Paul Storey QC

Year of Call: 1982
Year of Silk: 2001

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Overview

Paul Storey QC is a door tenant at 3PB, practising family law and specialising in children law. He has extensive experience in high profile, complex High Court cases involving allegations of serious non accidental injuries and homicide especially those concerning scientific or medical issues.

He has extensive experience in Appellate work in the Court of Appeal ranging through public law cases, private law cases, those with a human rights element, paternity and disclosure. He also has significant experience in the Supreme Court, having appeared on numerous occasions.

His private law practice includes cases with LGBT issues, and those involving disclosure issues, and alleged sexual abuse.

He has been involved in a number of cases concerning individuals with learning disabilities or other vulnerabilities and has a particular interest in these areas.

Inevitably, in a practice such as this, Paul’s cases regularly involve the application of the Human Rights Act 1998, in which again, he has a particular interest.

Paul is a regular lecturer at national and local training days. In the past has chaired NAGALRO National Conference, lectured at the JSB / Judicial College and to the Western Circuit Judiciary at Dartington on numerous occasions. He has contributed several articles to Family Law Journal and a co-written chapter on the law related to kinship care. (Assessment in Kinship Care edited by Talbot & Calder 2006).

Expertise

  • Family
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    Recent cases:

    • Bucks cc v Andrew and Stillwell
      [2017] EWFC B19
    • A v W
      [2016] EWFC 64
    • Medway BC v R and others (Participation of vulnerable parties)
      [2016] EWFC B104
    • Re AD & AM (Fact Finding:Rehearing)
      [2016] EWHC 2912 (Fam)
    • Re J (Rev 1)
      [2016] EWFC 12
    • Re AD and AM (Fact-Finding hearing) (Application for re-hearing)
      [2016] EWHC 326 (Fam)
    • Kent CC v D and others (5) (Rehearing)
      [2015] EWFC 96
    • Kent CC v ad and others (4)
      [2015] EWFC 95
    • Kent CC v D and others (3) (Application for rehearing)
      [2015] EWFC 94
    • Kent CC v D and others (2) (Fact Finding)
      [2015] EWFC 93
    • Re X and Y (Children Disclosure of judgment to police)
      [2015] 1FLR 1218
    • Re A & B (Contact) (No 1)
      [2015] 2FLR 883
    • Re J (Vulnerable witness: Sexual Abuse: Fact finding)
      [2015] 1FLR 1152 CA
    • Re L (Withdrawal: Head injuries-unknown cause)(Rev 1)
      [2015] EWFC 67 (06 July 2015)
    • HB (a child)
      [2015] EWFC 74
    • E A and L (Children) )
      [2014] EWHC B21 (Fam
    • Kent CC v D and others
      [2014] EWFC 59
    • Torbay Council v A Mother and others
      [2014] EWHC 479 (Fam)
    • Re IB and EB (children)
      [2014] EWHC 369 (Fam)
    • Re B (a child)
      [2014] EWCA CIV 843
    • Re A (A child) (Vulnerable witness: Fact finding)
      [2014] 1 FLR 146, FD
    • Re A (care proceedings: Learning disabled parent)
      [2014] 2 FLR 591
    • Re A (A Child)
      [2013] EWHC 3502 (Fam)
    • Lancashire County Council v R
      [2013] EWHC 3064 (Fam)
    • Re A (Sexual abuse: Disclosure)
      [2013] 1 FLR 948, SC
    • Re J (Care proceedings: Past possible perpetrators)
      [2013] 1 FLR 1373, SC
    • Re B (Care proceedings; Appeal)
      [2013] 2FLR 1075, SC
    • Re A (Disclosure)
      [2013] 1 FLR 919, CA
    • Re F (Paternity registration)
      [2013] 2FLR 1036 CA
    • London Borough of Sutton v Gray & Ors (No.1)
      [2013] 1 FLR 833, FD
    • Re G & E (Children) (Vulnerable witness)
      [2013] 2 FLR 1556
    • London Borough of Sutton v Gray & Ors (No.2)
      [2013] 1 FLR 914, FD
    • Re B (A child)
      [2013] 2 FLR 388, CA
    • Re A (A child) (Vulnerable witness)
      [2013] 2 FLR 1473
    • Re C-G (Contact Order Staying Contact with Father)
      [2013] 2 FLR 1307 CA
    • Devon County Council v EB
      [2013] EWHC 968 (Fam)
    • P&L (Contact)
      [2012] 1 FLR 1068
    • Re M (A child)
      [2012] EWCA Civ 1905, CA
    • SB v A Local authority
      [2012] EWCA Civ 1269, CA
    • Re JS
      [2012] EWHC 1370 (Fam)
    • Re J (Children)
      [2012] 2 FLR 842 CA

Recommendations

‘He understands complex medical history and can cross-examine the country’s most eminent medics with ease.’
Legal 500 2017/Ranked Tier 1

'Star Individual'
Chambers UK 2016 & 2017

'Standout children specialist who is renowned for his formidable advocacy and involvement in highly complex public and private cases in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. His expertise extends to non-accidental injury, death and abuse issues, and he has handled a number of old cases revived following new evidence. Strengths: "He is one of the best silks for medical cases, and there is no one in England who knows more about traumatic infant brain injury. He is a most formidable and ferocious opponent."'
Chambers UK 2017

'He is unstoppable. His work rate is phenomenal. He's always prepared for cases and has an amazing conversational style which judges think they're not going to fall for but always do. If you were in real trouble he's the one you would want to represent you.'
Chambers UK 2016

'A revered children law practitioner who receives great praise for his work in the field of public law proceedings, and often appears in the Supreme Court. His care cases involve complex medical considerations and frequently relate to serious circumstances of non-accidental injury. Expertise: "He is a powerhouse when it comes to non-accidental head injury cases, and he is a joy to work to work with." "He often destroys the arguments of local authorities when representing parents."'
Chambers UK 2015

'"Paul Storey QC is a fantastic parents’ advocate” and he is “... a complete star in children's work”.'
Chambers UK 2013/Band 1

Academic qualifications

  • North London Polytechnic
  • Newcastle Polytechnic
  • University College London
  • BA (Hons) Philosophy/Classics, C.P.E.

Professional qualifications & appointments

  • Assistant Recorder, 1999
  • Recorder, 2000
  • Queen's Counsel, 2001
  • Deputy High Court Judge, 2004

Professional bodies

  • Family Law Bar Association
  • South Eastern Circuit
  • Lincoln's Inn