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Paul Dipré

With over two decades of experience, Paul is a seasoned advocate specialising in financial remedies concerning matrimonial finance, along with commercial and real property disputes, notably contractual and insolvency issues. His expertise extends to trust instruments and equitable doctrines pertinent to matrimonial finance, property disputes, and contentious probate matters.

Clients benefit from his comprehensive understanding and proficiency in navigating intricate legal terrain.


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Paul proactively engages with clients at the outset, offering assistance with advice, drafting, and advocacy throughout proceedings as needed. Renowned for his approachability and helpfulness, he gladly discusses matters pre-instruction.

Paul serves as the Director, Head of Legal Practice, and Head of Finance and Administration at Paul Dipré Barrister Limited, through which he delivers legal services to his clients. This company facilitates the provision of his professional services. Clients trust in his comprehensive support and guidance across all stages of legal matters.

Paul's Experience

Called in 1991


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Family Law – Finance and Property

Paul’s main area of practice is in this field. His expertise covers financial remedies on divorce or dissolution, cohabitation/co-owner disputes under TOLATA and financial provision for children under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989. Paul has been instructed to advise and represent many high net worth clients throughout his career at the bar. Most of his cases feature at least one of the following factors:

  • Family businesses
  • Inherited wealth
  • Trusts of Land
  • Family trusts
  • Overseas assets (business and property)
  • Intervening third-party interests
  • Variation applications
  • Enforcement
  • Non-compliance with disclosure
Family Law – Children

Paul represents clients at all stages of private law children disputes. He regularly represents parents and guardians in disputes about the living arrangements for children, contact arrangements, and the exercise of parental responsibility. Paul has specific experience of proceedings involving:

  • Intractable disputes
  • Fact-finding hearings
  • Domestic violence and abuse
  • Mental health and substance abuse issues impacting child arrangements
  • Removal from the jurisdiction
  • Wardship
  • Abduction and complex international issues

Paul is bilingual in English and Italian and is particularly interested in cross-border disputes, especially those of an Anglo-Italian nature. 

Other areas of Law

Commercial Law

Paul has a substantial and long-standing commercial practice, appearing regularly in contentious and high-value claims in the County Court and High Court on behalf of both professional and private clients. He is frequently instructed at an early stage to advise clients and to draft pleadings. He is content to advise either in conference or in writing on the merits of potential claims and the best strategy to adopt in the ongoing management of litigation.

Sensitive to the cost implications of litigious proceedings, Paul will seek resolution by negotiation where appropriate but can also be relied upon to provide sound tactical support when a fight is necessary. He is accomplished and experienced on his feet in court, capable of striking a balance between robust advocacy and persuasive negotiation subject to the approach demanded by the circumstances in a case.

Property Law

Paul is an experienced and enthusiastic property law barrister with expertise in a range of areas. While the core of his practice lies in real property, Paul applies his expertise to all aspects of property law. His property practice covers:

  • Real Property: all types of constructive and resulting trusts, proprietary estoppel claims, easements, rights of way, boundaries, adverse possession
  • Commercial leases: including termination and renewal, break clauses, service charge disputes, rent and rent review, disrepair and dilapidations claims

Wills, Probate and Inheritance

Paul’s practice in this field covers these principal areas:

  • Contentious probate: dealing with, upholding or challenging the validity of wills under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975
  • Administration of estates: covering all issues relating to the administration of estates, whether contentious or non-contentious, including the removal of executors, the construction of wills, identity of beneficiaries and ascertainment of assets
  • Trusts: Construction of deeds of trust, powers and duties of trustees and Trusts of Land, or TOLATA (including proprietary estoppel claims)


Paul advises and represents clients in all aspects of insolvency and bankruptcy law, whether that be applications being made within insolvency proceedings or other matters such as:

  • applications for administration orders
  • applications to set aside statutory demands
  • applications to restrain winding-up petitions
  • applications to restrain advertisement of petitions

Paul also deals with the full range of transaction avoidance work (e.g. transactions defrauding creditors, preferences, transactions at undervalue). He has been instructed on behalf of debtors, creditors, companies, directors and insolvency practitioners, providing focused advocacy and advice on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious insolvency law and procedure. Paul regularly appears on insolvency matters in the High Court (the Companies Court and the Bankruptcy Division) and in County Courts across the country.

Credit Hire

Paul has knowledge and experience of the principles of credit hire law and is willing to take instructions on that basis.

  • Committee Member of the British Italian Law Association 
  • Member of the Family Law Bar Association 
  • Member of the London Common Law & Commercial Bar Association
Case Profile
  • Editor "The Bench & The Bar" by Marcello Marinari - published by Rome University Press LUISS 2013
  • British Italian Law Association website article: English Civil Litigation Case Management & Sanctions:, June 2014
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 Dipre, 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:



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