Paul has almost unrivalled experience and success locally acting for corporate and individual claimants in commercial dispute resolution, professional negligence, reputation management and personal injury.

Paul has acted for a number of sporting personalities, both in contractual negotiations and disputes.

He successfully represented Martin O’Neill in his constructive dismissal claim against Aston Villa FC in the Premier League Managers Tribunal in 2011 as well as the Test Cricketer, Phillip DeFreitas, in a highly publicised libel action some years ago.

Both DeFreitas and former Nottingham Forest and Scotland footballer, John Robertson, have thanked Paul for his efforts on their behalf in their recently published autobiographies.

Paul’s commercial dispute resolution practice has included work recently for Bowmer & Kirkland, East of Scotland Growers, Superglass Plc, R Fountain & Son, Horticulturists, as well as local firms, including some engaged in Financial Services.

He has obtained 7 figure settlements for 3 children who have suffered catastrophic birth injuries. In one of those cases, E S v Chesterfield NHS Trust 2004 Lloyd’s Rep Med 90 the Court of Appeal gave important guidance on the use of expert witnesses in complex claims. He has also recovered 7 figure settlements for 2 clients who sustained serious injuries in road accidents and many settlements in 6 figures.

His defamation practice has brought clients damages and retractions from national and local media, including the BBC, BskyB, The Sun, The Sunday Times, Daily Mirror, Daily Mail, Daily Record, Independent, Sunday Express, Guardian, Observer and Pan Macmillan.

Paul was born in Derby and educated at University College London. He lives locally with his wife, Catherine, who is also a solicitor. He is currently the immediate Past President of the Derby & District Law Society. He has played cricket locally for over 30 years and was invited to captain 3 of the teams that he played for.


"Paul Hackney has substantial experience in product liability, media and professional negligence matters, and in 2009 settled a damages claim of £22m on behalf of a major construction group with the help of Jonathan Butler."
(Legal 500 2010)