Paul McGrath KC KC > Essex Court Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Essex Court Chambers


Barrister with a broad-based practice. Between 1999 and 2001 he was editor of Lloyds Law Reports, Banking.


Called 1994, Inner Temple; Essex Court Chambers 1995; attorney-at-law for the Cayman Islands 1997; called to Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court 2005.


French (working knowledge).


Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR); Fraud Advisory Panel; London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association.


University College, Oxon (BA, BCL).

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 3

Paul McGrath KCEssex Court Chambers ‘He is always the smartest guy in the room – he thinks of points nobody else thinks of. You wouldn’t want him on the other side.’

London Bar > Commercial litigation

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Paul McGrath KCEssex Court ChambersHe’s phenomenally clever, and a really nice man, who is a real team player, to boot.’

London Bar > Fraud: civil

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

Paul McGrath KCEssex Court Chambers ‘Paul is the leader in the field in strategy and knowledge of the area. He is well respected by the court who listen carefully to what he has to say because they know he knows what he is talking about.’

Essex Court Chambers is ‘the market leading civil fraud set by the proverbial country mile’ with ‘true strength and depth in chambers from silks to baby juniors, and a great training programme to show off their knowledge and skills‘. The set’s broad offering ensures a wide range of expertise in a range of areas, including cryptocurrencies. Paul McGrath KC remains a dominant force and successfully led James Sheehan, Tom Ford and Owen Lloyd on behalf of the lead defendants in PJSC Bank “Finance and Credit” Deposit Guarantee Fund of Ukraine v Zhevago and others, a US$500m fraud claim against PJSC Bank’s former owner with significant jurisdictional implications. Joe Smouha KC also led Louise Hutton KC and Felix Wardle on behalf of the claimant in Ivanishvili v Credit Suisse Life, a claim by Georgia’s former prime minister over losses incurred to the assets held in two life insurance policy wrappers as a result of the fraud of his Credit Suisse relationship manager.

The English Bar Offshore > The English Bar Offshore

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 2

Paul McGrath KCEssex Court Chambers