After 5 years practising as a Solicitor in Sydney and London, Paul was called to the Bar in 1973. He took Silk in 1988 and currently practices from 12 Wentworth Selborne Chambers in Sydney and as a member of Dever’s Melbourne list.
Paul appears as an advocate at both trial and appellate level in administrative law, criminal law, professional negligence, common law generally, insurance and commercial Law. His commercial practice has recently included guarantee, unconscionable conduct and mortgage cases and providing advice on commercial matters such as breach of confidence, restrictive trade practices, and employment law issues. Paul has also been acting as an accredited mediator since 1995 (see further below).
For most of his career Paul has appeared for insured defendants and their insurers. He appears and frequently advises on various aspects of insurance law and liability, both contractual and arising under statute, and including extent and limits of indemnity, dual insurance and re-insurance.
For virtually the whole of his professional life at the Bar, Paul has appeared for Governments in a broad gamut of areas extending through most aspects of administrative law (including workplace relations), constitutional law, contract and common law generally.
As a result of his relationship with Government, Paul has gained considerable insight into the workings of the executive Government and the Public Service and is sensitive to the nuanced approach which needs to be taken when either appearing for or against Government.
He has appeared in most administrative and quasi-judicial tribunals including the State Industrial Relations Commission, the Conciliation and Arbitration Commission and its successors, Administrative Decisions Tribunals, and professional disciplinary bodies. He has appeared as both a party and as Counsel Assisting in a broad range of inquiries, significant Coronial Inquests and Royal Commissions.
Paul became an accredited mediator in 1995, and has since conducted a large number of mediations in relation to a wide range of issues.
He has been a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) since 2009. Paul is presently completing the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Accelerated Route to Fellowship programme in International Arbitration in Singapore, and will complete his elevation to fellowship in 2013. He frequently is invited to speak at International Conferences, concerning particularly Mediation and International Commercial Arbitration.
Paul has also been an enthusiastic contributor to the legal profession in respect of health and education. He is a regular commentator on depression in the legal profession and methods of dealing with and combating mental illness. Paul has also undertaken roles as an advocacy teacher at courses conducted by the Australian Bar Association. He was a member of the International Faculty at the English Bar annual advocacy training course conducted at Keble College, Oxford (2008).
Paul has a website: www.paulmenziesqc.com.au