Paul Fretwell

Paul Fretwell


Head of Personal Injury

61a North Street, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1NB

01243 812405

Practice Area/Department

Personal injury


Solicitor since 1990, Partner at George Ide LLP since 2010


Paul Fretwell is a highly respected and tenacious practitioner with deep expertise in complex, high-value personal injury claims, particularly those involving catastrophic brain injuries, amputations, spinal cord injuries, and life-altering trauma injuries.

With a strong commitment to securing justice for personal injury and accident victims, Paul’s focus extends beyond legal proceedings to maximising quality of life and providing reassurance for his clients and their families.

Guided by empathy and straightforward communication, Paul collaborates closely with rehabilitation professionals to ensure that all necessary support structures are comprehensive and firmly in place. He is not afraid to challenge the rehabilitation process, when necessary, driven by a motivation to give his clients the best possible chance of recovering successfully and as quickly as possible.

His approach as an accredited personal injury solicitor in Chichester blends robust evidence-gathering with a commitment to fostering respectful working relationships, achieving favourable settlements through powerful supporting evidence and skilful negotiation.


Paul is also ranked Band 1 by Chambers and Partners 2024, a testament to his exceptional skills and reputation in the field of personal injury law. Paul has been a Law Society-accredited personal injury specialist solicitor since 1994. He is a Headway panel Solicitor and is accredited by the Association of Personal Lawyers as a brain injury specialist and a senior litigator.

Testimonials from Chambers and Partners 2024

Paul Fretwell is an exceptionally thorough, professional and caring lawyer.”

Paul is brilliant and always goes the extra mile.”

Paul led me on paths that I would never have taken without his advice but that were absolutely valuable to both the case and my personal well-being.”

I have always found Paul to be very knowledgeable about his clients and to have realistic expectations about what his experts can provide.

A major player whose talents are recognised by the insurance industry.” (Chambers Legal Directory 2018)

“[Paul Fretwell is] an excellent practitioner who has great empathy with clients and genuinely goes the extra mile to secure the greatest financial benefits for them.” (Chambers Legal Directory 2019)

He is outstanding. He has great empathy for his clients and the ability to get the best possible results.” (Chambers and Partners 2021)

Additional Testimonials

My son can now look forward to his future. You fought hard for him, believed in him and you succeeded in getting him a life changing compensation. It’s been a hard, long and emotional road. You have both been amazing and we really appreciate everything you have done. Paul, you have been there throughout it all. You have been patient, supportive and so kind. Thank you again and keep fighting for injured people; what you do really matters to people’s lives.

We are so grateful for all your hard work, and the passion with which you fought for him…it has given him a sense of self-worth that someone in your professional position can see what kind of man he is and what he should be awarded. Thank you so much, you have restored our faith in humanity, and we would have no reservations about recommending you to anyone in the future!


As a team, George Ide undertakes difficult, complex and high-value personal injury claims across a variety of specialisms. Our team comprises specialist personal injury solicitors who can offer our clients a comprehensive service for quick and effective resolution. To find out more about our expert team or for further information about the extent of our personal injury services, please contact us directly.

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