Year of Call: 2000

Academic Qualifications
BA (Hons) Law, Magdalene College, Cambridge

Professional Bodies
Accredited Mediation Advocate

Paul O'Doherty

Paul was called to the Bar in 2000 after 5 years working as a corporate finance analyst, initially for BZW (Barclays’ investment banking division) and then for a high net worth individual, working on a diverse portfolio of private equity, property investment and hedge fund transactions.

Communication: Paul’s experience as a corporate finance analyst means that he speaks the language of business. He is friendly and approachable, and is always able to identify the best options for the client.

Court Craft: Paul is not fazed by the size of the documentation or the complexities of the detail. His work on complex commercial fraud trials means that he knows how to keep the big picture in sight.

A Practical Perspective: Paul understands what business people need their lawyers to tell them. His blend of commercial insight and legal expertise delivers results.

Analysis: Paul’s nose for where the money is helps him to identify the commercial resolution of the most complex litigation, whether the underlying assets are onshore or offshore, and whether the claim is for negligence, breach of statutory duty, or fraud.

Recent and Ongoing cases

  • Advising and representing the Operator of the £100 million Connaught Income Fund, a UCIS in the property funding market; a group litigation action involving approximately 1,000 claimants: see Connaught Income Fund, Series 1 (In Liquidation) V (1) Capita Financial Managers Ltd (2) Blue Gate Capital Ltd: [2014] EWHC 3619 (Comm). 

  • Advising on group litigation proceedings in relation to the mismanagement of an offshore UCIS with insolvent UK subsidiaries, which provided funding to UK property developers. Estimated value of claim: £14 million. Initial round of insolvency proceedings issued in November 2014.

  • Advising and representing a private pensions & investment company, subject to a winding up petition brought by the Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills to seeking to close down. The company is marketing a unique product to allow private pension fund holders control over their pension fund earlier than retirement. The estimated value of claim, which involves complex tax, pensions and accounting evidence, is £7 million.

  • Advising and representing in professional negligence claim against leading private bank for mismanagement of £10 million investment portfolio. 

  • Advised on professional negligence case, relating to advice on a property acquisition and related personal guarantees, requiring the analysis and consideration of complex offshore financial evidence.

  • Advised and represented a group of offshore corporates opposing a summary judgment application for US$260 million, part of the collapse of the JSC Bank: see JSC v Ablyazov.

  • Acted on behalf of a consortium of IFAs, providing independent financial advice to medical profession in group litigation involving over 100 claimants in relation to the collapse of an offshore property scheme. 

  • Advised on group litigation action against IFA firm for advice to retail investors in relation to offshore property investments. 

  • Advising and representing HM Revenue & Customs in numerous large scale VAT frauds from 2008 to 2013, conducted through international/offshore banking conduits: see e.g. Wireless Wizards [2013] UKFTT 680 (TC) (£1.0 million, appeal pending for mid 2015), Masstech Corporation Limited [2012] (£12 million, Tax Tribunal TC/2009/10294 and TC/2009/10020).