Paul Downes, QC

Paul Downes QC specialises in commercial law, and has specific expertise in banking and finance-related matters.

After taking Silk in 2010, his reputation as a tough, commercially-minded barrister has continued to grow.

Before coming to the Bar, Paul worked for Barclays Bank and was an assistant examiner for the Chartered Institute of Bankers. A direct understanding of the commercial and financial worlds means clients benefit from a practical and user-friendly approach. Paul has also acted as an expert witness overseas in relation to banking regulation in the UK, and is a contributor to Volume 4(1) Banking of the Encyclopedia of Forms and Precedents.

Paul also handles general commercial litigation, international trade, media and entertainment, and professional negligence. He acts as an arbitrator in London Maritime Arbitrators Association ('LMAA') shipping disputes, commercial disputes and insurance disputes.


  • Associate Chartered Institute of Bankers


  • BA (1st): University of Oxford

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