Year of Call: 2005
Qualified as a Solicitor in 1992
Paul began his career at Wragge and Co in Birmingham and then spent nine years in the commercial litigation department at Edge Ellison. 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 No5 Barristers’ Chambers.
Since then he has developed his practice extensively and has achieved an extremely successful transfer to the Bar.
Paul will accept instructions on Direct Access.
Paul has a particular interest in contentious commercial insurance disputes. He accepts instructions from insurers wishing to consider avoiding for material misrepresentation or non-disclosure and also from policyholders facing such claims.
Examples of Paul’s cases include:
- Acting for a major Cayman Islands insurer in an arbitration concerning the entitlement of the insurer to avoid a policy covering a hotel for hurricane damage
- Acting for policyholders facing claims to avoid critical illness policies for material misrepresentation and non-disclosure
- Acting for policyholders of critical illness policies whose insurers were refusing to pay claims under those policies
- Acting for an insurer who wished to overturn a settlement it had concluded as a result of a claim which subsequently it had discovered was fraudulent and obtaining an order for exemplary damages in its favour
- Successfully representing a policyholder at a trial to determine whether the insurer had been entitled to avoid a motor policy for material misrepresentation.
"A costs guru who revels in complicated cases." "He is always happy to pick up the phone and give you some helpful advice."
Chambers UK 2022
"In-depth knowledge of the practice area. Ability to give clear and concise straightforward opinions."
Legal 500 2022
“Paul is always very well prepared and knows a lot about the nuts and bolts of costs work.”
Chambers UK 2021
“A hugely experienced and wise costs barrister with strong technical knowledge.”
Legal 500 2021
“Thorough and someone you can put a lot of confidence in. He goes beyond the call of duty in terms of dealing with each case.”
Chambers UK 2020
“He has a grasp of costs work that eludes most members of the Bar.”
Legal 500 2020
“A costs guru who is very thorough and good on difficult points.”
Chambers UK 2019
“A costs specialist.”
Legal 500 2019
Tibbles –v- SIG PLC (T/A Asphaltic Roofing Supplies)  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  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.
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  EWCA Civ 192.
Operation of CPR Part 52.9A.
Assaubayevs –v- Michael Wilson and Partners Limited  EWHC 821 (QB) and  EWCA Civ 1491
Extent of the court’s supervisory jurisdiction over bodies which pretend to be recognised legal bodies.
Rohan Ghising –v- Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWHC 3706 (QB)
Appeal concerning the recoverability of a retrospective success fee.
R (Gudanaviciene) -v- Immigration and Asylum First Tier Tribunal  EWCA Civ 352
Circumstances in which the court will make an order for costs against a Tribunal or inferior court.
AL (Albania) -v- Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 1183
whether or not the Secretary of State had delayed unreasonably.
R (Jawad Faqiri) -v- Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) and Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 151
Attorney General’s Regional Panel (2010 – 2015)
Attorney General’s London B Panel (2015 – present)
BA and MA Robinson College, Cambridge
Law School: Chester
Solicitor 1992 – 2005
Solicitor Advocate (Higher Courts – Civil) 2001 - 2005
CEDR Accredited mediator