Paul Beckett - Senior Counsel & Advocate

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Paul is Senior Counsel in the firm, with over forty years’ experience as a lawyer, both within the international private banking and fiduciary services industries and in private practice. He qualified as an English Solicitor in 1981 and as an Isle of Man Advocate in 1990 and is a non-practising Solicitor in Ireland and in Northern Ireland.

A former Chairman of the Financial Services Tribunal, Collective Investment Schemes Tribunal and Data Protection Tribunal, he is a member of the Solicitor Judges Division, Law Society of England and Wales and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

He graduated from Worcester College, Oxford University in 1978 with First Class honours in Jurisprudence, being awarded his Master of Arts in 1982. As a member of New College, Oxford University he was awarded a Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law in 2015.

His fields of expertise are broad, covering company, commercial and trust law, regulatory issues, pensions, international human rights and arbitration, virtual currency and the blockchain. In addition, Paul is also a member of the British Blockchain Association (BBA), the first UK-wide organisation to encourage and facilitate the adoption of blockchain technology across public, private and third sectors.

Paul is a prolific writer, and has been widely published. His most recent book “Tax Havens and International Human Rights” was published in October 2017 in London and New York and his latest book “Ownership, Financial Accountability and the Law: Transparency Strategies and Counter-Initiatives” was published in May 2019, both published by Routledge.

In addition, Paul has since returned to his role as the Chair of the Financial Services Tribunal, the appeals body from decisions of the Isle of Man Financial Services Authority.


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