Paul has a broadly-based international and domestic business law practice that includes contentious and non-contentious commercial and corporate work. Recent entries in the directories have described him as a "tough opponent" and "unflappable", and judges and opponents alike have commented on his skilful cross-examination.
His recent work has ranged from financial mis-selling claims against regulated entities (typically banks) (SCARPs and interest rate derivatives), competition law relating to industry cartels, commercial fraud, shareholder remedies and company share valuations (breach of mandate). From the introduction of the POCA 2002 he has been known for his work on the AML legislation, particularly its problematic application to international transactions in connection with which he has acted for banks, law firms and individuals. Paul has given evidence on English contract law as an expert witness in proceedings in Canada and in Italy.
He writes regularly for the legal professional publications and is an editor of Atkin's Court Forms and on the Editorial board of Butterworths Corporate Law Service.
Paul has a particular interest in legal problems that arise at the interface between financial regulation and the common law.
Purrunsing v A'Court and Anr  EWHC 789(Ch),  4 WLR 16. A landmark decision in which conveyancers on both sides of a transaction were held liable for breach of trust under a Dubai-based identity fraud and refused relief under the Trustee Act 1925. While both defendants acted honestly they were unable to satisfy the stringent jurisdictional requirements of s. 61 TA 1925. Relief was refused to the vendor's solicitors for failure to comply with their statutory AML obligations.
Swain v Swain plc and Ors.  EWHC 660 (Ch). Paul acted for the claimants in successful claims for conspiracy to alter shareholder rights (by special resolution held to be void) in which an accountant participated, breach of valuation mandate. Damages for conspiracy and award of compensation for breach of mandate. Part of the judge's approach to share valuation was subject of an appeal to the Court of Appeal that was settled following permission to appeal being given by the Court of Appeal.
Hone and Ors. v HMRC and Anr.  EWCA Civ 711,  1 Ch 309,  3 WLR 1676. With Philip Coppel Q.C. (see Chambers' Profile) instructed by Banks Kelly on the successful appeal from  1 Ch 455. Now the leading decision on (i) the correct approach to the assessment of damages on an inquiry on a cross-undertaking given on an injunction that turns out to have been wrongly granted, and (ii) the way in which an injunctor may reasonably be expected to behave in enforcing the injunction.
A successful outcome for the client is more often settlement on satisfactory terms without the need for a decision by the court when both sides' legal advisors can evaluate potential outcomes reasonably clearly. While of their very nature confidential, Paul has recently acted in claims where high value settlements have been achieved for clients in relation to litigation involving: negligence breach of trust/fiduciary duty in relation to lengthy and disastrous litigation; the mis-selling of financial products to part of a major hotel group and several claims for mis-selling of interest rate derivatives to property investment companies; the recovery of private aircraft, and claims for breaches of commercial aircraft leasing agreements.
Paul's advisory work has recently included advising a major UK brand on competition issues relating to pricing and advising companies on horizontal (collusion) and vertical (dominance) issues relating to an industry cartel.
For many years Paul has been ranked as a leading barrister (Commercial Dispute Resolution) by Chambers & Partners and a leading barrister (Commercial Litigation) in the Legal 500. Comments have included:
"He really goes above and beyond..." Chambers & Partners 2016
"Praised for his strong analysis." Legal 500 2015
"He's a very thorough, dogged and determined lawyer who is both inventive and courageous." "He's very conscientious, his attention to detail is excellent, and he thinks outside the box." Chambers & Partners 2015
"A tough opponent in a difficult case" Chambers & Partners 2014
Paul came to the Bar following a career as an Army officer. He read politics at the LSE and law at Magdalene College, Cambridge. He is a member of the Inner Temple and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.