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Paul Parker

Call: 1986

“Excellent at pleadings”, “very diligent, very thorough and offers detailed forensic analysis. He is very good at intricate legal arguments” (Chambers & Partners 2015) and “consistently well thought of,” Paul Parker is recognised as a leading recommended junior in the fields of professional negligence and professional discipline. Legal Week has reported Paul to be “fantastic with clients and you get excellent advocacy every time”. And “great fun to work with” as well! The Legal 500 has time and again over recent years listed him amongst its highly regarded juniors and Paul has also been selected for inclusion in the Legal Business publication Legal Experts in the field of professional indemnity litigation every year since 2001.

Paul is a specialist in professional liability claims involving accountants, financial services professionals, lawyers, insurance brokers and construction professionals. He advises on professional regulatory matters and has substantial experience of appearing before disciplinary tribunals and in the higher courts on appeal. He does a variety of general commercial and chancery commercial work, with particular emphasis on insurance law.

Paul relishes the challenge of advocacy and is known for his tenacity, working hard to attain the trial barrister’s ideal: complete mastery of a brief, control of the evidence and the ear of the court. He revels in difficult cases where there are obstinate witnesses or dogmatic experts to be cracked.

In a climate in which mediation has become the dispute resolution method of first choice, Paul has developed a considerable level of experience, guiding lay and professional clients through the mediation process, drafting mediation position papers, devising negotiation strategies and handling mediation advocacy.

Paul is a former editor of the PNBA Professional Negligence Law Review and has edited and written chapters on solicitors, appeals and IT professionals for Jackson & Powell: Professional Liability Precedents (Sweet & Maxwell, looseleaf).

He is a member of COMBAR, LCLCBA, the ChBA and the PNBA (having served on its executive committee for many years). He is an ex-chairman of governors at a school in Oxfordshire, and is the current vice-chairman of an Oxford charitable trust.

Paul’s languages include Serbian and French.


M.A. (Cantab.)


Serbian and French.