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Paul Strelitz
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"He is a noted advocate, fierce when he needs to be and clients like him as well"

Chambers UK

The one solicitors want to instruct”

Legal 500

Paul is considered a leading junior and is the first port of call for most solicitors in his area. 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.

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 particularly known for his expertise with figures which makes him ideally suited for complicated financial claims.

Paul is a keen rugby fan and triathlete.

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.

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.

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.

Some examples of related work

  • 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

Paul is considered at the top of his game in this area and has been consistently recommended in the Legal 500 for his employment work and has been now for many years.  He acts in complex employment matters from the employment tribunals to the Court of Appeal.  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.

Some examples of related work

  • 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. Permission has been granted for this matter now to be considered by the Court of Appeal
  • 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

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.

Professional associations

  • ELBA
  • ELA
  • COMBAR

Qualifications

  • BVC at the College of Law (London)
  • LLB(Hons), Southampton

Directory recommendations

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

  • “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)
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