Throughout his career, Paul’s work focused on those at risk of falling through the cracks in society: the poor, the destitute and the vulnerable – tenants facing eviction or living in unsafe and unsanitary housing, situations that became increasingly common during the recent years of austerity.
He was also a peer reviewer and a leading member of the housing team at the Legal Aid Agency, advising other lawyers and working to maintain and raise the quality of legal work carried out by practitioners in housing law in England and Wales.
Following its founding in 2008, Shearer & Co swiftly became established as one of the few law firms in the south-west to provide a voice for vulnerable clients across the region. During the past 11 years this area of law became increasingly fraught. Funding cuts and court closures, as well as changes to the benefits system and legislation in relation to tenancies, combined to make access to justice increasingly difficult for those without means.
Paul was liked and admired by colleagues and clients, whom he always treated with dignity and respect, as well as by his opponents in the legal community.
In continuing this work, we hope to honour his legacy and vision.