Paul has extensive experience in contractual and chancery matters covering a wide range of matters such as breach of contract, shareholder disputes, partnership disputes, breach of commercial leases, bankruptcy and winding up petitions, agency and franchise agreements, breach of trust and fraud and judgement debt enforcement proceedings. He has advised and appeared in courts at all levels and in the specialist courts including actions concerning:
Paul’s practise in this area is underpinned by his extensive engineering qualifications and experience gained in projects covering design, build construction and commissioning of major industrial projects involving major players in the engineering field. He has wide experience in drafting and negotiating UK and international commercial and trade contracts on projects with values ranging from a few tens of thousands up to multimillion pound schemes using model and bespoke forms of contract.
Paul’s commercial acumen is coupled with practical knowledge gained from years of onsite experience. His multidisciplinary engineering background ideally places him to assist clients in quickly determining relevant technical issues and the identification and instruction of experts from a range of disciplines. Paul has extensive pre-bar dispute resolution experience in these sectors having been involved in settling a number of high value claims; e.g. re nuclear plant equipment damaged in transit, a Multiparty claim on a nuclear plant retrofit project, claims in connection with a substantial PPI funded underground rail project.
Paul has excellent team player attributes and was involved in a multimillion pound claim between a UK Government department and a Consultancy Prime Contractor which was reduced after negotiations to a £6m claim determined by a QC sitting as an Expert Determiner. Since coming to the bar he has represented clients in this sector In the County Court and the High Court including a recent 11 day trial in the Technology and Construction Court involving multiple parties and multiple party appointed and joint experts. He has advised and represented clients in matters including:
Paul has wide experience in intellectual property and related rights advising and representing clients on trademark, copyright, design right, passing off, defamation and data protection issues including contractual matters covering IP issues. During his IP pupillage he assisted in the high profile litigation re the Harry Potter book ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’. During pupillage he also assisted in trademark infringement proceedings brought by Fred Perry and went on to represent the Defendant clients as sole counsel in a successful application for permission to appeal, as junior counsel in the Appeal and as sole counsel in consequential hearings. His practice in this area has covered matters ranging from advising clients in contentious and non-contentious matters and representing clients before High Court Masters and in the High Court and Court of Appeal on matters including:
Paul has extensive experience in advising on software development and licensing issues as well as hardware technology based disputes. His engineering background facilitates a quick understanding of the technical and design issues involved in cases in this area which greatly assists his clients in obtaining and understanding appropriate Expert Evidence in their disputes.
Paul has many years of pre-bar non-contentious and dispute resolution experience in the regulated industries such as nuclear, oil & gas and rail as well as the high integrity demands in health care, space, food and drink production, vehicle production, government security and data protection projects. Paul has extensive experience in contracts involving software and hardware for safety critical and business critical applications. He has been involved in advising and representing clients (pre and post bar qualification) in matters including: