Paul is a Partner, environmental lawyer and litigator and has defended a number of multinational companies over the years in relation to criminal investigations in the UK, Europe and North America. The investigations have ranged from chemical plant explosions, insider dealing, railway disasters and price-fixing to environmental incidents and other major crises.
Paul is a recognised expert on law firm partnering and convergence. He began developing this expertise as client partner for DuPont more than ten years ago. In recent years Paul has focused on how the law firm and the global corporate law department can work together effectively across multiple jurisdictions. Paul consults with many global corporate law departments on their structures, processes and practices to derive greater value from outside counsel. He leads the Eversheds team involved in the Tyco convergence project in Europe, Middle East and Africa, where Tyco used its innovative 'SMARTER' model to consolidate most of its outside legal services from more than 250 law firms across 37 jurisdictions to one: Eversheds.
Legal Business magazine honoured Paul Smith as 'Lawyer of the Year', one of the most prestigious awards in the UK. He was awarded for his pioneering work in delivering new approaches to global client relationship management.
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