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Paul Hardy

DLA Piper

London, UK

Brexit Director

DLA Piper

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.

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27 Sep 2018
City AM
City firms hold back Brexodus in hope a Brexit deal can be reached

Paul Hardy, Brexit director for law firm DLA Piper, said securing a transition period by the end of the year will be crucial to stemming further job losses, 

16 Aug 2018
Bloomberg Quint
This British Seaside Town Is Dreading Brexit

“The commercial equation that businesses have to take is, how much would it cost us to comply with six or seven different regulatory regimes, plus the uncertainty of what a trade deal is going to bring, plus I don’t know whether I can send my service providers from the U.K. to go in and put in the software in our customer offices in Germany,” says Paul Hardy, Brexit director at law firm DLA Piper in London.

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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
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Paul Hardy’s Education

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