Paul Fisher’s experience spans Chambers’ core practice areas at the commercial end of the spectrum, with a particular focus on construction, international arbitration and professional liability.
Paul also has a thriving public law practice. His work is advocacy-heavy, 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 Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Home Office, Ministry of Justice, Environment Agency and the Department for Communities and Local Government. This includes judicial review and applications for interim relief in cases relating to alleged unlawful detention, human trafficking and unlawful deportation as well as the lawfulness of sanctions regimes.
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 is a busy junior advocate with plenty of experience acting as sole counsel and with silks. Notable recent cases include:
- A series of hearings before the High Court in which Paul successfully obtained freezing orders in respect of commercial debts arising from the largest private prosecution in British legal history (Mirchandani -and- (1) Gheewala (2) Augusta Ventures Ltd  EWHC 1742 (QB));
- A number of cladding cases in which Paul acts for claimants and defendants in actions arising out of investigations instigated following the tragic Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017. This includes a case arising out of the significant Media City UK development in Salford, in which Paul acts for one of the defendants (led by Sian Mirchandani QC);
- Proceedings before the Qatar Civil and Commercial Court for enforcement of performance/advance payment bonds (Obayashi Qatar LLC v Qatar First Bank LLC (Public)  QIC (F) 5) and in a trial concerned with a debt owed for the supply and installation of ATMs in Doha for a major Qatari bank (Protech Solutions LLC v Qatar Islamic Bank QPSC  QIF (F) 14).
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 abroad on advocacy and the English legal system. Paul also has Russian language skills and has experience of legal issues surrounding significant infrastructure projects arising out of the CIS.
For more details about Paul’s work in respect of each of his practice areas, please refer to the relevant headings below.