Paul Davis, Partner and Head of Litigation at Leicester based BHW Solicitors, has been appointed as a Deputy District Judge on the Midlands Circuit. Paul will be sitting as a Judge 2-3 days a month, alongside his busy litigation practice at BHW.
Paul qualified as a solicitor in 2012 and specialises in commercial litigation, property litigation and contentious probate. He became Head of Litigation at BHW in 2019 and since then has overseen a rapid expansion of the Litigation Department, which has become one of the most respected teams in the region. The department’s work was recognised by the leading independent law firm guide, the Legal 500, for the first time earlier this year.
Commenting on his appointment, Paul said: “I am delighted to get through the very competitive process and be appointed as a Deputy District Judge, which involved numerous challenging tests in a selection process that lasted over 12 months.
I look forward to carrying out this important work alongside my job as a solicitor at BHW”.
Deputy District Judges are appointed by the Lord Chief Justice after a fair and open competition administered by the Judicial Appointments Commission. Applicants must have a minimum of 5 years appropriate legal experience, such as a practising barrister, solicitor or legal executive.
Deputy District Judges sit in the County Courts and District Registries of the High Court for around 30 sittings a year. Paul will sit within the Civil Jurisdiction where he will preside over a wide range of disputes such as possession claims, contractual disputes and insolvency proceedings. Appointments are for four-year renewable terms until the statutory retirement age of 75.