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Paul Taylor

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Hill Dickinson LLP

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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.

London: Finance

Commodities: physicals

Within: Leading individuals

Paul Taylor - Hill Dickinson LLP

Within: Commodities: physicals

Hill Dickinson LLP is 'a market leader for down-to-earth advice and the strength-in-depth of the team'. The firm is a leading adviser in High Court cases and major trade association arbitral forums including GAFTA and FOSFA, notably in matters concerning grains, seeds, pulses, edible oils, fertilisers and cocoa. Soft commodities expert and practice head Jeff Isaacs is 'a market leader in advice in the commodities sector'. Other key figures include Fred Konynenburg, who is 'a brilliant legal mind and a real tactical player'; litigator Darren Wall, who is 'the guy you want to have next to you when going into battle'; Paul Taylor, who has 'rich experience in and knowledge of the trading business, with a well-thought and tactical approach'; and litigator Andrew Buchmann, who is 'very creative, practical and commercial and can second guess what you want'. Isaacs recently assisted the International Cotton Association with a challenge to its code of conduct for its arbitral process. Taylor, who has spearheaded the development of the firm's oil trading practice, acted for Gunvor in a $6m case against sellers of gasoline cargoes. Patric McGonigal joined King & Wood Mallesons Foreign Law Office in Tokyo and David Lucas left the firm to work as an arbitrator.

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