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Payne Hicks Beach LLP

Work Department

Dispute Resolution


Paul is a partner in the Dispute Resolution department. He specialises in commercial litigation, regulatory investigations, fraud, and financial crime. He has substantial experience in disputes related to the financial services sector, having acted for banks (investment, retail and commercial), asset managers, funds platforms, and other industry participants in litigation in the UK, the Middle East, Hong Kong and the broader Asia Pacific region. During his career Paul has also been seconded at a senior level to leading international banks and asset managers in London, Hong Kong, and New Zealand.  Examples of his experience include:

  • defending a leading fintech company against claims by UK-based consumers whose funds were allegedly fraudulently transferred to bank accounts in Asia;
  • urgent injunctive relief arising out of a multi-jurisdictional fraud and a related financial crime investigation;
  • insider dealing investigations for a leading financial institution;
  • litigation arising out of complex autocall structured products;
  • litigation between several international financial institutions over the correct; interpretation of Loan Market Association documentation in the context of distressed debt trading;
  • litigation related to execution-only investments made through a funds investment platform;
  • prejudiced shareholder litigation in the BVI and Hong Kong.


Paul joined Payne Hicks Beach as a partner in September 2021 from Simmons & Simmons where he worked in its London and Hong Kong litigation teams from 2011 to 2021. Paul is admitted as a barrister and solicitor in New Zealand (2006), as a solicitor in Hong Kong (2017), and as a registered foreign lawyer in England & Wales.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

The ‘innovative and dynamic team‘ at Payne Hicks Beach LLP handles disputes concerning finance (including financial services), commercial issues, fraud, insolvency, and professional negligence. The team is also instructed in company-related disputes, such as unfair prejudice claims. In addition to acting in media sector litigation, dispute resolution department head Dominic Crossley advises educational and sporting institutions, politicians, public sector bodies, and entrepreneurs; and Lucas Mooreidentifies the quickest possible route to the solution‘. Providing further partner-level support are experienced commercial litigators Georgina BayleyAne Vernon and Paul Dorrans.

London > Crime, fraud and licensing > Fraud: white-collar crime (advice to individuals)

The Payne Hicks Beach LLP defence and investigations group is regarded as being at the ‘forefront of innovation in this sector’, offering in-depth expertise in serious fraud matters and financial crime proceedings. Practice head Mark Jones is a ‘very impressive fraud lawyer’ who specialises in complex criminal investigations brought by the SFO and FCA since his arrival from Blake Morgan LLP in September 2022. Paul Dorrans focuses on fraud and financial crime issues, while Hanna Basha handles privacy and media-related work. Nick Grant and Henry Watkinson are also noted.