Paul Fisher’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.
Paul is no stranger to disputes with an international angle. Outside of the UK, he has particular expertise in projects within the Middle East and the CIS/Central Asia.
He has an advocacy-heavy practice complemented by the fact that he serves as Counsel on the Attorney General’s Civil Panel (C Panel). In this capacity he frequently acts for and advises various government bodies, including the Home Office, Ministry of Justice, Environment Agency and the Department for Communities and Local Government. His work has included judicial reviews and applications for interim relief in cases relating to alleged unlawful detention, human trafficking and unlawful deportation.
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, IFAs, surveyors, solicitors, barristers, engineers and construction professionals. Significant cases include:
- An LCIA arbitration worth in excess of £50 million concerning a dispute under a Contractor All Risk insurance policy (led by Roger Stewart QC);
- An action brought in the TCC by two universities for the provision of allegedly negligent advice on EU and national procurement rules (led by Patrick Lawrence QC);
- a Commercial Court claim brought by a Cypriot entity for sums purportedly loaned on the basis of an allegedly negligent valuation of the Royal Mint premises in London (purportedly worth £18 million) (led by Sian Mirchandani)
- a professional negligence claim against a major UK auditor purportedly worth £1.6 billion;
- a dispute relating to linked property transactions in which a former Irish Taoiseach had an investment.
Paul also has a breadth of experience in financial regulation/banking 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 on disputes across the region – including in Iraq, Lebanon, Qatar, Oman and the UAE. Paul also has experience of advising on construction contracts within the context of English law in the Middle East and Central Asia, including Qatar, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.
He has a broad experience of institutional rules, including LCIA, DIAC, ICC and QICCA and his work includes:
- A dispute purportedly worth $US 90 million, relating to the construction of a major processing plant in the Middle East;
- A claim purportedly worth in excess of $US20 million relating to the construction of an immersed tunnel in Scandinavia;
- A DIAC arbitration worth over $US 20 million relating to a processing facility in Iraq
- 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  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’s work as a C Panel advocate on the Attorney General’s list, means that he is frequently instructed in cases concerned with unlawful detention, ‘reasonable grounds’ trafficking and deportation. He also advises and acts for the government in a wide array of civil and commercial cases.
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. He speaks conversational Russian.
For more details about Paul’s work in respect of each of his practice areas, please refer to the relevant headings below.