Paul Johnson

Year of Call: 2006

Sources praise Paul Johnson as being “really good - committed and friendly with a very approachable, easy manner. He gets you to a deal.”...he is held in high esteem for his practised understanding of complex disputes in fields including professional negligence, probate and IP.


Practice Overview

Paul is one of the leading mediators in the UK.  He is a former solicitor/partner 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.  He has been a member of Serle Court’s Mediation Group since 2007. 

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.

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  • Paul Johnson is a vastly experienced and very able mediator. His qualities are: patience and persistence, diligence and energy, openness and trustworthiness. He reads the papers and knows the case well and then he brings to bear considerable skill and acumen in helping the parties to try to come to acceptable, commercial terms. He is not afraid to tell you what he really thinks about the stance you are taking but he does so in a courteous and reasonable manner. One of his great qualities is that he is very nice about it all and he is very easy to work with; he conducts the process of mediation in a calm and courteous manner which helps to take the heat out of the most controversial of disputes. Equally he uses his wit and imagination to get the parties to try different things if they are not making progress and he does not give up easily. He is very effective and excellent value for money.

  • Amongst Manchester’s finest mediators, users recommend Paul “for his patience, understanding and empathy, and his practical solutions.” “Knowledgeable and determined to resolve a dispute.” He is top choice for many with technically challenging disputes.

  • Paul “stands out” in the mediation market. He is praised for allowing clients “to feel that they are in control of the process” and his ability to “guide them without feeling he has taken over”. A great academic lawyer, solicitors are impressed with his ability to focus on finding a commercial solution.



  • Sport Dispute Resolution Mediator Panel (SDRP)
  • Bar Council ADR Committee


•    St Joseph’s RC Comprehensive School Port Talbot 
•    Brunel University London 1983 - 1987
•    College of Law 1987 – 1988

Beyond the Bar

Paul and his wife Samantha live in Chester with their two children.  His interests range from cycling, surviving on a snowboard, music, struggling to play the guitar and above all coping with the pleasure and pain of supporting the Welsh rugby union team.

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