Paul Donoghue BA (Hons) MA


Paul is the head of the firm’s Criminal Department. Born and bred in Derwentside, Paul qualified in 1998 and has become one of the most well-known criminal advocates in the North of England with over 20 years’ experience in the field.   

Paul is an accredited Duty Solicitor and a Solicitor-Advocate allowing him to represent clients in the Crown Court. With a reputation for robustly defending those he represents, he is often involved in the most notable criminal cases in the North East. 

As well as his extensive client base in the North East, such is his reputation that Paul is regularly asked to represent clients in other parts of the country including Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham.  He has developed a particular interest and experience in serious firearms offences.  Paul is instructed regularly in cases involving homicides, large-scale drug supply, human trafficking, robbery, kidnap, and multi-million-pound fraud matters.

Trusted by police officers, other professionals and solicitors in a wide range of legal problems over the last 20 years, Paul has been referred to by magistrates and Judges as a gifted advocate.