Paul Canfield

Call: 2019


T: 01274 722560

Master of Laws, University of Law, Birmingham (2017-2018)
Bar Professional Training Course, University of Law, Birmingham (2017-2018): VC
Graduate Diploma in Law, University of Law, London (2015-2017): Commendation
Master of Science, Security and Risk Management, University of Leicester (2014)

Legal Aid Number: 02HCX

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Practice Overview

Before coming to the Bar and completing his pupillage with the Crown Prosecution Service, Paul worked as a police officer specialising in a range of firearms operations.

He has over a decade of experience in special operations, disclosure and securing evidence at crime scenes. Among other aspects, he received specialist interview training where he developed excellent communication skills, patience and understanding with vulnerable witnesses. He also received commendations for his work tackling drug related crime and for the strategic implementation of a new shift pattern while overseas that had to comply with local legislation. Paul also held the position of Operational Firearms Commander in his final posting, where he led teams of officers responding to incidents that required a heightened response.

He has also led research into the police response to gang-related violence and future security threats as part of his Master of Science degree. This research was later published by Springer Publishing and referred to by the Minister of Security when addressing the issue of gang-related crime.He has also led research into the police response to gang-related violence and future security threats as part of his Master of Science degree, which he studied while posted overseas. Paul also attended Harvard Law School where he studied the principles of negotiation and leadership, and the University of St Andrews where he undertook studies in terrorism theories and practice.

During his time studying for the Bar Professional Training Course at the University of Law he received awards that culminated in the highest mark in Plea in Mitigation and the Master of Laws prize for the pro bono element of his studies. Paul also volunteered with the Personal Support Unit at the Birmingham Civil and Family Justice Centre.

Paul’s extensive experience of police work, disclosure and procedure coupled with his experience with the Crown Prosecution Service not only make him an effective prosecutor but also ensures that when defending he is able to bring an invaluable insight into the prosecution case. In addition, through his research experience, he has acquired the critical analytical skills required to effectively evaluate complex evidence.

He has regularly prosecuted in both the magistrate’s court and the Crown Court, and spent a period of secondment with the Attorney General’s Office reviewing unduly lenient sentences.

Winner of the University of Law’s Master of Laws Prize for 2018

Winner of the University of Law’s Plea in Mitigation competition 2018