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Paul Mason

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Paul specialises in a number of Chambers' practice areas, in particular criminal defence, extradition and related public law matters.  He also has considerable experience in media law and defamation, having previously taught in the School of Journalism at Cardiff University.

He has a strong criminal practice.  He was instructed in a double attempted murder, representing one of four defendants led by David Hislop QC.  He was also junior to Emma Goodall representing an eighty-six year old defendant alleged to have sexually abused four of his biological children in the early 1970s.  Further, he was led by Jeannie Mackie representing three defendants charged with fraud and money laundering offences amounting to more than £1.5 million.

Paul works with the Death Penalty Project, where he assists local lawyers in appellate work. He is also a member of the Bar Human Rights Committee.  He has undertaken trial observations, including the Aya Hegazy trial in Cairo.  Ms Hegazy, was one of eight charity workers acquitted of sexual offences but detained for over two years, awaiting trial.

Before coming to the Bar, Paul was a Senior Lecturer at Cardiff University where he published extensively in law, criminology and politics.  He has worked with the United Nations on the broadcasting of the ICTY war crimes trials; Channel Four on media representations of Islam for Dispatches; and consulted on media broadcast of legal proceedings in the UK and the Netherlands.

Paul was also a Research Assistant in the Public Law Team at the Law Commission.  He has worked for the Free Representation Unit, appearing in unfair dismissal and discrimination cases and appeared in the First Tier Tribunal (IAC), working pro bono for Asylum Justice.  He worked on appeals to the Criminal Cases Review Commission as Director of the Cardiff Nexus Innocence Project.  He has also been an Appropriate Adult for a mental health charity.

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Venue: Doughty Street Chambers, 54 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LS
Venue: Doughty Street Chambers, 53-54 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LS