Paul Johnson


Year of Call: 2006

“Excellent at gaining the trust of all parties and very pragmatic and empathetic, which helps see where the settlement is likely to lie and encourage all parties towards it.”

The Legal 500

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 900 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 £200m.

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.

News & Events

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    Paul Johnson discusses “A Positive Decision to Mediate”

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    Mediating by remote - a first!

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  • Always on top of the papers and very affable.” “He is very good at de-escalating disputes.

    Chambers & Partners
  • A mediator who ‘doesn’t take any nonsense from the parties. He gets them really focused on what they need to do, which makes him particularly good at handling disputes involving numerous parties.’” ... “He is capable of handling the full range of commercial disputes and has added experience of mediating clinical negligence and probate cases.

    Chambers & Partners
  • “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

Memberships

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

Education

•    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 Wales rugby union team.

News & Events

  • News

    Paul Johnson discusses “A Positive Decision to Mediate”

    In an article discussing remote mediation, Paul Johnson explains why it is "A Positive Decision to Mediate". The... Read More

    News

    Mediating by remote - a first!

    Paul Johnson discusses 'Mediation remotely - a first!' in an article covering his thoughts and key points on virtual mediation.... Read More