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 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 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  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.