Paul Dunn worked as a solicitor for over 11 years before being called to the Bar. During this time, he specialised in personal-injury work including employers’, occupiers’ and public liability; industrial disease (including dermatitis, work-related upper limb disorders, noise-induced hearing loss, respiratory disease etc); and road traffic accident claims.
In the context of his general civil insurance fraud practice, Paul has experience of dealing with holiday sickness claims at trial and witnesses giving evidence via video link. He recently has provided bespoke training to a large national firm of solicitors on this topic.
Paul now represents claimants or defendants, in broadly equal measure, at fast- and multi-track trials, disposal (including RTA Protocol Stage 3), small-claim, infant approval, directions, allocation and application hearings, as well as case-management conferences. He also undertakes clinical-negligence work, sports and travel/holiday law and claims involving animals.
He has a busy practice drafting all manner of pleadings required in civil litigation, including particulars of claim, defences, counterclaims, contribution proceedings, schedules and counter-schedules of loss, often within very tight timescales.
Paul advises in writing and in conference (including by telephone) on liability, causation, quantum, prospects of success, evidence, tactics and procedural matters, and is happy to receive instructions to act under a conditional fee agreement (CFA).
Paul regularly appears before tribunals in Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) cases and represents insurance companies and self-insured organisations appealing decisions made by the Compensation Recovery Unit (CRU) in terms of the recoverability of benefits in personal-injury cases.
As a former solicitor-advocate, Paul has an in-depth understanding of costs. He is instructed on detailed assessment and to attend costs- and case-management conferences, both in person and by telephone. He consistently achieves significant savings in the costs of the opposing parties, whilst ensuring that the costs and disbursements claimed by those instructing him are maintained.
Paul may accept Public Access work, where he can be instructed directly by a member of the public rather than a solicitor.