Paul Hardy has over 25 years' experience working as a lawyer and policy adviser, including working in the European Commission in Brussels and as the senior EU Legal Adviser in the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

Paul joined DLA Piper in April 2017 as Brexit Director. He advises businesses, public sector organisations and States on the implications of Brexit and how best to manage them, and works with our sector specialists worldwide. His professional background makes him uniquely placed to navigate clients through the complexities of the post-Brexit domestic and cross-border regulatory environment, and to understand the new opportunities and risks that will arise for clients under trade agreements.

In April 2020, Paul assumed the role of UK Head of Government Affairs from Lord Clement-Jones, providing clients with strategic policy advice and engagement strategies for influencing outcomes in Whitehall and Westminster. The service offered by DLA Piper is different from traditional government affairs services in that it is backed up by the specialist legal and sectoral knowledge of a global business law firm. It is the unique combination of political insight and regulatory experience that adds value for our clients. The UK team is part of a wider global government affairs offering, with centres in Brussels and Washington DC.

Paul is a barrister and also remains a door tenant at specialist EU and administrative law barristers' chambers in London, Francis Taylor Building, where he last practiced as a self-employed member of the Bar.