Paul has over 30 years experience as a Solicitor (1980). He began in general practice dealing with a wide range of work, from commercial litigation for clients such as Butler Machine Tool Company to property, landlord and tenant, professional negligence, probate and personal injury claims.
He left general practice to become an in-house Solicitor for a major finance company and then a bank which added asset finance, PFI contracts, banking and consumer credit to his knowledge base. Lured back into private practice he continued to act for banks and finance companies both litigating and drafting agreements for high value and sometimes innovative transactions.
After specialising for a few years Paul returned to general practice when one of his major clients closed down. The main focus of his personal work then had a Chancery bias with trusts, including ToLATA and pensions, professional negligence, property and mortgages, partnership and shareholder disputes, probate and inheritance litigation, including capacity want of knowledge and approval undue influence mutual wills and proprietary estoppel cases. His recent cases include Evans v Cherry Tree Finance  EWCA Civ 33 on the definition of a consumer, Dingmar v Dingmar  EWCA Civ 942 on the interpretation of s.9 of the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependents) Act 1975 and Consolidated Finance Ltd v Collins  EWCA Civ 475 on the application of the Consumer Credit Act 1974 to a bankruptcy annulment scheme. Paul also mentored a number of younger solicitors and trainees who dealt with a wider range of work including landlord and tenant, business tenancy renewals including mobile phone masts, leasehold enfranchisement, dilapidations, commercial contracts, sale of goods, banking and borrowing, and insolvency.
Paul has now retired as a Solicitor to concentrate on his work as an independent Mediator, an Arbitrator and a Deputy District Judge.
Paul was accredited as a Mediator in 2002 and as an active independent Mediator he undertakes four or five mediations a month on average. His feedback includes:
"Mediator, Paul Beevers was excellent. He had a fantastic knowledge of the subject area (1975 Act claims). A settlement was reached and this was largely in part to his facilitating discussions between the parties." Hayes & Storr
“ Paul Beevers is clearly a Knowledgable and authorative Mediator who handled the parties with the calm assurance of a very experienced practitioner….”- Mark Edmondson ( Solicitor)
"Paul outlined the process extremely clearly to the clients and using Paul's methods the parties were able to reach an agreement that before the mediation had seemed highly unlikely. I and my clients were very impressed with Paul and grateful for his assistance."
"He was client sympathetic but authoritative and persuasive. As a result a satisfactory solution was reached despite a rather recalcitrant client."
"My clients found Paul understanding of their case and sensitive to the particular issues. "
"He bridged what appeared to be quite a large gap between the parties and we would instruct him again for similar cases."
"Excellent mediator. Always well prepared and uses the time efficiently and productively"
"Thank-you again for your help with this and in particular your proactive style. I very much appreciate your driving matters forward in a timely way."
"Paul has mediated many cohabitation disputes and I highly recommend him as an effective mediator. He always prepares thoroughly, he puts the parties at ease and works very hard to enable to the parties to reach a solution."
"Paul has an in depth knowledge of his subject area and a calm, authoritative approach which works well in defusing tension and creating an environment where a settlement can be reached."
"Despite the contentious nature of the subject matter the case resolved at mediation. Paul's approach towards a nervous Client was positive and reassuring and assisted in fostering a constructive stance towards the process of negotiation."
"Paul Beevers was excellent - highly professional and quite clearly immensely experienced"
Paul has now completed more than 350 mediations covering subjects such as:
• Wills, trusts, probate and Inheritance Act claims
• Trusts of land, resulting and constructive trusts and cohabitee disputes
• Proprietary estoppel and other equitable claims
• EPA LPA and Court of Protection disputes
• Boundary and easement disputes
• Professional negligence claims - solicitors, surveyors and accountants
• Commercial and construction disputes
• Partnership disputes
• Shareholder disputes and breach of fiduciary duty
• Employment and restrictive covenants
• Distribution and Franchise Agreements
• Business tenancies, renewal and dilapidations
• Landlord and tenant, disrepair and unlawful eviction claims
• Supply of goods and services, satisfactory quality, exclusion clauses and consequential loss
• Road traffic accidents
• Liability to contribute to care home costs
and is ranked in Chambers UK Directory for 2014, 2015 and 2016
Huddersfield-based Paul Beevers comes recommended for his ability to settle difficult cases. Sources comment on his broad ranging expertise and his insightful, strategic approach to dispute resolution.
His Clerksroom history records his mediations from 2009.