Paul Morris

“He is like a bible on criminal legislation…. 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

Paul joined BCL in 2003 and is a partner, heading the Serious and General Crime Department. He is recognised as a leading lawyer in the UK by Chambers and Partners and the Legal 500.

He has extensive experience in complex and serious crime, defending a range of general criminal matters including homicide, sexual offences, blackmail, drugs offences and assault. He has particular experience in crisis and reputation management, advising professionals from the finance, music, medical, sports, political and teaching professions in relation to serious and complex investigations and prosecutions. As such, he often advises in parallel regulatory and disciplinary proceedings.

Paul provides advice from the early stages of a formal request for interview under caution through to post-conviction/sentence advice on potential grounds and merits of appeal. He also provides advice and assistance to potential witnesses who have been asked to provide a statement for the prosecution or have received a request to attend court to give evidence. He also advises broadcasters, production companies and freelance journalists, assisting with pre-programming and production order advice.

Professional Memberships:

  • Royal Society of Medicine
  • London Criminal Court Solicitors’ Association
  • Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association
  • Professionals Committee for the Variety Club of Great Britain
  • British Association for Sport and Law
  • LawInSport

“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

“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

“razor-sharp intellect”
The Legal 500

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