Paul Lewis

Year of call: 2007

"Charming and sensible." "Sources praise his excellent grasp of the important issues and the practical nature of his advice." 
Chambers UK

Paul Paul

Paul is a specialist chancery and commercial barrister.

Property & Estates

Paul undertakes both contentious and advisory work in the areas of wills and probate, family provision and trusts cases, as well as matters involving real property disputes.

Inheritance, Wills & Estates

Paul advises and acts on all aspects of the law of succession, including the validity, interpretation and challenges to wills, the duties of executors and administrators, as well as family provision cases.

Real Property

Paul's practice encompasses all aspects of the law of real property, including title, boundaries, adverse possession, easements, covenants, rights of way, options and trusts of land (including co-ownership disputes and claims in proprietary estoppel.)

Trusts

Paul has wide experience in domestic, off shore and cross-border trust disputes as well as drafting, structuring and advising in relation to trusts and related areas.

Court Of Protection

Paul acts in all aspects of property and affairs Court of Protection work, with a particular emphasis on statutory wills, statutory gift applications and the role of the Court of Protection in inheritance matters.

Significant property, estates and trusts cases which Paul has worked on include:

  • Crociani, A & B v Crociani & O'rs [2017] JRC 146: Paul appeared as a trial advocate for the successful Claimants in a hard fought breach of trust claim worth in excess of $150 million. Following a three month trial, judgment was handed down in September 2017. 
  • Crociani, A & B v Crociani & O'rs - [2016] JRC 026: Paul appeared for the successful Claimants in a contested application for further and better particulars in respect of the Defendants' amended answer and counterclaim.

  • Crociani, A & B v Crociani & O'rs - [2016] JRC 112: Paul appeared for the successful Claimants to secure sanctions for non-compliance and indemnity costs orders against the Defendants who had breached court orders in respect of their trial evidence.

  • Crociani, A & B v Crociani & O'rs - [2016] JRC 216A: Paul appeared for the successful Claimants to secure the release to the parties of a private letter written by the Fifth Defendant, Princess Camilla des Deux Siciles, to a Judge of the Royal Court in Jersey. 
  • In the Estate of X (Confidential) - [2015]: Paul was part of the team which acted for the testators in the context of an application to rectify a will concerning a multi-million pound estate. 
  • Crociani, A & B v Crociani & O'rs [2014] UKPC 40: Forum dispute which is now the leading authority on the effect of exclusive jurisdiction clauses in trust instruments. Paul was part of the team which successfully defended this appeal in the Jersey Court of Appeal and the Privy Council.

Commercial

Paul acts for individuals and businesses in cases concerning all aspects of commercial and contractual disputes, including:

  • Contractual disputes
  • Sale and supply of goods and services
  • Restraint of trade
  • Misrepresentation
  • Mistake
  • Breach of confidence
  • Corporate insolvency
  • Agency

Significant commercial cases which Paul has worked on include:

  • Dohr v AI Airports Ltd & PI Power International Ltd [2015] JRC 047: Paul was part of the team which acted for the successful claimant at trial in his claim to recover multi-million pound termination fees payable upon his removal from office as a director.
  • Re the Liquidation of Anthony Investments (Esplanade) Ltd, Evreux Holdings Ltd & JCN Investments (Jersey) Ltd [2014] JRC 240B: Paul appeared for the Joint Liquidators in long running winding up proceedings involving three companies which included the successful sale of one of the most valuable pieces of Jersey commercial real estate ever to take place (£27 million).

Banking & Finance

Paul accepts instructions in a range of Banking and Finance and Financial Services matters, including claims by banks and the mis-selling of financial products and welcomes instructions in the following areas:

  • Product mis-selling, including rate swap mis-selling and LIBOR related claims
  • Commercial contract disputes
  • Insurance - coverage disputes
  • Professional negligence & indemnity matters. 

Company Law

Paul has a particular interest in company law matters and his experience encompasses a range of advisory and contentious work. Paul welcomes instructions in the following areas:

  • Shareholder disputes
  • Unfair prejudice petitions
  • Directors disputes
  • Derivative claims
  • Share sale disputes
  • Warranty claims
  • Share rectification proceedings
  • Partnership
  • Charitable companies
  • Foundations
  • Joint venture disputes

Significant company cases which Paul has worked on include:

  • Dohr v AI Airports Ltd & PI Power International Ltd [2015] JRC 047: Paul was part of the team which acted for the successful Mr Dohr in his claim to recover multi-million pound termination fees payable upon his removal from office as a director.
  • Re the Liquidation of Anthony Investments (Esplanade) Ltd, Evreux Holdings Ltd & JCN Investments (Jersey) Ltd [2014] JRC 240B: Paul appeared for the Joint Liquidators in long running winding up proceedings involving three companies which involved the successful sale of one of the most valuable pieces of Jersey commercial real estate ever to take place (£27 million).

Professional Negligence

Paul has acted in a wide variety of professional negligence cases, for both claimants and defendants, mainly relating to his specialist areas of practice. His experience includes advising in relation to:

  • Financial Advisors
  • Solicitors and Barristers
  • Accountants
  • Surveyors and Valuers
  • Insurance Brokers.

CLERK CONTACT INFORMATION

For further information and enquiries please contact:

Commercial: Mike Norton

Property & Estates: Lisa Mainwaring

Appointments

  • Jersey Advocate (2014) (non-practising)

Memberships

  • Chancery Bar Association
  • Association of Contentious Trust & Probate Specialists (ACTAPS)
  • Bar Pro Bono Unit

education

  • LLM in Commercial Law (Distinction), University of Bristol
  • BA (Joint Hons) (First Class), University of Leeds