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Year of Call: 2006 pjohnson@serlecourt.co.uk

Overview

Paul is one of the leading mediators in the UK. He is a former solicitor/partner who transferred to the bar in 2006.  He is very experienced.  He has mediated in excess of 500 disputes.  The legal directories place him in the top 10 of barrister mediators in the UK.

Areas of Expertise and Cases


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Mediation

Paul has a very broad and established practice. The practice areas (with some examples) are listed below.

Banking:

  • Fraud:
  • Security enforcement
  • Onshore and offshore

Commercial sectors:

  • Automotive
  • Banking
  • Construction
  • Design
  • Engineering
  • Entertainment
  • Financial services
  • Insurance
  • IT
  • Logistics
  • Manufacture
  • Pensions
  • Property
  • Travel

Divorce/Family:

  • Co-habitees
  • Matrimonial finance (multi-million £ estates)
  • England & Wales and IOM

Employment:

  • Dismissal of senior employees including chief executive, finance and legal directors
  • Disability discrimination
  • "Springboard" injunctions
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Unpaid bonuses
  • Whistle blowing

Fraud:

  • Commercial parties
  • Employee fraud
  • Financial services
  • Insurance
  • Local authorities
  • Property fraud
  • Trustees (onshore & offshore)

Inheritance & Probate:

  • Capacity & undue influence
  • 1975 Act claims
  • Wills/interpretation

Intellectual Property:

  • Fashion
  • Music
  • Theft of company information
  • Web design

Insolvency:

  • Conflicts/duties
  • Fraudulent trading
  • Misfeasance
  • Preferences
  • Transactions at an undervalue
  • Wrongful trading

International (parties from the following):

  • Belgium
  • Caribbean
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Greece
  • Iceland
  • Isle of Man
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Jersey
  • Sweden
  • USA

Partnership:

  • Accountants
  • Barristers chambers dissolution
  • Dentists
  • Doctors
  • Family partnerships
  • Solicitors
  • Surveyors

Personal Injury:

  • Disability discrimination
  • Rape

Professional Negligence:

  • Accountants
  • Architects
  • Barristers
  • Building surveyors
  • Insurance brokers
  • Lenders
  • Pension trustees & administrators
  • Project management
  • Solicitors
  • Surveyors (including SAAMCO)
  • Tax planning

Property:

  • Boundary disputes
  • Commercial & domestic
  • Dilapidations
  • Hazardous waste
  • Land registry

Regulatory:

  • Government departments
  • Local Authorities
  • Public interest winding up

Shareholders:

  • Numerous shareholder disputes
  • Warranty claims arising from sales/mergers

Sport:

  • Cricket
  • Football
  • Triathlon

 

Professional Skills and Background

Prior to becoming a full time mediator, Paul was one of the senior commercial litigaiton partners and the head of corporate recovery and insolvency at Pannone LLP.  He was mentioned in successive editions of Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 as a leading lawyer in both areas.  The entries described him as: "the 'standout lawyer' in the commerical litigation department of Pannone LLP; a good communicator; tenacious; always well prepared; good team player; a graceful all rounder respected for his acute commercial sense; calm and balanced; easy to comprehend manner; ensures his clients have the necessary information; streetwise and sensible."

Testimonials

The following comprise some examples of comments received from parties and their lawyers:

"Paul handled this sensitive mediation with tact and appropriate humour to put warring litigants at ease and in mind to settle. He offered imaginative and workable solutions and worked doggedly to get a result. He was brilliant".

"Paul has a wonderful understated manner which is a perfect trait for a mediator and one which he uses to optimum effect. He was able to bring two diametrically opposed litigants and their legal teams to agreement within less hours than the number of years the dispute had been running. I would not hesitate to put his name forward at any time in the future when a mediation is in prospect."

"He was sensational. Paul was the most accomplished mediator I've ever come across and I've done lots. He was very enthusiastic. I was impressed by his knowledge and speed. He got right to the nub of the problem within 25 minutes... He was charming, very good with the clients and very professional with the professionals.

"Paul was brilliant! He was very personable. Very professional. A great combination between sympathetic and pragmatic. He managed to tell the client some rough truths that I believe he needed to hear from him and not from us, which worked out perfectly. I would definitely use him again. Absolutely!"

"I frequently recommend Paul as a mediator to my clients. He is unfailingly charming and persuasive: even in challenging and seemingly intractable disputes."

"I thought you carried out your mediating role excellently and I will have no hesitation in recommending you to my colleagues. Indeed, I have forwarded your details to our counsel who was similarly impressed."

"Once again, thank you very much for helping us achieve a decent compromise solution yesterday... I find your approach as a mediator compares very favourably with many others I've encountered in my career. You prepare well, for certain, but your preparation is enhanced greatly by your personal, rather informal approach, which puts parties at ease and helps them to see the world through the other side's eyes. This facilitative approach worked wonderfully yesterday. Settlement would have been far less likely within the time span we had, if you had not been the mediator."

"It was clear early on that Paul is a highly skilled mediator. He dealt admirably with the challenges that arose in the mediation and guided the parties to a deal. His style was very positive and encouraged open constructive dialogue. He was excellent. I will be using him again."

"Please pass on our thanks to Paul, whose professionalism, calmness and expertise engineered a settlement that looked impossible before and for most of the day."

"Just a short note to thank you for the tremendous effort, commitment and enthusiasm that you applied together with considerable experience and negotiating skills in achieving a successful outcome of what on any analysis was a very bitter and acrimonious dispute... Both my client and I were delighted with your efforts during the day and in particular your incisive approach to getting a deal..."

"We thought there was no chance of the dispute being settled at the mediation. The fact that it did settle, is possibly the best compliment we can make about how you mediated the dispute... we were very impressed."

"Thank you Paul for yesterday. I was genuinely impressed with the manner in which the mediation was conducted and would certainly not hesitate in utilising your services again in the future."

[Party 1] "I like his laid back approach. It was very successful. He was good at diffusing confrontational situations"; [Party 2] "I liked his general style. I thought he was very good. He was very calming. I like the way he got to know everybody and got everyone talking without them realising they were actually talking!; [Party 3] "Took a proactive role in facilitating settlement. Manner generally very courteous, but tough when needed to be."

"Paul's affable manner belies his steely determination and intelligence."

"Mr Johnson obviously has a wealth of experience and knowledge and as a practitioner in this field he excelled."

All Quotes

Paul has ben mentioned as a Leading Mediator in successive editions of Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500 since 2008:

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. (2015)

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. (2014)

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. (2013)

"An "incredibly patient" mediator [who] "puts people at ease very quickly and is not afraid to tackle the big issues from the start". Sources further commend the "broad commercial ability" he brings to a wide range of disputes, from banking to intellectual property to competition and fraud." (2012)

"Clients love his relaxed and calm demeanour, noting that he quietly and methodically pulls apart and tests each party's case. He always approaches mediation with a clear structure in mind and is never rattled." (2011)

"A nice relaxed, affable style that puts people at ease and a strong reputation in the mediation circuit." (2010)

"worth his weight in gold." (2009)

"one of the rising stars in the mediation world." (2008)

Paul Johnson - Mediator

Paul Johnson - Mediator

Year of Call: 2006
Email: pjohnson@serlecourt.co.uk

Overview

Paul is one of the leading mediators in the UK. He is a former solicitor/partner who transferred to the bar in 2006.  He is very experienced.  He has mediated in excess of 500 disputes.  The legal directories place him in the top 10 of barrister mediators in the UK.

Areas of expertise

Quotes

Paul has ben mentioned as a Leading Mediator in successive editions of Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500 since 2008:

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. (2015)

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. (2014)

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. (2013)

"An "incredibly patient" mediator [who] "puts people at ease very quickly and is not afraid to tackle the big issues from the start". Sources further commend the "broad commercial ability" he brings to a wide range of disputes, from banking to intellectual property to competition and fraud." (2012)

"Clients love his relaxed and calm demeanour, noting that he quietly and methodically pulls apart and tests each party's case. He always approaches mediation with a clear structure in mind and is never rattled." (2011)

"A nice relaxed, affable style that puts people at ease and a strong reputation in the mediation circuit." (2010)

"worth his weight in gold." (2009)

"one of the rising stars in the mediation world." (2008)

Mediation

Paul has a very broad and established practice. The practice areas (with some examples) are listed below.

Banking:

  • Fraud:
  • Security enforcement
  • Onshore and offshore

Commercial sectors:

  • Automotive
  • Banking
  • Construction
  • Design
  • Engineering
  • Entertainment
  • Financial services
  • Insurance
  • IT
  • Logistics
  • Manufacture
  • Pensions
  • Property
  • Travel

Divorce/Family:

  • Co-habitees
  • Matrimonial finance (multi-million £ estates)
  • England & Wales and IOM

Employment:

  • Dismissal of senior employees including chief executive, finance and legal directors
  • Disability discrimination
  • "Springboard" injunctions
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Unpaid bonuses
  • Whistle blowing

Fraud:

  • Commercial parties
  • Employee fraud
  • Financial services
  • Insurance
  • Local authorities
  • Property fraud
  • Trustees (onshore & offshore)

Inheritance & Probate:

  • Capacity & undue influence
  • 1975 Act claims
  • Wills/interpretation

Intellectual Property:

  • Fashion
  • Music
  • Theft of company information
  • Web design

Insolvency:

  • Conflicts/duties
  • Fraudulent trading
  • Misfeasance
  • Preferences
  • Transactions at an undervalue
  • Wrongful trading

International (parties from the following):

  • Belgium
  • Caribbean
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Greece
  • Iceland
  • Isle of Man
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Jersey
  • Sweden
  • USA

Partnership:

  • Accountants
  • Barristers chambers dissolution
  • Dentists
  • Doctors
  • Family partnerships
  • Solicitors
  • Surveyors

Personal Injury:

  • Disability discrimination
  • Rape

Professional Negligence:

  • Accountants
  • Architects
  • Barristers
  • Building surveyors
  • Insurance brokers
  • Lenders
  • Pension trustees & administrators
  • Project management
  • Solicitors
  • Surveyors (including SAAMCO)
  • Tax planning

Property:

  • Boundary disputes
  • Commercial & domestic
  • Dilapidations
  • Hazardous waste
  • Land registry

Regulatory:

  • Government departments
  • Local Authorities
  • Public interest winding up

Shareholders:

  • Numerous shareholder disputes
  • Warranty claims arising from sales/mergers

Sport:

  • Cricket
  • Football
  • Triathlon

 

Professional Skills and Background

Prior to becoming a full time mediator, Paul was one of the senior commercial litigaiton partners and the head of corporate recovery and insolvency at Pannone LLP.  He was mentioned in successive editions of Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 as a leading lawyer in both areas.  The entries described him as: "the 'standout lawyer' in the commerical litigation department of Pannone LLP; a good communicator; tenacious; always well prepared; good team player; a graceful all rounder respected for his acute commercial sense; calm and balanced; easy to comprehend manner; ensures his clients have the necessary information; streetwise and sensible."

Testimonials

The following comprise some examples of comments received from parties and their lawyers:

"Paul handled this sensitive mediation with tact and appropriate humour to put warring litigants at ease and in mind to settle. He offered imaginative and workable solutions and worked doggedly to get a result. He was brilliant".

"Paul has a wonderful understated manner which is a perfect trait for a mediator and one which he uses to optimum effect. He was able to bring two diametrically opposed litigants and their legal teams to agreement within less hours than the number of years the dispute had been running. I would not hesitate to put his name forward at any time in the future when a mediation is in prospect."

"He was sensational. Paul was the most accomplished mediator I've ever come across and I've done lots. He was very enthusiastic. I was impressed by his knowledge and speed. He got right to the nub of the problem within 25 minutes... He was charming, very good with the clients and very professional with the professionals.

"Paul was brilliant! He was very personable. Very professional. A great combination between sympathetic and pragmatic. He managed to tell the client some rough truths that I believe he needed to hear from him and not from us, which worked out perfectly. I would definitely use him again. Absolutely!"

"I frequently recommend Paul as a mediator to my clients. He is unfailingly charming and persuasive: even in challenging and seemingly intractable disputes."

"I thought you carried out your mediating role excellently and I will have no hesitation in recommending you to my colleagues. Indeed, I have forwarded your details to our counsel who was similarly impressed."

"Once again, thank you very much for helping us achieve a decent compromise solution yesterday... I find your approach as a mediator compares very favourably with many others I've encountered in my career. You prepare well, for certain, but your preparation is enhanced greatly by your personal, rather informal approach, which puts parties at ease and helps them to see the world through the other side's eyes. This facilitative approach worked wonderfully yesterday. Settlement would have been far less likely within the time span we had, if you had not been the mediator."

"It was clear early on that Paul is a highly skilled mediator. He dealt admirably with the challenges that arose in the mediation and guided the parties to a deal. His style was very positive and encouraged open constructive dialogue. He was excellent. I will be using him again."

"Please pass on our thanks to Paul, whose professionalism, calmness and expertise engineered a settlement that looked impossible before and for most of the day."

"Just a short note to thank you for the tremendous effort, commitment and enthusiasm that you applied together with considerable experience and negotiating skills in achieving a successful outcome of what on any analysis was a very bitter and acrimonious dispute... Both my client and I were delighted with your efforts during the day and in particular your incisive approach to getting a deal..."

"We thought there was no chance of the dispute being settled at the mediation. The fact that it did settle, is possibly the best compliment we can make about how you mediated the dispute... we were very impressed."

"Thank you Paul for yesterday. I was genuinely impressed with the manner in which the mediation was conducted and would certainly not hesitate in utilising your services again in the future."

[Party 1] "I like his laid back approach. It was very successful. He was good at diffusing confrontational situations"; [Party 2] "I liked his general style. I thought he was very good. He was very calming. I like the way he got to know everybody and got everyone talking without them realising they were actually talking!; [Party 3] "Took a proactive role in facilitating settlement. Manner generally very courteous, but tough when needed to be."

"Paul's affable manner belies his steely determination and intelligence."

"Mr Johnson obviously has a wealth of experience and knowledge and as a practitioner in this field he excelled."

Memberships

Consensus Mediation
CEDR Solve
Sport Dispute Resolution Mediator Panel (SDRP)
Kings Chambers
Bar Council ADR Committee


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