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Essex Court Chambers

Living Wage
24 LINCOLN'S INN FIELDS, LONDON, WC2A 3EG, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7813 8000
Fax:
Fax 020 7813 8080
DX:
320 LONDON CHANCERY LANE WC2
Email:
Web:
www.essexcourt.com
London, Singapore

Paul McGrath QC

Tel:
Work 020 7813 8000
Email:
Essex Court Chambers (Essex Court Chambers)

Position

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

Career

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

Languages

French (working knowledge).

Member

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

Education

University College, Oxon (BA, BCL).


London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Within: Leading Silks

Paul McGrath QC - Essex Court Chambers ‘ Incredibly clever and creative, with great legal knowledge, particular in the area of fraud. ’

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Commercial litigation

Within: Leading Silks

Paul McGrath QC - Essex Court Chambers ‘ Has an infectious joy in the job, an impressive handle on the detail, and is wonderful in cross-examination. ’

Within: Commercial litigation

Essex Court Chambers is a 'first-class set to turn to on significant matters' with 'an incredibly deep and diverse bench'. The set's versatility on commercial disputes is one of the things that marks it out, with some excellent expertise in areas such as fraud and international arbitration. The set has expanded heavily at the junior level in recent years, with Tim Akkouh arriving from Erskine Chambers being the most recent example. Major recent cases have included PJSC Tatneft v Bogolyubov & Others in which Paul McGrath QC, David Davies and James Sheehan were on opposing sides to fellow members, including Ruth den Besten. Other highlights included Fortress Group v BNP Paribas (the Golden Belt litigation), and Yukos Finance v Lynch. Martin Griffiths QC has been appointed a High Court judge in the Queen’s Bench Division.

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Fraud: civil

Within: Leading Silks

Paul McGrath QC - Essex Court Chambers ‘ He is Mr Civil Fraud and knows more about injunctions than the rest of us put together. ’

Within: Fraud: civil

Essex Court Chambers is 'without question the go-to set for heavy-duty commercial litigation, in particular, fraud'. The set has expanded significantly in this area over recent years, particularly at the junior end, and the recent arrival of tier-one junior Tim Akkouh, from Erskine Chambers, continues the trend. Five members, including Nathan Pillow QC, David Davies, and James Willan  were involved in the nine-week National Bank Trust v Yurov & ors trial, relating to a $800m fraud claim. Paul McGrath QC, James Sheehan, and Ruth den Besten were among those with significant roles on Tatneft v Bogolyubov & Ors.

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