Paul Taylor > Hill Dickinson LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

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.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

Hill Dickinson LLP‘s significant caseload covers high-value arbitration matters that are seated predominantly in London, Singapore and Hong Kong. Adrian Jones is a highly regarded international arbitration partner; Darren Wall routinely acts in commodities and dry shipping disputes; and Paul Taylor is experienced in ICC, LCIA and UNCITRAL arbitrations.

London > Dispute resolution > Commodities disputes

(Leading individuals)

Paul TaylorHill Dickinson LLP

At Hill Dickinson LLP, ‘the team is super-professional, with profound knowledge in our business and honest advice on every problem presented‘. As, ‘the premier commodities team in London‘, it is highly active in disputes concerning grains, seeds, pules, edible oils, fertilisers, cocoa and, most notably, sugar, as well as a wide range of energy products. Jeff Isaacs is ‘great to work with and one of the best opponents‘, remarks one market source. He and Andrew Buchmann have ‘great knowledge on every impact of English Law on every step of the international trade of commodities‘. Clients appreciate the ‘well-thought and tactical approach‘ of Paul Taylor, who is qualified in both English and French law. Paul Sinnott and Mark Aspinall have extensive experience in physical and financial oil transactions. Darren Wall has ‘legal expertise combined with the necessary armoury for legal battles‘.