Paul Barnes

01273 221581
Brighton office



Paul graduated from University College London in 2001 with an honours degree in Law & French Law before joining ODT in 2003 and becoming a partner in 2007. 

Paul heads our civil litigation team and has established a reputation for being an effective commercial and property litigator acting for clients across the UK.  With a particular focus on landlord & tenant litigation, Paul acts for both landlords and tenants in relation to a range of property disputes including:

  • Residential service charge disputes (most commonly including disputes relating large scale projects of major works and  the s.20 consultation procedure)
  • Unauthorised alterations
  • Disrepair & Commercial Dilapidation claims
  • Residential and Commercial Forfeiture proceedings
  • Housing Possession Claims
  • Applications for the variation of residential leases
  • Applications for the appointment of a manager / receiver
  • Boundary disputes
  • Enfranchisement and RTM disputes
  • Management audits
  • Trespass

Paul appears regularly before the High Court, the County Court and the First / Upper Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) often conducting his own advocacy.

Paul also specialises in all areas of planning law and commercial civil litigation including contractual and tortious disputes, negligence claims, restrictive covenants, commercial injunctions and debt recovery.

Paul has acted in a number of reported cases including three significant landlord and tenant claims, and, most recently, a complex judicial review dealing with a local authorities refusal to rescind a planning enforcement notice.

Outside of work, Paul is a sports nut and a lover of English literature and history.


01273 221581
Brighton office