Paul was educated at Rugby and began his career at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. He then worked for the National Trust at Waddesdon Manor, the former Rothschild home near Aylesbury. In 1971 he joined Phillips Auctioneers where he was Vice-President in New York for three years and European Director from 1986-92 which included conducting trilingual auctions in Geneva. He joined Woolley and Wallis as Managing Director in 1995 and became Chairman in 2000. In his career he has taken over 2000 auctions.
Every November for 26 years (1984-2010) Paul conducted the annual Children-in-Need auctions live on Radio 2 with Terry Wogan and others, raising over £5million. He appeared as a specialist on The Antiques Roadshow for twenty years from 1993-2013 and was Chairman of the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers (SOFAA) from 2009-2013. Paul is a Freeman of the City of London and was invested as Master of The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars this May. His interests include sport (especially golf) the First World Poets and the songs of Tom Lehrer.