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About Paul

Paul has more than 35 years’ experience handling complex commercial litigation, with a focus on disputes relating to corporate governance, transactions and takeovers, and competition and economic law. He also advises clients on disputes in the energy & resources sector, including large oil and gas construction litigation, and pricing arbitrations.

Prior to joining HFW, Paul founded the Perth office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan after serving as the State Solicitor for Western Australia for more than 5 years. Prior to that, Paul was a senior partner in the Perth office of (now) Herbert Smith Freehills.

As the State Solicitor for Western Australia, Paul led a team of more than 200 and was responsible for some of the State’s most significant civil and regulatory matters, including key aspects of the Bell Litigation – one of Australia’s most complex and longest-running commercial disputes.

He is an Adjunct Professor with Murdoch School of Law, and has held board positions on several listed companies.

Recent recognitions include:

  • Recognised in Best Lawyers in Australia 2022 for Competition Law, Construction/ Infrastructure Law, Corporate/Governance Practice, Corporate Law, Litigation, and Regulatory Practice.
  • Recognised in Doyle’s Guide 2021 as a “Recommended” in Australia for Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution.
  • Recognised in Doyle’s Guide 2021 as a “Leading Lawyer” in Western Australia for Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution.