Paul Wright acts as an advocate, arbitrator, expert witness and an expert in expert determinations
Paul has a broad-based practice, involving all the main areas of commercial work and administrative law. He is regularly involved in international commercial arbitrations, including under the LCIA and ICC rules, as advocate and arbitrator.
Paul has considerable experience of advising on the implications of the sanctions legislation in the UK and the UK’s overseas territories. His cases include advising various English and EU companies on the sanctions implications for proposed SPAs, advising on the sanctions implications for a company’s Russian subsidiaries, advising an investor on the effect of sanctions on a proposed receivables purchase agreement, and advising various English and EU companies on the implications for divestment of their Russian assets. He has also advised a number of solicitors firms on the effects of sanctions on aspects of their practices.
Given his extensive and varied experience, he is highly sought after for his advocacy and case management expertise in both the High Court and Arbitration forums, often acting along with lawyers from other jurisdictions for international clients. He has been instructed by Austrian lawyers as the lead advocate in a heavy LCIA arbitration acting for insurers, which involved cross examining experts on complicated technical matters and which has been commended as being “stylish and effective”. He has also worked with Canadian lawyers in a heavy ICC arbitration for a large Chinese company.
He has recently acted for insurers on English law questions relating to claims in the Swiss courts and has a strong background in Insurance matters generally, both advisory and litigious.
He has significant experience in civil fraud and asset tracing which have involved High Court litigation as sole counsel. Paul also has experience of anti-suit injunctions, both in relation to arbitrations and court proceedings.
Paul has considerable experience of acting in proceedings in many jurisdictions, including Jersey, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, Switzerland and the Isle of Man. In particular he has been heavily involved in enforcement actions in offshore jurisdictions against trusts set up by judgment debtors. He is also a member of the Cayman Islands Bar.
He also has experience in Russian-related litigation, including fraud claims. Furthermore, Paul has acted in three high-profile cases before the European Court of Human Rights in claims brought by Yukos, Georgia and Ukraine.
He has advised on and acted in relation to a number of banking and financial services matters, including advising on securitisation schemes and private equity disputes so is well placed to handle disputes involving complex financial instruments.
Paul also has considerable expertise in large-scale IT cases, acting for a number of large corporate clients.
Qualifications and prizes
LLB Law - Class 1 (top of year)
Inner Temple - Major Scholar
Pegasus Scholarship - Inner Temple
He has spoken at seminars on a number of topics, including trust busting, gross negligence in commercial contracts, civil fraud claims, tracing, IT disputes, the Data Protection Act and the Financial Services Act.
Called to the Cayman Islands Bar