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Twenty Essex

20 ESSEX STREET, LONDON, WC2R 3AL, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 020 7842 1200
Fax:
Fax 020 7842 1270
DX:
0009 LONDON CHANCERY LANE
Email:
Web:
www.twentyessex.com
London, Singapore

Paul Lowenstein QC

Tel:
Work 020 7842 1200
Email:
Web:
twentyessex.com/people/paul-lowenstein/
Twenty Essex (Twenty Essex)

Work Department

  • Banking and finance
  • Civil fraud and asset tracing
  • Commercial dispute resolution
  • Information technology and telecommunications
  • Media and entertainment
  • Professional negligence

Position

Paul is a leading commercial silk in domestic and international litigation and arbitration. A pre-eminent courtroom advocate, he has expertise in high-profile, heavy and sensitive commercial, financial and international disputes of all kinds.

He is regularly instructed in complex and ground-breaking international and domestic fraud and asset-tracing cases, often involving pre-emptive injunctions, disclosure, and jurisdictional and choice of law issues. Paul also has strong and overlapping practices in the fields of banking and finance, information technology and telecommunications, professional negligence, and media.

Paul has been listed for many years as a leading silk in several categories including commercial dispute resolution and civil fraud in all the principal directories. Acknowledged as a formidable advocate and an accomplished cross-examiner, Paul is a team player and expert strategist with a highly commercial approach. He firmly believes in maintaining a broad commercial practice and regularly leads groups of barristers both within his core fields of practice and in diverse and specialist areas.

Paul is regularly instructed in international and domestic arbitration and in English court proceedings in aid of arbitral proceedings and in connection with the enforcement of arbitration awards and foreign judgments. He also advises overseas lawyers on issues arising in domestic and international litigation and arbitration and gives expert evidence on issues of English law and procedure arising in foreign proceedings.

He is a qualified Centre for Dispute Resolution (CEDR) mediator and an experienced mediation advocate.

Paul is an active senior advocacy trainer at the Middle Temple and sits as a Chairman of Bar Disciplinary Tribunals. He is also a Chairman of the Trustees of the International Law Book Facility (ILBF), a registered charity that provides used printed legal texts to the developing world. In 2015, Paul was nominated for the Sydney Elland Goldsmith Bar Pro Bono Award for his work with the ILBF.

He is a member of the Investment Committee of Harbour Litigation Funding.

Paul is a nominee for the ‘Barrister of the Year’ award at The Lawyer Awards (London, 2019).

Career

Called 1988; Silk 2009

Member

  • Bar Disciplinary Tribunals (BTAS): Chairman
  • Commercial Bar Association, Professional Negligence Bar Association and London Common Law: Member
  • Commercial Fraud Lawyers Association: Executive Committee Member
  • Harbour Litigation Funding, Investment Committee: Member
  • Master of the Bench, Middle Temple
  • University of Manchester Review of Law (Crime and Ethics): Honorary Advisory Board

Paul is a Chairman of the Trustees of the International Law Book Facility (www.ilbf.org.uk), a registered charity which provides used printed legal texts to the developing world. Paul was nominated for the 2015 Sydney Elland Goldsmith Bar Pro Bono Award announced by the Bar Pro Bono Unit. The award is presented annually in recognition of outstanding commitment to pro bono work. Paul was nominated for his work with the ILBF.

Education

  • Manchester University: LLB (Hons)
  • University of Cambridge: LLM


London Bar

Banking and finance (including consumer credit)

Within: Leading Silks

Paul Lowenstein QC - Twenty EssexA silk who can be relied upon to deal soundly with difficult hearings.

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Commercial litigation

Within: Leading Silks

Paul Lowenstein QC - Twenty EssexPolished, confident, and stylish in the way he goes about his business.

Within: Commercial litigation

Twenty Essex has 'an impressive bunch' of versatile silks and juniors. Members are especially experienced in major international disputes, often with a fraud or trade component, and they are especially noted for their private international law expertise. Highlight cases include CMOC Sales & Marketing Limited v Persons Unknown & 30 others, which involved the first-ever persons unknown injunction, and was led by Paul Lowenstein QC and also involved Philip Riches and two other members on behalf of CMOC. Another highlight was Deutsche Bank AG v (1) Sebastian Holdings Inc. (2) Mr Alexander Vik in which Duncan Matthews QC and Charlotte Tan successfully represented Alexander Vik in a related offshore claim before the Court of Apeal of the Turks & Caicos Islands.

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Fraud: civil

Within: Leading Silks

Paul Lowenstein QC - Twenty EssexUndoubtedly one of the genuine fraud specialists.

Within: Fraud: civil

Driven by its roster of experienced silks and juniors, Twenty Essex has seen huge growth in fraud instructions in recent years. Paul Lowenstein QC and Philip Riches acted on CMOC Sales & Marketing Limited v Persons Unknown & 30 others, which involved the first-ever persons unknown injunction, which will have a huge bearing on cyber fraud and cryptocurrency trade and asset tracing.

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IT and telecoms

Within: IT and telecoms (excluding regulatory) - Leading Silks

Paul Lowenstein QC - 20 Essex StreetHe is known for his experience in a range of telecoms contracts and IT disputes.

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Professional negligence

Within: Leading Silks

Paul Lowenstein QC - 20 Essex StreetHe is incredibly bright.

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