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Paul Bowden


Paul is a partner in the London disputes team and leader of its global business and human rights team.



Environment, planning and regulatory


Paul is a leading litigator who specialises in environment and product litigation. He typically advises clients on major multi-party actions and judicial review challenges, including in the energy and consumer products sectors. He is well known for his work in nuclear law.

He established the firm’s environment and regulatory group in the late 1980s and has developed a reputation as the lawyer clients turn to for advice on complex and high-profile matters.

Paul assisted with the research which led to the development of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

'Very supportive, helpful and delivers exceptional client service'.
Chambers UK 2016
'He is described by sources as "an impressive individual" and "a very good, seasoned hand".'
Chambers UK 2015
'Excellent product liability lawyer.'
Legal 500 2014
"extremely capable litigation partner, good at handling difficult problems in the right manner. Even when delivering bad news he's always thinking a couple of steps ahead as to what the next move should be".'
Chambers UK 2014

Recent deals/Highlights

Due to the nature of Paul’s work, a lot of the matters he advises on are highly confidential. Broadly, his work includes:

  • Co-ordinating multi-jurisdictional product litigation for major clients in the consumer products and healthcare sectors
  • Environment and licensing work for clients in the nuclear power generation and fuel enrichment sectors
  • Advising multinationals on their corporate implementation of the ‘Ruggie principles’ on human rights


  • Former editor of Tolley’s Environmental Law Handbook
  • Author of The Civil Justice Reforms: One Year On (Butterworths, 2000)
  • Author of The Woolf Reforms in Practice (Butterworths 1998)

Other professional roles

  • Board member of the World Nuclear Association
  • Programme leader of the Nuclear Energy Agency’s International School of Nuclear Law at the University of Montpellier
  • Chair, Nuclear New Build Working Group of the International Nuclear Law Association
  • Former member of the English Joint Bar/Law Society Working Party on Civil Justice
  • Former member of the Multi-Party Action Working Group in Lord Woolf’s Review of Civil Justice in England and Wales
  • Past chair of the Nottingham Law School


Honorary Doctor of Law, Nottingham Trent University

Qualifications and education

Solicitor, England and Wales

Solicitor, Hong Kong

Bristol University


English, French

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