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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 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’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 £100m.

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.

Areas of Expertise and Cases


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Mediation

Cases

Paul has mediated many types of disputes within areas listed below:

Banking
•    Numerous customer/bank disputes involving security 
•    Hedging and derivatives products 
•    FSMA/COBS 
•    Fraud

Commercial/Contract
•    Mismanagement of a steam boiler plant 
•    Theft of valuable goods from safe in hotel during customer stay
•    Commercial supply contracts
•    The renegotiation of a car design contract
•    Claim by Greek co against UK company of circa £37m
•    Defective machinery
•    Warranty claims
•    Franchises
•    Competition

Construction
•    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

Costs
•    Group Actions

Divorce
•    High value ancillary relief disputes

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

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

Group Action
•    Noise nuisance
•    Costs in a group action

Inheritance/Probate
•    Numerous multi £m claims involving
•    Capacity
•    Undue influence
•    Forgery
•    Duress
•    Fraudulent calumny
•    1975 Act claims
•    Removal of Executors
•    Trustee claims

Insolvency
•    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
•    Germany
•    Greece

Partnership
•    Solicitors
•    Accountants
•    Architects
•    Surveyors
•    Doctors

Personal Injury
•    Disability discrimination
•    Civil damages claim for rape

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

Project Mediation
•    Design and build of car in readiness for launch

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

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

Shareholders
•    Numerous shareholder/ quasi partnership disputes
•    Directors duties
•    Breach of warranties following sale of a shareholding/ business

Trustees 
•    Breach of duties
•    Trust disputes

Recommendations

Legal Directories

Paul has been consistently recommended in Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 since 2008.

’”Well regarded" mediator Paul Johnson has continues to build upon his Manchester-based practice. He has significant experience as a commercial litigation solicitor, having transferred to the bar in 2006. He has undertaken mediations in a number of areas including employment, healthcare and insurance disputes. One source states that his "switched on, astute approach" is particularly effective.’ Chambers and Partners 2017

Previous entries describe Paul as: attracting praise for his ‘calm, realistic and measured ‘approach and his ability to ‘engage with the parties’ “the top choice for many with technically challenging disputes”; being “incredibly patient”, with a “clear structure in mind”; an “ability to focus on finding a commercial solution”; and one who is “not afraid to tackle the big issues from the start”; whilst at the same time allowing parties “to feel that they are in control of the process”.  

Below are some extracts from comments received from parties and their lawyers:

“Paul’s affable manner belies his steely determination and intelligence”
“Brilliant”
“A wonderful understated manner”
“He was sensational.  The most accomplished mediator I’ve ever some across”
“He is unfailingly charming and persuasive, even in challenging and seemingly intractable disputes”
“His style was very positive and encouraged open constructive dialogue.  He was excellent”
“Very courteous, but tough when needed to be”
“The facilitative approach worked wonderfully … settlement would have been far less likely within the time span we had, if you had not been the mediator”
“I liked the way he got to know everybody and got everyone talking without realising they were actually talking”
“(He) has a wealth of experience and knowledge and as a practitioner in this field he excelled”

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 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’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 £100m.

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.

Areas of expertise

Recommendations

Legal Directories

Paul has been consistently recommended in Chambers and Partners and The Legal 500 since 2008.

’”Well regarded" mediator Paul Johnson has continues to build upon his Manchester-based practice. He has significant experience as a commercial litigation solicitor, having transferred to the bar in 2006. He has undertaken mediations in a number of areas including employment, healthcare and insurance disputes. One source states that his "switched on, astute approach" is particularly effective.’ Chambers and Partners 2017

Previous entries describe Paul as: attracting praise for his ‘calm, realistic and measured ‘approach and his ability to ‘engage with the parties’ “the top choice for many with technically challenging disputes”; being “incredibly patient”, with a “clear structure in mind”; an “ability to focus on finding a commercial solution”; and one who is “not afraid to tackle the big issues from the start”; whilst at the same time allowing parties “to feel that they are in control of the process”.  

Below are some extracts from comments received from parties and their lawyers:

“Paul’s affable manner belies his steely determination and intelligence”
“Brilliant”
“A wonderful understated manner”
“He was sensational.  The most accomplished mediator I’ve ever some across”
“He is unfailingly charming and persuasive, even in challenging and seemingly intractable disputes”
“His style was very positive and encouraged open constructive dialogue.  He was excellent”
“Very courteous, but tough when needed to be”
“The facilitative approach worked wonderfully … settlement would have been far less likely within the time span we had, if you had not been the mediator”
“I liked the way he got to know everybody and got everyone talking without realising they were actually talking”
“(He) has a wealth of experience and knowledge and as a practitioner in this field he excelled”

Quotes

Mediation

Cases

Paul has mediated many types of disputes within areas listed below:

Banking
•    Numerous customer/bank disputes involving security 
•    Hedging and derivatives products 
•    FSMA/COBS 
•    Fraud

Commercial/Contract
•    Mismanagement of a steam boiler plant 
•    Theft of valuable goods from safe in hotel during customer stay
•    Commercial supply contracts
•    The renegotiation of a car design contract
•    Claim by Greek co against UK company of circa £37m
•    Defective machinery
•    Warranty claims
•    Franchises
•    Competition

Construction
•    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

Costs
•    Group Actions

Divorce
•    High value ancillary relief disputes

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

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

Group Action
•    Noise nuisance
•    Costs in a group action

Inheritance/Probate
•    Numerous multi £m claims involving
•    Capacity
•    Undue influence
•    Forgery
•    Duress
•    Fraudulent calumny
•    1975 Act claims
•    Removal of Executors
•    Trustee claims

Insolvency
•    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
•    Germany
•    Greece

Partnership
•    Solicitors
•    Accountants
•    Architects
•    Surveyors
•    Doctors

Personal Injury
•    Disability discrimination
•    Civil damages claim for rape

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

Project Mediation
•    Design and build of car in readiness for launch

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

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

Shareholders
•    Numerous shareholder/ quasi partnership disputes
•    Directors duties
•    Breach of warranties following sale of a shareholding/ business

Trustees 
•    Breach of duties
•    Trust disputes

Memberships

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

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