Call: 2005

Paul Strelitz

“He’s excellent: very commercial and good with clients” Chambers UK

Practice overview

Paul is widely considered a leading junior at the top of his game and is the first port of call for most solicitors in his areas of expertise. He is a noted litigator and revered as a master-tactician whose strong and wide-ranging commercial practice has a particular focus on shareholder and partnership disputes, franchise disputes, claims relating to directors and employment-related litigation.

His keen intellect combined with his robust tactics has served to earn Paul a highly impressive list of clients as well as appearing in many leading Court of Appeal cases as sole counsel within the last 12 months. Equally at home being led or appearing on his own, often against much more senior opposition, Paul regularly deals with multi-million pound litigation for multi-nationals and public organisations as well as individuals.

Paul is often praised by the judges who he appears in front of, and his opponents whom he is against, for his advocacy. “A noted advocate, fierce when he needs to be and clients like him as well”, he “impresses with his forthright advice and clarity of expression” and is recommended in the legal directories “for his preparation, client care and advocacy”. He is incredibly user-friendly and is particularly known for his expertise with figures which makes him ideally suited for complex financial claims.

He is recommended as a leading junior for his employment work in both Chambers UK and Legal 500.

Paul is a keen rugby fan and triathlete. He also sits as a Deputy District Judge.

Areas of expertise

  • Commercial dispute resolution
    • Commercial litigation

      Commercial litigation

      Paul is considered a master-tactician and has built up his experience across a broad range of commercial disputes involving a wide variety of corporate structures form joint ventures and trusts to companies and partnerships.

      He is comfortable dealing with both international and domestic disputes, litigation and other forms of ADR both at home and also in the DIFC in Dubai as well as the Channel Islands.  He deals regularly with emergency applications such as injunctions.

      His commercial cases often involve professional negligence and insolvency issues as well as allegations of fraud and product liability.  A keen sportsman, with interests particularly in horses and horse racing, rugby and triathlon, Paul is also well placed to deal with sports related contractual, partnership and shareholder disputes within that sphere.

      Some examples of interesting cases in this area

      • Henry Williams Limited v Cotton [2020 and ongoing] (High Court – London Circuit Commercial Court – acting alone) for the claimant against a former director and employee for breaches of fiduciary duties and misuse of confidential information.
      • John Bean Technologies Europe B.V. v Emond and another [2020 and ongoing] (High Court Chancery Division – acting alone) against a team of counsel including leading counsel resisting a claim for breach of warranty on a share purchase agreement, including an extant application by Paul’s clients for strike out.
      • Bell & ano’r v LA Micro Group US. Inc. & others [2020] EWHC 1405 (Ch) (acting alone) against a team of counsel concerning a cross border challenge to the beneficial ownership of a multi-million pound computer hardware company.
      • Monkey Puzzle Group Limited & another v Campbell [2019 and ongoing] (High Court – London Circuit Commercial Court) acting alone in a claim against former MD of a national franchise concerning allegations of fraud.
      • Glew and others v Amro Biotech & others [2019] EWHC 3183 (Ch) (acting alone against leading counsel) successfully resisting an application by nearly 40 shareholders against two directors pursuant to ss.260/261 CA 2006.
      • Aura Finance LTD &West One Ltd v Standish & Or’s (2019) Multi-track claim for a seven figure sum acting alone against leading counsel in a claim concerning overseas trusts.
      • Ransom Naturals Limited v Individuals (2019) High Court claim for interim relief and allegations of loss amounting to seven figures.
      • Pepe’s Piri Piri Limited v Razi & O’rs [2019] EWHC 2097 (QB) (led by Nigel Jones QC) concerning hotly contested allegations of conspiracy and other economic torts against nine defendants relating to a franchise dispute.
      • Hincks v Sense Network Limited [2018] EWHC 533 (QB) acted alone in six-figure claim for negligent misstatement and breach of contract in what is now the leading case on the standard to be applied when constructing a reference.
      • Frenkel v Lyampert and Others [2017] EWHC 2223 (Ch) successfully acted alone for the second and third defendants against leading counsel and a leading junior, in a multi-national shareholding dispute for a seven-figure sum securing an indemnity costs order on most issues.
      • Frenkel v Lyampert & LA Micro Group (UK) Ltd [2017] EWHC 3121 (Ch) successfully acted for second respondent in discharging an ex-parte injunction by reason of material non-disclosure.
      • Richard Ryan v Harnser (UK) Limited and Another (2016): Acting for the Claimant in this six figure dispute in the Queen’s Bench Division arising out of substantial sums owed to a former employee where allegations relating to off-shore corporate vehicles have been made.
      • House of Flags Limited v Geranio and Ors (2016): A High Court case involving applications for interim injunctions, specific disclosure and an appeal all at fast pace and with significant input required from Paul with the matter settling on day 1 of the expedited trial.
      • Robin Recruitment Limited and Anor v Castle View Healthcare Limited (2016 – 2017): Representing two Defendants advising and drafting pleadings in this matter which relates to allegations of improper use of confidential information as well as appearing in application to strike out aspects of the Claimant’s case.
      • Toomey Leasing Group Ltd (2015): Advising a multi-million pound leasing group on injunctive relief applications against former employees.
      • Powerplane Limited -v- Kotak (2015 and 2016 in Court of Appeal): partnership dispute and collateral debt concerning a substantial loan to a family member.
      • Recharge AS and Ors v Clover and Ors (2015): Acted for six defendants in this six figure claim brought in the chancery division of the High Court arising out of allegations relating to team-move/misuse of confidential property.
      • Multi-national joint venture dispute between directors and shareholders (2015) relating to directors’ duties and a seven figure dispute over apportion of beneficial ownership.
      • Umit Sabanci v Manissa Limited and Others (2015 – 2016 ongoing): substantial High Court shareholder dispute between co-founders of a successful import business.
      • Advising former directors of a business for a seven figure claim which includes aspects of fraud and professional negligence (2015-2016 ongoing).
      • First test case on “hot tubbing” defending a six figure claim in the Manchester Division of the High Court against a Fire and Rescue Service Public Authority relating to the supply of vehicles.
      • Manders v Cole: A six figure claim resulting from a Ponzi-style fraud.  This High Court case involved complex matters relating to trusts and principles of equity arising out of the sale of shares which were alleged never to have existed.
      • Partnership dispute involving very substantial sums relating to a horse which was litigated in the High Court District Registry.
    • Employment & executive disputes

      Employment & executive disputes

      Paul is a leading junior in relation to employment work, recommended by both Chambers UK and Legal 500. He acts in complex employment matters from the employment tribunals to the Court of Appeal (where he has appeared many times in the last 12 months including in two leading cases). He is very experienced at emergency applications, often advising at very short notice in relation to injunctions. His employment work covers restrictive covenants, confidential information, discrimination and covert surveillance. He has specific expertise in sports-related disputes and whistleblowing matters. In 2017 he obtained what was believed in the media to be the highest ET award of the year.

      He acts for individuals but also has an enviable client list ranging from top Cambridge colleges and leading media companies to top 10 accountants and FTSE 100 companies. He is also counsel most-often instructed for a number of local authorities as well as a number of police forces. He is particularly well known for dealing with complex or document-heavy cases and where the sums involved are very large, often against leading counsel.

      Some examples of interesting cases in this area

      • Henry Williams Limited v Cotton [2020 and ongoing] (High Court – London Circuit Commercial Court – acting alone) for the claimant against a former director and employee for breaches of fiduciary duties and misuse of confidential information.
      • Monkey Puzzle Group Limited & another v Campbell [2019 and ongoing] (High Court – London Circuit Commercial Court) acting alone in a claim against former MD of a national franchise concerning allegations of fraud.
      • Mervyn v BW Controls Ltd [2020] EWCA Civ 393; [2020] 3 WLUK 219 now the leading case upon the status of a List of Issues as well as the assistance that an Employment Tribunal is to provide to litigants in person.
      • Chief Constable of Norfolk v Coffey [2019] EWCA Civ. 1061 Paul acted for the Chief Constable of Norfolk in the first ever case before the Court of Appeal on perception disability discrimination.
      • Chesters v East Anglian Air Ambulance [2019] Paul represented the Air Ambulance in a dispute concerning employment status of a flying Pre Hospital Emergency Medicine doctor who asserts employment by reason of the level of control exercised over him in this ongoing matter, which is the first of its kind.
      • A private hospital [2019] (confidential) Paul acts for a private hospital concerning tortious and contractual claims against a former CEO and related parties in a seven figure claim.
      • Hincks v Sense Network Limited [2018] EWHC 533 (QB) acted alone in six-figure claim for negligent misstatement and breach of contract in what is now the leading case on the standard to be applied when constructing a reference.
      • Chief Constable of Norfolk v Coffey [2017] UKEAT/0260/16 Paul acted for the Chief Constable in what is now the leading case on perceived disability discrimination.
      • Roberts v Akhmedov [2017] Paul acted for the claimant, a former gardener, and secured a judgment in what is believed to be the highest ET award of that year.
      • Burdett v Aviva [2017]: this matter went to the Employment Appeal Tribunal where Paul (2016 – lead by Jane MCNeill QC) who was acting for the Claimant was successful and it was remitted for a further hearing.  It concerns an ex-employee who was an undiagnosed paranoid schizophrenic who sexually assaulted two colleagues.  The claim is for unfair dismissal and disability discrimination.
      • Office Equipment Systems Ltd v Hughes [2017] UKEAT acted for the claimant in what is now the leading case on the application of the so-called ‘Burns-Barke procedure’.
      • Twaits v Triton Global LLP (2015-2016 ongoing): Paul represents the household insurance name where a former case handler is claiming substantial damages as a result of whistleblowing and unfair dismissal.  The six figure claim for whistleblowing has been dismissed.
      • Tannor v BP Plc: Paul represented the Respondent in defence of this claim brought by a former senior executive (2016 – judgment awaited).
      • Sabanci v Manissa Limited and Ors (2015-2016 ongoing): Paul represents the Claimant in this High Court claim for six figures on foot in the Queen’s Bench Division.
      • Paul is advising an IFA upon a negligent reference to the FCA which is alleged to have caused six figure damages (2015-2016 ongoing).
      • Paul is advising a former director of a company registered in England concerning a six figure loan made to companies, some of who are registered in Guernsey (2016 ongoing).
      • Paul is advising and representing a number of companies in their ongoing dispute with BIS about the Employment Agencies Act 1973 (2015-2016 ongoing).
      • Recharge AS and Ors –v- Clover and Ors (2015):  Paul acted for all defendants in these claims in the Chancery Division of the High Court and which were resolved in a successful mediation.
      • Rao v Assist Security Ltd (2015): Paul successfully represented the national security company in the High Court in a substantial six figure damages claim in relation to an allegedly negligent reference.
      • Paul successfully acted for a global petrochemical company (2014) in a claim for unfair dismissal which challenged the basis for the new safety regime.
      • Paul successfully represented G4S, the largest employer in the FTSE 100, in their longest running employment trial of 2014 in a complex six figure discrimination claim.
      • Chadwick v Aldeburgh Golf Club (2014): successfully acted for the Claimant in a widely publicised (in most newspapers) unfair dismissal case related to allegations of sexual impropriety.
      • Successfully represented a very senior former employee from the largest sugar manufacturer in the UK who was dismissed for gross misconduct.
    • Franchising

      Franchising

      Paul has particular expertise in franchise related litigation and has been involved in some of the largest recent cases in this area. He is therefore considered by many to be a go-to leading junior in this particular field. Almost all franchise cases result in a confidential settlement or an arbitration so cannot be referred to here, but Paul is instructed in most franchise disputes each year by most of the franchise-specialist solicitors. In addition he is also a regular speaker on franchise-related topics to solicitors, in-house and also at the only annual franchise law seminar.

      Some examples of interesting cases in this area:

      • Monkey Puzzle Group Limited & another v Campbell [2019 and ongoing] (High Court – London Circuit Commercial Court) acting alone in a claim against former MD of a national franchise concerning allegations of fraud.
      • Pepe’s Piri Piri Limited v Razi & O’rs [2019] EWHC 2097 (QB) (led by Nigel Jones QC) concerning hotly contested allegations of conspiracy and other economic torts against nine defendants relating to a franchise dispute.
  • Legal professionals

    Legal professionals

    Paul’s general commercial and employment work makes him ideally placed to deal with complex professional negligence claims.  His comprehensive and robust style also often assists in achieving a favourable and swift resolution for his client.

    He acts in cases concerning alleged negligence in a number of professions but principally solicitors and accountants in disputes which originally related to employment or commercial work where Paul is often counsel of choice by reason of his intricate knowledge of the underlying relevant law which he uses to his client’s best advantage.

    Some example of related work

    • Advising an individual in relation to a threatened claim against a solicitor for failing to advise upon third-party loss for a seven figure sum (2019 – settled at mediation).
    • Advising in a threatened claim against a solicitor as a result of an alleged failure to preserve time limits for a six figure sum (2018).
    • Advising a Union in respect of a threatened claim in negligence against it for failure to protect a member’s interests when entering into a settlement agreement for a six figure sum (2017 – ongoing).
    • Advising an insurer in relation to a threatened claim against an insured solicitor for a failure to properly advise for a six figure sum (2018).
    • Advising an individual in relation to a threatened claim against a solicitor for failing to advise upon third-party loss for a seven figure sum (2017 – ongoing).
    • Advising in respect of a threatened claim against a solicitor arising out of a missed time limit in the employment tribunal where allegations of concealment of material facts are live (2016).
    • Advising in a claim by former directors of a company in respect of actions for seven figures sums against their former solicitors for missing relevant limitation periods and/or failing to advise appropriately on matters pertaining to fraud (2014-2016 ongoing).
    • Advising the creator of a start-up technology firm which was sold to a PE company for a seven figure package but where the solicitors had allegedly failed to consider properly the effects of the SPA including, in particular, good/bad leaver provisions (2015).
    • Substantial claim against former solicitors in relation to losses arising out of a property transaction (2015).
    • A six figure claim against a technology company as a result of alleged defective supply and installation of soft and firmware (2015).
    • £4m claim against solicitors for their conduct of an insolvency dispute (2014).

Recognition

“He’s excellent: very commercial and good with clients”Chambers UK
“He is a noted advocate, fierce when he needs to be and clients like him as well”Chambers UK
“He has an excellent breadth of knowledge and a hands-on approach”Legal 500
“The one solicitors want to instruct”Legal 500
“Forensic in his approach and gets to the heart of the case very quickly”Legal 500
“Excellent with clients - he is personable, clear and speaks with authority”Legal 500
“He has a fantastic courtroom presence”Chambers UK

Directory recommendations

Paul is recommended in Chambers UK and  Legal 500 for Employment. The directories note:

  • “Forensic in his approach and gets to the heart of a case very quickly. Paul is excellent with clients – he is personable, clear and speaks with authority.” (Legal 500)
  • “He’s excellent: very commercial and good with clients.” (Chambers UK)
  • “He has a fantastic courtroom presence.” (Chambers UK)
  • “Very quick to get to the heart of a dispute and is known for his exceptional written work.” (Legal 500)
  •  “He has an excellent breadth of knowledge and a hands-on approach.” (Legal 500)
  • “A tenacious advocate” (Legal 500)
  • “Recommended for his preparation, client care, and advocacy.” (Legal 500)
  • “He really fights for his clients, who feel a sense of relief when they have him on their side.” (Legal 500)

Judicial appointments

  • Deputy District Judge (since 2019)

Professional associations

  • ELBA
  • ELA
  • COMBAR

Qualifications

  • LLB (Hons) Admiralty Law; Southampton University (top of year in admiralty final exam)
  • BVC at the College of Law (London)
  • Sir Thomas More scholar of Lincoln’s Inn

News

LA Micro Group (UK) & Bell v LA Micro Group & Ors – resisting a jurisdictional challenge

03/06/2020

Paul Strelitz appears in leading Mervyn v BW Controls case

16/03/2020

Chief Constable of Norfolk v Coffey [2019] EWCA Civ 1061: Paul Strelitz appears before Court of Appeal representing the Chief Constable of Norfolk Police

21/06/2019

Alexander Bastin, Alastair Redpath-Stevens, Paul Strelitz, Charlotte John and Gemma Witherington appointed as Deputy District Judges

14/03/2019

Paul Strelitz appears in first ever appellate case on perceived disability discrimination

21/12/2017

Articles

What might #metoo mean for you – sexual harassment allegations in the workplace

28/11/2017

The most famous case on the rule of law for a generation? Employment tribunal fees declared unlawful

26/07/2017

Wrotham Park Damages: An Update

24/11/2016

Settlement Agreements – Please don’t (help anyone else to) sue us

20/09/2016

Past events

Hardwicke Franchising Day – Business as Usual?

24/09/2020