Paul is a Director in the insurance team at Shoosmiths. He specialises in many aspects of insurance-based litigation. He has a particular interest in policy cover disputes between insurers/insured, including breach of warranty, misrepresentation/mistake, non-disclosure and fraudulent claims acting for both the insured and insurers.
He has a broad depth of experience in most classes of insurance business to include commercial risk, professional indemnity, D&O, employers’ and public liability claims and product liability for some major household brands. Paul also regularly advising on non-contentious insurance issues, such as W & I coverage issues in corporate transactional work, supply chain terms, white labelling of insurance products in tandem with the regulatory team including advising on the implementation of the Insurance Distribution Directive/associated FCA compliance issues and advising on aspects of the structure and compliance for off shore Captive Insurance Companies.
Paul has some 30 years litigation experience, 19 of which he has spent specialising in insurance and commercial litigation. In acting for both insurers and commercial clients, his background means that he has great depth of knowledge and understanding from all perspectives.
His recent cases include:
- Co - lead legal adviser to one of the Core Participants in relation to the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry.
- Acting for a global tobacco manufacturer in a £60 million dispute with its credit insurers following the insolvency of a major UK distributor.
- Acting for a major international film studio in a serious spinal injury case.
Paul is the co-author of “Piercing the corporate veil – Managing Business Risk,” published by Kogan Page in 2012.
Paul joined Shoosmiths in 1998. Before this he spent twelve years in a niche practice advising on insurance-based issues and general commercial litigation.