Paul’s experience includes:

  • A number of record court approved spinal injuries settlements (Callum Cross £8.1m, Agnes Collier £15m, Isobel Sale £12.5m)
  • Acting on the Alton Towers amputee cases
  • Acting in a record criminal injuries award in 2002 (Dadi £4.75m)
  • Acting for victims of the murderer Beverley Allitt


Paul began his legal career at Evill & Coleman, specialising in trade union employers’ liability claims. He then practised trade union employment law, commercial litigation and personal injury litigation at Rowley Ashworth before becoming head of the personal injury department at Shoosmiths. He joined Stewarts in December 1997.


Paul is described in Chambers 2019 as “a class performer and certainly one of the leading personal injury solicitors in the country” and add “He is very personable, passionate and great to work with.”

Leading legal directories describe Paul as a “PI heavyweight” and in 2018 the Legal 500 says “Paul Paxton, the ‘technically first-class’ head of the personal injury team, is ‘the leading claimant lawyer in the country’.”

They have also commented “Paul is regarded as a tough adversary who approaches things in a sensible way.” and is “very professional” and “well respected by both his peers and other insurance companies”.

Paul was named in The Lawyer Hot 100 2016 and is listed in the Legal 500 Hall of Fame.

Chambers have referred to Paul as a ‘Star Individual. Paul Paxton is known for his “brilliant judgement” and is considered by sources to be “one of the leaders in the field.” He heads the personal injury team and regularly takes the lead on complex, high-value and highly publicised catastrophic injury claims.’




Articles written by Paul include:

  • Banged Up (published by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and PI Focus in July 2017)
  • All the Fun of the Fair? (published by APIL and PI Focus in March 2017)
  • Suicide – the ultimate ethical dilemma? (published by MASCIP in November 2016)
  • Seeing the benefit (published by APIL and PI Focus in March 2015)
  • Grave Concern (published by APIL and PI Focus in June 2014)
  • Respecting Beliefs (published by APIL and PI Focus in March 2014)
  • “Lights, camera, action” – the curse of video surveillance (published by APIL and PI Focus in March 2011)
  • Pick and choose (published by Solicitors Journal in June 2009)

Accreditations and Memberships

  • Middle Temple Law Society
  • Fellow of APIL
  • CEDR trained


Paul is a keen runner, cyclist, magician and sculptor.