Paul Mendelle QC
  • He is very meticulous and forensic in his approach and has huge gravitas in court.

    Chambers UK 2021

  • Very smooth as an advocate and immensely experienced, he has a very soothing manner with the jury.

    Chambers UK 2021

  • A precise, authoritative silk who is great with difficult clients.

    Legal 500 2021

  • One of the silkiest, smoothest advocates in the profession.

    Legal 500 2020

  • Legally, he's like a lecturer on law – so precise and incisive. No words are wasted when he talks. Quick on his feet and tactically astute, he's an exceptional defence advocate.

    Chambers UK 2020

  • A personable, effective communicator" who "when instructed in a case gives one hundred per cent."

    Chambers UK 2020

  • A first-class cross examiner equally able to calm, bludgeon or subtly undermine witnesses as required.

    Legal 500 2018

  • Very canny and extremely focused on the needs of his clients.

    Chambers UK

  • An extremely astute and strategic operator.

    Chambers UK

  • Fearlessly defends his clients.

    Chambers UK

  • He's very smooth and assured in court.

    Chambers UK

  • Fabulous advocate.

    Legal 500

  • A gent who has a very good mind.

    Chambers UK

  • Hard working and client-friendly.

    Legal 500

  • Assured and sure-footed.

    Chambers UK

  • A very reliable performer who has good judgement.

    Chambers UK

  • He is a formidable cross-examiner and his legal submissions are measured, succinct and very persuasive.

    Legal 500

Called 1981

Silk 2006

Paul Mendelle QC

Head of Chambers

Paul Mendelle QC had a mixed civil and criminal practice for many years but nowadays practises exclusively in defence work, specialising in the most serious criminal offences: murder, armed robbery, multiple rape, drug trafficking, corruption, fraud and money laundering.

He is a very persuasive advocate, who is tactically smart.Chambers UK

Mr Mendelle has built a reputation of excellence and regulatory expertise from the foundations of his well-established criminal and fraud practice and is experienced in representing professional and corporate defendants charged with regulatory offences.

He has been an active committee member of the CBA for many years and succeeded to the Chairmanship in September 2009 after his year as Vice Chairman.

He has been involved in many CBA and Bar Council working parties and for the last two years has engaged in negotiations with the Legal Services Commission and Ministry of Justice over VHCCs, helping to design the new VHCC fixed fee scheme for advocates called GFS Plus which appears in the consultation paper of December 2009.

Articles & Publications

  • Many CBA working party reports, including those on disclosure in Customs prosecutions, the attendance of witnesses, the regulation of forensic science and sentencing guidelines in death by driving cases.

Associate Work

  • Criminal Bar Association Vice Chairman and Chairman.
  • Speaker on Pre-recorded questioning of vulnerable witnesses at LCCSA European Conference 2014, Alicante, Spain.

Professional Memberships

  • Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association (POCLA)
  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers (ARDL)
  • United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (UKELA)
  • Fraud Lawyers Association (FLA)
  • Financial Services Lawyers Association (FSLA)
  • Member of the Criminal Bar Association
  • Member of the South Eastern Circuit