Paul’s experience spans Chambers’ core practice areas at the commercial end of the spectrum with a particular focus on professional liability, construction and international arbitration.

His professional liability experience is in line with Chambers’ expertise in this field. Being advocacy-heavy and entailing fact-sensitive disputes, it informs his approach to a great deal of his work. He has been instructed for claimants and defendants in claims involving auditors, accountants, surveyors, solicitors, barristers, engineers and construction professionals. Significant cases include a claim against a major UK auditor (purportedly worth £1.6 billion) and a dispute relating to linked property transactions in which a former Irish Taoiseach had an investment.

Paul also has a breadth of experience in insurance, financial regulation and arbitral disputes with an international focus.

Having spent two years working for a leading law firm in the Middle East he gained extensive experience of civil code practice and international arbitration, with an acute focus on major energy, infrastructural and construction disputes in the region. He has worked throughout the region – including in Lebanon, Qatar, Oman and the UAE. His work includes:

  • A dispute purportedly worth $US 90 million, relating to the construction of a major processing plant in the Middle East;
  • ICC arbitrations relating to two major international airports in the Persian Gulf;
  • An ICC arbitral dispute relating to a US military airbase in the Middle East.

He is a busy junior advocate and is confident being led or acting as sole counsel. For example, he acted as sole counsel for an intervener in the case of MRH v The County Court sitting at Manchester [2015] EWHC 1795 (Admin), which involved the judicial review of a  county court judgment making a finding of fraud and dishonesty in respect of third parties.  His public law work has also included working as part of a team in a major review of claims brought against the Ministry of Defence as well as of the decision of the Lord Chancellor to remove certain categories of prison law case from the scope of legal aid.

Paul has acted on a pro bono basis in sports arbitrations relating to anti-doping offences under the WADA Code.

Paul frequently writes for publications throughout England and the Middle East on matters pertaining to his main areas of practice. He provides seminars and talks tailored to the needs of individual firms and has given lectures on the English legal system in Moscow.

For more detail about Paul’s work in respect of each of his practice areas, please refer to the relevant headings below.

Areas of Expertise

Commercial
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Paul has significant experience of general commercial actions having acted for both claimants and defendants. His experience includes:

  • Acting for a well-known alcohol brand in respect of disputes arising under retail trade and sponsorship agreements;
  • Advising on the application of the Consumer Credit Act to standard form trade and credit hire agreements;
  • Instructed as part of a counsel team in respect of the highly publicised Cattles v PWC litigation – an auditors negligence claim purportedly worth £1.6 billion;
  • Acting for a London-based school of etiquette in defence of a claim brought on behalf of the wives of a group of Nigerian Governors.
Professional Liability
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Paul has a wealth of experience when it comes to professional liability claims, having advised and acted in claims involving auditors, accountants, surveyors, solicitors, barristers, engineers and construction professionals. He has acted for both Claimants and Defendants:

  •  Instructed as part of a counsel team in respect of the highly publicized Cattles v PWC litigation – an auditors negligence claim purportedly worth £1.6 billion.
  • Instructed in a solicitors negligence dispute relating to linked buy-to-let conveyancing transactions in respect of the Car Mills development in Leeds, in which the former Irish Taoiseach had an investment (Led by George Spalton).

More generally, his experience includes:

  • Claims against solicitors for allegedly negligent advice relating to Part 36 of the CPR and Gibbons v Manchester CC;
  • Claims against solicitors for the allegedly negligent conveyance of land;
  • Advising in respect of solicitors negligence actions concerning money laundering obligations and breach of warranty of authority.
  • Acting in respect of negligence actions against solicitors concerning the application of White v Jones-type actions.
  • Claims against solicitors for their alleged negligence and/or breach of contract in the drafting of a Tomlin Order;
  • Claims against surveyors for negligent valuations and regarding the application of the SAAMCO Cap;
  • Claims against Barristers for the negligent provision of advice;
  • Claims against accountants in respect of tax minimizing schemes that fail to produce the advertised tax advantageous outcomes.
Financial Services
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Paul has previously worked with the Financial Conduct Authority and undertaken a section 166 Skilled Person Review relating to the mis-sale of Interest Rate Hedging Products by major high street banks.

He also has experience of FRC disciplinary proceedings in respect of senior officers in a well-known building society.

Construction
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Paul has extensive experience of construction-related litigation and arbitration. His experience includes disputes arising from major infrastructural projects in the UK and the Middle East encompassing complex claims for prolongation costs, extensions of time, variation and unlawful termination.

He has experience of advising and acting in disputes relating to all the major contract suites, including FIDIC and NEC. He also has experience of the civil codes of Qatar, the UAE and Bahrain in the context of construction disputes and working throughout the Persian Gulf and the Sultanate of Oman.

  • A trial in the Technology and Construction Court concerning the installation of an industrial ventilation system at a battery sub-station in Leighton Buzzard. Paul successfully defended a sub-contractor from a counterclaim alleging breach of duties in failing to ensure that the system provided conditioning within a certain temperature range;
  • An ICC Arbitration relating to works undertaken at an airbase in the Middle East;
  • An ICC Arbitration  with an Omani seat concerning a major airport in the Middle East.
  • An ICC arbitration with a Qatari seat relating to a major airport in the Middle East.
  • Advising in an ICC arbitration in respect of a major energy plant in the Middle East.
  • Advising on contractual termination within the construction context pursuant to the Qatari Civil Code;
  • Assisting with a claim concerning fit out works to residential units in the City of London;
  • Assisting in respect of a claim against multiple parties arising from property damage sustained due to poor quality foundational work and/or design and/or geotechnical advice;
  • Assisting in respect of a claim for costs and delay arising from a major transport and infrastructural project in England;
  • Assisting in respect of a claim for costs and delay arising from a compensation event pursuant to the NEC3 Standard Form contract relating to a transport and infrastructural project in England.

Paul frequently writes on points of legal interest for construction lawyers and professionals for publications in the UK and in the Middle East.

International Arbitration
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Paul has a developing international arbitration practice, focussed on major infrastructural and construction projects in the Middle East.

He spent a year working for one of the leading law firms in the Middle East dealing primarily with arbitrations arising throughout the region, which took him to Lebanon, Oman, the UAE and Qatar. During that time he gained acute experience of the civil codes of the region.

His experience includes:

  • An ICC Arbitration with a London seat concerning a $US 90 million dispute arising from the construction of a major processing plant in the Middle East.
  • An ICC Arbitration relating to works undertaken at a major US airbase in the Middle East;
  • Two ICC Arbitrations relating to the construction of two international airports in the Persian Gulf;
Public Law
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Paul has a growing practice in public law.

He acted as sole counsel for an intervener before the Divisional Court in the case of MRH v The County Court sitting at Manchester [2015] EWHC 1795 (Admin), which involved the judicial review of a  county court judgment making a finding of fraud and dishonesty in respect of third parties.

He has also been instructed as part of a counsel team in respect of the review of claims brought against various government entities:

(i) the Ministry of Defence;

(ii) the Lord Chancellor for their decision to remove certain categories of prison law case from the scope of legal aid.

Paul has written  extensively on the question of the development of a new Welsh jurisdiction and the development of the devolution settlement.

He was a part-time lecturer in constitutional law at St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford.

Qualifications & Memberships

Memberships

COMBAR, PNBA, SCL, SCL(Gulf),

Education

Paul read law at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford where he obtained a first class degree and was awarded a David Blank Scholarship. At the same institution Paul achieved a distinction on the BCL studying with the benefit of a graduate scholarship. Throughout this time Paul received various university prizes including for his performance in Competition, Labour and EU Constitutional law. Having studied the BPTC at Cardiff University (graded Outstanding) Paul was called to the Bar at Middle Temple where he is an Astbury Scholar and a Lechmere Essay Prize winner. In 2012 he was awarded the Access to Justice Foundation Student Essay Prize. Paul has served as a part-time Lecturer at St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford teaching the law of contract and constitutional law.

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