, developing a niche practice defending claims for false imprisonment, misfeasance in public office, malicious prosecution and judicial review applications. Paul has also developed a specialism acting for logistics companies and rail operators, including claims brought under the claims allocation and handling agreement (CAHA). He also has significant experience in the leisure sector, particularly in golf-related claims.

He has defended many sensitive cases, including a number of recent high profile claims concerning multiple food poisoning and norovirus claims at a well-known restaurant and at a national hotel chain.

Work highlights

  • Acted for the probation service in an appeal relating to summary judgement following allegations of misfeasance in public office in Houchin v Lincolnshire Probation Trust [2014].
  • In Ahmad v Brent [2011], Paul acted for the probation service in an application to strike out a claim brought under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. 
  • Successfully defended a claim brought by a golfer struck by a golf ball in Ellis v The Belfry.
  • Acted for the probation service in a judicial review relating to unlawful imprisonment in Morales v Parole Board [2011].
Market recognition
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    The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2017