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 to the UK Houses of Parliament.

Paul joined DLA Piper from the House of Lords in April 2017 as the firm’s 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 took over as UK Head of Government Affairs from Lord Clement-Jones CBE. He provides clients with strategic policy advice and strategies for influencing outcomes in Whitehall and Westminster, combining his and the wider government affairs team’s political insights and networks with the regulatory expertise of the firm’s sector specialists. The UK government affairs team is part of an inter-connected global government affairs offering within DLA Piper, with centres in Brussels and Washington DC.

Paul holds the qualification of practicing 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.