Paul Mccarthy


  • Experience

    Paul McCarthy is an experienced Finance Director with specialist expertise in a number of industries ranging from travel through to financial services.

    Having graduated with a degree in Banking, Insurance and Finance, Paul started his professional career in the City with Touche Ross & Co (later Deloitte), before transferring back to Manchester to complete his training as a Chartered Accountant in the audit department. After five enjoyable years at Touche Ross, Paul left to go travelling around the world and experience different cultures. On his return he joined a subsidiary of a plc as Finance Director, before moving into the travel industry where he enjoyed great success as part of a management team that built up and sold the business to a major FTSE 100 company. Latter experience has included exposure to retail and the FSA regulated businesses, as well as other travel related companies in the UK and overseas.

    Paul is passionate about excellent customer service, and places the customer at the heart of everything he does. Paul has first-hand experience of working in high-growth, fast-moving businesses, and understands the adrenaline and energy this generates, as well as the potential pitfalls.

    As Paul sees it:

    “Being a Chartered Accountant, you appreciate the training and perspective that gives you in business. It allows you to apply logic, reason and financial discipline to all areas. In addition to that however, I’d like to think that I bring both common sense and humour to work. Businesses are about people. They are our greatest asset, and we should never forget that. Empower them, motivate them and together we can achieve great things. I’ve seen it happen, and it is remarkable what can be achieved. Watching people achieve their goals is so rewarding”.

  • Education

    • BA (Hons) Banking Insurance & Finance, Bangor University 1985
    • Fellow of the Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
    • Qualified Mediator (2016)
    • Trained and qualified with leading accountancy firm Deloitte

  • Achievements

    • Received Chairman’s Special Award for Outstanding Contribution in £250m turnover company
    • Recognised as a first class FD, always delivering to plan. During my five years in the claims industry the business trebled in size.
    • I have successfully implemented projects, governance and new business plans that have collectively delivered profitability running into millions of pounds for the respective organisations.

  • Other Interests

    Although the England call never came, Paul is still available on a “pay and play” basis for any team requiring a slow moving midfielder. Paul plays golf whenever he can/his family allows, and also completed a number of long distance cycle rides, notably Blackpool-Paris. As well as the above, Paul regularly runs, boxes, skis and surfs (badly) and has also recently discovered yoga and pilates. It is his ambition one day to touch his toes.

    A season ticket holder at Bolton Wanderers for many seasons, his Saturdays are now taken up watching his son play the beautiful game. Despite what we see elsewhere, it’s still beautiful, and it’s still a game.

  • Languages

    Can get by in French, spoken with a Bolton accent, which is particularly attractive.

Arran Dowling-Hussey LawBrief, Barrister, Mediator and Arbitrator Arran Dowling-Hussey
Arran Dowling-Hussey LawBrief, Barrister, Mediator and Arbitrator

Arran Dowling-Hussey

Arran Dowling-Hussey has 14 years’ experience as a commercial Barrister.

Arran has been in full time practice as a Barrister in Dublin since 2003. He has also been called to the Bar in Belfast and London and has been associated with a number of chambers in the London area since 2007. As he is admitted in three jurisdictions he has often been briefed in cases that have a multi-jurisdictional element to them including but not limited to offering advices on which is the proper forum for any dispute. Arran is noted for his experience in construction and ADR related work and also has significant experience in commercial, employment, landlord and tenant cases and professional negligence disputes.

In Arran’s own words…

“I am keen to help clients resolve their problems as quickly and expeditiously as possible and where appropriate draw on a heavy background in Alternative Dispute Resolution. However, each dispute has to be considered on its own merits and the resolution of some disputes will be best served by traditional litigation. It is important to me to work to deadlines that well meet the needs of clients and to be clear as to the legal costs that clients are exposed to as a dispute progresses.”

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Bill Lister, LawBrief Mediator Bill Lister
Bill Lister, LawBrief Mediator

Bill Lister

Bill Lister is a highly experienced intellectual property litigator with expertise in all areas of intellectual property work, including the fields of contention copyright, registered and unregistered (passing off) trade marks, registered and unregistered UK and European design rights, patents and trade secrets (know how etc).

Bill has further experience in advising the areas of media law including libel, slander, confidentiality, privacy, BBC regulatory work, regulator referrals (Ofcom and IPSO).

A former barrister, Bill was for many years Head of Intellectual Property at Pannone LLP and is currently a Partner and Head of Intellectual Property in the Manchester office of Fieldfisher LLP where he acts for a number of global companies including Aurora Fashions Group (and its associated companies Karen Millen, Oasis, Coast and Warehouse for which he oversees their global trade mark and brand strategy) VW Ag and other well-known multiple high street retail outlets and business and organisations in both the private and public sectors.

Bill further acts for a large number of small and medium size companies and starter businesses advising them in respect of their general IP rights. Bill’s notably cases including:

  • Neville & Hill -v- Wilson & Others (constructive trusts relating to corporate share transfers);
  • Rugby Football Union & Nike -v- Cotton Traders Limited (trade marks in the red rose of England);
  • ScoreDraw Limited -v- Finch (trade marks in the historic playing badge of the Brazil FA);
  • Ultraframe Limited -v- Eurocell Limited (the qualification of damages for patent and intellectual property infringement);
  • Environmental Defence System Limited -v- Synergy Health plc and Others (case relating to a patent for the process of manufacturing flood defence systems);
  • Automobile Lamborghini SpA -v- Auto Transformation Limited (in which Bill acted for the iconic sports manufacturer Lamborghini protecting its design rights and trade marks).

Bill has been ranked by the Legal 500 as a Leading Individual in his field and by Chambers Director as a Leader in the Field for IP/Media each year since 2012. Bill is ranked as a Leader by the World Intellectual Property Review in its 2017 edition.

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Clive Rich LawBrief Mediator and Arbitrator Clive Rich
Clive Rich LawBrief Mediator and Arbitrator

Clive Rich

Clive Rich is a highly experienced entertainment and digital media lawyer, who has also successfully run digital businesses for companies such as Sony and Bertelsmann.

A qualified barrister, he has been a lawyer for almost 30 years and has drafted and crafted contracts for a broad spectrum of multi-nationals, major organisations and brands, including Yahoo, Apple, Napster, SanDisk, Myspace and the BBC.

He has also previously run his own legal practice, Rich Futures Ltd in association with the Top 30 UK law firm, Olswang LLP, representing a variety of technology companies and SMEs.

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Diana Wallis, LawBrief Mediator Diana Wallis
Diana Wallis, LawBrief Mediator

Diana Wallis

Diana Wallis has a long experience in the field of law and dispute resolution. Originally a London solicitor with more than sixteen years post qualification litigation work in the field of European cross border commercial litigation. She then pursued these interests as a leading legislator in the European Parliament. Diana is a Senior Fellow of the Law School at the University of Hull. A well-respected figure in mediation circles, Diana is a frequent speaker at events and has developed her own mediation skills being a qualified mediator with broad experience.

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Dorcas Crawford LawBrief Mediator Dorcas Crawford
Dorcas Crawford LawBrief Mediator

Dorcas Crawford

Having been a litigator for over 20 years and having seen clients becoming increasingly frustrated by the litigation process, in 2008 Dorcas came to the view that there must be a better way and completed her accreditation as a mediator with CEDR.

Since then she has conducted a number of commercial mediations, ranging from small construction disputes to an £11million procurement dispute. Mediations have also included high value banking disputes, an HMRC dispute, landlord / tenant disputes, professional indemnity cases, building disputes and a major adverse possession chancery case.

More recently her mediation work has expanded to include workplace mediation and conflict resolution work with boards of both commercial and 3rd sector organisations.

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