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Hill Dickinson LLP

Work Department

Marine trade and energy.


Specialising in commodities, shipping and insurance with particular expertise in energy, Paul is a dual qualified English solicitor and French avocat. He advises traders, insurers, ship owners, charterers and operators, P&I clubs, oil majors and companies generally.

In addition to his commodities and shipping expertise, Paul also has extensive marine and non-marine insurance experience.He handles disputes in England before the High Court and appellate divisions as well as disputes in ICC International Court of Arbitration, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA), GAFTA, FOSFA, FCC and LME arbitration.

Paule has appeared before the courts and arbitrators throughout France and he lectures around the world and publishes on issues in the commodities, shipping and insurance fields.

He studied law and French Law at University College London, spending a year at the University of Aix-Marseille and qualified as a solicitor in London in 1997 and as an avocat of the Paris Bar in 2004.


Trained Clyde & Co, qualified 1997, assistant solicitor Guildford 1997-2000, assistant solicitor Paris 2001-06; qualified as a French avocat 2004; senior assistant Middleton Potts 2006-07, partner 2008 (merged with Hill Dickinson 2009).


French - fluent
Spanish - basic


Member of the Law Society
Member of the Paris Bar
Member of the London Arbitrators Association (LMAA)
Member of the Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA)
Member of the Federation of Oils, Seeds and Fats Associations (FOSFA)
Member of the Association Francaise de Droit Maritime
Member of the Cercle des Intervenants du Transport


Bramhall High School; University of Aix-Marseille (1993 Diploma in French Law, Commendation); College of Law, Guildford (1995 LPC, Commendation); University College London (1994 Law and French Law LLB 2(1)); Paris Bar (2004 CAPA French Avocat).


Reading, trying to find time for the gym, golf, snooker, cooking, French wine.

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London > Dispute resolution > Commodities disputes

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Paul Taylor

Hill Dickinson LLP

Hill Dickinson LLP handles a vast array of commodities cases and, though it is best known as a prominent player in the soft commodities markets, the practice in London also has a strong caseload in the energy and metals sectors. In disputes involving grains, seeds, pulses, edible oils, fertilisers and cocoa, the firm is highly active both in the major trade association arbitral forums – The Grain and Feed Trade Association (GAFTA), Federation of Oils, Seeds and Fats Associations (FOSFA) and The Federation of Cocoa Commerce (FCC) – and before the High Court. The firm has the premier sugar practice, thanks to the long track record of Jeff Isaacs, who is a long-standing adviser to, inter alia, the raw and refined sugar associations. Fred Konynenburg and Darren Wall are among the other key lawyers for sugar market disputes. Paul Taylor leads the firm’s oil trading practice and the firm also acts for clients in the fuels, coal and renewable energy sectors. The London team also handles LME arbitrations and High Court litigation relating to ferrous and non-ferrous metals, ores and concentrates. The arrival in 2019 of Paul Sinnott and Mark Aspinall from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP added extensive experience in high-value claims in the trading, financing and shipping markets.