Paul Johnson

Call 2006

pjohnson@exchangechambers.co.uk

"Ability to get the legal arguments and factual issues very quickly, and then concentrate on finding a pragmatic solution.”

Chambers and Partners 2019
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Mediator

Paul is one of the leading mediators in the UK.  He is a former solicitor/partner (1990 to 2006) who transferred to the Bar in 2006 to focus solely on mediating disputes.  Having mediated in excess of 700 disputes, Paul has a wealth of experience of many types of disputes in a wide range of areas. He has been listed as a Leading Mediator in Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500 since 2008, and is presently ranked as one of the top barrister mediators in the UK.  Previously, during his time as a solicitor and partner in a major North West firm, he was ranked in the said directories as a Leading Lawyer for both Commercial Litigation and Corporate Recovery and Insolvency.

Paul’s success rate as a mediator is very high. If the only benchmark of settlements mediated by Paul is the quantum of legal costs saved by the parties, then such amount is far in excess of £100m.

Paul endeavours to create a confidential and focused environment for parties to reflect on the issues and consider how they could agree solutions that work. He has helped many litigants achieve settlements that have enabled them to progress from the dispute, both personally and professionally.

Alternative Dispute Resolution Cases

Paul has mediated many types of disputes within areas listed below:

Banking

  • Security
  • Hedging and derivatives products
  • FSMA/COBS
  • Fraud
  • Guarantees

Commercial/Contract

  • Logistics
  • Mismanagement of a steam boiler plant
  • Theft of valuable goods (£m’s) from safe in hotel accommodation
  • Supply contracts
  • Renegotiation of a car design contract
  • Claim by Greek co against UK company for breach of sales and marketing agreement with a value of circa £37m
  • Defective machinery
  • Warranty claims
  • Franchises
  • Competition

Construction

  • Cases involving many of the large construction companies in the UK in both the commercial and domestic house-building sector
  • M&E claims
  • Numerous high value domestic property/construction disputes (£10m range)
  • Numerous claims involving subcontractors, architects and surveyors

Divorce

  • High value ancillary relief disputes

Employment

  • Senior employee claims
  • Covenant claims
  • Breach of fiduciary duties
  • Springboard injunction claims
  • Disability discrimination

Fraud

  • Supply chain
  • Financial advisers
  • Local Authorities
  • Insurance
  • NHS trusts

Group Action

  • Noise nuisance
  • Costs in a group action

Inheritance/Probate

  • Numerous multi £m claims involving
  • Capacity
  • Undue influence
  • Forgery
  • Duress
  • Fraudulent calumny
  • 1975 Act claims
  • Removal of Executors
  • Trustee claims

Insolvency

  • Wrongful trading
  • Fraudulent trading
  • Voidable transactions
  • Financial assistance
  • Public interest winding up petitions

Intellectual Property

  • Copyright and design
  • Website ownership
  • Branding

International/Overseas Parties

  • Isle of Man
  • USA
  • Canada
  • France
  • Japan
  • Belgium
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • UAE
  • Singapore
  • Germany
  • Greece

Partnership

  • Solicitors
  • Accountants
  • Architects
  • Surveyors
  • Doctors

Personal Injury

  • Disability discrimination
  • Civil damages claim for rape

Professional Negligence

  • Surveyors/ SAAMCO
  • Solicitors
  • Accountants
  • Architects
  • Financial advisers
  • Barristers
  • Insurance brokers

Property

  • Dilapidations
  • Negligent mismanagement of commercial property
  • Hazardous waste disposal
  • Numerous high value domestic property/construction disputes (£10m range)
  • Numerous boundary disputes
  • Overage claims

Sport

  • Cricket (commercial disputes involving county cricket)
  • Triathlon (national association/club/coach)
  • Football (commercial dispute)
  • Rugby (competition dispute)

Shareholders

  • Numerous shareholder/ quasi partnership disputes
  • Directors duties
  • Warranty claims following sale of a shareholding/ business

Trustees

  • Breach of duties