Jon Paul is a Senior Partner in the Firm’s Commercial Department. He joined the Firm at the end of 2005 and was initially active in both the Litigation and Commercial Departments but now focuses on commercial work, with the exception of tax, where he maintains a thriving tax litigation portfolio. His practice now primarily focuses on foreign investment, industrial projects, energy and tax law.
His clients include international and local companies involved in upstream oil and gas, petrochemicals, industrial and manufacturing processes, power generation (gas powered and renewable), fuel trading, quarrying, energy services and local conglomerates operating in various sectors.
Jon Paul has over 15 years of legal practice in the energy, tax and commercial sectors. He regularly advises on energy related matters across the value chain, whether it be upstream, midstream, downstream or service related. He also regularly advises on both contentious and non-contentious tax matters and represents both local and international clients before the Tax Appeal Board with respect to appeals against assessments made by the Board of Inland Revenue. His practice also involves advising on industrial regulation (including HSE matters), joint ventures, M&A transactions and other commercial/corporate matters.
Jon Paul’s work often involves significant interface with personnel at various Government ministries and bodies, including in particular, the Ministry of Energy and Energy Industries, the Board of Inland Revenue and several State Enterprises and he enjoys a good working relationship with the various personnel at these State institutions and companies.
Jon Paul is also recognized in Chambers Global, World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, having first been recognized while he was still an Associate. He is a firm believer in developing person to person client relationships and in providing clear and pragmatic advice in a timely fashion. He is also an avid reader and enjoys exercising and hiking.
AREAS OF PRACTICE
- Energy, Oil and Gas
- Tax (contentious and non-contentious)
- Foreign Investment
- Health Safety and Environment (HSE)
- Trinidad and Tobago – 2005
- Guyana - 2021
- University of the West Indies – LL.B.
- Hugh Wooding Law School – LEC
- King's College London – LL.M.
- Trinidad and Tobago Law Association
- The Association of International Petroleum Negotiators
- The Oil and Gas Law Review, 6th, 7th and 8th Editions (2018 -2020), Trinidad and Tobago Chapter
- Chambers and Partners, Energy, Oil & Gas 2019, Trinidad and Tobago Chapter.