Paul is an experienced junior barrister practising across a wide range of commercial disputes. He is praised as ...completely on top of his game in terms of knowing the law and being able to give commercial user-friendly advice”... by Chambers UK 2015.

He appears regularly in the High Court (mainly the Commercial and Mercantile Courts) and in domestic and international arbitrations. Paul has also twice appeared in the Court of Appeal as sole counsel in addition to a number of other appearances alongside a leader.

Paul has particular expertise in shipping and maritime law in all its aspects, commodities, shipbuilding, energy and insurance disputes. He also has significant experience of procedural issues commonly arising in commercial litigation, including seeking and resisting injunctive relief (e.g. freezing, anti-suit and asset disclosure orders) and jurisdictional challenges (both in Court and arbitration).

He is recommended in the field of International Trade and Commodities by Who’s Who Legal: UK Bar, Commodities and Shipping by the Legal 500 and Shipping and Commodities by Chambers UK, who have recognised in recent years his particular expertise in piracy, shipbroking, charterparty and marine insurance disputes. His significant experience of working for Chinese clients is reflected by his recommendation for Shipping by the Legal 500 in its Asia Pacific rankings.

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Areas of Practice

  • Year Qualified



    BA (1st Class), BCL (Distinction) (Oxon) Eldon Scholar (Oxford University) (2003)
    Bedingfield Scholar (Gray's Inn) (2002)
    Joint Winner of Allen & Overy Prize for Corporate Insolvency (BCL, Oxford University) (2002)
    Joint Winner of Gibbs Prize (Oxford University) (1999)


    Supporting Member of LMAA