Paul Beckett


Paul Beckett

Senior Consultant

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Telephone: + 0203 709 9470

Paul Beckett is a member of the Isle of Man Bar and an English Solicitor with almost forty years’ experience as a lawyer and executive director, working within Swiss private banking, international fiduciary services industries and in private practice. He has considerable regulatory experience at a client and at a quasi-judicial level.

He takes a special interest in corporate governance, including the abusive potential of offshore planning strategies. His focus is on the use of corporations and partnerships, funds, insurance and pension structures and trusts. In his most recent book Tax Havens and International Human Rights (Routledge, London and New York October 2017) he draws on his extensive knowledge of international human rights to synthesise trans-jurisdictional solutions to problems of accountability avoidance both on- and offshore.

In his capacity as Chairman of the Financial Services Tribunal, Collective Investment Schemes Tribunal and Data Protection Tribunal in the Isle of Man over many years he was called upon to exercise quasi-judicial authority. He is a member of the Solicitor Judges Division, Law Society of England and Wales and of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

His academic work extends over five decades. Awarded an Open Scholarship to Worcester College, Oxford in 1975, he graduated in 1978 with First Class honours in Jurisprudence, being awarded his Master of Arts in 1982. He is also a member of New College, Oxford and completed a Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law in 2014.

He has been widely published and is regularly called on to speak at conferences and seminars.

Paul is active in transactional matters and in dispute resolution for a wide range of commercial clients both domestic and international. Having himself designed compliant international structures for decades, he has a keen instinct for when corruption, bribery, money laundering and potential terrorist financing elements are present in the structures of others he is called on to analyse and to pursue. He is equally at home in the consulting room as in Court.


Orphan Structures: Transparency Initiatives and Counter-Initiatives

Speed Read: Paul Beckett discusses orphan structures in various finance centres and outlines the reason why government and re...

Legal Privilege, Reporting Suspicions, and Retainer Letters

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