Mr Paul Toms KC > Chambers of Poonam Melwani KC > London, England > Barrister Profile

Chambers of Poonam Melwani KC
Quadrant Chambers


Paul specialises in commercial, maritime and international trade litigation. His practice areas include shipping, commodities, insurance and re-insurance (both marine and non-marine), energy, shipbuilding and offshore construction, conflicts of law, unjust enrichment, information technology, transport and carriage of goods by road, and general commercial litigation. He is a registered DIFC practitioner and appears regularly in international arbitrations including LCIA/ICC/LMAA/GAFTA/FOSFA.

Significant cases include Unicredit Bank AG v Euronav NV, Rhine Shipping DMCC v Vitol SA, Alpha Marine Corp v Minmetals Logistics Zhejiang Co Ltd, The Longchamp, BP Oil International Ltd v Target Shipping Ltd, Hatzl v XL Insurance Company Ltd, Rohlig (UK) Ltd v Rock Unique Ltd and Crystal Palace (2000) Ltd v Iain Dowie.


Called 2003.

Silk 2024.


COMBAR, LCLCBA, Supporting Member of LMAA.


Brasenose College, Oxford (2000 BA Law, first class; 2002 BCL distinction).

Lawyer Rankings

Asia Pacific - The English Bar > Shipping and commodities

(Leading Juniors)Ranked: Tier 2

Paul TomsQuadrant ChambersAn extremely proficient junior.’

Middle East: The English Bar > Commercial

(Leading juniors)Ranked: Tier 1

Paul Toms Quadrant Chambers ‘Paul is strong technically and very responsive to queries.’

‘A strong international commercial set with top class silks and juniors‘, Quadrant Chambers are considered a ‘go-to set’ in the Middle East for ‘all trading, shipping, trading finance and sanctions matters.’ Chirag Karia KC continues to command a strong reputation for commercial, shipping and commodities cases, while Robert-Jan Temmink KC regularly appears before DIFC and ADGM Courts; as well as being a DIAC registered arbitrator. Paul Toms is highly active in the DIFC Courts and represents the claimant in Westford Trade Services DMCC v Dubai Insurance Co., a credit insurance claim following the demise of Phoenix Global DMCC.

London Bar > Commodities

(2024 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Paul Toms KCQuadrant Chambers ‘Paul is extremely bright, tactically astute, and an incredibly fluent advocate who is also very pleasant to deal with.’

London Bar > Shipping

(2024 Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Paul Toms KCQuadrant Chambers ‘Excellent and thoughtful advocate. His mild manner belies a tenacious approach.’