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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.

Paul Hardy’s Newsfeed

22 Nov 2018
Boardroom Brexit - the Withdrawal Agreement

Paul Hardy, Richard Bonnar and Jeroen Jansen of global law firm, DLA Piper, summarise the Draft Brexit Withdrawal Agreement and who would be the winners and losers from the deal.


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, 

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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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Paul Hardy’s Education

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