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Paul Brennan

Paul has a broad civil, commercial and chancery practice. He is a member of the Bar of England and Wales and also a member of the Bars of Ireland and the Isle of Man (currently non-practising). He is approachable and happy to discuss any matter pre-instruction. Located in central London, Paul also has a base in the North West and is happy to travel.


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Paul Brennan

After being called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2005, Paul spent two years working at international offshore law firm Mourant Ozannes in Jersey. Following this, he relocated to the Isle of Man, qualified at the Manx Bar and practised exclusively in commercial litigation with another renowned international offshore law firm, Appleby. He undertook additional examinations for call to the Irish Bar and completed pupillage there with an eminent commercial and chancery barrister. Paul returned to the English Bar in 2015.

His practice as an Advocate at the Manx Bar was, by nature of the profession, a 'fused' role encompassing the traditional roles of both barrister and solicitor. This is something he considers allows him to see a case from both perspectives and is particularly valuable in the context of cases in which he is instructed on a Public Access basis.

Paul has appeared in a variety of Courts and tribunals in all three jurisdictions, including High Courts, County Courts, Immigration Tribunals, Property Tribunals, Regulatory Tribunals, Crown Courts and Magistrates Courts.


Paul's Experience

Called in 2005

Public Access Accredited


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Chancery / Property
  • Trust disputes (acting both for and against trustees/beneficiaries)
  • Property disputes (including boundary disputes, easements and rights of way)
  • Landlord and tenant (commercial and residential)
  • Partnerships

Having been based in jurisdictions which are offshore financial centres, Paul has dealt with trust disputes that are often complex and multifaceted, spanning various jurisdictions. He has acted on behalf of both trustees and beneficiaries. He has also dealt with property disputes and landlord and tenant disputes (both residential and commercial) and is keen to build and develop this aspect of his practice.

Commercial Law

Paul's commercial practice has often involved:

  • Highly complex commercial disputes involving major companies, banks, or high net worth individuals (in several jurisdictions)
  • Commercial contract disputes
  • Banking disputes
  • Company disputes involving directors and directors' duties; disqualification and shareholder disputes
  • Professional negligence claims, in particular involving lawyers, which Paul also has experience of in other common law jurisdictions (both defendant and claimant)
Civil Law

Paul's civil practice and experience includes:

  • Personal injury (public liability, employer liability, occupiers' liability)
  • Road traffic accidents (RTA)
  • Credit hire
  • Clinical negligence
  • Contractual disputes
  • Sale of goods/supplies of services disputes

Major insurers regularly instructed Paul in connection with employer liability/public liability claims and he acted on behalf of government departments in the Isle of Man in such matters.

Paul has frequently undertaken professional regulatory work appearing on behalf of a major regulator. In this regard, he is familiar with the issues pertaining to such matters both substantively and procedurally and the pervasive administrative law elements. This is an area Paul is particularly keen to develop and welcomes the opportunity to discuss ideas with any client undergoing any regulatory process.

  • Harmsworth Scholarship, The Honourable Society of The Middle Temple
Privacy Policy

1. This is a privacy notice that describes how, why and for how long I will process or keep your personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’).
2. The GDPR governs how an individual’s personal data is used, and your rights in relation to that data.
3.  I, Paul Brennan, have been instructed by you or your litigation friend (usually a parent), through your solicitor or agent, or via the Bar Pro Bono Unit.
4.  It is necessary for me to process your personal data in order for me to provide you with legal services, for example:

  • Advise on the prospects of litigation;
  • Advise on the value of your claim;
  • Representation at a court hearing;
  • Representation at trial;
  • Advise, review or comment on legal issues or evidence.

5. Processing means anything done to data such as: recording, organising, adapting, altering, copying, consulting, transmitting, combining, erasing or storing it.

6.The processing for the purposes listed above will take place in accordance with either Article 6(1)(a) GDPR or Article 6(1)(b) GDPR, depending on how you instructed me.

7. If you have instructed me on a direct access basis, or engaged a solicitor (or legal agent), to assist you in bringing or defending a claim then the processing is necessary to perform a contract to which you are a party (Article 6(1)(b) GDPR). To give effect to that contract (i.e. to bring a claim) it is necessary for me to process your personal data for litigation purposes.

8. If I am assisting you on a pro bono basis, it will be necessary for me to seek your consent to be able to represent you (Article 6(1)(a) GDPR). In this scenario, you will be sent a consent form.

Recipients of your data

9.  I may also be required to share your data with others, depending on the nature of your case. This may include:

(i)  Courts and other tribunals to whom documents are presented;

(ii) Your solicitors, or agent representing you, through whom I have been instructed;

(iii) Potential witnesses, experts and other persons involved in the case;

(iv) Solicitors, barristers, or other legal representatives;

(v) Ombudsman and regulatory authorities;

(vi) Education and examining bodies; and

(vii) Current, past or prospective employers.

Special Categories of Data

10.  In some cases I will have been given your personal data that is within the ‘special categories’ of data described in GDPR Article 9(1). For example, personal data that reveals your race, ethnicity, sexual preferences, political or religious beliefs, trade union membership or health. There are also restrictions for processing information regarding criminal convictions.

11. This type of personal data will only be processed where it is necessary in order to represent you in your legal claim, or advise on the prospects of a legal claim.


12. I will retain your personal data for no longer than is necessary, and where it is possible, I will anonymise your data.

13. How long your personal data is kept will depend on a number of factors. The retention period will be reviewed when the service I am providing you with is complete. However in general, I am obliged by the Bar Code of Conduct to retain records of my cases, and by HM Revenue and Customs to retain records for 6 years.

14. Once your case has concluded and fees have been paid, I shall retain only the personal data necessary for the following purposes:

(i) The legal and professional obligation to retain information relating to my cases;

(ii) To check for any potential conflict of interests that may arise in the future when I am instructed on other cases;

(iii) For use in the defence of potential complaints, legal proceedings or fee disputes;

(iv) To refer back to in future cases which raise similar legal, factual, or procedural issues.

15. The processing for the purposes listed in paragraph 14 (ii), (iii), and (iv) above, will take place in accordance with Article 6(1)(f) GDPR. That is, for the purposes of legitimate interests that are not outweighed by your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms.

16. The processing for the purposes listed in paragraph 14(i) above, will take place in accordance with Article 6(1)(c) GDPR. That is, the processing is necessary for me to comply with a legal obligation. 

Your Rights

17. Where processing of your personal data was based on your consent (see paragraphs 6 and 8) you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time. This does not affect the lawfulness of the processing based on consent before its withdrawal.

18. Withdrawal of your consent to process such data will most likely mean that I am no longer able to provide you with the legal services you seek.

19. You may request confirmation that your personal data is being processed by me and details about the personal data, the source, the processing, the purposes of the processing, the recipients and the retention period.

20. You may request a copy of your personal data that is being processed by me. You may also request rectification (i.e. correction) where there are inaccuracies in the personal data.

21. You have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time, to processing of your personal data in paragraph 14 of this privacy notice. Should you object, the processing will only continue where there are compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your fundamental rights, freedoms and interests. 

22. Where the processing or retention of your data is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims, it will not be possible to object. 

23. You have the right to request that your personal data is erased where any of the following apply:

(i) The personal data are no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were collected or otherwise processed;

(ii) You withdraw your consent where the basis of processing was based on consent and where there is no other ground for the processing;

(iii) Where your fundamental rights, freedoms and interests override the legitimate interests of processing in paragraph 14;

(iv) The personal data has been unlawfully processed; or

(v) The personal data have to be erased to comply with a legal obligation.

24. You have the right to request that your personal data is restricted from processing, so that it is simply stored, for the following reasons: as an alternative to deletion; so that it can be corrected; for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; to verify if a legitimate ground exists (paragraph 14).

25. Where it is necessary to correct your personal data, or you have requested the restriction or erasure of your personal data, I shall endeavour to contact the recipients of the personal data, unless this involves disproportionate effort. 


26. I take appropriate physical and technical procedures to safeguard your personal data to prevent it from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way. 

Complaints or Queries

27. If you have any questions regarding this privacy notice, or how I use your personal data please email me: mailto:, or my clerks: telephone 01823 247 247.

28. I shall aim to respond as soon as possible, and within 30 days.

29. You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) if you believe I have not handled your request in an appropriate manner. For information on contacting the ICO please go to:

Paul's Testimonials

I have used Mr Brennan on many occasions and find him to be incredibly thorough, efficient and reasonable. His ability to see the bigger picture and grasp matters quickly is invaluable.

Gillian Christian

Keystone Law

Paul was fantastic. A complicated case which Paul managed to resolve on the day with the District Judge. He called me straight away after the hearing providing me with the outcome. He also provided me with a very detailed attendance note very quickly after the hearing. Would definitely recommend and use again.

Adam Lyon

Minster Law

I spoke to Paul Brennan before, during and after the hearing and I was impressed with his work. I thought he showed initiative to ask for a quick break at the hearing to retrieve valuable information from ourselves to assist his argument.

Claire Shallcross

Bott & Co



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