Paul Chaisty QC



36 Young Street, Manchester, M3 3FT
DX: 718188 MCH 3
Direct Dial: 0161 832 9082


5 Park Square, Leeds, LS1 2NE
Direct Dial: 0113 242 1123


Embassy House, 60 Church Street,
Birmingham, B3 2DJ
Direct Dial: 0121 200 3570

Clerked by:
Colin Griffin


Paul acted in a number of high profile commercial cases involving sports related issues and clients. Acted at first instance and court of appeal for Wayne and Coleen Rooney in connection with agency agreements, West Ham United in respect of claims for damages following the Tevez affair and demotion of a premier league club also acted for West Ham United in respect of claims by former manager and currently acting for high profile football managers. Regularly consulted by premier clubs in respect of commercial interest relating to football activities.

Significant Reported Cases  

Proactive v Wayne Rooney and Coleen Rooney 2011 EWCA 1444 acting at first instance and court of appeal in case involving agents agreements and restraint of trade

Sheffield United v West Ham United an FA arbitration involving substantial damages claims after demotion of Sheffield United out of premier league

Curbishley v West Ham United acting at FA arbitration on claim by former manager for compensation


A leading specialist in chancery and commercial dispute resolution with emphasis on general commercial litigation, business law/disputes, insolvency, partnership disputes ( with emphasis on professional partnerships) and civil fraud. Has appeared at all levels Supreme Court/Privy Council and regularly appears in the Court of Appeal and High Court and in arbitrations. Also regularly appears in the Courts of the BVI at first instance and appellate levels. Very highly regarded for expertise and skills as a trial litigator with a considerable reputation for powers of cross examination, speed of thought and command of detail and overall tactical and strategic advice. Also a full member of Serle Court, Lincoln’s Inn.

Areas of Expertise
  • Chancery and Commercial litigation
  • Commercial Property
  • Company
  • Civil Fraud
  • Insolvency (Corporate and Individual)
  • Partnerships
  • Professional Negligence
  • Sports Law


Listed as one of only 21 QCs as a “star at the bar” Chambers Directory 2015, 2016 and 2017.

"His advocacy skills are second to none. He is incredibly quick and methodical. He cuts through and is able to get to the core of the issues quickly." - Chambers UK 2017

"He has a rare ability that combines great intellect with commercial acumen." "He is seriously good: he gets to the crux of things very, very quickly, he is very sharp in court and he can be ferocious when he needs to be." - Chambers UK 2017

"A great advocate, who is good on paper, very thorough and excellent in every respect." "Determined, dogged and ferocious in cross-examination." - Chambers UK 2017

"He's just world-class and somebody I'd like to have for every single trial. He is so tenacious and on the ball - he never leaves a stone unturned." "He's fantastic, a great advocate, very thorough and great on paper. Excellent in every respect." - Chambers UK 2017

"He is very good in court and is an excellent orator." "He is fantastic - very thorough, and his written work is also excellent." - Chambers UK 2017

"He is excellent in conference, incredibly tenacious and strategic on his feet. He is able to put across very complex issues well and his work on paper is first rate." - Chambers UK 2016

"His skills and strengths are in cross-examination." - Chambers UK 2016

"A formidable opponent." - Chambers UK 2016

"He's very easy to get on with. He's extremely well prepared, and has a good commercial eye for where you and the client want to be. He's also punctual." - Chambers UK 2016

"He is really good on complex, high-value cases - he looks at a case and grasps the issues really quickly." - Chambers UK 2016

"superb at trial, with devastating cross-examination skills" - Chambers UK 2016

“devastating in cross examination”

“intellectually brilliant a ferocious advocate”

“the complete package”

“top-class, commercial and pragmatic and tactically very astute”

“ a very tough advocate yet sympathetic with the client and very user friendly”

“ a fantastic advocate and a lethal cross examiner”

“ an unbelievably effective advocate”

The Legal 500

‘He has an excellent ability to bring round a judge.' - Legal 500 2017

‘He has an innate understanding of what and how much to say.’ Legal 500 2017


COMBAR, Chancery Bar Association, NCCBA and Northern Chancery Bar Association


Deputy High Court Judge authorised to sit in Chancery and Queen’s Bench Division and Mercantile Court. Called to the Bar in the BVI and on ad hoc basis in the Bahamas. Qualified mediator.


LLB ( first class), BCL



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