The PALADINS Organization are not a regulated law firm. However we are from time to time asked to advise upon disputes that may resolve the most specialist types of civil and criminal litigation that may come before the courts of a number of countries.
We will never undertake reserved work (i.e. work that requires one to be registered or licensed) in jurisdictions in which we are not registered or licensed to do so.
Where we provide services in this field, we may advise or counsel parties before tribunals such as the Administrative Court (judicial review of administrative actions); applications to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (which considers complaints against the security and intelligence agencies and their officers and agents); extradition and deportation proceedings in unusual cases; exceptional bail applications; prosecutions for criminal offences; negotiations with specific branches of the Police; witness protection; asylum applications; and commercial litigation against politically driven foreign counterparts.
As with the Paladins' broader business, the Paladins, when advising on legal issues of any kind, work solely with ethical mandates in the most extraordinary and complicated cases where the political stakes are high.
We are not typically the law firm you come to when you are seeking monetary compensation as your primary goal; instead we pursue more sophisticated positive political resolutions. We do not replace commercial litigation firms, and we do not have a large team to undertake enormous court filings; we undertake work that compliments the work of those law firms in accordance with services we advertise upon this site.
To contact the PALADINS Organization for legal matters, employ the regular contact details you habitually use for the Paladins.
Any legal work will involve a prospective client will be asked to sign an engagement letter on the usual terms required by any appropriate regulator.
Our Managing Partner
The PALADINS Organization are led by Dr Matthew Parish, one of Europe's best-known international lawyers. Dr Parish has, amongst his qualifications and achievements:
Triple First Class Honours from Christ's College, Cambridge
Top of his class (summa cum laude) at the University of Chicago Law School
Doctoral thesis supervised by the Honorable Richard J. Posner
More than 20 years of experience as a commercial litigation and arbitration lawyer; sometime partner at one of the world's leading law firms with headquarters in London
His own newly born firm was named in the Global Arbitration Review world's top 100 law firms in its first year of operation
Acted for multiple sovereigns and for individuals and entities in actions against sovereigns
Ran the international component of a leading UN Secretary General candidate in 2016, that candidate ultimately coming second
Author of three books and several hundred articles about international law and international relations
Named as one of the three hundred most influential people in Switzerland
Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum
Has worked with some of the top law firms across the globe
Sometime UN peacekeeper
Specialist in volatile conflict areas
Principal area of focus: resolution of civil conflicts
Honorary Professor, Comparative Civil Law and Litigation, University of Leicester
Chief Executive, Foundation for Development
Sometime International Law Association Committee Head, New York City
Frequent journalist and writer
Sometime World Bank employee (Middle East and North Africa speciality)
The world's leading scholar on post-war Bosnia
Advocate of constructivism in international law
Critical of international courts and tribunals
Expert in trans-Balkan drug policy
Witness before the European Parliament and the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Has sat as arbitrator / counsel on multiple disputes involving state interests
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
Sometime clerk at the European Court of Justice
Senior western expert in Serbia policy
Western expert in Ukraine and Belarus policies
Senior expert in the politics and government of the State of Kuwait
Senior expert in United Nations reform
Sometime World ECR leading expert, international sanctions
Renowned for ferocious litigation tactics
Maliciously effective cross-examiner
Senior Catalonia expert following his mandate to work on the Catalan independence movement in 2017
Experience in the courts and judicial systems of more than 50 countries
Acknowledged expert in a range of arbitration rules and juridical seats
Other disputed territories he has worked on: Nagorno-Karabakh; Serbia / Kosovo; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Thailand's junta; Ukraine and Crimea; Ukraine and Donbas; Belarus
Holder of multiple scholarships from Christ's College, Cambridge; also Lord Eastham and Jean-Pierre Warner scholarships bestowed by the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn (also licensed as a member of the Inn); member of the Denning Society
Sometime Fellow of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law
New York attorney for seventeen years
Doctoral thesis about international peacekeeping
Fellow, Centre d’Histoire et de Prospective Militaires, Lausanne
Comprehensively government-trained for hostile environment missions
Speaks six languages
Sometime resident of and practitioner of law in Cairo, Egypt
Senior Fellow, Institute of Comparative Law, Belgrade
Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Mediators