Paul is recommended in the legal directories for competition law, public law, financial services, public international law, EU law and civil liberties and human rights. The latest edition of Legal 500 reports: "Paul is extremely bright and is excellent at developing strategic advice for clients. His drafting is also very good. He is calm, capable, and incisive in court"; "He has an incredible strength for honing in on the detail early on""A diligent and conscientious advocate, great to work with""Brilliant attention to detail"; and "One of the most talented junior barristers I have ever worked with... there is no question that he will go all the way to being a top silk. He has all the attributes."  Recent editions of Chambers and Partners report: "He is level-headed and exceptionally clever; a rising star..." (2021); "an incredibly safe pair of hands. He is intelligent, strategic, creative.." (2020) "He has an incredible intellect and gets straight to the heart of matters"; and "He is calm, clear, creative, fiercely intelligent and isn't afraid to push boundaries" (2019).

Paul is regularly instructed in high profile commercial and public law cases and has appeared unled in the Court of Appeal and before the Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice of the European Union. He has been appointed to the Attorney General’s B Panel and the Public International Law B Panel.

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Commercial

Paul has experience of a range of commercial litigation including shareholder disputes, damages claims arising out of breach of competition law, banking contracts, professional negligence, commercial fraud, applications for freezing orders, and claims for injunctive relief to protect confidential information.

His recent work has included cases across a range of sectors, including financial services, aviation, energy, and hotels.

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Public & Regulatory

Paul has a wide ranging public law practice. He acts for claimants and defendants, including individuals, companies, regulators, and the government. 

Paul is on the Attorney General’s B Panel and was an editor for the journal Judicial Review from 2013 to 2016.

His public law experience includes cases where there is overlap with competition law, including challenges to merger decisions and competition issues arising in a regulatory context in the utilities and telecoms sectors.

Comments in the legal directories include: "He has an incredible strength for honing in on the detail early on and following it through to completion" (Legal 500, 2021); "‘Excellent for mapping out the strategy in a dispute" (Legal 500, 2020).

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EU & Competition

Paul’s competition law experience includes damages claims for breach of UK and EU competition law, challenges to merger decisions, and competition issues arising in a regulatory context in the utilities and telecoms sectors.

He has been instructed in some of the largest competition damages claims before the UK courts and appeared as sole advocate for the UK in infraction proceedings before the Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

Paul is recommended for EU and competition law in Chambers and Partners and Legal 500. Comments include: "‘One of the most talented junior barristers I have ever worked with... there is no question that he will go all the way to being a top silk. He has all the attributes... An outstanding all-rounder"; "Paul is extremely bright and is excellent at developing strategic advice for clients. His drafting is also very good. He is calm, capable and incisive in court" (Legal 500, 2021);  "Paul is an excellent junior" (Chambers and Partners, 2021); "Excellent at mapping out the strategy for any dispute"; "His oral submissions are persuasive" (Legal 500, 2020).

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Public International Law

Paul's public international law experience includes cases concerning state immunity, diplomatic immunity, international humanitarian law, and the status of Non-Self-Governing Territories. He has been appointed to the Attorney General’s Public International Law B Panel. In addition to the UK Government, Paul has acted for companies, individuals, international organisations such as UNHCR, and other States.

Comments in the legal directories include: "Has a deep knowledge of public international law and his drafting is first class" (Legal 500, 2019); "Extremely capable and knowledgeable in the field of state immunity" (Legal 500, 2020); "A diligent and conscientious advocate, great to work with and possesses excellent drafting skills" (Legal 500, 2021).

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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Paul has a wide ranging human rights practice, including claims where there is a considerable overlap with public international law. He also has particular experience in cases involving human trafficking.

Paul’s clients include individuals, NGOs, and public interest groups. His recent work has included cases before the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Court of Justice of the European Union, and European Court of Human Rights.

Paul is recommended in both Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 for civil liberties and human rights. Comments include: "Very bright, with an eye for legal points that others could miss" (Legal 500, 2020); "He is destined for really great things. He has an incredible intellect and gets straight to the heart of matters"; "He is calm, clear, creative, fiercely intelligent and isn't afraid to push boundaries" (Chambers and Partners, 2019); "an incredibly safe pair of hands. He is intelligent, strategic, creative and not put off by a challenge" (Chambers and Partners, 2020); ""He is level-headed and exceptionally clever; a rising star in human rights" (Chambers and Partners, 2021); ‘Brilliant attention to detail and produces thorough, well researched and presented drafting" (Legal 500, 2021).

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Financial Services

Paul has acted both for and against financial services regulators, including the UK Financial Conduct Authority, the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission, and the European Securities and Markets Authority. 

In addition to contentious and advisory work in the regulatory context, Paul has considerable experience of commercial litigation in the financial services sector.

Comments in the legal directories include: "he has great experience in financial services law" (Legal 500, 2021); "He has been involved in some of the highest profile FCA cases to date and his knowledge of the authority's enforcement process is second to none" (Legal 500, 2020); "He consistently stuns me with his intellectual acumen, common sense and strategic thinking" (Legal 500, 2019).

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Arbitration

Paul is regularly instructed in domestic and international arbitrations.

His recent work has included cases in diverse sectors (including financial services, aviation, and energy) involving various types of claim (including breach of fiduciary duty, competition law, and unjust enrichment). 

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Sanctions

Paul's expertise in public international law, EU law, public law, and human rights makes him well placed to advise on international sanctions.

He has worked on proceedings involving alleged breach of UN sanctions and, in the domestic context, is familiar with the new OFSI financial penalties regime.

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Achievements

Education

BA in History and Politics (Oxon): Double First & top of year; MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History (Cantab); Graduate Diploma in Law (City): Distinction; Bar Vocational Course (BPP): Outstanding.

Paul’s MPhil dissertation, for which he received a Distinction, examined whether there are universal concepts of human rights or crimes against humanity that legitimise humanitarian intervention.

Prizes & Scholarships

After finishing top of his year at Oxford University, Paul was awarded the Gibbs Proxime Accessit Prize in Politics, a Book Prize for History, and a Wadham College Prize.

Appointments

  • Attorney General’s B Panel
  • Attorney General’s Public International Law C Panel

Memberships

  • Commercial Bar Association
  • Administrative Law Bar Association
  • Bar European Group
  • Human Rights Lawyers Association
  • Financial Services Lawyers Association

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