Paul Francis Trainee Solicitor

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Contact Details

Paul is a Trainee Solicitor working in the Corporate team based in Reading.

Main areas of practice

Paul assists the team on a range of corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions.


Paul graduated with an MA Hons in French, Russian and Latin from the University of St Andrews and completed the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at BPP University.

Paul joined Blake Morgan as a paralegal in 2015, gaining experience working in insurance litigation and real estate. 

Having started his training contract in the Succession and Tax seat in September 2018, Paul is now in his second seat in Corporate.


Paul’s Blog

Online Wills - cheap, but not always cheerful

Recent statistics suggest that as many as 60% of UK adults do not have a Will*. Common reasons given include concern over drafting costs and simple procrastination. Could the internet provide a solution to yet another key aspect of life?

Related Knowledge & Resources

Corporate Governance Regulations: are you ready to report?

New Corporate Governance rules from January this year affect not just quoted companies, but companies with more than 250 employees, with an increased requirement for directors to report on on a variety of matters.

Developers are warned by the Court of Appeal not to take the law into their own hands

Local authorities will be pleased to note that the Court of Appeal accepts that they only have to consider planning issues when presented with a planning application.

Chancellor announces changes to stamp duty land tax for first-time buyers but with no changes for the rest of the market

As had been hinted at over the weekend, in today's Autumn Budget, Phillip Hammond has announced changes to Stamp Duty Land Tax ("SDLT") to assist first time buyers to be known as "Discount Relief".

Real Estate: Proposals for Enfranchisement Reform: Have they raised more questions than answers?

After being invited to attend the Law Commission Symposium on 5 November 2018 to hear the proposals for enfranchisement reform and discuss how they will work in practice, Louise Uphill examines the key points.

A Guide to Civil Penalties for Landlords

Nationwide (England) from 1 February 2016

Client Guide: Use of Discretionary Trusts

A guide to the reasons why it may not be desirable to leave assets directly to a beneficiary on your death.