Overview

Excellent team-player, very strong intellect. Paul is fantastic with clients. - The Legal 500

Paul is a partner in the Bay Area office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and a member of the Firm’s ESG & Impact Practice Group, which advises some of the world’s most sophisticated private equity firms, corporations, and project sponsors and lenders on complex and evolving ESG and climate-related issues.

Paul has a particular focus on climate change law and policy, which intersects regulatory, transactional, and litigation practice. Paul counsels clients in the U.S. and worldwide on a wide range of matters under domestic law and international law, including:

  • Sustainable Finance — Green products and financing frameworks; sustainability-linked loans and bonds.
  • Energy Transition — Regulatory and litigation risk; GHG emissions reductions strategy; climate commitments (carbon neutrality, net zero, science-based targets); climate tech investment.
  • Carbon Markets — Voluntary carbon markets; offsets and carbon credit transactions; Article 6, Paris Agreement.
  • Climate Disclosure — Voluntary frameworks and standards (e.g. Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)); mandatory disclosure regulation; related issues including business and human rights due diligence and disclosure.
  • Dispute Resolution — Climate-related litigation; regulatory, enforcement and investigations; greenwashing risk; investor-State dispute settlement (investment treaty arbitration; Energy Charter Treaty).

Prior to joining the Firm, Paul practiced as a barrister from a prominent London chambers. He was ranked as a leading barrister for international law and international arbitration by The Legal 500 and Who’s Who Legal, which describes Paul as “an exceptionally gifted and skilled lawyer” with “a brilliant strategic mind.”

Paul was previously based in London, Paris, and New York, and regularly worked on matters in Singapore and Hong Kong. As an experienced international litigator, Paul is well-placed to advise on ESG-related disputes. He has acted as counsel and advocate for corporates and sovereigns in cross-border commercial, energy (conventional and renewables), finance, and investor-State disputes before courts and international arbitration tribunals in jurisdictions throughout Asia, Europe, and the U.S.

Paul regularly speaks on climate change, ESG investing, the net zero energy transition, and international investment protection. He is a research fellow at Stanford Law School’s Gould Center for Conflict Resolution and has lectured at Stanford Law School, Harvard Law School, and the School of Law of City University of Hong Kong.

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Thought Leadership

Representative Publications and Speaking Engagements

Speaker, "Greenwashing Regulation and Litigation," 2022 Leadership Summit for Women in Energy & Infrastructure, May 3, 2022

Speaker, "U.S. DOE Energy Storage Financing For Social Equity Summit," Kirkland Seminar, April 13, 2022 

Author, "SEC Proposes New Climate Disclosure Requirements," Kirkland Alert, March 24, 2022 

Author, "Directors and Executives Position Themselves to Lead on Climate," Energy & Infrastructure Blog, March 16, 2022 

Speaker, “Climate Litigation,” Diligent Climate Leadership Certificate Program, January 18, 2022

Speaker, “Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD): An Overview in the Context of Governance and Oversight,” Diligent Climate Leadership Certificate Program, January 14, 2022

Author, “COP26 and the Role of Private Capital,” Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance, December 21, 2021

Author, “TCFD Issues New Guidance as Its Climate Reporting Framework Continues to Gain Traction,” Kirkland Alert, November 10, 2021

Author, “Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization: State Provision to Promote Local Employment in Decarbonization Policies,” Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Columbia Law School, 2021

Panelist, “Business, Human Rights, and the Environment,” Business and Human Rights Practitioners Network, London, October 2021

Panelist, “Climate Change and International Disputes,” Public International Law Webinar Series, London/Singapore/Sydney, October 2021

Speaker, “Climate Change, the Net Zero Energy Transition, and International Investment Law,” 2021/22 Investment Law and Investor-State Mediator Training, ICSID (World Bank), Hong Kong, October 2021

Panelist, “Net Zero Lawyers Alliance: Converting Net Zero Ambitions into Net Zero Obligations,” London Climate Action Week: Road to COP26/Glasgow, London, July 2021

Author, “Sustainable Investment, Deep Decarbonization, and Investor-State Dispute Settlement: The Failure to Align The Investment Treaty System With Climate Change Law & Policy?”, Gould Center for Conflict Resolution, Stanford Law School, May 10, 2021

Recognition

UK Bar, Public International Law, The Legal 500

UK Bar, Who’s Who Legal

Arbitration, Who’s Who Legal

Memberships & Affiliations

Research Fellow, Gould Center, Stanford Law School

Visiting Fellow, Lauterpacht Center for International Law, Cambridge University

Credentials

Admissions & Qualifications

  • California
  • New York
  • Admitted to the Bar of England and Wales, Middle Temple

Education

  • Columbia Law SchoolLL.M.
    James Kent Scholar
  • Emmanuel College, University of CambridgeB.A., Law