Paul Mesquitta represents clients in complex commercial disputes involving both litigation and arbitration across various sectors, including finance services, insurance, and engineering. Paul has represented clients in commercial litigation arising out of the most high-profile issues in recent years, including acting for investment funds in relation to a first-of-its-kind multimillion-dollar securities litigation claim under s.90A of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. Paul has also represented clients in arbitral disputes, including a complex claim for breach of contract by a US defense manufacturer.
Paul has experience in advising policyholders in recovery actions across various lines of business against their insurers, including for business interruption losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic and financial losses as a result of the actions/omissions of the policyholders’ directors and officers.
Paul has been recommended by The Legal 500 from 2019–2022 for Dispute Resolution: Commercial Litigation. Clients have referred to him as “an up-and-coming star litigator” with a “a strong legal brain,” as well as a natural leader with an instinct for the “best points” who works fast in difficult situations.
An investment funds in a multimillion dollar High Court claim under s.90A of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000
A large European bank in an LCIA arbitration against a number of borrowers and guarantors for breach of a long-term facility agreement
A large US defence manufacturer in an LCIA arbitration against a counter-party for breach of contract
Various London market Reinsurers in connection with a coverage dispute arising from a CAR policy, where the relevant construction was taking place in Kuwait
A Kazakh oil services company in connection with a coverage dispute with its London market insurer arising from its D&O policy
College of Law, England, 2010, LPC, With Distinction
University of East Anglia, England, 2008, LLB (Hons), Law
England & Wales (Solicitor)
Awards and Affiliations
Member, Practice Group of the Year, Insurance, Law360 (2020)
Recommended, Dispute Resolution: Commercial Litigation: Premium The Legal 500 UK (2022)
Recommended, Dispute Resolution: Banking Litigation: Investment and Retail, The Legal 500 UK (2021)
Recommended, Dispute Resolution: Commercial Litigation, London, The Legal 500 UK (2019, 2020)