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Paul Downes QC

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Quadrant Chambers (Chambers of Simon Croall 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

London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Within: Leading Silks

Paul Downes QC - Quadrant ChambersA highly skilled advocate and a devastating cross-examiner, he absolutely hates to lose and clients can really tell that.

Within: Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Quadrant Chambers has invested heavily in the banking and finance arena and now boasts an impressive cohort of well-respected and highly experienced silks and juniors. The set's members can be increasingly found on some of the most significant banking claims to hit the markets, including N v Royal Bank of Scotland, where Paul Downes QC led Emily Saunderson on behalf of the claimants.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Leading Silks

Paul Downes QC - Quadrant ChambersQuite simply, in a league of his own.

Within: Commercial litigation

Quadrant Chambers has 'excellent strength in depth' and many solicitors report they have 'not felt the need to look beyond the set for commercial litigation work in the past couple of years'. The set has traditionally been a major player in the shipping, trade, and commodities arena, but is now an increasing force in more broader commercial disputes. Recent cases demonstrate this, including West Ham v E20 Stadium LLP, the first televised civil appeal in the Court of Appeal, in which Paul Downes QC lead a team of three members representing West Ham. In Atlas Navios-Navegacao Lda v Navigators Insurance Co Ltd and others, which went before the Supreme Court, Guy Blackwood QC and Simon Rainey QC were among those successfully representing the respondents.

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Financial services regulation

Within: Leading Silks

Paul Downes QC - Quadrant ChambersHe gives firm advice and will tackle issues head on.

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Fraud: civil

Within: Leading Silks

Paul Downes QC - Quadrant ChambersWhen it comes to hard-fought heavyweight litigation he is the go-to silk, there is no one you would rather have beside you in the trenches.

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