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Paul Dowling


Paul is a specialist international human rights lawyer

Corporate accountability Corruption Human rights international Whistleblowing

Paul is a partner in the international department specialising in international civil litigation. His practice spans human rights, environmental litigation and international corruption & whistleblowing.

Prior to joining Leigh Day Paul worked at Madrid-based international commercial firm Uria Menendez. He trained and qualified as a solicitor with Leigh Day in January 2009. Prior to qualification Paul also spent a period working with the CAJAR human rights lawyers collective in Bogota, Colombia.

Paul is ‘an excellent lawyer who I would highly recommend to others'.

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Legal expertise

Since joining Leigh Day Paul’s notable cases have included:

  • Acting on behalf of Iraqi civilians in relation to allegations of torture and abuse by British soldiers
  • Representing former members of the armed forces in a claim against the MOD concerning a ‘friendly fire’ incident in Iraq (Allbutt & Ors v Ministry of Defence [2013] UKSC 41)
  • Acting for a group of Kenyan tea pickers in relation to human rights violations during the 2007 post-election violence in Kenya (AAA & Ors v Unilever PLC and Unilever Tea Kenya Ltd [2017] [2018] EWCA Civ 1532
  • Successfully representing a former partner of Ernst & Young at trial who was forced out of the firm after he raised concerns regarding money laundering and conflict minerals in the UAE (Mr Amjad Rihan v Ernst & Young Global Ltd & ors [2020] EWHC 910(QB))

Paul holds a Masters with Distinction in International Economic Law from Birkbeck College, University of London, for which he received an Outstanding Academic Achievement Award after graduating with the top mark on his degree programme. 

Paul speaks fluent Spanish and has a particular interest in the impacts of extractive industries in Latin America. Paul has been asked to provide expert briefs to the Colombian judiciary on issues of international law relating to the impact of extractive industry projects on indigenous peoples.

Paul has a keen interest in issues concerning corruption and accountability in the professional services and financial sectors.

Paul contributed to Leigh Day’s written submission to the Joint Committee on Human Rights Inquiry on Business and Human Rights in August 2016.

Paul Dowling in the news

Ex-EY whistleblower wins $10.8m in damages BBC News 17.4.20

EY ordered to pay whistleblower $11m in Dubai gold audit case Guardian 17.4.20

Paul is a contributing author to Accountability, International Business Operations and the Law published by Routledge, 2019.

Read Paul's blogs

Held to account home & away 23.7.21

The 'Big Four': are their liabilities greater than their assets? 2.12.18

Paul is ‘incredibly dedicated’ and shows ‘excellent client handling skills’. ‘He sees the big picture. Although he has a great grasp of the detail he is not stuck in the detail. He stands back and thinks strategically about how to improve the client’s position’...In short, I cannot recommend him enough’


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Whistleblowing with Private Eye’s Richard Brooks

Listen to our podcast on whistleblowing in the financial services sector.

News Article

Briefing provided to Colombian judiciary on land rights decree

Leigh Day lawyers, jointly with the Law Society of England & Wales, have provided an expert briefing to the Colombian judiciary in a case governing the land rights of indigenous people.

News Article

​Former EY partner awarded $10.8m in damages in legal case against the global accountancy firm

The High Court has today ruled that EY repeatedly breached the Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants at the highest levels of management during an audit of a leading Dubai Gold refiner.

Blog Post
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A new route to compensation for victims of corporate corruption overseas

Leigh Day partner, Paul Dowling, explains how a recent High Court judgment has created an affordable way for victims of corporate corruption overseas to claim damages in the English courts for the harm they have suffered.