Find out more about BWL’s Legal Services Director, Paul

It’s that time again where BWL gives you some more insight into the growing team. This week, it’s the turn of Paul Benson, Director of Legal Services.

Paul has been a Solicitor for over 10 years and has worked in Australia, Singapore and the UK. His legal career has been focused on commercial matters, construction and dispute resolution.

Paul set up BWL Consulting in 2016 and was joined shortly after by his business partner, Michael Lee, BWL’s Director of Professional Bid Services.

The Legal Services Team at BWL has experienced significant growth in 2019 following approval by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to authorise BWL as a regulated firm from 1 January 2019. The move to becoming a regulated practice added commercial property and dispute resolution to the existing services provided by the team. Today, the team’s expertise covers commercial and construction law, commercial property matters and dispute resolution.

In September, BWL launched an insurance backed no win no fee adjudication product that takes traditional no win no fee arrangements one step further to financially de-risk construction disputes. It is the first of its kind in the industry and has generated plenty of external press coverage.

Throughout his career, Paul has achieved many milestones that have given him the experience and knowledge to successfully drive and manage BWL and its Legal Services team. These milestones include:

  • Working for an international law firm in its Mining and Litigation teams, where he gained experience in major infrastructure projects
  • Acting as Legal Counsel/Commercial Advisor to the procurement team of a global mining company
  • Leading a team of Lawyers negotiating gas and electricity contracts for Australia’s biggest energy company
  • Working across South East Asia in the capacity of Legal Counsel for a renowned fire and security organisation and advising on multi-million-dollar projects worldwide.

Let’s find out more about Paul…

Describe your typical day at BWL…

Whether I am working from home or in our London office, I always start my day by walking Freddie the Labrador!

This is followed by a check of emails, social media and the various WhatsApp groups I am a member of. The rest of the day then pans out as being meetings or calls with clients (new and existing), getting updates from the senior members of the Legal Services team, working on marketing with Lucy or delving into finances with Nikki, our Accountant.

I am also the Compliance Officer for Finance and Administration, so I keep abreast of anti-money laundering checks and risk assessments that we are required to do for the SRA.

What keeps you motivated?

Building relationships. Doing so is very important in business and in life. You never know who you are going to meet, and you never know if that person you bump into could be your next big client.

Biggest career achievement to date?

Putting aside my career highlights, I think this would be winning my first client as BWL Consulting. Prior to BWL, I was working in Singapore for a global company and my wife was working in banking. Without jobs to go to, my family and I relocated to the UK. Starting BWL was a massive risk but since landing that first client we haven’t really looked back.

Fun Facts about Paul

Favourite place to eat?

The Shangri-La Hotel, Abu Dhabi at dusk looking across the river to the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

What do you do for fun?

Cars, motorsport, rugby, eating, walking the dog and family time.

If you could change your career and be anything you wanted, what would it be and why?

Paediatrician. Being a Solicitor is a great job but there would be something special about being able to help the newest members of society at their time of need.

Want to know more about BWL and how our Legal Services can help you? Submit your details today and we will be in touch to discuss your requirements further.

Starting BWL was a massive risk but since landing that first client we haven’t really looked back.
Paul Benson Director of Legal Services at BWL Consulting
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