Paul is the co-founder of LCN Legal and is passionate about using his expertise to help people to create effective corporate and investment structures.
Paul graduated with a degree in European Law from the University of Exeter, UK and the University of Saarbruecken, Germany. He was the winner of the prestigious Bracton Prize for Academic Achievement for two of his three years of study at the University of Exeter. He graduated from the College of Law in Guildford, UK, with Distinction.
Paul qualified as a solicitor in 1994 at the firm of Pritchard Englefield, a London-based firm established in 1848. He was appointed as a partner of that firm four years later in 1998.
During his legal career prior to establishing LCN Legal, Paul has held positions as a director at KPMG’s UK law firm and as a corporate partner in the London offices of McGrigors and of Pinsent Masons (the latter being a top 15 law firm in the UK). As a Partner, Paul has successfully lead legal teams on projects for a range of well-known high profile clients, including acting for a major European airline on a business sale and joint venture, designing the legal templates for the creation of a franchise network for a well known European mobile phone operator, establishing various real estate and other funds, group reorganisations and corporate simplification projects for a range of household name clients, and advising a Middle Eastern Royal family on corporate structures for family investments.
During his time at KPMG’s law firm, Paul developed a specialism in working alongside tax professionals on the design and legal implementation of restructuring projects for large corporates. This has included projects such as Eurobond listings, corporate migrations, cross-border mergers and intercompany agreements for transfer pricing. He has also helped governmental and non-profit organisations such as the UK’s National Health Service, various universities and NHS Foundation Trusts on the establishment of legal structures for holding intellectual property and commercial activities.
Paul has been recognised and quoted as an expert by publications such as the Financial Times, the Scotsman newspaper, Financial Director Magazine and Accounting Web. He regularly contributes to technical publications for legal and tax professionals, including the Tax Journal, Practical Law (a Thomson Reuters resource for legal professionals), Lexis Nexis’s online resources for transfer pricing professionals and Lexis PSL’s legal resources for practicing lawyers.
Through LCN Legal, Paul has pioneered the publication of templates and other resources for tax and property professionals. These include template intercompany agreements for transfer pricing, as well as legal guides and resources for various corporate and investment structuring projects.
Paul is regularly asked by large corporates, banks and professional firms to present training sessions and workshops on subjects relating to corporate and investment structures. Through LCN Legal, he has hosted workshops on these subjects for organisations including Rolls Royce, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and British Land.
Together with his wife Xiaofang, Paul set up LCN Legal in 2013. His main role is to lead the firm in the creation of new and better ways of working. He is occasionally available for client work, in which case he provides strategic advice on the design and set-up of selected projects.