DR PAUL CHIY
Lawyer, Arbitrator, Academic and a former Magistrate at the Cambridge Bench.
Reputation: Empathic, but firm.
LLB (Hons), BSc (Hons), MSc, PGDL, LLM (CCL), PhD (Wales), FILEX, MCIArb.
England and Wales:
Solicitor - Advocate of England and Wales. He has been on the Roll of Solicitors for England and Wales for the last 7 years. Dr Chiy is a Chartered Legal Executive, Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. He was appointed Magistrate (Cambridge Bench, United Kingdom) on 27 July 2004 and remains in the Supplemental List for England and Wales. Although already a fully-qualified Barrister of England and Wales, Dr Chiy is an Unregistered Barrister, as the Bar Council rules do not permit dual-registration. However, as a Solicitor - Advocate, Dr Chiy has higher rights of audience (all proceedings – civil and criminal) in all the Higher Courts of England and Wales.
Barrister of the Supreme Court of Cameroon with higher rights of audience (all proceedings – civil and criminal). Dr Chiy is a Jurist (arbitrator/mediator) with the Cameroon Centre d’ Arbitrage Du GICAM.
Paul's experience spans the public and private sectors of both developed and developing countries and straddles all the three arms of government (the judiciary, executive and legislature). He advised Her Majesty Government (HMG), including the Department of International Development (DFID), Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) as a Deployable Civilian Expert (DCE) and member of the UK Civilian Stabilisation Group (CSG). He helped establish the Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution (CADR) and provided bespoke legal (England and Wales) and financial services to domestic and international private sector clients and donor agencies. He previously headed the disputes and regulatory compliance departments at Sherman Phillips Solicitors in London; served in various legal capacities for over seven years with the UK Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem); served for seven years as a magistrate on the Cambridge Bench; and worked as a researcher at the University of Cambridge and the University of Wales, Bangor.
His numerous academic credentials include a PhD from the University of Wales, Bangor; a Master of Law from Queen Mary, University of London; an MSc from Anglia Ruskin University; a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice; a Bachelor of Laws; and a BSc from the University of Wales, Bangor. In 1998 he was featured in the prestigious publication Marquis Who’s Who in Science and Engineering for demonstrating “outstanding achievement in their field of endeavour and who have, thereby, contributed significantly to the betterment of contemporary society.” Dr Chiy is the author of over 30 publications in refereed international journals, one book and a regular conference speaker. At the moment, Paul is also a visiting professor at the Catholic University of Cameroon and Pro-Vice Chancellor of Saint Monica University.
Dr Chiy is passionate about equality of opportunity and equal opportunities and empowerment of aspiring individuals and organisations to access those opportunities, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds and organisations that support them. He is the founder of Opportunity Foundation, a charitable incorporated social enterprise established to promote access to and social mobility and meritocracy in the legal, accountancy, medical and engineering professions.