Paul Branch

Head of Property Litigation, Partner

From generalised beginnings as a litigator with an ability to handle most disputes, over the years I have discovered what really interests me and have become more specialised in my work. I now seek to resolve disputes rather than litigate and cover a much narrower range of claims involving property, trusts and issues to do with Wills and probate.

Fundamentally, I enjoy dealing with people. I like being able to unburden them of their stress and worries, resolve their problems, and see their satisfaction from the result achieved. I like to find solutions through working with the other side, not against them, for everyone’s benefit, but can be tenacious in my approach in order to get the right deal for my client.

I qualified back in 1987, became a CEDR qualified mediator in 2004 and a solicitor advocate in 2006. Taking on more contentious probate work from 2002, I was persuaded to return to studying at the University of Law in 2012, completing a 3-year course in trusts and contentious probate which I thoroughly enjoyed. It led me to become an associate member of the Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS) and I was delighted to be admitted as a full member of ACTAPS in 2017. Now, I am the head of our contentious probate department in which all the practitioners are or will be working towards the same qualification.

I once dreamed of playing cricket for England but wasn’t very good at cricket and I think I might be a bit too old for that now anyway. My life is dominated by music and concert going and I would love to have played an instrument but I don’t have a musical bone in my body. I used to be able to run marathons in under 3 hours (just!) but my knees have gone. From about the age of 14, I always wanted to be a lawyer and achieve justice for people. Thankfully, there are exceptions that prove the rule.

Paul is a Chambers UK 2021 ranked lawyer.

Paul is a Chambers UK 2021 ranked lawyer and a Legal 500 Leading Individual. Legal 500 Leading Individuals are “…recognised for their very strong technical ability, in-depth capability, credibility with the most prestigious clients and a reputation for dealing with complex and innovative cases.”

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