“They are very efficient and effective.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“The team is very well co-ordinated, and able to work with large and complex matters.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“Excellent commercial drive and technical ability on complex international arbitration cases.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“One of the very best litigation boutiques in London.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“Signature Litigation is a market-leading boutique litigation firm. It has extremely strong background in big ticket litigation, with quality personnel and an unparalleled degree of focus and determination.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“Exceptionally good at building up the dispute strategy.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“Signature is a very professional team managing a complex international case across many jurisdictions. They have a very strong standing in managing multiple parties across different jurisdictions with different law.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“Excellent banking team with real experience in claimant-led litigation. Senior Associates are particularly impressive: thorough, efficient and very sensible.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“Great specialist knowledge with a pragmatic and commercial outlook.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“The amount of deep thought that goes into each piece of work is quite extraordinary – I don’t know quite where the headspace comes from to do this time and time again.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“They provide brilliant client care coupled with very sound legal judgment.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“Experts in their specialist field. Nobody better.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“Every member of the team is valued and as a result they provide a much higher quality of service to their clients than their competitors.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“Signature is not afraid to look for solutions outside the box to get results for its clients.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“The team is very well coordinated and able to work with large and complex matters.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“The dispute resolution experts at Signature Litigation LLP have a particular focus on complex, cross-border civil fraud claims.”

The Legal 500 UK 2022

“Signature Litigation is the only pure litigation specialist in Gibraltar, setting the firm apart from others in Gibraltar. The firm is very professional, knowledgeable and efficient, an ideal choice for litigation in the jurisdiction.“

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

“The practice unites an impressive bench of stellar litigators.“

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

“The boutique specialises in complex litigation, both in France and internationally, with the majority of matters multi-jurisdictional in nature, with the firm’s London presence a key asset for cross-border work.“

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

Signature Litigation Paris “quickly established itself as one of France’s finest dispute resolution practices and consistently attracts high-stakes, often headline-grabbing matters.”

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

“The team is attentive, available, very friendly, and provides unfailing follow-up to cases.“

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

“Great ability to establish a strategy and a very clear, structured and impactful line of defense or attack, based on a real mastery of legislation and procedures.“

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

“Excellent expertise combined with the ability to explain idiosyncratic concepts of French jurisdiction to foreigners.“

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

“The team is also highly regarded for its know-how in defending companies against toxic tort claims and deals with a high amount of claims brought by employees regarding asbestos and other chemical substances.“

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

Signature Litigation Paris is “the market’s go-to-firm for domestic and cross-border product liability cases.“

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

“The firm’s focus on dispute resolution and insurance matters makes it a popular choice for a range of clients in the aviation industry including airlines, constructors, and insurers who benefit from the department’s ability to advise on cross-border matters.“

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

“The team is very responsive – we would normally receive a response on the same day or early the day after. They keep us updated regularly, and are knowledgeable in their fields of expertise.“

The Legal 500 EMEA 2021

“The team at Signature is highly talented, experienced and dedicated.“

The Legal 500 UK 2021

Signature Litigation is described as a “quality team at every level“.

The Legal 500 UK 2021

“Extremely bright and dedicated team. A willingness to go the extra mile and find a solution to whatever problem comes along however simple or complex.“

The Legal 500 UK 2021

Signature Litigation has “‘the agility to deal with matters of all kinds’ and has particular experience in multiparty and multijurisdictional disputes.”

The Legal 500 UK 2021

“The amount of deep thought that goes into each piece of work is quite extraordinary.“

The Legal 500 UK 2021

“I am confident that they would always deliver a peerless service to the client, whoever that may be.“

The Legal 500 UK 2021

“They are quite commercial in their approach and don’t escalate matters; rather they find the most efficient way to deal with things”

Chambers UK 2020

“A highly respected litigation boutique with expertise in a wide range of contentious corporate matters”

Chambers UK 2020

“They can really go toe to toe with magic circle firms”

Chambers UK 2020

“An excellent boutique litigation firm”

Chambers UK 2020

“They have really had our backs in a very innovative way”

Chambers UK 2020

“They are absolutely brilliant – very good at the big picture, very effective communicators and very easy to get on with.”

Chambers UK 2020

“Signature has provided us with steady-handed advice and I can honestly recommend their tightly-knit team to anyone in need of sound legal advice”

Chambers UK 2020

“Noted expertise in handling cases related to alleged benchmark manipulation and mis-selling, as well as significant shareholder disputes”

Chambers UK 2020

“Well known for its representation of high net worth individuals”

Chambers UK 2020

“Prominent dispute resolution boutique with a strong record acting on behalf of claimants against major banks and financial institutions in complex litigation matters”

Chambers UK 2020

“The amount of deep thought that goes into each piece of work is extraordinary”

Chambers UK 2020

“Brilliant client care coupled with sound legal judgement”

Chambers UK 2020

Signature “has developed a deep bench of talent, which means even with the high demand for their services they consistently maintain a high quality”

Chambers UK 2020

“Highly responsive, intelligent and commercially astute lawyers”

Chambers UK 2020

“They demonstrate the ability to formulate, plan and implement a sophisticated global strategy”

Chambers UK 2020

“They are impressive in the way they deal with very complex cases”

Chambers UK 2020

The Firm’s “tactical and strategic vision is unparalleled, and the practice has a great range of partners and associates”

The Legal 500 UK 2020

“A strong focus on large, complex cases that are often cross-border”

The Legal 500 UK 2020

“A highly experienced team of partners who have in-depth knowledge of commercial dispute resolution”

The Legal 500 UK 2020

“Outstandingly successful”

The Legal 500 UK 2020

Dispute resolution boutique Signature Litigation LLP handles large, high-profile professional negligence claims, often with a cross-border element, for claimants and defendants.

The Legal 500 UK 2019

“Prominent dispute resolution boutique with a strong record acting on behalf of claimants against major banks and financial institutions in complex litigation matters.”

Chambers UK 2019

“Noted expertise in handling cases related to alleged benchmark manipulation and mis-selling, as well as significant shareholder disputes”.

Chambers UK 2019

“The firm is extremely focused on high-quality litigation”.

Chambers UK 2019

“Their advice is sound and their strategic approach is excellent. I would recommend them without hesitation.”

Chambers UK 2019

“Adept at handling multiparty and cross-border disputes, particularly those related to banking.”

Chambers UK 2019

“They have a lot of experience in multi-jurisdictional, high-value litigation. They are a boutique firm that is growing in size considerably but which can still provide a personal, flexible service.”

Chambers UK 2019

“The hallmarks of the team are that they are responsive, commercial, conflict-free, flexible … a client gets Magic Circle quality.”

Chambers UK 2019

“Dedicated litigation experts with experience in handling every element of large-scale and highly complex commercial disputes, frequently involving multiple parties and jurisdictions.”

Chambers UK 2019

“The practice advises on all aspects of large-scale banking litigation.”

The Legal 500 UK 2019

“A first-class firm with a positive, collaborative culture of integrity”.

The Legal 500 UK 2019

“A highly specialised dispute resolution firm, with a strong focus on large, complex and often cross-border cases.”

The Legal 500 UK 2019

Dedicated litigation experts with experience in handling every element of large scale and highly complex commercial disputes, frequently involving multiple parties and jurisdictions.

Chambers UK 2019

Biography

Paul is a partner and has nearly 30 years’ experience in complex multi-jurisdictional commercial and insolvency related disputes and has acted in some of the largest and highest profile insolvencies of recent times.

Paul’s work is generally claimant focused, often with a heavy investigative bias. His clients include many of the leading accountancy firms and their officeholders, as well as individuals and corporates across a range of specialist sectors.

Prior to joining Signature Paul was a partner in the commercial litigation team at Stewarts for 10 years and before that he was at PwC Legal where he led the Commercial Litigation team. Previously Paul was at Simmons & Simmons and SJ Berwin.

Paul is recommended in The Legal 500 UK 2022 Guide for civil fraud, commercial litigation and banking litigation. He is commended as “a highly accomplished insolvency litigator“, who “is fantastic in highly complex insolvency cases where his knowledge and experience put him head and shoulders above others“. Previous guides have described Paul as a “notable practitioner” for banking litigation and “highly recommended” for commercial litigation. He is further praised as “charming, well organised and a pleasure to litigate with.”

Paul is a member of the Association of Business Recovery Professionals (R3) and the International Bar Association and is also a Board Trustee of a charity focused on enfranchising marginalised young women in India through education.

Experience

  • Acting for large French insurer in proceedings arising from the Lehman Brothers’ Administration in respect of various claims and counterclaims concerning Forward Financial Instruments made under FBF Master Agreements.
  • Acting for a minority shareholder in s.994 and employment proceedings against the off-shore owners of a Data Centre business.
  • Acting for the Applicant liquidators in Akers and Anr v Deutsche Bank AG (Re Chesterfield United Inc and Partridge Management Group SA) [2012] EWHC 244 (Ch). A cross border insolvency case in which the Court confirmed that the liquidators of Chesterfield and Partridge, two BVI registered companies in liquidation, could rely on the broad powers afforded to British insolvency office holders under section 236 Insolvency Act 1986, in an application brought under Article 21 of the UNCITRAL Model Law on Cross Border Insolvency (under the CBIR 2006).
  • Acting for the liquidators of Stanford International Bank Ltd in regard to claims against HSBC arising from the fraud perpetrated by Robert Allen Stanford and others which resulted in an estimated USD 4,4bn loss.
  • Advising Cayman based liquidators in AHAB v SICL in relation to the nature and propriety of certain esoteric financial instruments (Accreting Strike Options).

Publications

Quincecare qualified?Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence – 14 June 2022

Who ate all the PIEs? Audit reform for Public Interest EntitiesFraud Intelligence – 23 May 2022

FRC audit licensing and a doomed effort to curtail fraud Accountancy Today – 20 May 2022

Can lessons be learnt from the apparently ceaseless flow of regulatory findings and fines?Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence – 4 May 2022

Company directorship: corporate criminal risksAccountancy Daily – 26 April 2022

Audit Watchdog Fines Deloitte £1.45M Over Botched AuditLaw360 – 21 April 2022

Quincecare quarrel: How interpretations of a historic duty may transform the landscape of banking fraud claimsThomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence – 1 April 2022

Company directorships: ESG and the risks of private actions – Accountancy Daily – 28 March 2022

PwC Becomes Latest Subject of InvestigationsBloomberg Tax – 7 March 2022

Company directors: increased scrutiny and enforcementAccountancy Daily – 3 March 2022

Tecnimont Arabia v NatWestLaw.com – 22 January 2022

When the Quinces don’t care… – Fraud Intelligence – 15 January 2022

FRC auditor fines in 2022 – Blog – 12 January 2022

Revealed: The Top 20 Cases of 2022 – The Lawyer – 10 January 2022

Challenger firms wilt under Big Four audit dominance – Accounting Web – 11 November 2021

Challenging the ‘billion-dollar quartet’ – The Law Society Gazette – 1 November 2021

PD57AC – a sledgehammer to crack a nut? – The Law Society Gazette – 25 October 2021

Trial witness statements: a new directionPLC Magazine – 1 October 2021

Grant Thornton UK fined $3.2M for Patisserie Valerie audit lapses – Compliance Week – 27 September 2021

What The Future Holds For UK Auditing Reform – Law360 – 17 September 2021

Supreme Court rules Grant Thornton must pay £13.4m over negligent advice – Accounting Web – 24 June 2021

Is the FRC on track to become a new, more resilient regulator?Accountancy Daily – 24 May 2021

LIBOR transition: the final countdownPLC Magazine – 25 February 2021

High Court Ruling Checks Growth Of Bank Protection DutyLaw360 – 24 February 2021

Clarity on Quincecare duty for banksThe Law Society Gazette – 15 February 2021

Failure to prevent economic crime legislation – where are we now? – Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence – 2 February 2021

UK’s financial regulator rapped following LCF collapseGlobal Restructuring Review – 22 January 2021

Corporate failures – can the UK’s financial regulator lead the charge? – Global Restructuring Review – 11 December 2020

Emerging banking compliance litigation risks: SIB v HSBC – A curate’s eggThomson Reuters – 16 October 2020

Contentious insolvency expert joins Signature Litigation and warns about future of economyEdward Fennell’s Legal Diary – 9 October 2020

Increased insolvency and disputes talent at Signature LitigationCDR News – 7 October 2020

News regarding Paul Brehony’s appointmentThe Lawyer – 1 October 2020

Signature Litigation Boosts Revenue By Nearly A Third – Legal Week – 1 October 2020

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