Paul Chaisty QC

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:
Gary Young (Principal)


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."

Chambers UK


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.

Year of Silk: 2001

Areas of Expertise



Chancery 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.

Significant Reported Cases

PAG Management Limited 2015 EWHC 2404 a public interest winding up petition related to a scheme designed to avoid rate payments on commercial properties

Bhullar v Bhullar 2015 EWHC 1943 a case involving alleged breaches of fiduciary duties and derivative claims

Sugarman v CJS 2014 EWCA 1239 a case involving voting rights and construction of articles of association

Ebbvale v Hosking 2013 UKPC 1 appeal to privy council from the Bahamas court of appeal regarding a contested winding up petition and collateral purposes acted in Bahamas and Privy Council

Tristar v Lim BVI commercial Court 2009 shareholder dispute relating to oil company operating in Indonesia



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.

Significant Reported Cases

Ghura v Dalal 2015 EWHC 605 claims for damages relating to investments in development property in Dubai and counterclaims for breach of trust in relation to shareholdings 

Gladman Commercial v Fisher 2013 EWCA 1466   acting at first instance and court of appeal in respect of claims for damages for fraudulent misrepresentation and issues of joint tortfeasors

Access Bank v Akingbola 2012 EWHC 2184 acting for director and founder of Nigerian bank facing claims for fraud in excess of £750 million

DRL v Wincanton 2011 EWCA 839 acting at first instance and in court of appeal dispute as to service agreements between national companies and issues of repudiatory breach

Whittle Movers v Hollywood Express 2009 EWCA 1189 claims relating to fixed term distribution agreements with claims in restitution and quantum meruit

Lexi Holdings v Luqman 2008 EWHC 1639 claims against directors in misfeasance amounting to in excess of £100 million

Sino Union v Rich Victory claims in BVI commercial court in respect of development land in Dominica and share ownership in trading company

Yafai v Muthana 2012 EWCA 289 acting at first instance and court of appeal partnership dispute as to investment and development land and issues of construction of partnership deed

Professional Negligence

Professional Negligence

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.

Significant Reported Cases

Redstone Mortgages v B Legal 2014 EWHC 3068 claims in professional negligence against solicitors in respect of sub prime lending

Stoll v Wacks Caller 2010 EWHC 2299 professional negligence cliam acting for solicitors and claim dismissed for lack of causation issues



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


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

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

"He is succinct and sharp." "He offers insightful and thorough advice on complex issues." - Chambers UK 2018

"He is my kind of silk. He has the virtue of concision, gets right to the point and has a good element of the terrier in him. He will persist hard and sometimes meets opponents who will freeze in his presence." "He is very confident and very eloquent." - Chambers UK 2018

"Well-regarded commercial and chancery practitioner with particular experience of unfair prejudice actions. Called to the Bars of the British Virgin Islands and the Bahamas." - Chambers UK 2018

"Our go-to Manchester silk for partnership or anything of that type; incredibly strong, works really well as part of a team and talks the language of commercial lawyers and their clients." - Chambers UK 2018

"He is superb at trial and has devastating cross-examination skills." - Chambers UK 2018

"Very tenacious and excellent in cross-examination." "He has a very strong reputation on the circuit." - Chambers UK 2018

"He provides solid insolvency advice and is impressive in conference." - Chambers UK 2018

"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

‘A fiery advocate.’ - Legal 500 2018

‘Incisive, assured and commanding.’ - Legal 500 2018

‘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


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