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Paul Hardy

Brexit Director

DLA Piper

London, UK

Paul Hardy


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.

Paul Hardy’s Newsfeed

Ten key points you need to understand about the Brexit negotiations

The more limited in scope the UK-EU trade deal, the more the no-deal plans businesses have put in place remain relevant. Commenting in The Guardian newspaper on 18 December 2019, DLA Piper’s Brexit Director, Paul Hardy, said: “Cementing the end of the transition in legislation is a game-changer. It shows this is not a negotiating tactic. Businesses must now expect a limited trade deal in goods with the EU on 1 January 2021, but not in services; or the possibility of no deal at all. They should keep their no-deal Brexit planning warm: it may well come in useful in a year.”

The Straits Times
How Boris Johnson's push towards a no-deal Brexit is playing out in the EU

Small- and medium-sized businesses will get especially hard-hit, analysts say, since it makes little economic sense for a small company to hire someone to handle the consequences of a no-deal Brexit when it is still unclear whether that will happen. "Smaller businesses who are firefighting many other changes have taken the view that there's nothing they can do to prepare for Brexit," said Paul Hardy, the Brexit director at DLA Piper, a law firm.

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Paul Hardy’s Background

Brexit Director
Apr 2017 - Present
London, UK
DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers based in over 40 countries throughout Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.
EU Legal Adviser
Apr 2014 - Mar 2017
London, UK
The House of Lords is the second chamber of the UK Parliament. It is independent from, & complements the work of, the elected House of Commons. The Lords shares the task of making & shaping laws and checking & challenging the work of the government.
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London, UK
Paul Hardy, Richard Bonnar & Valerijus Ostrovskis write, 'To the surpise of many, on 17 October 2019 the UK and EU agreed a revised Brexit deal. A comparison between this and the deal previously negotiated by Theresa May shows that 90% remains the same, but there is one area of significant change...'

Paul Hardy’s Education

Bar Vocational Course
1992 - 1992
CPE (Law Conversion)
1991 - 1991
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