Paul Morris - Partner
"'He is like a bible on criminal legislation. He is excellent at dealing with clients, the police, the CPS, other solicitors, barristers and expert witnesses. He is cutting-edge, with a brilliant mind and personality that is perfect for dealing with stressful situations because he keeps calm and is completely unflappable.'" (Chambers UK, 2016)
"the 'approachable' Paul Morris ... 'the lawyer you want by your side'." (The Legal 500, 2015)
"'he is brilliant with clients: wise, supportive and yet appropriately tough and tactically savvy'." (Chambers UK, 2015)
"BCL Burton Copeland's practice is led by 'gritty operator' Paul Morris." (The Legal 500, 2014)
"Paul Morris knows how to be 'reassuring without being unrealistic,' according to clients. Sources identify his strength as providing 'strategic advice of the highest calibre.'" (Chambers UK, 2014)
"'razor-sharp intellect'" (The Legal 500, 2013)
"Paul Morris earns the respect of peers for having an 'extremely wise head on his shoulders'." (Chambers UK, 2013)
"'Great overall strategy and client care'." (Chambers UK, 2012)
"'Charm on top, hard as nails underneath'." (The Legal 500, 2011)
"Praised for his ability to get in tune with the requirements of his commercial clientele." (Chambers UK, 2011)
"Hugely charismatic and second to none at pre-trial strategising." (The Legal 500, 2010")
“Paul Morris leaves no stone unturned for his clients …” (Chambers UK, 2010)
"He’s tactically and strategically very good - he doesn’t just follow the book but takes his client’s personal circumstances into account, and is always looking two steps ahead." (Chambers UK, 2009)
Recommended as a Leading Individual in The Legal 500, 2014
Paul Morris has specialised in criminal litigation with an emphasis on serious and complex crime since qualification in 1998. He joined the team at BCL Burton Copeland in 2003 having gained considerable experience in heavyweight crime at a West End firm.
Paul joined the partnership at BCL in 2006 and is Head of the General and Serious Crime Department.
Paul has broad and extensive experience in complex and serious crime, defending a range of offences including fraud and business crime, homicide, sexual offences, drug trafficking and various degrees of assault. He has significant experience of advising suspects in the police station and also advises post-conviction/sentence on potential grounds and merits of appeal. He also provides advice and assistance to potential witnesses who have been asked to provide a statement or have received a request to attend court to give evidence.
Many of Paul’s cases are high profile and he has acted for well-known public figures. His client base regularly consists of professionals, such as medical practitioners, lawyers, bankers and accountants. Paul also advises in investigations instigated by the various professional and regulatory bodies such as the GMC, GDC and the MHRA.
Paul provides advice to broadcasters, production companies and freelance journalists and assists with pre-programming and production order advice.
Paul is a member of the Royal Society of Medicine, the London Criminal Court Solicitors’ Association and the Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association and sits on the Professionals Committee for the Variety Club of Great Britain.