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. He is no stranger to disputes with an international angle.

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 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 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. He has a broad experience of institutional rules, including 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 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 [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. He has a basic command of the Russian language.

For more details 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 work is informed by his breadth of experience in commercial professional negligence actions against auditors and IFA’s, his work in international dispute resolution, his experience of disputes  arising from the energy sector and frequent involvement in joint venture disputes.

His experience includes:

  • 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;
  • Advising on the application of the Consumer Credit Act to standard form trade and credit hire agreements;
  • Advising in joint venture disputes, including the operation and scope of joint venture agreements;
  • Advising and acting in a major dispute arising from the construction of a gas processing plant in the middle east;
  • Advising and acting in a dispute concerned with the scope and operation of a settlement agreement in the gas and oil sector in the middle east;
  • Advising and acting in proceedings before the Qatar Financial Centre Civil and Commercial Court
  • Acting for a well-known alcohol brand in respect of disputes arising under retail trade and sponsorship agreements;
  • Advising in FRC proceedings brought against the Directors of a major UK building society;
  • 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.
  • Experience of acting in Henderson v Henderson / res judicata strike out and summary judgment applications following accepted final decisions by FOS.
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 relation to 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.
Banking and Financial Services
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Financial services disputes have formed a large part of Paul’s work to date. He has undertaken work with the Financial Conduct Authority and has extensive experience of disputes arising from the sale of complex financial products:

  • Advising and acting in negligence actions brought against IFAs;
  • Advising in respect of FRC disciplinary proceedings brought against the directors of a major UK building society;
  • Experience of a section 166 Skilled Person Review pursuant to the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 relating to the mis-sale of Interest Rate Hedging Products by major high street banks.
  • Advising and acting in Henderson v Henderson/ res judicata-type strike out applications arising out of accepted final decisions by FOS.

 

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;
  • Advising in a subcontractor claim relating to a hospital in Doha, State of Qatar.
  • Frequently advising on the operating and scope of joint venture agreements in the construction context.

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 with experience of ICC, DIAC and QICCA institutional rules.

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;
  • A DIAC arbitration worth over $US 20 million relating to a processing facility in Iraq;
  • 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;
  • A number of subcontractor and supplier disputes before the Qatar International Centre for Conciliation and Arbitration (QICCA);
  • Frequently advising on the application of  staged/multi-tiered disputes clauses within the context of international arbitration.
Public Law
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Paul has a growing practice in public law with experience of acting for and against public entities both in a led capacity and as sole counsel.

He has experience of Judicial Review and 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, including  the Ministry of Defence and the Lord Chancellor (for the decision to remove certain categories of prison law case from the scope of legal aid).

Paul frequently writes on topics of constitutional interest. Originally from Cardiff, Paul has written  extensively on the development of a Welsh jurisdiction and the devolution settlement. He was a part-time lecturer in constitutional law at St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford and has written for publications such as the Washington Post, Independent and Kyiv Post on questions of constitutional law throughout Europe.

His international practice means that he has been called upon to advise on the application of umbrella clauses in investor-state disputes.

Insurance
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Paul has extensive experience of acting for insurers and reinsurers in coverage disputes, with a particular knowledge of disputes arising within the professional indemnity context.

His  experience includes:

  • Frequently acting for PI insurers and advising on the terms and operation of PI policies within the context of professional liability claims;
  • Advising and acting for legal expense and ATE insurers.
  • Advising and acting for insurers declining cover on grounds that proper and timely notification has not been rendered by the insured.
  • Advising on the application of principles of aggregation to insurance claims.
  • Actions against insured parties for unpaid premiums.

Paul has also written extensively on insurance and re-insurance related topics.

Costs
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Paul has extensive experience of costs disputes, including:

  • Advising on the scope and operation of Conditional Fee Agreements;
  • Advising and acting in cases engaging the 2013 Jackson Reforms, including the introduction of costs budgeting;
  • Advising on the application of the principle of neutrality for interveners in judicial review proceedings.
  • A costs hearing before a Circuit Judge arising out of facts from MRH v The County Court sitting at Manchester [2015] EWHC 1795 (Admin);
  • Advising and acting in detailed assessments before  costs officers;
  • Advising and acting in a case that concerned the recovery of professional fees by a firm acting as a litigant-in-person (application of the ‘Chorley Principle’ );
  • Advising and acting in a detailed assessment before the Registrar of the Qatar International Court;
  • Advising on the scope and operation of ATE policies

Paul has written on costs issues such as the pre-Jackson principles surrounding ATE recovery (‘After the event: a premium on justice – Hawksford Trustees Jersey Ltd v Stella Global UK Ltd [2012] EWCA Civ 987 C.J.Q. 2013, 32(1), 27-32) and the utilisation of the indemnity basis as a means to support pro bono legal advice and representation (No such thing as a free lunch? N.L.J. 2012, 162(7527), 1068)

Sports Law
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Paul has a growing practice in sports law. He advised  a Premier League club in a claim brought by a former player for an allegedly negligent injury misdiagnosis by the team physiotherapist. Paul also frequently acts on a pro bono basis for sportsmen and women who find themselves subject to suspensions and bans under the WADA Code. He has experience of acting for  rugby and hockey players appealing adverse decisions by UKAD before the National Anti-Doping Panel.

 

Qualifications & Memberships

Memberships

COMBAR, PNBA, TECBAR

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.

Publications

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