A science graduate, Paul came to the bar via the private sector working with a number of FTSE 100 companies such as British Airways, Glaxo and Nat West.
He was called to the bar in 1994 and since then has developed an extensive practice both home and abroad. After a spell as a partner in a local firm of solicitors, he rejoined the bar and picked his practice up where he left off.
Considering his love of travel he has been fortunate to have practised both home and abroad, doing several high profile cases in common law jurisdictions; most notably a police corruption trial reaching to the highest government level.
He is efficient and personable and easy to work with, a professional but one who hasn’t forgotten that common touch. He has an eye for detail but knows what is the key issue in his case and what the tribunal wants to hear.
As an experienced and able advocate, Paul has prosecuted and defended some of the most serious cases on circuit as detailed in the Notable Cases below. A trademark of his practice though is his personal touch with his clients (or complainants, if prosecuting). He is well known for his sensitivity, communication skills and clarity with even the most difficult of clients. His policy is that it is important that the advocate doesn’t forget that one is dealing with an individual; an individual with a family and he is at pains to answers concerns and worries of those family members (with client permission).
Recently he has carved a niche in cases involving vulnerable clients and complainants and was the one of the first counsel to conduct a trial under the vulnerable witness procedure (“section 28” cases). He now regularly conducts “section 28” hearings and trials. Paul is well suited to such cases due to his understanding and experience of the needs of such individuals.
Paul also practices in the Coroners’ Court. His scientific background has helped enormously with him adapting to the inquisitorial system and in particular with the wealth of scientific evidence in such cases.
He is mindful of the ramifications of a rule 43 order and has been involved in identifying best practice and how procedures can be improved.
In a case for the family of the deceased, that passed away in the post-operative recovery room. Preparation for the inquest involved detailed analysis of the preoperative procedure and operative risk assessment. His sensitive questioning of the doctors concerned was able to give comfort to the family, who at last were able to understand the reason for their loss.
Acutely aware of the need for sensitivity in such cases whether acting for the family, individual professionals or a public body, Paul adopts an objective but compassionate, professional approach. In Paul’s experience, people, even those who have suffered unexpected bereavement or have made a fatal error, react best to an honest, realistic and sensitive advocate.
As a seasoned practitioner Paul appears often in the Court of Appeal and indeed he is particularly proud of their lordships endorsement that “Mr Treble has been a great asset to his client”.
Paul represented the defendant in a Murder trial involving the death of a two year old child where the case had issues involving Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy.
Instructed alone without a leader, for a man accused of murdering his wife and burying her in the back garden which ultimately resulted in a manslaughter sentence rather than the far more serious life sentence for murder. He frequently Is instructed in serious sexual cases an example where Paul represented a man on trial for serial historical sexual assaults that involved extensive cross examination of nine different female complainants in a trial that lasted several weeks.
Recently he represented a man charged with death by dangerous driving whilst trying to escape from a gangster who was ramming his vehicle and a man accused of robbing and fatally shooting a well known victim.
Paul is often instructed in organised crime matters where the Crown regularly rely on extensive scientific evidence such a cell site mapping, DNA evidence, scientific tracking or facial mapping. The thorough comprehension of such evidence is important in mounting a successful challenge to this part of the prosecution case and is something in which, Paul’s scientific background, allows him to excel.
Other recent cases have involved representing a young woman charged with murder with a sexo-sadistic element, prosecuting a sex ring where a young 14 year old girl was sexually abused and prostituted by 10 men and a people trafficking case that was featured as a double page spread in the Observer.
Paul has represented a chief of police accused of corruption, a famous boy band and several professional sportsmen. He has acted for companies and individuals in proceedings brought by the health and safety executive, the department of work and pensions and the department of environment.
June 2018 Liverpool :Law Society the difficulties in historical sex cases.