Paul Johnson

Call 2006

‘Paul Johnson at Exchange Chambers is always very well prepared and completely focused on getting a deal. In my view, he is the best in the business'

The Legal 500 2023
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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.

He has mediated over 1000 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.

He has been described as: “brilliant”, “sensational”, with a “wonderful understated” and “affable manner” that “belies his steely determination and intelligence” together with a “skill and expertise” that “inspires confidence in the process” and “makes mediation appear easy”.

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 exceeds £300m.

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 (with some examples):


  • Enforcement
  • Fraud
  • Hedging and derivatives products


  • Competition
  • Defective machinery
  • Franchises
  • Logistics
  • Mismanagement of a steam boiler plant
  • Renegotiation of contracts: a luxury car design contract
  • Service contracts; for example, the wrongful termination of a contract between a Greek co and UK company with a value of circa £37m
  • Theft of valuable goods (£m’s) from safe in hotel accommodation
  • Warranty claims


  • Cases involving many of the large construction companies in the UK in both the commercial and domestic house-building sector
  • Design and construction claims against subcontractors, architects and surveyors
  • Development projects – value range in excess of £100m
  • High value domestic property/construction disputes (£10m range)
  • M&E claims


  • High value ancillary relief disputes


  • Covenant claims
  • Disability discrimination
  • Fiduciary duties
  • Race discrimination
  • Share options
  • Springboard injunctions
  • Wrongful and unfair dismissal


  • Financial advisers
  • Insurance
  • Local Authorities
  • NHS trusts
  • Supply chains
  • Unlawful diversion of trade and assets

Group Action

  • Costs in a group action
  • Noise nuisance
  • Traveller’s community against a local authority


  • Capacity
  • Duress
  • Farming partnerships and proprietary estoppel claims
  • Forgery
  • Fraudulent calumny
  • Removal of Executors
  • Trustee claims
  • Undue influence
  • 1975 Act claims


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

Intellectual Property

  • Branding
  • Copyright and design
  • Website ownership

International/Overseas Parties

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


  • Noise
  • Odour


  • Accountants
  • Architects
  • Doctors
  • Farming
  • Hedging and derivatives products
  • Solicitors
  • Surveyors

Personal Injury

  • Civil damages claim for serious assault
  • Disability discrimination

Professional Negligence

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


  • Boundary disputes
  • Developments
  • Dilapidations
  • Forfeiture
  • Hazardous waste disposal
  • High value domestic property/construction disputes (£10m range)
  • Mismanagement of commercial property
  • Overage


  • Cricket
  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Triathlon


  • Directors’ duties
  • Shareholder disputes
  • Quasi partnership
  • Warranty claims


  • Breach of duties
  • Removal