Direct Access Barrister

Paul Chu Chiy

Direct Access Barrister

Paul Chu Chiy

Dr Chiy regularly appears at the High Court, County and Magistrates Courts throughout England and Wales, representing both Claimants/Applicants and Defendants/Respondents. He has a reputation for delivering on briefs at very short notice and being empathic but firm.

Paul has a reputation for delivering on briefs at very short notice. This ability and his 10-years call to the Bar is built upon 15 years as Solicitor himself, 11 years as a Solicitor-Advocate and 13 Years as a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, providing him with solid grounding to receive instructions from, and engage with, Solicitors and Legal Executives with good understanding of the challenges they may face - having been one of them .
Barrister Chiy's career has spanned both the private and public sector, having advised several departments of Her Majesty’s Government as well as regulators and private sector corporations as a Solicitor and Advocate. He is also a former magistrate.
Law Society of England and Wales
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCiArb)
Member of the London Centre for International Arbitration European Users’Council
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
Appointed Arbitrator by the Centre for mediation and arbitration of Paris
Appointed Arbitrator to the GICAM Mediation and Arbitration Centre
President of the Cameroon Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution

Area of Law


Dr Chiy undertakes specialist work on companies, contentious probate, business or property disputes of one kind or another; and claims for professional negligence against solicitors.


Paul an in-depth knowledge and experience of commerce and industry. Although his clients range from sole traders to limited liability companies, the core of his instructions come from small business and medium sized businesses.  Paul specialises in Business Law, Company Law and Commercial Law that affect small businesses and is available to advise small enterprises on a broad range of business, corporate and commercial matters including company formation; mergers and acquisitions; franchising; asset, corporate governance, project and corporate finance; and shareholder agreements and shareholder disputes.

Employment and Pensions

Advise and provide representation on all types of unfair dismissal claims at the Employment Tribunal and in appeals to the Employment Appeal Tribunal whether arising from capability or gross misconduct or from any other reason.This includes:

Advice on disciplinary and grievance procedures
Unfair Dismissal by reason of Unfair Redundancy and Selection, Consultation and Search for Alternative Employment.
Unlawful deductions from wages
Whistleblowing claims
Continuity of employment issues
Terms and Conditions of Employment including obligations and entitlements
Advice on the Transfer of Undertaking Regulations
Extensive experience in negotiating settlement of claims through ACAS or directly with solicitors.


Divorces (national and international)
Family Law Act mattersAbduction (national and international)
Care proceedings
Special guardianship orders

Freedom of Information and Data Protection

Paul's portfolio at the Office for Gas and Electricity (Ofgem) included advising on all aspects of information law. He regularly advises on private and public clients on Data Protection Act (DPA), GDPR, Freedom of Information (FOIA) and Environmental Information (EIR) issues, helping public sector clients to navigate the rules regarding FOI and EIR and can provide support and assistance with:

Dealing with complex requests for information relating to confidential and commercially sensitive material, including those related to public procurement exercises.
Advising on the application of appropriate exemptions.
Dealing with complaints to the Information Commissioner’s Office.
Assisting with public interest test arguments and determinations.
Strategies for dealing with vexatious requestors.
Responding to ICO enquiries.
Advice in relation to and representation at appeals before the Information Tribunals in relation to FOIA and EIR.
Training your Information Governance teams on FOIA and EIR compliance.

Information Technology and Telecommunications

With an MSc in Computer Science, an LLM in Computer and Communications Law, and several accreditations and certifications, Paul's expertise on Information Technology and telecommunications Law is established on a solid technical foundation. The breadth of recent instructions have involved software and hardware development projects, mobile networks, outsourced communications systems, transport and infrastructure projects, systems integration, healthcare management, facilities management, upgrading banking and money transfer services, emergency service systems, smart card technology, and web-based booking systems.

Landlord and Tenant

Paul is recognised as the go-to Barrister for both Commercial and Residential Landlord & Tenant matters. He is most particularly known for our expertise in  the following areas of specialism:

Commercial Landlord & Tenant
Construction & Developments
Leasehold Enfranchisement & Lease Extensions
Forfeiture & Possession
Renewal of Business Tenancies
Residential Landlord & Tenant
Right of First Refusal
Right to Manage
Service Charges
Termination of Commercial Tenancies & Leases
Termination of Residential Tenancies & Leases

Partnership and Joint Ventures

Paul has wide experience of issues and disputes relating to joint ventures and partnership arrangements of all types (such as contractual, corporate, Ltd, LLP), including
enforceability of JV/partnership agreements, breach of JV/partnership agreements;
breach of fiduciary and other duties owed by JV/partnership members;
claims for mismanagement of JV/partnership assets;
claims for misappropriation of JV/partnership assets (including knowing receipt/assistance claims);
termination and winding up of JV/partnership arrangements.

What sort of work do I do?

Advising and representing in small to multitrack claims and defence; Contractual disputes; family proceedings; Chancery: Companies and Partnerships law; Property litigation, including Landlord and Tenant and Possession Claims; Arbitration

Who do I work for?

Regular clients are small to medium-size companies and private individuals.

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