AREAS OF EXPERTISE:
Paul is a leading specialist in chancery and commercial litigation across all fields especially commercial disputes, corporate shareholder actions, civil fraud, partnership, banking, sports law and domestic and international arbitrations. Appears at all levels including Supreme Court/Privy Council, Court of Appeal, High Court and domestic and international arbitrations and is regularly instructed in litigation abroad including in the BVI, Cayman Islands, Singapore (where he is a registered overseas lawyer), the Isle of Man and in the Bahamas on an ad hoc basis.
A specialist trial lawyer with a strong reputation for tactical advice and ruthless cross-examination Paul regularly acts in connection with freezing injunctions, provisional liquidators and associated interim applications. Rated as “Star of the Bar” since 2015. Deputy High Court Judge in Chancery Division and QBD. Also a full member of Serle Court, Lincoln’s Inn.
Year of Silk: 2001
Paul acts across a range of issues including shareholder disputes and unfair prejudice petitions and equitable winding up, director’s duties, director disqualification, corporate liquidations. Currently acting in respect of a number of trials in the BVI concerning major shareholder interests in respect of business interests in China and Hong Kong and also Ukraine. A nominated QC to act on behalf of the Government on winding up cases and director disqualification applications.
Paul has vast experience in all fields of commercial and business disputes including share and asset sale agreements and breach of warranty claims, misfeasance and breach of fiduciary duties, general areas of contract law and in particular claims of misrepresentation fraudulent and otherwise. Advocate across all fields and courts and particular emphasis on trials and also particular interim applications- freezing orders, search orders, security for costs and contested disclosure applications. Regularly advises and acts for professional partnerships and LLPs in respect of general partnership disputes and restrictive covenants and spring board injunctions.
In the area of wills and trusts, Paul has extensive experience in disputes both domestic and international between trustees and beneficiaries, the appointment, removal and replacement of trustees and executors and the administration of trusts and estates. He also has experience in acting for and against trust corporations both in the Courts of England and Wales and in advising in offshore jurisdictions.
Paul undertakes all aspects of drafting, advisory and litigation work in the following areas:
Regularly advices and acts in respect of professional negligence claims against solicitors and accountants. Currently engaged in a number of very high value claims arising out of promotion of and investment in film schemes and in respect of banks mis-selling of financial products.
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.
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
Chambers UK 2023
"Paul is one of the most formidable advocates that I’ve ever seen. Once he gets his teeth into something, he never lets go. He’s incredibly pragmatic and approachable, and clients love him."
"Paul is a demon cross-examiner and a thorough barrister."
"Paul is a very impressive barrister who is immensely prepared."
"Paul Chaisty KC is absolutely brilliant advising in conference and as an advocate. He is able to adapt to court procedures all over the world."
Legal 500 2023
"Paul is the best trial lawyer. He brings a superb balance of strategic and commercial thinking with the need to prepare for trial from the outset. He is a first-rate exponent of the art of cross-examination, and usually leaves the opposing witness wishing they had not given a witness statement in the first place."
"Paul is direct and succinct, a very cogent cross examiner and very attentive to client needs in any one scenario. He is a good listener and he is always pitched against leading silks in London and always delivers."
"Paul is the best commercial silk in the north of England. He has a great analytical mind and is a ferocious advocate."
Chambers UK 2022
"He is one of the best silks we have ever worked with - at trial, for advisory work and drafting. He is very quick and succinct and is one of those people judges love. He is really effective and never labours points; he knows exactly what to say and what not to."
Legal 500 2022
"Very capable, he is clear in his advice to the clients. He is very robust and formidable in court."
"Paul is a superb trial counsel, his cross-examination is razor-sharp and on point. Always my trial counsel of choice."
"Paul is obviously very bright, but cross-examination and court skills are his forte. Paul recently won a major victory after a three week trial, attributable almost entirely to cross-examination skills. Paul demonstrates tenacity and strategy."
"Paul is a superb trial counsel; his cross examination is razor sharp and on point. Always my trial Leading Counsel of choice."
Chambers UK 2021
"A great tactician. He has seen it all."
"A very strong advocate."
"His drafting skills are excellent, his conferences with clients are well managed, and his advice is clear." "He is relentless, outstandingly good in cross-examination and tremendously prepared."
"In my view, the best trial lawyer in the country." "He is very well regarded in this field."
"Excellent technically, and as a strategist, his advocacy is confident and succinct. He does not waste time and is businesslike but thorough."
"He knows the law back to front." "He is accessible, he picks up the issues very quickly and he explains them really well to both qualified solicitors and non-qualified clients."
"If he says what he thinks the law is, then you know he's got it right." "Good on his feet and a good advocate. It comes naturally to him."
"He is very tenacious, well-prepared and hard-working, and turns things around quickly." "He is excellent in court."
Legal 500 2020
"He is a formidable trial Counsel, without doubt, my number 1 choice. He crafts his submissions so deftly, never wasting his words with the rhetoric and posturing that so many Counsel feel is necessary which is why he constantly holds the Judge’s his attention whilst on his feet."
"He is a very impressive silk."
"On the detail, a fantastic and robust advocate and superb in conference. You want him on your side."
"An excellent silk."
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