Paolo Sidoli > Russell-Cooke LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Russell-Cooke LLP
SW15 6AB
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Work Department

Litigation and regulation.


Paolo has a broad range of corporate and commercial litigation experience, and has acted in a number of high-profile and reported cases in the High Court and through the ADR processes of arbitration, expert determination and mediation. He specialises in domestic and international fraud and asset-tracing claims, minority shareholder claims, claims against directors, partnership disputes, sports disputes and breach of warranty claims, which typically have an underlying fraud/misfeasance element to them. He also regularly undertakes intervention and regulatory work for the Law Society and the Solicitors Regulation Authority. He has significant experience dealing with search and seize and freezing orders, the recovery of confidential information, disc imaging, evidence preservation orders, data protection issues and e-disclosure. His cases frequently require him to work closely with forensic accountants and law enforcement agencies in the analysis of substantial quantities of complex financial data. In addition to his contentious practice, Paolo works closely with other departments at the firm and with in-house counsel, assisting them with the implementation and co-ordination of litigation and risk management strategies, and corporate governance issues to ensure business stability.


Trained Ashurst Morris Crisp; qualified 1993; solicitor Nabarro Nathanson 1999-2004; senior associate Clarke Willmott 2005-2009; partner Russell-Cooke LLP 2009 to date.


Italian (fluent), French (good conversational).


Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers; London Solicitors Litigation Association; British-Italian Law Association; London Fraud Forum; the Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association.


Ffynone House School Swansea (1979-1986); University College, Wales (Aberystwyth) (1986-89 LLB); University College, Wales (Cardiff) and Univeristy of Parma (Italy), (1990 postgraduate diploma in Italian law); College of Law, Chester (1991).

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation

Russell-Cooke LLP ‘concentrates on providing great value for money and quality advice‘. Senior partner John Gould‘s areas of practice include complex financial schemes; Paolo Sidoli is noted for claims involving fraud and asset-tracing, minority shareholders, directors and partnerships, and breach of warranties; and Lee Ranford is insolvency team head. Elliot Elsey and Michael Stacey were recently made partners, while former commercial litigation team head Francesca Kaye was appointed a Master of the Chancery Division.

London > Dispute resolution > Professional discipline

Acting for both professional and regulatory bodies, regulated businesses and individuals, Russell-Cooke LLP has ‘amassed a considerable amount of knowledge over many years in relation to numerous areas of professional discipline‘. The practice has particular expertise in complex and high-profile cases involving solicitors, barristers, healthcare professionals, architects, accountants and charity trustees. Matt Bosworth is a highly rated adviser, and senior partner John Gould and Paolo Sidoli acted for the SRA in a landmark appeal that concerned the concept of lack of integrity for professionals, which had not previously been defined. Michael Stacey and Andrew Pavlovic are the senior associates to note; former senior associate Michael Colledge left for Blake Morgan LLP.