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Paul Ashwell

Call:  1977


Recommended in Band 1 / Tier 1 by Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners

 "He gives very comprehensive written opinions. He has very good client skills and is good at cutting through the nonsense." (Chambers & Partners 2018) 

‘Recommended for real estate matters.' (Legal 500 2017) 

‘Known for his practice across a range of commercial matters.’ (Legal 500 2017) 

‘He adopts a very clear and methodical approach to a range of commercial matters.’ (Legal 500 2016)

"He is helpful, efficient and delivers great successes." "He is a well-prepared and conscientious advocate." (Chambers & Partners 2016)

“His written opinions are detailed and well prepared.” (Legal 500 2015)

“He has an eye for detail” and also in Property “very experienced and thorough” (Legal 500 2014)

 “He handles cases very efficiently and well.  He has worked in the field for a long time and has extensive knowledge of the law.” (Chambers 2014)

He is an " 'outstanding local name' in commercial dispute resolution beloved by solicitors across Sussex. Sources highlight his experience and especially his 'thoroughness and calmness'. He is someone who 'very much inspires respect' " (Chambers & Partners 2013.)

Recommended for property, planning and environmental:

"He is very thorough and commercially minded, he always keeps up-to-date with the law and is very approachable. He's well respected by courts and judges alike." (Chambers and Partners 2017)

‘A client-friendly, detail-orientated, clear and methodical advocate.’ (Legal 500 2016)

“He has an excellent knowledge of the law.” (Legal 500 2015)

He is "a very strong all rounder" whose "tactical advice and analysis of complex law is first class" (Legal 500 2011).

His ‘"command of planning law is without equal outside of the more senior members of specialist London sets". (Legal 500 2010)

He "boasts a wide commercial practice, and has particular expertise in commercial fraud, freezing injunctions and directors’ liability cases" (Legal 500 2008)

Paul is a member of the Property Bar Association, the London Common Law and Commercial Bar Association and the Planning and Environmental Bar Association.

In his spare time he enjoys swimming, fell walking, food, opera, canoeing and reading ancient Greek.

Significant cases include the following

Contract & commercial

Who pays where aircraft parts destined for end-users in Middle East were detained by Federal Authorities in the U.S.?

Dispute over contract for provision of computer-based EU monitoring of emissions and purchase of carbon credits for large fleet of aircraft following expansion of aircraft operator by reverse takeover.

Directors, companies & partnerships

Acting for minority shareholders where the sole director was making a claim against the company and not defending it. Succeeded in finding a fast and economical solution without  a Companies Act 2006 section 994 petition.

Advice to shareholders of company in a large group which was voluntarily dissolved forgetting that it was the commercial lessee of spaces at shopping malls. What was the effect on leases of disclaimer by Crown?.


Getting high value statutory demands against a married couple set aside.

Reaching a favourable settlement  for a buyer of commercial property where solicitors had given inadequate advice about VAT exemption on the purchase of it..

Probate & Trusts of Land

Successful mediation on behalf of sister in dispute with her brother over trusts of land involving a number of properties, and contested administration of parent’s estate.

Won claim by cohabitant over disputed £100,000 promissory note given to her to encourage her to leave home.

Land & Landlord and Tenant

Representing a developer in a 5-day trial about obstruction of a right of way by development of properties on either side of it.

Representing owner of commercial building ripe for conversion in High Court dispute about whether notice to complete validly given.


Acting for managing agent of owner of multi-storey car park against surveyor and contractor after resurfacing of multi-storey car park fails and leaks occur.

Defending contractor when ceiling fixings fail long after a school was renovated and contractor was not given opportunity to rectify.

Professional negligence

Recovered damages against solicitors for advising on exchange of contracts on commercial property without ensuring that a valid Election to Waive VAT Exemption had been given to HMRC.


Advising a developer whether works had commenced where making a fresh planning application would have imposed impossible-to-meet requirements, resulting in agreed extension of time.

Public Access

Paul Ashwell accepts work from lay clients in accordance with our Public Access Scheme in the following areas -

Please refer to our Public Access section for further information.

Other information

VAT Registration No:  354 2912 58


Phone Clerk
01273 625625

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The Civil Law team gave a Contracts Seminar last week on recent changes to the law of illegality and limitation cases as well as an update on the dynamics of mediation
Charity Fundraising Review 2016 for Crown Office Row Brighton
Seminar: Consumer Rights Act 2015 and Interpreting Documents Guide
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