Paul Johnson

Call 2006

“Excellent at gaining the trust of all parties and very pragmatic and empathetic, which helps see where the settlement is likely to lie and encourage all parties towards it.”

The Legal 500 2021
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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.  Having mediated in excess of 900 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 £200m.

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:


  • Security
  • Hedging and derivatives products
  • Fraud
  • Guarantees


  • Logistics
  • Mismanagement of a steam boiler plant
  • Theft of £m’s worth of goods from hotel safe
  • Supply
  • Renegotiation of a car design contract
  • Sales and marketing
  • Defective machinery
  • Warranty claims
  • Franchises
  • Competition
  • IT Infrastructure


  • 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


  • Ancillary relief disputes


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


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

Group Action

  • Noise nuisance
  • Costs in a group action
  • Against a local authority


  • Capacity
  • Undue influence
  • Forgery
  • Duress
  • Fraudulent calumny
  • 1975 Act claims
  • Removal of Executors
  • Trustee claims


  • 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


  • Solicitors
  • Accountants
  • Architects
  • Surveyors
  • Consultants
  • Doctors
  • Farms

Professional Negligence

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


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


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


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


  • Breach of duties