Paul Sturdy is the Head of Child Protection Practice Area Unit.
A highly competent and skilled litigator, Paul has earned the respect of his peers and clients as a result of his ability to balance tenacity with approachability. Paul principally deals with children’s referral work, having conducted countless children’s hearings, appeals and proofs. He has a reputation as one of the most accomplished and knowledgeable solicitors in this complex and developing area.
Paul fiercely defends his client’s interests, and has a particular interest in Human Rights legislation and the use of that to protect the interests of children and families. He has travelled the length and breadth of Scotland to represent clients, having conducted children’s hearings, appeals and proofs from Kirkwall to Dumfries and everywhere in between. Representing clients in different parts of the country has been aided by a readiness to utilise technology (such as Skype consultations) to ensure that proximity is not a barrier to children and families obtaining the best representation possible.
Paul was previously nominated as Trainee of the Year prior to embarking upon his development since qualifying as a solicitor, demonstrating his promise from the outset of his legal career. Today Paul delivers seminars to solicitors in relation to children’s referrals and was one of only a handful of solicitors to participate in the Scottish Legal Aid Board/CELCIS research into the role of the solicitor within the children’s hearing system.
Paul is primarily based at our Shettleston office. In March 2018 he was promoted to the role of director.