Paul is an established and recognised expert in the field of employment law. He acts for a broad range of public and private sector clients.
He has acted exclusively in employment law since 1997. Prior to founding Collingwood Legal in 2010, Paul worked for a top 5 law firm in London and as a partner with a large commercial firm in Newcastle.
Paul deals with the full range of employment law issues and has a highly successful track record in defending claims at Tribunal. He is a TUPE expert and his experience includes strategic advice on the restructuring of local government. He has also acted in cases at the Employment Appeal Tribunal, Court of Appeal and ECJ.
Outside of his role at Collingwood Legal, Paul is a member of the governing body of a university.
Paul's experience has been recognised by both the Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners. The 2014/15 Legal 500 Directory describes Paul as “exceptional.” Other comments from directories include:
“Paul McGowan has ‘a wealth of employment law knowledge.’” (Legal 500 2012/13)
“Paul McGowan leads the team and is highly praised by peers, who see him as a ‘great advocate’ with ‘the right set of qualities to offer something different.’” (Chambers 2014)
“Paul McGowan provides clients with ‘sound, pragmatic, commercial advice and is highly able to manage tactical crisis.’” (Chambers 2015)
Paul is “calm and measured and above all an able listener, and is always available and generous in assessment and response.” (Chambers and Partners 2017)