Paul Harvey

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Lynda Brabender KC
Ruth Charteris KC
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Practice Profile

Paul Harvey called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2013 and transferred to the Scottish Bar in 2017.

Before that, he worked for ten years as a lawyer at the European Court of Human Rights.

He practises, in both Scotland and England and Wales, in the fields of public law, criminal law, extradition, and family law.

He is the co-author (with Helen Whitwell, Katy Thorne KC and Sacha Kolar) of the sixth edition of Mason’s Forensic Medicine for Lawyers; they are currently preparing the seventh edition.

Paul is currently serving as a full-time Advocate Depute.

He continues act as curator ad litem/child welfare reporter in Court of Session cases, and to write and teach in the field of human rights across Europe.

Education & Professional Career to Date

Called to the Bar, 2017

Litigation Division, Scottish Government Legal Directorate, Nov 2016-April 2017

Lawyer, Registry of the European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg, 2005 – 2016

Associate/Door Tenant, Doughty Street Chambers, London, 2013-date

PhD in Law, European University Institute, Florence

LLB (First class Honours) University of Glasgow


  • Member of the European Committee, Lincoln’s Inn
  • International Society for the Reform of the Criminal Law Young Criminal Justice Professional (2015)

Areas of Practice

Publications & Seminars


Mason’s Forensic Medicine for Lawyers (6th edition), Bloomsbury Professional, 2015 (co-authored with Helen Whitwell, Katy Thorne and Sacha Kolar)

Harris, O’Boyle and Warwick, Law of the European Convention on Human Rights (contributing author to 2nd and 3rd editions and the forthcoming 4th edition)

Selected articles:

The UK and the European Courts: Has the Incoming Tide Become All Washed up? [2016] E.H.R.L.R 283

Implementing English votes for English laws--an EVEL task? Lexis PSL, 30 October 2015

Review of A. Arlidge & I. Judge “Magna Carta Uncovered” [2015] E.H.R.L.R. 327

Recent lectures:

"L’influence de la common law sur la Cour europeenne des droits de l’homme", L’École nationale de la magistrature, Paris, 15 March 2016

Additional Information

Fluent French, Spanish & Italian
Beginner's Russian & Bulgarian
Regular participant in Council of Europe/UN training seminars for judges, prosecutors and practitioners, principally in the fields of counter-terrorism, immigration and criminal law.