Paul O’Doherty

Practice Overview

Paul O’Doherty is an experienced commercial barrister who has been advising businesses for over 20 years, from small owner-operated enterprises to large international corporates.

He is experienced in providing strategic, commercial advice and advocacy in complex, high value litigation. His main areas of practice are corporate insolvency, financial services, contractual disputes, civil fraud and construction.

A common theme in Paul’s work is complicated financial evidence. Paul was an accomplished corporate finance analyst prior to his call to the bar. He worked on a diverse portfolio of international mergers & acquisitions, private equity, property investments and hedge fund transactions.  With considerable experience undertaking due diligence and complex corporate valuation, Paul’s forensic accounting skills set him apart.

Paul is as comfortable providing strategic advice in the boardroom as he is in court. He understands what business people need their lawyers to tell them. A natural advocate with an easy style and a wealth of trial experience, Paul’s blend of legal expertise and commercial insight delivers results.

Paul has a law degree from Magdalene College, Cambridge.

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Commercial Litigation

Paul is an astute strategic lawyer, with a keen eye for detail but never losing sight of the bigger picture. Unravelling complex commercial disputes and getting to the heart of the problem, Paul delivers practical advice on how to achieve the best outcome.

  • R v F (2017-2018): Advising and representing London based property developer in High Court proceedings relating to contractual dispute with its construction contractor, involving injunctive relief, insolvent sub-contractors, unfinished construction works and breach of £15 million settlement agreement.
  • Re M (2016-17): Advised and represented a litigation funder in High Court proceedings in London for the recovery of third party funding investment in relation to a US$14 million international arbitration award.
  • Re Medgolf Properties (2016-17): Advised and represented a consortium of Cypriot developers and investment companies in group litigation action in relation to offshore property investment scheme, involving allegations of breach of contract and misrepresentation.
  • Re E (2015-16): Advised and represented a private equity investor to recover his investment into waste-to-energy group where investee was in breach of shareholders’ agreement.
  • HM Revenue & Customs (2008-15): Advising and representing HM Revenue & Customs in numerous large scale VAT frauds, conducted through international/offshore banking conduits: see e.g. Wireless Wizards [2013] UKFTT 680 (TC), Masstech Corporation Limited [2012] Tax Tribunal TC/2009/10294 and TC/2009/10020).
  • JSC BTA Bank v Solodchenko and others (2012): Advising and representing a group of offshore corporates opposing a summary judgment application for US$260 million, part of the multi-billion pound collapse of the JSC BTA Bank/Ablyazov litigation.

Construction and Engineering

  • Re Carillion Qatar LLC (2018): Advising Carillion Qatar LLC on business restructuring following the high profile collapse of Carillion PLC
  • R v F (2017-2018): Advising and representing London based property developer in High Court proceedings relating to contractual dispute with its construction contractor, involving injunctive relief, insolvent sub-contractors, unfinished construction works and breach of £15 million settlement agreement.
  • Nisbets PLC v St Modwens Developments and others (2017): Defending specialist flooring contractor in relation to the installation of high specification warehouse concrete flooring, involving complex expert evidence on proprietary flooring technology.
  • Re K (2015-17): Advising and representing a firm of architects concerning urban design and planning advice in relation to a £30 million mixed use town centre redevelopment.
  • Hydrodec v Whelan (2014). Advising and representing owner/operator of an independentoil re-refinery in a dispute with feedstock provider, involving consequential losses arising from refinery closures.

Financial Services

Paul’s expertise in the financial services sector is underlined by the high profile cases in which he has been instructed in recent years. In additional to his technical mastery of the UK legislative and regulatory framework, Paul brings a comprehensive understanding of investment products to the table from his time in investment banking.

  • The Connaught Income Fund/Blue Gate Capital Limited (2014-18):Advising and defending financial advisory firm Blue Gate Capital Limited, which was the FCA regulated operator of the £100 million Connaught Income Fund. The Connaught Income Fund, an unregulated collective investment scheme in the property funding market, collapsed into insolvent liquidation due to fraudulent activity in its investee company, Tiuta. The claim involves a group action with approximately 1,000 claimants suing Blue Gate and Capita: see Connaught Income Fund, Series 1 (In Liquidation) v (1) Capita Financial Managers Ltd (2) Blue Gate Capital Ltd [2014] EWHC 3619 (Comm).  The case has received widespread publicity.
  • O’Hare v Coutts (2016-2018) (see [2016] EWHC 2224 (QB)). Advising and representing high net worth individuals in the High Court and Court of Appeal, together with Darragh Connell, in a £3 million claim for breach of contract, negligence, and breach of statutory duty arising from investment advice given by Coutts.
  • Re P (2015-2016): Advising and representing high net worth individual in a £2 million claim for breach of contract and negligence against his private bankers in relation to advice on foreign exchange and private equity transactions.
  • Re JACC v Barclays (2015-2016): Advising and representing a care home SME pursuing its bankers in relation to consequential losses arising from a mis-sold interest rate swap.

Insolvency (Corporate)

Paul has wide ranging experience in corporate insolvency and restructuring. His practical and technical advice is sought after in the most complex insolvency matters. He has advised and represented businesses and insolvency practitioners across industries from financial services to hotels and the hospitality industry, from pensions to property and construction.

  • Re Carillion Qatar LLC (2018): Advising Carillion Qatar LLC on business restructuring following the high profile collapse of Carillion PLC
  • The Connaught Income Fund/Blue Gate Capital Limited(2014-18):Advising and defending financial advisory firm Blue Gate Capital Limited, which was the FCA regulated operator of the £100 million Connaught Income Fund. The Connaught Income Fund, an unregulated collective investment scheme in the property funding market, collapsed into insolvent liquidation due to fraudulent activity in its investee company, Tiuta. The claim involves a group action with approximately 1,000 claimants suing Blue Gate and Capita: see Connaught Income Fund, Series 1 (In Liquidation) V (1) Capita Financial Managers Ltd (2) Blue Gate Capital Ltd [2014] EWHC 3619 (Comm).  The case has received widespread publicity.
  • Re “L” plc (2015-18): Advising and representing the liquidator of a formerly listed leisure industry PLC in High Court insolvency proceedings pursuing former executive and non-executive directors for a contribution to the assets of the liquidation. “L” PLC collapsed into liquidation following a highly complex corporate restructure which involved the transfer out from the listed company of approximately £400 million of assets. The claim against the former directors involves wrongful trading and breaches of statutory duty involving transactions at undervalue, transactions defrauding creditors and preferences.
  • The Jaeger Group (2017): Advising and representing a consortium of unsecured creditors dissatisfied with the incumbent administrators of the well-known retail group put into insolvent administration by its private equity funders.
  • Re Travel Inn (Ireland) Ltd (2017): Advising and representing the liquidator of a dissolved Irish Company, on procedural issues relating to obtaining a winding up order pursuant to section 225 of the Insolvency Act 1986 (winding up dissolved foreign company without the need to restore to the register, as if it were an unregistered company).
  • Re “R” Limited (in administration) (2017-18): Advising the administrators of a specialist travel business in relation to a multi-million wrongful trading claim against former directors, involving a complex FX funding structure.
  • KJK Investments/G-Loans Limited (2013-15): Advising and defending a private pensions and investment business, subject to a public interest winding up petition, brought by the Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills seeking to close down the business. The companies marketed a novel product to allow private pension fund holders to access and exercise control over their pension fund earlier than retirement. The claim involved complex tax, pensions and accounting evidence, involving £7 million of pension investments.

Professional Negligence

Paul’s professional negligence practice encompasses claims against financial services professionals, solicitors and construction professionals.

  • The Connaught Income Fund/Blue Gate Capital Limited (2014-18): Advising and defending financial advisory firm Blue Gate Capital Limited, which was the FCA regulated operator of the £100 million Connaught Income Fund. The Connaught Income Fund, an unregulated collective investment scheme in the property funding market, collapsed into insolvent liquidation due to fraudulent activity in its investee company, Tiuta. The claim involves a group action with approximately 1,000 claimants suing Blue Gate and Capita: see Connaught Income Fund, Series 1 (In Liquidation) V (1) Capita Financial Managers Ltd (2) Blue Gate Capital Ltd [2014] EWHC 3619 (Comm).  The case has received widespread publicity.
  • O’Hare v Coutts (2014-18) (see [2016] EWHC 2224 (QB)). Advised and represented high net worth individuals in the High Court and Court of Appeal, together with Darragh Connell, in a £3 million claim for professional negligence, breach of contract and breach of statutory duty arising from investment advice given by Coutts.
  • Re K (2015-18): Advising and representing a firm of architects concerning urban design and planning advice in relation to a £30 million mixed use town centre redevelopment.
  • Xenakis v Birkett Long [2014] EWHC 171 (QB)Advised and represented restaurant entrepreneur claimant against his former solicitors, relating to negligent advice on a property acquisition and related personal guarantees, requiring the analysis and consideration of complex offshore financial evidence.

Qualifications

BA (Hons) Law Magdalene College, Cambridge

Professional bodies

Accredited Mediation Advocate

Practice Overview

Paul O’Doherty is an experienced commercial barrister who has been advising businesses for over 20 years, from small owner-operated enterprises to large international corporates.

He is experienced in providing strategic, commercial advice and advocacy in complex, high value litigation. His main areas of practice are corporate insolvency, financial services, contractual disputes, civil fraud and construction.

A common theme in Paul’s work is complicated financial evidence. Paul was an accomplished corporate finance analyst prior to his call to the bar. He worked on a diverse portfolio of international mergers & acquisitions, private equity, property investments and hedge fund transactions.  With considerable experience undertaking due diligence and complex corporate valuation, Paul’s forensic accounting skills set him apart.

Paul is as comfortable providing strategic advice in the boardroom as he is in court. He understands what business people need their lawyers to tell them. A natural advocate with an easy style and a wealth of trial experience, Paul’s blend of legal expertise and commercial insight delivers results.

Paul has a law degree from Magdalene College, Cambridge.

Clerk details

clerks@forumchambers.com
020 3735 8070

Commercial Litigation

Paul is an astute strategic lawyer, with a keen eye for detail but never losing sight of the bigger picture. Unravelling complex commercial disputes and getting to the heart of the problem, Paul delivers practical advice on how to achieve the best outcome.

  • R v F (2017-2018): Advising and representing London based property developer in High Court proceedings relating to contractual dispute with its construction contractor, involving injunctive relief, insolvent sub-contractors, unfinished construction works and breach of £15 million settlement agreement.
  • Re M (2016-17): Advised and represented a litigation funder in High Court proceedings in London for the recovery of third party funding investment in relation to a US$14 million international arbitration award.
  • Re Medgolf Properties (2016-17): Advised and represented a consortium of Cypriot developers and investment companies in group litigation action in relation to offshore property investment scheme, involving allegations of breach of contract and misrepresentation.
  • Re E (2015-16): Advised and represented a private equity investor to recover his investment into waste-to-energy group where investee was in breach of shareholders’ agreement.
  • HM Revenue & Customs (2008-15): Advising and representing HM Revenue & Customs in numerous large scale VAT frauds, conducted through international/offshore banking conduits: see e.g. Wireless Wizards [2013] UKFTT 680 (TC), Masstech Corporation Limited [2012] Tax Tribunal TC/2009/10294 and TC/2009/10020).
  • JSC BTA Bank v Solodchenko and others (2012): Advising and representing a group of offshore corporates opposing a summary judgment application for US$260 million, part of the multi-billion pound collapse of the JSC BTA Bank/Ablyazov litigation.

Construction and Engineering

  • Re Carillion Qatar LLC (2018): Advising Carillion Qatar LLC on business restructuring following the high profile collapse of Carillion PLC
  • R v F (2017-2018): Advising and representing London based property developer in High Court proceedings relating to contractual dispute with its construction contractor, involving injunctive relief, insolvent sub-contractors, unfinished construction works and breach of £15 million settlement agreement.
  • Nisbets PLC v St Modwens Developments and others (2017): Defending specialist flooring contractor in relation to the installation of high specification warehouse concrete flooring, involving complex expert evidence on proprietary flooring technology.
  • Re K (2015-17): Advising and representing a firm of architects concerning urban design and planning advice in relation to a £30 million mixed use town centre redevelopment.
  • Hydrodec v Whelan (2014). Advising and representing owner/operator of an independentoil re-refinery in a dispute with feedstock provider, involving consequential losses arising from refinery closures.

Financial Services

Paul’s expertise in the financial services sector is underlined by the high profile cases in which he has been instructed in recent years. In additional to his technical mastery of the UK legislative and regulatory framework, Paul brings a comprehensive understanding of investment products to the table from his time in investment banking.

  • The Connaught Income Fund/Blue Gate Capital Limited (2014-18):Advising and defending financial advisory firm Blue Gate Capital Limited, which was the FCA regulated operator of the £100 million Connaught Income Fund. The Connaught Income Fund, an unregulated collective investment scheme in the property funding market, collapsed into insolvent liquidation due to fraudulent activity in its investee company, Tiuta. The claim involves a group action with approximately 1,000 claimants suing Blue Gate and Capita: see Connaught Income Fund, Series 1 (In Liquidation) v (1) Capita Financial Managers Ltd (2) Blue Gate Capital Ltd [2014] EWHC 3619 (Comm).  The case has received widespread publicity.
  • O’Hare v Coutts (2016-2018) (see [2016] EWHC 2224 (QB)). Advising and representing high net worth individuals in the High Court and Court of Appeal, together with Darragh Connell, in a £3 million claim for breach of contract, negligence, and breach of statutory duty arising from investment advice given by Coutts.
  • Re P (2015-2016): Advising and representing high net worth individual in a £2 million claim for breach of contract and negligence against his private bankers in relation to advice on foreign exchange and private equity transactions.
  • Re JACC v Barclays (2015-2016): Advising and representing a care home SME pursuing its bankers in relation to consequential losses arising from a mis-sold interest rate swap.

Insolvency (Corporate)

Paul has wide ranging experience in corporate insolvency and restructuring. His practical and technical advice is sought after in the most complex insolvency matters. He has advised and represented businesses and insolvency practitioners across industries from financial services to hotels and the hospitality industry, from pensions to property and construction.

  • Re Carillion Qatar LLC (2018): Advising Carillion Qatar LLC on business restructuring following the high profile collapse of Carillion PLC
  • The Connaught Income Fund/Blue Gate Capital Limited(2014-18):Advising and defending financial advisory firm Blue Gate Capital Limited, which was the FCA regulated operator of the £100 million Connaught Income Fund. The Connaught Income Fund, an unregulated collective investment scheme in the property funding market, collapsed into insolvent liquidation due to fraudulent activity in its investee company, Tiuta. The claim involves a group action with approximately 1,000 claimants suing Blue Gate and Capita: see Connaught Income Fund, Series 1 (In Liquidation) V (1) Capita Financial Managers Ltd (2) Blue Gate Capital Ltd [2014] EWHC 3619 (Comm).  The case has received widespread publicity.
  • Re “L” plc (2015-18): Advising and representing the liquidator of a formerly listed leisure industry PLC in High Court insolvency proceedings pursuing former executive and non-executive directors for a contribution to the assets of the liquidation. “L” PLC collapsed into liquidation following a highly complex corporate restructure which involved the transfer out from the listed company of approximately £400 million of assets. The claim against the former directors involves wrongful trading and breaches of statutory duty involving transactions at undervalue, transactions defrauding creditors and preferences.
  • The Jaeger Group (2017): Advising and representing a consortium of unsecured creditors dissatisfied with the incumbent administrators of the well-known retail group put into insolvent administration by its private equity funders.
  • Re Travel Inn (Ireland) Ltd (2017): Advising and representing the liquidator of a dissolved Irish Company, on procedural issues relating to obtaining a winding up order pursuant to section 225 of the Insolvency Act 1986 (winding up dissolved foreign company without the need to restore to the register, as if it were an unregistered company).
  • Re “R” Limited (in administration) (2017-18): Advising the administrators of a specialist travel business in relation to a multi-million wrongful trading claim against former directors, involving a complex FX funding structure.
  • KJK Investments/G-Loans Limited (2013-15): Advising and defending a private pensions and investment business, subject to a public interest winding up petition, brought by the Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills seeking to close down the business. The companies marketed a novel product to allow private pension fund holders to access and exercise control over their pension fund earlier than retirement. The claim involved complex tax, pensions and accounting evidence, involving £7 million of pension investments.

Professional Negligence

Paul’s professional negligence practice encompasses claims against financial services professionals, solicitors and construction professionals.

  • The Connaught Income Fund/Blue Gate Capital Limited (2014-18): Advising and defending financial advisory firm Blue Gate Capital Limited, which was the FCA regulated operator of the £100 million Connaught Income Fund. The Connaught Income Fund, an unregulated collective investment scheme in the property funding market, collapsed into insolvent liquidation due to fraudulent activity in its investee company, Tiuta. The claim involves a group action with approximately 1,000 claimants suing Blue Gate and Capita: see Connaught Income Fund, Series 1 (In Liquidation) V (1) Capita Financial Managers Ltd (2) Blue Gate Capital Ltd [2014] EWHC 3619 (Comm).  The case has received widespread publicity.
  • O’Hare v Coutts (2014-18) (see [2016] EWHC 2224 (QB)). Advised and represented high net worth individuals in the High Court and Court of Appeal, together with Darragh Connell, in a £3 million claim for professional negligence, breach of contract and breach of statutory duty arising from investment advice given by Coutts.
  • Re K (2015-18): Advising and representing a firm of architects concerning urban design and planning advice in relation to a £30 million mixed use town centre redevelopment.
  • Xenakis v Birkett Long [2014] EWHC 171 (QB)Advised and represented restaurant entrepreneur claimant against his former solicitors, relating to negligent advice on a property acquisition and related personal guarantees, requiring the analysis and consideration of complex offshore financial evidence.

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Law Magdalene College, Cambridge

Professional bodies

Accredited Mediation Advocate

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