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Paul McGrath QC

International Commercial Fraud & Asset Recovery

London, UK

Paul McGrath
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Paul McGrath’s Biography

Paul McGrath QC is a highly respected barrister who specialises in international commercial and company law disputes. In addition to appearing in the High Court, Court of Appeal, the Privy Council and Supreme Court in England and Wales, he has appeared before the courts of most of the offshore jurisdictions including the Cayman Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Turks & Caicos, the Dubai International Financial Centre, and the Isle of Man and, in an advisory capacity, the Channel Islands.

Since 1994, Paul has been instructed in most of the high-profile commercial fraud and asset recovery cases to be heard before the English Courts and offshore. He has a reputation as a “court-room bruiser” with the ability to think outside of the box on difficult legal issues across a broad spectrum of legal areas. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2011.

His book, Commercial Fraud in Civil Practice, (3rd edition in preparation) is regarded as essential reading for those practitioners and scholars interested in this area of the law. Named as Commercial Litigation Silk of the Year in The Legal 500 Awards 2015, Paul was more recently recognised as Barrister of the Week by The Lawyer magazine.

Paul is an avid fan, long-time season ticketholder and former shareholder of Liverpool FC. When he is not to be found at Anfield, he is likely to be on a flight to wherever the latest high-profile boxing match is being held. In 2019, he helped a former professional boxer renovate and re-open his local Waterloo Amateur Boxing Club in Liverpool. Together with his partner, Angela, Paul renovated and opened up a luxury dog hotel, training and hydrotherapy centre, The Pawfect Retreat.

Paul studied Jurisprudence at University College, Oxford and graduated with a first-class degree in both his BA (Law) and postgraduate BCL.

Paul’s Newsfeed

The Lawyer
Barrister of the week: Essex Court's Paul McGrath QC

The Lawyer honours Paul McGrath QC of Essex Court Chambers as Barrister of the Week, highlighting his recent successful case (OT Computers (In Liquidation) v Infineon Technologies & Anr) and exploring how this case required him to confront the areas of insolvency and competition.

Paul’s Background

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Paul McGrath QC
Barrister QC
1994 - Present
London, UK
Paul is a leading practitioner in the field of international commercial Chancery litigation. He has a wide practice spanning company insolvency and commercial disputes.
Essex Court Chambers
Barrister QC
1994 - Present
London, UK
Essex Court Chambers leads the way in commercial and financial litigation, arbitration, public law and public international law.

Other Business Interests

The Pawfect Retreat
Hightown, UK
The Pawfect Retreat is a state-of-the-art dog hotel set in 13 acres near the Merseyside coast. The hotel can cater for up to 60 dogs and features six paddocks, an indoor training facility, and a hydrotherapy pool.


Waterloo ABC
2019 - Present
Liverpool, UK
In 2019 Paul helped a former professional boxer realise his dream of providing local kids with a place to learn the skills of boxing and keep out of trouble by renovating and re-opening his local Waterloo Amateur Boxing Club in Liverpool.


Essex Court Chambers Fraud Summit
Apr 2021
London, UK
In April 2021 Paul hosted a series of webinars dealing with International Commercial Fraud.


DIFC Courts
Registered Practitioner
Dubai, AE
Situated in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), the DIFC Courts is an independent English language judiciary with jurisdiction in commercial and civil disputes.


Commercial Fraud in Civil Practice (2nd Edition)
Mar 2014
Oxford, UK
Paul's book provides a comprehensive reference tool for practitioners and scholars of commercial fraud, with a specific focus on civil law claims and solutions.

Awards & Endorsements

The Lawyer
Barrister of the Week
Apr 2021
Paul McGrath QC has established one of the Bar’s most highly regarded cross-border fraud practices. He won Barrister of the Week for his success tackling elements of competition and insolvency law.
Chambers and Partners
Paul is described in Chambers and Partners 2021 review as “Absolutely outstanding – he’s a very, very good advocate and is very enjoyable to work with.” “Has an encyclopaedic knowledge of many areas of law.”
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Speaking Engagements

St Petersburg International Legal Forum
May 2021
In conjunction with Rybalkin, Gortsunyan & Partners of Moscow, Paul gave a talk at St Petersburg International Legal Forum.

Paul’s Education

University College Oxford
BCL (First)
1992 - 1993
University College Oxford
BA Law (First)
1989 - 1992

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