Paul Woodford

Industrial Disease, Personal Injury

Title: Partner

Tel: 0191 226 3135

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Paul is a Partner in the Personal Injury department and Head of Industrial Disease.

He represents a number of clients (Claimants) from all over the country; predominantly through the litigation stages of the claims process. Paul’s main focus is noise induced hearing loss claims for which he has an extensive knowledge of breach, causation and limitation.

Paul pays very close attention to the actual evidence available in cases and as such he has an impressive ‘win’ record due to the manner in which his cases are presented. One area that Paul has particular expertise in is the area of de minimis arguments in regard to levels of noise related hearing loss and he has successfully represented a number of Claimant’s whose claims have previously been denied by defendants on this area.

Outside of work Paul enjoys field sports, particularly shooting, when his family life permits the time to do so.


  • Paul is regularly involved in fast and multi-track cases that progress to trial;
  • He is experienced in all stages of the claims process from inception through to appeals.


Paul was described in the Legal 500 2022 as being a key lawyer.

The personal injury team won praise from the Legal 500 2022 being highlighted for being “really hardworking, efficient and first rate. They go the extra mile and nothing is too much trouble. The client comes first.”

In the Chambers UK 2020 Guide the personal injury team was described as “very approachable, easy to communicate with and supportive.” A source highlighted the team’s “considered and knowledgeable approach to clients with complex and individual needs.

The Chambers UK 2019 Guide described the personal injury team as being “flexible, responsive and modern in their outlook, and approachable, client-focused and always happy to go that extra mile.”

Key Practice Areas

  • Noise Induced Hearing Loss
  • Industrial Deafness
  • Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome
  • Dermatitis