Paul Johnson

Year of Call: 2006

Valued by his clients for his ability to ‘get the legal arguments and factual issues very quickly, and then concentrate on finding a pragmatic solution” … and is “very experienced and has a commercial approach that can cut through the issues.”

Chambers & Partners, 2019

Practice Overview

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 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.

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.

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  • “An excellent mediator for complex multi-party disputes’ ... ‘he has the ability to cut to the chase and change the position of the most intransigent parties’...”

    Legal 500, 2018
  • Working with and learning from Paul was a joy. He is a talented mediator who uses charm as well as legal nous to help parties find their way to a solution. I genuinely have his voice ringing in my ears often when I mediate.

    Barrister and former partner in Magic Circle Firm
  • “very thorough in his preparation and quickly gains the co-operation of the parties in the mediation process: Paul’s approach is actively to find and explore solutions and to break deadlocks.”

    Chambers & Partners


  • 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 near 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 Wales rugby union team.

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