Pump Court Chambers

Paul Mertens

Call: 2010

  • BVC (Outstanding)
  • GDL (Distinction)
  • MA, University College London
  • BA, King’s College London
  • LLB (Hons) – 1st Class
  • Employment Law Bar Association
  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Personal Injuries Bar Association
  • Property Bar Association
  • London B Panel of Counsel to the Crown (2020)
  • Attorney-General’s Panel of Special Advocates (2018)
  • Bar Standards Board’s CPD Expert Panel (2015)
  • Independent Member of the Appeal Panel for the Anglo-European School
  • Certificate of Honour (Middle Temple 2010) – Prize for outstanding BVC results.
  • The Lady Templeman-Master Singhvi Memorial Fellowship – (Middle Temple 2010) – Overseas fellowship, awarded to a single member of the Inn each year. Paul gave lectures on ADR at the National Law University, Jodhpur, India.
  • Harmsworth Scholarship (Middle Temple 2009) – Major BVC Scholar

Paul is interested in film history and enjoys watching and reading about classic films. Paul also takes great pleasure in developing his children’s interest in his two main passions: winter sports and Welsh rugby!

Instructing Paul Mertens

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Paul Mertens has a busy practice, encompassing civil, family and public law.  Paul has successfully represented parties in a wide range of courts and tribunals, including claims in the Queen’s Bench, Chancery and Family Divisions of the High Court.

Paul’s background in company secretarial and in-house legal work has given him a strong commercial insight and he prides himself on providing pragmatic commercial advice to his clients.

Before joining chambers, Paul worked at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and he maintains an interest in and advises on professional disciplinary complaints and data protection.  He is Pump Court Chambers’ Data Protection Officer and  has provided training on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 to a range of organisations, including government departments and public inquiries / statutory reviews.

Since joining the Bar, Paul has been instructed in a number of cases by the Government Legal Department.  In 2018, he was appointed to the Attorney General’s Panel of Special Advocates and in 2020 he was appointed to the London B Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown.

Legal Services

Paul is joint-Head of Pump Court Chambers’ Inquests and Inquiries team and has been involved in many of the most prominent public inquiries of recent years.  He has significant experience of working for Inquiry counsel teams and has also represented core participants.  Paul has a specialist interest in information rights (data protection, freedom of information, breach of confidence / privacy / Article 8) and has provided expert advice and training in these areas to government departments and a number of Inquiries / Reviews.

Selected Cases

Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Paul is currently instructed as one of the team of Junior Counsel involved in the investigation into institutional responses to allegations of child sexual abuse involving the late Lord Janner of Braunstone Q.C.

Windrush Lessons Learned Review

In 2019, Paul provided advice to the Windrush Lessons Learned Review on matters relating to data protection / the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review

In December 2018, Paul was appointed as a Data Protection/Information law expert to this Review

The Undercover Policing Inquiry

From 2016-2018, Paul was part of a small team of junior counsel to the Undercover Policing Inquiry.

The Iraq Inquiry

In 2015, Paul was instructed by the Cabinet Office to assist with the Maxwellisation of a prominent witness’s response to the Iraq Inquiry.

Paul has significant experience of government litigation, particularly in the areas of national security or where other public-interest sensitivities may arise (diplomatic relations, intelligence, Cabinet decision-making and collective responsibility).  In 2018, he was appointed to the Attorney General’s Panel of Special Advocates, which authorises him to represent parties in closed proceedings.  In 2020, he was also appointed as a member of the London B Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown.

Selected Cases

Kamoka v Security Services [2019] (QB) (Jay J)

Acted as a Special Advocate in claims for damages arising out of the UK’s alleged involvement in the extraordinary rendition and / or torture and inhuman and degrading treatment of Libyans under the Gaddafi regime (led by Angus McCullough QC and Tom Forster QC).

(1) Hoareau (2) Bancoult v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs [2019] EWHC 221 (Admin) (Singh LJ and Carr J)

Appointed by the Divisional Court to act a Public Interest Immunity Advocate in a claim for judicial review of the decision not to resettle the Chagossian people on the Chagos Islands (led by Angus McCullough QC).

Re R (Closed Material Procedure: Evidence) [2018] EWHC 2687 (Fam) (Cobb J)

Acted as a Special Advocate for the Guardian in the closed elements of care proceedings.

(1) B (2) ND v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2018] EWHC 2651 (Admin) (Nicol J)

Acted as a Special Advocate on behalf of the first claimant, in judicial review proceedings relating to the removal of the claimants’ passports under the Royal Prerogative (led by Helen Mountfield QC).

Bank Mellat v HM Treasury

Paul was instructed on behalf of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to assist with disclosure in relation to a claim for damages arising from sanctions and financial restrictions made in respect of an Iranian bank.

Tchenguiz v SFO

Paul was instructed on behalf of the Serious Fraud Office in its defense of a claim for misfeasance in public office, wrongful arrest, false imprisonment, trespass and violation of Article 8. He was later retained by Slaughter and May to draft witness statements on behalf of the Case Manager and Principal Case Investigator.

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Claims

In 2015, Paul was instructed on behalf of the Ministry of Defence to assist with disclosure in relation to claims for Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) arising from military service in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Paul is regularly instructed in personal injuries claims on the fast- and multi-tracks.

He has significant experience of representing claimants and defendants in road traffic accidents and has developed a particular expertise in credit-hire claims, low-velocity impact defences and exaggerated / fraudulent claims.  He enjoys arguing technical points on both the merits and on costs and he has also secured a number of findings of ‘fundamental dishonesty’ and the dismissal of claims under s.57 of the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015.

Paul’s advisory work in this area has included advising on a permanent facial scarring case arising from burns and involving difficult issues of quantification, and a horseplay incident in a workplace that led to long-term injury.  Paul is happy to advise on liability and / or quantum and will consider acting under a CFA where appropriate.

Paul has significant experience of dealing with disputes concerning leasehold and freehold properties. Recent work has included a case concerning the acquisition of an easement by prescription, a High Court claim involving constructive trusts over two properties in which he appeared for the successful applicant, and a claim involving alleged trusts over eight properties in Wiltshire, which he successfully defeated.

Paul has also frequently appeared in the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) where he has successfully represented clients in cases concerning repairs, poor maintenance and the recoverability and reasonableness of service charges. In the County Court, Paul has represented both landlords and tenants in claims for breach of covenant, including service charge and rent arrears and in claims for forfeiture and possession.

Paul is a member of the Property Bar Association and edits the Landlord and Tenant division of Butterworths Civil Court Precedents, a practitioner text providing commentary and guidance on drafting pleadings in a range of property matters.

Paul finds the crossover between his property work and his family finance practice engaging.  He is frequently instructed in cohabitation claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 and he is well positioned to advise such clients about their potential claims when required.

Paul is frequently instructed in financial remedies proceedings and has appeared in a number of final hearings.  He prides himself on trying to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients.

During his time in practice, Paul has developed a particular expertise in cases involving alleged issues of conduct.  For example, in 2017, he appeared in a four-day final hearing relating to a marriage in which the husband had been sent to prison for rape of a minor.

Paul has also secured a number of successful results in applications for maintenance pending suit / interim maintenance and for legal services orders, with associated orders for costs.

Paul enjoys the cross-over between his family finance and property work and is regularly instructed in cohabitation claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996.

With his background in company secretarial and in-house legal work, Paul has gained the skills and experience that come with negotiating and drafting contracts with multinational companies (PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Standard Chartered) and government agencies (Department of Work and Pensions, Dubai Police Authority).

Paul’s expertise in data protection has also led to him being instructed in a number of such claims, including those involving credit reference agencies and creditor-companies concerning alleged breaches of the Data Protection Act / GDPR.  Paul offers in-house training / seminars on data protection and has previously audited an organisation’s compliance with data protection regulations.  As such, he is well placed to assist clients identify and adapt to these statutory requirements in the most efficient and business-focused manner.

Paul also has experience of bankruptcy and insolvency matters in the Companies Court and County Court and he is happy to advise in conference and to appear in such matters, on behalf of both creditors and debtors.  His recent experience has included obtaining an injunction in the High Court (Insolvency and Companies Court) to restrain the presentation of a winding-up petition, which also resulted in a significant costs award to his client.

  • BVC (Outstanding)
  • GDL (Distinction)
  • MA, University College London
  • BA, King’s College London
  • LLB (Hons) – 1st Class
  • Employment Law Bar Association
  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Personal Injuries Bar Association
  • Property Bar Association
  • London B Panel of Counsel to the Crown (2020)
  • Attorney-General’s Panel of Special Advocates (2018)
  • Bar Standards Board’s CPD Expert Panel (2015)
  • Independent Member of the Appeal Panel for the Anglo-European School
  • Certificate of Honour (Middle Temple 2010) – Prize for outstanding BVC results.
  • The Lady Templeman-Master Singhvi Memorial Fellowship – (Middle Temple 2010) – Overseas fellowship, awarded to a single member of the Inn each year. Paul gave lectures on ADR at the National Law University, Jodhpur, India.
  • Harmsworth Scholarship (Middle Temple 2009) – Major BVC Scholar

Paul is interested in film history and enjoys watching and reading about classic films. Paul also takes great pleasure in developing his children’s interest in his two main passions: winter sports and Welsh rugby!

Instructing Paul Mertens

Would you like to know more?

If you require help or advice please contact our clerking team.

Call +44 (0)20 7353 0711 or email clerks@pumpcourtchambers.com.

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