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Year of Call:  1992 (Bar: 2005)

Paul Joseph Commercial Litigation CV

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Paul Joseph - Commercial Litigation

Year of Call: 2005
Qualified as a Solicitor in 1992


Paul began his career at Wragge & Co in Birmingham and then spent nine years in the commercial litigation department at the firm now known as Squire Paton Boggs.  After 4 years as an attorney at law in the Cayman Islands, he returned to the UK in 2005, transferred to the Bar and joined No 5 Chambers. 

Since then he has developed his practice extensively and has achieved an extremely successful transfer to the Bar.


An “articulate, confident advocate” who attracts praise for his “meticulous attention to detail, and his ability to adopt a clear, reasoned and logical approach to cases” – Legal 500 (2013).

Efficient, knowledgeable and extremely good at dealing with difficult clients” – Legal 500 (2014).

“A former solicitor who has established a solid reputation at the Commercial Bar.  He is recognised for his focus on costs disputes.  He is really well prepared and has an excellent skill for communicating with clients.  He is very approachable and can clearly explain the law and the practicalities with a case.” – Chambers and Partners (2015).  

‘An experienced and diligent advocate.’ – Legal 500 2015

"A very good costs practitioner who brings an air of common sense to proceedings." "He has the ability to digest and understand the case, see our position and direct us to a specific decision or rule." – Chambers UK 2016

“Responsive, communicative, determined, persuasive and balanced.” Legal 500 (2016).

“He’s very good and knows a lot about costs.” Chambers UK 2017.


Paul has always been a commercial litigator.  His cases include:

  • obtaining a search and seizure order for a major client whose confidential information had been unlawfully taken by an employee.
  • advising a company on the termination of a supermarket promotion with a total claim for approximately £1.7 million.
  • acting for a large energy company in a warranty claim for approximately £1.5 million.
  • acting for a major international bank in the tracing and recovery of property located in several different jurisdictions.
  • acting for a major international bank in relation to claims that assets held by it were the proceeds of crime. 
  • advising banks in relation to claims against negligent valuers of properties which were given as security for loans made by those banks.

Tibbles –v- SIG PLC (T/A Asphaltic Roofing Supplies) [2012] EWCA Civ 518 (extent of the discretion to vary or revoke an order pursuant to CPR Part 3.1(7)).

Rangos –v- Secretary of State for Innovation [2012] EWHC 3186 (Ch) (dismissal of an appeal against Costs Master’s decision to award costs against a receiving party notwithstanding that it beat an offer under CPR Part 47.19).

Dennis Rye Limited –v- Bolsover District Council [2009] EWCA Civ 372 (Whether a company facing a winding up petition had a genuine and serious cross claim)

Capes (Hatherden) Ltd –v- Western Arable Services Ltd [2009] EWHC 3065 (QB) (Company issuing court proceedings where it had initially referred claim to arbitration)

G (a child by her mother and litigation friend, M) –v- Kingston upon Hull City Council (Lawtel 01/10/13) (applicability of SCCO guidelines on summary assessment to detailed assessments).

J E Jamaica –v- Secretary of State for the Home Department [2014] EWCA Civ 192 (proper application of CPR Part 52.9A)

Assaubayevs –v- Michael Wilson and Partners Limited [2014] EWHC 821 (QB).


BA and MA Robinson College, Cambridge
Law School: Chester
CEDR Accredited mediator


Attorney General’s B Panel


Paul enjoys music: he plays the violin and has performed in many choirs, both in Birmingham and the Cayman Islands.