Paul Hardy has over 20 years of experience as an EU lawyer, and is now the Brexit Director at DLA Piper, where he leads the firm's Brexit advisory practice. His professional background makes him very well placed to advise on the political and commercial implications of Brexit for private and public sector clients.
Paul has worked in both Westminster and Brussels, most recently as the EU Legal Adviser to the House of Lords from 2014-2017. Paul was appointed Counsel for European Legislation in the House of Commons from 2009-2014, where he headed up the team providing EU legal advice to the House and its select committees. Paul was a permanent official in the European Commission in Brussels from 2009-2014, advising on trade, foreign policy and international human rights in the Directorate-General for External Relations.
Paul studied French Language and Literature at the University of St. Andrews and was called to the Bar in 1992. He practiced in criminal law first and then in environmental, human rights and public law for eight years.
He was the first UK lawyer to work in the war crimes trials in Rwanda in 1998, and has also worked in Bosnia and for the International Committee of the Red Cross.