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Paul Downes QC
Barrister specialising in commercial law (with specific expertise in banking and finance-related matters), international trade, media and entertainment, and professional negligence.
After taking Silk in 2010, his reputation as a tough, commercially-minded barrister has continued to grow.
Before coming to the Bar, Paul worked for Barclays Bank and was an assistant examiner for the Chartered Institute of Bankers. A direct understanding of the commercial and financial worlds means clients benefit from a practical and user-friendly approach. Paul has also acted as an expert witness overseas in relation to banking regulation in the UK, and is lead contributor to Butterworths LexisNexis Encyclopedia on Forms and Precedents.
Paul also handles general commercial litigation, international trade, media and entertainment, and professional negligence. He acts as an arbitrator in LMAA shipping disputes, commercial disputes and insurance disputes
BA Oxon (First Class)
Associate Chartered Institute of Bankers
Lawyer Rankings(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3
Quadrant Chambers has ‘a number of barristers who have well-deserved reputations for excellence in banking and finance work‘. Paul Downes QC has a strong reputation, particularly for disputes with a fraud element, and recently led Emily Saunderson in N v RBS. Among the juniors, Liisa Lahti has established a very strong reputation, and was part of the team representing the claimants in Aldersgate et al v Bank of Scotland, in which four separate claims were heard concurrently. Stewart Chirnside also represented the claimant in Saxo Bank A/S v Gaitameonline Co Ltd.
Quadrant Chambers is ‘an excellent set‘ with ‘good strength not only in the core areas of shipping; aviation and oil & gas but also in commercial disputes generally’, as well as ‘real depth of expertise in contractual matters and also IT’. Clients appreciate how the barristers are ‘down to earth, intelligent, commercially minded and helpful‘. Significant cases involving several members include Damazien Global Investments Limited v (1) Salamanca Capital Limited and (2) Rupert Hayward, where Robert-Jan Temmink QC and Max Davidson are representing Mr Hayward. In West Ham United v E20 Stadium LLP, Paul Downes QC led the West Ham team, including Joseph Sullivan.
Paul Downes QC –Quadrant Chambers ‘He was a pleasure to work with as he was really au fait with the voluminous documents and affidavits despite being instructed at relatively short notice. He was decisive in terms of strategy to be adopted and his impressive eloquence and effective style of advocacy gave a lot of comfort to the clients.’(Leading Silks) Ranked: Tier 3