Paul originally worked in the NSW Public Sector where he obtained a Public Administration Certificate from Sydney Technical College in 1976. In 1977 he commenced Law studies by external study (correspondence) at Macquarie University while working in management and administration roles within various NSW public sector departments. Paul was admitted as a Barrister in 1983 while employed by the State Electoral Office.
His public sector work as a solicitor within the Police Service included instructing Barristers in the Blackburn and Wood Royal Commissions. Paul also acted on behalf of Police in Section 19 enquiries conducted by the NSW Ombudsman. This required him to travel around New South Wales to appear on behalf of Police who were being investigated by the Ombudsman.
Paul continued his studies and in 1988 obtained a Graduate Diploma in Public Sector Management. In 1988 he was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW and in 2009 he was also admitted as a solicitor of the High Court of Australia.
In 1997, Paul began the practice originally known as Paul Burgess Legal Services in Panania, while teaching part-time at various TAFE colleges in the Sydney Metropolitan are in Real Estate, Conveyancing and Commercial Law. The firm has operated continuously in the Panania, Picnic Point and East Hills area since that time. In 2013 the name of the firm changed to Burgess Legal Pty Ltd and has continued to grow into the busy law practice it is today.
Burgess Legal has won a number of local business awards over the years including Business of the Year in the 2013 Bankstown Business Awards. In that year Paul also won Businessperson of the year. This was seen as a testament to the hard work of Paul and the staff at Burgess Legal and the care and quality service that they delivered to their clients over many years.
Paul has extensive experience in family law; criminal law; traffic and drink drive matters; court litigation and disputes; loans and mortgages; probate and estates; wills, powers of attorney and appointments of enduring guardianship; contract reviews including retirement village, residential and commercial property contracts; conveyancing and leasing.
Paul always seeks to ensure that his clients fully understand the legal processes and available options open to them so that they have total confidence in taking a particular course of action.
Keeping up to date with changes in the law and related processes is a top priority with Paul which he achieves by participating in legal education programmes conducted each year by the Blue Mountains and the Inner West Law Societies.
Paul also has an excellent reputation in the local area for being an ideal conveyancing solicitor, always ensuring that his clients receive the best possible outcome during an often very stressful time. Local real estate agents also attest to the fact he is extremely thorough, and his concern is always for his clients.
Over the years Paul has also shown his willingness to assist his clients and their families by often arranging to meet with them at after hours and weekend appointments if this can facilitate their ongoing matter and achieve the best possible outcome.
As well as operating a very busy Law practice, Paul is or has been actively involved in a number of local community associations including:
- President of the Bankstown Bi-Centenary Youth Foundation
- General Secretary of Canterbury Bankstown Tennis Association
- Solicitor of NSW Hardcourt Tennis Association
- Chairperson of Tennis Sydney
- Board member of Radio Station 100.9FM
- Radio presenter on 90.1FM and 100.9FM
- Chair of the Tennis Disciplinary Tribunal