Paul is a Chartered Arbitrator, a Chartered Surveyor and an Accredited Mediator with Clerksroom the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and RICS. Paul has mediated over 125 mediations and he has over 42 years’ broad experience as a Chartered Surveyor both in private practice and in the corporate sector.
Paul is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the President’s Panel of Arbitrators at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and CIArb Disputes Service panel – property. He is also a member of the President’s Panel of Mediators at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is one of the few people dual qualified as a commercial Mediator and an Arbitrator. Paul is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Dubai Mediation Centre.
Paul is also a member of the RICS President’s Panel of Arbitrators in Commercial Rent Reviews. He is also a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the London Court of International Arbitration and the panel of Arbitrators and Mediators of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration.
He is a member of the panel of Mediators at the Dubai Mediation Centre and is a member of the RICS Neighbourhood Disputes Pool.
Paul has particular expertise in relation to a wide variety of property disputes including construction, service charges, both commercial and residential, easements, boundaries, dilapidations, valuations and alleged professional negligence. Paul accepts both domestic and international arbitration disputes.
LLM (International Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution).
B.Sc. (Hons) Estate Management University of Reading.
Diploma in Arbitration (College of Estate Management)
Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS) and Chartered Surveyor
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
RICS and Civil Mediation Council Accredited Mediator.
International Mediation Institute and Singapore Mediation Institute Accredited Mediator
48 years in private, corporate and local government practice. Organisations: Garrard Smith & Partners, Peter Symmons & Co. Napier Bentley, London Boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham and Haringey, Old Mutual Properties Johannesburg South Africa. Principal of Robert Crawford Ltd.
Surveying experience includes office and retail agency, valuations for building society and bank mortgages, homebuyer reports, right to buy legislation, improvements, compulsory purchase, commercial rent reviews of shops, offices and industrial properties, commercial lease renewals of shops, offices and industrial properties, capital and rental valuations of office blocks shops and industrial properties, enfranchisement of houses, and lease extensions. Expert witness work in the Courts including Court of Appeal. Rent reviews proceeding to expert determinations and arbitration.
Arbitration experience comprises 79 appointments as sole arbitrator with amounts up to £12 million GBP. Subject areas include ABTA travel cases, neighbour dispute, commercial property market rent reviews, commercial development site ground rent review, challenges to jurisdiction, Pubs Code compliant lease terms, partnership, development value, commercial and residential dilapidations, water moorings rent, building contracts, commercial service charges, negligent surveys, aviation insurance.
International Arbitration cases: Hotel corporate share acquisition Tanzania; Commission dispute - energy contract Turkey.
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators - Presidents Panel of Arbitrators and Property Disputes Panel
Asian International Arbitration Centre.
London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA) – Supporting Member.
Immediate Past Chair of the London Branch Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Mediation experience - 139 domestic cases and 2 international cases.
Domestic cases: Family law; building contracts, residential service charges; commercial service charges; easements; professional fees, information technology; boundaries; neighbourhood disturbance; costs; alleged negligent property conveyances, alleged negligent surveys and valuations, contract misrepresentation, sales of land, dilapidations; damages for breaches of covenant; construction, compulsory purchase compensation.
International experience: An ICSID dispute – Construction of University facilities. ($70 million) in Africa; Multi – building construction dispute in Malaysia ($40 million).
Asian International Arbitration Centre, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Clerksroom, Singapore International Mediation Institute. Saudi Centre for Commercial Arbitration.
Member – Advisory Board of the Standing Conference of Mediation Advocates.
Member - Advisory Board of the Dubai Mediation Centre.
Chair of Trustees of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators
2014: London Branch Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Mediation seminar panellist.
2015: London Branch Chartered Institute of Arbitrators panellist - workshop: “Arbitration problems”
2016: Workshop participant – Arbitration Week - Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration
Speaker at workshop at Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (May)
Lead presenter at all-day mediation training workshop in Dubai (ArbDB) (May)
London Branch Chartered Institute of Arbitrators panel speaker on seminar: “ADR in the Middle East.”
Panel speaker - London Branch Chartered Institute of Arbitrators workshop - Business Arbitration Scheme.
2018: Panel speaker – workshop: ‘Advances in Mediation’ - Asian International Arbitration Centre, Arbitration Week May 2018.
Speaker on International Arbitration MENA Legal 4.0 Dubai – February.
Panel speaker -Thames Valley Branch CIArb - BAS Scheme – Arbitration v Litigation.
Lecture - Vis Moot Law students - Faculty of Law University of Michigan – November.
Panellist – CIArb DAS Conference – November.
Panellist - Mediation in COVID – Saudi Centre for Commercial Arbitration - May
Arbitration Moot experience:
Judging in the Willem C Vis (East) Moot 2012 – 2019 and Willem C Vis Moot (Vienna) 2021.
Sailing – Royal Yachting Association Coastal Skipper (tidal) qualified.
Vice – Commodore, East India Club Yacht Squadron.
Member of the Royal London Yacht Club and the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC).