Paul Taylor specialises in criminal appeals.
The Legal 500 (2010) describes Paul as
“the leading junior authority on criminal appeals” and (2011) as having “an unrivalled knowledge of the workings of the Court of Appeal’.
Paul has developed a particular expertise in cases involving fresh evidence, homicide and mentally disordered offenders. He regularly represents appellants before the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) (being instructed at the appellate stage), and has also appeared as junior counsel before the House of Lords (in Graham Coutts) and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (in capital cases from the Caribbean). He has extensive experience in drafting submissions to the Criminal Cases Review Commission, and representations in relation to the judicial setting of tariffs in murder cases under the Criminal Justice Act 2003.
Paul is the author of Taylor on Appeals (2000), the leading practitioners’ textbook dealing with procedural aspects of criminal appeals and review. He is editor and a contributor to the second edition (Taylor on Criminal Appeals) which was published by OUP in March 2012. Paul co-ordinates the Doughty Street Appeals Unit, and regularly lectures on appellate matters. He has also provided commentaries for Butterworths Human Rights Direct (as part of the Doughty Street Human Rights Unit).
He is a member of the Advisory Group for the Centre for Criminal Appeals.
Paul's notable appellate cases include:
Challenges to expert evidence in criminal trials.
Paul has also acted as a junior in a large number of appellate cases:
(CNAA) (First class)
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