Paul Laverty was born in Calcutta, India, to an Irish mother and Scottish father. He obtained a Philosophy degree at the Gregorian University in Rome. Thereafter he obtained a law degree at Strathclyde Law School, in Glasgow. During the mid-eighties worked for a Nicaraguan domestic human rights organisation.
He has written the screenplays for several full length feature films directed by Ken Loach: including Sweet Sixteen (2002) â€“ winner of Best Original Screenplay at Cannes, The Wind That Shakes the Barley (2006) â€“ winner of the Palme dâ€™Or at Cannes and Itâ€™s A Free World (2007) â€“ winner of Best Original Screenplay at Venice Film Festival.